Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in San Francisco

These Thanksgiving restaurants are offering special turkey dinners with all the fixings and without the messy kitchen.
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By Shoshi Parks |

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean wrestling with a brining bucket or slaving over an oven. In fact, it may be high time to let someone else take charge. In San Francisco, we’re thankful for talented chefs across the city who are expert basters, roasters and bakersSo, step out of the kitchen and into one of the San Francisco restaurants turning Thanksgiving into a culinary art. 

When is Thanksgiving? 

Thanksgiving lands on Thursday, November 22, 2018. 

What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving? 

You’ll find holiday meals of all persuasions at these top restaurants: classic turkey and stuffing dinners, decadent, truffle-laden prix fixe feasts and everything in between. Book a reservation at one of these Thanksgiving restaurants and let your holiday hosts off the hook.

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Thanksgiving in San Francisco

Fried chicken biscuits at The Elite Cafe
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Restaurants, American

The Elite Cafe

icon-location-pin Pacific Heights

At this New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Lower Pac Heights, you can choose from a classic prix fixe holiday meal ($60/adults, $22 for kids) or order cajun favorites like baked oysters with creamed spinach and gumbo with garlic roasted chicken, andouille sausage and lobster fumet from their regular dinner menu. Thanksgiving traditionalists will have the option of turkey dinner, fried chicken or pan-seared catfish, served with a selection of sides (think crispy Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits) and topped off with a slice of chocolate pecan pie. The bar will be open for last minute walk-ins. Seatings begin at 4pm.

Bluestem Brasserie
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Restaurants, American

Bluestem Brasserie

icon-location-pin Yerba Buena

At this cavernous modern brasserie they’ve come up with a four-course menu ($75/person) that will delight diners of all dietary persuasions. For the main course, choose from roasted turkey with confit leg hash, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy; filet mignon and short rib confit with mushrooms; or stuffed Delicata squash with pepita romesco. Each option comes paired with butternut squash soup, winter chicory salad and a slew of traditional sides including garlic mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Enjoy an intimate and quiet meal in the main floor dining room or a bustling and festive one on the mezzanine level (with bonus views of the city) starting at noon.

Christmas tree at giant gingerbread house at Fairmont Hotel
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Hotels, Chain hotels

Fairmont San Francisco

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The iconic Fairmont San Francisco does the holidays right (giant Christmas gingerbread house, anyone?), and Thanksgiving is no exception. This year the classic holiday feast comes in two forms. In their Laurel Court, an elaborate Renaissance-inspired dining room, the hotel will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet with seatings at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 6:30pm ($109/adult, $59 for kids under 12). The upstairs Crown Room is preparing a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a side of spectacular city views. Seatings are at 12pm, 2:30pm and 5pm ($155/adult, $89 for kids under 12).

Restaurants, Hamburgers


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With its blue checked tablecloths, tile floors and walls plastered in memorabilia, Perry’s is old school San Francisco—the original Union Street location has been around for almost 50 years. This Thanksgiving, both of the restaurant’s San Francisco locations will be offering a traditional pre-fixe meal ($32.95 adults/$16.95 kids)—turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie—alongside classics from their main menu including old-fashioned pot roast with mashed potatoes and fliet mignon. Eat your fill between noon and 7pm.

Taj Campton Place
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Taj Campton Place

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On your average night, Campton Place chef Srijith Gopinathan seamlessley fuses California cuisine with the flavors of India—and this Thanksgiving will be no different. Last year’s multi-course menu ($155/person) included a choice of seared black bass with sunchoke and charred Brussels sprouts; slow-roasted turkey with stuffing; or roasted Angus beef with black truffles and foie gras jus. You’ll have to make a reservation at the elegant and understated restaurant to find out what’s on this year’s menu.

Restaurants, Contemporary American


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This Thanksgiving, the casually elegant Michelin-starred Luce is serving up a memorable meal. Chef Daniel Corey’s three course holiday menu ($98/adults, $49/kids under 12) will feature Thanksgiving classics made with local, seasonal, organic ingredients. Dig into the restaurant’s extensive, carefully selected wine list for on-point pairings that will take your meal to the next level. Luce is offering seatings throughout the day and into the evening.

Michael Mina
Restaurants, American

Michael Mina

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For an elegant Thanksgiving you won’t soon forget, head for the sumptuous velvet banquets and white-clothed tables of Michelin starred Michael Mina. This year’s menu ($165/person) elevates the traditional Turkey Day fare with options like pumpkin soup with pumpernickel, apple and marshmallow; Maine lobster acquerello rice with speck, persimmon and sherry; and prime ribeye with king trumpet mushrooms and sunchoke. Choose from three delectable deserts—pumpkin pie, chocolate tart or cheesecake—and top off your meal with perfectly paired wines ($95/person).

Oxtail Red Flannel Hash with poached eggs, beets and fresh horseradish at Presidio Social Club

Presidio Social Club

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If you’re craving a family-style Thanksgiving without the work of cooking, hosting and cleaning, we’ll see you at the Presidio Social Club. Their prix-fixe menu ($65/adult, $33 for kids under 10) revolves around a classic roast turkey dinner with wild mushroom and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, braised greens with smoked ham hocks, giblet gravy and poppy seed challah bread. Add to that a choice of starters and desserts (bourbon chocolate pecan pie or pumpkin) and add ons like mac and cheese, deviled eggs or Dungeness crab toast and you’ve got a holiday meal done right. Dinner is served between noon and 7pm.

Cliff House in SF
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Restaurants, American

Cliff House

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The Cliff House has Thanksgiving options to suit both low-key celebrants and their more fanciful counterparts. In the upstairs, walk-in only Bistro, a casual turkey dinner will be served between 2:30-9:30pm. At the more refined Sutro’s, a yet to be announced Thanksgiving meal begins at 11am and continues until 9:30pm (reservations strongly recommended). And if you’d rather choose your own adventure without limits, head for the Terrace Room Champagne Buffet ($75 adults/$37.50 for kids 12 and under) which will, along with unlimited champagne, include everything from a carving station with roast turkey and honey-mustard baked ham to miso marinated salmon medallions and seafood paella with chicken and chorizo. The Cliff House’s famous popovers pair perfectly, no matter what your dining preference.

The Cavalier
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Restaurants, British

The Cavalier

icon-location-pin Yerba Buena

This distinguished London-inspired brasserie has been combining a very American tradition with decadence from across the pond since 2014. From 11:30am to 8pm, The Cavalier will be serving a three-course meal ($85/person) which, in the past, has included dishes like foie gras torchon and spiced pumpkin soup along with a choice of heritage turkey and Angus ribeye. Upgrade your meal with exquisite wine pairings for $50/person.