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The best Thanksgiving restaurants in San Francisco

The top Thanksgiving restaurants offering special menu turkey dinners with all the fixings and then some

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Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean wrestling with a brining bucket or slaving over an oven. In San Francisco, we’re thankful for talented chefs across the city who are expert basters, roasters, and bakers. You’ll find holiday meals of all persuasions at these local eateries: 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.

Ame

St. Regis Hotel, 689 Mission St. 415-284-4040. $$$$

Menu: Indulge in a white tablecloth Thanksgiving at Ame, which is serving a regular a la carte menu as well as a special five-course prix fixe. You’ll start with a Dungeness crab salad with avocado, grapefruit, and celery root, followed by a silky white-truffle cream of porcini soup. The pan-seared Amadai snapper is served on a bed of braised Napa cabbage and slathered in dashi-lemon butter sauce. At Ame, the star bird is quail, not turkey. It’s stuffed with a matsutake mushroom risotto and grilled treviso. The spot’s famous Baked Alaska is rendered fittingly festive with pumpkin ice cream and spice cake.

Hours: Seatings available from 4pm-8pm

Price: $110 per person

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Americano

8 Mission St at Steuart St. 415-212-8132. $$

Menu: Tuck into a three-course meal at this upscale Italian joint. Starters include a sunchoke and roasted pear soup, a warm butternut squash panzanella, crispy pork belly on a bed of braised greens and sweet potato puree and more. Traditionalists can gorge on a braised turkey leg served alongside sausage stuffing, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce and gravy. (You can also substitute the black cod, a vegetarian grilled polenta and spiced winter vegetable ragu, or a prime rib served with a savory gorgonzola bread pudding and creamed spinach.) Top off your meal with pumpkin pie tartlets drizzled in a chai tea anglaise, apple fritters topped with bourbon ice cream or the a creamy budino served with peanut caramel popcorn.

Hours: Seatings available at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

Price: $65 per person ($95 with wine pairings); $35 for children under 5

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Balboa Café

3199 Fillmore St at Greenwich St. 415-921-3944. $

Menu: Start with the butternut squash soup, followed by a turkey dinner complete with herb stuffing, blue lake beans, mashed potatoes and fresh cranberry sauce. Alternative mains include pan-seared Scottish salmon, roasted mushroom risotto and filet mignon.

Hours: Seatings available from 2pm-8pm

Price: $29 per person

 

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The Big 4

1075 California St at Taylor St. 415-771-1140. $$$$

Menu: The three-course prix fixe menu starts with an autumn vegetable soup garnished with ginger crème fraiche and puff pastry. The main course—roasted turkey from Willie Farms—is served with classic bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry relish, plus your choice of brussels sprouts, candied yams, green beans or creamed onions. Choose between the old-fashioned pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. An a la carte menu is also available, featuring turkey alternatives like pan-roasted Loch Duart salmon ($40) and seared filet mignon ($58).

Hours: Seatings available from 2pm-8pm

Price: $90 per person

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Bluestem Brasserie

One Yerba Buena Ln at Market St. 415-547-1111. $$$

Menu: Whet your appetite with a selection of nuts, olives and canapés before digging into this four-course tasting menu by chef Jeff Banker. The meal begins with an autumn chicory salad topped with persimmon, pomegranate, spiced quince paste and shaved gouda, followed by a Musque de Provence pumpkin soup and a chestnut budino. The cornbread stuffed turkey roulade comes with brussels sprouts and turkey leg hash, bruléed sweet potato and cranberry gastrique. (Other main course options: sunchoke agnolotti, seared scallops or a pan-roasted New York steak served with charred cipollini onions.) Take your pick of a chocolate pecan pie topped with bourbon ice cream or a pumpkin cheesecake garnished with eggnog creme anglaise and huckleberries for dessert.

Hours: Seatings available from 2pm-8pm

Price: $75 per person; $30 for kids

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Brasserie S&P

Loews Regency San Francisco, 222 Sansome St. 415-276-9888. $$$

Menu: Start with a pickled pumpkin and candied pecan mixed green salad, a lightly seared cobia or a roasted pumpkin soup with poached golden raisins and fried sage. For your main course, the roasted Early Bird organic turkey is served alongside Yukon gold potato puree, crème fraiche and brioche stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry compote. The herb roasted filet mignon and a pan-seared branzino provide tempting turkey alternatives. The dessert course, paired with a port, offers the option of a sugar pie pumpkin verrine (with panna cotta, cranberry gelée, pumpkin seed crumble and pumpkin ice cream) or an apple thyme galette topped with mascarpone, maple ice cream and caramelized salted walnuts.

Hours: Seatings available 12pm-8pm

Price: $75 per person ($105 with wine pairing)

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Campton Place Restaurant

340 Stockton St at Campton Pl, 415-781-5555. $$$$

Menu: Maine lobster and Dungeness crab kick off the Campton's five-course Thanksgiving menu. The slow-roasted turkey is served with stuffing, cranberry chutney and gravy. That's followed by the choice of a fish or beef and capped off with desserts like chocolate with spiced pumpkin ganache, blood orange and pecans.

Hours: Seatings available from 11:30am-9pm

Price: $145 per person

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Garibaldis

347 Presidio Ave at Sacramento St. 415-563-8841. $$$

Menu: For your first course, choose between the wild mushroom soup, gorgonzola and pear salad, bitter greens and pancetta salad or house-cured lox with shaved fennel, red onion and dill. The free-range roasted Diestel turkey comes with giblet gravy and a cranberry relish. Other options include a seared Loch Duart salmon with leeks, a slow-roasted prime rib with horseradish and a broccoli rabe tagliatelle pasta with garlic, chili peppers, capers grana padano and lemon zest. Side dishes like buttermilk mashed potatoes, levain stuffing and rosemary roasted root vegetables are served family-style. For dessert, savor a chocolate budio with espresso gelato and salted caramel, a slice of apple crumb pie served with vanilla bean gelato or classic pumpkin pie.

Hours: Seatings available from 1:30pm-7:30pm

Price: $70 per person

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Harris'

2100 Van Ness Ave at Pacific Ave. 415-673-1888. $$$

Menu: Harris' is serving its usual dinner menu as well as a Thanksgiving meal, for those who prefer wagyu steak over poultry. The traditional menu offers the option of a salad, followed by a generous serving of roasted turkey with all the trimmings: stuffing, country mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and seasonal vegetables. Pumpkin and pecan pies are topped with a dollop of Chantilly cream.

Hours: Seatings available from 3:30pm-8:30pm

Price: $65 per person; $30 for children 12 and under

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Luce

InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St. 415-616-6565. $$$

Menu: Luce's three-course menu begins with either winter squash and whipped ricotta or an artichoke, hazelnut and Bartlett pear veloute. Here, the turkey breast is cooked slowly with sage and rosemary, then served alongside brussels sprouts and potato puree. Turkey alternatives include a Niman pork rack with roasted apples, turnips and sweet potatoes or diver scallops with a celery root and navel orange confit. The dessert list features bread pudding with banana and caramel, sticky toffee pudding, and a chocolate cheesecake garnished with coconut.

Hours: Seatings available from 11am-3pm and 4pm-9pm

Price: $85 per person; $45 for children 4 to 12 years old

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Michael Mina

252 California St at Battery St. 415-397-9222. $$$$

Menu: This Michelin-starred restaurant is serving a four-course menu that will make you swear off grandma's staples for good. f you're feeling decadent, supplement the menu with white truffle pasta ($25) or a selection of caviar. Next, you'll have the choice of a celery root apple soup, seared Nantucket Bay scallops or a lobster salad with avocado and baby greens. Opt for the roast turkey served with cranberry confit, glazed brussels sprouts, kale and gravy, or forgo tradition with the Tasmanian ocean trout with Dungeness crab ravioli or the black Angus prime ribeye served with mushrooms and pomme puree. Sharable sides include chestnut stuffing, Yukon gold pomme puree and sweet potatoes. Cap off your meal with a quince brown butter cake, hazelnut parfait or chocolate confection with apple butter and cinnamon ice cream. Alba white truffle can be added to any course for $25 per gram.

Hours: Seatings available from 5:30pm-9:30pm

Price: $145 per person ($230 with wine pairings)

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MKT Restaurant and Bar

757 Market St. 415-633-3838. $$$$

Menu: MKT's four-course Thanksgiving menu begins on a sweet note with an amuse bouche of sugar pie pumpkin soup and a walnut beignet. Choose between an albacore tuna conserva with orange, celery leaf and black truffle or a duck terrine with pretzel granola, foie gras crème and a cranberry salsa verde for your first course. The main course features a Willie Bird organic turkey with Yukon gold potato puree, brussels sprouts, pickled onion, candied sweet potato flan, sage apple sourdough stuffing and giblet gravy. Alternatively, diners may opt for a natural Angus short rib with fregola and spinach risotto, Mount Lassen trout with artichoke, leek and tahini puree, or kabocha squash angolotti with celery root, chanterelle mushroom, aged goat cheese and sage. Desserts include a pecan semifreddo with blood orange and bourbon ice cream and a pumpkin-chocolate torte with cranberry gastrique.

Hours: Seatings available from 11:30am-7pm

Price: $95 per person; $45 for kids under 12; feast for 4: $125 per person

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One Market

1 Market St at Steuart St. 415-777-5577. $$$

Menu: One Market's four-course prix fixe starts with an amuse bouche for the table, followed by options like an artichoke soup, stuffed agnolotti and a beet carpaccio. The roasted Willie Bird turkey is served with cornbread-sausage stuffing, root vegetables and a shallot thyme gravy. There's also the choice of a Matsutake mushroom risotto, spit-roasted Berkshire pork loin or pan-seared scallops with buckwheat and pork belly. Leave room for the triple-layer sugar pie pumpkin cheesecake or the Sonoma apple tart with brandy cinnamon sabayon, apple cider and Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.

Hours: Seatings available from 1pm-8pm

Price: $74 per person; $39 for kids 10 and under

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Parallel 37

The Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St. 415-773-6168. $$$$

Menu: The meal begins with a warm Delicata squash soup flavored with apple butter, cinnamon and sage oil. Next, dig into the beet and Bartlett pear salad, a Dungeness crab risotto with roasted salsify or Liberty Farms duck breast with a caramelized onion pancake and foie gras. The traditional turkey dinner is served with sweet potatoes, corn bread stuffing and giblet gravy. (Other options: roasted sea bass with chowder or a beef tenderloin with cauliflower gratin and black truffle jus.) Sides are large enough for the table to share and include whipped Yukon gold potato puree, caramelized carrots and brussels sprouts and traditional stuffing. The pumpkin pie comes topped with caramel and dark chocolate, while the apple turnover is served a la mode.

Hours: Seatings available from 11am-8pm

Price: $135 per person; $95 for kids 5 to 12 years old

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Presidio Social Club

563 Ruger St at Lombard St. 415-885-1888. $$

Menu: The four-course prix fixe menu amounts to feast with all the fixings. Start with a pomegranate, apple, pumpkin seed and kale salad, then polish off the cauliflower and roasted chestnut soup. The turkey dinner includes wild mushroom and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, blue lake beans, smoked ham hock gravy and pea ham salad. If you've left room for dessert, you can choose between the classic pumpkin pie and the bourbon chocolate pecan pie.

Hours: Seatings available from 11am-5:30pm

Price: $60 per person

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RN74

301 Mission St at Beale St. 415-543-7474. $$$

Menu: Part of the Michael Mina group, this dimly-lit wine bar offers a charming setting for giving thanks and digging in. The four-course menu starts with dishes like a roasted chestnut soup with duck confit, huckleberry, spiced marshmallow and toasted hazelnut or the sugar pumpkin gnocchi with a farm egg on top. For your entrée, choose among the duo of wagyu beef, the butter-basted arctic char and the roasted heritage turkey served with chestnut stuffing, glazed sweet potatoes and fresh cranberry. All come with sides like pomme puree, turkey gravy, glazed sweet yams and traditional stuffing with celery-root potato gratin and bone marrow. Top off your meal with a cheese plate, a chocolate pot de crème, a modern twist on pumpkin pie (with roasted pumpkin, marshmallow and graham crackers) or an apple streusel.

Hours: Seatings available from 2pm-8pm

Price: $85 per person

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Scala's Bistro

432 Powell St. 415-395-8555. $$

Menu: Scala's prix fixe kicks off with a butternut squash soup or beef carpaccio with capers, lemon, arugula and parmigiano. The roasted turkey comes from Diestel Ranch and is accompanied by thigh roulade, cranberry sauce, sourdough stuffing, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also opt for the pesto-ricotta ravioli or Ora King Salmon with beans and roasted eggplant. The dessert menu sticks to Thanksgiving staples: pumpkin pie, caramel apple torte and chocolate torte.

Hours: Seatings available from 11am-3pm

Price: $65 per person; $25 for kids

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Sutro's

1090 Point Lobos Ave. 415-386-3330. $$

Menu: Sutro’s a la carte menu allows for ordering discretion. Appetizers include the white gulf shrimp tempura, ahi tuna tartare and Dungeness crab cakes. The butter and aromatics-poached Diestel Ranch turkey comes with a stuffed, roasted leg, traditional stuffing, brussels sprouts, chive whipped potatoes, roasted carrots, cranberry compote and gravy. Since this oceanfront restaurant is best known for fish, the additional entrees are largely seafood-centered, like the herb-crusted Alaskan halibut and the bacon-crusted Scottish salmon.

Hours: Seatings available from 11am-9:30pm

Price: A la carte (the turkey entrée is $36)

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Tommy's Joynt

1101 Geary Blvd at Franklin St. 415-775-4216. $

Menu: Thanksgiving is an unpretentious, home-style tradition at Tommy's, a mainstay since 1947. The prix fixe menu includes a generous serving of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad or a hot vegetable, bread and butter and a slice of pumpkin pie. The Joynt's famous corned beef and pastrami sandwiches are on order, as well.

Hours: 12pm-8pm

Price:
$23 per person; cash only

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