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Best Christmas Dining San Francisco (SF)


Cooking and cocktailing at home during the holidays is a tradition. But if you're ready to escape the kitchen and look elsewhere for some seasonal spice, why not check out the holiday festivities at the restaurants on our Best Christmas Dining in San Francisco list? A multi-course feast on Christmas Eve or brunch on Christmas Day might be on tap at these SF restaurants — either way, we think St. Nick would approve. Remember to call ahead for specific hours and menu offerings.

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SAN FRANCISCO

A16 Italian
15/20
Dining Room at A16, San Francisco, CA 2355 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Cozy Marina hot-spot --- and sister to SPQR --- serves authentic Campanian dishes and Neapolitan-style pizza, and features a well-chosen Italian wine list. More...

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar French
14/20
Dining Room at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, San Francisco, CA 398 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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This fashionable Belle Époque-inspired neighborhood brasserie is a favorite for dinners or after-work snacks and sips. More...

Alioto's No. 8 Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Alioto 8 Fisherman's Wharf, at the bottom of Taylor
San Francisco, CA 94133
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One of the best cioppinos in town plus robust Sicilian specialties help to elevate this Wharf favorite to more than just a view spot for tourists. More...

Ame Fusion
14/20
Dining Room at Ame, San Francisco, CA St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
689 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Contemporary California cuisine with Asian influences in a luxurious setting at the St. Regis Hotel. More...

Bob's Steak & Chop House Steakhouse
13/20
500 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
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The well-seasoned staff and steaks make this a good choice for that real Chicago steakhouse experience. More...

Boxing Room Cajun
14/20
Dining Room at Boxing Room, San Francisco, CA 399 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Boxing Room satisfies with its modern friendliness and dedication to traditional New Orleans and Southern Louisiana fare. More...

Brasserie S&P California
14/20
Dining Room at Brasserie S&P, San Francisco, CA Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
222 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94104

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco restaurant offering all-day dining in the Financial District. More...

Burritt Room + Tavern American
13/20
Dining Room at Burritt Room + Tavern, San Francisco, CA Mystic Hotel
417 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Charlie Palmer's noir-inspired enclave, where moody jazz meets artisan cocktails and good American food. More...

Campton Place Restaurant French
15/20
Dining Room at Campton Place Restaurant, San Francisco, CA Campton Place Hotel
340 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Chef Srijith Gopinathan focuses on inspired fusion fare grounded in French technique. More...

Jardinière French
15/20
Dining Room at Jardinière, San Francisco, CA 300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Traci Des Jardins’ French-inspired restaurant is a San Francisco destination. More...

L'Olivier French
14/20
465 Davis Ct.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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This popular place for business lunches becomes a romantic dining spot by night. More...

Luce New American
15/20
Dining Room at Luce, San Francisco, CA InterContinental San Francisco
888 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Strikingly creative fare in an equally impressive SoMa setting. More...

Michael Mina Modern American
16/20
Dining Room at Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA 252 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Michael Mina offers his modern American cuisine in the Financial District. More...

The Oak Room American
13/20
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Classy dining at The Westin St. Francis. More...

One Market American
16/20
Dining Room at One Market, San Francisco, CA 1 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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This upscale San Francisco cornerstone thrives with a cheerful energy and memorable American cuisine. More...

Palio d'Asti Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Palio d 640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Sleek Italian eatery has good house-made antipasti, crisp brick oven-fired pizzas and baked eggplant Parmigiana. More...

Parallel 37 Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Parallel 37, San Francisco, CA The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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High-touch, artfully presented American contemporary cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. More...

Spruce American
16/20
Dining Room at Spruce, San Francisco, CA 3640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Contemporary American cuisine is given an imaginative makeover and complemented by a 2,500-bottle wine list and chic environs. More...

1300 on Fillmore Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at 1300 on Fillmore , San Francisco, CA Fillmore Heritage Center
1300 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Slow soul food and balanced cocktails mark this stylish dish of a restaurant and lounge, evoking 1940s jazz glamour. More...

Top of the Mark California
13/20
Dining Room at Top of the Mark, San Francisco, CA InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
1 Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Striking 360-degree panoramas are only part of the story at this classic, romantic rooftop retreat. More...

Urban Tavern American
13/20
Dining Room at Urban Tavern, San Francisco, CA Hilton San Francisco
333 O'Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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A modern spin on the traditional pub, offering dressed-up comfort food in a sophisticated setting. More...

Velvet Room California
13/20
Dining Room at Velvet Room, San Francisco, CA Clift
495 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Super sleek dining room best known for its frequent celebrity sightings and moody, dramatic space. More...


EAST BAY

Bocanova Latin American
14/20
Dining Room at Bocanova, Oakland, CA 55 Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94607
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New-world ingredients meet old-world savoir-faire in a sophisticated-yet-lively waterfront setting. More...

Meritage at the Claremont California
No Rating
Dining Room at Meritage at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
41 Tunnel Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94705
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A fresh look keeps the vibe young at this luxurious restaurant, without sacrificing the Claremont’s prestigious dining history. More...

MARIN COUNTY

Murray Circle California
No Rating
Dining Room at Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA Cavallo Point - The Lodge at the Golden Gate
601 Murray Cir.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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California cuisine served in a contemporary, comfortable setting at Cavallo Point resort near the Golden Gate Bridge. More...

The Tavern at Lark Creek American
13/20
Dining Room at The Tavern at Lark Creek, Larkspur, CA 234 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO FIRE. Rustic and clubby, this remake of the Lark Creek Inn is one of Marin’s hottest destinations for American comfort food. More...

Yankee Pier Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Yankee Pier, Larkspur, CA 286 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Enjoy down-to-earth seafood in a friendly, informal atmosphere that makes you think of picnics and shore adventures. More...

PENINSULA

Arya Global Cuisine Persian
12/20
885 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Persian dishes are the focus, complemented by the chef’s favorite global recipes, primarily Italian. More...

Madera Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Madera, Menlo Park, CA Rosewood Sand Hill
2825 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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California rustic meets pastoral luxury at this Menlo Park hot-spot that also boasts an attractive cocktail lounge. More...

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