Best Christmas Restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area

By Gayot Editors

Best Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining in San Francisco

Gather family and friends and enjoy a special Christmas meal together. From Italian-inspired “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinners on Christmas Eve to a bountiful brunch on Christmas Day, here are GAYOT’s Top Christmas Restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area, presented in alphabetical order.

1. Anzu

Anzu, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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Anzu is an upscale hotel restaurant offering Asian-influenced California cuisine in a contemporary environment.

Indulge in the Christmas dinner buffet ($85 for adults, $65 for seniors, $40 for children ages 5-12), which will be laden with the likes of roasted chestnut and parsnip soup, lemon herb baked sea bass, assorted cakes and more.

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2. Campton Place Restaurant

Campton Place Restaurant, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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Chef Srijith Gopinathan adds an elegant hint of Indian spice to his California traditional and vegetarian tasting menus at this Taj Campton Place restaurant.

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3. Madera

Madera, Menlo Park
Menlo Park, CA

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Madera, located on the posh, stately grounds of Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, will offer a Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

On Christmas Day, enjoy a holiday feast from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. ($165 per adult, $80 per child 12 and under, children’s menu available for guests under 5). Options will include smoked salmon with buckwheat waffle, bourbon barrel maple glazed ham, and Bûche de Noël.

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4. Michael Mina

Michael Mina, San Francisco
Financial District, San Francisco, CA

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Michael Mina offers his modern American cuisine, now infused with Middle Eastern flavors, in the Financial District.

The Chef’s Christmas Eve menu ($175, wine pairing $135) celebrates the season with selections such as roasted pumpkin soup, Maine lobster pot pie with black Périgord truffle, and Mont Blanc.

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5. MKT Restaurant – Bar

MKT Restaurant – Bar, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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On the fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, MKT Restaurant – Bar offers a serene environment and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of Market Street.

On Christmas Day, enjoy a three-course prix-fixe holiday menu ($115 for adults, $58 children ages 5-12) that features dishes such as celeriac, hazelnut, truffle soup and roasted rack of venison, along with desserts like gingersnap trifle.

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6. Parallel 37

Parallel 37, San Francisco
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

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Parallel 37 serves high-touch, artfully presented American contemporary cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

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7. Spruce

Spruce, San Francisco
Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA

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At Spruce, contemporary American cuisine is given an imaginative makeover and complemented by a 2,500-bottle wine list and chic environs.

Diners indulging in the Christmas Eve menu ($140 per guest, additional $80 for sommelier wine pairings) will encounter dishes such as butter-poached pheasant and gingersnap pudding.

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8. Top of the Mark

Top of the Mark, San Francisco
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

Top of the Mark celebrates the holiday season with a dinner buffet on Christmas Eve ($150, $65 children 4-12) and a brunch and dinner buffet on Christmas Day ($150, $65 children 4-12).

This top-floor retreat at InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco boasts 360-degree panoramas through towering windows.

9. The Village Pub

Village Pub, Woodside
Woodside, CA

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This Peninsula destination sports a clubby atmosphere of polished dark wood and red velvet.

Christmas Eve guests will be offered a special menu ($139 per person) that will include butter-poached Maine lobster, golden potato gnocchi and chanterelle mushrooms among the entrée choices.

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10. Zingari Ristorante

Zingari Ristorante, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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Pumpkin ricotta ravioli, seared ahi tuna with lemon white wine caper sauce, and grilled veal steak are among the temptations from the three-course prix-fixe menu ($85) at Zingari Ristorante, the Italian restaurant at The Donatello hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square. The menu will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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