Maybe you’ve had it with hosting Thanksgiving at your house year in and year out. Maybe you’re afraid of the big bird and what you might do to it if left with only an oven, a meat thermometer and your own insecurities about cooking. Or maybe you’re just fed up with cousin Terry and his political diatribes.
Whatever the reason, there’s a cornucopia of Turkey Day dine-in options at restaurants across San Francisco, and The Standard has you covered with a list of recommendations. If one of these menus sounds good to you, be sure to book soon—reservations are filling up!
📍 1100 Market St.
☎️ (628) 895-2039
Four-course prix fixe at the Proper Hotel’s flagship eatery, which specializes in seasonal California cuisine. Dinner starts at $135 for adults and $55 for children under 12. Past Thanksgiving Day menus included roasted turkey served with Hawaiian bread, beef confit yams and a bevy of vegetable sides.
📍 4072 18th St.
☎️ (415) 252-9325
A Calabrian feast in four acts: beignets with turkey thigh mousse, seared scallops, squid ink ravioli, roasted quail and a surprise dessert finale. $85 per person.
3. 3rd Cousin
📍 919 Cortland St.
☎️ (415) 814-3709
Turkey Day at Michelin-starred New American eatery 3rd Cousin doesn’t have to include your actual third cousin. It serves organic turkey with plenty of classic sides. $124 for adults, $39 for children under 12.
📍 1521 Hyde St.
☎️ (415) 292-4415
Thanksgiving est Français ici. This women-owned rotisserie offers a $75 prix fixe and optional wine pairing. There may even be a live jazz accompaniment.
📍 28 Fremont St.
☎️ (415) 957-5463
A trio of local-sourced Mediterranean courses for $98. For the main, diners can choose between roasted turkey, lamb T-bone and ocean trout.
📍 2065 Polk St.
☎️ (415) 518-2624
Michelin-studded Modern American stunner presents a tasting menu by Chez Panisse alum Susan Kim of Brooklyn pop-up Doshi. Starting at $150.
📍 50 Third St.
☎️ (415) 974-6400
This modern brasserie inside the Hyatt Regency Downtown, which opened this September, offers a four-course prix fixe menu of holiday classics with French embellishments starting at $88 per person.
📍 225 Clement St.
☎️ (415) 742-5285
Laid-back neighborhood favorite for Vietnamese fare is calling for a “New Tradition” this Thanksgiving. The three-course menu includes raw oysters, curry pumpkin soup and a salt-baked turkey breast. $88 a seat.
📍 3321 Steiner St.
☎️ (415) 602-1182
Casual French-inflected cafe’s four-course banquet is designed around a traditional turkey platter with all the fixins. If there are vegans in your party, the butternut squash soup and meringue-based dessert both fit the bill. $75 for adults, $18 for children.
📍 680 Folsom St.
☎️ (415) 537-1111
If you’re craving the best of both worlds—a night out and a holiday at home over Thanksgiving week, the new prix fixe pasta and butchery concept from Alexander’s Steakhouse will kick off Turkey Day one night early. Its Thanksgiving Eve five-course tasting menu starts at $165.
11. Estiatorio Ornos
📍 252 California St.
☎️ (415) 417-3969
For those dreaming of the Greek Isles as the days grow shorter, Michael Mina’s modern estiatório may be your closest bet—at least in FiDi. Most of Estiatorio Ornos’ three courses skew Mediterranean, though you can choose to go traditional with the roasted heritage turkey served with spiced cranberry compote and sweet potatoes.
12. Restaurant ANZU
📍 222 Mason St.
☎️ (415) 394-1100
The Thanksgiving buffet at Restaurant ANZU overfloweth with cider-brined turkey breast, furikake-baked pacific rock cod and rows of sushi. Thanksgiving reservations are available on both Turkey Day and Black Friday. $95 for adults, $65 for seniors and $40 for children 5-12.
📍 888 Howard St. #3011
☎️ (415) 616-6566
InterContinental SF Hotel’s Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant offers a tasting menu with optional wine pairings. According to Thrillist, past year’s menus flaunted Italian reinterpretations of Thanksgiving staples, like braised turkey leg with focaccia stuffing.
📍 4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
☎️ (415) 399-1200
The Cantonese-style banquet room offers panoramic views with your California free-range marinated duck. Past holiday specials include a fried-carrot dumpling. Great for large groups.
📍 603 Bush St.
☎️ (415) 956-0396
This Northern French-influenced farm-to-table restaurant serves roasted turkey (or “La Dinde”) with wild mushroom gravy and buttery cornbread as the centerpiece of its “Frenchgiving Day” prix fixe. Dinner starts at $85 a plate with an optional wine pairing for $55.
Check out The Standard's 2022 Thanksgiving Guide to find new ideas on everything from where to buy takeout turkey and unique pies, to where to volunteer and stroll off your feast.
Sarah Holtz can be reached at [email protected]