Happy Thanksgiving: Last Minute Plans for Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re still wondering how to entertain your Thanksgiving day guests, or maybe cooking just isn’t your thing this year, not to worry. Haute Living makes it easy for you.  We present the best last-minute plans for Thanksgiving dinner, a meal to spend with the Best of the Bay Area.

This Thanksgiving, Michael Mina is offering Bay Area food lovers and home cooks a first opportunity to enjoy components of Cook Taste Eat’s special two-part Thanksgiving menu at home and in Michael Mina San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, offering diners the chance to experience the exceptional Cook Taste Eat recipes first-hand and become inspired by Michael’s step-by-step culinary videos to re-create the seasonal meal in their own kitchen for family and friends.

The special four-course prix-fixe menu will feature dishes such as Cook Taste Eat’s heritage turkey, cranberry confit, glazed Brussels sprouts, turkey cromesqui, and kale. Dinner is $125 per person with the option to add wine pairings for $75 per person. Cook Taste Eat is a free daily email and website delivering instructional recipes by some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs, namely Michael Mina.

And the Mina touch doesn’t stop. On Thanksgiving Day, Executive Chefs Michael Mina and Ron Siegel are offering Michael Mina guests a four-course prix-fixe menu. Chefs Mina and Siegel will feature dishes such as Braised Turkey Leg Croquettes & Thanksgiving Croque Monsieur. Dinner is $125 per person with the option to add wine pairings for $75 per person.  For reservations, call 415.397.9222

Spend Thanksgiving Day in serious style at Ame. On Thanksgiving from 4-8pm, Ame at the St. Regis Hotel will be serving their regular menu in addition to the holiday inspired tasting menu.  For  $94 per person plus an additional $67 for wine pairings, guests will enjoy delicious delights that include Peekytoe Crab Salad on Asian Pear Carpaccio with Fine Herb Citrus Vinaigrette and Pomegranate “Pearls”, Roasted Tolenas Farm Quail with Corn Bread Dressing, Butternut Squash Puree, Bacon-Brussels Sprouts and Truffle Gravy and Pecan Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream and Whiskey Caramel Sauce.  Reservations can be made online or by calling or 415.284.4040.

Heading to Silicon Valley for the big day?  Madera at the Rosewood Sand Hill is not to be missed. On Thanksgiving Day from 12:30pm – 9:30pm, Executive Chef Peter Rudolph is offering Madera guests a three-course prix-fixe menu. Chef Rudolph will feature dishes such as Wood Fire Roasted Squash Soup, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Grilled Dry Aged New York Steak; and a dessert Double Decker Pecan Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Crème or Dutch Apple Crisp, Quince and Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream . The cost is $90 per person and $45 for children ages 12 and under.

Enjoy the Embarcadero view at Epic Roasthouse, where Executive Chef Jan Birnbaum will offer a special Thanksgiving prix-fixe Menu for $85 per person and $40 for kids under 12. Wine pairings are an additional $45. Menu items include Caramelized Ricotta Gnocchi; Butternut Squash Soup; Belgian Endive, Treviso and Crisp ApplesSlow Roasted Prime Rib; Wood Oven Roasted Organic Turkey; Chocolate Truffle Hazelnut Cake; and Pumpkin Custard Charlotte. For those who enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers, the EPIC Turkey Sandwich with “The Works” will be available for $20.  Located on the scenic Embarcadero in San Francisco, EPIC Roasthouse offers “Beyond the Traditional Steak House” dining with panoramic views of the bay – Perfect for any Thanksgiving celebration!  Reservations can be made online or by calling or 415.369.9955.

Michael Mina’s other restaurant, RN74, is offering a special three-course Thanksgiving feast, with optional wine pairings, from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Located at 301 Mission Street, RN74 is an urban wine bar and restaurant by executive chef Jason Berthold and Rajat Parr, partner of RN74 and wine director of Mina Group, that features California-influenced modern French cuisine. Menu highlights include seasonal creations like Cauliflower Panna Cotta with maine lobster and preserved meyer lemon; Butternut Squash Soup with black walnut gnocchi; Cascade Mountain Arctic Char; Grilled Center-Cut Prime Beef Rib-Eye; and Spiced Pumpkin Cake. The Thanksgiving meal runs $74 per person, or $120 with wine pairings.  Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.543.7474.

Whether you’re spending time in Napa or just feel like taking a drive with friends or family, the trip to Farm on Thanksgiving Day will be worth it. One of Haute Living’s favorite restaurants, Farm at the Carneros Inn is offering a Thanksgiving “Family Style” dinner.  Menu items will include: Butternut Squash Soup; the “Greens” Salad of Romaine Hearts; the “Tom” Free Range Organic Turkey. The “fixins” include: Citrus-scented Cranberry Sauce, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Bacon, Haricot Vert with Crispy Shallots and Fine Herb Butter, Cast Iron Baked Cornbread, Classic Sweet Potato Pie, Herb and Giblet Gravy, Russet Potato Puree, Sausage & Herb Stuffing. Dessert will feature: Apple-Sage Fritters with Caramel Sauce and Parsnip Cream, Pumpkin Gingerbread Tartlets with Cinnamon Fluff and Cranberries, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce and Chocolate Cream.  The cost is $69 per person, $35 for children under 12, children under 4 eat free. Reservations can be made online or by calling or 707.299.4880. A similar menu is available for take-out orders.  Pricing is $240 plus tax for 6-8 people and $400 plus tax for 10 – 12 people. Private events spaces are also available for booking.

In another part of Napa, Chef Ken Frank of Michelin starred La Toque at the Westin Verasa Napa will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $78 per person, with optional wine pairing available for $42.  Menu items include Sunchoke Velouté with Autumn Fruit Chutney; Espelette Pepper Ricotta Ravioli with Cranberry Beans and Torpedo Onions; and Profiteroles with Pumpkin Ice Cream, Wild Turkey Caramel and Maple Glazed Pecans. Diners will also be treated to special Thanksgiving “leftovers” to take home after their meal.  Reservations can be made by calling 707.257.5157.

Just a hop, skip and a jump beyond the Golden Gate lies Spoonbar at h2hotel.  To celebrate the big day, Chef Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar at h2hotel in Healdsburg will offer a Thanksgiving feast from 1-7pm for $55 per person, with optional wine pairing available for $20. The special Thanksgiving menu includes Winter luxury squash soup, Asian pear, urfa pepper; Clams + mussels braised in shellfish boullion, warmed sourdough bread; Buttermilk poached free range turkey breast, crispy leg confit, jus and brioche stuffing; as well as items like Fingerling potato puree for the table. For Thanksgiving dessert, enjoy a Quince + almond crostata, prune jam + tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, or their optional vegan dessert.  Make a reservation by calling 707.433.7222

Another Healdsburg haunt shares the Thanksgiving Day abundance. Charlie Palmer’s celebrated Dry Creek Kitchen will offer a three-course menu this Thanksgiving with offerings including Lobster Risotto made with tarragon puree, burnt orange, and house made crème fraiche; Duo of Willie Bird Turkey which includes confit of dark meat + slow cooked breast, and traditional sides; and dessert choices include Cranberries & White Chocolate made with roasted cranberries + white chocolate mousse, apple cake, and spiced orange segments.  Reservations can be made by calling 707.431.0330. 

 On Thanksgiving, Bluestem Brasserie, San Francisco’s one-year-old American brasserie and gathering on Yerba Buena Lane, will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu with a choice of a traditional Niman Ranch wild turkey roulade dinner or a hearty and sustainable Bouillabaisse seafood stew for $75.  Bluestem Brasserie will be serving its Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner Menu starting at 2:00pm, with the last seating at 8:00pm. In addition to the main dining rooms, Bluestem will offer its Thanksgiving menu in the lounge and bar area along with their acclaimed grass-fed beef burger.

This year at Americano Restaurant at Hotel Vitale, Chef Kory Stewart will be offering a house-made traditional family-style Thanksgiving treat of Heritage Porchetta alongside a Smoked Turkey Roulade. Other offerings include Wild Mushroom Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini; and their well-known Candy Cap Mushroom Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.278.3777.

Spending some time on the coast for the big day? Schooners Coastal Kitchen (located at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa) will also be offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet—with a Monterey twist—from 12-7 p.m. Guests can enjoy traditional holiday dishes like herb and garlic roasted turkey and pumpkin pie, as well as an impressive seafood display, all in their ocean-view dining room.


Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar and  Cottages, a nostalgic and welcoming gathering place on the West Marin County coastline overlooking the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay, will host a special Thanksgiving menu with three seatings on Thursday, November 22, featuring the bounty of neighboring farms and fishermen. Honoring both traditional dishes such as the Oven-Roasted, Free-Range Willie Bird Turkey with whipped potatoes, roasted carrots, brioche stuffing and duck gravy, as well as regional specialties such as a Wood-Fired Whole Dungeness Crab with new potatoes, kale and rosemary butter, Executive Chef Austin Perkins (photo, right) and Pastry Chef Gillian Helquist have created a menu that is ideal for an intimate holiday for two as well a large family celebration.

A local institution for more than 80 years, Nick’s Cove began as a humble fish shack and roadhouse and has become an historical point of pride for locals and an internationally-renowned travel destination with 12 luxury cottages. The 130-seat waterfront restaurant, which was completely renovated in 2007 and updated by new owners in 2011, features a glassed-in patio, beautifully restored mahogany bar and large wood-burning fireplace that serves as one of the focal points of the main dining room.  Outside is a relaxing deck for guests to enjoy a leisurely meal or drink while taking in the sights.  Extending 400 feet from the restaurant, the pier and boat shack provides phenomenal views of nearby Hog Island. The three-course Thanksgiving Menu is $49 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. There are three seatings, at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To make reservations, please call 415-663-1033 or visit www.nickscove.com.

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