7 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in SF

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away and if you’re not in the mood to cook a massive all-American feast, why not go out to eat instead? Many of the city’s hautest restaurants are serving up the traditional fixings: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more with their own flair. Here are seven delicious ways to celebrate Thanksgiving out in San Francisco.

The lovely ladies of the Big Night Restaurant Group are throwing a special all-day Thanksgiving celebration at The Cavalier. While Park Tavern and Marlowe will be closed, The Cavalier is open from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. The menu includes a plated choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert as well as shared sides for the table. Wine pairings are recommended and guests can choose from a variety of luxurious preparations, from a scrumptious-sounding confit turkey leg with giblet gravy to a lobster bisque with fried oyster and American sturgeon caviar. For dessert, there is steamed pudding with crème anglaise and caramel sauce, chocolate fudge cake with coffee ice cream, and toasted almond apple cinnamon bread pudding.

At One Market, downtown on the corner of Market and Embarcadero, chef Mark Dommen and pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler are serving a sophisticated farm-to-table Thanksgiving meal. Seasonal flavors include roast Willy Bird turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, root vegetables, and shallot-thyme gravy. Chef Patti’s dessert options include a Sonoma apple tart with brandy cinnamon sabayon, apple cider, and Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. Note that One Market is one of the fewer restaurants that is open a little later—diners can enjoy Dommen’s Thanksgiving from 1 pm to 8 pm. While you’re there, be sure to pick up one of the restuarant’s Gingerbread Wishes decorating cookie kits. All of the proceeds of the cookie sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and the gingerbread cookie is one of the best we’ve ever tasted!

For a less formal, but equally inviting and tasty experience, head to the Balboa Cafe in the Marina district. The Balboa meal includes a quintessential turkey dinner with all of the fixings. But, if you’re not that big of a fan of roast turkey, choose from another of their celebratory options. There’s roasted mushroom risotto, filet mignon, crab cakes, and their beloved burger on a sourdough roll.

Americano at the Hotel Vitale is offering three seatings of Thanksgiving dinner: 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. The three-course meal, prepared by chef Josua Perez, is a choose your own Thanksgiving adventure with a variety of dish options for each course. Begin with a sunchoke soup, chicory salad, butternut squash panzanella, or crispy pork belly with braised greens and sweet potato puree. For the second course, select from heritage turkey with sausage stuffing, glazed carrots, and gravy; prime rib with savory gorgonzola bread pudding, and creamed spinach; or grilled polenta with spiced winter vegetable ragu. Everything on the menu sounds sensational including the desserts: pumping pie tartlets with candy cap mushroom meringue and budino with peanut caramel popcorn to name a few.

On turkey day, RN74 is open from 2 to 8 pm. Their four-course Thanksgiving meal includes an apple salad with confit beets and roasted chestnut soup with duck confit to start. For mains, enjoy roasted heritage turkey with chestnut stuffing, fresh cranberry, glazed sweet poatoes, and crispy turkey leg. If you’re more into beef, you’re in luck, chef Michael Lee Rafidi is plating up a duo of wagyu beef: flat iron and braised short rib served with celery root potato gratin and bone marrow. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Across the bay at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, the kitchen is working overtime with a variety of dining options that change through out the day. There’s a ballroom buffet with a live jazz band and a timeless spread of turkey day delights. For a more formal experience, book a reservation at Murray Circle’s prix fixe dinner that is available from 12 – 8 pm. Executive chef Justin Everett is not holding back and preparing the ultimate in elegant Thanksgiving meals.

At the Presidio Social Club, the team is offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 5 pm. The classic menu includes a few modern twists. To start there is a healthy kale salad with pomegranates, apples, and pumpkin seeds and creamy cauliflower soup with roasted chestnuts. The turkey dinner plate includes wild mushroom and sage stuffing, tangy cranberry sauce, and a decadent smoked ham hock gravy. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with bourbon chocolate pecan pie with whipped creme fraiche.