SF: 7 Festive Restaurants to Celebrate Christmas Eve and Day

Photo Credit: Harvest Table
Still not sure what you’re doing on Christmas Eve and Christmas? Well, if the thought of planning a feast of the seven fishes or roasting an entire crown of pork has you breaking out in hives, we’re recommending that you go out to eat at a restaurant. Most grocery stores, like Whole Foods, close early on Christmas Eve and are closed on Christmas day, so you won’t be able to run to the store and grab a last minute tray of wild mushroom and kale lasagna. Just make a reservation now and let one of San Francisco’s fine dining establishments take care of you. Wondering where to go? Here are the hautest happenings in SF tomorrow on Christmas Eve and Friday on Christmas Day.

Burritt Room + Tavern is inviting friends to join them on Christmas Eve for a three-course feast. Created by chef Luke Knox, the menu features oyster stew, sweet potato dumplings with wild mushrooms and cranberries, spice-brined Sonoma duck, Niman Ranch honey-glazed ham, and eggnog cheesecake.

Interested in the aforementioned feast of the seven fishes? A16 is throwing a celebration in honor of the Italian-American tradition on Christmas Eve. It’s seven courses of family style dishes such as saffron cavatelli pasta with mussels and lemon and black cod and crab bordetto. With Shelley Lindgren behind this scenes, one can only imagine that the wine pairings will be a must order.

Carnivores interested in a more meat-centric Christmas Eve dinner should look no further than Cockscomb’s four-course meal. It’s filled with decadent meaty goodness. Think beef tartare and foie gras, sea urchin and lardo, goose leg confit, and cote de bouef. The menu item that has our mouth watering? The pork loin paillard with caviar remoulade — yes, please! There’s even yule log and fruit cake for dessert.

Get your sushi on at Jackson Square’s Roka Akor on Christmas Eve. The five-course dinner is designed to be shared and is meant for a group of two or more. Courses include escolar tataki with white asparagus and yuzu, toro roll with green onions and fresh wasabi, miso-marinated black cod, and kabocha pumpkin, pear, and walnut mochi.

On Christmas, why not spend the day at the W hotel? Book a room and get ready to relax! Enjoy spa treatments at the Bliss boutique, then go to Trace for a four-course menu of high-quality globally-conscious cuisine. Dishes include Japanese oysters with jalapeño mignonette, white truffle risotto with European white truffle butter, grilled prime ribeye with trumpet mushrooms, and chocolate pot de creme.

Up in St. Helena, Charlie Palmer’s Harvest Table is hosting a three-course Christmas Eve dinner that features locally sourced ingredients from Northern California. On the menu? Pan-roasted diver sea scallops with butternut squash puree and Brussels sprouts, honey-and-clove glazed ham with sweet potato and swiss chard, and slow baked branzino bouillabaisse with fennel and fingerling potatoes.

Feeling soulful? Head to 1300 Fillmore’s Soulful Christmas day celebration. Chef Jake Whitlock is serving a choose-your-own three-course dinner. Here’s the menu Haute Living would select: start with butternut squash soup with crispy sage and lemon oil. For the main course, you won’t be disappointed with David’s fried chicken with buttermilk mash and chicken giblet gravy. For dessert? Double chocolate tart. Delish!

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