Cooking a Thanksgiving feast is for the birds. And since it's not 2020 anymore, dining out is a delectable option.
Make reservations at San Francisco restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving dinner—there's little doubt that the chefs at Lord Stanley, Lily on Clement, Le Colonial, and The Cavalier can do a turkey—or a flank steak, curry pumpkin soup, or a squash-persimmon galette—way better than we can.
Playing it safe from Covid or just prefer a cozy holiday in? Several San Francisco restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving dinners, as well as lots of a la carte sides and desserts, for takeout and delivery.
Happy Turkey Day!
Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in San Francisco
Lord Stanley's Turntable (+Takeout)
ICYMI, the elegant Polk Street street restaurant is serving up a fresh concept, featuring special menus by rotating chefs. This month, Argentinean chefs Mercedes Solis (Cafe San Juan) and Narda Lepes (named Latin America's Best Female Chef in 2020 by 50 Best) are helming the tasting menu. When you make a reservation for the dining room (open 3-7pm Thanksgiving Day), you'll enjoy seven courses ($125, $200 with wine pairings) including carrot and mussel escabeche; skate with chorizo and boquerones, and chimichurri; and flank steak with butternut squash. Want takeout? The Lord Stanley team is offering a meal kit with truffled turkey breast, gold pomme puree, a squash-persimmon galette, pumpkin bundt cake, and more. // Takeout orders ($375 per kit, feeds four) can be picked up on Nov. 24 ,order via Tock; 2065 Polk Street (Nob Hill), lordstanleysf.com.
Le Colonial (+Takeout)
Let this mainstay restaurant put a Vietnamese twist on your three-course family-style dinner ($55-$85 per person), with dishes including turkey breast two ways, roasted lemongrass chicken, braised pork shoulder, pumpkin curry over glass noodles, and garlic noodles with white prawns. A family feast ($175)—which includes a 14-pound turkey and sides—is also available for takeout. // Pre-order to-go meals by noon on Nov. 22 for pickup Nov. 23-25. Reservations for dining in are available at sevenrooms.com; 20 Cosmo Place (Union Square), lecolonialsf.com.
One Market (+Takeout)
Like options? One Market's three-course menu ($85/adults, $49/kids 10 and under) lets you choose one of three dishes for each course. We're liking the sound of white bean soup with smoked duck sausage; spit-roasted Berkshire pork loin (a turkey, as well as salmon and veggie option are also on offer); and apple hand pie with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Takeout (starting at $79 per person) includes similar options plus a pumpkin tart or chocolate pot de crème for dessert. // Reservations for dining in may be made on Opentable. Takeout can be ordered for pickup from noon to 6pm on Nov. 24th via Tock; 1 Market St. (FiDi), onemarket.com
The Cavalier (+Takeout)
Snuggle into a leather booth at this posh downtown hideaway where they're busting out some rare bottles from the wine cellar and fall cocktails and caviar service will also be on offer. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($100) will feature an amuse, appetizers like prosciutto and burrata soldiers, your choice of entrees such as classic bird and grilled Angus ribeye, family-style sides, and dessert. Wine pairings may be added for $65. If you prefer to take it to go, order by November 15th to get $50 off your dinner for two ($150 after Nov. 14). The to-go spread includes a gem salad; heritage turkey breast with slow-cooked turkey leg and crispy skins; classic stuffing; lacinato kale; potato puree with sweet cream butter; and a sesame baguette. // Reservations for seatings from 11:30am to 8pm or for pickup from 11:30am to 7pm Nov. 24 can be made via Tock; 360 Jessie St. (SoMa), thecavaliersf.com.
Lily on Clement (+Takeout)
Chef Momma Lam has just retired at the age of 82, but you can still get the flavor of her mouthwatering meals with Lily's "New Traditional Thanksgiving" menu ($72 per person, plus tax and tip). Start with an amuse of chicken skin with white sturgeon caviar, Hokkaido king crab and mango goi cuon, or Beausoleil oysters. It's off to a sexy start, but the unique plates keep coming in the form of Vietnamese curry pumpkin soup; Momma's beloved stuffed salt-baked Diestel turkey breast with black truffle mushroom jus, shrimp fried rice, Robuchon potatoes, and ginger scallion relish, and candied lingonberry and strawberries. They say the pumpkin pie, with milk tea ice cream, will change your life. // Reservations are available via Resy and takeout may be pre-ordered for pickup from noon to 7pm on Nov. 25 via Toast; 225 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), lilyonclement.com.
Want some noms in the a.m.? Pop by Villon for a quick breakfast (8am to 10am) before or after your turkey trot. Looking for a full dinner feast (12:30pm to 9pm)? Enjoy a seasonal four-course menu ($105 per person, $40 for children under 12) with optional wine pairing ($45) or choose to sip from a selection of vintage bourbons instead. Table service is available both indoors and on the heated patio. // Reservations are available on Opentable; 1100 Market St., Proper Hotel (Civic Center), properhotel.com.
Cafe Boho (+Takeout)
This might be the best deal in town, with four courses and sides ringing up at just $58 a person. Things get off to a good start with burrata with beets, candied walnuts, and arugula, plus a butternut squash soup. There are classic and non-traditional mains (are you for turkey, brisket or Chilean sea-bass?); hearty sides; and chocolate mousse or pavlova for dessert. If you're feeling fancy, spend a little extra for add-ons like butternut squash gnocchi and poached lobster tail. // Reservations are available via OpenTable. Takeout ($320 feeds 4--8) may be ordered by Nov. 20 by calling 415.602.1182; 3321 Steiner St. (Marina), cafebohosf.com.
International Smoke (+Delivery, Takeout)
Our motto: If you're gonna eat turkey, eat it smoked. Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry's barbecue venture is putting their Thanksgiving bird to the fire and serving it up buffet-style ($89/adults, $39/kids 12 and under) alongside roasted cauliflower; cranberry and truffle gravy, pumpkin It's Its; and pecan pie. Also expect wagyu beef prime rib with smoked beef jus and horseradish cream, cedar-smoked salmon, and a special menu for the kids. Prefer to kick it at home? Order for takeout or delivery ($299 for four). // To-go orders may be placed on Tock for pickup or delivery 11am to 3pm Nov. 24 and 8am to 11am Thanksgiving Day. Make reservations for dining in at sevenrooms.com; 301 Mission St. (SoMa), internationalsmoke.com.
San Francisco Restaurants Offering Takeout + Delivery on Thanksgiving
Bring Wayfare Tavern home for the holidays. Their complete turkey dinner ($325, feeds six) includes a fully cooked, organic 18-pound turkey, popovers, gravy, cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, garlic broccolini, harissa roasted carrots, and burrata whipped potatoes. Prefer to cook your own protein? Grab all the sides for $120. Wine and bottled cocktails are available at an extra cost. // Order via Square for pickup or delivery 11:30am to 8pm Nov. 23 and until 9pm Nov. 24; 558 Sacramento St. (FiDi), wayfaretavern.com.
Thanksgiving with a Cajun-Creole spin? Yes, please. Voodoo Love is offering a protein and four sides ($225-$500), as well as dishes a la carte. Proteins include smoked turkey, pot roast, cedar plank Creole salmon, roasted crab claws, New Orleans–style shrimp, brown sugar honey ham, and fried chicken (mmm hmm). There's cornbread dressing, smoked gouda mac, collard greens, hoodoo rice, and mashed potatoes with gravy to go with. Or, skip the turkey and go for the seafood boil option with crab claws, chicken andouille sausage, crawfish, colossal shrimp, sweet corn, red potatoes , and cornbread. // Order via Square for pickup or delivery 10am to 4pm Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 25; 1710 Mission St. (Mission), voodoolovesf.com.
Michelin-starred Spruce never fails us when it comes to luxurious cuisine. Chef Mark Sullivan's Thanksgiving feast will be sold a la carte. Choose from whole roasted turkeys ($125-$265 depending on size); sides ($6-$8) including stuffing, brussels sprouts with chestnuts, mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange relish, and parker house rolls; and pies ($38). // Order via Eventbrite by Nov. 21 for pickup 11am to 4pm Nov. 24, availability is limited; 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sprucesf.com.
Shake things up with tasty Peruvian from Jaranita, which is offering three home meal options: The pollo Jarana ($50, serves 4) with a whole roasted chicken, salad, fries, beef empanadas, and veggie fried rice; crispy pork belly ($100, serves 4) with fried sweet potatoes with sweet corn mash and aji amarillo; and a medly of Peruvian classics ($70, serves 4) including two types of ceviche, shrimp causa with purple potatoes, and organic quinoa salad with burrata. Don't forget the cocktails! // Order on Tock for pickup Thanksgiving Day; 3340 Steiner St. (Marina), jaranitasf.com.
Lolinda's Thanksgiving to-go features "brined, seasoned, and ready to roast" whole ($260) and half ($140) turkeys. Accompanying your meats, you'll get sides of brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, chorizo sourdough stuffing, squash and quinoa salad, and pumpkin flan. // Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for pickup 1pm to 5pm Nov. 24; 2518 Mission St. (Mission), lolindasf.com.
Che Fico Alimentari
Vegetarian? Che Fico is your best bet with a butternut squash lasagna that even the carnivores will want in on. For the meat eaters, there's turkey too; a full dinner for four ($275) includes roasted breast, confit turkey casserole, radicchio salad, potato gratin, squash with almonds, brussels sprouts, your choice of red wine, and more. Sides are also available a la carte, in addition to desserts like apple crostata ($45) and pumpkin pie ($35). // Preorder via Tock for pickup on 2pm to 6pm Nov. 24; 834 Divisadero St. (NoPa), cheficoalimentari.com.
Grab a meal kit ($225, serves four) from this cute Outer Richmond restaurant. Dig into a roasted petit turkey with herb gravy and sides of garlic mashed potatoes, sourdough rosemary stuffing, spinach-squash casserole, caramelized satsumaimo, sweet potato cornbread with maple butter, and pumpkin cheesecake pie with dulce de leche and baked apples. // Preorder for pickup on Nov. 24 or Nov 25; 3519 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond), cassavasf.com.
This Italian spot is putting together readymade holiday meals for two ($200). Start with a chicory salad with winter citrus, followed by a lasagna of braised turkey, spinach, and bechemel, then 24-hour brined roasted turkey breast with mushroom stuffing and creamed kale. Dessert is a mascarpone cheesecake. // Call 415-775-1550 or email 7HillSF@gmail.com to reserve; pickup Nov. 24 from 1pm to 5pm; 1896 Hyde St. (Russian Hill), sevenhillssf.com.
Jessie & Laurent
Snag your full spread from this beloved meal delivery service. The many, many options include: whole or half organic oven-roasted turkey, honey smoked ham, glazed cornish hens, several types of stuffing, beef Bourguignon, grilled salmon, veggie casserole, turkey gravy, and pecan pie. // Available for delivery from November 22nd to 28th throughout the Bay Area, jessieetlaurent.com.
We love this little bakery in the Richmond. Just-for-Thanksgiving baked goods will include a gorgeous full-size Not-Ube tart with purple sweet potato and toasted meringue; a macadamia pineapple tart with candied yuzu zest; a Mt. Tam basque-style burnt cheesecake; a six-piece kaya bun box; a six-piece cookie assortment; and a loaf off their classic milk bread. // Preorder via Toast for pickup 10am to 2pm Nov. 20-24; 1408 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), breadbellysf.com.
Canela's dinner for four ($149) has all the fixings for a cozy meal at home. Choose from a whole turkey or turkey breast stuffed with shallots, apples and herbs to go with sides including flash-fried brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and dinner rolls. Add on a pecan or blueberry-buttermilk pie and a bottle of wine ($50). // Preorder by 9pm Nov. 18th via Square for pickup or delivery 3pm to 5pm Nov. 24; 2272 Market St. (Castro), canelasf.com.
Presidio Social Club
This restaurant is pulling out all the stops. Their takeaway package ($345, feeds four to six) features a 12- to 14-pound roasted turkey, mushroom stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, natural turkey jus, cranberry relish, and your choice of pumpkin or chocolate bourbon pecan. Complete the meal with one of their add-on batch cocktails like a Negroni or Old Fashioned to really send it for your celebrations. // Preorder via Toast by Nov. 16 for pickup between 11:15am and 4pm on Nov. 25' 563 Ruger St. (Presidio), presidiosocialclub.com.
Everyone's favorite local grocer knows their stuff when it comes to quality ingredients and prepared foods. Pick up their small ($175, feeds 4-6) or large ($295, 8-12) meal kits including roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and Bi-Rite Creamery pies. Or, get just what you want with la carte options ($11 to $65). // Available for store pickup and delivery Nov. 19-25, 3639 18th St. (Mission); preorder via biritemarket.com.
Thorough Bread & Pastry
Let the master bakers tackle the desserts this holiday. Thorough Bread & Pastry has all the best goodies for takeaway: pumpkin and apple pies, pecan tarts, dinner rolls, sticky buns, croissants —plus a slew of their usual pastries and bread loaves. // Order for pickup 8:30am to 3pm Nov. 24-25; 248 Church St. (Castro), thoroughbreadandpastry.com.
Can you say Thanksgiving brunch? Load up on seasonal pumpkin bagels with black sesame cream cheese, bagel stuffing kits, and pumpkin and apple pies. // 2535 3rd St, (Dogpatch), dailydriver.com