Why slave over a hot stove all day when you can put on something festive and let somebody else do the work?
For extra celebratory vibes, we recommend making an overnight stay or a weekend of it with reservations for an elegant dinner at one of several Marin and Wine Country restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving. Live in the East Bay? There are some killer Thanksgiving takeout options in Oakland and Berkeley.
East Bay Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner + Takeout
Souley Vegan's famous candied yams will be on the menu for dine-in and takeout this Thanksgiving. (Aubrie Pick)
Souley Vegan (+Takeout)
If you're a fan of Souley Vegan's traditional all-you-can-eat holiday buffet, know that this year's Covid-friendly format ($36/adults, $17/kids under 10) is forgoing the communal thing for "generous portions served on plates." Hey, we're just glad they're open for dining in this year! Grub down on rosemary seitan country fried steak, baked candied yams, braised collard greens, NoLa dirty rice casserole, jalapeño buttered cornbread, and more. Throw in bottomless mimosas for an extra $20. The restaurant, as well its the San Francisco location, is also offering its feast to go. Or, if you're feeding an army, order trays of sides of and desserts. // The restaurant will be open 11am to 4pm Thanksgiving Day. Preorder for takeout on us.orderspoon.com; 301 Broadway (Oakland), souleyvegan.com.
Horn Barbecue (Takeout only)
Move fast to score your turkey day feast from Horn. Grab a whole smoked brisket ($150), turkey ($150), or rib slab ($120), then go wild with sides and desserts including mac 'n' cheese, collard greens, potatoes, spiced pumpkin, and pumpkin bread pudding. // Order via Tock for pickup 11am to 3pm Nov. 24; 2534 Mandela Pkwy (Oakland), hornbarbecue.com.
Pomella (Takeout only)
The California-Israeli hot spot is bringing it with a full menu of Thanksgiving options a la carte ($8 to $36). Load your table with stuffed turkey breast roulade, mushroom bastilla, harissa turkey wings, honey-lime yams, squash and fig stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, and mashed potatoes. Dessert ops include apple-persimmon pie, pecan-caramel-chocolate bars, and sweet potato cheesecake. // Order online for pickup Nov 23-24; 3770 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), pomellaoakland.com.
Gaumenkitzel (Takeout only)
Hate turkey? German slow-food restaurant Gaumenkitzel will be offering its regular menu for takeout on Thanksgiving Day. Gobble up crispy schnitzel beef goulash, sausage platters, and smoked salmon with potato salad. Don't forget the German beer. Prost! // Order online for takeout 8am and 2:30pm on Nov. 25; 2121 San Pablo Ave, (Berkeley) gaumenkitzel.net.
Daughter's Diner (Takeout only)
Customize your dinner according to the size of your party with dishes portioned per person. The menu includes roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, mushroom and green bean casserole, baked squash with goat cheese, chestnut-sage sourdough stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, orange-cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie pudding. // Dinner is $60 per person, preorder via Tock by Nov. 19 for pickup 10am to 5pm Nov 24; 326 23rd St. (Oakland), daughtersdiner.com.
Mago (Takeout only)
The Colombian place is spicing things up some creative flavors for Thanksgiving. Their all-in feast ($240) comes with enough food to serve two to four people; dishes include roast turkey breast; gravy spiced with charred green chilies; stewed turkey leg with chilies and tomato; cranberry and kumquat sauce; escarole salad with Fuyu persimmon and olive suero; roasted fall veggies with cinnamon, ginger, and guava; jalapeño cornbread; Brussels sprouts with honey, lime, and pepitas; and pumpkin-coconut cheesecake. // Order via Tock for pickup on Nov. 24 from 1pm to 5pm; 3762 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), magorestaurant.com
Marin and Wine Country Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner + Takeout
Have a taste for something luxe? Make a reservation to dine at Hazel Hill this Thanksgiving. (Courtesy of Montage Healdsburg)
We love any excuse to get away to Tomales Bay. Nick's Cove is only offering counter service (thanks, Covid), but you may still sit and enjoy a holiday menu and cocktail specials. On Thanksgiving, a classic turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce will be available alongside the restaurant's regular seafood-centric menu. Finish with spiced pumpkin mousse with whipped cream. // Open 11am to 5pm, no reservations needed; 23240 CA-1 (Marshall), nickscove.com.
Add a little ooh-la-la to your Thanksgiving festivities with a Frenchie three-course prix-fixe ($49). Unexpected delights include a goat cheese and quince profiterole; a Provencal pumpkin soup with ras al hanout and creme fraiche; cider-brined roast turkey with haricot verts almondine or seared salmon with gruyere gratin; and pumpkin crème brûlée or fondant au chocolate. A vegetarian entree is also available. // Open 11:30am to 8pm Thanksgiving Day; 85 Liberty Ship Way (Sausalito); for reservations, call 415.332,5625 or go to legaragebistrosausalito.com.
If you dig a buffet, you'll likely not find a fancier one than the feast ($149/adults with advance purchase, $65/kids) at Cavallo Point's Callippe Ballroom (11am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm). Graze your heart out with options of cheeses and charcuterie; a soup station; fresh seafood, turkey, and beef; plenty of veggies; and sweets. Want something lower key? The resort's Murray Circle restaurant is offering family-style dinners ($485-$95/person, 1pm to 8pm). // Ballroom tickets are available online; price includes valet, a glass of bubbles. For reservations at Murray Circle, call 415.339.4752; Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Cir. (Sausalito), cavallopoint.com.
Dry Creek Kitchen
For your nomming pleasure, the Charlie Palmer restaurant is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($110/person, $55/kids under 12) of shaved Brussels sprout salad; Diestel turkey served with sweet potato, orange-cranberry relish, and turkey gravy; and a tasting of holiday pies. Add-ons include blue lake bean casserole and Tomales Bay oyster stuffing. // Make reservations online or by calling 707.431.0330; 317 Healdsburg Ave. (Healdsburg), drycreekkitchen.com.
Cozy up at the luxurious Montage Healdsburg and follow your nose toward the decadent smells of mulled wine, apple cider, and pumpkin spice. The hotel's restaurant, Hazel Hill, is serving a three-course prix-fixe ($155/adult, $75/child). Dishes for the night include artichoke ravioli pasta, pumpkin soup, organic turkey sourced from Petaluma, and a honey crisp apple terrine for dessert. // Available from 11:30am to 8pm; reservations may be made by calling 707.354.6900; 100 Montage Way (Healdsburg), montagehotels.com.
Calistoga InnKeep it casual at this inn slash brewery slash restaurant. The three-course dinner ($88/person and $43/kids 10 and under) includes options of roasted turkey, grilled salmon, and filet mignon. No matter which protein you choose, all meals will come with a soup or salad and sides including roasted squash, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, creamed onion, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Save room for one of five dessert choices. Additional a la carte apps include salmon cakes, calamari, clams and mussels, and steak tartare. // Reservations are available for seatings from noon to 9pm; 1250 Lincoln Ave (Calistoga), calistogainn.com.
Olive & Hay (+Takeout)
Head to the Meritage Resort & Spa for a produce-driven three-course meal ($70/person, $30/kids 4-12). You may begin with kabocha squash dip with grilled sourdough and an autumnal panzanella salad before moving on to truffle-stuffed turkey leg with roasted honey squash with pecans, green bean casserole, and cranberry jam. Dessert brings an assortment of sweets. Olive & Hay is also offering a to-go meal for six to eight ($280) that includes a whole roasted organic turkey and all the fixings. // Make reservations for seatings from noon to 6pm via Opentable. To-go orders must be placed by Nov. 22 for pickup Nov. 25; 875 Bordeaux Way (Napa), meritagecollection.com.