Cooking a Thanksgiving feast is for the birds.
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 3rd Cousin can do a turkey—or sweet potato gnocchi, curry pumpkin soup, or bread pudding—way better than we can.
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. You'll find those below, too.
Happy Turkey Day!
Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in San Francisco
(Courtesy of Presidio Social Club)
Turntable at Lord Stanley
ICYMI, the elegant Polk Street street restaurant is serving up a fresh concept, featuring special menus by rotating chefs. This November, Korean-American chef Susan Kim of Brooklyn's Doshi pop-up is helming the tasting menu. When you make a reservation for the dining room (open 3-7pm Thanksgiving Day), you'll enjoy multiple courses beginning at $150. // Reservation required;2065 Polk St. (Nob Hill), lordstanleysf.com.
Presidio Social Club
This restaurant is pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving. Their dinner features three courses of deliciousness including sweet potato gnocchi with sage and walnut browned butter, American wagyu prime rib, and pumpkin cheesecake. Complete the meal with tasty cocktails that evoke autumn in every glass. //Reservation required;563 Ruger St. (Presidio), presidiosocialclub.com.
La Société Bar & Café
When you need a stylish space with ample room to bring the family, dial up this new brasserie at the Hyatt Regency. Chef Alexandre Viriot counts Alain Ducasse, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy on his resume, but this Thanksgiving he'll make you a family-style dinner ($88/person) in downtown SF. Expect roasted Willie Bird turkey breast and turkey paupiette with pan jus, pomme purée, haricots verts, five-spice pain perdu, plus sides and tarte tatin for dessert. // Open 4pm to 9pm Thanksgiving Day; 50 Third St. (SoMa), lasocietecafe.com, reservations at sevenrooms.com.
Michael Mina’s rebranded flagship Estiatorio Ornos is pulling out the stops for a Mediterranean Thanksgiving dinner ($135/person). Start the meal with traditional spreads and pita, followed by a first course of avgolemono soup, spanakopita salad with black truffle, grilled octopus, or cured yellowtail with Asian pear. Mains run the gamut from roasted heritage turkey to phyllo-crusted sole and are accompanied by sides of Cretan-style potatoes, pork sausage and chestnut stuffing, crispy Brussels, and roasted carrots. Take things to the next level with various supplements including caviar, mezze like zucchini fritters, and black truffle. // Reservation required; 252 California St. (Financial District), michaelmina.net
Let this mainstay restaurant put a Vietnamese twist on your three-course family-style dinner ($120/ person), with dishes including duck and lobster salad, mixed mushroom and turmeric shepherd's pie, clay pot caramel organic turkey and pumpkin cheesecake. // Reservation required;20 Cosmo Place (Union Square), lecolonialsf.com.
Like options? One Market's three-course menu ($89/adults, $49/kids 10 and under) lets you choose one of three dishes for each course. We're liking the sound of butternut squash soup with pickled beech mushroom, spit roasted Berkshire pork loin (turkey, salmon and veggie options are also on offer), and tarte tartin with vanilla bean ice cream and candied almonds. The restaurant is open from 1-8pm on Thanksgiving Day. //Reservation required; 1 Market St. (FiDi), onemarket.com
Lily on Clement (+Takeout)
Lily's "New Tradition Thanksgiving" menu is a mashup of festive Vietnamese and American delights ($88/person). Start with an amuse of crispy chicken skin or Beausoleil oysters, followed by a savory curry pumpkin soup, salt-baked Diestel turkey breast confit, shrimp and lap xuong fried rice, Robuchon potatoes, candied lingonberries and strawberries, and more. They say the warm pumpkin pie will change your life. // Dine in reservation required; Pre-order pickup from noon to 7pm on Nov. 24; 225 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), lilyonclement.com.
Book a warm, neighborly meal made exquisite by chef Greg Lutes at Bernal Heights’ 3rd Cousin. The three-course, farm-to-table meal ($124/adult, $49 kids under 12) will include cream of potato and cauliflower soup, roasted turkey or beef ribs with sausage stuffing, and a vegetarian casserole pasta with di Napoli squash and chanterelle mushrooms. Four classic pies, two of which are gluten-free, top off the meal. Add wine pairings for $59 per person. // Reservation required for indoor or outdoor dining; 919 Cortland Ave (Bernal Heights), 3rdcousinsf.com
Between 12:30pm and 9pm on Thanksgiving Day, Villon brings their Thanksgiving feast to life. Enjoy a seasonal four-course menu ($135/person, $55/children under 12) with optional wine pairing ($60) or choose to sip from a selection of vintage bourbons instead. Table service is available both indoors and on the heated patio. // Reservationrequired; 1100 Market St., Proper Hotel (Civic Center), properhotel.com.
Tommy’s Joynt (+ Takeout)
Old-school SF favorite Tommy’s Joynt doesn't take reservations, but it is the only place in town to get a holiday meal with all the fixings at the last minute. If you want a table, expect about an hour wait. Both the restaurant and the to-go window will begin serving a feast of ham or turkey with stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, salad, and pumpkin pie at 11am on November 24th. They will also have a vegetarian dinner option. Get in the to-go line by 5pm or the dine-in line by 7pm and they’ll make sure you get fed. Pre-orders are now accepted online. // 1101 Geary Blvd. (Tenderloin), tommysjoynt.com
This might be the best deal in town, with four courses and sides ringing up at just $75 a person. Things get off to a good start with persimmon salad with arugula, beets, and burrata, plus a butternut squash soup. There are classic and non-traditional mains (are you for turkey, slow-cooked short ribs, or Chilean sea-bass?), and chocolate walnut cake, pumpkin pie, or pavlova for dessert. If you're feeling fancy, spend a little extra for special add-ons unveiled at your meal. // Reservation required. Takeout may be ordered online or by calling 415-374-7518 or 415.602.1182; 3321 Steiner St. (Marina), cafebohosf.com.
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 ($105/adults, $49/kids 12 and under) alongside truffle Caesar salad, roasted broccolini, cornbread stuffing, bread pudding, and more. Also expect wagyu beef prime rib with smoked beef jus and horseradish cream, and cedar-smoked salmon. // Reservation required; 301 Mission St. (SoMa), internationalsmoke.com
Celebrate Thanksgiving in beautiful Golden Gate Park. The three-course prix fixe ($85/adult, $38/kids under 12) includes roasted turkey, pan seared bass, or farro and delicata squash risotto with corn and sage stuffing, Brussels sprouts, and roasted veggies. A selection of add-on starters (think crab and shrimp cake, oysters, and buttermilk fried calamari), and holiday cocktails like glogg and hot buttered rum will make the day all the more joyful. // Reservation required; 1000 Great Hwy (Outer Richmond), parkchalet.com
Give thanks at STK, or bring their feast home. This Thanksgiving, STK Steakhouse is doing a roasted free-range turkey with all the sides and trimmings for both dine-in and takeout, November 24th through 27th. // Make reservations online or or by calling 877-240-3520; takeout is available for pre-order starting November 14th; 1 Market St. (Embarcadero) stksteakhouse.com/thanksgiving
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San Francisco Restaurants Offering Takeout + Delivery on Thanksgiving
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Greens, San Francisco’s long-standing vegetarian darling, is offering a beautiful plant-based spread to bring home this Thanksgiving. The menu, inspired by executive chef Katie Reicher’s childhood in the Hudson Valley, includes wild mushroom terrine with porcini mushroom gravy, focaccia and sundried tomato stuffing, creamy Brussels sprouts with wild leek miso soubise, and roasted cauliflower with chickpeas and sweet potatoes. Choose from a wide selection of desserts including classic pumpkin pie, cinnamon apple gooey butter cake, apple crisp, maple pecan blondies, and cranberry orange shortbreads. // Preorder through 9am November 17th for pickup between 11:30am and 7:30pm November 23; 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Bldg A (Marina), greensrestaurant.com
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Get a bit of Creole flair this Thanksgiving with a meal kit from Brenda’s French Soul Food. The cook-at-home dinner for two to five people ($210) includes brined turkey breast (and roasting instructions), butter-whipped potatoes, green beans with roasted garlic butter, Andouille-cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry compote, and strawberry jam cookies. Additional sweets like bread pudding and beverages like hot spiced cider are also available. // Place an order for pick up on November 22 (also available in Oakland); 652 Polk St. (Tenderloin), frenchsoulfood.com
Che Fico Alimentari
Give thanks with a bit of Italian seasoning when you order takeout from this popular Divisadero eatery. There are meal kits for omnivores ($325/serves 4) and vegetarians ($300/serves 4) alike, with entree options of bone-in heritage turkey breast or butternut squash lasagna and sides including radicchio salad, potato gratin, sourdough stuffing, and Iacopi Farms Brussels sprouts. Items may also be ordered a la carte. Don't forget to add an apple crostata, pumpkin pie, or bottle of wine. // Pre-order on Tock for pickup Nov. 23; 834 Divisadero St. (Fillmore), cheficoalimentari.com.
Everyone's favorite local grocer knows their stuff when it comes to quality ingredients and prepared foods. Pick up their small ($180, feeds 4-6) or large ($300, feeds 8-12) meal kits that include roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and not one but two Bi-Rite Creamery pies (pumpkin and apple). Or, get just what you want with la carte options ($11 to $65). // Available for store pickup and delivery Nov. 18th to 24th; 3639 18th St. (Mission) or 550 Divisadero St. (NoPa); preorder via biritemarket.com.
Peruvian spices and slow roasting over an open flame put a tasty twist on the centerpieces of Jaranita's Thanksgiving packages. The rotisserie restaurant has three ready-to-eat options to choose from: the caja de pollo ($55, serves 4), which includes a whole chicken, salad, fries, fried rice, and empanadas; the crispy pork belly box ($129, serves 6), which includes fried sweet potatoes, empanadas, and Peruvian corn; or the Thanksgiving empanadas box ($69, serves 6) which comes with 15 handmade chicken or beef pastries. To-go cocktails like the blood orange mule are also available ($30, serves 5). //Order in advance for pickup Nov. 24 from noon to 3:30pm; 3340 Steiner St. (Marina), jaranitasf.com
Bring home a California-inspired multi-course feast for four from Maybeck’s. Thanksgiving classics like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberries will be on the menu, and each meal includes a bottle of wine. If that won’t cut it, Maybeck’s sommelier is prepping special wine packages to compliment the festivities. // Pick up November 22nd and 23rd; 3213 Scott St. (Marina), maybecks.com
Jessie and 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, stuffed and glazed Cornish hens, two types of stuffing and risotto, beef Bourguignon, grilled salmon, veggie risotto, turkey gravy, and pecan pie. // Available for delivery Nov. 21-27 throughout the Bay Area, jessieetlaurent.com.
Still want to cook? Here's where to order your Thanksgiving turkey around the Bay Area.