In vacation seasons of yore, that is the time when Eater SF would advise diners about which eating places will really be open on Christmas Day. However final 12 months San Francisco was utterly locked down, so it was a takeout bonanza. And this 12 months, although eating places are allowed to remain open if diners do need to exit, issues feels considerably in flux with a brand new variant on the rise, downtown retailer lootings, and even some Christmas tree arson considerably dampening the vacation spirit.
However even when you don’t know how one can really feel about this second pandemic-impacted vacation season, you continue to deserve a festive feast — and you understand San Francisco eating places are going to tie it up with a bow. So with out additional ado, right here’s the 2022 Christmas eating information, with a mixture of reservations and takeout choices.
In the case of roast beast, Alexander’s has obtained a critically sized 7-lb prime rib roast out there for pickup or supply. It’s a take-and-bake state of affairs, so that you’ve obtained to roast it your self, but it surely comes with mashed potatoes, inexperienced beans, jus, and horseradish — sufficient to meals 6 folks — for $395. Go wild and add on buche de Noel and Champagne, too.
Of all of the eating places providing lovely birds in San Francisco, the Morris is aware of how one can smoke a duck. Out there for pickup solely, the restaurant’s pre-smoked duck is accessible for pre-order, after which simply must be slid into the oven at dwelling. Half a duck prices $45, a complete duck prices $90, and there’s an choice so as to add on charcuterie, root veggies, or chocolate puddin’ to make it a full feast.
Replenish on takeout tamales at Donaji, the brand new Oaxacan restaurant within the Mission, which already has a status for promoting tender tamalitos at farmers markets. A dozen tamales filled with beef chili, pork cochinita, hen verde, cheese and peppers, or vegan chorizo prices $50. They usually’ve additionally obtained occasion trays loaded with tacos dorados and mole enchiladas.
In Chinese language takeout, Lazy Susan is delivering all season. Two choices: The Winter Solstice Feast runs from November 30 to December 21, that includes Common Tso’s hen, shrimp fried rice, and Fly by Jing dumplings for $52 for two folks. And on Christmas Day, the restaurant is partnering with Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (the now digital comedy present) on a four-course menu for $45 for two folks.
And what’s Christmas with out lasagna? Preorder and decide up a luxurious tray at Che Fico, that includes lasagna alla bolognese with truffles (in fact), citrus salad with burrata and pistachios, roasted brussels with preserved lemons and hazelnuts, and a bottle of purple for $275 for 4 folks. Veggie and a la carte choices are additionally out there.
In the meantime Maison Nico is bringing again its gorgeous pates and pastries, together with the showstopping duck pithivier, aka fancy duck pie. However it’s additionally debuting a Buche de Noel for the primary time this 12 months, so preorder for pickup. This yuletide log is rolled with chocolate, hazelnuts, and pears, and it’s $75 for 8 to 10 servings.
Octavia is again this season and taking reservations for Christmas Eve: A four-course, family-style, prix-fixe dinner is certain to dazzle with native Dungeness crab; guinea hen completed two methods, tangled in contemporary tagliatelle and seared with chestnuts and onion sauce; and buche de noel with French espresso buttercream — all for $125 per individual.
Worldwide Smoke remains to be stoking the grill on Christmas Eve and taking reservations for a meaty family-style meal, together with prime rib, oysters Rockefeller, mac and cheese bites, Parker Home rolls, and smoked apple cheesecake. It’s $110 per individual, $40 so as to add drinks, and there’s a separate child’s menu.
In case you’d prefer to breathe simpler, the Vault Backyard nonetheless boasts one of many largest outside eating areas within the metropolis, and it’s reworked as soon as extra right into a Winter Wonderland, decked out with a towering Christmas tree, twinkle lights, and warmth lamps. Snag a reservation to sip on festive cocktails in December, muddled with numerous bourbon, spices, and coquito. It is going to be open on Christmas Eve, and could also be doing a full sit-down dinner, though the menu remains to be to be introduced.
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For individuals who like to feast on fishes, 54 Mint is open all season, together with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with the holy trinity of reservations, pickup, and supply. The Italian restaurant is laying out frittura mista, shrimp risotto, and crab cioppino, as a part of a four-course dinner for $95 per individual.