Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining


My Aunt Mary’s Christmas tree. Photo: ©

Do you have a lot of folks coming into town, and dining in means dining in your tiny SF apartment with more guests than your even-tinier kitchen can handle? If you’re considering dining out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the options abound. Check ‘em out!

Christmas Eve

For the 24th, your prix-fixe options include ~BAKER & BANKER~’s five-course menu, ~BUSHI-TEI~’s three-course Christmas goose omakase ($35) or their regular menu, and ~JARDINIÈRE~’s four-course menu with choices for each course ($95). ~SPRUCE~ is open 5pm-10pm for a four-course menu ($95, exclusive of tax and gratuity), and ~QUINCE~ will be open as well.

~MASA’S~ is serving a Christmas Eve menu that includes potato leek soup, chilled Dungeness crab salad, sous vide Columbia River sturgeon, “cassoulet” of Whetstone Valley goose, and their take on the Bûche de Noël. $125, add wine pairing for $69.

At ~LA FOLIE~, the six-course prix-fixe menu gives you main course choices of pan-seared wild striped bass with leek fondue, bone marrow custard, and short rib jus, or roasted Millbrook Farms venison with farro risotto, braised red cabbage, and huckleberry sauce. 5pm-9:30pm. $130.

~MICHAEL MINA~ will be offering two Christmas Eve dining options: the three-course tasting service ($75) with seasonal options (like chestnut soup, Liberty Farms duck breast, and winter spice cake), or the Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu ($125), which will include eight courses (like salt cod brandade fritter, squid ink conchiglie, roasted half Maine lobster, and crispy-skin black sea bass with short rib stuffed calamari).

At ~PIPERADE~, the three-course prix-fixe menu comes with a glass of cava. Choose from entrées like roasted chicken with parsnips, sunchoke, chestnuts, and mushrooms; steamed Pacific rockfish with spinach and fried garlic vinaigrette; seared duck filet with braised romaine, and huckleberry sauce; or roasted lamb chop and sausage with braised fennel and cumin-date relish. $65. 5:30pm-10:30pm. 1015 Battery St. at Green, 415-391-2555.

Please note: some of these places are also open Christmas Eve.

~AME~ is open Christmas Day from 4pm-8pm, offering their regular menu and a holiday five-course chef’s tasting menu with a modern Asian twist. Items include ocean trout “mi cuit” with dill cucumber salad, wakame seaweed and ocean trout roe; cream of celeriac soup with foie gras “croutons” and shaved chestnuts; lobster “pot pie” with forest mushrooms and melted onions; grilled duck breast with crunchy “smashed” yukon potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and huckleberry sauce; and dessert. $95, plus $68 for wine pairings.

~AMERICANO~’s Christmas dinner will have five courses (vegetarian options avail) like candy cap and pumpkin sformato with chanterelle mushroom brodetto and spiced pecans; diver scallops with sunchokes and gremolata; white bean and mascarpone ravioli with charred escarole; farroto with black trumpet mushrooms, slow egg, and black truffle Parmesan fonduta; and persimmon pudding cake with caramel and brown butter ice cream. $75, wine pairings additional.

~SEASONS~ has special plans for lunch and dinner. Christmas Day lunch is a three-course plated lunch served 11am-2:30pm. On the menu are items like butter-basted organic turkey with whipped potatoes, corn flan, Brussels sprouts, candied sweet potato, chestnut-onion-pork stuffing, and giblet gravy; housemade tagliatelle with braised black trumpet mushrooms, arugula, and black truffle butter; and traditional Christmas pudding. $85 adults with optional $35 wine pairings, $25 children. Christmas Day dinner is a four-course plated menu, 5pm-9pm, with items like cocoa nib-crusted venison loin with butternut and spaghetti squash, pearl onions, confit chestnuts, pomegranate and cocoa jus; sweet potato bisque with smoked maple flan, crisp potatoes, and bacon jam; and vanilla-infused ganache with chocolate pecan sablé, and housemade sweet potato ice cream. $99 adults with optional wine pairings for $35 or optional Champagne pairings for $95, $30 children.

~POESIA~, a cozy little spot in the Castro, will be open with their regular menu. ~SUTRO’S AT THE CLIFF HOUSE~ is also open, as are more options listed here on OpenTable.

Event Info

Saturday Dec 24, 2011 – Sunday Dec 25, 2011