Christmas Eve Dining: Feast of the Seven Fishes and More


Bucatini with Dungeness crab on A16 Rockridge’s Christmas Eve menu. Photo courtesy A16.

Looking for a spot to enjoy Christmas Eve? Here’s a quick roundup of spots to check out, and don’t forget to look on OpenTable for a more complete list of options and reservations. Of course, Christmas Eve is traditionally the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes (although my family does something like 11 dishes for “Il Cenone”) and lots of places around town are celebrating accordingly, some a bit more traditionally than others—we have never had ahi tuna or salmon, I’m just sayin’.

~A16~ and ~A16 ROCKRIDGE~ will both be offering seafood menus on December 24th. The menus for each will be different, but both include seven courses. Rockridge reservations are available from 5pm-10pm and are $75 per person with optional $60 wine pairing. San Francisco reservations are available from 5pm-10pm and are $80 per person with optional $65 wine pairing.

~LOCANDA~ is doing a five-course dinner, with seatings at 5pm and 8pm. Take a look at the menu right here. Tickets are $90 per person (optional wine pairing available), or $45 for children 12 and under (5pm tickets are almost all sold out, except for bar seats. Get ‘em soon, folks!).

~INCANTO~ is offering a four-course dinner for $65 per person, not including beverages, tax, and tip. Check out the menu here; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

~PALIO D’ASTI~ is offering Christmas Eve dinner again this year; it’s six courses and here’s the menu. Cost is $79 per person.

~POESIA~ in the Castro is offering a Calabrese-style, seafood-focused dinner on Christmas Eve, as well. 4072 18th St. at Hartford, 415-252-9325.

If you’re not interested in seafood for Christmas Eve, never fear. Here are some other choices to satisfy everyone.

Elegant ~SPRUCE~ is running a special prix-fixe dinner, with entrée choices to keep your whole party happy. Here’s the menu; the dinner costs $95 per person, not including tax and tip. Optional wine pairings will be available.

For a musical feast, head to ~1300 ON FILLMORE~, where Mickala Cheadle will be singing jazz standards and holiday songs as well. The prix-fixe menu is $60 per person, and an à la carte menu will also be available.

~BAYWOLF~ is also offering a special Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu that sounds delicious, and you know the restaurant will feel holiday-ish. It’s $68 per person, and you can peek at the menu here. 3853 Piedmont Ave. at Rio Vista, Oakland, 510-655-6004.

Event Info

Tuesday Dec 24, 2013