Big 4 offers a cozy space for a celebratory meal. Photo from Facebook.
Festive noodles at Namu Gaji. Photo from Facebook.
We already covered all the places to celebrate Christmas Eve with the Italian tradition of Feast of the Seven Fishes, and Las Posadas at La Urbana. But if you’re not looking for seafood or Mexican food, there are plenty of restaurants that will be open! OpenTable has lots of places taking reservations, and here are a few standouts.
~SPRUCE~ is offering a special four-course menu for Christmas Eve, with entrée choices like Maine lobster en croûte with roasted kohlrabi, melted leeks, and white sturgeon caviar, or Flannery’s prime rib eye with potato-Époisses croquette, horseradish soubise, and smoked marrow jus. Oh, and local abalone to start, hi. Check the whole menu here. The dinner is $125 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Wine pairings will also be available.
For a Basque-inflected feast, head to ~PIPERADE~ for their three-course prix-fixe with choices. Entrée choices include a rack of lamb or New York steak; check them all out here. The dinner is $70 per person, and comes with a glass of sparkling wine (not including tax and gratuity). 1015 Battery St. at Green, 415-391-2555.
Looking for some seriously old-school San Francisco elegance? There’s no better spot than ~BIG 4~, where you can choose to order from either the à la carte menu or a three-course prix-fixe. The prix-fixe is $115 per person and includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut; here is the menu.
Downtown’s adorable ~HUXLEY~ will be open on Christmas Eve, serving their regular menu. The beef short rib potpie on a cold night? We can’t think of anything more festive. 846 Geary St. at Hyde, 415-800-8223.
For something fun and a little different, check out one of ~NAMU GAJI~’s famed noodle nights. They’re throwing a special one on Christmas Eve this year, with a limited menu available in addition to their noodle soups. All the soups highlight handmade noodles, including a Devil’s Gulch pork miso ramen, Dungeness crab tom yum, and beef tongue pho.
Wednesday Dec 24, 2014