Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Last week when I ran some New Year’s Eve suggestions, I had some requests for ~CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY~ dining locations, so here are a few spots below that have crossed my radar. Also, don’t forget most hotel restaurants are open!

Le Charm normally offers a fancier prix-fixe menu for Christmas Eve, but this year, with all the financial uncertainty going around, they have decided to offer their regular menu and their $30 prix fixe for Christmas Eve (also on New Years Eve). Please note Le Charm will be closed for seven days in January, reopening on the 8th, and chef Lionel Balbastre will be putting a true Toulouse cassoulet on their 2009 menu!

Cassis in the Fillmore is doing a Christmas Eve dinner for $55—you can take your pick from items offered in each course, like will it be the cauliflower soup with scallops, the foie gras, or the smoked salmon on potatoes to start? Check out a PDF of the menu here.

Americano is doing a three-course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (three seatings) holiday-inspired prix-fixe dinner ($75); the regular dinner menu will also be available on Christmas Day as well.

SPQR is open on Christmas Eve—pretend you’re Italian that night and make sure everything you order is from the fryer, ha.

Rue Saint Jacques is hosting Christmas Eve dinner in case you want something rustic and Frenchy (includes oysters, a foie gras torchon, lamb noisettes, soft-shell crab, and Bûche de Noël for $60, wine pairing for $40).

Over at the Ritz-Carlton, there is a three-course Christmas Eve lunch and dinner in The Terrace Restaurant, plus a six-course Christmas Eve Dinner in The Dining Room. There is also a Christmas Day brunch in The Terrace Restaurant, Christmas dinner in The Terrace Restaurant, and in The Dining Room. Too many details to list, contact them for more.

I also mentioned last week that Metro Kathmandu will be open on Christmas.

And then you have the wonderful Chinese options! My top three would be dim sum at S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant, dim sum or dinner at Lichee Garden, and Five Happiness.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Wed. Dec. 24th–Thu. Dec. 25th, 2008

Various locations
San Francisco, CA