As for Christmas Day, keep in mind most hotel restaurants stay open, but here are a few special menus that were on my radar:
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco puts on quite the Christmas Day buffet from 11am—4pm. The spread includes extensive brunch and breakfast items, a raw bar with caviar, omelet and waffle stations, roasted meat stations, and a bounteous dessert selection. A live jazz trio entertains. $98 per adult, $49 per child 5—12, excluding tax and gratuity. (There is also chef Ron Siegel’s six-course Christmas dinner in The Dining Room from 4pm—9pm. $175 per guest, with an additional $95 per guest for wine pairing, exclusive of tax and gratuity.)
~AMERICANO~ at Hotel Vitale is offering a three-course dinner with selections that include marinated seafood with heirloom chicories, avocado, and citrus vinaigrette; cream of sunchoke soup with black truffle and chervil crema; Piedmontese-style rib eye with Yukon gold potato and black trumpet mushroom gratin and Tuscan kale; pan-seared Pacific black cod with Meyer lemon risotto and sweet onion tapenade; and chocolate cherry cake with toasted almond crème anglaise and kirsch cream. Christmas Day reservations taken from 2:30pm—6:30pm. Cost is $75 per person and $25 per child.
Want a break from all the Christmas goose? ~AME~ at the St. Regis will offer a special Christmas Day menu from 4pm—8pm, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Guests can select items from the sashimi bar, such as sashimi, crudo, and tartare, as well as a range of appetizer and entree plates, and an assortment of artisan cheese and desserts.
Over in Berkeley, you can check out the new ~MERITAGE AT THE CLAREMONT~ during a Christmas Day buffet from 11am—7pm. It includes Sonoma duck breast with sun-dried cherries; poached eggs on potato-vegetable hash; butternut squash ravioli; and roasted Shelton Farms turkey with giblet gravy. Live piano, too. $79 for adults, $25 for children age five to twelve. Children under five, complimentary.
~FIVE~, Scott Howard’s restaurant in the Hotel Shattuck, will be serving a special Christmas dinner at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm.
Friday Dec 25, 2009