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Dec 5, 2011 3 min read

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining
My Aunt Mary’s Christmas tree. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
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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.

Christmas 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.

My Aunt Mary’s Christmas tree. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Event Info

           Saturday Dec 24, 2011 – Sunday Dec 25, 2011

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