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27 SF Restaurants Offering Holiday Specials

Looking for festive meal kits or New Year’s Eve dinner reservations? These restaurants can help.

Temperatures are dropping, Mariah Carey has awoken from her 11 month-long slumber, and everyone is listening to KOIT. All this can only mean one thing: the holidays are here. So whether you’re looking for somewhere you can dine in on Christmas Eve or want to ring in 2022 with a celebratory New Year’s Eve takeout feast, you’ve got options. Here are 27 SF restaurants with special menus, meal kits, cookie tins, and more.

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The upscale Mission restaurant is offering its famous smoked duck to finish at home for the holidays. It’s available here, along with other items like a charcuterie board, duck noodle soup, and chocolate pudding. Pre-order by December 17th for pick-up on the 23rd or 24th. The Morris is also taking reservations for six- and eight-course meals on New Year’s Eve.

The Italian restaurant in NoPa has take-home meal kits and dine-in specials for the holidays. Their Christmas and New Year’s to-go dinners involve things like braised short ribs, truffle lasagna, and caviar (order here and pick up on December 23rd and 30th). Or you can make a reservation to sit down for their prix fixe menu on the 31st ($195) here.

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If you’re looking for a gift to send a friend who lives across the country, one option is some pâté en croûte or duck pithivier from Maison Nico. The Financial District épicerie is shipping nationwide—just place an order here.

If you’re in charge of bringing cookies to the holiday party but haven’t successfully baked anything since an unfortunate incident with a rogue KitchenAid, Bluestem Restaurant & Market has you covered. The SoMa spot has chocolate chunk, cookies & cream, and ginger molasses cookies available ready-made or for you to finish baking at home. Order here.

Octavia in Lower Pacific Heights will be serving family-style dinners on both Christmas Eve ($120 per person) and New Year’s Eve ($140). They’ll include things like Dungeness crab, bûche de Noël, and steak. Make a reservation here.

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For New Year’s Eve, the upscale Vietnamese restaurant is bringing back its infamous “douchebag fried rice”—A5 wagyu, uni, and truffle caviar included. The rice will be part of a festive $160 prix fixe menu that’s available for dine-in. Make a reservation here.

If you want to ring in the new year with a five-course Italian feast that includes crab cannelloni and dry-aged strip steak, Penny Roma is here for you. The Mission spot has dinner reservations available online at $104 per person. They’ll also have sparkling wine flights available next door at the Flour + Water Pasta Shop.

Peppermint cake, Christmas stollen, and cupcakes decorated with snowmen are all on the holiday menu at Noe Valley Bakery. Order ahead for pick-up any time until December 24th.

The upscale Filipino restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf will have three different dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve. Prices range from $95-150, depending on the number of courses (they range from 10-14 as the night goes on). The menu includes things like black garlic steam buns with pork tocino or braised beef with black truffles, and, if you stay until midnight, you’ll get champagne and s’mores.

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On New Year’s Eve, the American restaurant on the Embarcadero is offering a four-course tasting menu ($125-175) that includes lobster bisque, oysters on the half shell, seared scallops, and mulled wine chocolate cake. Make a reservation here.

The pie and pastry pop-up has special holiday cookie tins available for nationwide shipping or local pick-up in the Mission or Berkeley. Order the box, which comes with things like honey nut truffles, yuzu gingersnaps, and walnut pecan snowballs, here.

On Christmas Eve, Kaiyo in Cow Hollow will serve a four-course menu ($65) with seafood towers, cebiche, shots of leche de tigre, festive cocktails, and more. Make a reservation at the Peruvian-Japanese restaurant here.

Whenever the holidays roll around, Bi-Rite Market always has great options for desserts and gifts. In their online store, you can order stollen, fruit cakes, peppermint bark, and more available for pick-up at their Mission and NoPa locations.

The Italian-inspired Californian restaurant in Dogpatch is doing a three-course prix fixe menu ($150) for New Year’s Eve. The full details of the menu haven’t been posted, but we do know there is an option to add on a wine pairing, specialty cocktails, and a cheese pairing with dessert.

The fine dining restaurant in Russian Hill is doing a New Year’s Eve menu ($275) focused on osechi ryori, or traditional Japanese New Year foods. Expect to see dishes like oxtail ozoni, datemaki with caviar, and king crab with truffle miso. Make a reservation here. You can also swing by Bar Iris, their sister bar next door, for champagne, sake, and caviar before dinner.

Throughout December, the Marina steakhouse is offering a Holiday Mixed Grill ($90 per person for groups of 4-12). It comes with a big board of things like prime rib, fritto misto, and grilled duck sausage, along with a tableside Baked Alaska. Book a reservation here.

Another cookie tin option: the one from Craftsman & Wolves in the Mission. Theirs includes chocolate crinkle cookies, matcha sables, shortbread with pomegranate and bay leaf pâte de fruit, and more. Order here for nationwide shipping or pick-up in store.

For holiday-themed afternoon tea, head to Maison Danel in Polk Gulch. You’ll get housemade pastries, chocolate truffles, petit sandwiches, and more. Call 415-685-5900 to make a dine-in reservation. You can also order tea boxes to take home here.

The Arab bakery in the Mission has a take-home holiday meal kit available for pick-up and delivery on December 23rd. It serves two ($80) or four ($160) and comes with chocolate-braised lamb, a roasted squash medley, ma’amoul semolina stuffed cookies, and more. Order here.

54 Mint is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with two different menus of things like frittura mista, cioppino, and lasagna with wild boar ragu. Make a reservation here for the $95 prix fixe dinner.

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On Christmas Eve, Itria is serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian American holiday tradition that features seven different types of fish. The five-course dinner is $120 per person, and you can reserve a spot here.

The barbecue-focused restaurant in SoMa is serving “fuego feasts” for Christmas Eve ($110) and New Year’s Eve ($120). They’re served family-style, with your choice of an entrée like prime rib or Dungeness crab with garlic butter. Make a reservation through their website.

The Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley has two options this holiday season: a box of products like a panettone, olive oil, and wine that seems great for gifting, and a four-course dinner ($125) for New Year’s Eve. Call 415-550-8114 to order or make a reservation.

The Pacific Heights wine bar is offering a four-course takeout meal kit for Christmas Eve. So if deviled eggs, oysters Russell, and beef Wellington are your version of festive, order here for pick-up on December 24th.

The annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show is going down virtually on December 25th and 26th. And this year, you can order takeout from their food partner, Lazy Susan. The casual Chinese spot has a four-course menu ($45, serves two) with things like hot and sour soup, potstickers, and, fittingly, kung pao chicken.

The upscale Hayes Valley restaurant has a New Year’s Eve menu available for $300-325 per person. It’s 11 courses and involves “all the things”, including lobster, truffles, caviar, and champagne. Book a seat here.

If you really want to go all out on New Year’s Eve, Saison in SoMa is doing a special tasting menu for $498 per person. Reservations for the fine dining restaurant can be made here—expect lots of caviar and vintage champagne.

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