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Where To Have Thanksgiving Dinner In SF

If “basting” a turkey sounds kind of illegal, use this guide.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving 2022 is right around the corner. And with it, comes a basket of fresh problems and holiday-related anxieties (Should I attempt to roast a turkey this year? How can I field questions about my relationship status? How the f*ck do you make a pie crust?) But guess what? Figuring out how to cook a full-on feast doesn’t have to be one of them. Here’s a list of San Francisco restaurants offering Thanksgiving specials.

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Chilled oysters, confit turkey sweet potato hash, and “change your life” pumpkin pie are all on the Thanksgiving menu at this Richmond restaurant. The upscale Vietnamese spot is serving their three-course set menu ($88) on the 24th (reserve here). A similar Thanksgiving menu will be available for pick-up, if you’d rather enjoy it all from the you-shaped imprint in your couch while watching parade highlights on TV.

This Western Addition hofbrau does a Thanksgiving dinner every year—and 2022 is no exception. The meal is complete with turkey or ham, stuffing, sides like mashed potatoes or candied yams, and pumpkin pie. Dinner is first come, first served, and doors close at 7pm (or when they sell out of food). 

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This Italian restaurant near Union Square will be open all day on Thanksgiving, starting at 12pm. For $95, they’re offering three courses, which you pick from options like octopus carpaccio, crab ricotta agnolotti, and ossobuco or roasted turkey. And if devouring that spread to the tune of live music sounds nice, you can reserve a table in the piano room for an additional $25. Reservations are available here

Afici isn’t technically open on Thanksgiving Day, but the new-ish American restaurant in SoMa will offer a “Thanksgiving Eve” meal on Wednesday, November 23rd. It’s five courses for $165 (with an optional wine pairing for $125), and includes dishes like a pear walnut tart with squab prosciutto, turkey roulade with wagyu confit, and a seasonal apple dessert. Reserve a table here

Another Thanksgiving Eve option: Kaiyō in Cow Hollow. The Japanese Peruvian restaurant will serve things like shoyu and honey turkey, mashed potatoes, and ginger and miso pork loin for dinner on the 23rd. Grab a table here

If you’re looking to fulfill your annual turkey quota in one fell swoop, Bluestem Restaurant & Market is here for you. The SoMa American restaurant hasn’t released the full details about their menu yet, but there will definitely be turkey. Also, know that dinner is $85 per person and you can reserve a table here

The spot for Roman-style pizza is offering a turkey-free dinner on Thanksgiving at both their Marina and SoMa locations. The menus at the two outposts will be slightly different, but both are three courses and include an antipasti, a pinsa, and dessert. Reserve here.

Villon, the American restaurant located inside the SF Proper Hotel, is serving a four-course prix fixe dinner on Thanksgiving. It’s $135 per person (or $55 for kids under 12), and includes things like turkey, brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes. Book a table for lunch or dinner here.  

This American restaurant on the Embarcadero has a three-course menu that’s $89 for adults and $49 for kids 10 and under. Pick from appetizers, entrées, and desserts like butternut squash soup, roasted turkey or pan seared salmon, and hazelnut ice cream or a pumpkin tart. Reserve here

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There are tons of prix fixe menus on this guide. But if you’d rather dive face first into a buffet, come to this barbecue-focused spot in SoMa. You'll see red curry butternut squash soup, smoked turkey breast, wagyu prime rib, plus apple cobbler and bread pudding for dessert. The buffet is $105 for adults and $49 for kids. Reserve here

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Terrene is an American restaurant inside the 1 Hotel on the Embarcadero. On Thanksgiving, they’re serving a five-course menu ($135) that includes a mushroom and chestnut galette, turkey roulade, and spiced beignets for dessert. 

For a family-style spread of brussels sprouts salad, turkey breast with gravy, and apple tartes, reserve a table at La Société. The SoMa restaurant (inside the Hyatt Regency) is serving them all for their $88-per-person dinner. 

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Ula Mediterranean Dining & Cocktails

Ula is a French Mediterranean restaurant in Union Square. So if you’ve sworn off turkey after last year's incident involving a smoke alarm and an extremely burnt bird, this spot has other options. The three-course menu ($95) features things like cornmeal crusted calamari and lobster agnolotti. There's also an option to reserve the “Jellyfish Room,” where there will be live music. Book a table here

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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant

This Greek restaurant in the Financial District will serve turkey alongside phyllo-crusted sole on Thanksgiving. They will also have other seafood-focused dishes, like grilled octopus and cured yellowtail, plus crema sokolata and rice pudding for dessert. Dinner is $135 per person. Reserve here

The American restaurant in Golden Gate Park is where you can have a three-course prix fixe menu under a glass ceiling. The menu has options like crispy brussels sprouts, roasted turkey, and pumpkin pie and apple crisp to round things out. It’s $85 for adults, and $37.50 for kids under 12. Reserve here

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