Events & Festivals, Food

Bay Area Christmas Dinners

A small, stress-free East and West Bay roundup.

Having to find the perfect gift(s) is enough to make planning a memorable Christmas dinner seem utterly impossible! This year, why fret? We’ve got a roundup of Bay Area eateries that are open to catering Christmas to you!

San Francisco

For a pleasant a la carte dinner including Filet Mignon Tartar, Baked Oysters, Baked Salt-Crusted Whole Sea Bream, Whole Baked Maine Lobster and an impressive selection of prime steak, make a reservation for Christmas Eve at LarkCreekSteak by calling 415-593-4100. Westfield San Francisco Center: 845 Market Street, 4th Floor, Ste 402 San Francisco, CA 94103.

Change it up a bit and go a little Italian-American by indulging in a Feast of Seven Fishes at A16 San Francisco. The Christmas Eve dinner by Executive Chef Chris Thompson will include a seven-course meal featuring Yellowtail Crudo with blood orange, yogurt, dill and fennel; Octopus Stew with potato, green olives and cecineri; and Grilled Swordfish with caponata, caper berries, golden raisins and pinenuts. The a la carte menu is available from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is priced at $80 per person. Guests will have the option of including a wine pairing for $65. Reservations are now being accepted. 2355 Chestnut St. San Francisco, CA 94123.

Or stay classic and enjoy some holiday favorites at One Market. Chef Mark Dommen’s Christmas Eve Dinner with include hand-picked Dungeness Crab, Spit-Roasted Prime Rib, Day Boat Scallops, Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding!  For the full menu, pricing and to make a reservation, call 415-777-5577. 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco’s Chef de Cuisine Daniel Corey’s special four course menu will be served on Christmas Eve. Dishes will include Mendocino Uni and New Potato with smoked bonito, sesame, and white soy; and Roasted Breast of Squab and Leg Confit with quince, Brussels sprouts and pomegranate. Dinner is $85 per person or $130 per person with wine pairings! Luce will also be hosting a $45 Unlimited Bubbly Brunch on Christmas Day that will feature their regular breakfast buffet, dessert buffet and mini hot dishes available a la carte! Reservations recommended. 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Oakland

A16Rockrdige Feast7Fishes

A16 Rockridge in Oakland, CA will also be serving up a Christmas Eve dinner for those in the East Bay! Executive Chef Rocky Maselli’s Feast of Seven Fishes will include dishes such as Squid Ink Tonarelli with Dungeness crab, prosecco, crème fraiche, meyer lemon (photo featured); Mt. Lassen Trout roasted whole with Oregon white truffles and braised escarole; and Assorted roasted roots with honey. The seven-course, a la carte menu is $75 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $60 per person. Reservations for A16Rockridge are also available now.
5356 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618.

Adding to the Feast of Seven Fishes theme, Chef John Jackson of Bocanova will be taking a spin on the classic by serving a three-course meal that will incorporate spices normally found in South America. The menu will include Salt Cured Ahi Tuna with a Soy Vinaigrette; Sea Bass Yucatan Soup with grapefruit and tomato; and Swordfish with a Dungeness Crab Salad. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with regular seating throughout the night and can be reserved by calling 510-444-1233. Bocanova’s Feast of Seven Fishes is just $68 per person. 55 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94607.

 Photo of featured dish courtesy of A16Rockridge.