Where to Eat in San Francisco on Christmas Day

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Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone who does wants to eat at home. In fact, some people may be traveling hundreds or thousands of miles from home during the holiday season. Just like vacationers at any other time of year, they want to find a restaurant with delicious food, reasonable prices, and convenient hours.

The last part can be a bit more challenging on Christmas Day. Those fortunate enough to find themselves in San Francisco around December 25 have several options for dining out, including:

  1. Blue Mermaid Chowder House and Bar: Located inside of the Argonaut Hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Blue Mermaid posts Christmas Day hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The restaurant is well-known for fare such as Cornish hens, prime rib, and cioppino, a staple of San Francisco.
  2. Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39: For those who have heard enough of Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to last for the rest of their lives, the Hard Rock Cafe makes a nice Christmas Day alternative. While dining on a huge burger and fries, Hard Rock customers will enjoy listening to the rock and roll sounds they remember from their growing up years. The cafe will remain open from noon until 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.
  3. Beso Bistronomia: For a truly different Christmas Day dinner, visitors to San Francisco can check out Beso Bistronomia located at 4058A 18th Open that day from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the restaurant serves Catalan-style food for a fixed price of $65. The menu includes such delectables as petrale sole served with roasted rutabaga, dayboat scallop crudo with sprinkles of jalapeno and orange, and a heaping helping of churros to round out the meal.
  4. Brasserie S & P: From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Brasserie S & P will serve traditional Christmas brunch. It will then serve dinner for $75 per person from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The holiday dinner grand prix includes seared filet mignon, maple brined pork chops, and smoked salmon. The address is 222 Sansome Street.

The Christmas Story Right Here in San Francisco

One of the most memorable scenes from the classic movie The Christmas Story is when Ralphie and his family go out to eat at a Chinese restaurant after a pack of dogs eat their Christmas dinner. However, people going to Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day doesn’t just happen in the movies. It’s nearly twice as popular as other days of the year.

San Francisco travelers can enjoy dishes such as garlic crab, basil clam, dumplings, sweet and sticky rice ball soup, and many other options at Z & Y Restaurant. It’s open regular hours on Christmas Day, but parties with four or more people should make reservations to avoid disappointment.