With Christmas just a few weeks away and New Years Eve shortly after for this in town I’m compiled a list of dining and evening (drinking and parties) options to share with you. Hopefully this will make it easy to plan a fabulous Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Years Eve Celebration. Happy dining and happy holidays to you!!
Bluestem Brasserie – An urban neighborhood restaurant located on Yerba Buena Lane in San Francisco, will be open be open on Saturday, December 24 from 11am-11pm. The restaurant will be serving their complete Bluestem brunch and dinner menus along with a few festive additions for the holiday. Also, guests can partake in some of Bluestem’s special holiday cocktails – all inspired by movies of the season – such as Filthy Animal (inspired by Home Alone), a play on a boozy root beer float with Black Rum and Galliano; Two Sizes Too Small (inspired by the Grinch), a herbaceous cocktail with sage infused Calvados, mint, vodka, and apple juice; Jack Skellington (inspired by Nightmare before Christmas), a scotch based Manhattan with cinnamon clove syrup; and more.
Now a seasonal favorite of Bluestem Brasserie’s regulars, Aunt Chrystl’s Hot Austrian Punsch has returned for the holiday season and will be available through Christmas Eve. This cozy punsch is a served warm and includes house made stroh rum, red wine, orange juice, and seasonal spices.
Reservations for Christmas Eve are encouraged and can be made online at http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/reservations.html or by calling 415.547.1111.
Belga: NEW Monday Lite Menu offering Rose $5 and any 2 items for $15. Glass of rosé $5. Rosé of Syrah, Bodkin, Russian River, CA 2015. In addition, as part of the Monday Lite menu, Belga will offer free corkage during dinner service every Monday night in December.
Choose any 2 items for $15
Lentil soup, mirepoix, spinach & crème fraiche
Cauliflower, vadouvan, golden raisins & almonds
Avocado toast, pea hummus, radish, pickled onion, lemon oil & sea salt
Kale salad, anchoiade, fried bread & feta
Sautéed broccolini, crushed red pepper & grana Padano
Falafel, english pea hummus, yogurt, green beans, zucchini & flatbread
Grilled chicken paillard with warm potato & kale salad
Burritt Room + Tavern
Christmas Eve – This holiday season, gather with friends and loved ones at Burritt Room + Tavern, where you’ll enjoy a three-course feast for $56 per person. Chef Luke Knox’s Christmas Eve menu features San Francisco classics like Oyster Stew with pacific oysters, sweet and creamy fumé, and crisp potatoes, and inventive favorites with global flavors like Coconut + Rice Flour Pancakes a la Bibingka with whipped coconut cream, powder sugar, and pomegranate syrup. Burritt Room + Tavern At Mystic Hotel.417 Stockton Street. San Francisco, CA 94108
Three Course Menu | $56 per person, $24 for children 12 and under. Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Reserve | 415.400.0561
New Year’s Eve Dinner – Ring in the New Year with a celebratory dinner at Burritt Room + Tavern. Chef Luke Knox’s refined and seasonal menu begins with an assortment of shareable table snacks, including White Truffle Potato Chips with Vermont Butter Espuma and Caviar, followed by a “Black + White” entree: Snake River Farms Black Waygu, Pearl White Scallop, Black Trumpet Mushroom, and White Sturgeon Caviar Beurre Blanc. This festive four-course menu is the perfect start to an evening of revelry and a brand new year.
Tickets for dinner and the Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball can be reserved online here.
New Year’s Eve Gala – Burritt Room + Tavern cordially invites you to a Black + White New Year’s Eve Ball. As the sun sets on 2016 and we embark on the new tides of 2017, enjoy one final night of glamour, celebration and mystique, in true Capote style. Guests will be greeted with Taittinger champagne and light fare, along with live music and DJ entertainment.
Friday, December 31, 2016 | 9:30 pm – 1:00 am. A four-course New Year’s Eve dinner will also be served at Burritt Tavern beginning at 6:30. Guests have the option of purchasing a ticket with dinner included.
General Admission includes admission, Taittinger champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and light fare, live music; cash bar. 9:30 pm – 1:00 am | $60 per person. TICKETS.
VIP Booths includes admission, private booth for up to 8 guests, first round of bottle service inclusive – 1 bottle gin or 1 bottle vodka, 1 bottle champagne and craft mixers
9:30 pm – 1:00 am | $800 all inclusive (for up to 8 guests). TICKETS.
Dress: Black & white finery; masks recommended.
We will also provide masks.
Standish Shore Oyster and White Sturgeon Caviar
And a splash of bubblesAhi Tuna Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Black Garlic & Crisp Sunchokes
Jacques Lassaigne, Vignes de Montguex, Blanc de Blancs, Extra Brut, Gueux NV Cayucos Abalone
Pierogis, Sauerkraut & Mermaids Hair
Riesling, FX Pichler, Loibner Steinertal, Smaragd, Wachau 2011
Canape (Brandade Beignets)
*Foie Gras Canape Supplement
Sablefish, from the Farallones
Lollipop Kale, Robuchon Potatoes & Tidepool Creatures (Seaweed, Smoked Mussels, Sea Urchin & Crab)
Chardonnay, Domaine Alain Chavy, Les Charmes, Puligny-Montrachet 2012
Oak Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Cauliflower, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Crisp Leeks & Bordelaise
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pride Mountain, Napa Valley/Sonoma County 2013
White Chocolate Mousse Cake
Fresh and Candied Citrus, Blood Orange Gel
Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Château Doisy Daëne, Sauternes 2011
Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Chef Daniel Corey of the Michelin-star Luce will offer a 3-course menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for dinner. Menu highlights include Hand Cut Beef Tartar with Cauliflower & White Cheddar, Sesame Flatbread; Duck Breastwith Nantes Carrots, Cooked with Vanilla & Red Wine, Butternut Squash; Short Rib of Angus Beef Braised Red Cabbage, Apple, Mustard; and Ginger Scented Panna Cotta Red Wine Pears & Pomegranate. Pricing is $95 per person/$140 with wine pairing; children are $45 (4 – 12 years old); prices exclude tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit Luce on OpenTable.
Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Christmas Day Brunch
On Christmas Day, enjoy a brunch buffet with omelette station, Dim Sum, and unlimited bubbly for $85 per person; $45 for children 4 – 12 years old; prices exclude tax and gratuity. Brunch is from 11am – 2:30pm and is the only menu offered. For reservations, visit Luce on OpenTable.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Christmas Eve Dinner
Celebrate Christmas Eve at the festive Top of the Mark with the city of San Francisco twinkling in the background. Enjoy a dinner buffet including a raw bar, antipasto selection, small plates, entrees, roasts, and more. Chef Michael Wong will feature some traditional holiday favorites including Filet Mignon, Roasted Winter Squash with honey thyme glaze, Wild Salmon with shaved fennel and lemon cream sauce, a Sushi Bar and much more. Dessert will include Crepe Suzette with orange butter sauce, as well as traditional holiday classics. Guests will also enjoy live music from San Francisco’s renowned pianist, Ricardo Scales. Top of the Mark’s Christmas Eve dinner buffet is offered from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m on December 24th. Adults are $135 per person and children (ages 4 – 12) are $65. Reservations are required. Please call 415-616-6941.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner Buffet
Fill your day of merriment and joy with a special holiday brunch and dinner buffet on Christmas Day at Top of the Mark. From 9:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., enjoy every delicious holiday treat you could imagine from traditional prime rib to a sweet selection of holiday cakes and pies along with brunch specials until 1:00 p.m. Brunch highlights include an omelet and waffle station,Scrambled eggs with chives and seasoned breakfast potatoes, and Crab Benedict with béarnaise sauce. Throughout the entire day Chef Michael Wong presents a delicious feast offering something for everyone’s taste making for the perfect Christmas. Highlights include Seared Beef Tenderloin with crispy pancetta and melted onions, Mint Marinated Lamb Loinwith braised fennel, Whole Suckling Pig with apple brandy cream, Lobster bisque, and more. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment from pianists Athens and Ricardo Scales. Top of the Mark Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Dinner buffet is $135 per adult and $65 per child (ages 4 – 12). Reservations are required. Please call 415-616-6941.
MINA Test Kitchen
Feast of the Seven Fishes. Guests are encouraged to make reservations here: http://www.minatestkitchen.com/
$95 for the menu
MICHAEL MINA restaurant
Guests are encouraged to make reservations here: https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/san-francisco-bay-area/michael-mina/
$155 for the menu.
Taste Wine Like a Pro at Press Club – Mon, December 19, 2016 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST
Join Press Club on December 19th for a special holiday “Taste Wine Like a Pro”, where Sommelier Cirilli will teach guests to pair wines with holiday meals. Learn to select the perfect bottle for your next holiday soiree or to enjoy at home while celebrating throughout the season. Cirilli will lead guests on a journey through the various regions of the wine world while identifying the grapes behind them, understanding the impact of terroir, winemaking style and how to utilize all senses to appreciate wine. Guests will be encouraged to use all the senses to describe, taste and analyze wine just like the experts during an info-packed event just in time for the holidays. The “quiz-free,” casual setting provides an enjoyable wine education within the relaxed environment of San Francisco’s favorite wine bar and lounge. Each class will include six wines including two reds, two whites, one sweet and one sparkling varietal. Press Club. 20 Yerba Buena Lane. San Francisco, CA 94103
New Year’s Eve at Press Club
Ring in the New Year at Press Club with a dance party featuring Bay Area favorite, DJ Jerry Ross from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Enjoy live coverage of the New Year’s Eve festivities around the country, sparkling wines, festive lights, balloons and party favors. Come toast 2017 in style at Press Club. All tickets include a glass of bubbles at the door and a glass from our New Years Eve menu. 20 Yerba Buena Lane. San Francisco, CA 94103
Christmas Eve – Celebrate Christmas Eve at Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.) and enjoy dinner prepared with the season’s best ingredients and a Japanese twist. From 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Roka Akor will offer an indulgent, four-course tasting menu that is designed to be shared alongside the full dinner menu on December 24. Led by Executive Chef Roman Petry, highlighted courses on the tasting menu include Tiger Shrimp Tempura with wasabi pea dust and sweet chili aioli; Toro Roll with kizami wasabi and yuzu tobiko; and Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod wrapped in a Japanese magnolia leaf. The holiday feast concludes with a signature dessert platter. Roka Akor’s Christmas Eve menu is priced at $88 per person with an optional wine pairing priced at $48 per person. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online or by calling 415-362-8887. To learn more about Roka Akor, visit their website.
Schroeder’s Toys for Tots fundraiser
Saturday, December 17 from 5pm – 10pm. The holidays are upon us and there is no better way to celebrate then to imbibe at bars and restaurants that are trading drinks in exchange for supporting a local charity. Share some holiday spirit with a child in need while you observe the festive season at Schroeder’s who is partnering with Toys for Tots to make a contribution to support the organization to deliver a new toy at Christmas, and a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Schroeder’s will be donating 10% of all proceeds made that day to Toys for Tots. Come help us make Christmas a little brighter for the kids! Schroeder’s Restaurant. 240 Front St. San Francisco, CA 94111
New Year’s Eve at Schroeder’s – December 31, 2015 beginning at 5 p.m. San Francisco’s largest and oldest German restaurant, Schroeder’s, is the perfect downtown spot to bring the whole family (including the kids) to enjoy an la carte menu before the NYE fireworks display, just steps away on the Embarcadero. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and convenient financial district setting for your holiday celebration on New Year’s Eve. Offering live coverage of the ball drop on Schroeder’s multiple flat screen televisions, and delicious, family friendly dining, Schroeder’s will please everyone’s appetite! Ring in the New Year with Schroeder’s with party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Schroeder’s Restaurant . 240 Front St. San Francisco, CA 94111
Tratto, a spirited, bar-driven restaurant serving rustic Italian fare in the heart of San Francisco’s Theater District, celebrates the arrival of the holiday season with a special promotion for Union Square ice skaters and San Francisco theater attendees, and seasonal cocktails, as well as a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve, and a pre-fix New Year’s Eve dinner.
TO GO/ORDER AHEAD OFFERINGS
Presidio Social Club – December is here, and Presidio Social Club Pastry Chef Rene Cruz, a 2015 Zagat “30 Under 30” winner, is making his famous pies to-go again through the holiday season. Serving 8-10 people and available for pre-order now, pie flavors include: Classic Pumpkin Pie; Pumpkin “Pie” Cheesecake; Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie; and Toasted Coconut Cream Pie($40/each). Also new this year is a Spiced Banana Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl & Pecan Oatmeal Crumble ($18). Make it even easier on yourself by adding a pint of fresh vanilla whipped cream ($5/pint). All December holiday pie orders must be placed by Friday, December 16, order online here. Pick up will be available at Presidio Social Club, and a number of time slots are available and can be selected through the online order form.
Let It Snow Truffles, $21.00
Waking to a fresh snowfall, building snowmen in the park, sipping hot chocolate to keep you warm. A playful winter’s day adorns Recchiuti’s signature Burnt Caramel Truffles, made with a blend of smoky caramel and dark chocolate ganache.
Yuletide Tree Truffles, $21.00
Colorful Yuletide Trees adorn Recchiuti’s Madagascar Varietal Truffles, made with single origin Criollo cacao – known for its complex flavors and notes of tart cherry and fruit.
Oh, Christmas Tree Truffles, $45.00
Hazelnuts from Italy, Peppermint from Willamette Valley, Coffee from Hawaii – the new Oh, Christmas Tree truffle collection holds Recchiuti’s original 16 flavors, each made with the finest ingredients.
White Christmas Truffles, $85.00
This Christmas, Recchiuti is dreaming of three layers of silky ganache and delicate pates de fruits. The 32-piece White Christmas truffle collection spans nearly our entire array of flavors. The collection comes with a legend describing each confection.