Why wrestle with another turkey when you can have Thanksgiving at the Bay Area's newest anointed Michelin three-star restaurant? You can still get a table for the first seating on Thanksgiving Day at Meadowood, between 2:30 and 3:30 ($195 per person), and you'll enjoy a pressed heritage turkey with traditional accompaniments, as well as six other courses including a matsutake mushroom custard with parsnip, pickled celery, and fresh horseradish; and roasted sturgeon with bone marrow and crispy Brussels sprouts. Bon Appetit is basically telling you to go out this Thanksgiving and for S.F. they pick RN74 and Epic Roasthouse. We've checked around for some other delightful dining options for you on Thanksgiving Day, too. See them all below.
Ame - For a break from turkey altogether, Ame is offering a five-course menu that culminates in grilled quail with hazelnut risotto. The tasting menu is $85 per person, with $65 extra for wine pairings. Reserve at 415.284.4040.
Cuvée, Napa - For $55 per person, you'll have three courses prepared by chef Jordan Mackey. There's also a family-style traditional Thanksgiving option for the same price. Reserve at 707.224.2330.
FIVE, Berkeley - Chef Banks White is doing a variety of sharable entrés and desserts for the table, and each person can choose an appetizer. $55 per person, $25 for kids. Reserve at 510-225- 6055.
Lafitte - Chef Russell Jackson will be offering a five-course menu from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. $79 per person, with a $49 three-course option as well. Dish options will include roasted goose and turkey three ways. Reserve at 415.839.2134.
Luce - Chef Dominique Crenn will be doing a four-course menu for $65 ($30 more for wine pairings) including turkey leg “confit,” slow-roasted leg of lamb and her take on the traditional pumpkin pie.
Meritage, Oakland - The restaurant at the Claremont Hotel would be an easy and glamorous destination. Chef Josh Thomsen will be offering a classic Thanksgiving buffet with multiple options. $89 per person including champagne and beverages. $25 for kids ages 13 and under. Reserve here.
One Market - Chef Mark Dommen will offer a three-course menu with multiple options, including red wine risotto with duck confit, gizzard, and chicories; roasted Willy Bird turkey with cornbread-bacon stuffing, creamed spinach shallot-thyme gravy; and pumpkin ravioli with Asian pear, parmesan cheese and walnut emulsion. $59 per person, $29 for kids under 12. Reserve at 415.777.5577.
Presidio Social Club - Chef Ray Tang is doing a three-course menu with a bunch of options, including cracked Dungeness crab and oysters on the half shell, and a slow-roasted porchetta. Of course, there's turkey too. $45 per person. Reserve at 415.885.1888.