Where to Eat For Christmas, Both Eve and Day, Around S.F.

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According to GrubHub, 82% of restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, making for a dicey situation for those who a) dislike or don’t celebrate Christmas, and b) can’t cook for themselves. Below, we’ve got a few options for you — many of them at fancy hotel restaurants because, you know, hotels can’t close — as well as a few ideas for Christmas Eve, assuming you won’t have driven or flown somewhere to be harassed by family that evening.

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First off, you’ve got your traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. Both A16 and Incanto are doing them on Christmas Eve, with a variety of tasty seafood options. A16’s will feature a four-course menu for $75 per person, with an optional fifth course (a crab sformato), and wine pairing for $55 additional. Incanto’s preliminary menu is here, and that’s three courses for $49.

Christmas Day

On actual Christmas, the non-Asian options are limited, but GrubHub promises a bounty of sushi, Thai, Chinese, etc. available for delivery.

Then, you’ve got some high-end, hotel restaurant choices, and at least one downscale option for dining out:

Ame - Dine in high style at the St. Regis on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and you’ll be treated to this five-course menu, kicking off with a Dungeness Crab salad and finishing with a mysterious "dessert de Noel." $95 per person, with $65 for wine pairings.

Americano - Over at the Hotel Vitale, chef Kory Stewart will be doing a special three-course affair on Christmas Day featuring lardo-wrapped Hawaiian blue prawns; and Piedmontese-style rib eye with horseradish creamed Brussels sprouts. $75 per person.

Aurea - The restaurant at the Renaissance Stanford Court will offer a special four-course meal on Christmas for $59 per adult and $19 per child. See the full menu here.

Cafe Flore
- Up in the Castro, for a very downscale and low-key Christmas before or after the movies, Café Flore will be open all day, just like they are every holiday.

cityhouse - Over at the Parc 55, cityhouse will be doing a three-course Christmas dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring dishes such as Maple Glazed Stuffed Squab and Salt Crusted Prime Rib.

Level III - This is a pretty mellow option near Union Square, which will likely be refreshingly deserted (unless Macy’s opens early for returns?) - $45 for three courses, $18.50 for kids. Plus there will be cocktails.

And if you’re looking for a quick Sonoma getaway, note that Carneros Bistro at the Lodge at Sonoma is doing a special three-course prix fixe for $55; Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen at the Hotel Healdsburg is only open Christmas Eve, with a special three-course menu for $57, but a few doors down at the new H2 hotel, spoonbar will be open Christmas Day with a $55 three-courser.