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.