Ahh Thanksgiving . . . a time for families and friends to gather, for gratitude, for delicious food and for cleaning, cooking and doing dishes. This year, why not skip right to the good part by having your feast somewhere else? Read on to find some of the best restaurants open, and serving some deliciousness, on Thanksgiving.

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San Francisco

Fairmont Hotel
Holidays at the Fairmont are always a special treat and it’s worth the splurge for an unforgettable meal. Choose from full-service at the Crown Room or a buffet at Laurel Court. Make your reservations soon as this is a popular choice for visitors and locals alike.

Location: 950 Mason St, San Francisco
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. for the buffet; 12, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. seatings for full service
Cost: Starting at $99/adults, $59/children under 12
Online: fairmont.com/san-francisco

The Stinking Rose
This spot is a ton of fun on Thanksgiving and bonus: it won’t break the bank. Just be sure to bring the breath mints—their special Thanksgiving menu includes 400 Clove Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast.


Location: 325 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
$34.99/adults, $19.99/kids
Online: thestinkingrose.com/sf

Park Chalet
Book your dinner here and find out if turkey tastes better with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge (spoiler alert: it does!). This laid-back spot will offer an outdoor buffet in the garden, with a carving station of turkey, tri-tip and pork loin.

Location: 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco
Cost: $59/adults, $23/kids under 12
Online: parkchalet.com/thanksgiving

One Market
This Financial District eatery is pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving with a four-course, prix fixe menu. Each course has several menu offerings, so you’re sure to please the whole crew!

Location: One Market St., San Francisco
Cost: $85/adults, $39/kids 10 and under
Online: onemarket.com

photo: Lake Chalet

East Bay

The Park Bistro and Bar at the Lafayette Park Hotel
The Park Bistro and Bar is offering a four-course menu, with inventive twists on traditional dishes alongside some more outside-the-box fare like cauliflower veloute. If you choose the traditional turkey for your main course, it comes with both a slow-roasted breast and a confit leg for double the yum. Bonus: it’s location right off highway 24 has ample parking and makes a great meeting spot if guests are coming from multiple directions.

Location: 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Cost: $69/person
Online: lafayetteparkhotel.com

The Lake Chalet
Adults and kids alike will love watching the action on Lake Merritt while dining this Thanksgiving. The Lake Chalet offers a special two-course meal just for the little ones with a choice of turkey or flatiron steak. Adults can try turkey, salmon, lamb and more for the entree. Specialty cocktails like the autumn bourbon sangria and drunkin pumpkin are guaranteed to put you on the holiday mood.

Location: 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
 $49/adults, $19/kids 12 and under

Please pass the potatoes! This Jack London Square restaurant has a three-course menu, with sides served family style. Classic holiday favorites are served with an Italian twist like their Italian butter beans topped with garlic, calabrian chili and toasted bread crumbs. Burn off a few calories after your meal with a stroll along the waterfront.

Location: One Broadway, Oakland
Cost: $60/adults, $25/kids under 12
Online: lungomareoakland.com

Scott’s Restaurant
Scott’s will be serving up a traditional meal with a dash of their signature seafood. Who knows, clam chowder just may become a Thanksgiving staple in your family after sampling theirs!

Location: 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
$59.95/adults, $29.95/kids under 12

photo: Phil Denton via flickr

South Bay

For a splurge-worthy option, head to Madera this Thanksgiving for a family-style meal like you’ve never tasted before. The kids will get to don their holiday best and enjoy Michelin-starred sophistication.

Location: 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: $110/adults, $55/kids under 12
Online: maderasandhill.com

Left Bank
This French Brasserie is serving up a four-course meal, complete with a main course of turkey, pork or risotto. A special kid’s menu will be available AND the bar area will serve an a la carte menu of items like mussels and burgers.

Location: 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (locations in Larkspur and San Jose will also host Thanksgiving)
$54/adults, $12/kids

Many of Birk’s classic dinner menu items will be available all day on Thanksgiving like their prime bone-in rib eye with blue cheese butter. They’re also putting together a prix fixe that will have all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal and a choice between traditional turkey and prime rib.

Location: 3955 Freedom Cir., Santa Clara
Varies depending on entree
Online: birksrestaurant.com

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Il Fornaio
Thanksgiving gets an Italian twist here, with choices like seasonal ravioli filled with butternut squash and risotto with shrimp and mushrooms. Diners can either choose the fixed price menu or order a la carte. The best part: ALL dishes come in child sizes, too!

Location: 327 Lorton Ave., Burlingame (other locations in Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, and Walnut Creek)
Cost: $49/adults, $19/kids 12 and under for prix fix or order a la carte. 

For anyone with residual holiday stress hanging around, having Thanksgiving dinner while the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean may be the cure. The three-course menu had turkey plus other options like local petrale sole. For an extra fee, they offer a wine pairing with each course.

Location: 105 Rockaway Beach Ave., Pacifica
Cost: $64.95/adults, $32.50/kids 12 and under
Online: moonrakerpacifica.com

Cafe Florian
Have an early meal and be home in time for football! Cafe Florian at the Crown Plaza Hotel is offering up more than 50 menu items for its special Thanksgiving Brunch buffet. The kids will love eating by the indoor waterfall and grown-ups will appreciate that kids under 5 are free!

Location: 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City
Cost: $49/adults, $25/kids ages 5-12
Online: eventscp.com

photo: The Caprice


The Caprice
Dungeness crab, pumpkin gnocchi and duck crepes may not be on everyone’s Thanksgiving table, but it is all part of a very special prix fixe menu at The Caprice. The food compliments the amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island.

Location: 2000 Paradise Dr., Tiburon
Cost: tba
Online: thecaprice.com

Cavallo Point
Guests have two options at Cavallo Point Lodge: a buffet in the Callippe Ballroom, or a seated, prix fixe at Murray Circle. Both offer all of the Thanksgiving favorites, but it’s worth noting that if you have a lot of little ones in your party, the buffet is free for kids 3 and under.

Location: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito
Buffet: $110/adults, $55/kids ages 4-12. Prix Fixe: $90/adults, $55/kids ages 5-12, $20/kids ages 4 and under

Does your family plan to visit a restaurant on Thanksgiving? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Melissa Bouse