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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

If You Can't Dish It, Ditch It: Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Brined and roasted tom turkey, Eclipse Restaurant
  • Brined and roasted tom turkey, Eclipse Restaurant

Turkey trouble? Annoying aunt? Fist-fighting a fellow procrastinator for the last can of cranberry sauce? Whatever your Thanksgiving emergency, we've got your back. Dodge the drama at home and check out these S.F. restaurants offering meals on Thursday.

Eclipse Restaurant Bar & Lounge, Hyatt Regency

The swanky Eclipse Restaurant is hosting a homey Thanksgiving dinner starting at 4 p.m. For fifty bucks a head, enjoy a brined and roasted tom turkey with rosemary sweet corn stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry-apricot chutney, roasted Brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots for your entree, and a choice of spiced winter squash soup or apple and fennel salad. Dessert is a pumpkin spice cake, frosted with cinnamon cream cheese, with a drizzle of caramel and chocolate shavings. 5 Embarcadero Center, 788-1234

Alioto's Restaurant

If you find yourself on Fisherman's Wharf, with a ton of tourist family members in tow, check out Alioto's Italian seafood, offering a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner for $30. Choose clam chowder or salad, with organic roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, yams and pumpkin pie. 8 Fishermans Wharf, 673-0183

Bluestem Brasserie

FiDi's Bluestem is going all out with a four-course $75 prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. Appetizers include bacon-wrapped scallops and pineapples, smoked mussels with fennel and saffron crème fraiche, Swedish meatballs and more. Enjoy a spiced pumpkin soup and Dungeness crab quenelle, followed by a cranberry and persimmon harvest salad. For your main, choose between a roasted cornbread-stuffed heritage turkey roulade, or a variety of vegetarian options including sweet potato gnocchi and cedar plank roasted arctic char. Be sure to save room for the hazelnut mocha mousse cake or pumpkin pie bread pudding. 1 Yerba Buena Ln, 547-1111

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Embarcadero pop-up restaurant Waiheke Island Yacht Club is only here for another month, but not without leaving a mark. With a three course $60 prix fixe dinner menu, Waiheke is hosting Friendsgiving. Featured dishes include pomegranate glazed duck breast with rutabaga, coconut and shiso, as well as New Zealand fish stew, a saffron-spiced broth with oven roasted Terakihi, mussels and abalone. The highlight of the menu is the tender Silere Merino lamb rump entree, made with squash, leeks, figs and goat cheese (pictured). Reservations are required.1256 Pier 29, 956-1048

Silere Merino lamb rump, Waiheke Island Yacht Club
  • Silere Merino lamb rump, Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Le P'tit Laurent

Glen Park's French bistro, Le P'tit Laurent, is offering a $40 three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. Tuck in to a hearty butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with traditional vegetables and fixings and pumpkin pie a la mode with a glass of champagne.699 Chenery. 334-3235

Velvet Room at Clift

If you're willing to brave the Tenderloin, the Velvet Room at the Clift hotel will make it worth your trouble. Chef Thomas Weibull will serve a four-course Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted butternut squash served with smoked ham hock and topped with ginger confit, roasted diestel turkey confit with cornbread stuffing and root vegetables, and a sweet pumpkin tart for dessert, topped with spiced pecans and a helping of maple ice cream. 495 Geary, 929-2300

Presidio Social Club

For Thanksgiving lunch in the Presidio, savor turkey at the PSC. At $55 per person, choose between a fall kale salad or butternut squash soup, followed by a roast turkey with challah stuffing (pictured), sweet potato gnocchi and plenty of comfort fixings. Enjoy the view of the bay with oysters on the half shell or roasted dungeness crab, and save room for pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert.

Challah stuffing, Presidio Social Club
  • Challah stuffing, Presidio Social Club

563 Ruger St., 885-1888

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

For a decadent Thanksgiving meal -- or if you're trying to impress your in-laws -- indulge in Top of the Mark's Thanksgiving Fête. For $110 per person, you'll get more than great views of the city and bay from the sky lounge. Enjoy the Mark Hopkins Roast with pesto crusted bone-in prime rib au jus, or roasted free range turkey with cranberry-orange sauce and giblet gravy. For a sweet treat, try the apple crumble or pumpkin ice cream. And for the little ones, a petting zoo will be featured in the lobby from noon till 4 p.m. 999 California St., 616-6916

Urban Tavern

The TL's Urban Tavern is serving a $40 three-course prix fixe menu, with starter choices of a butternut and cider bisque or a seasonal salad with roasted pumpkin, bacon and goat cheese. For the entree, enjoy a roasted turkey with chestnut and corn bread stuffing, pork belly and Brussels sprouts and cranberry relish or a vegetable pot pie with simmered vegetables and tofu, topped with a flaky, butter crust. Desserts include apple cobbler or a sparkling cider float. 333 O'Farrell, 923-4400

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