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Eating Xmas Eve & Day

bumble Aug 27, 2007 09:48 AM

I need some recommendations in San Fran. We'll be arriving Xmas eve and staying through til the 29th. I'm not so worried about the other days, but am concerned about the 24th & 25th. What are some good places to eat that are open on those days besides Chinatown and the hotel restaurant? We'll be staying in Nob Hill and will be getting around on public transportation. I'm open to everything, my husband and I are very adventurous eaters.

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    waldrons Sep 4, 2007 12:20 AM

    I'd do Italian for Christmas Eve, as many of the Italian families eat out. My personal preference is Ideale, a very small Roman restaurant on Grant Avenue. One year I stopped by for pasta with butter and truffles at the bar, saw all sorts of neighborhood friends greeting the owners. Very festive!


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      rtmonty Aug 28, 2007 02:21 PM

      Several years ago we had a fantastic 7 course dinner with wine pairing at Aqua. Everything about it was just perfect.

      1. Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2007 09:49 PM

        There are a bunch of topics on this every Christmas:


        1. Chris Rising Aug 27, 2007 05:55 PM

          There are some outstanding restaurants located in hotels in the city. The Dining Room at the Ritz, Ame at the St. Francis, Michael Mina's in the Westin St. Francis, and Seasons at the Four Seasons. I know MM is open for X-mas eve and would assume the others are as well.

          1. Gary Soup Aug 27, 2007 10:33 AM

            Opentable.com will give you a list of restaurants taking reservations for those dates. It's slim pickings at the moment, but many restaurants may not take reservations so far in advance, so it's probably worth checking from time to time.

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            1. re: Gary Soup
              Paul H Aug 27, 2007 11:17 AM

              Gary's suggestion is a good one, and his guess about it being too early to tell is also accurate. But remember Christmas Eve is both Christmas Eve AND a Monday. You aren't going to have a lot of choice.

              As of right now,
              09/24/2007 247 restaurants have availability
              12/17/2007 44 restaurants have availability
              12/24/2007 16 restaurants have availability

              At this point, we don't know about 219 restaurants on Christmas Eve.

              1. re: Paul H
                Gary Soup Aug 27, 2007 11:28 AM

                That would make Christmas Day a Tuesday, when many Chinese Restaurants are closed. I'll wager, though, that some will make an exception and open on Christmas, because it's such a good business day.

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