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Dec 7, 2009 08:47 AM

XMas Day in SF

I'm going to be arriving in SF from Carmel on Christmas Day and would love some rec's for an early dinner that night. Understanding that many places will be closed, I'd like to find someplace casual but delicious in the Nob Hill area. Any thoughts?

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    1. This link will list 21 restaurants open with special menus.

      Christmas Day 2009 – San Francisco

      There will be more additions over the next few weeks. Restaurants have just been dragging their feet about putting up the holiday links and it was only this past weekend that I got this much info.

      Though I'll add info as I get it, it seems the pattern has been for restaurants to update websites at the week end

      There are links to online menus if any. You will have to cut and paste those in your browser if interested.

      The list map can give you a feel for how close to nob hill

      Here's the pricing I used
      $ Under 30
      $$ 30 – 49
      $$$ 50 – 69
      $$$$ 70 and over

      I didn't add restaurants that are not advertising special menus or are just serving their recular menu. Check open table for that. FWIW, most of the restuarants at Fisherman's Wharf will be open but the food is overpriced and average for the most part.

      Finally, there's another 'charming' software bug. You may have to refresh the list a few . times to see all entries ... or maybe not

      As of this post there are 21 Christmas Day menus. Pay attention to the numbers. They should be sequenced from 1 - 21 not 1, 2,7,8,9, 11, 12, 16,, 21, ... or something like that. Hiitting refresh until you see all list items will help

      If a restaurant menu interests you, ask about it. Some look good on paper. As an example, The Hornblower cruises are a pleasant boat ride on the bay but the food is average buffet stuff.

      4 Replies
      1. re: rworange

        TI've looked at the link(s) and this helps. I prefer not esting at a hotel, which makes this a bit more challenging.

        1. re: Eliznan

          It might help if you were more specific about what kind of experience you were looking for. Special holiday menu? Regular menu? Ethnic okay? Etc.

          I just looked at what's available on OpenTable, and I think maybe Hyde Street Bistro might be closest to what you want.

          Hyde Street Bistro
          1521 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94109

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            We actually would like to have Chinese. I'm interested in finding soup dumplings in Chinatown. I know about Shanghai Dumpling King and Yank Sing. Both are suppose to be really great. But was hoping to find something a little closer to where we're staying on Nob Hill on Christmas Day.