I have been looking around for Thanksgiving options in San Francisco for 2013. OpenTable has already released a list of restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving Day menus, but I was wondering if anyone had some advice. I found some lists from prior years, but does anyone have any particular experience with a certain place that would dictate either a "must go" or "try somewhere else?" Here are the places I'm considering based on research:
Lark Creek Steak - Good TripAdvisor reviews, menu appeals to me, not far from my hotel, reasonable price
Bluestem Brasserie - Similar reasoning as above, but more expensive
Epic Roasthouse - Pricey, but awesome view, menu looks good (especially desser)
Elite Cafe - Reviews are mixed, but I like the idea of the unlimited sides on Thanksgiving
Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated. I am an east coaster and this is my first time in SF so I am blind to the restaurant scene.
East Bay Thanksgiving Dinners
11/27 Livermore - Wente Vineyards, take-home dinner, $249 for six
11/28 Oakland - Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, $46
11/28 Oakland - Lungomare
11/28 Walnut Creek - Lark Creek, Thanksgiving Tasting Menu including pan-roasted Steelhead Salmon with green lentils, roasted cauliflower salad, and curry yogurt, $49
11/28 Lafayette - Yankee Pier Lafayette, Boiled Live Maine Lobster, $45
11/28 Berkeley - Paragon Berkeley at the Claremont Hotel and Spa, $65 or $95 with cocktail pairings
I have enjoyed Epic and One Market. One Market was very elegant - I liked the atmosphere - and they are very accommodating of food allergies. I think Epic was good too but I didn't like where we were seated (no view). I imagine Lark Creek would be consistent but not special.
I usually dine out for Thanksgiving, actually. I've been to One Market for Thanksgiving, it wasn't particularly memorable. Not bad, not great...
I went to Luce one year; they had some sort of squash mousse for dessert which was great. Otherwise, similarly nothing earth-shattering. I think Thanksgiving meals in restaurants are not typically earth-shaking, actually, but my sister insists on pumpkin desserts on Thanksgiving, so.
The only real advice I have for you is to be wary of TripAdvisor reviews for restaurants. It seems to give suspect advice regarding food.