Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in San Francisco

Posted on November 14, 2018 |

Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco has never been easier with so many San Francisco Thanksgiving events open this year!

Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner Bay Area style: dinner cruises and restaurants perched on cliffs overlooking the Pacific.

You won’t find any Oakland Thanksgiving dinner options here, this is all 100% Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco below!


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Beach Chalet is a favorite for locals looking for Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco.

This historic brewery and restaurant may not be the place for a Thanksgiving buffet Bay Area, but it offers stunning views of Ocean Beach, the Pacific Ocean and the Cliff House.

The Beach Chalet Brewery and Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden Best Breweries & Beer Halls in San Francisco. Which makes the Beach Chalet a unique waterfront restaurant for a three course pre-fixe Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco!

In the lobby, you’ll find murals painted a few years after the building was first opened as a changing room for Ocean Beach.

In the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, a short lived government branch for advancing the arts. The murals are still well preserved and open for public viewing.

Do a little San Francisco turkey trot over to Beach Chalet for your Thanksgiving Bay Area.


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Cliff House is the most historic of all San Francisco restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

San Francisco’s Cliff House has taken many shapes since the original grand Victorian building burned to the ground. The Cliff House is now composed of two different restaurants: the Bistro and Sutro’s. Both open for Thanksgiving meals.

Since there’s no San Francisco Thanksgiving parade, instead you can enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco while enjoying the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking  the Pacific Ocean.

PRO TIP: Bundle up and head down to Ocean Beach to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean!

Our San Francisco electric bike tours spend time just up the road from Cliff House, stopping for photos at the Sutro Bath Ruins. This tour ends by 4pm — just in time for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cliff House!


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Hornblower’s Dinner Cruise is one of the most fun things to do in San Francisco on Thanksgiving.

How many people can say they had Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco from the middle of the Bay?!

Join Hornblower San Francisco to enjoy Thanksgiving with breathtaking views from beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, circle around Alcatraz Island for unbeatable photos and sip on champagne while looking at the city skyline.

Thanksgiving Bay Area, from the actual Bay!



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This Union Square steakhouse offers a convenient location for travelers to have Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco.

Still looking for where to stay in San Francisco? Morton’s is within walking distance to some of the best hotels in Union Square!

Don’t wait, do a Thanksgiving 5k over to Morton’s Steakhouse for your Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco.


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The family style dinner at Presidio Social Club is as close as you’ll get to a Thanksgiving buffet San Francisco.

The Presidio of San Francisco has some of the oldest buildings in the city that date back to before the Declaration of Independence. Could you think of a better location for a classic Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco?



The San Francisco Turkey Trot has no corporate sponsors and is fully funded by the registration costs from participants!

Registration for the 16th Annual San Francisco Turkey Trot is full. But you can still have a blast watching the San Francisco Turkey Trot from the sidelines in Golden Gate Park cheering runners along!

One of San Francisco’s most beloved pastime is dressing up in costumes for marathons. So, catching the San Francisco Turkey Trot is a great way of experiencing SF like a local.


Spend the day after Thanksgiving in San Francisco watching the tree lighting ceremony

Spend the day after Thanksgiving in San Francisco’s Union Square for the Tree Lighting Ceremony

Every year the city of San Francisco is gifted a 83 foot tall Christmas Tree from the Macy’s across the street from Union Square.

Which is fitting because Macy’s San Francisco is the second biggest Macy’s in the world!

2018 marks this the 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square. Tradition has always seen the Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony take place day after Thanksgiving.

The actual Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:40pm. But be sure to get there early because this is a popular post Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco event!

Enjoy the game room at Hotel Zeppelin, one of the best hotels in Union Square San Francisco

Hotel Zeppelin’s game room helps earn them the reputation as one of the best hotels in Union Square San Francisco.

If you’re not sure where to stay in San Francisco, hotels in Union Square have the perk of being within walking distance to the Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony and Ice Skating Rink


Pier 39 Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celeberate #hapPIERholidays at the Pier 39 Tree Lighting Ceremony the day before Thanksgiving in San Francisco

Pier 39 will be holding their Tree Lighting Ceremony the day before Thanksgiving on Thursday, on Wednesday November 21st.

Festivities around the 60ft tall Christmas Tree are set to begin at 5pm with a display synchronized to holiday music.

If you’re traveling in San Francisco with toddlers they will enjoy writing letters to Santa. #hapPIERholidarys

Get in the holiday spirit with a tree santa hat when you donate a new, unwrapped toy for San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program.


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Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Tree is now BIGGER than their Victorian home!

Ever wondered what would happen if you planted one of those little store-bought potted Christmas trees in your front yard? Head over to the Victorian-lined Noe Valley neighborhood and take a look for yourself!

Tom & Jerry purchased a Norfolk Island Pine back in the 80s to decorate for Christmas. After the holiday season passed, they kept the tree growing indoors. Until it grew too big for the house. Eventually they planted the tree on their front lawn — where the mighty coniferous now stands 60 feet (over 18 meters)!

The details: This massive Christmas Tree has been dominating the scene at 21st and Church in Noe Valley for nearly 30 years. Head over during dusk for the best viewing — we love trying to catch the lights just as they’re being turned on for the night!

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