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Where to Eat and Drink After Your Photo Session with Santa

Restaurants near the Bay's various Santas that welcome kids, and have booze for grown-ups.

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It's once again the time of year to drag the whole family down to the Bay Area's epicenters of commerce, and force them all to sit on the lap of a costumed stranger. Whether you're visiting Macy's Santaland, the Westfield San Francisco Centre, or the Winter Celebration at Oakland's Fairyland, you'll probably be dealing with long waits, hungry kids, and an increasing need to take the edge off. After the crying stops, feed your crew and numb the pain with a cocktail at one of these family-friendly establishments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Super Duper Burger

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721 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 538-3437
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For a fast-casual burger that's better-than-average, Super Duper fills the bill, and has multiple locations around Union Square. If you're feeling festive, add a beer or a soju-spiked milkshake.

2. Daily Grill

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347 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 616-5000
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An extensive kid's menu and daily happy hour (3-6pm) are a big part of Daily Grill's charm. Expansive, bustling and brimming with high chairs, it delivers on all the comforting promise of a chain restaurant.

3. M.Y. China

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845 Market St, Level 4
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 580-3001
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Nestled in the heart of Westfield Centre, M.Y. China provides modern Chinese food and will entertain your children without the crutch of an iPhone as they create handmade noodles right before their eyes. If you're feeling flush, treat everyone to a six-course Dungeness crab feast, highlighting the six provinces of China.

4. Lark Creek Steak

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845 Market Street, 4th Floor, Ste 402
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 593-4100
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Located in the Westfield Centre, Lark Creek Steak offers steakhouse fare in a casual atmosphere. Dishes include all manner of steaks, prime rib, seafood and classic sides like creamed spinach. The children's menu even offers an "amuse"--of carrots and ranch. Stay classy, San Francisco.

5. Tap (415)

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845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
A new addition to the Westfield Centre's luxury eating options, Tap (415) is a craft-beer focused eatery from the people behind 25 Lusk. The restaurant has 20 craft beers, wines and cocktails on tap, to pair with hearty bar-friendly food. End the meal with an adult milkshake for mom and pops, and a sweet sundae for the little ones.

6. Sears Fine Food

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439 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 986-1160
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Originally opened in 1938 by a retired circus clown, Sears Fine Food was first known for their special Swedish pancake recipe. Truly a San Francisco institution, they're still serving up classic American fare like pot roast, pork chops and of course, adorable mini pancakes with lingonberry sauce.

7. Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar

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386 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
The newly opened Klyde is an all-day affair, open from 6:30am-midnight. The food is American, including small plates, salads, burgers, pasta and classic mains like short ribs and roast chicken. Grown-ups can choose from a large variety of local and international wines by the bottle and by the glass.

8. Cupola Pizzeria

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845 Market St., 4th Fl, Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 896-5600
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A snazzy Italian-style restaurant, Cupola offers Westfield Centre patrons Neapolitan-style pizzas, small plates like lamb meatballs, and a large selection of Italian wines by the glass. For a big group, their "Feast of All Feasts" ($32/head) will overwhelm you with food.

9. Bun Mee

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650 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 362-8663
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Bun Mee's Market location is a great option for a quick banh mi sandwich or noodle bowl. They also have beer and wine, if that's where the day is headed. And even if you're not in the mood for a meal, their delicious house-made coconut cookie provides a nice burst of sugar-fueled energy for further shopping.

10. Tropisueño

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75 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 243-0299
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This magical restaurant is a taqueria by day and a full-service Mexican restaurant by night. Please every picky little so-and-so in your group with tacos, burritos and quesadillas. And for the big so-and-so: margaritas.

11. Kin Khao

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55 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-7456
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Small and spicy, Kin Khao serves some of the best Thai food in San Francisco. Swing by post-Santa for something to make you feel alive again, like the Pretty Hot Wings and a drink from cocktail masters the Bon Vivants.

12. The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus

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150 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-4777
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Trying to make an impression? Land a table at the super-classy Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. White table cloths, a view of Union Square and afternoon tea will make this a memorable occasion for everyone involved. Just don't look down.

13. Kitchen 388

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388 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 893-3005
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This Oakland spot has all your brunch favorites, and kid-friendly lunch options like fish tacos, quesadillas and burgers. Come by at night for the chef's vegetarian pop-up.

14. Hawker Fare

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2300 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 832-8896
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Stop by this lively spot for some Southeast Asian-style street food. Rice bowls are the main attraction here, with lots of small plates to share. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, as well as dinner Saturday-Sunday.

15. TrueBurger

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146 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 208-5678
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Soft buns, flavorful patties and killer milkshakes are the deal at this small, casual burger restaurant. It's super-close to Fairyland, so if you've got a ravenous crew on your hands this is your best bet for immediate satisfaction.

1. Super Duper Burger

721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
For a fast-casual burger that's better-than-average, Super Duper fills the bill, and has multiple locations around Union Square. If you're feeling festive, add a beer or a soju-spiked milkshake.
721 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Daily Grill

347 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
An extensive kid's menu and daily happy hour (3-6pm) are a big part of Daily Grill's charm. Expansive, bustling and brimming with high chairs, it delivers on all the comforting promise of a chain restaurant.
347 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. M.Y. China

845 Market St, Level 4, San Francisco, CA 94103
Nestled in the heart of Westfield Centre, M.Y. China provides modern Chinese food and will entertain your children without the crutch of an iPhone as they create handmade noodles right before their eyes. If you're feeling flush, treat everyone to a six-course Dungeness crab feast, highlighting the six provinces of China.
845 Market St, Level 4
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Lark Creek Steak

845 Market Street, 4th Floor, Ste 402, San Francisco, CA 94103
Located in the Westfield Centre, Lark Creek Steak offers steakhouse fare in a casual atmosphere. Dishes include all manner of steaks, prime rib, seafood and classic sides like creamed spinach. The children's menu even offers an "amuse"--of carrots and ranch. Stay classy, San Francisco.
845 Market Street, 4th Floor, Ste 402
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Tap (415)

845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
A new addition to the Westfield Centre's luxury eating options, Tap (415) is a craft-beer focused eatery from the people behind 25 Lusk. The restaurant has 20 craft beers, wines and cocktails on tap, to pair with hearty bar-friendly food. End the meal with an adult milkshake for mom and pops, and a sweet sundae for the little ones.
845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Sears Fine Food

439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Originally opened in 1938 by a retired circus clown, Sears Fine Food was first known for their special Swedish pancake recipe. Truly a San Francisco institution, they're still serving up classic American fare like pot roast, pork chops and of course, adorable mini pancakes with lingonberry sauce.
439 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar

386 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The newly opened Klyde is an all-day affair, open from 6:30am-midnight. The food is American, including small plates, salads, burgers, pasta and classic mains like short ribs and roast chicken. Grown-ups can choose from a large variety of local and international wines by the bottle and by the glass.
386 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Cupola Pizzeria

845 Market St., 4th Fl, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94103
A snazzy Italian-style restaurant, Cupola offers Westfield Centre patrons Neapolitan-style pizzas, small plates like lamb meatballs, and a large selection of Italian wines by the glass. For a big group, their "Feast of All Feasts" ($32/head) will overwhelm you with food.
845 Market St., 4th Fl, Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Bun Mee

650 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Bun Mee's Market location is a great option for a quick banh mi sandwich or noodle bowl. They also have beer and wine, if that's where the day is headed. And even if you're not in the mood for a meal, their delicious house-made coconut cookie provides a nice burst of sugar-fueled energy for further shopping.
650 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94104

10. Tropisueño

75 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
This magical restaurant is a taqueria by day and a full-service Mexican restaurant by night. Please every picky little so-and-so in your group with tacos, burritos and quesadillas. And for the big so-and-so: margaritas.
75 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Kin Khao

55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Small and spicy, Kin Khao serves some of the best Thai food in San Francisco. Swing by post-Santa for something to make you feel alive again, like the Pretty Hot Wings and a drink from cocktail masters the Bon Vivants.
55 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus

150 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Trying to make an impression? Land a table at the super-classy Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. White table cloths, a view of Union Square and afternoon tea will make this a memorable occasion for everyone involved. Just don't look down.
150 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108

13. Kitchen 388

388 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
This Oakland spot has all your brunch favorites, and kid-friendly lunch options like fish tacos, quesadillas and burgers. Come by at night for the chef's vegetarian pop-up.
388 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

14. Hawker Fare

2300 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612
Stop by this lively spot for some Southeast Asian-style street food. Rice bowls are the main attraction here, with lots of small plates to share. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, as well as dinner Saturday-Sunday.
2300 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94612

15. TrueBurger

146 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
Soft buns, flavorful patties and killer milkshakes are the deal at this small, casual burger restaurant. It's super-close to Fairyland, so if you've got a ravenous crew on your hands this is your best bet for immediate satisfaction.
146 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

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