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The 2014 Thanksgiving Heatmap: Where to Eat Out in SF

Get your turkey on (or not) at some of San Francisco's finest dining establishments.

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It's that time of year again...the whole family is descending upon your one-bedroom apartment, and they're hungry. Save yourself some suffering and take the ravenous horde out on the town. Kill two birds with one stone and take them to a tourist-friendly waterfront destination, or kick it up a notch with serious high-end cuisine. It's your choice (kind of).

If leaving the house (read: putting on pants that don't have a drawstring) does not interest you, try one of these purveyors of fine Thanksgiving foods for pre-prepared feast at home.

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Michael Mina

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Mina's $135 Chef's Menu (with optional $85 beverage pairing) features dishes like Roast Turkey Cranberry confit, with glazed brussels sprouts, kale, and gravy. For the shellfish lovers, Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops served with winter apple and persimmon salad is also an option.

Bourbon Steak

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Get the whole gang together and treat yourselves to a family style meal of cassoulet of confit turkey leg with cranberry chutney and a wedge salad with avocado dressing this year. In celebration of the holiday, Bourbon Steak San Francisco will be offering a family style feast ($125 per person, $65 for wine pairings).

Go fancy for Thanksgiving with a five-course menu from Ame at the St. Regis Hotel. Swanky surroundings, and a traditional menu will satisfy all your guests.

Presidio Social Club

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Presidio Social Club's traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($59) includes a seasonal soup, followed by turkey, stuffing and such. Finish up with classic pecan pie with Madagascar vanilla ice cream and brown butter caramel sauce. For the non-fowl eaters, they'll also have whole roasted Dungeness crabs and oysters on the half shell.

MKT Restaurant and Bar

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Is your picky Aunt Sally coming to town? Appeal to her sensibilities at MKT Restaurant and Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel. Chef Alexander La Motte is serving up a four-course menu ($95). Start with a sugar pie pumpkin soup with coconut milk, wild rice and red onion jam, then choose from a slow-roasted organic turkey with all the fixings, braised short ribs or black cod for your entree. Then treat your Aunt Sally to a barrel-aged house made eggnog, just for good measure.

Le Colonial

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Add some Vietnamese flare to Thanksgiving with a la carte dishes like Cornish hen stuffed with sticky rice, shiitake mushrooms and sausage, and roasted Kabocha-tomato-leek soup with Dungeness crab. Who needs gravy when you've got fish sauce on hand?

The Cavalier

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Harken back to the pilgrims' time and enjoy some London-inspired Thanksgiving fare. The Cavalier is serving a prixe-fixe ($75) menu with offerings like lamb scrumpets with pickled mint and chile, roast turkey breast and confited leg, and a filet of salmon with dill hollandaise. Finish it off with a nice pumpkin steamed pudding (sorry, figgy pudding didn't make the cut, this time).

Alioto's Restaurant

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If you're looking for a feast with a view, bring your out-of-towners to Alioto's for a prixe-fixe traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($31.95). Go for the clam chowder, free-range turkey, dressing and all the rest, or order the Seafood Tower instead. Live a little.

Ok Southerners, here is your chance for a taste of home. Chef "Gator" Thompson is preparing a five-course Southern Thanksgiving dinner featuring roast pumpkin soup, molasses and bourbon-glazed grits, turducken, grandma’s southern-style stuffing with pairings from Jacuzzi Winery ($55). Give thanks that Fenix is also a live music venue, in case you need to drown out Uncle Ernie's boring stories with live music from 22 Kings.

There's no better way to share a meal than tapas. Go Spanish this Thanksgiving with small plates from Beso. They'll have special Thanksgiving items for the traditionalists, but don't miss out on an array of Spanish cheese, charcuterie and paella.

Top of the Mark

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Belly up to a classy Thanksgiving buffet ($119) with one of the best views in town. Graze upon smoked duck breast with grilled persimmons, toasted pumpkin seeds and fig compote, sherry-molasses roast beets with allspice crème fraiche, and turkey with orange-cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Accompanying your dizzying view and dining choices will be a duo of piano players and a petting zoo in the lobby.

Terrapin Crossroads

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Head up to San Rafael to try Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads. They'll be serving an a la carte lunch menu from 11am-2pm, and a four-course prixe fixe ($49) from 2pm-9:30pm. Chef Jason Arbusto is bringing his extensive fine-dining knowledge to the Thanksgiving table with turkey with pippin apple and sourdough stuffing, and mashed potatoes with rosemary infused gravy. Stick around for the live music, beginning at the auspicious time of 4:20 pm.

Lungomare

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East Bay folks can gather round the table and the waterfront view at Lungomare. Bring the whole crew down to Jack London Square for an Italian-Inspired Thanksgiving dinner. There's even an outside seating area with a fire pit to smugly enjoy the view of the fog from across the bay. Enjoy first course options followed by a family-style affair of sides; choose your entree of turkey, dry-aged rib eye or olive oil poached salmon ($45).

FIVE Restaurant

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Get to know thy family, by sharing a family-style meal ($58) at FIVE. Chef Tonnelier (formerly of Boulevard) is offering turkey breast stuffed with chard, mushrooms and chestnuts, bacon and mushroom stuffing and roasted root vegetables.

Michael Mina

Mina's $135 Chef's Menu (with optional $85 beverage pairing) features dishes like Roast Turkey Cranberry confit, with glazed brussels sprouts, kale, and gravy. For the shellfish lovers, Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops served with winter apple and persimmon salad is also an option.

Bourbon Steak

Get the whole gang together and treat yourselves to a family style meal of cassoulet of confit turkey leg with cranberry chutney and a wedge salad with avocado dressing this year. In celebration of the holiday, Bourbon Steak San Francisco will be offering a family style feast ($125 per person, $65 for wine pairings).

Ame

Go fancy for Thanksgiving with a five-course menu from Ame at the St. Regis Hotel. Swanky surroundings, and a traditional menu will satisfy all your guests.

Presidio Social Club

Presidio Social Club's traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($59) includes a seasonal soup, followed by turkey, stuffing and such. Finish up with classic pecan pie with Madagascar vanilla ice cream and brown butter caramel sauce. For the non-fowl eaters, they'll also have whole roasted Dungeness crabs and oysters on the half shell.

MKT Restaurant and Bar

Is your picky Aunt Sally coming to town? Appeal to her sensibilities at MKT Restaurant and Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel. Chef Alexander La Motte is serving up a four-course menu ($95). Start with a sugar pie pumpkin soup with coconut milk, wild rice and red onion jam, then choose from a slow-roasted organic turkey with all the fixings, braised short ribs or black cod for your entree. Then treat your Aunt Sally to a barrel-aged house made eggnog, just for good measure.

Le Colonial

Add some Vietnamese flare to Thanksgiving with a la carte dishes like Cornish hen stuffed with sticky rice, shiitake mushrooms and sausage, and roasted Kabocha-tomato-leek soup with Dungeness crab. Who needs gravy when you've got fish sauce on hand?

The Cavalier

Harken back to the pilgrims' time and enjoy some London-inspired Thanksgiving fare. The Cavalier is serving a prixe-fixe ($75) menu with offerings like lamb scrumpets with pickled mint and chile, roast turkey breast and confited leg, and a filet of salmon with dill hollandaise. Finish it off with a nice pumpkin steamed pudding (sorry, figgy pudding didn't make the cut, this time).

Alioto's Restaurant

If you're looking for a feast with a view, bring your out-of-towners to Alioto's for a prixe-fixe traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($31.95). Go for the clam chowder, free-range turkey, dressing and all the rest, or order the Seafood Tower instead. Live a little.

Fenix

Ok Southerners, here is your chance for a taste of home. Chef "Gator" Thompson is preparing a five-course Southern Thanksgiving dinner featuring roast pumpkin soup, molasses and bourbon-glazed grits, turducken, grandma’s southern-style stuffing with pairings from Jacuzzi Winery ($55). Give thanks that Fenix is also a live music venue, in case you need to drown out Uncle Ernie's boring stories with live music from 22 Kings.

Beso

There's no better way to share a meal than tapas. Go Spanish this Thanksgiving with small plates from Beso. They'll have special Thanksgiving items for the traditionalists, but don't miss out on an array of Spanish cheese, charcuterie and paella.

Top of the Mark

Belly up to a classy Thanksgiving buffet ($119) with one of the best views in town. Graze upon smoked duck breast with grilled persimmons, toasted pumpkin seeds and fig compote, sherry-molasses roast beets with allspice crème fraiche, and turkey with orange-cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Accompanying your dizzying view and dining choices will be a duo of piano players and a petting zoo in the lobby.

Terrapin Crossroads

Head up to San Rafael to try Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads. They'll be serving an a la carte lunch menu from 11am-2pm, and a four-course prixe fixe ($49) from 2pm-9:30pm. Chef Jason Arbusto is bringing his extensive fine-dining knowledge to the Thanksgiving table with turkey with pippin apple and sourdough stuffing, and mashed potatoes with rosemary infused gravy. Stick around for the live music, beginning at the auspicious time of 4:20 pm.

Lungomare

East Bay folks can gather round the table and the waterfront view at Lungomare. Bring the whole crew down to Jack London Square for an Italian-Inspired Thanksgiving dinner. There's even an outside seating area with a fire pit to smugly enjoy the view of the fog from across the bay. Enjoy first course options followed by a family-style affair of sides; choose your entree of turkey, dry-aged rib eye or olive oil poached salmon ($45).

FIVE Restaurant

Get to know thy family, by sharing a family-style meal ($58) at FIVE. Chef Tonnelier (formerly of Boulevard) is offering turkey breast stuffed with chard, mushrooms and chestnuts, bacon and mushroom stuffing and roasted root vegetables.

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