From Thanksgiving to New Years: How to Ring in the Holidays at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco


San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton, the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the city, is getting into the holiday spirit by offering a plethora of seasonal menus and special events. Starting with a Thanksgiving at their flagship restaurant Parallel 37 on November 27 to a December 31 New Year's Eve Party in The Lounge, you can pretty much spend the next two months hanging out at The Ritz.

Thanksgiving will feature a four-course menu from Chef Michael Rotondo and reinterpretations of classic holiday dishes. The menu includes Sage Infused Autumn Squash Soup, Crispy Duck Confit, Roasted Sea Bass, and of course, the seasonal favorite, Traditional Turkey Dinner. The restaurant will be hosting the third annual Eggnog and Holiday Sweater Party on December 10, where mixologist Camber Lay will be whipping up some tasty eggnog, holiday punch, and hot buttered rum cocktails. Then on December 24 and 25, Parallel 37 will be throwing a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day party, and then wrapping things up on December 31 with a fun New Year's Eve celebration with Chef Rotondo and mixologist Camber Lay.

See some highlighted events below and for a full list including dates and prices, call (415) 773-6168.

Thanksgiving at Parallel 37
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Menu available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with final seating at 7:30 p.m.

The four-course menu is priced at $115 per adult and $55 per child.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hosted by Bay Area TV anchor Tom Sinkovitz and open to the public, attendants can hang out with Dickens-era costumed carolers that will be singing the holiday favorites all night. Plus, after the lighting kids will be able to take photos with Santa in the Terrace Room.

Christmas Eve at Parallel 37
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Menu available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with final seating at 7:30 p.m.

Chef Michael Rotondo’s four-course menu will feature dishes such as Nantucket Bay Scallops with Meyer Lemon and Parsley Risotto, line-caught Halibut with Lobster Dumplings and Matzutake Mushrooms and a Warm Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte with Peppermint & Strauss Eggnog Ice Cream. Available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the dining room, the four-course menu will cost $115 per adult and $55 per child.

Christmas Day at Parallel 37
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Menu available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with final seating at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, guests are invited to enjoy Chef Michael Rotondo’s festive four-course menu featuring creative twists on classic Christmas fare, including Roasted Liberty Duck with Braised Red Cabbage and Huckleberry Gastrique, Berkshire Pork with Chestnut Gnocchi, Quince & Brussels Sprouts, Grass Fed Sonoma Raised Beef “Wellington,” and Brown Butter & Pear Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream. The menu is priced at $115 per adult and $55 per child.

New Year’s Eve at Parallel 37
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Seating is at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Offering a special six-course menu created by Chef Michael Rotondo, the event begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail by Camber Lay and includes a taste of caviar throughout the evening. The menu is priced at $165 per person and an optional beverage pairing is available at $85 per person, plus there is a premium beverage pairing option at $125 per person.

New Year’s Eve Party in The Lounge
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

After eating dinner, head over to The Lounge for a final party with a full bar, cocktails, little bites, and a DJ. Balloons will drop from the ceiling at midnight and Nebuchadnezzer Champagne will be passed around for toasting. Tables are first come, first serve and bottle service is available in The Lounge and also through in-room dining.