by Christina Mueller

In the hands of less accomplished and talented chefs, Thanksgiving dinner – and its many platters of food - can be too sweet, too dry or simply uninteresting.  If you and yours are dining out on the biggest eating day of the year, consider one of these San Francisco hotel restaurants as a fresh and flavorful option, an update to an American standard. Of course there is turkey (well, bird meat or its approximation) at every hotel’s Thanksgiving dinner, but at these five in-house restaurants, chefs add flavors to pique the palate and the excitement of everyone from your vegan cousin to your paleo Mom and traditionalist grandparents. No matter what type of meal you choose, remember what brought you there – tradition, new friends, family – and savor the time enjoying a wonderful meal around a table with those you cherish. Reservations are a must!

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