Christmas Dinner To Go Options for East Bay Families - 510 Families

Christmas Dinner To Go Options for East Bay Families

Want to support local restaurants while also giving yourself a break from cooking during the holidays? It’s not lazy, it’s warm-hearted and compassionate! A total win-win situation. Check out this list of Bay Area caterers, grocers, and restaurants that provide Christmas dinners (including tamales and Dungeness Crab!) and desserts for pick-up or local delivery. If not otherwise specified, meals are COOKED.

Thank you to The Claremont Club & Spa; A Fairmont Hotel for sponsoring today’s guide to delicious holiday meals at home. 

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Christmas dinner of prime rib, winter vegetables, and delicious mashed potatoes | Photo provided by The Claremont Club & Spa

Spotlight on Christmas Dinner to Go by The Claremont Club & Spa; A Fairmont Hotel

The Claremont offers a holiday prime rib meal for two or for the whole family. Pick up your delicious Christmas meal at the Carriage Entrance of the Claremont Club & Spa. The Claremont (through their catering arm, East Bay Provisions) is offering a full holiday carry-out option for either 2-4 people or 6-8 people. Scale-up by adding more delicious side dishes a la carte.

The holiday menu: slow-roasted prime rib with herb crust and Napa cabernet jus; butternut squash soup with apples & bacon; buttermilk mashed potatoes; Yorkshire pudding; truffle mac & cheese with cypress grove Truffle tremor cheese; and honey & fennel winter roasted vegetables. Enjoy mouth-watering chocolate croissant bread pudding for dessert.

Place your Christmas order by noon on Dec. 21 for pick-up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Save 10% with promo code 510Familes when you order. Order here >>

These Oakland area restaurants, caterers, and food shops do the Christmas preparing and cooking for you – you do the serving at home.

Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley pick-up)

Order an expertly trimmed four rib roast that has been smoked over a wood fire and slow-cooked sous-vide for a tender roast full of flavor. Simply reheat in the oven and it’s ready to serve and enjoy in under 1 hour. Order your sides and pick up your weekly groceries while you’re at it. Website to order >>

The Butcher’s Son (Berkeley pick-up)

If you’re vegan or have some in your family, you probably already know about the amazing options at The Butcher’s Son in Berkeley. Order an entire vegan feast, or a la carte. Pre-order for your holiday feast early to make sure all you vegan family members are taken care of.  Website for menu and ordering >>

Chez Panisse (Berkeley pick-up)

Christmas at home prepared by Chez Panisse sounds like the quintessential, fancy, treat-yourself holiday. Pre-ordering begins Tuesday, December 7 at 12 pm. Pick up is on Wednesday, December 23 from 12–7 pm. Website to order >>

Claremont Club & Spa (Berkeley pick-up)

Order a holiday prime rib meal for two or for the whole family. Pick up your delicious Christmas meal at the Carriage Entrance of the Claremont Club & Spa. The Claremont (through their catering arm, East Bay Provisions) is offering a full holiday carry-out option for either 2-4 people or 6-8 people with loads of delicious sides.

Place your Christmas order by noon on Dec. 21 for pick-up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Save 10% with promo code 510Familes when you order. Order here >>

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Christmas dinner to go served at your home | Photo provided by The Claremont Club & Spa

Good Eggs (Delivers to Bay Area)

Good Eggs makes a beautiful Christmas spread as customized — and as cooked — as you like (click on the Prepared tab for fully cooked holiday meals). Don’t forget to check out their cocktail kits too, including the Hot Apple Cider kit for the kiddos. They’ll deliver to your door any day you choose. Website to begin >>

Feastin (Delivers to Bay Area)

Feastin makes it easy to plan for the holidays and support local restaurants – with special menus like Dungeness Crab dinners to Filipino feasts along with a large selection of groceries to build your holiday table (available for pre-ordering soon for delivery the week of Christmas). Order Feastin now >>

Hopscotch (Oakland pick-up)

Elevate your holiday meal with all the fixin’s from Hopscotch in Oakland. Holiday pre-order online or by phone coming in December. Website >>

Italian Colors (Oakland pick-up and delivery)

Holiday menu available for to-go or delivery. Check their website and pre-order, including wine and dessert. Website >> 

Luke’s Local (San Francisco with delivery to East Bay)

Luke’s Local in San Francisco prepares the sides and roasts, but you can also choose to roast your turkey at home. Create a custom order.  Website >>

Mockingbird (Oakland pick-up)

The Everything But the Bird menu offers so many options to fulfill your every desire for holiday sides. Website for menu and order info >>

Piedmont Grocery (Piedmont pick-up)

Order a pre-cooked family feast for 4-12 people, or order a la carte with a roasted turkey, ham, or salmon (also available uncooked). Call (510) 653-8181 to order. Find their menu here >>

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Yorkshire pudding | Photo provided by The Claremont Club & Spa

Pomella (Oakland pick-up or delivery)

Pomella offers California-Israeli-inspired holiday meals that feed a family of four. Check their online store for updated menus, ordering and pick-up/delivery options. Website>>

Rockridge Market Hall or Market Hall on 4th (Oakland, Berkeley pick-up)

Market Hall Foods offers Christmas main dishes and sides with a la carte pricing. Items are available for parking lot pickup and come with reheating instructions.  Oakland website > Berkeley website >>

Rocky’s Market (Oakland pick-up)

Rocky’s Market at Brooklyn Basin offers holiday feast options with plenty of sides, all a la carte and fully cooked with reheating direction. Easy peasy! Website >>

Village Market (Oakland pick-up)

Order your holiday dinner at Village Market, to serve 8-10 people. Choose from turkey, ham, salmon, stuffed pork roast or rib roast (they also have cooked Dungeness Crab when the season permits), and then add all the sides and pie. Call (510) 547-3200 to discuss and place your order, or talk with the folks in the meat department when you’re next at the store.  Website >>

Whole Foods (Multiple)

Whole Foods offers special holiday menus including appetizers, entrées, sides, and desserts for an easy catering option. Easily order online, or in-store during your next grocery run. Website>>

Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

For many Mexican-American and California families, Christmastime means tamale-time. If you have a neighborhood favorite, try them. These places allow direct ordering.

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Norteños (pork) Tamales from Picante in Berkeley

Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas (Hayward pick-up)

ATLM makes tamales of many kinds (carnitas, queso, vegan, turkey, pollito, beef, mole poblano, pumpkin mole, black bean, and more!) including mini sizes individually or in catering quantities. Website>>

Cactus Taqueria (Berkeley pick-up)

This family-friendly taqueria offers tamales by the dozen for $30-$36 through their catering menu. Add on sides and chips and you have a real party! Website>>

Comal (Berkeley pick-up)

Comal often offers six-pack bags of tamales for the holidays. Check their website as we get closer to Christmas (they can sell out quickly, so check early and often if you have your heart set!).  Check their website>>

La Guerrera’s Kitchen (Oakland pick-up)

La Guerrera’s will be selling Holiday tamales in limited quantities and expect to sell out FAST. They ask that you please pre-order ASAP! You can order tamales all month of December, but you’ll need to order three days in advance. Christmas orders will be available for pick up on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24 from 11am to 2pm at 468 8th st. Oakland. The last day to pre-order will be Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 8pm. Pre-Order Here >>

Picante (Berkeley pick-up)

Holiday tamales are sold for $28/half dozen with sides available, too. Choose from butternut squash, rajas con queso, chicken verde, norteños, or chicken mole. Drive-through pick-up is available. Website to order >>

Dungeness Crab for Christmas

The local Bay Area tradition of having Dungeness Crab on your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table has not really been a sure thing in recent years. The postponement or crabbing season this year was a bummer for Thanksgiving, but you may yet be able to find this local delicacy for your holiday table! Non-commercial fisherman and those north of Sonoma are now able to fish for Dungeness Crab, and thus some local restaurants and grocery stores are now seeing them trickle in. You can also now buy directly from the fishermen at Fisherman’s Wharf, which is new this year (grab some crab and ride the cable cars!). Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Tokyo Fish Market, and other local grocers also offer whole crab, fresh or cooked, so keep your eye out.

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alaMar – Whole Dungeness Crab Dinner  | Photo: Hannah Wagner for Feastin

alaMar (Oakland pick-up and delivery)

Order alaMar’s signature crab boil, but do it soon as they have extremely limited availability. Make your own crab boil by customizing your sauce, your desired spice level, and throw in corn, sausage, or potatoes. Order online and check their website >>

Chef Smelly (Oakland pick-up)

This cult-status local chef is offering Dungeness crab platters along with his famous garlic noodles at his pop-up at the Uptown Oakland bar Au Lounge. Check his Instagram and DM him to order. Pick-up is Tuesday/Thursday/Friday). Website >>

China Village (Albany pick-up and delivery)

When Dungeness Crab season begins, China Village offers it in their special dish, mapo tofu prepared with an entire wok-fried Dungeness crab instead of the usual ground pork. Call ahead to make sure they have it though. Website >>

Monterey Fish Market (Berkeley pick-up)

This neighborhood fish market is offering cooked Dungeness Crab averaging 1.50-1.66lb. each crab. Make sure to ask them to clean it for you in the notes of your order. Website >>

Seabreeze on the Dock (Oakland pick-up and delivery)

Order a whole Dungeness Crab as a seafood boil with garlic butter or Cajun seasoning and extras like corn and sausage. Menu and website >>

Just Desserts — Christmas Pies, Logs, Cakes (and ice cream!)

Pies for Pi Day
Pies make the holidays special | Photo: Heather Flett

A Taste of Denmark (Oakland pick-up and delivery)

A local co-op bakery with seasonal holiday Danish and French specialty baked goods. Call (510) 420-8889 for current holiday offerings, or order ahead for your holiday table. Website>>

Baby Bean Pie (Oakland pick-up and delivery)

Holiday orders of these delicious (secretly nutritious) navy baby bean pies must be placed in advance for pick up. Vegan option. Delivery is available in some East Bay locations. Pre-order here >>

Bakesale Betty (Temescal in Oakland)

This year, holiday pies, chicken pot pies and cookies will be sold via online pre-order only. They will only be taking orders through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 or until they sell out. All pies are 9″ round, deep dish and cost $30. Don’t forget about the heavenly homemade vanilla whipped cream! Website to order >>

Cheeseboard Collective (Berkeley pick-up)

Traditionally Berkeley’s famous Cheeseboard Collective offers a special pie the week of Christmas, available for pick up. Check their website for more info >

Cupcakin’ Bake Shop (Oakland pick-up)

I vote for cupcakes for dessert. Try a mixed dozen with flavors like chocolate peppermint, gluten free cranberry and red velvet and start a new holiday tradition. East to order, eat and clean-up! Website>>

Curbside Creamery (Oakland pick-up)

If you’re looking to satisfy a vegan sweet tooth, try Curbside Creamery’s apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie (gluten-free crusts also available), and add on a pint of vegan ice cream to top off your holiday feast. You could go rogue and order a bunch of their ice cream sandwiches for easy individual servings without any fighting over the last piece of pie. Pre-order online >>

Edith’s Pie (Oakland pick-up)

Apple and pumpkin pies are options at Edith’s Pie, but the Chocolate Hazelnut and Vegan Cranberry pies sound amazing. Pies are available for pick up in Oakland. Keep up to date on their latest pop-ups and flavors on their Instagram and then order here >>

Fatapples (Berkeley, El Cerrito pick-up)

Pre-order your pumpkin or olallieberry pie for pick-up this holiday season. Order here >>

Hopkins Street Bakery (Berkeley pick-up)

This local family bakery makes the Hopkins Street shopping district smell simply divine. Stop in to pick up your holiday pie or cake, or call to place a special order at (510) 526-8188. Website>>

Lavender Bakery & Cafe (Berkeley pick-up)

Pre-order your apple, pecan or pumpkin pie for the holiday, or special order something different for the occasion (they have quite a collection of custom order options). Order online for pick-up or delivery. Website>>

Mamie & Makhi’s (Berkeley pick-up)

A Black-owned business that lets you do part of it yourself. Chef, Lois Porter, makes a delicious pour-and-bake batter that is a hit at my family’s Thanksgiving every year. Look for it at Berkeley Bowl West in the frozen foods aisle.

Mariposa Baking (Temescal in Oakland pick-up and mail order)

100% Gluten-Free Bakery! Order your pies or the very best gluten-free rolls and bread at Mariposa. They also have gluten-free bread cubes available for your stuffing! You can even order some gluten-free treats for mail-order if you have far away cousins as a tasty holiday treat. Winter Holiday Menu >>

Masse’s Pastries (Berkeley pick-up)

Masse’s famous pumpkin pie sells out quickly! Place orders early. Menu and order form on their website >>

Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery (Albany, Emeryville, Oakland pick-up)

For those vegan friends and family, why not pick up some ice cream sandwiches or bon bons from Mr. Dewie’s and forget about the pie altogether?  Three locations in the east bay and lots of fun flavors. Website>>

Uhuru Pies (Oakland pick-up)

A Black-owned business that sells pies to help build and empower African people. The traditional sweet potato and pumpkin pies are great options, while the Double Fudge Walnut Brownie sounds unreal. Order online here >> 

Whisk Cake Creations (Alameda pick-up and delivery)

Delicious and beautiful seasonal cakes, like Macapuno, chocolate peppermint, and a Buche de Noel. Pre-order for pick-up or limited delivery. Website to order >>

About our Sponsor, The Claremont

Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is a California landmark where history and iconic sophistication have complimented one another for more than a century on the hills of Berkeley and Oakland, two cities full of character and vitality. “The White Castle on the Hill” is your urban resort, uniquely positioned to offer the very best of the Bay Area.

The Claremont provides luxurious activities and services for their guests amid 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. They offer tennis, swimming, fitness classes, Pilates, and hiking at nearby Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, as well as indulgent and relaxing treatments in the renowned Fairmont Spa. Claremont Club & Spa offers all the amenities you’d expect from an award-winning California resort.

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Thank you to The Claremont Club & Spa for sponsoring today’s guide to delicious holiday meals at home. 

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