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 grocers, caterers, and restaurants that provide Christmas dinners and desserts for pickup or local delivery. If not otherwise specified, meals are COOKED.

Thank you to Feastin for sponsoring today’s guide to delicious holiday meals at home. Created by Oakland-based restaurateurs, Feastin delivers restaurant-prepared meals, groceries, meal kits, desserts, and alcohol from Bay Area restaurants.

family holiday meal
Sit down to a beautiful holiday meal together with none of the usual prep | Photo: Hannah Wagner for Feastin

Why take out when you can Feastin?

Feastin delivers restaurant-prepared meals, meal kits, desserts, and alcohol from the Bay Area’s best restaurants and up to 70% savings on grocery staples from local purveyors and farmers. A 20% fee covers contactless delivery throughout the Bay Area, service, tax and tip.

Plan your family meals, schedule an at-home date night, or stock up your fridge with offerings from your favorite neighborhood spots and Michelin-star dining destinations. And, for every purchase made through December 24, Feastin will donate a holiday meal for four to food banks throughout the Bay Area, including the Alameda County Food Bank.

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

Chez Panisse (Berkeley)

Christmas at home prepared by Chez Panisse sounds like the quintessential, fancy, treat-yourself holiday. Website to order

Comestible (Oakland delivery or pick-up)

Winter Ale Braised Short Ribs along with a bevy of sides and add-ons to choose from.Feeds a family of four. Carryout or delivery are available on December 24 and 25. Website for menu and order info >> (scroll down)

Good Eggs (Delivers to Bay Area)

Good Eggs makes a beautiful Christmas spread as customized — and as cooked — as you like. 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 now for delivery the week of Christmas). Requires two-day lead time. All meals are fully prepped with the exception of Fraiche Roast Beef being par-cooked, so Feastin Fans don’t have to fuss with cooking. Every item comes with an easy set of heating instructions. The last time to order Christmas holiday meal kits, prepared foods, groceries and more for delivery by end of day on December 23 is Monday, December 21 at 2 pm.

For every purchase made through December 24, Feastin will donate a holiday meal for four to food banks throughout the Bay Area, including the Alameda County Food Bank. Order Feastin now >>

Christmas roast dinner
Fraiche Ribeye Roast Christmas dinner with prawn cocktail, Caesar salad, au gratin potatoes, creamed spinach, wild mushrooms, sourdough baguette, and a chocolate soufflé | Photo: Hannah Wagner for Feastin

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 >

Montperi Caterers (delivers to East Bay or pick up in Oakland)

Order Chef Lamont’s Christmas specials delivered to your door. Website>>

Pizzaiolo (Oakland)

Meal kit includes roasted cauliflower soup, braised duck leg with winter vegetables, pear & huckleberry galette. Order your Holiday Meal Kit by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Prepaid pickup on Dec. 23. Website

Pomella (Oakland)

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)

Market Hall Foods offers Christmas main dishes and sides with a la carte pricing. Items are available for parking lot pickup or local delivery within five miles.  Oakland website > Berkeley 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.

Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas (Hayward)

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>>

Comal (Berkeley)

Comal is offering two different six-pack bags of tamales for the holidays (chicken w/mole negro or rajas w/ zucchini). These specially priced tamale packages will be available until December 23 on Comal’s online menu. They also have an incredible-looking spareribs meal to serve about four.

Cosecha Cafe (Oakland)

Pre-order Christmas tamales in three flavors by the half dozen with pickup on December 22 or 23. Add in Christmas cookies or guava tarts. Website for details >>

La Guerrera’s Kitchen (Oakland)

Pre-order Christmas tamales as early as Dec. 8 for $40/dozen (mix and match flavors: chicken in salsa verde, chicken in mole, pork, cheese and rajas, calabacitas vegan) until they sell out. Website for details >>

Picante (Berkeley)

Holiday tamales are sold $28/half dozen with sides available, too. Choose from butternut squash, rajas con queso, chicken verde, norteños, or chicken mole. Pickup only, Dec. 23 or 24. Website to order >>

Just Desserts — Christmas Pies, Logs, and Cakes

A16 (Oakland)

Browse their curated holiday catalog of Italian-themed gift baskets, locally made panettone, cocktail kits, and wine collections. A16 will wrap, take special orders, and even hand-deliver all orders within a 10-mile radius. (They also ship.) Website>>

Feastin (Bay Area delivery)

In addition to the desserts included with many of the family feasts, Feastin offers a selection of desserts – perfect to compliment the holiday table. Order by December 21 for Christmas delivery. Order from Feastin >

four cheesecakes
Crumble & Whisk Cheesecake sampler with four individual cheesecakes | Photo: Hannah Wagner for Feastin

Mamie & Makhi’s (Various)

Chef, Lois Porter, makes a delicious pour-and-bake batter that is a hit at my family’s every holiday. Look for it at Berkeley Bowl West in the frozen foods aisle. I’ll let you know if you can buy her pies pre-baked as soon as I know.

Masse’s Pastries (Berkeley)

Offering all the holiday favorites: sufganiyot, Buche de Noel, holiday cookies, stollen, gingerbread, bishop’s bread, you name it. Ordering deadline for Christmas pickup is December 19. Website>>

Whisk Cake Creations (Alameda)

Delicious and beautiful seasonal cakes. Christmas flavors include Macapuno, chocolate peppermint, and a buche de Noel. Order before December 15. Website to order >>

Feastin Delivery Box
Feastin Delivery Box | Photo Hannah Wagner for Feastin

Thank you to Feastin for sponsoring today’s guide to delicious holiday meals at home. Created by Oakland-based restaurateurs, Feastin delivers restaurant-prepared meals, groceries, meal kits, desserts, and alcohol from Bay Area restaurants.

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[Photos by Hannah Wagner provided by Feastin and used with permission]

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