Our favorite restaurants open for takeout on Christmas

Ghormeh sabzi is the unofficial national dish of Iran. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

Tired of cooking at home and would rather get some food to go on Christmas? We've rounded up some of our favorite restaurants open on Christmas Day in walking distance of BART stations. Hop on BART, pick up your takeout and enjoy the food in the comfort of your home.

Editor's note: Please wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least six feet while riding the trains. BART will run its Sunday schedule on Christmas Day. Before you go, use our Trip Planner to get estimated travel times. See BART's 15-step plan to safely welcoming riders here

TamaleriaChicken tamales cooking at Tamaleria Azteca in Oakland. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle.

Tamaleria Azteca

From a tiny tamale window in North Oakland, Tamaleria Azteca offers tamales filled with chicken, pork, cheese or vegetables. Order over the phone or through text. The restaurant is cash only and it's recommended to order in advance. Get there early on Christmas Day because the shop closes when they sell out.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-6pm

Where: 5751 Market St, Oakland, 94608

Station: Ashby

Walk time: 15 minutes

Website: Tamaleria Azteca

NatureA variety of dishes at Nature Vegetarian. Photo courtesy of Yelp.

Nature Vegetarian

It can be difficult to satiate fans of traditional Chinese food as well as the meatless-minded seeking modern, alternate versions of the classics. Head to Oakland’s Chinatown and take in this full menu of faux meats, tofu and all-vegetarian plates that are known to be large in both flavor and serving size. Some places can make cooking seem like magic, and frying up prawn-less honey walnut prawns is just one example of Nature Vegetarian Restaurant’s impeccable bag of tricks.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-8pm

Where: 1116 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

Station: 12th St/Oakland City Center

Walk time: 2 minutes

Website: Nature Vegetarian

Wise SonsThe Georgia Reuben sandwich at Wise Sons. Photo courtesy of Wise Sons.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Founded in San Francisco’s Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best ingredients from California to make delicious deli fare that would make their bubbies proud.

When: Open Christmas Day: 9am-3pm

Where: 3150 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Station: 24th St Mission

Walk time: 3 minutes

Website: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

DaimoDumplings at Daimo Chinese Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Postmates.

Daimo Chinese Restaurant

Over the years, Daimo Chinese Restaurant in the Pacific East Shopping Mall has racked up numerous accolades, including features in Gourmet and San Francisco Magazines, and has been voted “Best Chinese Restaurant” by The East Bay Express for 2001-2003. Loyal customers love the salt and pepper sea bass, won ton soup, and barbecue pork.

When: Open Christmas Day: 9am-9pm

Where: 3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

Station: El Cerrito Plaza

Walk time: 13 minutes

Website: Daimo Chinese Restaurant

SpicesSpicy chicken at Spices 3. Photo courtesy of Yelp.

Spices 3

What’s in a name? A lot of spicy recipes from China’s Sichuan Province. Szechuan Pork with Explosive Chili, Kiss of Fire Orange Chicken, Spicy Fried Rice. The menu at this casual Oakland Chinatown restaurant makes it clear it celebrates plenty of full flavors not meant for the fearful. Patrons keep coming back to Spices 3 for plates that boldly brim with red chilis.

When: Open Christmas Day: 10:30am-11pm

Where: 370 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Station: 12th St/Oakland City Center

Walk time: 3 minutes

Website: Spices 3

Yank SingYank Sing is a tried-and-true Christmas tradition. Photo courtesy of Yank Sing

Yank Sing

Yank Sing specializes in traditional and contemporary Dim Sum in the heart of San Francisco. Must tries include dumplings with scallops, snow pea tendrils and mushrooms, and the “Shanghai Kurobuta Pork Dumplings”. Beyond dumplings there is the baked cha siu bao (smooth discs with sweet-and-sour-pork barbecue filling) and freshly fried sesame balls with a creamy interior.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-7pm

Where: 101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Station: Embarcadero

Walk time: 5 minutes

Website: Yank Sing

Daryoush2Koobideh kabobs are made with ground meats at Daryoush. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.


It can be hard to find a great Persian restaurant because as Anthony Bourdain explained in an episode of "Parts Unknown," "the great food of Iran is cooked in people's homes." Luckily for you, Daryoush offers a menu of Persian dishes rarely seen elsewhere. Even better, most dishes include saffron, imported from the market in Tehran.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11:30am-10pm

Where: 2144 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Station: Downtown Berkeley

Walk time: 3 minutes

Website: Daryoush

ShangrilaIn Dublin, Shangrila Chinese Cuisine is the talk of the town. Photo courtesy of Shangrila Chinese Cuisine.

Shangrila Chinese Cuisine

In Dublin, Shangrila Chinese Cuisine always comes up when the conversation focuses on great Chinese restaurants in the area. You’ll find the classics done well here. Try the chow mein, salt and pepper chicken wings, Mongolian beef and fried rice. Shangrila also offers an alternative menu that features dishes without salt, sugar, cornstarch or oil.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-9pm

Where: 6568 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568

Station: West Dublin/Pleasanton

Walk time: 13 minutes

Website: Shangrila Chinese Cuisine

Beauty'sThe "Classic" bagel sandwich at Beauty's. Photo courtesy of Beauty's Bagel Shop.

Beauty's Bagel Shop

The team behind Beauty's moved to Oakland in 2009 and while they immediately fell in love with the friendly people, beautiful landscape and great food, there was just one thing they found themselves longing for: amazing bagels. Armed with culinary experience, they decided to bring old-school, traditional bagels to the Bay Area.

When: Open Christmas Day: 9am-3pm

Where: 3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Station: MacArthur

Walk time: 5 minutes

Website: Beauty's Bagel Shop

China PalaceChina Palace in Walnut Creek has many yummy options. Photo courtesy of Postmates.

China Palace

For the finest Northern Chinese cuisine, head to China Palace in Walnut Creek. The chefs pride themselves in using only the freshest ingredients from their native provinces. Locals love the Szechuan prawns, Mongolian beef and Hunan chicken.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-9pm

Where: 2932 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Station: Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre

Walk time: 11 minutes

Website: China Palace

Z&YChicken with explosive chile pepper at Z & Y Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Z & Y.

Z & Y Restaurant

Z & Y is a celebrity of Chinese restaurants in San Francisco, having been visited by President Barack Obama and chosen as a 2018 Bib Gourmand pick by the Michelin Guide. If you go, try the chicken with explosive chile pepper – nuggets of golden fried meat buried like treasures in hundreds of dried red chiles.

When: Open Christmas Day: 11am-9:30pm

Where: 655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Station: Montgomery St

Walk time: 14 minutes

Website: Z & Y Restaurant

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