Pandemics, wildfires, elections — this year has been one of uncertainty and constant change. But despite the ups and downs, there are still many reasons to celebrate, whether it’s a low-key toast for making it through the month or major milestones like an anniversary.

After months of shifting policies that have dramatically impacted businesses, it’s never been more important to celebrate safely at the Bay Area’s restaurants. Diner support is critical to the survival of city institutions and newcomers alike, and this year’s celebrations can feel extra special knowing that you’re supporting the city’s hard-working hospitality industry.

Fortunately for us all, many of the Bay Area’s best dining rooms are offering outdoor seating and takeout, giving diners a variety of ways to mark exceptional moments.

From takeout omakase to iconic plates of prime rib, this list — sorted by area, including San Francisco proper, the East and South Bays, and Napa Valley — highlights some of the Bay Area’s best ways to celebrate with restaurants right now, with indoor, outdoor, and takeout options for every restaurant to meet your comfort level.

China Live (Chinatown)
When China Live opened in 2017, it was unlike anything else in San Francisco, let alone the United States. Sprawling over 30,000 square feet, the space is ambitious in its scale and offerings, with a sit-down restaurant, marketplace selling Chinese pantry items and home goods, a cocktail bar, tea counter, and more. And while much of the space remains closed, fortunately diners still have ways to sample the restaurant’s stellar Chinese menu.

Dining at the restaurant: China Live has outdoor seating available on the sidewalk, where diners can enjoy signature dishes such as stone oven-roasted Peking duck and sheng jian bao, or pan-fried soup dumpling al fresco.

Takeout: The food emporium offers both delivery and curbside pick-up. The to-go menu has many of the restaurant’s mainstays; bring home dishes such as mapo tofu or crispy-skinned Cantonese garlic chicken to create a festive feast at your dining room table. – OpenTable (11.12.20)