New Years Eve Dining & Parties In San Francisco
With New Years less than two weeks away it’s time to finalize your plans. Here is quite a long list of some fabulous San Francisco New Years Eve Dining, Parties and other fun ideas. Find East Bay New Years Dining options here. Find New Years Day Dining here.
A16 – This New Year’s Eve, A16 will ring in 2016 with truffles, lobster, and the requisite lentils for good fortune! With lovingly selected wine pairings from Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren, Chef Rocky Maselli will prepare a multi-course feast promising traditional Southern Italian cuisine and a bountiful party including selections like Cioppino with lobster, clams, mussels, black cod, potato, fennel, and tomato and Baked Cannelloni with lamb sausage sugo, rapini, pecorino, and fried senise peppers. This special Southern Italian feast will be offered at $110 per person with truffle supplements and wine pairing options available. Reservations can be made by visiting www.a16sf.com or calling 415.771.2216.
Aatxe “Las Doce Uvas de la Suerta” – Inspired by the New Year’s tradition of Spain in which twelve grapes are eaten at midnight in sequence with each bell strike, Aatxe is creating a special menu of 12 offerings featuring grapes. Guests will be greeted by an introduction bite, followed by a set of three pintxos, five tapas such as Cana de Cabra with sultana membrillo, persimmon, ‘grape-nuts, Grape Lees Cured Salmon with arbequina, celery root, kale, and Ajo Blanco Raw Scallops with pickled green grapes, jalapeño, and a plated entree before finishing with a palate cleaner and individual dessert. Reservations: www.aatxesf.com or via phone at 415.471.2977. Price: $95 per person for 12 grape offering tasting menu.
Ame – Another award-winning meal awaits you at Ame, located in the St. Regis Hotel. Run by the culinary team of Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani (also of Napa Valley’s Terra), the ever-changing menu blends European and Japanese influences in creative ways.
Bluestem Brasserie – Celebrate the New Year with a #TBT prix-fixe menu at Bluestem Brasserie, the urban restaurant on Yerba Buena Lane. Executive Chef Jeff Banker has created a coursed menu inspired by chefs, dishes, and restaurants that have influenced his cooking style over the years. Ring in the New Year with a three course throwback menu from5-7pm for $75 per person or with a five course menu from 7-11pm for $135 per person. Order one of Bluestem’s signature cocktails like the Scarborough Mule withparsley, sage, rosemary & thyme, vodka, and ginger beer or the award-winning Karl the Fog with brandy, Benedictine, Frangelico, coffee liqueur, brewed coffee, and toastedmarshmallow meringue to pair with your meal for the ultimate experience. One Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco.
Bon Marché Bar & Brasserie – Celebrate 2015 in true French style at Bon Marché with a delectable meal and live music all night long. Guests can choose from the earlier seating with a 4-course menu ($75) or the later seating with a 5-course menu ($120), additional special treats and a champagne toast at midnight. Start the evening with Lobster Bisque or Seared Foie Gras with Pain Perdue (second seating only.) For dinner guests can choose from Cote De Boeuf with Potato Gratin, and Truffled Bordelaise or Duck A La Orange with Baby Carrots and Turnips or Wild Mushrooms Cannelloni with Perigords Truffles and Braised Green. For reservations, please visit www.bonmarche-sf.com.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar – Celebrate the New Year with a five course meal at Canela Bistro & Wine Bar for $85 per person. Share Spanish favorites like Gambas al Ajillo – seared shrimp with garlic,lemon, olive oil and parsley; Croquetas with Jamón – fried Béchamel croquettesflavored with spanish ham; and Carrillada de Cerdo – braised pork cheeks, pork gravy, and braised purple cabbage with bacon, along with special holiday items. Order a pitcher of Sangria for the table or sip on a Spanish wine from the curated collection. 2272 Market Street, San Francisco.
Central Kitchen – Ring in 2016 over a six-course tasting menu created by Chef Thomas McNaughton for $125 per person and optional wine pairings beginning at $75 per person. Reservations can be made at www.centralkitchensf.com or via phone at 415-826-7004. Sample menu included below.
E & O Kitchen and Bar – This modern Asian restaurant located in San Francisco’s lively Union Square district will offer a specialty cocktail to ring in the New Year. Guests can dine a la carte from the regular dinner menu and sip on the Sweet (Twenty) Sixteen cocktail withBotanist gin, grapefruit and brut rose for $11. E&O is the perfect place to celebrate for those looking for flexible, reasonably-priced festivities!
El Techo – Ring in 2016 with Latin-American bites, specialty cocktails & bubbles, a DJ, and a midnight tequila toast on the Mission District’s favorite rooftop. El Techo has one of the city’s best vantage points, complete with heat lamps and windscreens to keep you warm & glowing.a family-style. Thursday, December 31. Party at El Techo @ 9pm. Click here to purchase tickets
Flour + Water – Chef Thomas McNaughton presents a festive five-course tasting menu for $95 per person highlighting the best of the season and of course, a few surprises. Optional wine pairings beginning at $70 per person. Spaces available online and subject to availability. Not seeing what you are looking for? Reservations:www.flourandwater.com. Do not fret, we still have seats available at our bar and communal table – reach out to our reservationist at firstname.lastname@example.org to nab some seats.
Foreign Cinema – This New Year’s Eve, Foreign Cinema announces their Belle Époque themed celebration with a champagne toast and a “Golden Age” a la carte dinner menu (priced at $120.00 per guest) from the 20th Century American Brasserie movement. Period attire is welcome, but not essential. Festivities begin at5:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended.Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
LOLINDA – Enjoy a special dinner at Lolinda at 7:30pm, then make your way to the roof for a festive NYE party at El Techo. A popular San Francisco NYE destination, El Techo is going bigger and better this year, partnering with sister restaurant, Lolinda, to offer an optional add-on to the evening: a family-style Argentinian dinner downstairs,at Lolinda, before the main event (taking place upstairs at El Techo). 7:30pm – 9pm. $160 — for $35 dollars more (tickets to NYE at El Techo are $125 per person), enjoy a special dinner at Lolinda before the NYE celebration upstairs. Thursday, December 31. Party at El Techo @ 9pm. Family-style dinner at Lolinda @ 7:30pm. Click here to purchase tickets
Luce – Chef Daniel Corey collaborates with Beverage Manager Marissa Payne on a festive menu to ring in the New Year! Luce invites guest to build their own three-course menu with wine pairing with highlights including Baked Potato Mousse, Crispy Sweetbreads, Onions Cooked in Port Wine, Truffle with Grosjean, ‘Vigne Tzeriat,’ Pinot Noir, Vallée d’Aoste, Italy, 2012; Dungeness Crab & Cauliflower, Winter Citrus, Crab Vinaigrette paired with Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013; Filet of Certified Angus Beef & Glazed Short Rib, Fermented Black Garlic, Red Russian Kale with Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2013; and Duck Breast, Poached & Roasted, Chestnuts in Honey, Quince, Local Mushrooms with Paolo Scavino, Langhe, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2012. Dinner is $95 per person and $140 with wine pairing, excluding tax and gratuity. Children ages 4 – 12 years old are $45. For reservations visit OpenTable.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco – Directly across the Embarcadero, with towering views of the waterfront, is the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. For years, the hotel has been renowned for hosting one of the biggest and best New Year’s Eve parties in town. The “Champagne Resolutions” party is back again, starting at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Held in the hotel’s vast atrium lobby, celebrants dance, drink and dine as the clock ticks to midnight.
Hog & Rocks – The talented team at this fun Mission district gastropub will unveil a brand new four-course prix fixe menu with decadent supplements on New Year’s Eve. For $65 per person, guests will start with an amuse bouche Kusshi oyster topped with uni and yuzu followed by Roasted Heirloom Beets with smoked duck and citrus; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Agnolotti with cotechino sausage and black garlic; Pork Loin Wellington with red cabbage, prunes and carrots; and finishing with a Chocolate Pot de Crème with bourbon Chantilly and citrus*. Beyond these offerings, guests will be able to enhance their experience with Truffles, Foie Gras and/or Caviar at market price. A $35 wine pairing will also be available including bubbles to toast to 2016.
Inter Continental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – The InterContinental is home to Top of the Mark, one of San Francisco’s most venerated restaurants. You’ll be hard pressed to find more class on New Year’s Eve. Formal wear is required for this Nob Hill celebration, which includes cocktails, a five-course dinner and dancing with live entertainment.
The Interval – With recreations of historic cocktails, always-evolving artwork and mechanical displays from a clock designed to last 10,000 years, there’s no place quite like The Interval, located at Building A of the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Created by the Long Now Foundation, The Interval is a bar, café, museum and gallery that focuses on the concept of time, making it perfectly appropriate for the end of the year.
Jardiniere – If you’re planning to enjoy a lavish final meal of the year, there is no shortage of choices throughout the city — but be sure to make reservations well in advance if you want a seat at one of the city’s top eateries. The gourmet destination restaurant Jardiniere is a prime choice for dining or imbibing, and it’s an especially good place to herald an occasion like the start of a new year. Located in lively Hayes Valley, Jardiniere has been a neighborhood institution for almost two decades.
La Folie – Perfect for any elegant occasion is French staple La Folie located on Russian Hill. Opened by husband and wife Roland and Jamie Passot in 1988, it’s one of a handful of restaurants in San Francisco to have earned a star from the renowned Michelin Guide.
La Mar – Ring in 2016 on the waterfront at La Mar Cebichería Peruana! With views of the Bay’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, the restaurant will offer three seatings throughout the night with colorful multi-course Peruvian feasts from Chef Victoriano Lopez with dishes like the traditional Cebiches and Seco de Corderowith grilled Colorado lamb rack, canary bean stew, glazed baby carrot and coriander sauce. In addition, there will be live music starting at 9pm so guests can welcome the new year at this over-the-top waterfront extravaganza. La Mar’s Chef’s Table will also be available for large groups and patio seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 415.397.8880 – a credit card is required when making a reservation. First Seating: 4:45-5:30pm, $89 3-course menu with signature Pisco greeting. Second Seating: 6:45-7:30pm, $89 3-course menu with signature Pisco greeting. Third Seating: 8:45-9:30pm, $129 4-course menu with signature Pisco greeting and midnight sparkling wine toast!
Maven – The Goldilocks of options is Maven, providing a sophisticated dinner to start your night. On offer is a pre-fixe, three course meal with an optional cocktail pairing (this is Maven, do the cocktail pairing). Highlights include bay scallop crudo with avocado, beets, satsuma mandarins, and black olives, lamb loin and shank, lamb bacon, baby carrot, panisse, charmoula, and a meyer lemon tart with pistachio-white chocolate bark, candied citrus, and lemon balm. Seating is from 5-9 p.m., which means you’ll still make it to the midnight party elsewhere. Thursday, December 31; 5-9 p.m. Pre-fixe Dinner, $65; $105 with cocktail pairing. To make reservations visit www.maven-sf.com or call 415.829.7982. 598 Haight Street. San Francisco.
MINA Test Kitchen’s Little Italy pop-up – The menu will be offered at $125 (for all of the dishes listed, some served family style), and the beverage pairing will be offered at an additional $70. Note there is one optional supplemental course. Reservations can be made at: http://www.minatestkitchen.
Monk’s Kettle – Monk’s Kettle will once again be throwing it’s all-you-can-eat-and-drink New Year’s Eve Celebration. The party will be limited to 45 guests, and tickets will be sold for $175/person (all inclusive.) We will be featuring an open draft list, and offer amidnight toast of Dupont’s Avec Les Bons Voeux. Food offerings will include a large cheese and charcuterie board, and heavy passed appetizers will be passed all night long. For more information or reservations, email email@example.com.
Nico – Critically-acclaimed Chef Nicolas Delaroque’s San Francisco restaurant, Nico, offers guests a modern French cuisine, embracing the delicacy and technique of the “fine dining” tradition and combining it with a modern, clean sensibility and seasonal, market driven ingredients. This New Year’s Eve, guests can say goodbye to 2015 in style with Nico’s special offering of 6 courses ($85) – as well as select a wine pairings ($65), premium wine pairing ($85), or all champagne pairing ($85). Cheers to 2016! 3228 Sacramento St., San Francisco.
Nob Hill Club at InterContinental Mark Hopkins – Raise a glass to the New Year at the Nob Hill Club at Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. Guests are invited to enjoy a sophisticated evening full of California wines and tantalizing bites prepared by Chef Nenad Stefanovic. A delicious four course meal will be served including a Lobster Shooter, Seared Scallop with horseradish salsify crème, mizuna pesto, rainbow carrot chips, and Filet Mignonwith smoked corttin de chavignol, pepper chimichurri, sweet potato gnocchi and baby romanesco, and Poached Rubarb, Marscapone, hibiscus ice cream, and gin & tonic syrup. Throughout the evening guests can enjoy songs from the Al Marshall Trio. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Nob Hill Club is $79 per adult, $99 per adult with wine pairing and $49 per child (ages 4 — 12). For reservations, please call 415-392-3434.
Novela– Noovela will be styled out à la James Bond this New Years Eve, going for a full-on fête. Dance all night with throwbacks from DJ Walt Liquor, sip on martinis, the Miss Moneypenny (mulling spices, Drambuie, pear, lemon, honey, and vodka), and special reserve whiskeys, among other cocktails. Tickets include two drinks and attire is Bond-approved, so come in your black tie best and ready yourself for a midnight balloon drop, champagne toast, and party favors. No komodo dragons, though.Novela, 662 Mission Street. Thursday, December 31 at 9 p.m.. Tickets start at $40; purchase tickets here
One Market Restaurant – Ring in the New Year at One Market with sensational menu and dining options from Chef Mark Dommen paired with decadent desserts courtesy of Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler. Highlights from the locally sourced menu include Lightly Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout “Mi Cuit” rössti, pastured chicken egg, pancetta vinaigrette; Roasted Lamb Loin wild nettles, black trumpet mushrooms, sheeps milk yogurt; Valrhona Chocolate Roulade milk chocolate cremeux, Grand Marnier, pistachio, bittersweet chocolate sorbet. Start off your evening with One Market’s Artisinal California Cheese Plate featuring locally produced cheese from Red Wood Hill, Cowgirl Creamery and Valley Ford. Enjoy a truly memorable night with soaring views of San Francisco’s treasured Ferry Building and an energetic buzz from the open exhibition kitchen. As we ring in 2016, the 6:00pm-7:30pm seating will offer a $95 four-course prix fixe menu and the8:30pm-10:00pm seating will include a four-course meal plus live music, a sparkling wine midnight toast, party favors and a fireworks view at $145 per person. No matter what you have planned for the New Year, dinner at One Market will ensure that it’s off to a great start. Full details are available on their website here. 1 Market Street, San Francisco.
Oro – Ring in the New Year this year at new restaurant Oro, located in Mint Plaza. Chef Jason Fox of Michelin-starred Commonwealth will be offering a family style 5-course tasting menu for $100 per person (with a wine pairing for an extra $75 per person) at his new more casual restaurant concept. Guests will receive an assortment of snacks upon arrive followed by Dungeness Crab with nasturtium, caviar, whipped buttermilk, and sudachi and Foie Gras Terrine with chestnut and apple chutney, nut and seed cracker. Other menu highlights include Scallopswith vadouvan butter, Brussel sprouts, fennel and sea urchin, Monkfish with potato and squid in jus, Pork Belly and Loin, and Chocolate Mousse with hazelnut, and chocolate dipped tangerine. Reservations are recommended and can be made my calling 415.974.1212 or by visiting www.orosf.com.
Precita Park Café – Celebrate the beginning of a new year at your favorite neighborhood spot. Executive Chef Richie Wilim will offer diners’ favorite dishes like the Handmade Gnudi withMousseron, mushrooms, rutabega, sorrel, and a sweet potato puree; Handcrafted Pizzawith bacon, pumpkin, kale, cresenza, and pecorino; and Devil’s Gulch Pork Chop withred potato and pumpkin hash, grilled fennel, and mustard braised apple. Pair with one of Precita’s local beers on tap or a wine from the carefully-curated selection and treat yourself to the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, house-made bread pudding withcreme anglaise and caramel drizzle. Good food, good drinks, and a comfortable atmosphere – no better place for a new beginning! 500 Precita Avenue, San Francisco.
Presidio Social Club – Presidio Social Club will be open for celebration on New Year’s Eve with a special a la carte dinner menu available just for the evening. Specials will include seafood items like Caviar Deviled Eggs, a Petite Maine Lobster Roll, and Local Sea Urchin on Toasted Rye. A selection of first courses will be available, such as aSonoma Foie Gras Torchon and Hearts of Palm & Winter Grapefruit Salad. Main courses will include a variety of sea, land, and vegetarian options, including Oven Roasted Alaskan True Cod, Roasted Sonoma Lamb, and Cardamom Roasted Butternut Squash. Live music will be playing all evening long. Call 415-885-1888 or make a reservation through OpenTable.
Poggio Trattoria – Ring in the New Year with a delicious Italian meal at Poggio Trattoria in Sausalito. Enjoy warm, comforting dishes created by Chef Balesteri, such as Orecchiette with fennel pork sausage, broccoli di ciccio, red onion, and pecorino romano and Polpettone,meatloaf braised in a savory tomato sauce, potato puree, and arugula. Pair your meal with a beverage recommendation from Sommelier Johnny Catalano. Choose bubbles, such as the J Rose or Domaine Carneros Brut, to add acidity; a cabernet, such as Larkmead 2012 Cabernet, to complement red meats; a pinot noir, such as Dumol, Russian River Valley 2012, to highlight poultry; or the Carlos Giacosa, Narin, Babaresco 2010 to pair with white truffles. Cheers to a new year with acomplimentary champagne toast at midnight and celebratory party favors. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
Roka Akor & Roka Bar – Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast and choice of two extravagant celebrations at Roka Akor or Roka Bar. Kicking off at 9 p.m., Roka Bar invites guests to settle into the downstairs lounge with live jazz music by local artist Aspen Jordan. Roka Bar will offer a special “Late Night Menu” to pair with the bar program’s shochu infusions and handcrafted cocktails. Priced at $58 per person, the three-course meal includes a choice of Yellowtail Sashimi with green chili, shallots, and poached garlic ponzu, or Sashimi Chef Selection, and Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod wrapped in a Japanese magnolia leaf, or Wagyu Sirloin (6oz) with grilled bone marrow and spicy sweet garlic soy, and dessert.
For a more decadent last meal of 2015, guests can dine upstairs at Roka Akor and indulge in Executive Chef Roman Petry’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu. Priced at $118 per person, the five-course menu includes dishes such as Tiger Shrimp Tempura with wasabi pea dust and sweet chili aioli, Robata Roasted Alaskan King Crab with chili lime butter and cucumber, an optional upgrade ($50) to Japanese Grade A5+ Wagyu Beef from Miyazaki Prefecture with fresh wasabi, and more. An a la carte menu is available upon request. The Taittinger, Brut, “La Francaise” Champagne, France, NV will also be available for $22/glass and $88/bottle. Reservations are required and can be made any time between 5:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. online, in-person, or over the phone with a credit card at 415-362-8887. Roka Bar will accept walk-ins depending on availability.
Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant – Start the New Year with a blast from the past. Grab lunch at Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant and enjoy classic seafood favorites like Sam’s Cioppino, Sauteed Day Boat Scallops, and Steamed Clams in an old-fashioned atmosphere. For more casual fare, dine outside under the heat lamps at Sam’s Seafood Alley. Cure that hangover with lobster rolls, seafood salad, and warm clam chowder in a bread bowl. Round out your experience by sipping on one of Sam’s famous Manhattans. 374 Bush Street, San Francisco
SFJAZZ Center – Maceo Parker, the bandleader and frequent collaborator of funk’s founding fathers, returns for another slate of performances from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4. The “Funky New Year’s Eve Party” will feature complimentary sparkling wine and a balloon drop atmidnight; but the truth is, there’s never a bad night to check out the SFJAZZ Center, the nation’s first purpose-built, stand-alone building for jazz concerts and education.
San Francisco Symphony – Guests at Davies Symphony Hall have heard everything from Beethoven to Broadway, but this New Year’s Eve they’ll hear something unexpected: the musical and comic stylings of Seth MacFarlane, the Academy and Grammy Award nominated actor, producer, director, singer and songwriter best known for creating TV’s “Family Guy.”
SPQR – Modest and inviting, SPQR serves progressive Italian cuisine in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. This New Year’s Eve, award-winning Matthew Accarrino will offer a special six-course tasting menu for $160 per person with optional wine pairings from Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren for $80. Reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling 415.771.7779.
Starlight Room – High above Union Square, The Starlight Room has been a San Francisco staple for decades. Its classic cocktail menu, upscale décor and stunning 360-degree views of the city make it a top contender for the hottest New Year’s spot in San Francisco. Located in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, the Starlight Room also offers its legendary “Sunday’s A Drag” brunch, featuring some of the city’s most notable drag performers.
The Keystone – Start your New Year’s Eve festivities at The Keystone with elevated menu options from Executive Chef Banks White and celebratory champagne cocktails created by Beverage Director Kelly Naughton. Sit at the communal table, order family style, and chat with friends at this hip social house. Whether joining for your pre-festivity meal or ringing in the New Year at your final stop, The Keystone is the perfect gathering spot to celebrate with friends. 68 4th Street, San Francisco.
Top of the Mark at InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – Ring in the New Year with family, friends, and an unforgettable view! From 7:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., enjoy a special reception, entertainment, dinner, dancing, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start your evening with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres including assorted caviar, ceviche shooter, Tomales Bay & Rockefeller oysters, Spanish Serrano ham carving station, raw seafood selections, and more. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a seated five-course dinner with bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose before dancing the night away and toasting the New Year with a glass of Moet & Chandon rose. Rounding out the festivities is live entertainment by Mirage, whose exciting style ranges from Jazz to rock. Formal dress is required. Regular reservations are $400 per person; window seating is $450 per person. Reservations required. Please call 415-616-6941.