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Where to Eat in the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve

Written by Sarah HoltzPublished Dec. 12, 2022 • 4:40pm
Canela Bistro in Duboce Triangle will offer sparkling wine on New Year's Eve. | Courtesy Canela Bistro

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The prospect of going out for dinner on New Year’s Eve may be daunting, but it’s a holiday when Bay Area chefs truly put everything they have into service, without worrying about brunch. From caviar to Dungeness crab and rare vintages of Champagne, ringing in the New Year here solidifies San Francisco’s status as a culinary capital. We’ve put together our short list of à la carte and prix fixe offerings. Still, don’t let New Year’s Eve reservations be forgot—these places fill up quickly. 

San Francisco 

A server preps a live-fire entree at Osito in the Mission. | Courtesy Alexa Trevino/Osito

Osito

Mission
📍2875 18th St., SF
🕑 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 6 p.m. tasting menu
☎️ (415) 817-1585
🎟 $325+ per person 
🔗 ositosf.co

This newly Michelin-starred live-fire restaurant starts off the celebration with cocktail hour next door at sister restaurant Liliana. Afterwards, Osito hosts a communal feast of coastal Californian cuisine cooked over a wood fire. 

Lyon & Swan

Jackson Square
📍140 Columbus Ave., SF
🕑 5-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m. 
☎️ (415) 264-1283
🎟 $375-$475 per person
🔗 lyonandswan.com

Sonoma County winemaker Eco Terreno opened an underground supper club last month, and the Jackson Square newcomer rings in the new year with a four-course dinner paired with Champagne and caviar, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The earlier seating includes performances by singer Marshall Forte, pianist John Steiner and drag performer Varla Jean Merman.   

A spread of oysters and caviar at Palette in SoMa | Courtesy Kelly Puleio/Palette

Palette

Yerba Buena
📍816 Folsom St., SF
🕑 5-9:30 p.m.
☎️ (415) 865-0529
🎟 $298 per person + optional pairings
🔗 palette-sf.com

This sustainable seafood house has a stacked 10-course menu teeming with lobster, caviar, dry-aged fish and deep sea box crab. Guests have the option to pair dinner with eight deep Champagnes from labels like Dom Pérignon and Deutz Brut.

Colibri Mexican Bistro 

The Presidio
📍50 Moraga Ave., SF
🕑 4-10 p.m.
☎️ (415) 678-5170
🔗 colibrimexicanbistro.com

The upscale Oaxacan spot inside the Presidio Officers’ Club is open late on NYE with two menu options: à la carte and a three-course prix fixe. Dine at Colibri and then wander across Crissy Field for a view of the fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Villon 

Civic Center
📍1100 Market St., SF
🕑 6:30-8 p.m.
☎️ (628) 895-2039
🎟 $165 per person + optional pairings
🔗 properhotel.com/san-francisco/restaurants-bars/villon

You don’t need to book a staycation at the Proper Hotel to enjoy a California cuisine prix fixe at its flagship restaurant. This tasting menu includes crab, vichyssoise, suckling pig and wagyu beef. LA-based Latin jazz group La Lom performs in the lounge just past midnight.  

A cheese plate at Canela Bistro in Duboce Triangle | Courtesy Canela Bistro

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

Duboce Triangle
📍2272 Market St., SF
🕑 6:30-7:30 p.m.
☎️ (415) 552-3000
🎟 $89+ per person 
🔗 canelasf.com

This Spanish tapas eatery serves nine small plates on New Year’s Eve, beginning with sparkling almond and grape gazpacho and ending with a cheese plate and dessert. 

Estiatorio Ornos

FiDi
📍252 California St., SF
🕑 5:45-8:15 p.m.
☎️ (415) 417-3969
🎟 $185-$205 per person 
🔗 michaelmina.net/restaurants/estiatorio-ornos/estiatorio-ornos-san-francisco


Michael Mina’s modern Greek taverna offers four-course and five-course options on the last night of the year, plating up sea urchin hilopites with caviar and surf & turf ribeye with something called a “shellfish emulsion.” Anyone’s guess what that entails, but it sounds delightful. 

Selections from the tasting menu at La Société Bar & Cafe in SoMa | Courtesy Angelo Clinton/La Société Bar & Cafe

La Société Bar & Cafe

SoMa
📍50 Third St., SF
🕑 6:15-8 p.m.
☎️ (415) 974-6400
🎟 $150+ per person 
🔗 lasocietecafe.com

The Hyatt Regency Downtown’s brasserie, which opened this past September, finishes off a full season of holiday specials with a five-course menu of salted cod beignets, Maine scallops and more.

East Bay 

Enoteca Molinari 

Rockridge
📍5474 College Ave., Oakland
🕑 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
☎️ (510) 428-4078
🔗 enoteca-molinari.com

What Molinari lacks in size it makes up for in hospitality. This pint-sized Italian eatery serves arancini, pasta and seafood out of a kitchen at the center of the dining room, creating a familial feel.

Kingston 11 Cuisine

Uptown
📍2270 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
🕑 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
☎️ (510) 465-2558
🔗 kingston11eats.com

Chef Nigel Jones combines ingredients from his hometown with Caribbean and Californian staples to create entrees like slow-simmered curried goat and oxtail stew with plantains and jasmine rice. The à la carte dinner comes with complimentary bubbles.

Yoshi’s 

Jack London Square
📍510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
🕑 6:15-7:45 p.m. 
☎️ (510) 238-9200
🔗 yoshis.com

The waterfront sushi bar and jazz club offers dinner and a show on New Year’s with 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. sets from saxophonist Boney James. Strategically located near the bay fireworks display. 

Daughter Thai Kitchen 

Montclair
📍6118 Medau Place, Oakland
🕑 6:30-7:30 p.m. |
☎️ (510) 823-2354
🔗 daughterthai.com

This photogenic family-run Thai restaurant serves up noodles, curries and fried grasshoppers for those of us who like it hot—mild-mannered palates, be warned. After dinner, if you wind your way up Snake Road, there are solid views of the light show to be seen from the top of the Oakland hills.  

Limewood Bar & Restaurant

Claremont
📍41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
🕑 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
☎️ (510) 843-3000
🔗 limewoodrestaurant.com

Situated in the Claremont Hotel—that enormous, ivory-painted resort in the Berkeley Hills with the panoramic views—Limewood is well-poised for NYE dinner. The seasonal menu rotates regularly, but expect a Southern-style feast with oysters and mignonette, fried chicken and traditional New Year’s hoppin’ john to start 2023 with good luck.  

alley & vine

Park Street
📍1332 Park St., Alameda
🕑 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
☎️ (510) 227-5006
🎟 $110-175 per person + optional pairing 
🔗 alleyandvine.com

Past meets future on New Year’s at this farm-to-table favorite in downtown Alameda. Alley & vine hosts a 1970s disco wonderland costume party, complete with a DJ spinning throwbacks past midnight. The four- and five-course menus also focus on the classics: Dungeness Crab Louie (assuming the season opens in time), Swedish meatballs, caviar and pineapple upside down cake. 

Sonoma

A server at The Matheson in Healdsburg pours wine at a California-shaped table. | Courtesy Cesar Rubio/The Matheson

The Matheson

Downtown Healdsburg
📍106 Matheson St., Healdsburg
🕑 6:15 p.m. 
☎️ (707) 723-1106
🎟 $175 per person + optional pairing 
🔗 thematheson.com

Reservations have been difficult to score at chef Dustin Valette’s newest place ever since it became a Michelin guide restaurant, and New Year’s Eve may be the best time to try it out. Valette’s team creates a six-course tasting menu of opulent plates, though their use of the word “schmaltz” under the crab rice porridge adds a healthy dose of irreverence. Next door, at cocktail lounge Roof 106, try your luck on the waitlist, as the DJ will mix tracks until midnight.   

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Sarah Holtz can be reached at [email protected]


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