Just like that, 2023 has come and gone and now all that’s left is one final question: What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? It’s not a difficult question, seeing as several San Francisco restaurants are going all out for the event, with flowing Champagne and caviar add-ons ready to send out 2023 in style and ring in the new year.
There are day-of brunches — it is technically in Sunday brunch territory, to be fair — as well as rooftop dinners and Michelin-starred restaurants to celebrate. Whatever path you choose, kick off the new year on the right foot at one of these destinations.
Make daytime plans for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is on a Sunday this year, which makes brunch a slam dunk for those who prefer to do their partying during the day. Bar Gemini in the Mission is providing the venue — plus the bubbly and wine — for brunch with pop-up Astranda Bakery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, coffee, music, and “daytime fun.” Reservations for indoor and outdoor tables are available via Resy, and walk-ins for the bar are also available.
True Laurel is also getting into the daytime party mood by offering its brunch menu, which includes the crowd-favorite patty melt and, of course, the solid cocktail menu. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with drinks available until 6 p.m.; reservations are available via Tock for an indoor table with a $30 per guest deposit, while outdoor seating is available for walk-ins.
If you’re looking to do an ultra-luxe NYE experience during the day, chef George Chen’s restaurant Eight Tables is preparing a high-end lunch experience for $290 per person (dinner is available in the evening for $325 per person). The meals will be “reimagined traditional Chinese cuisine, prepared with the finest local and seasonal ingredients,” with reservations available via Tock.
Make New Year’s Eve dinner reservations here
It shouldn’t be surprising that party-ready Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine is hosting a New Year’s Eve party at a budget-conscious ticket price, to boot. General admission is $88 per person, and guests receive bites, pizza, and sweet treats, along with a cash bar and bottle deals all night — as Shuggie’s puts it, imagine this event as “a friend of a friend’s house party, with way better food.” An all-you-can-drink ticket option priced at $208 is also available. The party starts at 8 p.m. with music playing all night and reservations available via Resy.
Vegetarians looking for an upscale New Year’s Eve dinner can do no better than Greens, which is hosting a four-course prix fixe menu for $120 per person. As a live jazz ensemble sets the mood, diners will enjoy dishes such as a mushroom tartlet with creamy tarragon and marjolaine cake with chocolate and hazelnuts from chef Katie Reicher. Reservations can be made via OpenTable, and there’s an optional wine pairing if desired.
Acquerello has its own New Year’s Eve plans, but for those looking for something just as delicious — but perhaps more budget-conscious — sister restaurant Sorella might just fit the bill. On New Year’s Eve eve (Saturday, December 30) and New Year’s Eve proper, Sorella will serve a four-course meal for $135 per person, during which customers will enjoy Nantucket Bay scallops, Dungeness crab tagliatelle with salmon roe, and a choice between a 72-hour braised beef cheek or A5 wagyu. Reservations are available via OpenTable.
Dalida is coming off of a stellar opening year that saw the restaurant earn several accolades, including Eater SF’s Restaurant of the Year award. For New Year’s Eve, Chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz have a set multi-course menu with specials served alongside restaurant favorites; for $150 per person, there’s California tahdig, plus lobster kibbe and Anatolian eriste with Périgord truffles. A beverage pairing is also available as an add-on. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
David Fisher and Serena Chow Fisher’s new restaurant 7 Adams will ring in the new year by serving a seven-course tasting menu for $195 per person. Among the dinner’s highlights: a smoked ricotta tortellini; garlic and parmesan brodo; and dry-aged duck with sunchoke and black trumpet duxelles. There will be a complimentary toast at midnight as well, and reservations are available via Resy.
Rooftop restaurants and bars are still a favorite in San Francisco — even for a chilly New Year’s Eve — and the city’s newest rooftop entrant Chotto Matte has both a tasting menu and a la carte specials of Japanese Peruvian dishes to get the celebration started. Ticket pricing is tiered, depending on dining time; between 7 to 9:30 p.m., tickets cost $200 per person, and 9:45 p.m. and later, pricing is $250 per person.
Michelin-starred Nisei is serving a multi-course tasting menu with high-end ingredients such as king crab, truffles, wagyu, and caviar making dinner a luxurious night on the town. The menu costs $275 per person, with an optional $195 wine pairing including Champagne and special bottles from the Nisei wine cellar. Reservations are available via Tock.
For a high-end New Year’s Eve experience, Michelin-starred restaurant Sons & Daughters is serving an 18-course tasting menu with seatings at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. Tickets cost $375 per person via Tock and come with a welcome glass of Champagne and caviar from Nouvelle-Aquitain in France.