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Where To Eat and Drink on New Year’s Eve

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The end of 2018 has finally arrived, somehow. And for those sticking around the Bay Area for New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of ways to kick 2018 out of here. Celebrate the year’s end with a bang at one of San Francisco’s many excellent restaurants, from prix fixe dinners to Champagne-fueled parties.

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Poggio Trattoria

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Head to Poggio in beautiful Sausalito for its usual Tuscan menu alongside festive additions like cotechino, a lentil and sausage dish. There will also be holiday punch, party favors, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Ring in the new year in Sausalito with Copita’s usual menu plus specials like spit-roasted leg of lamb, lobster tacos, and poblano crab soup. All guests will get a sparkling wine-based welcome cocktail, too. Hours are. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Commissary

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Expect live entertainment, free sparkling wine, and Dungeness crab. A four-course tasting menu goes for $125, with wine pairings for an extra $50.

Pac Heights standby Spruce has two seatings and menus on NYE, the first four courses and $145, and the second five courses with a toast of champagne at midnight for $175. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 931-5100.

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Presidio Social Club

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There’s no cover charge at Presidio Social Club, which is bringing in the Big Blu Soul Revue from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for live soul and R&B alongside the regular dinner menu and some specials like seafood towers, tuna poke, and roasted octopus.

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Chef Alexander Hong’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu features six courses for $125 and wine pairings for $70. (The regular menu will not be available.) Reservations are available now through their website.

Che Fico

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Feast on four courses of family-style Italian dishes for $125, starting with antipasta and ending with dessert; wine pairing is option for $75. Celebrate with a Champagne toast at midnight, and take home a treat for the next morning. Book by phone (415) 416 - 6959 or contact@chefico.com

Check out buzzy Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Noosh before it even opens. Noosh’s New Year’s Eve party doubles as a preview, with passed hors d’oeuvres, two beverages, and a champagne toast from 9 p.m. to midnight. Limited amount of early bird tickets priced at $95 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) will go on sale on Tock soon, tickets increase to $120 person after early bird tickets sell out.

Choose from a set multi-course menu of options including foie gras terrine, risotto with duck sugo, and beef short rib for $145 with optional wine pairings. Reservations can be made beginning at 5:30 p.m. via OpenTable.

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Choose between an early seating (5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m.) featuring nine courses ($189) or a later seating (8:30, 9, 9:30, and 10 p.m.) featuring 10 courses ($255) with a midnight Champagne toast. Reservations via Tock.

Finn Town

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Watch movies surrounded by balloons at Finn Town, which is serving its regular a la carte dinner menu alongside oysters and a prime rib special. The bar bites menu will be. served until midnight, with happy hour running from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight. Bonus: Some bottles of wine will be 50 percent off.

Kaiyo is offering a special New Year’s Eve a la carte menu of its favorite Nikkei dishes, inspired by Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, plus some new items. Seatings are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations are required. Depending on the time of your reservation, you can expect to spend at least $100 to $125 per person.

The Riddler

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Head to The Riddler for the ultimate midnight Champagne toast. The Champagne bar is serving its full menu in addition to Magnums and special features by-the-glass. It’ll open at 2 p.m. and accept reservations and walk-in guests until 11 p.m. Reserve your table on OpenTable.

Ring in the New Year with a Michelin-starred meal at Aster, which is offering a six-course, $145 first seating with the likes of black truffle gougeres and gnocchi with Dungeness crab, pomelo, and caramelized crab cream; and a second seating at $185, which also includes an extra surprise course and glass of Champagne.

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Jardinière

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Indulge in duck raviolo with foie gras, chrysanthemum, and sesame, and wagyu strip loin with mild mushroom, chard, and bearnaise and more at Jardiniere. Reservations from 7 to 10 p.m. includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight, with a live jazz trio beginning at 7 p.m. The first seating offers a four-course menu for $175, with the second seating offering five courses for $245.

Head to Mission music venue the Chapel’s restaurant Curio for a celebration of dinner, drinks, and DJs. The full menu (including festive seafood towers) will be available from 5 to 9 p.m., with a full lineup of DJs on deck after.

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August 1 Five

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Contemporary Indian restaurant August 1 Five provides a flavor survey of India’s 29 states for NYE. First is a special three-course tasting menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m for $89 with a $35 wine pairing option, or from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. a five-course tasting menu is available for $129 with an optional $55 wine pairing.

Prairie

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Prairie is serving dinner at 7 p.m.: a seven-course menu featuring hand-cut tagliatelle with white truffle and charcoal-grilled squab. Stick around and ring in the new year at the bar. Here are $150 tickets for the dinner.

Update 12/21: Prairie cancelled its previously reported after-dinner party.

Foreign Cinema

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Head to Foreign Cinema for a “Technicolor themed evening,” with live music, films, a three-course dinner, and a midnight Champagne toast for $130. Reservations available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Opentable.

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Stones Throw

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Say goodbye to Stones Throw before it closes on January 1 with a four-course, $130 dinner, including selections like smoked Dungeness crab and winter squash ravioli with white truffles. Reservations available by calling 415-796-2901.

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Kaya Restaurant

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Skip the expensive pre-fixe menus and head to Jamaican restaurant Kaya for its usual a la carte menu. Food will be served until 10 p.m. but the bar will be open until midnight with a DJ and Champagne toast. Reservations can be made via OpenTable here

The Saratoga

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Swanky Tenderloin oasis The Saratoga has a New Year’s Eve dinner and drinks menu including steak tartare, smoked salmon blini, and petite oyster po’ boys. Tickets to the all-night party go for $75, and VIP ($120) guarantees you a table, a bottle of Champgne, two cocktails, and tableside hors d’oeuvres.

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Black Cat

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The music starts at 6 p.m. and goes to 2:30 a.m. at this glamorous jazz supper club, from Grammy award-winning J. Hoard and jazz vocalist Viveca. There will be two seatings for dinner: the first is four courses for $110 ($135 for VIP stage view), and the second is four-courses plus a Champagne toast for $195 ($225 VIP stage view). Grab a ticket here.

Charmaine's

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This new rooftop cocktail bar above the Proper Hotel would be among the best places in SF to see fireworks — were they ever to become visible through the fog. Their open bar party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m features a DJ, cabaret dancers, a raw bar,and hors d’oeuvres for $225 per person, plus a Champagne toast. Email info@charmainessf.com to reserve. 

Earlier in the evening, Villon is offering a pre-fixe, four-course menu with a live DJ and party favors for $95 per person. A late night five-course menu, with live jazz, party favors and a Champagne toast is $145 per person. Reservations available at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Le Colonial

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Classic French and Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial is throwing a party with hors d’oeuvres, Vietnamese buffet, Veuve Clicquot toast, party favors, and dancing from 10 p.m.- 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person.

Son's Addition

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Chef Nick Cobarruvias is serving a four-course menu for $70, including staples like broiled yellowtail collar and grilled hanger steak as well as some new additions. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Birdsong

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Stop by Birdsong before your late-night plans with a $215, 11-course, two-hour feast at 5:15 or 6:30 p.m. Or make Birdsong your entire New Year’s Eve plan with a whopping 16 courses spread across four hours at 7:45 or 8:30 p.m. The $300 meal includes a Champagne toast at midnight. See the whole menu, which includes the likes of sea urchin cream puffs, smoked sturgeon belly with golden caviar, and water buffalo.

Gibson is throwing an over-the-top cocktail party with more than 14 dishes, including oysters, Dungeness crab tostadas, ribeye with truffle, and mini ice cream cones. (Plus an optional trio of foie gras paired with a glass of wine for $45.) The whole evening costs $125, with drink pairings for $65 or a special vintage cocktail pairing for $85. Reservations start at 5:15 p.m. via OpenTable.com.

The Morris

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The Morris has two seatings with special menus of the restaurant’s greatest hits so far, including smoked duck and buckwheat donuts. The first seating is at 6 p.m. and is six courses for $125 (including service charge) per person. The second is eight courses for $178.34 (including service charge) per person with truffles. Reservations available via Resy.

Dirty Habit

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Go back to the glitzy 1920s at Dirty Habit’s prohibition-themed New Year’s Eve party, which includes live jazz, a Champagne toast, and food. Choose from the full party package, which gets you access to a full dinner at 9 p.m. for $125, or skip the meal and just enjoy dessert, caviar, and Champagne starting at 11 p.m. for $65. Tickets are available here.

Tosca Cafe

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Experience North Beach of another era at landmark restaurant Tosca Cafe, which will serve a four-course Italian-American menu for $75. Call (415) 986-9651 for reservations.

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E&O Kitchen and Bar

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You’ll get free bubbles upon arrival at this modern Asian favorite, which is serving a special a la carte menu including dishes like shiitake mushroom dumplings with butter soy sauce and Sichuan braised flounder.

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Bluestem Brasserie

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Head to Bluestem for Bleu’lin Rouge, a Moulin Rouge-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner party. The first seating at 5 p.m. offers three courses for $70 with festive balloons, uplights, and streamers. The second seating at 7 p.m. is where the real action is, though, with a DJ, burlesque performances, a Champagne toast, and a five-course menu for $125. Reservations for both seatings can be made via OpenTable.  

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MKT Restaurant and Bar

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The first seating at 5 p.m. costs $180 for four courses and the second seating at 8 p.m. costs $250 for six courses — and the latter includes live music, a photo booth, and a Champagne toast. Dishes include butter boached lobster and ricotta tortellini. Party people can also get in on just the dancing portion of the evening for $20.

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Go for luxury at fine dining destination Coi, which will offer a $375 pre-fixe menu decked out with caviar, lobster, wagyu, and truffles. A wine flight and Champagne pairing is also available. Reservations can be made via OpenTable here.

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Michelin-starred Quince will serve Dungeness crab soufflé and beef roasted in puff pastry with truffle as part of a seven-course meal on New Year’s Eve. It costs $465, plus $395 for wine pairings, with reservations available starting at. 5 p.m. by calling (415) 775-8500.

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The Sequoia

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Slide into the top floor bar above Wayfare Tavern for a festive evening of cocktails and activities. VIP experience is $150 for an open bar and early entrance at 8 p.m. General admission is $80 and begins at 9 p.m. with two drink tickets. There’ll be a photo booth, tarot card reader, and DJ. Tickets here.

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Michael Mina

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Begin your evening with caviar service, followed by a parade of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes at Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant. The first seating at 5 p.m. offers a five-course menu for $265 (plus $190 for wine pairings) and the second at 8 p.m. is a seven-course menu for $315 (plus wine pairings at $225) with a live band. Reservations are available by calling (415) 397-9222 or visiting OpenTable

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Stop by Michael Mina’s izakaya before the Embarcadero fireworks show for a seven-course meal featuring sashimi, sushi, robatayaki, and steaks — replete with celebratory ingredients like oysters, caviar, uni, and wagyu. The evening costs $169, plus $75 for sake pairings. Reservations available by calling (415) 668-7228 or visiting Opentable.

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Cockscomb Restaurant

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Chef-owner Chris Cosentino will prepare a four-course, family-style menu for $110. Festive dishes include aged beef carpaccio with truffle, foie gras mousse, lobster bisque with caviar, and steak with bone marrow. Make a reservation between 5 and 9:15 p.m. online or by calling 415-974-0700.  

Alexander's Steakhouse

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Go big with Alexander’s Steakhouse’s $249 six-course menu, starring caviar, wagyu, lobster, foie gras, and other luxuries. All guests will get a free glass of Champagne.