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The Under-$100 New Year's Eve 2014 Guide

Where to ring in 2015 without blowing all your dough (booze included!)

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When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve, restaurants tend to get crazy expensive, with lobster, truffles and all that sparkling wine depleting already battered holiday budgets. To help you kick off 2015 on the right financial footing, we've compiled a list of 23 spots where the menu clocks in at under $100, many of them including a complimentary glass of bubbly. Whether you want to enjoy a sedate prix-fixe meal or attend a raucous party, this list has you covered. For those playing with a bigger budget, nearly all of the Michelin-starred spots in town will be serving special (and pricey) set menus.

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2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
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A special Southern Italy inspired menu offers four courses of dishes like rabbit saddle wrapped in pancetta and handmade maccaronara pasta with duck sugo, black trumpet mushrooms and duck fat bread crumbs. Tasting menu is $95 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $75.

2. Crystal Jade

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4 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA
(415) 399-1400
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The massive first U.S. outpost of the Crystal Jade empire is offering a six-course New Year's Eve menu for $99. Dishes like fried prawns with Beijing-style sauce, roast duck, and sautéed beef tenderloin with sliced garlic will grace the menu, and everyone gets a complimentary glass of champagne.

3. Dosa

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1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco
CA, 94115
(415) 441-3672
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If you're feeling bored of traditional New Year's Eve fare, both locations of Dosa are offering a four-course prix fixe menu of Indian dishes like squash dosa with ginger, cinnamon, chiles and curry leaves, and Kerala Kuttanadan lobster with a spicy red chile sauce. Starting at 8:30 pm, groove to Indian and Bollywood beats from DJ Jimmy Love. Party favors, a champagne toast and henna tattoos are included as well, for $95 all-in at the Fillmore location ($75 on Valencia). If you want more than just Champagne, wine pairings are an additional $36.

4. Flour + Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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Cozy up by the wood-burning oven at Flour + Water for a five-course tasting menu for $95, with a $70 optional wine pairing. Rustic dishes with seasonal flavors like chestnut agnolotti with pheasant, Dungeness crab with shrimp nduja and brussels sprouts will ring in the new year right.

5. Gaspar Brasserie

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185 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 576-8800
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So, you're not going to make it to Paris in time for New Year's. The next best thing: a four-course Parisian-inspired menu featuring dishes like duck confit with chestnut-vadouvan puree, brandy-scented poached lobster with winter vegetables, and boudin blanc with black truffles. The three seatings are tiered by price: 5:30 pm for $75 per person, and 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm for $95 per person. Wine pairings are available for $40.

6. Gitane

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6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-6686
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Typically it's best to avoid wandering down dark alleys in downtown San Francisco. This time, a four- or three- course menu awaits you at Gitane. They've got an extensive wine and Sherry list, cocktails and dishes slathered in truffles. A winter chicory salad with truffle tremor cheese and black truffle vinaigrette, or ricotta dumplings with black truffle will end the year with some panache. They're offering three seatings: 5:30-6:00 pm is a three-course menu for $75 per person, 6:30-8:00 pm and 9:30-10:00 pm will be a four-course menu for $95. Wine pairings are an optional $45.

7. Hog & Rocks

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3431 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-8627
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Round up the crew and take them to Hog & Rocks for a five-course family-style meal for $65 per person, featuring oysters served with horseradish ice, pickled mushrooms, and pork rillettes with crispy potato. Add a "luxury supplement" for $30 or beverage pairings for $35, and you'll still have some money left over for a surge-priced Uber home.

8. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-6217
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Skip the crowds and snag a spot at Hopscotch for a special four-course meal for $75, plus any additional course for $20. Diners can choose their courses from 12 different menu items, including Dungeness crab miso soup with matsutake mushrooms and mitsuba or 36-hour short ribs. Beverage pairings are an additional $45.

9. Marlowe

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500 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 974-5599
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Check out Marlowe's shiny new interior and enjoy a four-course menu for $85. Start with a round of their insane deviled eggs for the table, then progress to some lobster. Wine pairings are an extra $45.

10. Maven

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598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982
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While Dungeness crab seems to be on every New Year's menu in town, Maven's takes it to the next level with the addition of uni. Three courses will delight at $49, plus an optional $40 cocktail or wine pairing.

11. Park Tavern

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1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 898-7300
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Park Tavern's three-course menu offers some of their kicked-up classics, like "Demons and Angels on Horseback" (smoked lardo-wrapped prawns and bacon fat poached oysters wrapped in speck with lime) and the poulet noir with truffled creamed chard and shaved truffle. Pay $85 for just the food, or drop $100 to add a glass of Laurent-Perrier bubbles. Wine pairings are an additional $50.

12. Plank

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98 Broadway
Oakland, CA
This arcade and bowling alley is offering a package for $60 per person or $110 per couple that includes a dinner buffet, $20 game card, two drink tickets, and a balloon drop with champagne toast at midnight. Spend the last hours of 2015 challenging each other in DDR, bowling, or bocce.

13. Ramen Shop

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5812 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 788-6370
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Ramen Shop is offering a duo of affordable alternatives: a $75 six-course prix fixe (with seatings at 7-7:30 and 9-9:30 pm) that includes all-you-can-drink champagne, or a ticket to a late-night DJ and Champagne party for $25.

14. Starbelly

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3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 252-7500
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Not into the black-tie soiree situation? Starbelly has a three-course prix fixe with a glass of sparkling for $60, or you can dine a la carte from a menu of special dishes. Tea-smoked duck breast with barley, black trumpet mushrooms or Dungeness crab tagliatelle provide plenty of swank without the fuss.

15. Trou Normand

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140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 975-0876
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Make it a meaty start to the New Year. For $85, dine on a four-course family style meal of charcuterie and arancini, cotechino and lentils, and more; you'll even have $15 left over in the budget for a celebratory cocktail.

16. Millennium

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580 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-3900
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Vegans will have lots to celebrate with a five-course prix fixe at Millennium for $100, which includes a glass of sparkling wine. Add on an optional wine pairing for $35 more.

17. Tribune Tavern

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401 13th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 452-8742
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Party in downtown Oakland's most iconic building with a $65 four-course dinner, including a complimentary glass of Champagne. After the meal, everyone's invited to a full-on party.

18. Comal

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2020 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 926-6300
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All-you-can eat Mexican bites and cheap cocktails await at Comal, which is once again hosting a raucous NYE bash in their outdoor dining area (weather permitting). For $45, you can have your fill of Latin and funk into the wee hours.

19. Le Marais Bistro & Bakery

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2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 359-9801
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Celebrate la nouvelle année at oh-so-French Le Marais, which will be serving up a nine-course menu, complete with a Champagne toast, for just $85. Considering you'll be feasting on oysters, Dungeness crab spaetzle, and butter-poached lobster, that's a solid deal. An earlier meal with six courses, from 6-7 pm, is just $65.

20. Lungomare

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1 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-7171
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If you're looking for more than just dinner, Lungomare is hosing a Cocktail Gala. for $55 per person, guests will dine on passed hors d'oeuvres and a dinner buffet, plus two dance floors and DJs playing music all night long. Food will be served from 7 pm- 11pm, but cocktails and other booze will be available all night.

21. Camino

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3917 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 547-5036
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Camino is offering a hearty, decadent New Year's Eve menu for $85, including Dungeness crab with Chanterelle and Matsutake mushrooms. And, don't forget the Choucroute Royal — the Royale includes truffled boudin blanc, smoked duck sausage and breast grilled in the fireplace, alongside beef fat potatoes, sauerkraut and condiments. And if crab and duck aren't sexy enough, add Perigord truffles for $20. Wine pairings are $45.

22. Plin

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280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 655-9510
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Plin is offering a four-course tasting menu for $95 (and a vegetarian menu for $85). Inventive seafood and pasta dishes like Dungeness crab cannelloni with lime caviar and seafood ceviche are stars of the menu- plus the included glass of Prosecco.

23. Rose Pistola

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532 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 399-0499
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Head over to festive North Beach for New Year's Eve this year. Rose Pistola is offering an earlybird four-course prix fixe dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm for $65. At the 8 pm seating, diners will enjoy a five-course prix fixe, complimentary prosecco and party favors for $95.

24. Ragazza

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311 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 255-1133
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Ragazza has something for everyone this New Year's Eve. Earlybirds can dine at 5:30 pm on a three-course menu for $65, including a glass of sparkling rosé. Folks with a hankering for nightlife can dine at 7:30 pm or 9:30 pm and enjoy a four-course menu, plus complimentary glass of sparkling for $75.

1. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
A special Southern Italy inspired menu offers four courses of dishes like rabbit saddle wrapped in pancetta and handmade maccaronara pasta with duck sugo, black trumpet mushrooms and duck fat bread crumbs. Tasting menu is $95 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $75.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Crystal Jade

4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA
The massive first U.S. outpost of the Crystal Jade empire is offering a six-course New Year's Eve menu for $99. Dishes like fried prawns with Beijing-style sauce, roast duck, and sautéed beef tenderloin with sliced garlic will grace the menu, and everyone gets a complimentary glass of champagne.
4 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA

3. Dosa

1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, 94115
If you're feeling bored of traditional New Year's Eve fare, both locations of Dosa are offering a four-course prix fixe menu of Indian dishes like squash dosa with ginger, cinnamon, chiles and curry leaves, and Kerala Kuttanadan lobster with a spicy red chile sauce. Starting at 8:30 pm, groove to Indian and Bollywood beats from DJ Jimmy Love. Party favors, a champagne toast and henna tattoos are included as well, for $95 all-in at the Fillmore location ($75 on Valencia). If you want more than just Champagne, wine pairings are an additional $36.
1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco
CA, 94115

4. Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Cozy up by the wood-burning oven at Flour + Water for a five-course tasting menu for $95, with a $70 optional wine pairing. Rustic dishes with seasonal flavors like chestnut agnolotti with pheasant, Dungeness crab with shrimp nduja and brussels sprouts will ring in the new year right.
2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Gaspar Brasserie

185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94104
So, you're not going to make it to Paris in time for New Year's. The next best thing: a four-course Parisian-inspired menu featuring dishes like duck confit with chestnut-vadouvan puree, brandy-scented poached lobster with winter vegetables, and boudin blanc with black truffles. The three seatings are tiered by price: 5:30 pm for $75 per person, and 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm for $95 per person. Wine pairings are available for $40.
185 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94104

6. Gitane

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Typically it's best to avoid wandering down dark alleys in downtown San Francisco. This time, a four- or three- course menu awaits you at Gitane. They've got an extensive wine and Sherry list, cocktails and dishes slathered in truffles. A winter chicory salad with truffle tremor cheese and black truffle vinaigrette, or ricotta dumplings with black truffle will end the year with some panache. They're offering three seatings: 5:30-6:00 pm is a three-course menu for $75 per person, 6:30-8:00 pm and 9:30-10:00 pm will be a four-course menu for $95. Wine pairings are an optional $45.
6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Hog & Rocks

3431 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Round up the crew and take them to Hog & Rocks for a five-course family-style meal for $65 per person, featuring oysters served with horseradish ice, pickled mushrooms, and pork rillettes with crispy potato. Add a "luxury supplement" for $30 or beverage pairings for $35, and you'll still have some money left over for a surge-priced Uber home.
3431 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Skip the crowds and snag a spot at Hopscotch for a special four-course meal for $75, plus any additional course for $20. Diners can choose their courses from 12 different menu items, including Dungeness crab miso soup with matsutake mushrooms and mitsuba or 36-hour short ribs. Beverage pairings are an additional $45.
1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

9. Marlowe

500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Check out Marlowe's shiny new interior and enjoy a four-course menu for $85. Start with a round of their insane deviled eggs for the table, then progress to some lobster. Wine pairings are an extra $45.
500 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Maven

598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
While Dungeness crab seems to be on every New Year's menu in town, Maven's takes it to the next level with the addition of uni. Three courses will delight at $49, plus an optional $40 cocktail or wine pairing.
598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. Park Tavern

1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Park Tavern's three-course menu offers some of their kicked-up classics, like "Demons and Angels on Horseback" (smoked lardo-wrapped prawns and bacon fat poached oysters wrapped in speck with lime) and the poulet noir with truffled creamed chard and shaved truffle. Pay $85 for just the food, or drop $100 to add a glass of Laurent-Perrier bubbles. Wine pairings are an additional $50.
1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

12. Plank

98 Broadway, Oakland, CA
This arcade and bowling alley is offering a package for $60 per person or $110 per couple that includes a dinner buffet, $20 game card, two drink tickets, and a balloon drop with champagne toast at midnight. Spend the last hours of 2015 challenging each other in DDR, bowling, or bocce.
98 Broadway
Oakland, CA

13. Ramen Shop

5812 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Ramen Shop is offering a duo of affordable alternatives: a $75 six-course prix fixe (with seatings at 7-7:30 and 9-9:30 pm) that includes all-you-can-drink champagne, or a ticket to a late-night DJ and Champagne party for $25.
5812 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

14. Starbelly

3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Not into the black-tie soiree situation? Starbelly has a three-course prix fixe with a glass of sparkling for $60, or you can dine a la carte from a menu of special dishes. Tea-smoked duck breast with barley, black trumpet mushrooms or Dungeness crab tagliatelle provide plenty of swank without the fuss.
3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. Trou Normand

140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Make it a meaty start to the New Year. For $85, dine on a four-course family style meal of charcuterie and arancini, cotechino and lentils, and more; you'll even have $15 left over in the budget for a celebratory cocktail.
140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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16. Millennium

580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Vegans will have lots to celebrate with a five-course prix fixe at Millennium for $100, which includes a glass of sparkling wine. Add on an optional wine pairing for $35 more.
580 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. Tribune Tavern

401 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Party in downtown Oakland's most iconic building with a $65 four-course dinner, including a complimentary glass of Champagne. After the meal, everyone's invited to a full-on party.
401 13th St
Oakland, CA 94612

18. Comal

2020 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
All-you-can eat Mexican bites and cheap cocktails await at Comal, which is once again hosting a raucous NYE bash in their outdoor dining area (weather permitting). For $45, you can have your fill of Latin and funk into the wee hours.
2020 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

19. Le Marais Bistro & Bakery

2066 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Celebrate la nouvelle année at oh-so-French Le Marais, which will be serving up a nine-course menu, complete with a Champagne toast, for just $85. Considering you'll be feasting on oysters, Dungeness crab spaetzle, and butter-poached lobster, that's a solid deal. An earlier meal with six courses, from 6-7 pm, is just $65.
2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

20. Lungomare

1 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
If you're looking for more than just dinner, Lungomare is hosing a Cocktail Gala. for $55 per person, guests will dine on passed hors d'oeuvres and a dinner buffet, plus two dance floors and DJs playing music all night long. Food will be served from 7 pm- 11pm, but cocktails and other booze will be available all night.
1 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

21. Camino

3917 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Camino is offering a hearty, decadent New Year's Eve menu for $85, including Dungeness crab with Chanterelle and Matsutake mushrooms. And, don't forget the Choucroute Royal — the Royale includes truffled boudin blanc, smoked duck sausage and breast grilled in the fireplace, alongside beef fat potatoes, sauerkraut and condiments. And if crab and duck aren't sexy enough, add Perigord truffles for $20. Wine pairings are $45.
3917 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

22. Plin

280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Plin is offering a four-course tasting menu for $95 (and a vegetarian menu for $85). Inventive seafood and pasta dishes like Dungeness crab cannelloni with lime caviar and seafood ceviche are stars of the menu- plus the included glass of Prosecco.
280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

23. Rose Pistola

532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Head over to festive North Beach for New Year's Eve this year. Rose Pistola is offering an earlybird four-course prix fixe dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm for $65. At the 8 pm seating, diners will enjoy a five-course prix fixe, complimentary prosecco and party favors for $95.
532 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

24. Ragazza

311 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117