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.Read More
The Under-$100 New Year's Eve 2014 Guide
Where to ring in 2015 without blowing all your dough (booze included!)
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.
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.
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.
4. Crystal Jade
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.
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.
6. Flour + Water
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.
7. Gaspar Brasserie
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.
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.
9. Hog & Rocks
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.
10. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar
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.
11. Le Marais Bistro & Bakery
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16. Park Tavern
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.
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.
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.
19. Ramen Shop
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.
20. Rose Pistola
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.
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.
22. Tribune Tavern
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.
23. Trou Normand
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.
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.