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The Ultimate Guide To Dinner on New Year's Eve 2012

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Haven't made those New Year's Eve plans yet? Here's a map of 30 solid dining options for the big night. Some of these restaurants are offering prix fixes and some are offering party packages, but none of them are total rip-offs.


—Chloe Shildhause

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Cotogna is hosting a late night party, starting at 10 p.m. with music from DJ Kool Karlo, caviar, pizza and bottomless prosecco ($150 per person).
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
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Chef Chris Thompson creates a 6-course menu ($95, +$75 with wine pairings) that includes Dungeness crab with frisee, fried lemons and peranzana olives, pork sausage with Umbrian lentils and truffle mascarpone, and for dessert, a ricotta torte with candied orange.

3. Jardinière

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300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-5555
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Jardiniere is offering a five-course prix fixe with options like smokey monterey abalone with caviar and a chocolate gateau for dessert ($150 for early seating,$225 for late night seating). Or, you can drop in for a glass of champagne at the bar and a bite anytime during the night.

4. Nojo

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231 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 896-4587
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Nojo offers its kaiseki menu ($83 for first seating; $95 for second seating): a tasting of over ten items ranging from grilled beef fillet with tokyo turnip gratin to miso cured yuba.

5. Boxing Room

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399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 430-6590
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Boxing Room is open all day long, offering the regular a la carte menus with special additions like a cane syrup glazed ham with black eyed peas and cabbage casserole.

6. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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Absinthe will be open during regular dinner hours, with New Year's Eve additions to the menu like Dungeness crab fritters ($16), and slow roasted guinea fowl with black truffle potato gratin ($38).

7. Comal

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2020 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 926-6300
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Comal’s one night only dance party will feature Oaxaxan style snacks from Matt Gandin and special cocktails from bartender Matt Campbell. Latin and funk music goes all night from DJ Jose Ruiz. (9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door).

8. Cliff House

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1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-3330
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On the last day of the year, the Cliff House's bistro offers an a la carte menu (last seating at 7:30), then at 9:30 p.m., the restaurant turns into an oceanside dance club, with sweet and savory "bites," music from DJ Eric of Spintronix, and a champagne toast at midnight ($35).

9. Twenty Five Lusk

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25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-5875
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Chef Matthew Dolan offers a five-course tasting dinner with wine pairings. Dishes include Maine lobster with white currant-dill emulsion, and roasted goose with lingonberry reduction ($105 for first seating, $125 for second seating).

10. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-7779
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SPQR celebrates the new year with a ten-course prix fixe from chef Matthew Accarrino and optional wine pairings from wine director Shelley Lindgren. ($135 per person, plus $70 for wine pairings).

11. Quince

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470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8500
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Michael Tusk creates a 7-course tasting menu ($250), peppered with champagne and live music from the Patrick Wolff Jazz Quartet.

12. The Abbot's Cellar

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742 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94013
(415) 626-8700
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One of the only New Year's Eve menus with a beer pairings option for each course (for a total price of $150) Chef Adam Dulye offers a four-course prix fixe that includes root vegetable risotto, squab crepinette and monkfish with cippolini onion. $95 if you want it sans pairings.

13. Bocanova

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55 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-1233
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Bocanova offers a traditional New Year’s Eve Argentine “Asado” for $78 per person. A barrage of sausages, prime rib-eye, pumpkin tarte tatin and a glass of sparkling wine are all included.

14. Presidio Social Club

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563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 885-1888
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Presidio Social Club is hosting a yellow, black and white masquerade ball with two options. The first seating is five courses for $95, and the second is six for $125. Both start with caviar and include "surprises.

15. Acquerello

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1722 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-5432
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Chefs Suzette Gresham and Mark Pensa have a luxe five-course tasting menu, including Maine lobster medallions and pancetta wrapped veal loin with black truffle ($225 per person, and $95 for wine pairings).

16. One Market Restaurant

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1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5577
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Chef Marc Dommen creates a three-course menu with dishes like pan seared day boat scallops, potato purée and lobster emulsion.

17. Top of the Mark

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1 Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 616-6916
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The night at Top of the Mark begins with a special reception of caviar, champagne, and a Serrano ham carving station. Reception is followed by a four-course dinner that includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon, and a glass of Moet Chandon Rose. Digest by dancing with live music from Michael Athens and the Megatones until 1:30 a.m.

Top of the Mark Hopkins, San Francisco. [Photo: Flickr/seligmanwaite]

18. Chaya Brasserie

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132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-8688
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Chef Yuko Kajino is creating a 3 to 5 course prix fixe dinner, ($85-175) with live music from Santos Perdidos Trio plus some entertaining Caribbean dance performers. Ole.

19. Camino

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3917 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 547-5036
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Chef Russ Moore has a special 5-course prix fixe ($85) that has an optional per-course truffle supplement for $20. The meal starts with a Dungenes crab broth with a broiled "bundle" of crab, wood-oven-roasted rib-eye, and everything can be paired to wine for $55.

20. Monk’s Kettle

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3141 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 865-9523
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Monk’s Kettle is having a New Year’s Eve Party in lieu of the restaurant being open. It will be an evening of drinks and food like oysters on the half shell, bone marrow butter popcorn, and strip loin with horseradish whipped potatoes. $175 per person, 8 p.m. start time.

21. Bluestem Brasserie

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One Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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Chef Francis Hogan creates an early evening four course menu (from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $90) or a late night five-courser (8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $110). Both include cauliflower-truffle flan, roasted duck breast with butternut squash purée and chocolate orange grand marnier mousse.

22. Comstock Saloon

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155 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 617-0073
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Festivities start at noon with an all-you-can-eat and drink Drake's Bay oysters and champagne till 4 pm ($50). Dinner is a 3-course prix fixe from Chef Carlo Espinas with a soundtrack from a live jazz band to complete the mood (6 pm - midnight).

23. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400
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Bar Agricole is having a three course menu which costs $80, including one cocktail. Chef Brandon Jew is posting the menu on the website any second now.

24. Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant

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5655 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 547-5356
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Choose from a four or five course menu ($95-$115) with options like risotto bianco and roast duck breast with rainbow chard and kumquat sugo. For dessert, there’s a chocolate millegolie torte with brandied vanilla bean and chocolate truffle ice cream.

25. Central Kitchen

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3000 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7004
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Central Kitchen rings in the New Year with a five course tasting menu. Expect sturgeon with caviar, pork belly, duck and Dungeness crab.

26. Castagna

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2015 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-4290
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Castagna’s three course prix fixe begins with appetizers like duck confit au jus in puff pastry, then moves on to entrées like Maine lobster risotto and lamb tenderloin. Three seatings: $51 at 5pm, and $60 at 6:45pm or 8:45pm.

27. RN74

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301 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-7474
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RN74 is hosting a four course NYE meal with options like sea urchin and Dungeness crab, Mediterranean sea bass, and grilled wagyu flat iron steak.

28. Heirloom Café

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2500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-2500
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Heirloom Cafe is offering a three-course or four-course prix fixe with a wild mushroom tart appetizer and entrées like duck breast and local sautéed cod. Dixieland music starts at 9 p.m.

29. Bar Bambino

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 701-8466
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Book soon, if you want to be there for Bar Bambino's swan song on New Year's Eve. It's guaranteed to be a fun, if emotional, way to ring in the New Year with fantastically refined Italian cuisine.

30. COCO500

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500 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 543-2222
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A special $80 four-courser includes tuna sashimi, spiny lobster gnocchi, rack of lamb and chocolate torte. Wine pairings are only $40.

31. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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Foreign Cinema is celebrating the New Year with the color Red by decking the place out in red flowers and screening the Warren Beatty '81 classic, Reds. This, and a special three-course prix fixe from Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark.

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1. Cotogna

490 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Cotogna is hosting a late night party, starting at 10 p.m. with music from DJ Kool Karlo, caviar, pizza and bottomless prosecco ($150 per person).
490 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Chef Chris Thompson creates a 6-course menu ($95, +$75 with wine pairings) that includes Dungeness crab with frisee, fried lemons and peranzana olives, pork sausage with Umbrian lentils and truffle mascarpone, and for dessert, a ricotta torte with candied orange.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Jardinière

300 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Jardiniere is offering a five-course prix fixe with options like smokey monterey abalone with caviar and a chocolate gateau for dessert ($150 for early seating,$225 for late night seating). Or, you can drop in for a glass of champagne at the bar and a bite anytime during the night.
300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Nojo

231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Nojo offers its kaiseki menu ($83 for first seating; $95 for second seating): a tasting of over ten items ranging from grilled beef fillet with tokyo turnip gratin to miso cured yuba.
231 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Boxing Room

399 Grove, San Francisco, CA 94102
Boxing Room is open all day long, offering the regular a la carte menus with special additions like a cane syrup glazed ham with black eyed peas and cabbage casserole.
399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Absinthe will be open during regular dinner hours, with New Year's Eve additions to the menu like Dungeness crab fritters ($16), and slow roasted guinea fowl with black truffle potato gratin ($38).
398 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Comal

2020 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Comal’s one night only dance party will feature Oaxaxan style snacks from Matt Gandin and special cocktails from bartender Matt Campbell. Latin and funk music goes all night from DJ Jose Ruiz. (9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door).
2020 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

8. Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
On the last day of the year, the Cliff House's bistro offers an a la carte menu (last seating at 7:30), then at 9:30 p.m., the restaurant turns into an oceanside dance club, with sweet and savory "bites," music from DJ Eric of Spintronix, and a champagne toast at midnight ($35).
1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. Twenty Five Lusk

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Chef Matthew Dolan offers a five-course tasting dinner with wine pairings. Dishes include Maine lobster with white currant-dill emulsion, and roasted goose with lingonberry reduction ($105 for first seating, $125 for second seating).
25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
SPQR celebrates the new year with a ten-course prix fixe from chef Matthew Accarrino and optional wine pairings from wine director Shelley Lindgren. ($135 per person, plus $70 for wine pairings).
1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

11. Quince

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Michael Tusk creates a 7-course tasting menu ($250), peppered with champagne and live music from the Patrick Wolff Jazz Quartet.
470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

12. The Abbot's Cellar

742 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94013
One of the only New Year's Eve menus with a beer pairings option for each course (for a total price of $150) Chef Adam Dulye offers a four-course prix fixe that includes root vegetable risotto, squab crepinette and monkfish with cippolini onion. $95 if you want it sans pairings.
742 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94013

13. Bocanova

55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Bocanova offers a traditional New Year’s Eve Argentine “Asado” for $78 per person. A barrage of sausages, prime rib-eye, pumpkin tarte tatin and a glass of sparkling wine are all included.
55 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607

14. Presidio Social Club

563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129