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Where to Celebrate NYE in the North Bay

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While Albert Einstein once acknowledged that "planning is everything," it's unclear whether he was referring to New Year's Eve dinner or larger questions of the universe. Assume it was the year's last meal and take his good advice. Because, as Al could tell you, making a reservation now and deciding what you're willing to spend, how far you're willing to travel, and whether or not you'll be staying over today will make for a happier evening on the 31st. Don't let the year's biggest night of amateur drinking get you down.

The few ideas rounded up here are in no way representative of the swathe of New Year's Eve opportunities abounding in the North Bay, but are nonetheless some fine picks to choose among. The restaurant closest to your house probably has something special in store that night, as does your favorite place just across town. Give them a call and reserve a table or consider staying home with a few fresh crabs, a nice cold bottle, and your favorite folks. And for those staying in (or traveling to) San Francisco, here's a list of some quality happenings in the city and the East Bay. However you do it, take this advice: Plan it.

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Murray Circle

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The restaurant attached to the Cavallo Point resort nearly tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge offers four seatings on the final night of the year. Plan to enjoy a four-course meal at either 5:30 or 6:30pm or come later for the six-course tasting menus slated for the 8:30 and 9pm dinners. There will be live jazz from 8:30pm in the adjacent bar and a balloon drop at midnight.

Details: Early seating, $95 per person; $155 with wine pairing. Late seating, $155 per person; $225 with wine pairing.

The Casino Bar and Restaurant

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Chef Mark Malicki commits incredible acts of genius with just the aid of a burger grill and a couple of gas burners at the old Casino in the town of Bodega and his year-end menu is both a steal and a superb glimpse into his talent. For just $35 per person (make it $34 as Chef will give each diner $1 to use for the jukebox), revelers can expect a two-course prix-fixe that could start with oysters, a creamy liver mousse with shallot cracklings, or a Chinese cannelloni with Dungeness crab, and will proceed on to platters of roasted chicken, grilled escarole with shrimp in a scampi butter, or black truffle and chanterelle peirogis. It definitely ends with a free slice of salted honey pie for everyone.

Ramekins Inn

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"Pop! Fizz! Clink!" is the tagline for this festive salute to old-fashioned Hollywood glamor (think: long-sleeved gloves and black tie) that features gourmet bites, plenty of libations, and late-night snacks to the live swing of the French Disconnection, all inside the walls of this culinary academy. Details: This event runs 8pm-12:30am, and all-inclusive tix are just $125. Buy them here.

Mateo's Cucina Latina

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Backdate your calendar and plan to attend Mateo's fourth annual salute to 123 Organic Tequila the night before, on December 30. 123 Organic founder David Ravandi will be on hand for a four-course meal featuring tequila cocktails carefully paired with suckling pig and other farm-to-table delicacies.

Details: One seating at 6:30pm on Friday, December 30. Cost is $65 per person, not including tax and tip.

1313 Main

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End the year on a note of decided luxury with two options at 1313. Spend the entire evening at the table and begin with caviar and canapés, move through truffles and lobster and steak dishes, enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine per table and then browse among a dessert bar before the party itself begins. Or, come just for the party, which features an open bar, more canapés, a photo booth, and dancing. This year, the restaurant promises to err on the side of sanity, vowing to only sell half the number of tickets it has released in previous jam-packed years.

Details: All-inclusive dinner plus party is $350 per person, from 6pm. Party only is $150 per person, beginning at 9pm. Price includes tax and tip.

1313 Main

Evangeline

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With a gorgeous heated patio and plenty of joie de vivre, this Nawlins-style bistro starts its New Year's Eve dinners on Friday, December 30, offering two seatings through Saturday night for a three-course prix-fixe dinner that could begin with salad, Hamachi, or gnocchi and ends with warm doughnut holes, includes sparkling wine, and finds corkage to be just $20.17 in honor of the coming year. Plenty of vegetarian options.

Details: Dinner is $59 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge. Call for seatings.

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Spoonbar

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Try a four-course prix-fixe romp through the caviar-and-truffled luxury of this decadent menu and then plan to stay on as the cocktail revolution that occurs daily inside the h2hotel promises to get even hotter with a late-night (for Healdsburg!) dance party that starts at 10pm and stretches into the wee morning hours of the New Year.

Details: Prix-fixe dinner, $125 per person, includes party. Party only, $55 per person; includes two cocktails, a dessert buffet, and a Champagne toast.

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FARM at The Carneros Inn

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The seating you choose determines the menu you get — but both promise to be lavish. The 5:30pm seating offers a five-course menu that includes big-eyed tuna with seared foie gras and kumquats as well as a venison course. Diners can add two additional courses to ensure that they're adequately topped up on white truffles and caviar. The second seating, at 8:30pm, encompasses seven courses, including hand-cut pasta Carbonara with white truffles as well as a lobster dish, and can be augmented with an additional caviar course if desired. Reservations are essential.

Details: First seating, 5:30-7pm; $195 per person. Second seating, 8:30-10pm; $225 per person. Wine pairings available for each prix-fixe.

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Nick's Cove & Cottages

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Start with a variety of oysters before proceeding to the sumptuous four-course dinner that begins with a goat cheese amuse, includes a bisque and a grilled chicory salad, and offers lobster, steak, or crab-stuffed chicken for a main. Plus, there are two desserts to choose from and the best view of Tomales Bay to be had while dining upon crab-stuffed chicken. Don't forget that Nick's has sweet little cabins. Perhaps your New Year begins by getting away?

Details: $85 per person, no fixed seating times. Nick's charges $25 per person for no-shows, so have your plans cemented before reserving.

Blue Note Napa

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Multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson holds down a two-night residency at this newly opened West Coast outpost of the venerable New York City jazz club. Choose between a four-course dinner menu that features such luxuries as osso bucco, a burrata cheese course, scallops, and two different desserts — or opt for an after-dinner menu of three courses of sweet and savory nibbles.

Details: Two shows, 7:30 and 10:30pm. Music only prices start at $99 and include a Champagne toast. Four-course dinner, $85 per person.

Blue Note

Murray Circle

The restaurant attached to the Cavallo Point resort nearly tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge offers four seatings on the final night of the year. Plan to enjoy a four-course meal at either 5:30 or 6:30pm or come later for the six-course tasting menus slated for the 8:30 and 9pm dinners. There will be live jazz from 8:30pm in the adjacent bar and a balloon drop at midnight.

Details: Early seating, $95 per person; $155 with wine pairing. Late seating, $155 per person; $225 with wine pairing.

The Casino Bar and Restaurant

Chef Mark Malicki commits incredible acts of genius with just the aid of a burger grill and a couple of gas burners at the old Casino in the town of Bodega and his year-end menu is both a steal and a superb glimpse into his talent. For just $35 per person (make it $34 as Chef will give each diner $1 to use for the jukebox), revelers can expect a two-course prix-fixe that could start with oysters, a creamy liver mousse with shallot cracklings, or a Chinese cannelloni with Dungeness crab, and will proceed on to platters of roasted chicken, grilled escarole with shrimp in a scampi butter, or black truffle and chanterelle peirogis. It definitely ends with a free slice of salted honey pie for everyone.

Ramekins Inn

"Pop! Fizz! Clink!" is the tagline for this festive salute to old-fashioned Hollywood glamor (think: long-sleeved gloves and black tie) that features gourmet bites, plenty of libations, and late-night snacks to the live swing of the French Disconnection, all inside the walls of this culinary academy. Details: This event runs 8pm-12:30am, and all-inclusive tix are just $125. Buy them here.

Mateo's Cucina Latina

Backdate your calendar and plan to attend Mateo's fourth annual salute to 123 Organic Tequila the night before, on December 30. 123 Organic founder David Ravandi will be on hand for a four-course meal featuring tequila cocktails carefully paired with suckling pig and other farm-to-table delicacies.

Details: One seating at 6:30pm on Friday, December 30. Cost is $65 per person, not including tax and tip.

1313 Main

1313 Main

End the year on a note of decided luxury with two options at 1313. Spend the entire evening at the table and begin with caviar and canapés, move through truffles and lobster and steak dishes, enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine per table and then browse among a dessert bar before the party itself begins. Or, come just for the party, which features an open bar, more canapés, a photo booth, and dancing. This year, the restaurant promises to err on the side of sanity, vowing to only sell half the number of tickets it has released in previous jam-packed years.

Details: All-inclusive dinner plus party is $350 per person, from 6pm. Party only is $150 per person, beginning at 9pm. Price includes tax and tip.

1313 Main

Evangeline

Evangeline

With a gorgeous heated patio and plenty of joie de vivre, this Nawlins-style bistro starts its New Year's Eve dinners on Friday, December 30, offering two seatings through Saturday night for a three-course prix-fixe dinner that could begin with salad, Hamachi, or gnocchi and ends with warm doughnut holes, includes sparkling wine, and finds corkage to be just $20.17 in honor of the coming year. Plenty of vegetarian options.

Details: Dinner is $59 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge. Call for seatings.

Evangeline

Spoonbar

Spoonbar!

Try a four-course prix-fixe romp through the caviar-and-truffled luxury of this decadent menu and then plan to stay on as the cocktail revolution that occurs daily inside the h2hotel promises to get even hotter with a late-night (for Healdsburg!) dance party that starts at 10pm and stretches into the wee morning hours of the New Year.

Details: Prix-fixe dinner, $125 per person, includes party. Party only, $55 per person; includes two cocktails, a dessert buffet, and a Champagne toast.

Spoonbar!

FARM at The Carneros Inn

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The seating you choose determines the menu you get — but both promise to be lavish. The 5:30pm seating offers a five-course menu that includes big-eyed tuna with seared foie gras and kumquats as well as a venison course. Diners can add two additional courses to ensure that they're adequately topped up on white truffles and caviar. The second seating, at 8:30pm, encompasses seven courses, including hand-cut pasta Carbonara with white truffles as well as a lobster dish, and can be augmented with an additional caviar course if desired. Reservations are essential.

Details: First seating, 5:30-7pm; $195 per person. Second seating, 8:30-10pm; $225 per person. Wine pairings available for each prix-fixe.

FARM

Nick's Cove & Cottages

Start with a variety of oysters before proceeding to the sumptuous four-course dinner that begins with a goat cheese amuse, includes a bisque and a grilled chicory salad, and offers lobster, steak, or crab-stuffed chicken for a main. Plus, there are two desserts to choose from and the best view of Tomales Bay to be had while dining upon crab-stuffed chicken. Don't forget that Nick's has sweet little cabins. Perhaps your New Year begins by getting away?

Details: $85 per person, no fixed seating times. Nick's charges $25 per person for no-shows, so have your plans cemented before reserving.

Blue Note Napa

Blue Note

Multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson holds down a two-night residency at this newly opened West Coast outpost of the venerable New York City jazz club. Choose between a four-course dinner menu that features such luxuries as osso bucco, a burrata cheese course, scallops, and two different desserts — or opt for an after-dinner menu of three courses of sweet and savory nibbles.

Details: Two shows, 7:30 and 10:30pm. Music only prices start at $99 and include a Champagne toast. Four-course dinner, $85 per person.

Blue Note

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