The best restaurants in town shine gold and gorgeous on New Year’s Eve, boasting celebratory multi-course holiday menus with complimentary champagne toasts. Forget rules and responsibility; New Year’s Eve is the night to toast to the past and look forward to the future. When counting down to the midnight hour, plan how you’ll be feasting at these San Diego restaurants.
Discover our picks for New Year’s Eve dinner in San Diego
Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar: Join Spike Africa for their inaugural New Year’s Eve dinner with four-courses centered around seafood. Highlights include poached wild shrimp salmon, Maine lobster risotto and grilled scallops, as well as duck confit pot pie and peppercorn grill bone-in New York strip for those meat-lovers. Treat yourself to dark chocolate smothered profiteroles or strawberry mascarpone tart to end the night on a sweet note.
Seatings from 5 to 10 p.m. $59 per person. 411 Broadway, downtown. (619) 795-3800 or spikeafricas.com
Craft & Commerce: The 2nd annual Black Tie (Or Somewhat Civilized) New Year’s Eve celebration welcomes guests to don their closest-to-fine attire for a four-course prix fixe menu from Chef Jason McLeod. Dig into the artisan cheese and meat board, a winter salad, surf and turf plate with grilled ribeye steak, jumbo shrimp and roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a cupcake made of chocolate and Kahlua cheesecake. The second seating will include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $75-$90. (619) 269-2202 or craft-commerce.com
CUCINA enoteca, Del Mar: This hot-spot has been one of the most talked about restaurant openings of 2013. Celebrate their first holiday season with a special “best of” menu featuring petite veal shank osso bucco, Tahitian squash ‘filet’ and branzino a la plancha at the first seating plus a whole roasted quail at the second seating’s four-course dinner. A la carte menus will also be available around the bar.
$50 before 6:30 p.m. $85 after 6:30 p.m. 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. (858) 704-8500 or cucinaenoteca.com
The Pearl Hotel: This multi-layered celebration includes a three-course menu prepared by Chef Jaison Burke, a cocktail party starting at 9:30 p.m. and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Dinner delivers hand-cut spinach fettuccine, seared diver scallops and a filet of beef with trifled mashed potatoes and peppercorn cream sauce. Save room for the classic crème brulee or flourless chocolate cake.
Seatings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. $59 per person. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. (619) 226-6100 or thepearlsd.com
Sea & Smoke: Chef Matt Gordon whips up some lobster bisque, chicken liver mousse or butternut squash risotto to get your mouth watering, and then busts out the big guns for entrée options of seared sockeye salmon, roasted sturgeon and grilled 9 oz. Hanger steak. The three-course prix fixe menu will be served in the Del Mar dining room, along with a limited bar menu in the lounge with DJ beats from 9 p.m. to midnight.
$55 per person. 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. (858) 925-8212 or seaandsmoke.com
Mille Fleurs: Recently named one of Open Table’s top 100 restaurants in the U.S., Mille Fleurs has big reason to celebrate. Join them for a five-course prix fixe menu spotlighting a center cut swordfish steak with celery-root mashed potatoes, crispy sautéed veal sweetbreads with porcini mushrooms and a blood orange and raspberry gratin served with ice cream to finish.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $115 per person. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-3085 or millefleurs.com
JRDN: Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to the beach with JRDN’s New Year’s Eve dinner party, featuring DJ Professor Stone and DJ Don D spinning in two dance rooms, hosted Grey Goose cocktail hour from 8 to 9 p.m. and two seatings for a la carte dining. Tower23 hotel packages are also available for those wishing to wake up by the beach.
6 and 8:30 p.m. dinner seatings. $50 pre-sale; $75 at door. 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. (858) 270-5736 or t23hotel.com
The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge: This intimate dining space will swell with live jazz music surrounding the three-course meal and flowing champagne toast. Savor the flavors of velvet beet soup, sweet pea ravioli, beef wellington, seafood croustade and chocolate pistachio pave to finish.
Seatings at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. $70 per person. 729 W Washington St., Mission Hills. (619) 295-6001 or thewellingtonsd.com
Roppongi: Toast to 2014 with Roppongi’s four-course prix-fixe menu. Make your way through the ahi ceviche, second course choices of prime filet Carpaccio salad or seafood tom kha, third course of either seafood duo (grilled swordfish and diver scallops) or prime rib eye cap, and finish off with a pumpkin crème brulee or trio of tiramisu, flourless chocolate cake and coconut sorbet. Live music will fill the air from Jojo Hahn Trio and a complimentary champagne toast will ring in 2014 for anyone dining at midnight.
5 p.m. $74 per person; $26 suggested wine pairing. 875 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 551-5252 or roppongiusa.com
Herringbone: Feast on a four-course dinner with a live DJ providing the soundtrack and a champagne toast at midnight. The meal begins with a choice of Hamachi, lamb tartar or roasted beets; second course options of lobster tarragon ravioli, wagyu oxtail and wood fired roasted “meatless” ball; main course of prime filet mignon, pan seared maple leaf duck breast, wood roasted striped bass and mushroom farrotto; plus a dessert choice of doughnuts or a PB&J chocolate bar.
$65 per person. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. (858) 459-0221 or herringboneeats.com
Searsucker Del Mar: From short ribs with a sweet onion puree to a Cornish game hen with spaghetti squash, pumpkin gnocchi with white pomegranates and passion fruit cheesecake, the New Year’s Eve spread at Searsucker Del Mar has all the flavors you could dream up to embrace 2014. Enjoy dinner with a live DJ and a midnight champagne toast.
$65 per person. 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar. (858) 369-5700 or searsucker.com
Searsucker: Take in four-courses of Seasucker’s signature cuisine including lamb loin with potatoes, swiss chard and roasted tomato Buerre blanc; swordfish with salsa verde; chicken, bacon and Brussels sprouts with honey mustard; or surf and turf fillet with jumbo prawns and red wine demi. Guests can also order off the a la carte menu in the bar.
$75 per person. 611 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 233-7327 or searsucker.com
Red Marlin: Four-courses will stuff guests with joy this New Year’s Eve at Red Marlin. Find lobster bisque and an artisan mixed green salad to start, jumbo lump blue crab cake, braised pork belly, grilled petite filet mignon, seared Maine sea scallops or Colorado rack of lamb as entrée options and finish with chocolate hazelnut mousse cake or egg nog crème brulee.
$75 per person; $97 with wine pairing. 1441 Quivira Rd., Mission Bay. (619) 221-4868 or hyatt.com
Cafe Sevilla: Take your New Year’s Eve plans to Spain, or at least, to the closest thing we have here in San Diego. The evening will feature a five-course prix-fixe menu with two seatings that include Flamenco performances and live music. The later seating will also feature a champagne toast and midnight celebration with party favors. The menu includes everything from lobster bisque to main lobster paella, wild mushroom ravioli and oven roasted Cornish game hen.
6:30 and 9:30 p.m. seatings. 353 Fifth Ave., downtown. (619) 233-5979 or cafesevilla.com
Union Kitchen & Tap: Bay boat scallops, heirloom pumpkin soup, cast iron baby beets, suckling pig confit, Brandt beef, crispy skinned snapper and a dessert choice of chocolate or roasted local apples make the four-course dinner at Union a worthy North County option. Need one more perk? Don’t miss the bottomless mimosas.
$60. 1108 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. (760) 230-BEER or localunion101.com
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