Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco / Bay Area
Send off the year in style! Whether you’re looking for a party scene full of revelers or a more romantic space to share a midnight Champagne toast with someone special, we’ve compiled a list of the Best New Year’s Eve Restaurants in San Francisco / Bay Area, presented in alphabetical order.
Put an Italian spin on your New Year’s Eve celebration at A16 Rockridge in Oakland. The prix-fixe menu ($105, plus optional wine pairings) presents dishes like chestnut gnocchi and braised lamb.
Acquerello in San Francisco will serve a five-course tasting menu ($250, plus optional wine pairings) of sophisticated Italian fare for New Year’s Eve.
All Spice inhabits a tranquil Victorian house in San Mateo. For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer a festive tasting menu ($150) featuring dishes such as dry-aged squab with foie gras mousse, red cabbage veil, cider radishes and blackberries.
It’s hard not to fall for this glamorous supper club’s charms, including a dramatic, dual-level interior. BIX strikes a very San Francisco balance between playful and impressive. On New Year’s Eve, the Jackson Square restaurant will offer a special menu and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in vintage style. The Scarlet Huntington’s Big 4 Restaurant is a Nob Hill classic that celebrates the era of the four railroad tycoons for whom the San Francisco restaurant is named.
Ring in the New Year at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ groundbreaking Berkeley restaurant. The festivities will include special menus, live music and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Noe Valley’s Contigo will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special Nochevieja Tapas Tasting Menu ($80, plus $45 for wine pairings) of six dishes, highlighting truffles, crab, jamón ibérico, octopus and more. (A vegetarian menu is also available.)
Indulge in filet mignon at the special New Year’s Eve menu at 5A5 Steak Lounge in San Francisco.
Foreign Cinema offers an expansive, elegant courtyard (films are projected onto a wall), along with the warmth of a nearby fireplace. On New Year’s Eve, this Mission District restaurant will present a special three-course menu comprising an appetizer, entrée and dessert ($125).
If you are looking for a San Francisco restaurant with distinguished vegetarian food and a beautiful view, cast your eyes toward Greens. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner ($68) on New Year’s Eve.
Still glimmering since 1997, Jardinière serves as a sort of keyhole into all that’s good and fun about high-caliber California-French dining. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy dishes such as duck agnolotti with foie gras and Wagyu short rib via a four-course menu ($175) at the first seating, or a five-course menu ($245, includes midnight Champagne toast) at the second seating.
Savor caviar, lobster and more on the New Year’s Eve tasting menu (starting at $225) at La Folie in San Francisco.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with modern Peruvian cuisine and sweeping Bay views at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana in San Francisco.
Ring in the New Year with French fare at Le Garage Bistro. The restaurant’s setting on the Sausalito waterfront, with palm trees and dozens of boats, makes it feel like a hangout in the South of France.
Octavia restaurant in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood will present a special four-course prix-fixe menu ($100, optional wine pairing $60) for New Year’s Eve. Indulge in dishes like roasted sunchoke and parsnip soup, Périgord truffle risotto and peppermint and chocolate torte.
Enjoy inspired rustic Italian fare at Oliveto in Oakland. The special New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menufeatures dishes such as roast Piedmontese rib-eye of beef with long-cooked onions, barley and truffle sugo.
Celebrate the good life at this retro bar and restaurant set in historic Presidio military barracks. Presidio Social Club will offer an à la carte menu for New Year’s Eve with options like spice roasted duck breast, slow roasted prime rib and butternut squash agnolotti.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Prospect, which boasts an opulent setting for equally plush food. A three-course menu ($120) will be offered at the first seating. Enjoy a four-course menu ($165) at the second seating when the festivities include a midnight Champagne toast.
Experience the California cuisine created at this quintessential, premium-casual neighborhood spot in Hayes Valley via a special New Year’s Eve Chef Picks tasting menu ($115). This is the sole menu offered to celebrate the holiday. Enhance the meal with an optional wine pairing ($95).
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 at The Sea By Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto. This high-end seafood restaurant will offer a special five-course prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu ($185) for the holiday with optional wine pairings ($80) to enhance the experience.
Ring in the New Year at Sutro’s at the Cliff House, an oceanside restaurant featuring a California menu with plenty of seafood and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Top of the Mark, the penthouse lounge at the historic InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, pulls out all the stops for New Year’s Eve ($425, or $475 for window seating). After enjoying a cocktail reception with food stations and hors d’oeuvres, patrons will find a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial at their table to savor with a five-course dinner. More Champagne and views of the fireworks cap off the evening.
Gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge, bold flavors and a whimsical interior make Waterbar a seafood-lover’s dream. On New Year’s Eve, there will be two seatings, an early seating with four courses for $150 and a second seating with five courses for $225 per person, which includes a midnight Champagne toast.
Whitechapel is a surreal gin joint that’s worth a visit for the vibe alone. On New Year’s Eve, a five-course chef’s tasting menu ($95) with an optional beverage pairing ($50) will be offered, with seating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests who purchase a dinner ticket can stay to join in the post-9 p.m. festivities, which include party favors and dancing.