With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, have you made reservations for your favorite San Francisco restaurant? If not, don’t be surprised that many of your choices are already booked. In fact, if you check an online reservation system like OpenTable, you’ll discover that there is a huge demand for NYE dining. With this in mind, you need to act fast to book a table. Fortunately, there are some local spots that are still accepting reservations at this time.
28 Fremont St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Set in the Financial District, Barcha is offering a three-course, $115 prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Widely known for its lavish Mediterranean dishes, Barcha will have three options for the first and second courses. For starters, you have choices like Turkish duck manti and Fattoush, a fried bread salad. Among selections for your second course are brazino, a Mediterranean sea bass and Moroccan style-lamb shank cooked in a clay pot. As for your dessert, you can decide between sticky toffee pudding or chocolate cake with hazelnut daquoise and more In addition, you can order specialty drinks, premium beer and wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Led by proprietor Kais Bouzidi, Barcha is just a short walk from the Embarcadero BART station.
Empress by Boon
838 Grant St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
If you want to dine at one of Chinatown’s hottest new San Francisco restaurants for New Year’s Eve, you must act fast. That’s because only a few slots remain for dining at this dazzling restaurant led by Michelin Star Chef Ho Chee Boon. At this time, it’s not clear if a special NYE menu will be available. However, the current prix fixe menu at $98 per person has plenty of delicious dishes for you to savor. For example, you can have chef specialty dishes like roasted duck and truffle pumpkin puff and steamed shrimp and squid dumplings. On the other hand, those items aren’t even your main dishes. Instead, your main dishes are wok-tossed American Wagyu, mushroom noodles and stir-friend seasonal vegetable. In addition, you can opt for wine pairing or order single drinks from the bar. In more detail, there is an impressive collection of wines available, including selections from European wine regions and California wine country. Of course, there are crafted cocktails and spirits, along with premium coffee and tea. Yet not only is the gourmet Chinese cuisine outstanding but the service and hospitality is just as good.
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Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
One of the hottest local spots for New Year’s Eve dining is the Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill. However, you should not waste any time making reservations to dine at the hotel’s famous Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar. That’s because, like its Christmas buffets, may sell out well in advance. For New Year’s Eve, you can also enjoy a family-style dinner for $139 for adults and $89 for children under 12. Fortunately, there are many time slots still available, therefore the Fairmont is one of your best choices at the present time. If that’s not enough, you can instead make first seating dinner reservations at the iconic Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. But in this case, you’ll have a smaller amount of reservation options.
2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
Longtime San Francisco favorite Greens Restaurant will definitely be a popular spot for New Year’s Eve dinners. After all, it’s one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in America and it has sweeping bay views, even at night. Now led by Chef Katie Reicher, Greens hasn’t made a NYE menu available online. However, its December 2022 menu is full of excellent and of course healthy options. Notably, you can have small plates like grilled polenta ($17) or roasted carrot hummus ($16). As for your first course, your options include masala cadai griddle cakes ($16), Green Gulch baby lettuces ($18) or curried cauliflower salad ($18). Finally, you have several main course selections, like grilled cabbage shawarma ($28) or gormeh sabzi ($31). To accompany your holiday dinner are a great wine list, beer and cider, tea and more.
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Mathilde French Bistro
315 Fifth St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
If you’re hoping to try a different San Francisco restaurant for a New Year’s Eve dinner, why not Mathilde? A classic French bistro set in SoMA, Mathilde is led by Lina Yew and her husband Thierry Clement. While no special NYE menu is currently available, you will have no problem finding a selection to your liking. Most significantly are house specialties like braised lamb shank and 7-hour slow cooked duck confit. Likewise, you may like coq au vin ($25), pan seared Chilean sea bass ($36) or black Angus hanger steak ($30). There are additional dishes as well, such as fried brussels sprouts, sauteed butter spinach and mix mushrooms truffle oil. To conclude your French dining experience, order the dark chocolate mousse, carmelized apple tarte tatin, profiterole or floating island. Lina and Thierry are also the proprietors of L’ardoise French bistro on Noe Street, where Thierry serves as the executive chef.
O’ By Claude Le Tohic
165 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
One of the most unique dining experiences in San Francisco for New Year’s Eve is clearly ONE65. After all, this fabulous French restaurant occupies six levels and led by Michelin-Starred and James Beard Award winning Chef Claude Le Tohic. For New Year’s Eve, Chef Le Tohic is offering a grand dinner at his Michelin restaurant O’. In case you go, your menu items will include Ossetra caviar, tuber melanosporum truffle and lobster with coraline broth. Complimenting this exclusive menu is your choice between duo of Guinea hen and foie or Hokkaido Wagyu ribye. That’s not to mention desserts like Mont Blanc and deletable sweets from a mignardises cart. NYE dining at O’ by Claude Le Tohic is $350, while standard or grand pairings are $150 or $350 respectively. The restaurant’s Elements bar is also open for NYE dining although ONE65 Bistro & Grill will reopen next year.
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101 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Over in the Financial District, PABU Izakaya is offering a NYE omakase for $150 per person and sake pairing for $90. In case you visit for New Year’s, you’ll be treated with a seven-course menu crafted by Chef Keita Tominaga. In more detail, these courses include kusshi oyster with optional golden Ossetra caviar, bluefish tuna and king salmon tartar and dry aged rib eye. That’s coupled with nigiri sushi selections like bluefin tuna, snow crab and ocean trout. For dessert, you have to make room for a tantalizing Toki butterscotch panna cotta. A popular FiDi spot since opening, PABU was founded by Michelin Star Chef Michael Mina and the late Ken Tominaga.
Palm Court at RH
590 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Yet another unique New Year’s Eve dining experience is the Palm Court at RH. Furthermore, if you’re not familiar with this stunning new San Francisco restaurant, please take a closer look. Located in the historic Bethlehem Steel building at Pier 70, it’s part of high-end hardware store RH. A live fire concept, Palm Court has an immaculate setting punctuated with a breathtaking atrium. For your New Year’s Eve dinner consideration, you’ll experience Michelin-caliber dishes. For instance, your options can include Ossetra caviar, Wagyu ribeye ($110) and brazino ($52). That’s not to say nothing of vegetarian options like cauliflower steak ($28) and maitake mushroom ($30). Equally important are your dessert and beverage choices, including several European and California Wine Country labels. Valet parking is available at this incredible new establishment that opened in May.
3640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
If you desire Michelin Star dining, Spruce is offering a lavish New Year’s Eve menu for $225. Set in Presidio Heights, Spruce is acclaimed for its California cuisine, wine and exceptional hospitality. You can expect a similar experience for while enjoying its four-course menu and award-winning wine menu. In the first place, you have chilled Maine lobster salad followed by carne crudo with white Alba truffle. Equally important are your entrée options, such as winter vegetable Jardiniere or pan roasted Dover sole. In addition, you can also try Chef Mark Sullivan’s A5 Wagyu New York steak for a $50 supplement. As for desserts, you can ask for either a chocolate truffle tart or pistachio cake with blood orange champagne sorbet. Of course, you can also order drinks, including its Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list.
501 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you love jazz and Italian cuisine, what could be better for a New Year’s Eve restaurant than Zingari? Just minutes from Union Square, Zingari offers you a $125 three-course menu, with last seating at 10 p.m. If you want to stay to ring in the New Year, you can book live music seating in the Piano Room for an additional $50. As for the New Year’s Eve restaurant menu, you have several choices for each course. For example, among your appetizers are bruschetta con prosciutto, crostini con formaggio and prosciutto e burrata. Next, you have to choose your main course, with items like spaghetti pomodoro, fettucine all Zingara and agnolotti. To top off your festive meal, you have dessert choices like cheesecake and Italian delicacies like tiramisu and panna cotta. Located inside the four-star Donatello hotel, Zingari is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco for New Year’s Eve.
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