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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego

Ring in 2022 with decadent eats and plenty of bubbly

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If 2020 and 2021 taught us anything, it’s that life is full of unexpected twists. So while no one knows what 2022 will bring, one thing is for sure: San Diego restaurants are determined to help ring in the turn of the year with fantastic food and drinks. Whether your mood is subdued or celebratory, there’s a New Year’s Eve for everyone. Find classic prix-fixe menus, dazzling new cocktails, and at least one costume party.

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Jeune et Jolie

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Casual, elegant, Michelin starred. That’s the promise of this Carlsbad restaurant. The New Year’s Eve lineup includes a four-course menu ($140), with an optional wine pairing and creative cocktails. Examples of a recent menu by chef Eric Bost: halibut with potato, chanterelle mushrooms, apricot, and salt marsh mussels as a main, and financiers (tropical, chocolate) to finish.

Sliced radishes and small leafed greens on an ethereal puff of culinary foam. All plated on a white bowl, placed on a speckled white table.
A fresh dish from Jeune et Jolie.
Jeune et Jolie

Rare Society

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The Trust Restaurant Group’s retro steakhouse Rare Society is taking New Year’s Eve reservations for its original University Heights location and its latest outpost in Solana Beach. Chef Brad Wise is featuring a tomahawk steak special just for the occasion — in University Heights it’ll be a prime beef tomahawk while in North County an Austalian wagyu tomahawk will be on offer.

A Rare Society platter with several sliced steaks. Kimberly Motos

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This Del Mar craft cocktail bar is hosting a DJ’ed masquerade ball that mixes three of the culinary world’s best inventions (or discoveries?) champagne, caviar and fried chicken. Packages start at $175 for couples and reach $375 for groups of four and include a midnight champagne toast.

An artful arrangement of cocktails on a bar table. Kimberly Motos

Addison Restaurant

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Two Michelin-starred Addison is offering a luxurious eight-course tasting menus from chef Willliam Bradley and team that includes celebratory ingredients like caviar and white truffles. The New Year’s Eve menu is $425 per person with supplemental wine pairings available. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

The front of an upscale restaurant at sunset. Addison

Puesto La Jolla

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Three locations (La Jolla, Downtown, and Mission Valley), three chances to party, Puesto-style. Their freshly updated menu now includes a lamb barbacoa taco and passion fruit margarita, plus their extensive list of classic and creative tacos (and more). For an early New Year’s toast, they’re serving complementary tequila shots timed with the Times Square ball drop at midnight in New York. Feeling nutty? Check out the Naughty List cocktail, with blue agave reposado tequila, nutmeg, milk, egg and coffee liqueur.

A taco on a blue corn tortilla, topped with kuri squash and drizzled with a white sauce. The ensemble sits on a glazed grey plate.
Taco from Puesto.
Puesto

The Fishery

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Tucked in North Pacific Beach, but away from the hubbub, the Fishery and chef Mike Reidy are offering a $110 prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu with an optional $40 wine pairing. Starting with oysters and caviar, the dinner will progress to kanpachi tartare, lemon-saffron fettucine with uni, local white seabass with Dungeness crab, and a chocolate dessert.

In the foreground, a multicolor cherry tomato and basil salad in a white bowl. In the background, a cocktail that resembles a martini and a small dish filled with olives.
A salad and cocktail from The Fishery.
The Fishery

Bleu Bohème

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For a classic French-inspired reveillon, head to Bleu Bohème. The NYE menu features confit de canard, a King salmon sautéed with crab, asparagus, and tomato salad, herb roasted Yukon potatoes, sauce Béarnaise, and mushroom ravioli in a white wine cream sauce. To start, the Clean Slate martini (Kahlua, Armagnac, Frangelico, cream, Aztec chocolate bitters for $15). To finish, five decadent selections. Prix-fixe, $75. 

A flute of golden hued champagne, with a fresh raspberry on the rim. The glass is in the foreground, and bottles of wine are blurred in the background.
A Champagne coupe from Bleu Bohème.
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Madison

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Madison’s enchanting New Year’s Eve menu does what this restaurant does best: fresh, inventive cuisine and cocktails. On the drinks front, bottles of Tattinger and mix and match wine pairings. On the dessert front: mini exotic desserts. The prix-fixe features choices like tuna tartare, chimichurri skirt steak, a harvest salad with butternut squash, swordfish skewers, and gluten free vegan ravioli. And of course, the Pork Chop.

The entrance to Madison. a pastel colored building, photographed at night. Four lights brighten the restaurant’s logo, in a minimal font. A bare tree is on thje right. Several people stand outside.
The entrance to Madison.
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Bivouac Ciderworks

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Pull out your finest polyester. It’s time for Bivouac’s Studio-54 themed 1970’s style New Year’s Eve jam! The taproom, in North Park, will be decorated, and costumes (or at least some disco flair) are a must. Along with light bites, the cidery’s party offerings include cider, cider cocktails, beer, and wine. Cider toast at midnight. The party, with music by DJ ApotheKari, starts at 8 p.m. and picks up the next day at 1 p.m. for a New Year’s Day toast. NYE tickets are $25 (until 12/19, then prices go up), with a complementary midnight cider toast.

Three glasses of cider on a bar or table. There are two lighter ciders on either side and an amber in the middle. In the background is a person holding two of these glasses.
A trio of ciders from Bivouac Ciderworks.
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Cesarina

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Let’s start with the New Year’s Eve dessert creation: a pastry called the dolce roche, made with hazelnut mousse, a chocolate fudge core and rocher glaze. The restaurant’s four-course festival of flavors starts with homemade bresaola layered with cheese and arugula and finishes with an Italian sausage and lentil dish with confit tomatoes. The vegan menu is also consistently strong at Cesarina, including its New Year’s Eve offerings. One example: handmade butternut squash tortelli, creamy garlic sauce, pink peppercorn, and crispy kabocha squash.

A festively-decorated outdoor patio. Arlene Ibarra

Cori Pastificio Trattoria

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This friendly and welcoming neighborhood restaurant is going all out for the holidays this year, with caroling and roasted chestnuts leading up to Christmas, and a Sicilian-themed New Year’s Eve festa. That menu features traditional dishes, plus a cocktail special and Sicilian sparkling wine to toast the start of 2022. Auguri!

Triangle shaped pasta stackedon a plate, covered with sage and bacon, on a white plate with an ornate rim. The plate is on a wood table.
Pasta from Cori Pastificio Trattoria.
Cori Pastificio Trattoria

Wolfie's Carousel Bar

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Glitz. Spectacle. A gently rotating bar. If any of these sound like an appropriate ambience for your New Year’s Eve fete, then head to the one and only Wolfie’s — a bar in Little Italy anchored by an actual carousel. Options for your last meal of 2021: Wagyu tartare, steak frites, oysters Rockefeller, a champagne toast, and more.

The revolving cocktail bar at Wolfie’s Carousel Wolfie’s Carousel

STK Steakhouse

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Behind STK’s recipe for New Year’s decadence: DJ plus wagyu steak plus caviar plus midnight Champagne toast. About that Wagyu, here’s the breakdown: Japanese wagyu A5 served as filet or strip loin, an American wagyu served a a 10 oz strip, or an Australian wagyu served as a picanha (a Brazilian cut) or a tomahawk, for $79 to $139.

Wagyu steak served on a salt block. STK

Ora king salmon crudo with local citrus. Cacio e pepe risotto with Périgord black truffles. Black truffle and bone marrow beef duo. Meyer lemon pavlova. This New Year’s Eve five-course, family-style menu speaks for itself. Also worth noting: There are two seatings: the earlier session targets families (kids dine for $35, adults for $85) while the later seating features a champagne toast and live band, for $150, not including optional wine or Champagne pairings.

A bottle of champagne with two full glasses. Karla Sandoval

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine – San Diego

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For a “yes and” start to the near year, Lionfish, in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter, has created a decadent surf and turf that runs from sea to sand to steak. For example, James Beard Award-winning chef JoJo Ruiz is pairing Prime Rib Beef Carpaccio with Scallop Sashimi. For the second course, a pasta duo: one has clams, the other has duck confit. The four course prix-fixe costs $121.22.

A colorful spread of thinly sliced fish and citrus on an oblong blue plate, topped with fresh herbs, from Lionfish in San Diego.
A delicate sea inspired dish from Lionfish.
Lionfish

Common Stock

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The Hillcrest restaurant and bar is ushering in the new year with a special three-course menu priced at a clever $20.22 that includes an appetizer, entree ,and one of the restaurant’s signature cookies for dessert. With add-ons and upgrades available as well as champagne specials flowing all night long, the menu can also be ordered to go. The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Two flutes of champagne. Kelly Wood

Jeune et Jolie

Casual, elegant, Michelin starred. That’s the promise of this Carlsbad restaurant. The New Year’s Eve lineup includes a four-course menu ($140), with an optional wine pairing and creative cocktails. Examples of a recent menu by chef Eric Bost: halibut with potato, chanterelle mushrooms, apricot, and salt marsh mussels as a main, and financiers (tropical, chocolate) to finish.

Sliced radishes and small leafed greens on an ethereal puff of culinary foam. All plated on a white bowl, placed on a speckled white table.
A fresh dish from Jeune et Jolie.
Jeune et Jolie

Rare Society

The Trust Restaurant Group’s retro steakhouse Rare Society is taking New Year’s Eve reservations for its original University Heights location and its latest outpost in Solana Beach. Chef Brad Wise is featuring a tomahawk steak special just for the occasion — in University Heights it’ll be a prime beef tomahawk while in North County an Austalian wagyu tomahawk will be on offer.

A Rare Society platter with several sliced steaks. Kimberly Motos

Understory

This Del Mar craft cocktail bar is hosting a DJ’ed masquerade ball that mixes three of the culinary world’s best inventions (or discoveries?) champagne, caviar and fried chicken. Packages start at $175 for couples and reach $375 for groups of four and include a midnight champagne toast.

An artful arrangement of cocktails on a bar table. Kimberly Motos

Addison Restaurant

Two Michelin-starred Addison is offering a luxurious eight-course tasting menus from chef Willliam Bradley and team that includes celebratory ingredients like caviar and white truffles. The New Year’s Eve menu is $425 per person with supplemental wine pairings available. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

The front of an upscale restaurant at sunset. Addison

Puesto La Jolla

Three locations (La Jolla, Downtown, and Mission Valley), three chances to party, Puesto-style. Their freshly updated menu now includes a lamb barbacoa taco and passion fruit margarita, plus their extensive list of classic and creative tacos (and more). For an early New Year’s toast, they’re serving complementary tequila shots timed with the Times Square ball drop at midnight in New York. Feeling nutty? Check out the Naughty List cocktail, with blue agave reposado tequila, nutmeg, milk, egg and coffee liqueur.

A taco on a blue corn tortilla, topped with kuri squash and drizzled with a white sauce. The ensemble sits on a glazed grey plate.
Taco from Puesto.
Puesto

The Fishery

Tucked in North Pacific Beach, but away from the hubbub, the Fishery and chef Mike Reidy are offering a $110 prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu with an optional $40 wine pairing. Starting with oysters and caviar, the dinner will progress to kanpachi tartare, lemon-saffron fettucine with uni, local white seabass with Dungeness crab, and a chocolate dessert.

In the foreground, a multicolor cherry tomato and basil salad in a white bowl. In the background, a cocktail that resembles a martini and a small dish filled with olives.
A salad and cocktail from The Fishery.
The Fishery

Bleu Bohème

For a classic French-inspired reveillon, head to Bleu Bohème. The NYE menu features confit de canard, a King salmon sautéed with crab, asparagus, and tomato salad, herb roasted Yukon potatoes, sauce Béarnaise, and mushroom ravioli in a white wine cream sauce. To start, the Clean Slate martini (Kahlua, Armagnac, Frangelico, cream, Aztec chocolate bitters for $15). To finish, five decadent selections. Prix-fixe, $75. 

A flute of golden hued champagne, with a fresh raspberry on the rim. The glass is in the foreground, and bottles of wine are blurred in the background.
A Champagne coupe from Bleu Bohème.
BleuBoheme/Facebook

Madison

Madison’s enchanting New Year’s Eve menu does what this restaurant does best: fresh, inventive cuisine and cocktails. On the drinks front, bottles of Tattinger and mix and match wine pairings. On the dessert front: mini exotic desserts. The prix-fixe features choices like tuna tartare, chimichurri skirt steak, a harvest salad with butternut squash, swordfish skewers, and gluten free vegan ravioli. And of course, the Pork Chop.

The entrance to Madison. a pastel colored building, photographed at night. Four lights brighten the restaurant’s logo, in a minimal font. A bare tree is on thje right. Several people stand outside.
The entrance to Madison.
MadisonOnPark/Facebook

Bivouac Ciderworks

Pull out your finest polyester. It’s time for Bivouac’s Studio-54 themed 1970’s style New Year’s Eve jam! The taproom, in North Park, will be decorated, and costumes (or at least some disco flair) are a must. Along with light bites, the cidery’s party offerings include cider, cider cocktails, beer, and wine. Cider toast at midnight. The party, with music by DJ ApotheKari, starts at 8 p.m. and picks up the next day at 1 p.m. for a New Year’s Day toast. NYE tickets are $25 (until 12/19, then prices go up), with a complementary midnight cider toast.

Three glasses of cider on a bar or table. There are two lighter ciders on either side and an amber in the middle. In the background is a person holding two of these glasses.
A trio of ciders from Bivouac Ciderworks.
BivouacCider/Facebook

Cesarina

Let’s start with the New Year’s Eve dessert creation: a pastry called the dolce roche, made with hazelnut mousse, a chocolate fudge core and rocher glaze. The restaurant’s four-course festival of flavors starts with homemade bresaola layered with cheese and arugula and finishes with an Italian sausage and lentil dish with confit tomatoes. The vegan menu is also consistently strong at Cesarina, including its New Year’s Eve offerings. One example: handmade butternut squash tortelli, creamy garlic sauce, pink peppercorn, and crispy kabocha squash.

A festively-decorated outdoor patio. Arlene Ibarra

Cori Pastificio Trattoria

This friendly and welcoming neighborhood restaurant is going all out for the holidays this year, with caroling and roasted chestnuts leading up to Christmas, and a Sicilian-themed New Year’s Eve festa. That menu features traditional dishes, plus a cocktail special and Sicilian sparkling wine to toast the start of 2022. Auguri!

Triangle shaped pasta stackedon a plate, covered with sage and bacon, on a white plate with an ornate rim. The plate is on a wood table.
Pasta from Cori Pastificio Trattoria.
Cori Pastificio Trattoria

Wolfie's Carousel Bar

Glitz. Spectacle. A gently rotating bar. If any of these sound like an appropriate ambience for your New Year’s Eve fete, then head to the one and only Wolfie’s — a bar in Little Italy anchored by an actual carousel. Options for your last meal of 2021: Wagyu tartare, steak frites, oysters Rockefeller, a champagne toast, and more.

The revolving cocktail bar at Wolfie’s Carousel Wolfie’s Carousel

STK Steakhouse

Behind STK’s recipe for New Year’s decadence: DJ plus wagyu steak plus caviar plus midnight Champagne toast. About that Wagyu, here’s the breakdown: Japanese wagyu A5 served as filet or strip loin, an American wagyu served a a 10 oz strip, or an Australian wagyu served as a picanha (a Brazilian cut) or a tomahawk, for $79 to $139.

Wagyu steak served on a salt block. STK

Callie

Ora king salmon crudo with local citrus. Cacio e pepe risotto with Périgord black truffles. Black truffle and bone marrow beef duo. Meyer lemon pavlova. This New Year’s Eve five-course, family-style menu speaks for itself. Also worth noting: There are two seatings: the earlier session targets families (kids dine for $35, adults for $85) while the later seating features a champagne toast and live band, for $150, not including optional wine or Champagne pairings.

A bottle of champagne with two full glasses. Karla Sandoval

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine – San Diego

For a “yes and” start to the near year, Lionfish, in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter, has created a decadent surf and turf that runs from sea to sand to steak. For example, James Beard Award-winning chef JoJo Ruiz is pairing Prime Rib Beef Carpaccio with Scallop Sashimi. For the second course, a pasta duo: one has clams, the other has duck confit. The four course prix-fixe costs $121.22.

A colorful spread of thinly sliced fish and citrus on an oblong blue plate, topped with fresh herbs, from Lionfish in San Diego.
A delicate sea inspired dish from Lionfish.
Lionfish

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Common Stock

The Hillcrest restaurant and bar is ushering in the new year with a special three-course menu priced at a clever $20.22 that includes an appetizer, entree ,and one of the restaurant’s signature cookies for dessert. With add-ons and upgrades available as well as champagne specials flowing all night long, the menu can also be ordered to go. The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Two flutes of champagne. Kelly Wood

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