Get the Champagne (or low abv fizz) ready and end your year on a foodie high note. Bid a fond farewell to 2019 — while warmly welcoming 2020 and a brand spanking new decade — at these 25 restaurants and bars across San Diego, and just a little beyond.Read More
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego
Top spots to ring in the “roaring 20s”
1. Ponte Winery
Pop over to Temecula for New Year’s Eve at Ponte Winery. There’s a three-course a la carte dinner menu available from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Restaurant at Ponte or a prix-fixe ($50 to $65) at Bouquet at the Ponte Vineyard Inn, where rooms for the night are also available.
Sister restaurant Jeune et Jolie might be sold out for New Year’s Eve but there are still a handful of early reservations available at Campfire, who will be serving their regular menu with family-style options for larger groups.
3. Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge
Chandler’s three-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. Menu selections include a Temecula sweet onion soup, organic Jidori chicken, and hazelnut mocha torte. Reservations cost between $62 and $74 with young adults (ages 12 and under) priced just $24.
4. Herb & Sea
The Puffer Malarkey Collective’s newest restaurant will celebrate NYE with an East Coast “anchor” drop. Priced at $75 and served between 5:30 and 9 p.m. the two-course prix fixe menu dish options include a persimmon Panzanella, grilled Una salmon, and lime semifreddo. Caviar fans can also opt for a decadent first-course supplement, both here and at Herb & Wood in Little Italy, for $100.
5. Rancho Bernardo Inn
The Rancho Bernardo Inn is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve soirée with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the evening, live music, and a full open bar featuring Moet & Chandon. Tickets cost $125 in advance or $150 the week of.
Rancho Valencia’s signature restaurant is hosting a spiffy New Year’s Eve soirée from 5 to 10 p.m. with a four-course dinner, live music and, of course, plenty of bubbles. Reservations cost $165 and can be made by calling (858) 759 6246.
7. International Smoke
International Smoke is bidding farewell to 2019 with a four-course tasting menu that features dishes such as poached wild Mexican shrimp and a seabass crudo. On the sweet side, there will be a charred milk panna cotta, among other treats for dessert. Available from 4 to 10 p.m., reservations cost $95.
8. California Modern
Chef Trey Foshee’s lauded restaurant is serving a four-course dinner ($100 to 130) with optional wine pairings ($49). Selections include a beef carpaccio, local yellowtail, and chamomile-citrus pound cake. Diners can also add a caviar service with Royal Osetra ($90) or Northern Divine White Sturgeon ($180).
9. Realm Of The 52 Remedies
Dress to impress and head to Realm for an enchanted New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. Highlights of which include hosted punch bowls, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight champagne toast. Prices range from $95 for general admission to $850 and $1,100 for VIP packages (four to eight guests, respectively) that include a private table and bottle service, among other perks.
Next door, chef Jonathan Bautista is putting on an optional three-course beer pairing dinner at Common Theory. No reservations required.
10. The Fishery
Dungeness crab Napoleon and swordfish Rossini are just two options from the three-course menu at this PB eatery, which earned a coveted nod in the new California Michelin guide. Priced at $75 with a $25 supplement for three freshly shucked oysters and a glass Champagne; tableside pairings from the Wine Spectator award-winning list will be selected by GM Nicholas Lorenz.
This University Heights gem is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Reservations cost $65 and include a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight; wine and cocktail pairings are an additional $19. The first seating runs from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a second option from 8 to 11 p.m.
12. Tahona Bar
Celebrate in the heart of Old Town with a culinary journey to the four corners of Mexico. Chef Adrian Villarreal’s four-course dinner includes a Champagne toast to cheers 2020 but Valle de Guadalupe wines, artisanal mezcal flights, and cocktails will also be available to purchase. Reservations cost $85 and there are two seating times: 6:30 to 9 p.m., and 9 p.m. to midnight.
13. Fort Oak
Brad Wise and his team will be composing perfect plates for New Year’s Eve at the Fort Oak’s chef’s counter. The first seating is a five-course tasting menu at 6 p.m., the second a seven-course affair at 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited 10 spots for both. In the main dining room, diners can enjoy a 45-day house dry-aged Tomahawk plus Fort Oak’s regular menu of hearth-fired fare throughout the night.
14. One Door North
One Door North’s New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu costs $55 and will be available between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. From 10 p.m. onwards drink and entry bundles are available too, including $25 for admission and a complimentary midnight toast, for the DJ Kiki-led dance party. Check out the menu or get tickets here.
Starlite’s New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner costs $65 and includes three-courses with dishes like duck confit bao, impossible pappardelle with mushroom bolognese, and a mascarpone tart. Don’t feel like dinner? A pre-paid three drink package, plus admission to the DJ SHOESHINE party costs $55.
16. Il Dandy
Two seating times are available for Il Dandy’s five-course New Year’s Eve chef’s prix fixe. The first runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ($85) with dinner and midnight toast from 8 to 10 p.m. ($120), Prosecco toast included. For an extra special night, intimate six seat restaurant Arama is offering a New Year’s tasting menu from Michelin-starred Calabrian Chef Antonio Abbruzzino for $450 per person.
17. The Pearl Hotel
There are two seating times available for The Pearl’s vintage three-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The first costs $69.95 and the second $85.95, which includes a Champagne toast at midnight. Or why not make a night of it with the “stay and play” dinner and room package? Call (619) 226 6100 for reservations.
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Reservations for sea-to-table restaurant Watercolors’ four-course tasting menu cost $120 and come with a choice of two canned drinks from You and Yours Distilling Co., plus a glass of Prosecco at the Carté Hotel’s rooftop bar Above Ash Social, during the midnight countdown.
19. Vistal Bar + Restaurant
Vistal has two options for New Year’s Eve diners: there’s an early three-course prix fixe dinner ($70, 5 to 6 p.m. arrival, must depart by 8:30 p.m.) followed by five-course late seating ($120, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.). Dish selections include a juniper-brined duck breast and seared scallops with caviar butter; an optional $60 wine pairing is available during both services.
20. Grant Grill Lounge
New Year’s Eve diners can choose between an early seating four-course dinner ($75) and a late seating five-course dinner ($129) experience with a midnight toast and live music at THE US GRANT’s Grant Grill and Lounge this year.
San Diego hotspot, Animae is offering a four-course pre-fixe menu - highlights include the butter dumplings and chili garlic lobster – during two seating times on New Year’s Eve. The first begins between 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. ($95), the second from 8 p.m., and continues until close ($115).
22. Prohibition Lounge
The Gaslamp Quarter’s underground speakeasy is toasting to 2020 with a special supper club dinner. The five-course cocktail pairing costs $150 with dishes ranging from ceviche tostadas to a surf and turf entrée. Pairings include Dobel Añejo GBOD Single Barrel tequila and a 10 Year WhistlePig Rye Whiskey cocktail. Check out the full menu and make reservations here.
23. Top of the Hyatt
Ring in 2020 at the Top of the Manchester Grand Hyatt with the hotel’s New Year’s Eve package for two. Priced at $729 it includes an overnight stay with Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a toast at midnight, plus the best firework views in the city of San Diego and a leisurely breakfast on New Year’s Day.
24. Little Frenchie
Ring in 2020 at Little Frenchie on Coronado. The petite bistro is serving le brunch until 3 p.m. followed by a three-course prix fixe dinner menu from 5 p.m. It’s priced at $75 per person with dish selections ranging from a roasted beet pave and pappardelle pasta to a pear tartin with ice cream for dessert.
25. Stake Chophouse & Bar
Stake is putting on an early dinner (4 to 5 p.m., $95) with a second seating (6:30 p.m. until close, $125) for New Year’s Eve. Course selections include wood-fired Maine lobster to start, followed by Snake River Farms Wagyu filet (Japanese A5 Wagyu is available for an extra $42), followed by a sticky toffee pudding cake.