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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego

Top spots to ring in the “roaring 20s”

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ponte Winery

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35053 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 694-8855
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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.

2. Campfire

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2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 637-5121
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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.

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3. Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge

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1 Ponto Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 683-5500
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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.

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4. Herb & Sea

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131 W D St
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 704-8300
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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. 

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5. Rancho Bernardo Inn

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17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128
(855) 574-5356
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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. 

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6. Veladora

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5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(800) 548-3664
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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. 

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7. International Smoke

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3387 Del Mar Heights Rd Suite 0100
San Diego, CA 92130
(619) 331-4528
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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.

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8. California Modern

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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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).

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9. Realm Of The 52 Remedies

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4805 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 256-0441
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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.

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10. The Fishery

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5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-9985
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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. 

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11. Madison

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4622 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 269-6566
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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.

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12. Tahona Bar

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2414 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 255-2090
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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

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1011 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 722-3398
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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. 

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14. One Door North

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3422 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 618-1285
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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.

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15. Starlite

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3175 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 358-9766
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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.

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16. Il Dandy

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2550 Fifth Ave STE 120
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 310-5669
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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.

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17. The Pearl Hotel

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1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 226-6100
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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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18. Watercolors

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401 W Ash St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 546-9600
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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. 

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19. Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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901 Bayfront Ct Suite 1
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 535-0485
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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.

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20. Grant Grill Lounge

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326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
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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.

21. Animae

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969 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 432-1225
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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).

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22. Prohibition Lounge

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548 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-1919
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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

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23. Top of the Hyatt

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1 Market Pl
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-1234
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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. 

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24. Little Frenchie

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1166 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 675-0041
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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.

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25. Stake Chophouse & Bar

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1309 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-0077
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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. 

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1. Ponte Winery

35053 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591

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.

35053 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591

2. Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Stephen Walen

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.

2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

3. Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge

1 Ponto Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011
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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.

1 Ponto Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011

4. Herb & Sea

131 W D St, Encinitas, CA 92024
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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. 

131 W D St
Encinitas, CA 92024

5. Rancho Bernardo Inn

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128
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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. 

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128

6. Veladora

5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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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. 

5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

7. International Smoke

3387 Del Mar Heights Rd Suite 0100, San Diego, CA 92130
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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.

3387 Del Mar Heights Rd Suite 0100
San Diego, CA 92130

8. California Modern

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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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).

1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

9. Realm Of The 52 Remedies

4805 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Haley Hill

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.

4805 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

10. The Fishery

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
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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. 

5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

11. Madison

4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
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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.

4622 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116

12. Tahona Bar

2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

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.

2414 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

13. Fort Oak

1011 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, CA 92103
Jim Sullivan

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. 

1011 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego, CA 92103

14. One Door North

3422 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
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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.

3422 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

15. Starlite

3175 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
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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.

3175 India St
San Diego, CA 92103

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16. Il Dandy

2550 Fifth Ave STE 120, San Diego, CA 92103
Sam Wells

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.

2550 Fifth Ave STE 120
San Diego, CA 92103

17. The Pearl Hotel

1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
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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. 

1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106

18. Watercolors

401 W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
Haley Hill

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. 

401 W Ash St
San Diego, CA 92101

19. Vistal Bar + Restaurant

901 Bayfront Ct Suite 1, San Diego, CA 92101
Haley Hill

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.

901 Bayfront Ct Suite 1
San Diego, CA 92101

20. Grant Grill Lounge

326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101