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13 Places To Wine & Dine On New Years Eve

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While New Years Eve might be fast approaching, thankfully San Diego is filled with plenty of gourmet goings on this December 31. If you haven't made plans there's still time to reserve a table at one of these sumptuous New Years Eve dinners and end the year in style with an unforgettable meal. From champagne fueled soirees to Mexican fiestas, here's our pick of places to eat, drink and dance your way into a tip-top New Year around San Diego.

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1. KITCHEN 1540

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1540 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 793-6460
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Chef Nathan Lingle is serving up a three-course champagne dinner for a night of lavish revelry. Firsts include oysters with apple and Riesling jelly, and lamb tartare with quail egg. Second courses include lobster bisque with croquet and truffle, while third course features are guinea fowl and dry aged beet “Pot Roast”. Priced at $125 per person, or $155 with optional champagne pairings, vintages include Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut and Henriot Brut Vintage. After dinner enjoy live entertainment in the Living Room with more champagne served by the glass or bottle.

2. Galaxy Taco

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2259 Avenida de La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 228-5655
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Starting with a welcome Cimarron Blanco Tequila margarita or draft Benchmark Galaxy Corn Lager, say saludos to a suitably Mexican-themed New Year with a special three-course menu from executive chef and partner Trey Foshee. Highlights include grilled persimmon salad, adobo grilled half chicken and chili braised beef short rib birria, plus tamal dulce to finish. In addition to the prix fix, which costs $48 per person, Galaxy’s entire menu is also available a la carte. Due to liquor licensing constraints a complimentary glass of bubbles can be enjoyed during the 10 p.m. D.F ball drop.

3. The Hake Kitchen & Bar

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1250 Prospect St Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 454-1637
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This buzzy La Jolla bistro is serving up a relaxed yet sophisticated four-course menu ($55) that includes a variety of dishes from the restaurant’s seafood-centric offerings. The popular tuna tiradito with guacamole and Asian pico de gallo bur rata,plus swordfish with lemon caper butter and lemon vodka risotto will both feature. Discounted bottles of wine will also be available along with wine pairings for each course. Reservations only, no walk-ins.

4. JRDN

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4551 Ocean Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5736
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Enjoy a beachside soiree this New Years Eve at JRDN & Tower23 Hotel. With two seating times available (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) enjoy a la carte dinner and drinks at JRDN followed by dancing from 10 p.m. until late. Menu highlights from chef “DJ” Tangalin include raw bar platters and braised octopus to start, followed by local sea bass bouillabaisse and tandoori spiced lamb loin. Tickets costs $35 pre-sale ($50 day of, dinner not included). For those wishing to celebrate into the wee small hours, room and party packages are also available.

5. EAT at The Pearl

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1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 226-6100
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Get swanky at The Pearl with an exquisite 3-course prix fixe menu plus foie gras torchon amuse-bouche to start. First and second seatings (5 p.m. and 7 p.m. onwards respectively) cost $54.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with a final seating at 9 p.m. that runs $69.95. Menu highlights include duck confit, pan seared ahi and chocolate pot de crème. Once you've wined and dined, stay and enjoy a 'no cover' after party, party favors, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight, plus live music by DJ Jon Wesley.

6. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

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2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 269-2100
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Celebrate with Stone from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and enjoy a spectacular night of special-release beers, mouthwatering food stations, delicious desserts, live DJ and dancing. Perks include three standard-size servings of more than 50 beers on tap, including special-release and one-off brews – plus a commemorative glass and rare Stone beer for the midnight toast. Tickets cost $99 (plus service fee) and are available via Brown Paper Tickets. Designated-driver tickets are also available ($79, plus service fee).

7. Waypoint Public

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3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8778
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Executive chef Richard Sweeney is whipping up a four-course feast at North Park’s favorite beer bar for $45 per person during the early seating (kids cost $10), or $65 for a late-night installment. First and second course highlights include a Po Boy chowda, pecan-crusted goat cheese and southern Napoleon. Short rib ragout (paired with Fall Speedo Tiki's Love God), and pan seared jumbo sea scallops (paired with Patricia Green 2013 Pinot Noir) make up third options; while there is an avocado funnel cake or salted caramel to finish. Beverage Pairings: $30 wine & $20 beer.

8. Bracero

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(619) 756-7864
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Join chef of the moment Javier Plascencia and start the New Year with a real Mexican fiesta. Beginning at 6 p.m., his four-course dinner with a sparkling toast will be served for $85 per person with additional wine pairings for $35. Gourmands can enjoy sopa de Calabaza, filet and short rib, with ponche (a sugar cane and Mexican cinnamon ice cream) to finish. Showcasing an additional local white fish entrée as part of the five-course dinner, the second seating begins at 9 p.m. costs $145 per person and includes a sparkling toast. Optional wine pairings are also available for $45.

9. Juniper & Ivy

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2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 481-3666
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For a refined dining experience, acclaimed chef Richard Blais is offering a special menu for the evening at his Little Italy hotspot. Priced at $85 per person plus tax and gratuity, the four-course prix-fixe dinner will include a champagne toast and many of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Tiered wine pairings and a champagne toast will be available for an additional $50 - tickets to the evening can be purchased by calling the restaurant.

10. Stake Chophouse & Bar

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1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-0077
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See in the New Year 'island-style' with an upscale three-course dinner on Coronado. Priced at $120 per person, executive chef Tim Kolanko will be dishing up his signature cuts of premier petite filet mignon, NY strip steak and bone-in ribeye, along with seaside appetizers like lobster wonton soup, and crab, citrus and avocado salad. Enjoy a vanilla bean cheesecake and triple chocolate mousse to finish from the capable hands of Executive Pastry Chef Francis Laureano, and a glass of 2004 Dom Perignon from Stake’s impressive wine cellar as the clock ticks closer to midnight.

11. Croce's Park West

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2760 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 233-4355
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This San Diego late-night staple will be serving up three New Years packages with menu highlights such as miso-glazed sea bass and Bordeaux braised short ribs. Croce’s Early Dinner Package ($50) 5-6 p.m. includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu and live music with Irving Flores. Croce’s Dinner Package ($65) runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu, party favors and live music with Blue Largo. Croce’s Late Night Dinner Package ($95) 9pm – close, includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and live music.

12. Cat Eye Club

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370 7th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 330-9509
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For exotic food and entertainment, go tiki with an all-inclusive dinner and drinks plus burlesque show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by live entertainment from Dottie and The Drop Dead Dames at 9 p.m. The prix fixe menu is $130 with highlights including salt and pepper shrimp, pork belly boa taco and tuna poke tostada. Entrée choices include kahlua pork carnitas and grilled pineapple salsa. Ticket price includes a commemorative tiki glass and champagne toast at midnight.

13. Saltbox Dining and Drinking

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1047 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 515-3003
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Saltbox’s elegant mezzanine is reopening for one-night only -- ring in the New Year at the swank restaurant, or enjoy drinks on rooftop lounge, SummerSalt. A special prix fixe menu will be served for two sittings: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Start off with oven roasted beet salad and butternut squash soup, then continue with heartier selections like grilled NY steak with Parmesan potato au gratin, or pan seared ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms. The first 6 p.m. seating is $55 per person, while the second 9 p.m. seating is $65 per person, and includes a welcome glass of bubbly, party favors and a toast.

1. KITCHEN 1540

1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Chef Nathan Lingle is serving up a three-course champagne dinner for a night of lavish revelry. Firsts include oysters with apple and Riesling jelly, and lamb tartare with quail egg. Second courses include lobster bisque with croquet and truffle, while third course features are guinea fowl and dry aged beet “Pot Roast”. Priced at $125 per person, or $155 with optional champagne pairings, vintages include Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut and Henriot Brut Vintage. After dinner enjoy live entertainment in the Living Room with more champagne served by the glass or bottle.
1540 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

2. Galaxy Taco

2259 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
Starting with a welcome Cimarron Blanco Tequila margarita or draft Benchmark Galaxy Corn Lager, say saludos to a suitably Mexican-themed New Year with a special three-course menu from executive chef and partner Trey Foshee. Highlights include grilled persimmon salad, adobo grilled half chicken and chili braised beef short rib birria, plus tamal dulce to finish. In addition to the prix fix, which costs $48 per person, Galaxy’s entire menu is also available a la carte. Due to liquor licensing constraints a complimentary glass of bubbles can be enjoyed during the 10 p.m. D.F ball drop.
2259 Avenida de La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. The Hake Kitchen & Bar

1250 Prospect St Ste B10, San Diego, CA 92037
This buzzy La Jolla bistro is serving up a relaxed yet sophisticated four-course menu ($55) that includes a variety of dishes from the restaurant’s seafood-centric offerings. The popular tuna tiradito with guacamole and Asian pico de gallo bur rata,plus swordfish with lemon caper butter and lemon vodka risotto will both feature. Discounted bottles of wine will also be available along with wine pairings for each course. Reservations only, no walk-ins.
1250 Prospect St Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037

4. JRDN

4551 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Enjoy a beachside soiree this New Years Eve at JRDN & Tower23 Hotel. With two seating times available (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) enjoy a la carte dinner and drinks at JRDN followed by dancing from 10 p.m. until late. Menu highlights from chef “DJ” Tangalin include raw bar platters and braised octopus to start, followed by local sea bass bouillabaisse and tandoori spiced lamb loin. Tickets costs $35 pre-sale ($50 day of, dinner not included). For those wishing to celebrate into the wee small hours, room and party packages are also available.
4551 Ocean Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

5. EAT at The Pearl

1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
Get swanky at The Pearl with an exquisite 3-course prix fixe menu plus foie gras torchon amuse-bouche to start. First and second seatings (5 p.m. and 7 p.m. onwards respectively) cost $54.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with a final seating at 9 p.m. that runs $69.95. Menu highlights include duck confit, pan seared ahi and chocolate pot de crème. Once you've wined and dined, stay and enjoy a 'no cover' after party, party favors, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight, plus live music by DJ Jon Wesley.
1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106

6. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106
Celebrate with Stone from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and enjoy a spectacular night of special-release beers, mouthwatering food stations, delicious desserts, live DJ and dancing. Perks include three standard-size servings of more than 50 beers on tap, including special-release and one-off brews – plus a commemorative glass and rare Stone beer for the midnight toast. Tickets cost $99 (plus service fee) and are available via Brown Paper Tickets. Designated-driver tickets are also available ($79, plus service fee).
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106

7. Waypoint Public

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Executive chef Richard Sweeney is whipping up a four-course feast at North Park’s favorite beer bar for $45 per person during the early seating (kids cost $10), or $65 for a late-night installment. First and second course highlights include a Po Boy chowda, pecan-crusted goat cheese and southern Napoleon. Short rib ragout (paired with Fall Speedo Tiki's Love God), and pan seared jumbo sea scallops (paired with Patricia Green 2013 Pinot Noir) make up third options; while there is an avocado funnel cake or salted caramel to finish. Beverage Pairings: $30 wine & $20 beer.
3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

8. Bracero

San Diego, CA
Join chef of the moment Javier Plascencia and start the New Year with a real Mexican fiesta. Beginning at 6 p.m., his four-course dinner with a sparkling toast will be served for $85 per person with additional wine pairings for $35. Gourmands can enjoy sopa de Calabaza, filet and short rib, with ponche (a sugar cane and Mexican cinnamon ice cream) to finish. Showcasing an additional local white fish entrée as part of the five-course dinner, the second seating begins at 9 p.m. costs $145 per person and includes a sparkling toast. Optional wine pairings are also available for $45.

9. Juniper & Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
For a refined dining experience, acclaimed chef Richard Blais is offering a special menu for the evening at his Little Italy hotspot. Priced at $85 per person plus tax and gratuity, the four-course prix-fixe dinner will include a champagne toast and many of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Tiered wine pairings and a champagne toast will be available for an additional $50 - tickets to the evening can be purchased by calling the restaurant.
2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Stake Chophouse & Bar

1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level, Coronado, CA 92118
See in the New Year 'island-style' with an upscale three-course dinner on Coronado. Priced at $120 per person, executive chef Tim Kolanko will be dishing up his signature cuts of premier petite filet mignon, NY strip steak and bone-in ribeye, along with seaside appetizers like lobster wonton soup, and crab, citrus and avocado salad. Enjoy a vanilla bean cheesecake and triple chocolate mousse to finish from the capable hands of Executive Pastry Chef Francis Laureano, and a glass of 2004 Dom Perignon from Stake’s impressive wine cellar as the clock ticks closer to midnight.
1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level
Coronado, CA 92118

11. Croce's Park West

2760 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
This San Diego late-night staple will be serving up three New Years packages with menu highlights such as miso-glazed sea bass and Bordeaux braised short ribs. Croce’s Early Dinner Package ($50) 5-6 p.m. includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu and live music with Irving Flores. Croce’s Dinner Package ($65) runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu, party favors and live music with Blue Largo. Croce’s Late Night Dinner Package ($95) 9pm – close, includes a three-course meal, appetizer a la carte menu, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and live music.
2760 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

12. Cat Eye Club

370 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
For exotic food and entertainment, go tiki with an all-inclusive dinner and drinks plus burlesque show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by live entertainment from Dottie and The Drop Dead Dames at 9 p.m. The prix fixe menu is $130 with highlights including salt and pepper shrimp, pork belly boa taco and tuna poke tostada. Entrée choices include kahlua pork carnitas and grilled pineapple salsa. Ticket price includes a commemorative tiki glass and champagne toast at midnight.
370 7th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

13. Saltbox Dining and Drinking

1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Saltbox’s elegant mezzanine is reopening for one-night only -- ring in the New Year at the swank restaurant, or enjoy drinks on rooftop lounge, SummerSalt. A special prix fixe menu will be served for two sittings: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Start off with oven roasted beet salad and butternut squash soup, then continue with heartier selections like grilled NY steak with Parmesan potato au gratin, or pan seared ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms. The first 6 p.m. seating is $55 per person, while the second 9 p.m. seating is $65 per person, and includes a welcome glass of bubbly, party favors and a toast.
1047 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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