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Where to Eat in San Diego on New Year's Eve

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Now that your Christmas eating plans are taken care of (Not yet? Try here.), it's time to figure out where you'll ring in the new year, or at least where you'll kick off the last night of 2012.

Our Eater Map's got a bit of everything, no matter your speed or New Year's Eve dining needs — whether you're in the mood for a quiet night with a loved one, seeking a spot to fuel up before a crawl, looking to eat and party all in one place or would rather toast with beer than champagne.

Have a NYE food find? Free free to drop it in the comments. Be safe and eat well.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

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640 10th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 450-5880
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Cowboy Star's offering their full menu and a few evening specials; if you can, get a seat at the Chef's Counter, and watch Chef Victor Jimenez cook and create a custom meal just for you.

2. Jayne's Gastropub

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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Jayne's annual two-week staff holiday starts Jan. 1 so they'll be in the celebrating mood for their New Year's Eve dinner, a $65 three-course prix fixe. The well-curated wine list's got a good selection of bubbly.

3. Saltbox Dining and Drinking

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1047 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 515-3003
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If you're doing the downtown thing on NYE, you'd best kick things off here with Chef Simon Dolinky's $65 three-course menu, Wine pairings are an extra $20. Festive dishes include shrimp and cognac bisque and lobster risotto.

4. Tapenade

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7612 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-7500
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If you prefer your celebrations on the quiet side, Tapanade's got a live jazz trio and a $72 four-course menu (served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). A more decadent five-course menu for $95 is offered between 6:45 to 10 p.m.

5. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

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25 East E. Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-2433
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Urban Solace's North County compatriot has live music in the upstairs lounge and a $50 three-course prix fixe. Late reservations also include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

6. Jsix Restaurant

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616 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 531-8744
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Jsix has your evening sorted: start with Chef Christian Graves' four-course prix fixe (wine pairings extra $20) - the $95 package include a ticket to their rooftop party at Hotel Solamar's LOUNGEsix.

7. Burlap

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12995 El Camino Real St 21
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 369-5700
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Burlap's in permanent party mode but the 31st brings a $65 four-course menu from Chef Anthony Sinsay that's packed with celebratory food: crispy pork belly and shoulder, butter roasted lobster, plus lots and lots of champagne.

8. Q'ero

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564 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-9050
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Jump on this: there are still a few tables left at this uber-romantic and cozy Encinitas spot. Order off Chef Monica Szepesy's delicious and seasonally-inspired Peruvian and South American menu.

9. Busalacchi's A Modo Mio Ristorante

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3707 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-0119
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Chef and owner Joe Busalacchi is recreating his recent A Modo Mio (My Way) menu for NYE. Choose a chicken, red meat, fish or vegetarian entree and he'll customize the rest of the meal. $49 for a four-course dinner; $59 for five courses; a glass of champagne is included.

10. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

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1999 Citracado Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 471-4999
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Toast with a different kind of bubbly at the brewery's NYE party (although glass of champagne is included in the $99 ticket). Also included: tray passed apps, multiple food stations and three tokens good for any Stone beers on tap.

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1. Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Cowboy Star's offering their full menu and a few evening specials; if you can, get a seat at the Chef's Counter, and watch Chef Victor Jimenez cook and create a custom meal just for you.
640 10th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Jayne's Gastropub

4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
Jayne's annual two-week staff holiday starts Jan. 1 so they'll be in the celebrating mood for their New Year's Eve dinner, a $65 three-course prix fixe. The well-curated wine list's got a good selection of bubbly.
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

3. Saltbox Dining and Drinking

1047 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
If you're doing the downtown thing on NYE, you'd best kick things off here with Chef Simon Dolinky's $65 three-course menu, Wine pairings are an extra $20. Festive dishes include shrimp and cognac bisque and lobster risotto.
1047 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Tapenade

7612 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
If you prefer your celebrations on the quiet side, Tapanade's got a live jazz trio and a $72 four-course menu (served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). A more decadent five-course menu for $95 is offered between 6:45 to 10 p.m.
7612 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

25 East E. Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Urban Solace's North County compatriot has live music in the upstairs lounge and a $50 three-course prix fixe. Late reservations also include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
25 East E. Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

6. Jsix Restaurant

616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Jsix has your evening sorted: start with Chef Christian Graves' four-course prix fixe (wine pairings extra $20) - the $95 package include a ticket to their rooftop party at Hotel Solamar's LOUNGEsix.
616 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Burlap

12995 El Camino Real St 21, San Diego, CA 92130
Burlap's in permanent party mode but the 31st brings a $65 four-course menu from Chef Anthony Sinsay that's packed with celebratory food: crispy pork belly and shoulder, butter roasted lobster, plus lots and lots of champagne.
12995 El Camino Real St 21
San Diego, CA 92130

8. Q'ero

564 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Jump on this: there are still a few tables left at this uber-romantic and cozy Encinitas spot. Order off Chef Monica Szepesy's delicious and seasonally-inspired Peruvian and South American menu.
564 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

9. Busalacchi's A Modo Mio Ristorante

3707 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Chef and owner Joe Busalacchi is recreating his recent A Modo Mio (My Way) menu for NYE. Choose a chicken, red meat, fish or vegetarian entree and he'll customize the rest of the meal. $49 for a four-course dinner; $59 for five courses; a glass of champagne is included.
3707 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

10. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029
Toast with a different kind of bubbly at the brewery's NYE party (although glass of champagne is included in the $99 ticket). Also included: tray passed apps, multiple food stations and three tokens good for any Stone beers on tap.
1999 Citracado Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92029

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