In addition to the New Year's Eve party at Press Club, special menus are being planned all over the city and the East Bay for memorable dining, service, wine and entertainment for that final dinner of 2014. If you're looking for one of those hard-to-find spots where the regular menu is available, book ahead for E&O Kitchen & Bar or Perbacco in the Financial District. It's a quick and easy walk to Press Club after dinner.
E&O Kitchen and Bar Without the hassle or expense of a pre-fixed menu, this is one of the best places in San Francisco for your last dinner of 2014. Start with an oriental inspired handcrafted cocktail, such as Sutter Punch with pineapple infused Matusalem rum, pineapple gum and lime. The sleek E&O atrium interiors are coupled with some of the city's friendliest service.
Bluestem Brasserie Executive Chef Francis Hogan has created a very special menu to virtually transport diners to Mediterranean port of calls including Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Italy, and Istanbul. Dress for the occasion. Bluestem will be offering two menu experiences – a three-course adventure for $65 until 8:00 p.m. or a five-course luxe experience including cocktails, additional courses and entertainment for $125. Bluestem will be open on New Year’s Day, serving brunch favorites mocha brioche French toast and Bluestem burgers. Order a recovery cocktail with a descriptive name such as Rude Awakening, Hair of the Dog and Red Eye.
Canela P.S. - Don't wait for New Year's...Chef Mat Schuster's got an authentic Christmas Eve menu inspired by Paco's mother in Spain. Buttery crab bisque with Moorish croutons, roasted duck with caramelized pears and Rioja, Christmas lamb with honey and herbed potatoes come before the Spanish Anise, sesame and cinnamon "drunken" doughnuts with Natillas custard and Turron nougat. Lots to savor at $55 per person.
Dosa Not one, but two Dosa's are doing it up for New Year's. At Dosa Fillmore, beginning at 8:30 p.m., groove to Indian and Bollywood beats by the live DJ set from the founder of the popular Non-Stop Bhangra DJ Jimmy Love. A champagne toast and party favors make midnight momentous. Everybody will ask where you got your complimentary mehndi (henna tattoo). At Dosa at Valencia in the Mission, diners go on a virtual culinary journey exploring the flavors of Southern India from Goa to Pondicherry. The menu is available at Dosa Fillmore for $95 and at Dosa Valencia for $75 (not including tax & gratuity). Wine pairings are available for an additional $36 per person.
Copita Sausalito rings in 2015 Mexican style with a live Mariachi band. Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera and Maestra de Cocina Joanne Weir have created a three-course prix fixe menu for $65. The menu features Antojitos to start, with choices of winter salad, ahi tuna tostado, butter poached local Dungeness crab followed by big plates such as Mt. Lassen trout mixtlepique, enchiladas mancha manteles and more on a menu that's 100 percent gluten-free. Tequila, as ever, sets the mood in a 100-plus selection of the very best brands behind the bar.
Gitane Introduce someone to the hidden gem that is Gitane. New Executive Chef Jason Tuley is at the helm at this sexy and sophisticated restaurant and bar. Entrées for the 31st include house-made ricotta dumpglins with black truffle, wood oven squab or local black cod with mushroom-truffle jus. Vegetarian options, too. First seating, 5:30-6:00 p.m. is a $75 per person three-course meal with wine pairings at an additional $45. Second and third seatings, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and 9:30-10:00p.m. will be a four-courses at $95 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $45.
Hopscotch Head to Uptown Oakland where Executive Chef Kyle Itani's five-course prix fixe menu shines with American classics and Japanese flair. Optional wine pairings for all diners as well as an exciting cocktail pairing alternative makes it special to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. But, why wait until the 31st, when Hopscotch has a special "Toast the Roast" six-week-long special weekly menu in place for the entire month of December.
Hog & Rocks A five-course family style meal for $65 per person is being served on New Year's Eve. Among other yummy dishes, Chef Robin Song is creating a menu to include tarragon paparadelle with Dungeness crab and sunchoke followed by a roasted quail with roasted chicory, truffled blackberry jus and a fennel cake citrus with earl grey ice cream for dessert.
Palm House Get into a Havana Nights themed evening, with a nod to the Cuban influence of this Union Street space celebrating their first New Year's Eve. Come for the early seating with a three-course menu for $65 per person or a late night all-out bash including the three-course menu. Starting at 10:00 p.m. Palm House will offer open bar, live entertainment, and passed appetizers to ring in the new year. Guests can experience both the dinner and party for $145 per person or simply the late night party with tickets starting at $95. The four entrée choices are as great as the entertainment. For dessert, Warm Chocolate Cake with roasted banana ice cream, dark chocolate sauce and rum caramel or strawberry short cake with champagne sorbet and spiced Chantilly cream.
Perbacco It's a joint celebration at Perbacco and barbacco as they toast their glasses, and you toast yours, to a great 2015. They will be offering their regular menu supplemented with a number of specialty items. Dashing off to a New Year’s Eve party? Join barbacco, for a delicious and simple meal of small plates and fine wine. Or, if you’d rather make your reservation the main event of the evening, join Perbacco for the full experie
Pläj Scandinavian cuisine meets Californian from Executive Chef/Owner, Roberth Sundell, in a five-course New Year’s Eve menu. Start with smoked duck yolk with bleak roe caviar, sunchoke, lefse, followed by bone marrow, chestnuts, quince, house brioche (course 1); winter beets, goat cheese croquettes, chanterelles, hazelnuts, Perigord truffle (course 2); chilled mollusk, Dungeness crab sabayon, celery sorbet, salmon roe (course 3); saddle of elk & Maine lobster, cauliflower, pearl onions, horseradish (course 4); pistachio valrona terrine, passion fruit sorbet, soft meringue, honey brittle (course 5).
plank Oakland's newest combination gaming and dining destination is making waves – it's called plank! The New Year's Eve party package promises a night of entertainment with live music, a $20 game card, prizes, a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy their specialty entrée station with offerings including herb pepper prime rib, mushroom and artichoke stuffed chicken breast. Tickets are $60 per person/$110 per couple until they're sold out.
Precita Park Café Open until 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, where folks will stop in for a bite before venturing out to a midnight happening. See what's in store with appetizer highlights including Dungeness crab with winter radishes, avocado and blood oranges with Serrano chile vinaigrette or local smoked sablefish with satsuma tangerine vinaigrette, crème fraiche, and micro herb salad. Or, come along in the morning for all-day brunch on the first day of the year.
Wente Vineyards If you've been to The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, you'll know what a great choice it is for closing out 2014 with fabulous food and wine. Executive Chef Matt Greco and his culinary team are celebrating with a special four-course prix fixe dinner featuring dishes such as Castlefranco with artichokes, parsley root and blood orange fennel vinaigrette and braised duck ravioli with brown butter, chestnut, Brussel sprout and black truffle, as well as one-of-a-kind desserts including caramelized white chocolate cheesecake with apple-currant graham streusel and caramel corn. The four-course dinner is $95 per person excluding drinks.