Celebrate New Year’s Eve Around the Bay

Looking for last minute dinner plans to ring in 2013? These various restaurants with mouth-watering dishes and NYE specials located around the city and peninsula still have seats available so be sure to make your reservations now.

31st Union

5 South Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo CA 94402

650.458.0049

www.31stunion.com

Open 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM (kitchen open until 11:30 PM). Serving the regular a la carte menu and offering two half-price specials on sparkling wine – bottles of Scharffenberger Rose and Brut Sparking, each for $25.00. Complimentary party favors will include hats, horns and party poppers.

Ajanta

1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA 94707

510.526.4373

www.AjantaRestaurant.com

Open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Serving a $27.00 Chef’s Tasting Menu for dinner with three appetizers and four main dishes plus sides of rice, naan bread, chutneys and pickles. A vegetarian option is offered for $24.00. The regular menu will also be available.

Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco

448 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107

415.495.1111

www.alexanderssteakhouse.com

Seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 PM. For both, serving either a $165 four-course prix fixe or a $250.00 seven-course prix fixe menu, with each also including an amuse bouche and an intermezzo, plus the seven-course meal will include a glass of Pol Roger Champagne. Highlights of the four-course menu include Black Cod with smoked oxtail, baby Brussels sprouts and red cabbage nage; and a Niman Ranch Strip Steak with marrow, herbs and Kennebec potatoes. For the seven-course, the menu includes Seared Day Boat Scallops with black truffle ink, white truffle air, celery root and parsnips; Black Cod with smoked oxtail, baby Brussels sprouts and red cabbage nage; and a Miyazaki A5 Wagyu with marrow, herbs and Kennebec potatoes. Dining room decorations will include balloons.

Beach Chalet

1000 Great Highway, San Francisco CA 94121

415.386.8439

www.beachchalet.com

Seating 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Serving the regular a la carte menu until 5:00 PM and thereafter a holiday a la carte menu with special entrées including Bone in Ribeye for two people; Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon; Riptide Red Cioppino; and Wild Mushroom and Smoked Tomato Lasagna. Guests ordering three or more courses from the holiday menu will each receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Borgo Italia

499 9th Street, Oakland CA 94607

510.251.1008

www.borgoitaliaoakland.com

Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Serving the regular la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menus plus, for lunch and dinner (kitchen closes at 11:00 PM) they will offer on an a la carte basis a quintessential Italian meal, “Cotechino con Lenticchie e Pure” with slow-boiled sausage, lentils and potato purée ($18.00), which is said to bring good luck and riches for the coming year. All day, glasses of Prosecco will be priced at just $5.00.

Brasserie S&P

222 Sansome Street, San Francisco CA 94104

415.276.9888

www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco

Start your evening at their Pre-New Year’s Eve Champagne Reception on December 31, 2012 between 4 to 7 pm. Enjoy live music and a variety of bubbly before heading off to late-night festivities at USD 45 per person or celebrate and stay in their luxurious guestroom by booking the “Toast to the New Year” package. Rates start at USD 525. Receive access to their pre-New Year’s Eve Champagne Reception for two guests, overnight valet parking for one car, and late checkout of 2 pm. A fantastic way to farewell to 2012 and embrace the New Year.

Chez Papa Bistrot

1401 18th Street, San Francisco CA 94107

415.824.8205

www.chezpapasf.com

Three seatings between 5:30 to 11:00 PM. From 5:30 to 7:30 PM, the restaurant will be serving a $65.00 three-course prix fixe menu. For seatings from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and from 9:30 to 11:00 PM, there will be a $75.00 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Black Cod with roasted beets, French lentils, caramelized fennel purée and orange vinaigrette; Parmesan Risotto with sautéed day boat scallops and lobster sauce; Almond Crusted Quail with butternut squash purée, braised red endive and cardamom scented quince; or Angus Filet Mignon with chanterelle mushrooms, potatoes gratin and sauce perigourdine. The restaurant will decorated in the spirit of the occasion.

Comstock Saloon

155 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco CA 94110

415.617.0071

www.comstocksaloon.com

New Year’s Eve at Comstock Saloon is an all day food and drink affair. In the spirit of giving, Comstock is hosting a fundraiser for the families of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Guests can purchase Drakes Bay Oysters for $10/half dozen from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the families. To complement the raw bar, Chef Carlo Espinas will be cooking up San Francisco classics like Smoked Oyster Chowder and Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Wash it all down with Louis Roederer Champagne, available for purchase by the glass and bottle. The bar will also be slinging Saloon Keeper Jonny Raglin’s favorite drink, Death in the Afternoon, along with the full beverage menu.

For dinner, Chef Carlo will offer an oyster-themed 3-course prix-fixe menu for $65/per person plus tax and gratuity from 6:00p.m.-midnight. Highlights include Hangtown Salad with escarole hearts with smoked oyster dressing, pork belly and sieved egg; and Roasted Quail with oyster-sausage stuffing, fennel, artichokes and creamed kale. A vegetarian option will be available. Ms. Katy Stephan will tickle the ivories and heartstrings for Happy Hour, and live gypsy jazz will usher in the New Year.

District Oakland

827 Washington Street, Oakland CA 94607

510.272.9110

www.districtoak.com

Open from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Serving the regular a la carte menu, plus, on a pre-order basis, two different sized seafood plates and a special caviar menu. Highlights of the pre-ordered seafood plates will include oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, Dungeness crab claws, Champagne poached mussels, scallop ceviche and Maine lobster. A DJ will provide entertainment from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City CA 94063

650.701.1000

www.donatoenoteca.com

Seating from 5:30 to 10:45 PM, open until late. Serving a select version of the regular a la carte dinner menu until 7:00 PM, and then a $68.00 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Seared Dry Aged Angus New York Loin with truffle potato flan and “vecchie vigne” peppercorn sauce; or Mediterranean Dorada Royale Filet with manila clams and saffron broth. There will be live musical entertainment beginning at 7:00 PM and a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight.

Espetus Churrascaria

1686 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94102, 415.552.8792

710 South B Street, San Mateo CA 94401, 650.342.8700

www.espetus.com

Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco and in San Mateo will be offering a $54.95 all-you-can-eat Brazilian Rodizio menu that will include a bountiful gourmet salad bar with ceviche, a hot dish buffet that includes their signature paella, and continuous selections of sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, pork, sausage and shrimp carved tableside. Taxes, gratuity, desserts and beverages are additional. Reservations are highly recommended. Open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (2:00 PM in San Mateo) and for dinner from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.

Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission Street at 22nd Street, San Francisco CA 94110

415.648.7600

www.foreigncinema.com

Foreign Cinema will be painting the town red for New Year’s Eve, decking the halls with red flowers, dramatic lighting, and flickering candles. A special showing of the film Reds will be projected in the courtyard. Reds, is a 1981 American epic film that was co-written, produced, directed by and starring Warren Beatty, and the film centers on the life and career of John Reed, the revolutionary communist, journalist, and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution. Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark will offer a special celebratory three course prix-fixe menu in conjunction.

To ensure fill recovery from the night before, Foreign Cinema is bringing back its “Hangover Brunch” on New Year’s Day. Dishes include Hangover Soup with a poached farm egg, Foreign Cinema’s indulgent Croque Madame, the Llano Seco Braised Pork with fried eggs, and lots more. Let Restorative Cocktails like the Hemingway Daiquiri or the Sunday Bloody Caesar bring you back to life.

Garcon!

1101 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110

415.401.8959

www.garconsf.com

Seating from 5:30 to 11:00 PM. Serving a $65.00 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Shellfish Bouillabaisse (lobster optional) with scallops, mussels, clams, shrimp and cod, and fregola pasta, basil and aioli ( with ½ lobster, an additional $22.00); Pan Roasted Local Petrale Sole with sautéed sunchoke, Bloomsdale spinach, chanterelle mushrooms and Meyer lemon-pine nut soffrito; 38 North Duck, seared breast and leg confit with kale, hearts and liver “dirty rice”, braised parsnip and natural jus; Superior Farms Lamb Sirloin with quinoa, pine nuts, pomegranate, celery root purée, lacienato kale and lamb jus; Filet Mignon with truffle pomme purée, caramelized Brussels sprout, pancetta, maitake mushrooms and cabernet jus; or Porcini Mushroom Fettuccine with fresh porcinis, Madeira, leeks, kale, black truffle vinaigrette and fresh feta cheese. Complimentary party favors and festive music.

Gather

2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley CA 94704

510.809.0400

www.gatherrestaurant.com

Seating from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Serving a $85.00 four-course prix fixe menu with choices, vegan and omnivore options for each course, and a wine by the glass pairing available for an additional $25.00. Menu highlights will include crudo offerings with caviar, uni, crab and oysters; a Chef’s choice fish entrée; and an aged guinea hen terrine.

La Folie

2316 Polk Street, San Francisco CA 94109

415.776.5577

www.lafolie.com

There will be two seatings, both with prix fixe menus only. The first seating, 5:30 to 6:00 PM, will be served a $150.00 five-course menu plus petits fours and an optional $70.00 pairing of wines by the glass; the second seating, at 9:00 PM, will be served a $250.00 six-course menu plus a glass of Champagne or a French 75 cocktail, passed hors d’ oeuvres and petits fours and an optional $100.00 pairing of wines by the glass. The main course choice for both seating will Roasted Veal Chop with caramelized root vegetables, salsify, aged port madeira sauce and winter truffles; or Tournedo Duckeasie ($75.00 supplement).

La Mar Cebichería Peruana

Pier 1½, San Francisco CA 94111

415.397.8880

www.lamarsf.com

Open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30 PM until late with seating until 10:30 PM. Serving a la carte dinner specials in the spirit of the occasion including main courses of Risotto Cau Cau, creamy rice seasoned with jumbo shrimp, scallops, aji amarillo, mint and finished with extra virgin olive oil ($30.00); Ossobucco with chicha morada, Merlot, aji panca and a side of sweet choclo purée and crostinis ($34.00); Sudado Norteño, Peruvian fisherman’s stew with mahi mahi, whole shrimp, calamari, kabocha squash, chicha de jora, served with a side of arroz con choclo ($32.00); and Kobe (Lomo Saltado), traditional Peruvian style stir-fry of sautéed Kobe beef , onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic and soy sauce, with fried potatoes and a side of rice ($39.00). There will be holiday decorations and, for late seatings, party favors and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at midnight.

Lake Chalet

1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA 94612

510.208.5253

www.thelakechalet.com

Seating from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Serving the regular a la carte menu until 5:00 PM and thereafter a holiday a la carte menu with special entrées including Tagliarini with Prosecco Poached Oysters; Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Bone Marrow Crust; Garlic-Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna; Red Wine Braised Short Rib; and Happy Boy Farms Baby Beet Salad. Guests ordering three or more courses from the holiday menu will each receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

LB Steak Menlo Park

898 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025

650.321.8980

www.lbsteak.com

Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $71.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Surf & Turf with pan seared grass-fed fillet mignon, a half of a grilled Maine lobster tail, savory popover, spinach flan, Béarnaise and cabernet wine reduction; or Chef’s 18 Oz Cut Prime Rib-Eye Steak dry rubbed with shaved Oregon black truffles, with twice baked potato, gourmet mushroom gratin and flaming cognac peppercorn sauce. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparkling wine.

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LB Steak San Jose

334 Santana Row, Suite 1000, San Jose CA 95128

408.244.1180

www.lbsteak.com

Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $71.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Fennel Milk Poached Turbot with brandade de morue, leek fondue and caviar beurre blanc; or Chicory Crusted Loin of Venison with parsnip potato dumplings, porcini mushrooms and cappuccino foam; or Prime Filet Mignon Oscar with Dungeness crab, Brussels sprout and butterball potato fricassee, and Béarnaise sauce. Complimentary midnight glass of sparkling wine.

Le Colonial

20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco CA 94109

415.931.3600

www.lecolonialsf.com

Open 5:30 PM to late. A limited dinner menu with specials will be served in the dining room and there will also be a $65.00 three-course prix fixe menu. The lounge will be open for cocktails from 5:00 to 9:00 PM and then starting at 10:00 there will be entertainment by a DJ for which there will be a cover charge ($30.00 with dinner reservations, $40.00 pre-sale and $50.00 at door). There will be complimentary party favors.

Le P’tit Laurent

699 Chenery Street, San Francisco CA 94131

415.334.3235

www.leptitlaurent.net

Open 5:30 PM to 2:00 AM. Serving a $89.00 four-course prix fixe menu with a complimentary glass of Champagne with dessert and entrée choices of Eggplant Lasagna with truffle oil, fennel and leek sauce; Sautéed Scallops with creamy vegetables, risotto and beurre blanc sauce; Rack of Lamb with green beans and onions and rosemary sauce; or Filet Mignon with apple and potato gratin, and a green peppercorn and Cabernet Sauvignon sauce. Festivities will include live jazz beginning at 7:00 PM, plus dancing, decorations and party favors.

Left Bank Larkspur

507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur CA 94939

415.927.3331

www.leftbank.com

Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 three-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Braised Beef Short Ribs with root vegetable gratin, aged Comtécheese and poivrade currant jelly sauce; or Oven Roasted Sea Bream with black quinoa, asparagus, crayfish, lemongrass and lobster emulsion. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary party favors, live music by the Hot House Swing Quartette from 8:15 PM to 12:15 AM, and a midnight glass of sparkling wine.

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Left Bank Menlo Park

635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025

650.473.6543

www.leftbank.com

Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Day Boat Scallops with garlic purée, fingerling potatoes, fried leeks, cipollini onion confit, arugula, vadouvan and crispy pork belly; or Triple Seared New York Steak and Maine Lobster , sliced 6 ounces of steak with butter poached Maine lobster, mushroom purée, caramelized apples, red wine essence, and grilled king trumpet mushrooms. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparkling wine.

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Left Bank Santana Row

377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose CA 95128

408.984.3500

www.leftbank.com

Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Butter Poached Lobster Tail with vanilla and honey roasted butternut squash ravioli, Swiss chard and pomegranate red wine emulsion; or Seared Wolf Ranch Quail Breasts with quail legs confit, pumpkin ricotta gnocchi, Bloomsdale spinach with bacon and chestnuts, and quail jus. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary midnight glass of sparkling wine.

Palio D’Asti

640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco CA 94111

415.395.9800

www.paliodasti.com

Open 6:00 PM to midnight (last seating at 10:00 PM). Serving a $55.00 three-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Pumpkin Ravioli with Brussels sprouts in brown sage butter topped with Piave cheese and amaretti crumbs; Spicy Shell Pasta with broccoli rabe, roasted gambone mushrooms, garlic and breadcrumbs; Wide Cut Fresh Pasta with 14-hour wild boar ragout and pecorino Toscano cheese; Fresh Catch of the Day with garlic mashed potato and spicy broccoli rabe; Pan-Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with winter panzanelle salad, roasted pepper and olive relish; or Milk Fed Veal rolled with provolone, sage and prosciutto, with braised cabbage and Brussels sprouts with pancetta. Party favors will include hats and horns.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Highway, San Francisco CA 94121

415.386.8439

www.parkchalet.com

Seating 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Serving the regular a la carte menu until 5:00 PM and thereafter a holiday a la carte menu with special entrées including Lamb Crépinette; Seared Dayboat Scallop; Dungeness Crab Papparadelle; Rosemary Salt Crusted Prime Rib; Duck Confit; and Wild Mushroom Smoked Tomato Lasagna. Guests ordering three or more courses from the holiday menu will each receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The Mermen will be playing their annual Park Chalet New Year’s Eve concert beginning at 9:00 PM and there will be a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight.

Piperade

1015 Battery Street, San Francisco CA 94111

415.391.2555

www.piperade.com

Seating from 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Serving only a $125.00 three-course (with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine) prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Roasted Cornish Hen with mushrooms and parsnips; Sautéed John Dory “a la plancha” with wild mushrooms and Meyer lemon; Swordfish with braised endive and pear vinaigrette; Duck “Civet” with red wine and root vegetables; or Filet of Beef “En Croûte” with wild mushrooms and truffle sauce. The cost of the prix fix menu excludes tax and gratuity. The restaurant will be decorated with balloons and guests will receive party favors.

Saffron Indian Bistro

1143 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos CA 94070

650.593.4269

www.SaffronIndianBistro.com

Seating from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Serving a $24.99 per person New Year’s Eve Buffet featuring over 30 items and a live cooking station.

Terrapin Crossroads

100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael CA 94901

415.524.2773

www.terrapincrossroads.net

Open from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM with dinner service beginning at 5:30 PM. Serving the regular a la carte menu and plus a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion. In the newly refurbished Grate Room, beginning at 8:00 PM, Joan Osborne will perform 2 sets, featuring Mark Karan and Keith Cotton, plus there will be an opening set by Mark Karan. This live musical performance is priced at $45.00.

Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard

39 South Livermore Avenue #125, Livermore, CA 94550

925.449.7000

www.uncleyuatthevineyard.com

Eastern cuisine meets wine country in this restaurant which constantly presents its dishes and wine pairings in such pleasurable way it almost feel like fireworks for your palate. Enjoy a three-course menu at $35.00 per person or go all out with their chef & sommelier’s five course tasting menu with a wonderful food and wine pairing priced at $110 per person. Highly recommended dishes are the Steamed Dumplings with Fresh Corn, Pork & Shrimp, Spicy Lemongrass Sauce (appetizer), Roast Rack of Lamb with Rosemary, Szechuan Pepper Corns, String Beans, Lily Bulbs & Garlic Noodles (entree) and Pear Tart with Roquefort (dessert). NYE dinner service begins at 5:00 pm and closes at 1:00 am.

Urban Tavern

333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco CA 94102

415.923.4400

www.urbantavernsf.com

Open 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Serving the regular la carte breakfast and lunch menus; for dinner (4:00 to 10:00 PM) they will offer a four-course prix fixe menu (courses can be purchased a la carte) for $65.00 with main course choices of Beef Wellington with duck fat fried fingerling potatoes and a watercress salad; Confit Pork Loin with smoked apple sauce, roasted butternut squash and candied jalapeño; White Seabass with Dungeness crab risotto, fennel, preserved lemon and crispy Brussels sprouts; or Four Cheese Lasagna with porcini mushrooms, potato, lacinato kale and shaved black truffle. Prix fixe menu diners who are present at midnight will each receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.