Abacá New Year’s Eve Culinary Experiences
Abacá, a Filipino restaurant located on the iconic fisherman’s wharf, is celebrating the new year with three specialty tasting menus. Their first menu is for 5 pm, costs $95 per person, and includes shrimp toast, black garlic steam buns with pork tocino, caviar ensaymada, clam tinola, crab tamales, Lechon, seafood paella vegetable ginataan, crema de Fruita, and baked Alaska.
The second menu is for 7 pm, costs $125 per person, and has everything from the 5 pm menu except the seafood paella and has the addition of oysters on the half shell, smoked sturgeon binalot, and braised beef with black truffle. The third and final menu is for 9pm, costs $150 per person, and comes with everything from both of the previous menu as well as s’mores on the patio and a champagne toast at midnight. You are sure to leave full and ready to take on the new year ahead! You can make a reservation for any of the three timings via their website
Alexander’s Steakhouse, located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, is preparing an extravagant six-course tasting menu for the end of the year. The restaurant features a meticulously curated beef program that highlights small farms from the US, Australia, and Japan. The courses will feature hamachi shots, wagyu tartare, kampachi Crudo, white truffle spaghetti, lobster with black truffle supplement, a filet with a ribeye and Hida supplement, and dessert. Reservations can be made for parties between one and four people for $250 per person. There is also an optional wine pairing offered with the menu. Reservations can be made via their website
Cavallo Point Lodge
Cavallo Point Lodge will be holding their festive dinner at the Murray Circle restaurant in Sausalito. From 5 pm to 9 pm, it will feature a four-course prix-fixe dinner prepared by executive chef Michael Garcia and his culinary team. The four-course meal includes your choice of New England lobster cake or foraged mushroom risotto torte, baby greens and persimmon salad or leek and heirloom potato soup, maple glazed Sonoma duck breast, baked Alaskan halibut, slow-roasted beef filet, and butter-poached Oishii shrimp, or winter squash and vegetable pot pie, and feuilletine napoleon or vegan chocolate mousse.
The meal costs $170 per person, and a twenty percent gratuity will be added to the bill. Complimentary self-parking or valet will be provided. Reservations can be made by calling their website. Farley’s Bar is next door for those who want to continue the celebration past dinner.
Estiatorio Ornos, a Greek restaurant on California Street in San Francisco, is hosting a five-course New Year’s Eve menu to ring in the new year. They will have both a chef’s family-style tasting menu for $120 per person and a beverage experience for $50 per person. The menu will include caviar and cornbread, green papaya salad, crispy imperial rolls, whole Dungeness crab, prime new york strip steak, garlic noodles, dry-fried green beans, and fried bananas. All of the food is served family-style for the entire table, so be ready to share. Reservations can be made via their website
Le Colonial is offering an intimate setting for you and a loved one to welcome in 2022. They are offering a special two-person three-course meal for $225 per person. This includes your choice of two appetizers between seared scallops and duck spring rolls, pheasant salad, or fried prawn. One main course meal to split of either lobster stir-fried with garlic chives, duck and green peppercorns, or pumpkin and meatball curry, with your choice of crab fried rice, green beans, or Brussels sprouts. And finally, a chef’s choice dessert platter to round out your meal. This also comes with two glasses of French Champagne. There is also the option of a three-course family-style dinner at $90 per person. With this, you get to choose three appetizers for the table with choices between crispy seafood imperial rolls, fresh portobello rolls, pheasant salad, and fried prawns. You also get to pick three main dishes to share, including bone-in rib-eye, lemongrass chicken, Vietnamese lamb curry, sea bass steamed in a banana leaf, lobster stir fried with garlic chives, duck, and green peppercorn, seared salmon papillote, and pumpkin and meatball curry. The choice of two side dishes, including green beans, grilled sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fried marble potatoes, and crab fried rice. You will also have the chef’s choice dessert platter to end your meal. The dinner will run between 5:30 pm and 10 pm, and reservations can be made via their website
Left Bank New Year’s Eve
Left Bank is home to three locations in Larkspur, Menlo Park, and Santana Row. All three will be hosting their own four-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The meal will start with a glass of champagne with a smoked salmon gougere. The second course gives you a choice of filet mignon steak tartare, celery root and roasted chestnut soup, quenelle mere brazier, escargots, or a Dungeness crab salad. The third course is your choice of rack of lamb; liberty farms duck breast, filet mignon, Maine lobster tail, bouillabaisse, or black truffle and wild mushroom risotto. They have an exquisite opera cake for dessert that will leave you satiated and content. The meal costs $92 per person and items are also available à la carte. Reservations can be made on their website
New Year’s Eve at Jack O’Neill
Jack O'Neill, located in Santa Cruz, is celebrating the New Year with a plated four-course menu. The menu includes celeriac root bisque, shaved lamb sirloin, lobster toast, farmer’s lettuce, chicories, seared scallops, fillet of beef, roasted cauliflower, death by chocolate fondue, vanilla creme Brule, and of course champagne. The meal costs $110 per person, and reservations can be made on OpenTable. Live music will be playing from 5 pm to 7 pm and again from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Join Octavia for their family-style New Year’s Eve Dinner filled with holiday ingredients to get you in the spirit. The menu includes a black truffle and comté tartlet, caviar, caesar salad, crab spaghetti, 45-day aged New York steak, and a chocolate semifreddo. The meal is $140 per person, and the menu is subject to change, so you should alert the restaurant if you have any dietary restrictions beforehand. Each reservation is allotted two hours at the table, and reservations can be made via Open Table.
Osechi Ryori Tasting Menu at Nisei
Nisei, located on Polk Street in San Francisco, is giving you a memorable end to your year by serving traditional Japanese New Year’s food with special celebratory meanings. The luxurious takes on traditional osechi ryori will leave you with flavors carrying over into the new year. They will also be offering an exclusive win pairing menu to accompany your meal if you choose. Because of the exclusivity of the ingredients, dietary restrictions will not be accommodated. The meal is $275 per person, and reservations can be made via tock for one to five people.
Quattro Restaurant, Four Seasons
Located in Palo Alto, Quattro Restaurant, Four Seasons is bringing in the New Year with a touch of sophistication and elegance. Their meal will be comprised of festive entrées with house-made dry-aged meats, grilled dishes, and fresh plates of pasta. There will be sparkling wine flowing throughout the night with a champagne toast at midnight to welcome the new year. For just the food, the meal is $130 per person and $190 with the addition of wine. They also have a New Year’s day brunch for those who would rather not be out and about the night before but still want to celebrate with delicious foods. Reservations can either be made on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly.
Spoonbar is welcoming in the new year with a four-course wine-paired meal accompanied by live music. The menu features Marin Miyagi oysters, Frisée, and chilled haricot vert salad, seared scallops, Yukon potato agnolotti, Australian wagyu beef tenderloin, and a chocolate Bouchon. You have a choice of a three-course meal from the above for $75 per person or a full five-course meal for $110 per person. The three-course meal will be from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, and the five courses will run from 5 pm to 10 pm. Along with dinner, the music will be handled by guitarist John Schott and pianist Marc Capelle playing an inspiring mix of soul, pop, and jazz all the way until 2022! You can book a reservation through Open Table.
However, you decide to bring in your New Year, make sure it is filled with fun, food, and hope!
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