Time to ring in the New Year! If you haven’t already made plans (and there’s so much to choose from) not to worry, the city of San Diego has you covered. Once you’ve decided on whether you’d rather keep it low key, dine out, or party all night long, look below to see a compilation of dinners, parties and party packages for this New Year’s Eve.
Avoid the lines, the hassle, and overpriced cover this NYE and getaway from it all without actually leaving San Diego! Coronado is your go-to destination to ring in 2014, and Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge is the spot to soak in the small town appeal that the island has to offer. Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge promises a truly locavore experience with a three course prix fixe menu offered by Executive Chef JC Colón. The menu is $55 per person, which includes a complimentary champagne toast to celebrate the East Coast’s New Year at 9 pm and again on the West Coast at Midnight. Reservations can be made via Open Table or by calling Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge at 619-437-6087.
Join Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce, for their 2nd Annual Black Tie (Or Something Sorta Fancy) Party featuring an elegant four-course prix fixe menu crafted by the knowledgeable hands of Chef Jason McLeod. The first seating begins at 6 pm and is priced at $75 dollars, while the second seating at 9:30 pm will cost $90 and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-269-2202 to secure a reservation.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Banker's Hill at this bustling California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop. There will be two dining options offered for the event featuring a selection of popular, locally sourced specialties. Or cozy up to the bar or make friends at the community areas, with special a la carte menus. With special champagne cocktails and wine pairings, CUCINA urbana rings in the New Year in style! The 3-course menu is $50 before 6:30 and $75 for a 4-course menu after 6:30. Live music will be playing all night! For more information visit www.cucinaurbana.com or to secure a reservation, call CUCINA urbana at 619.239.2222
Come see the new spot that North County is raving about this New Year's Eve. The latest addition to restaurateur Tracy Borkum's esteemed roster of Southern California concepts is the place to be this holiday with a special “best of” menu. Bubbly specials and optional wine pairings round out an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. For those hanging at the bar and enjoying community areas, a la carte menus will be available. A 3-course menu is $50 per person for before 6:30 and $85 for a 4-course menu after 6:30. For more information visit www.cucinaenoteca.com or to secure a reservation, call CUCINA enoteca at 858.704.8500
Bask in the comfort of Kensington’s most recent revamp, Fish Public, for an exclusive three-course prix fixe menu before 6:30pm, and a four-course prix fixe menu after 6:30. Guests without reservations can hang by the bar, ordering a la carte menu items. With champagne specials and added wine pairings, Fish Public is your destination to eat, drink, revel, and enjoy a casual New Years with your neighborhood buds! A 3-course menu before 6:30 is $40 per person and $55 for a 4-course menu after 6:30. For more information visit www.fishpublic.com or to secure a reservation, call Fish Public at 619.281.4014.
Want options this New Year’s Eve? For a timeless celebration, ring in the New Year at one of the Cohn Restaurant Group's memorable dining destinations. Executive Chefs from Vintana Wine + Dine, SEA 180, The Prado, Island Prime/C Level Lounge, 333 Pacific, 100 Wines Hillcrest, The Melting Pot, Indigo Grill, BO-beau kitchen + bar, BO-beau kitchen + garden, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, and Gaslamp and La Jolla Strip Club will be offering distinctive multi-course dinner menus to include a variety of decadent options. From sweeping panoramas of the San Diego skyline to historic Balboa Park views, tucked away neighborhood joints to the penthouse of a Lexus dealership, Cohn Restaurant group literally offers a New Year’s celebration for everyone! Reservations should be made in advance through each restaurant. For more details on NYE dining with Cohn Restaurant Group, visit www.cohnrestaurants.com
Venga Venga Chula Vista will celebrate their very first New Year's Eve this year in style, with a party featuring tamales, champagne, live music, complementary party favors and of course, Executive Chef Richard Sandoval's inventive Mexican cuisine. Decked out in their New Year's Eve best, Venga Venga will host a 12 Grapes of Luck ceremony at midnight in addition to a complementary champagne toast. Keeping with this long-known Spanish tradition, 12 bells will ring when the New Year arrives. As the tradition states, eating a grape at the ringing of each bell will result in a prosperous new year. When the clock strikes midnight, guests will party like it's 2014 to a DJ spinning Latin and international beats and an extended Taco Tuesday menu until 2 a.m. Visit www.richardsandoval.com/vengavengachulavista for more info.
Executive Chef Stephanie O’Mary Berwald and Chef/Partner Chris Idso will create two prix fixe dinner menus to allow guests to indulge one last time before the clock strikes midnight. The first celebratory four-course meal is $55 per person, and will start with the first seating at 4:30 p.m. The second prix fixe meal will be $89 with seating starting at 7:30 p.m. Each will include a champagne toast, half off select bottles of wine and FREE VALET. Reservations will be taken on the half hour. Visit www.pacificadelmar.com or call 858-792-0476 for more info.
As bright and airy as La Jolla itself, Cusp Dining & Drinks charms New Year’s Eve diners an unparalleled 280-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, a vibrant cocktail program and a holiday feast by Chef Donald Lockhart. The four-course dinner is $65 per person, which includes a champagne toast and optional Champagne Cocktail Pairings created by bartender Nate Howell and his all-star bar team. There will be three seatings for the night, one at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., the Starling Room adjacent to the dining room will be open to guests for live music, craft cocktails, beer and wine. FREE VALET is available throughout the night for all guests. Visit www.cusprestaurant.com for more info, or call 858-551-3620.
Having opened to the public earlier this year, Spike’s has a lot to celebrate as 2013 comes to an end. As part of a year of “firsts,” the restaurant will host their inaugural New Year’s Eve dinner on Dec. 31. The four-course prix fixe menu will consist of seafood-centric dishes like Poached Wild Shrimp Salad, Maine Lobster Risotto and Grilled Scallops with Glazed Pork Belly, as well as meaty options like Duck Confit Pot Pie and Peppercorn Grilled Bone-In New York Strip. A choice of Dark Chocolate Smothered Profiteroles or Strawberry Mascarpone Tart will end the dinner on a sweet note. The meal is $59 per person with three seatings in between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The bar will be open until 12:30 a.m. or later. Visit www.spikeafricas.com for more info.
Located in the heart of downtown San Diego's bustling Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego is ringing in the new year with a four-course prix fixe menu catered to the tastes of everyone from those who prefer to hit the sack before the clock strikes twelve to those planning to celebrate until the first sunrise of 2014. During three seating times starting at 4:30 p.m., guests of BiCE will enjoy a family style Italian charcuterie and cheese board from BiCE's award-winning cheese bar, as well as a first course, appetizer, and dessert of their choice. Each course will include dishes representing Chef Mario and Francesca's creative takes on authentic Italian cuisine. The full New Year's Eve menu may be viewed on the BICE website. Seating times will include 4:30 to 6 p.m. at $50 per person, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at $68 per person and 8:30 p.m. to close at $85 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 619-239-2423.
A Regular menu or special 3-course menu will be offered at $40 per person, and $50 per person with wine. This decadent meal will include party favors and a prosecco toast at midnight, food items will include; Antipasto of Gamberetti al Curry Giallo, served with Prosecco, “Fatinel” A Primo Ravioli al Portabello e Taleggio, served with 2011 Red Blend, “Contrada” and a Porchetta al Pepe Nero, served with 2011 Nero D’Avola, “Sedara” for more info, visit www.toastenoteca.com
Visit Acqua Al 2 in the Gaslamp where a 3-course menu or a la carte menu of Acqua al 2’s top dishes of 2013 will be available at $60 per person. Party favors and a prosecco toast at midnight will be available, and a guests are able to choose a dish from each course, including, minestrone soup, hand carved filet mignon with balsamic vinegar glaze, and desserts like tiramisu and pannacotta. For more information, visit acquaal2.com
Visit The Blind Burro in East Village where a more relaxed dining experience awaits you. Reservations are available for 7:00pm or 9:30pm, with a 7:00pm seating at $35 per person and 9:30pm seating at $55 per person. A special prix fixe menu with choice of wine will include items like a baja ceviche, quinoa salad, grilled angus skirt steak, pork shank barbacoa, churros, and pepita cake. Musical guest DJ Joey Jimenez will be spinning, and at midnight, enjoy a Mezcal toast. For reservations, call 619.795.7880.
Downtown’s favorite locale Quality Social is teaming up with one of Ireland’s most widely distributed whiskies, Tullamore Dew, to present: Happy DEW Year! A $40 early-bird ticket offers OPEN BAR from 9pm to 10pm, with a complimentary champagne or pickleback shot toast at midnight! One of San Diego’s favorites, DJ Hevrock, will be spinning tunes all night long to keep the party going. Tickets are available for purchase at https://qualitynye.eventbrite.com. Guests interested in Bottle Service should email Mike Sill at email@example.com or call QS at 619.501.7675
This New Year’s Eve, Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine have teamed up to give New Year’s Eve a Main Street America twist with the Bourbon & Blues Ball! A ticket to this soiree means you’ve scored entrance, two complimentary cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. With The Fred Heath Trio band providing live music all night long, attendees will enjoy the atmosphere of the old fashion soda bar in the eclectic and vibrant Normal Heights neighborhood. Soda & Swine will not only be open for food service during the event, but they will also be open to the public until 1:30 am. Tickets are available for purchase online, with presale tickets going for $50 through December 15, $60 through December 31, and $70 at the door if space permits. Those interested in reserving designated seating for an intimate group or a larger party should email Christy Spinella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaded on overrated New Year’s Eve celebrations, fancy dress codes and hundred dollar cover charges? Ditch the cliché and KEEP IT BASIC with BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar’s annual A BASIC NYE. A sparing $15.00 at the door is all it takes for access to BASIC's ultimate urban experience complete with a lineup of DJs, complimentary bubbly for a midnight toast, and BASIC’s signature New Haven brick oven pies, which are available for purchase throughout the evening. Doors open at 8pm, entrance is on a first come, first serve basis. Bottle Service is $650, affords a party of 10 no cover, private seating on BASIC’s plush couches, two bottles (equivalent to Absolut Vodka) and one bottle of Veuve Clicquot. For a party of four, BASIC also offers a simple, no frills champagne package for $150 total, which offers imbibers a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with no cover. For more information visit www.barbasic.com or to inquire about bottle service, call BASIC at 619.531.8869.
Andaz in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter will launch into 2014 with a massive New Year’s Eve bash presented by Fortune 421 and featuring four fantastical levels of entertainment. Taking place December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., this evening will be headlined by internationally acclaimed DJs Alex Kenji and Hot Mouth. Guests will count down to midnight as they party throughout the hotel’s newly restyled RoofTop600, Andaz Wine Bar, spacious 5,300 square foot Andaz Studio and adjoining Katsuya by Starck restaurant.
Guests will be able to take advantage of RoofTop600’s popular bottle service packages as well as partake in complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Extending the stay overnight is easy with Andaz San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Package, which includes a one-night stay at the hotel on December 31 complete with an in-room bottle of champagne and two tickets to the New Year’s Eve bash.
Those seeking a New Year’s Eve dinner and party-in-one can enjoy the hotel’s Dinner & Andaz All Access Party Package offered in partnership with Katsuya by Starck, which included amulti-course dinner at Katsuya and admission to all areas of Andaz San Diego’s New Year’s Eve bash. This package is priced at $125 per person and can be reserved by calling Katsuya at619-814-2000. Tickets to Andaz San Diego’s New Year’s Eve 2014 party begin at $25 and are available for purchase at www.rooftop600.com.
San Diego’s hottest nightclub is ending the year with a New Year’s Big Top Extravaganza! The final act of FLUXX's three-part Big Top theme, Act III: The Finale, will be one for the books. DJ Karma will be spinning all night along with Rico DeLargo live on the trumpet. There will be a champagne toast for everyone when the ball drops at midnight. Those who buy the VIP ticket will enjoy hosted champagne from 8-10pm as well as hosted hors d’oeuvres from 8-9pm. Tickets are selling out fast and currently start at $60 and can be purchased here: http://www.wantickets.com/Events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=143720
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, The Commons, will be celebrating New Year's Eve with 'The Commons House Party,' featuring a DJ all night, party favors, Jell-O shots, jungle juice, and champagne toast at midnight with NO COVER at the door. For New Year's Day, celebrate with The Commons' morning after brunch, where guests have the choice to go naughty with the Southern Bowl featuring cheddar buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken strips and scrambled eggs all smothered in sausage gravy or go nice with granola and yogurt. For more information, visit www.thecommonssd.com.
On December 31, Cafe Japengo will offer New Year’s Eve dinner specials and two luxurious staycation packages with the neighboring Hyatt Regency La Jolla.
The “Dance and Stay” package ($189) and “Japengo Dine and Stay” package ($299) will include a hotel stay at Hyatt Regency La Jolla—complete with an in-room bottle of celebratory champagne—on December 31. Purchase of either package will also grant guests admission to the New Year Eve’s countdown party at Michael’s Lounge, featuring a DJ, dancing, party favors, dessert buffet and balloon drop at midnight. Guests will be provided a complimentary breakfast buffet for two at Barcino Grill the morning of January 1.
Those indulging in the “Japengo Dine and Stay” package will receive the aforementioned treats as well as dinner for two at Cafe Japengo, with a $59 per person credit toward the regular menu and featured specials.
To book either package, interested parties should call 1-800-233-1234. New Year’s Eve dinner reservation requests may be made directly to Cafe Japengo by calling 858-450-3355.
Surrounding Hotel Solamar’s Shore Pool atop Solamar Terrace, LOUNGEsix is the premier, heated rooftop lounge in the Gaslamp Quarter. Starting at 6 p.m., ring in the New Year with bites off of the full menu by Chef Christian Graves and sip evening libations by cocktail engineer Lauren Lathrop Williams. DJs will play throughout the evening as part of the festivities. VIP cabana and fire pit rentals can be reserved ahead of time and will have a food and beverage minimum. Entrance to the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information visit www.jsixrestaurant.com.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, JRDN restaurant in Tower23 Hotel is San Diego's hottest beachside destination to ring in 2014. Hosting a NYE bash in JRDN, partygoers can enjoy a hosted Grey Goose cocktail hour from 8-9pm followed by live DJ sets and champagne toasts. Tickets are $50 pre-sale and $75 at the door; reserved seating and bottle service is also available. Don’t want to go home? Book a room at Tower23 Hotel that night where all guest rooms will include party favors, bottle of champagne and entrance to the party.
Pacifica Del Mar’s Ocean Bar is also offering an unrivaled opportunity for New Year’s Eve partygoers this year. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests can enjoy drink specials, paired bites like oysters and champagne, a live DJ, open dance floor and champagne toast. All with no cover! Call 858-792-0476 for more info.
The San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter will host its signature “Bottoms Up” New Year’s Eve bash on Tuesday, December 31 beginning at 8 p.m.Guests will be in for a welcome surprise this year as the acclaimed ALTITUDE Sky Lounge debuts City Sights, an indoor rooftop venue offering spectacular views from the West Coast’s tallest rooftop lounge. To begin the celebration, guests will enter the lobby and encounter a generous buffet boasting an array of cuisines and desserts. Complimentary well drinks and a midnight Champagne toast will top off the evening while party-goers dance into the night to Top 40 hits spun by talented DJs. Tickets to Bottoms Up 2014 are available to guests 21+ and are priced at $165. They can be purchased online at www.BottomsUpNYE.com.
The iconic Westgate Hotel will welcome 2014 with a Mad Men New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, December 31. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., this luxurious evening will include a vintage cocktail reception, five-course wine paired dinner, a live quartet and a midnight balloon drop with a Champagne toast. In the spirit of Mad Men, guests are encouraged to don their best retro-glamorous attire for this swanky night-long event. Following Manhattans and more, guests will take a seat in the lavish Versailles Ballroom to indulge in Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel’s five-course prix fixe dinner. Tickets to Westgate’s Mad Men New Year’s Eve celebration are priced at $179 per guest. Seating is limited and early reservations are encouraged. Reservations may be secured at www.westgatehotel.tix.com. Those looking to extend their stay at Westgate Hotel overnight are welcome to book one of the hotel’s extravagant guest rooms or suites online at www.westgatehotel.com.
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