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Ultimate New Year’s Guide in San Diego

Top picks for parties and day-after brunches
December 22, 2014
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by Darlene Horn

Whether you’re looking for an all-out New Year's Eve party, an intimate affair or just a day-after brunch celebrating the start of 2015, we have you covered. Read below for deets on where to go and what's in store all over town.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Celebrate NYE in style at Hotel Del Coronado’s 1500 OCEAN. The restaurant is featuring two separate seatings with different multicourse menus. Diners eating between 5-7 PM can feast on white truffle risotto or pan-seared black bass with Dungeness crab ravioli at $125 per person. Guests from 7:30-10 PM will be treated to lobster bisque or duo of duck and their signature yellowfin tuna sashimi at $165 per person. Wine pairings are extra. For the full menu or to make reservations, visit hoteldel.com.

Little Italy hot spot Juniper & Ivy is offering a special four-course menu featuring their signature dishes for NYE. Cost is $85 per person with optional tiered wine pairings at extra cost. Call the restaurant at 619-269-9036 for more information or to buy tickets.

The Westgate Hotel is hosting a Mad Men-inspired NYE party featuring a five-course dinner of midcentury dishes, accompanied by a live quartet until the midnight balloon drop. Retro wear is encouraged. Cost is $179 per person. More information at www.westgatehotel.com.

Visit Jsix for a special NYE four-course meal featuring soft poached egg with caviar and crispy duck duo. The cost is $70 per person, $25 extra for optional wine pairings, and includes entry to LOUNGEsix’s rooftop party. Seatings are available at 5:30 PM or 8:30 PM. Reserve by calling 619-531-8744.

Coronado’s Stake Chophouse & Bar is serving a four-course dinner for NYE. Choose from a variety of soups and salads, a main course and sides and appetizers for the table to share. Dinner is $99 per person with custom wine pairings for additional charge. Call 619-522-0077 for reservations.

Take in craft brews while dancing to live music at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station. The 21-and-over event starts at 8 PM and will feature food stations, a heated outdoor cigar lounge and festive hats and noisemakers for $99, or $79 for designated drivers. Tickets available online.

Ring in 2015 with a prix fixe dinner at Pacifica Del Mar. Guests can choose from sea scallops with hibiscus lobster oil, pork belly with miso butterscotch or smoked curry ono as part of the restaurant’s five-course dinner. Dinners starts at $56 for a 4 PM seating or $89 for 7:30 PM. Call 858-792-0467 for more information.

Ironside Fish & Oyster has a Titanic-inspired meal planned for NYE. Two prix fixe seatings are available. Choose a three-course meal at 5-6 PM for $65 per person, or 9-10 PM for a four-course dinner for $95 plus a midnight champagne toast. Reserve a seat by calling 619-269-3033.

RA Sushi is celebrating the end of 2014 with happy hour all night. Chicken yakitori, crunchy calamari rolls and Baby Umami Punch and Dragon Bite specialty cocktails will be specially priced for the event. The celebration begins at 10 PM. There is no cover charge.

The whole family is welcome on NYE at Regents Pizzeria. Celebrations start at 9 PM with two slices of NY-style pies and beer for $15. The offer repeats at 10 PM with two slices of Chicago-style pizza, or grab one slice and beer for only $8. 

Celebrate early with Extraordinary Desserts' cheese-bar party from 2-5 PM. The event at the Little Italy location will feature all-you-can-eat cheese and a glass of champagne for $20.15.

Counterpoint is celebrating NYE for Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones. A New York Sour, Flaming Dr Pepper, Fort(aleza) Collins and Henebery Bourbon Whiskey Toast will be served at the top of each hour, along with the restaurant’s regular menu.

Puesto at The Headquarters and La Jolla start their celebrations early at 3 PM with $2 tacos, $3 Dos Equis Lager cans and $6 margaritas.

East Village’s Bottega Americano is serving up NYE specials and dinners with seatings at 6 PM, 8 PM and 10 PM. Starting at 10 PM, a $15 cover for the bar guarantees complimentary Prosecco and light bites when the clock strikes midnight. Call 619-255-7800 to make dinner reservations.

Monello is hosting a “Cenone di Capodanno” for NYE featuring Italian classics. The four-course prix fixe menu is available from 10 PM till midnight and includes an appetizer, salad and handmade pasta, finished off with a chocolate custard dessert. The cost is $40 per person, and groups of five or more can opt in for family-style servings.

Get into any one of Matt Gordon’s restaurants for a three-course prix fixe dinner. Urban Solace, Sea & Smoke and Solace and the Moonlight’s dinner options include lobster bisque, Niman Ranch flat iron steak, duck two ways and dessert. The cost is $60 per person, and dinner reservations start at 5:30 PM.

Parq Restaurant and Nightclub hosts a five-course prix fixe dinner that includes an amuse bouche, marrow custard, Colorado lamb rack and a mezcal-cactus pear sorbet sparkling float. Seatings are at 5 PM, 7:30 PM and 10 PM, and the cost is $100 per person. Call the restaurant at 619-727-6789 for reservations. 

The Blind Burro is featuring a three-course prix fixe dinner, live music and a midnight tequila toast for $30. Choose from Baja ceviche, chicken tinga tostada, lamb shank barbacoa and mahi mahi, and finish with freshly made churros. Seatings are at 7 PM and 9 PM, and go for $40 per person. Call 619-795-7880 for more information or to save a spot.

Searsucker branches in Del Mar and Downtown have a three-course meal including a choice of surf 'n' turf carpaccio, chicken-liver mousse, short rib or shrimp and bacon grits. It's $75 per person, with reservations available at 619-233-7327.

Live-music venue and restaurant Tin Roof has NYE drink specials all night. VIP admission includes small bites, drinks, photo-booth pictures, a champagne toast and party favors for $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Buy tickets online.

Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar has a special prix fixe menu. The four-course dinner, accompanied by live jazz, includes hamachi poke, grilled garlic shrimp salad or shellfish consommé, filet mignon or a surf 'n' turf combination, plus your choice of dessert for $74.

Canyon Grille at the Welk Resorts is serving up a festive prix fixe dinner. Pumpkin truffle soup, herb-infused lamb, steak filet and a selection of desserts are just a few dining options. The cost is $45 for adults, and couples will receive a complimentary bottle of wine. Seatings start at 8 PM. 

Day-After Brunches

Head over to Café 222 for “The Hangover” breakfast platter — two pancakes, a malted waffle, two eggs, two sausage links and two strips of bacon for $15.95 — to set 2015 off on the right foot. Arrive wearing last night’s fancy duds and the platter is half-priced.

Recover from the previous night with half-priced “Meat Man” Bloody Marys at The Patio on Lamont. The cocktail comes with a charcuterie sausage and selection of cured meats. The regular brunch menu will also be available.

All Whisknladle and Prepkitchen locations are serving brunch. Starting at 10 AM, $18 bottomless mimosas will join their regular morning menu.

The Clubhouse Grill at The Grand Del Mar is kicking off the new year with a brunch menu featuring chef-inspired mimosas and customized Bloody Marys. It’s available from 11 AM to 2 PM on the patio.

Bring your pup and celebrate 2015 with Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s Hair-of-the-Dog Brunch. Specially priced $5 Bloody Marys, mimosas and housemade sangria will be available alongside their usual brunch offerings, like breakfast chimichangas and country chicken and biscuits. Brunch is served from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Welcome the new year with French food at Blue Bohéme. Brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM includes a selection of eggs Benedict and omelets, which can also be prepared gluten-free. 

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