Staying in town for the holiday? Then it's time to start planning your New Year’s Eve dinner with family and friends. From breathtaking views of the fireworks at rooftop bars to locavore epicurean feasts and down-home dinners, there’s a little something for everyone in the city this season. Book yourself into one of these ready-made parties and ring in 2017 with a feast.
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Where to go for New Year's Eve dinner
Americano at Hotel Vitale
Americano on the Embarcadero is almost next to the fireworks launch site, and they’re offering a 4-course prix fixe menu. Entrées include butter-braised black cod, truffled wild mushroom ragu with polenta and parmesan, maple-brined pork chop with sweet potato puree, and ribeye with roasted bone marrow.
From 7pm; $75 per person (plus $40 for wine pairings; $45 for children under $5); 415-278-3753
This award-winning tavern isn't just about cocktails—the food here is tops too, and on New Year's Eve, they'll be offering a four-course meal to finish out the year. Choose from beef tartare or beet tartare (they've got you covered, vegetarians), followed by crab and citrus or chicory salad. For the main course, there are three options: black cod, NY strip steak or gnocchi with pesto. And to end the night? A citrus panna cotta with Champagne gelée.
4pm-9:30pm; $110 per person (plus $50 for wine pairings); 415-355-9400
Dubbed a "bodacious bird feast," State Bird Provisions has a fabulous NYE dinner set to ring in 2017. The details of the menu are unlikely to be announced in advance, but expect various preparations of "birds" (including their eponymous quail) served family-style as well as plated.
5:30pm-11pm; $135 per person (plus $70 for wine pairings); firstname.lastname@example.org
Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
It’s a time-warp to the 1980s, and the food might not be anything to write home about, but you’ll buy yourself an enviable view of fireworks over the city. New Year's Eve at Top of the Mark includes both a dinner and dance, starting with a cocktail reception followed by a 5-course plated dinner and a Champagne toast.
7:30pm-1am; $400 per person ($450 for window seating); 415-616-6941
This is another great spot on the Embarcadero to catch the fireworks. On offer for New Year’s Eve are the restaurant's signature ceviches and tiraditos in a 3- or 4-course menu, with a pisco sour welcome drink (the 4-course menu also includes a sparkling wine toast). The menu is still in the works, but past options have included grilled veal sweetbreads with lemon chimichurri, Alaskan king crab with squid ink linguini in a smoked aji Amarillo sauce and traditional Peruvian lomo saltado in a soy and oyster sauce.
4:45pm-9:30pm; $89-$124 per person; 415-397-8880
This FiDi restaurant consistently noted for its friendly service has a five-course menu on offer for the night—plus, each diner gets their own personal bottle of Moët & Chandon. Oysters and hamachi sashimi are followed by black truffle tagliatelle, then diners can choose from two entrée options: seared filet mignon or seabass. Dessert is a chocolate cake—which, in our opinion, is the perfect way to ring in 2017.
5pm-9pm; $125 per person; 415-276-9888
Parallel 37 at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant is offering a five or six course menu, packed with warming winter ingredients sure to please classical palates. Begin with a complimentary sparkling wine toast, followed by a menu featuring oysters, tuna tartar, seared fois gras and bison tenderloin. End your night with a chocolate malt and cherry bûche de Noël.
6pm & 9pm; $165-$195 per person; 415-773-6168