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San Diego New Year’s Guide 2018

There's a style of NYE for everyone, from craft beer parties and yacht cruises to steak dinners and kid-friendly activities

By Jordan Lemke



Chef William Bradley and the team at the award-winning fine dining restaurant will plate a nine-course tasting menu of sake-cured kampachi, osetra caviar, Langoustine á la Robuchon (a tribute to the namesake chef), and more, ending with a grapefruit sorbet palate cleanser and for dessert, an éclair de fin d’année with amaretto, prune, and milk chocolate. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 858-314-1900.

Time: Seatings from 5:30 p.m.

Price: $335 per person; wine pairing available for a $250

5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar

Amici’s Ristobar

Spend New Year’s Eve with a cocktail-style menu, a complimentary Champagne toast, and raffle prizes.

Time: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Price: $50 per person

5980 Village Way, Carmel Valley

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

They’re serving a three-course menu that includes options of brioche topped with house-cured salmon, roasted beet salad, hiramasa crudo, Parmesan gnocchi, cast-iron-seared sirloin, and roasted banana cake.

Time: 4:30–9:30 p.m.

Price: $65 per person (extra $32 for beverage pairings)

2202 Fourth Avenue, Bankers Hill


Dine on Italian food, then hit the dance floor until 1 a.m. at this cozy Little Italy restaurant, complete with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

Time: 4 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Price: À la carte

1917 India Street, Little Italy

The Blind Burro

The executive chef has crafted a three-course dinner of Baja coastal cuisine, including his new Baja Ramen. Plus, there will be a live DJ and karaoke from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Price: $45 per person

639 J Street, East Village

Bub’s @ The Beach

Celebrate an East Coast New Year at Bub’s @ The Beach with drink specials starting at 5 p.m. and a ball drop at 9 p.m. Not quite ready to head home? Stick around for a midnight toast, featuring Bub’s Ponies, the house special bubbly.

Time: 5 p.m.–midnight

1030 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Cohn Restaurant Group

The homegrown hospitality brand is offering a group of multicourse menus at:

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Three Courses, $75

BO-beau Kitchen + Bar, Three Courses, $52–$55

Coasterra, Three Courses, $80

Indigo Grill, Three Courses, $60

Island Prime / C Level, Three Courses, $75

SEA180° Coastal Tavern, Three Courses, $70

The Prado, Three Courses, $55

Vintana Wine + Dine, Three Courses, $70

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Feast on a premium, four-course, prix-fixe menu on the waterfront. Try 45-day dry-aged prime strip, lobster mac and cheese, and the option to add on wine pairings.

Time: 5 p.m.–close

Price: $195 per person; wine pairings additional $50 per person

901 Bayfront Court, Downtown

Farmer’s Table

Their four-course, prix-fixe menu will feature lobster salad, clams and mussels, duck gnocchi, and lava cake.

Price: $60 per person

3055 Clairemont Drive, Bay Park; 8141 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa

George’s at the Cove

Settle into a four-course meal (two starters, one entrée, one dessert) that spans roasted beets with Chino Farms strawberries, crispy pork belly, and beef tenderloin with a bone marrow vinaigrette.

Price: $95–$125

1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Herb & Wood

This Little Italy hot spot will be toasting with a four-course prix-fixe menu of seared scallops, short rib gnocchi, or filet mignon. Finish off your feast with a chocolate Pavlova and a Champagne toast.

Time: 5:30 p.m.–close

Price: $95­–$115

2210 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Hotel del Coronado

Start with cocktails in the iconic Crown Room before indulging in dinner, dancing, and live entertainment in the hotel’s grand ballroom. They also offer a more PG-friendly party for kids ages three to 17—$125 for the first child and $100 for each additional— that includes dinner, ice skating (ages eight and up), games, s’mores, and a midnight toast with sparkling cider.

Time: 7 p.m.–1 a.m.

Price: $375–$425

1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

El Jardín

At Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins’s ode to old-school regional Mexican cuisine, you can dine on a six-course prix-fixe menu of Tijuana-style bluefin crudo, Snake River Farms hanger steak with plantain mole, and more (peek at the full menu here).

Time: Seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Price: $80 per person; $45 wine pairing or $25 agua fresca (non-alcoholic) beverage pairings

2885 Perry Road, Liberty Station

Juniper and Ivy

Executive Chef Anthony Wells and his team are crafting a four-course New Year’s Eve menu.

Price: $115 per person

2228 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge

Head to Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge for eclectic California cuisine and their three-course menu. Options include sherry-braised short ribs and stuffed delicata squash.

Price: $65 per person

1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Lou & Mickey’s Steakhouse

Dine on a prix-fixe four-course menu of freshly shucked oysters, clam chowder, and filet mignon.

Price: $99 per person

224 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter


Madison’s three-course menu will include starters like tuna tartare and apple cranberry walnut salad, and entrées like a double-cut sesame crusted pork chop. There will also be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

Time: Seatings 5–7 p.m. and 8–11 p.m.

Price: $65 per person

4622 Park Boulevard, University Heights


To celebrate their first New Year’s Eve in San Diego, contemporary Italian restaurant Maestoso will be offering two prix-fixe options: a three-course or a five-course dinner, both with wine pairing options. The menu will incorporate lentils, traditionally eaten in Italy to bring good luck during the New Year.

Time: 5–8:30 p.m. (three-course dinner); 8:30 p.m.–midnight (five-course dinner, last seating at 9:30 p.m.)

Price: $55–$120

1040 University Avenue, Hillcrest

The Marine Room

Choose from a five-course menu, featuring imperial Wagyu beef braised with mulberry wine and Maine lobster tail basted with dill pollen butter. Enjoy live music from the Whitney Shay Band during dinner.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Price: $115–$185 per person

2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla


Check out Maretalia’s newly renovated dining space at their three-course New Year’s Eve dining bash. The contemporary Italian fare will include entrées like chestnut tagliatelle with black truffle.

Price: $85 per person

1300 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Mille Fleurs

Under the direction of new chef, Sean McCart, Mille Fleurs will be serving a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner. Choices include steak tartare and matcha tres leches cake.

Price: $135 per person

6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Mister A’s

Some of the best views in the city pair perfectly with Mister A’s four-course meal. Highlights include a caviar trio on buckwheat blini and Chilean sea bass with Caribbean shrimp.

Price: $135 per person

2550 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Monzù Fresh Pasta

A four-course menu will give guests a chance to choose between “Menu Mare,” for seafood lovers, and “Menu Terra,” for traditionalists. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of prosecco.

Time: Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Price: $45–$50 per person

455 Tenth Avenue, East Village

Route 29

Inspired by the flavors and flair of Napa Valley, Route 29’s New Year’s Eve dinner will feature a full three-course menu. Choose from surf and turf lobster with a petit fillet, pan-seared scallops, and more.

Price: À la carte

644 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

El Roy’s Tequila Bar + Kitchen

It’s a waterfront fiesta with their unlimited taco bar and $5 margaritas.

Price: $35 per person

1201 First Street, Coronado

Salt & Straw

You can start early on that resolution to eat more plant-based meals. The artisan scoop shop is debuting its “Vegandulgence” series of vegan ice cream flavors, like Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Elvis’s Peanut Butter Banana Split, Candied Apricot Faux-Yo, Aquafaba Marshmallow Oatmeal Moon Pies, and Heidi Ho’s Lemon Cheesecake.

Date: December 28–January 31

Price: Varies

1670 India Street, Little Italy

Stake Chophouse & Bar

For an evening of pure opulence, enjoy Executive Chef Andrew Kedziora’s three-course menu. One highlight is the steamed Maine lobster with black truffle risotto. Upgrade your experience with Stake’s Sky High New Year’s Eve experience alongside the fire pit, a three-course dinner for two, and a bottle of Dom Pérignon.

Time: Early dinner seating 4–5 p.m., dinner seating 5 p.m.–close

Price: $95 per person for early seating, $125 per person for dinner seating, $500 for two by the fire pit, $800 for four by the fire pit

1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

The craft beer juggernaut is throwing a big bash at their Liberty Station location, with light bites (from beignets to po’boys), two dance floors, a cigar lounge, a photo booth, and of course, beer.

Time: 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m.

Price: $79–$99

Tower23 Hotel

Feast, then dance the night away with cocktails and a live DJ at Tower23 Hotel. Reservations are required for dinner, and not included in the ticket price.

Time: 5:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Price: $40–$55 for live DJ and dancing

723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

The Westgate Hotel

It will be a Latin New Year’s Eve at The Westgate, featuring pre-dinner cocktails, a Latin-inspired buffet, a DJ, and a live music performance.

Time: 7:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Price $129 per person

1055 Second Avenue, Downtown


Beachfront Bash

Drink from beach to the rooftop at San Diego’s newest New Year’s Eve Party, Beachfront Bash. With the party moving from Draft South Mission to the rooftop of Cannonball and then to the Beach House, there will be dancing, drinking, and feasting all night.

Time: 8 p.m.–close

Price: $20–$190 per person

3105 Ocean Front Walk, Pacific Beach  

Belly Up

Michael Franti will take the stage at this Solana Beach concert venue for a 21-and-up show, then returning on New Year’s Day for a second show.

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Price: $106

143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach

Bourbon, Bubbles, and Bow Ties

Barleymash will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash—the staff will even be decked out in bow ties. Listen to live entertainment and dance through the night.

Time: 9 p.m.–close

600 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Countdown Party

The Whiskey House, home to America’s largest selection of whiskeys, will also have a dinner buffet and live music.

Time: 8 p.m.–close

Price: $40 per person

420 Third Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Indulge in caviar, sushi, a taco station, fresh seafood, and a Moët & Chandon Champagne bar at this upscale hotel. Then hit the dance floor for DJ-spun tunes to ring in the new year. Get five percent off tickets—which include unlimited food and drink plus free valet—with the code ELJNYE.

Time: 8 p.m.–1 a.m.

Price: $189 per person

9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla


Cruise on a vintage 1929 yacht before ringing in the new year with a 1920s-Hollywood-themed party. The cruise company is also offering a sunset buffet tour, a seated four-course dinner, and a New Year’s Day brunch.

Time: 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Price: $209 per person

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland

Need to celebrate early because of the little ones? Legoland California will re-create the Times Square ball drop with a giant Lego brick drop at 6 p.m., plus fireworks and more.

1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

The Lafayette Hotel

The North Park venue is hosting a Euphoric Haze New Year’s Eve Celebration with three themed rooms: one with mod, Warhol-inspired style, another dedicated to soul tunes, and a variety show in their ballroom. They’re also hosting a three-course dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (must be booked with general admission ticket).

Price: $60 (general admission)–$190

2223 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park

Low Life Party

Hundred Proof is throwing a party with a cornhole tournament and cocktails in red Solo cups. On New Year’s Day, they’re throwing an à la carte Cutwater Spirits Brunch with a photo booth, cocktails, and more.

4130 Park Boulevard, University Heights

Oxford Social Club

The Pendry’s subterranean lounge is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash with tunes by rap/hip-hop DJ Clinton Sparks.

Time: 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

550 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter

The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl is throwing a vintage party that includes a four-course meal, DJ, and a complimentary Champagne toast. Plus, they’re offering $30 off room rates for that night.

Time: Early seating begins at 6 p.m.; late seating begins at 8 p.m.

Price: Early seating, $70 per person; late seating, $90 per person

1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma

Red-Carpet Affair at Duck Dive

Ring in the New Year like a celebrity at Duck Dive’s Red-Carpet Affair. Enjoy dancing, live music by DJ Theron, and a photo booth, plus get hair-of-the-dog vouchers to use the next morning. Bottle service and VIP tables will be available by reservation.

Time: 9 p.m.–2 a.m.

Price: No cover

4650 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Bash

Come dressed to impress in 1920s garb and ready for a night of live entertainment, costume contests, and a buffet dinner at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa. This family-friendly event will feature a dedicated Kids Party Zone and two ball drops—one at 9:00 p.m. for the kids, and another at midnight.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $110–$130 per adult

5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad 

San Diego New Year’s Guide 2018

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