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New Year’s Eve Guide 2014

Where to celebrate in San Diego on December 31

By Katelyn Montero and Rachel Lutack


The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

There’s no better way to savor that last day before New Years’ resolutions start to kick in than by indulging in a four-course tasting menu. 7p.m.-11p.m. $79.50 per person; additional $20 for wine pairings or $40 for premium wines.

Chandler’s at Hilton Carlsbad:

Make the last meal of the year one to remember with a three-course prix fixe menu and entrée selections of crab-crusted sea bass, veal osso bucco, and a surf and turf duo of beef tenderloin and lobster tail. $75 per person; $35 for wine pairings and champagne.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort:

On New Year’s Eve, choose between a seafood buffet at California Bistro, a four-course dinner at Argyle Steakhouse. If four-courses isn’t enough head over to Vivace for an elegant five-course dinner. Both California Bistro and Argyle steakhouse are also open for brunch on New Year’s Day. For reservations, call (866) 537-0336.

Pacifica Del Mar:

It’s time to indulge yourselves before the clock strikes midnight with a choice between two different prix fixe menus, both including a champagne toast and half off select bottles of wine. Two prix fixe menus at $55, seating starting at 4:3, and $89, seating starting at 7:30. For reservations, call (858) 792-0476.

Pacifica Ocean Bar NYE Party

Have a perfect New Years Eve experience without the cover charge exclusively at Pacifica Ocean Bar. From 10pm-1am guests will be served drink specials, paired bites, a live DJ and dancing, with a final champagne toast at midnight.

Cusp Dining & Drinks NYE Party

Enjoy the luxury of a four-course dinner and specialty cocktails with the entertainment of a New Years Eve bash all in one night. Dinner will be served at three seating (5, 7, and 9pm) followed by live music and craft drinks at the adjacent Starling Room starting at 9pm.

Mister A’s:

Start your NYE dining early with an a la carte menu, or just skip ahead to the five-course prix fixe menu featuring gorgonzola crusted beef tenderloin and fresh whole Maine lobster. A la carte menu from 5p.m. to 7p.m., prix fixe menu from 7:15p.m. to 9:45p.m. Prix fixe priced at $120 per person. For reservations, call (619) 239-1377.

Mille Fleurs:

This New Year’s Eves, Mille Fleurs will feature two different seatings, an a la carte menu from 5p.m. to 6:30p.m., and a five course prix fixe menu from 7:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Special dishes include center cut swordfish steak, whole dove sole “meuniere” and sautéed veal sweetbreads. Prix fixe menu $115 per person. For reservations, call (858) 756-3085.

La Valencia:

Take plenty of time to sit down and dine before the big countdown to the New Year at either the 6p.m. or 8p.m. seatings. Live music and complimentary access to the countdown celebration included. Come back the next day and ease into the New Year with their famous “recovery cocktails” at brunch, served from 10a.m. to 3p.m. For reservations, call (858) 454-0771.

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge:

Avoid the New Years crowds of downtown and cross the bridge over to Coronado Island for a three-course prix fixe menu full of great food and all the charm that small town Coronado has to offer. $55 per person. For reservations, call (619) 437-6087.

Craft & Commerce:

With a name as quirky and charming as the restaurant itself, Craft & Commerce will be hosting their 2nd annual “Black Tie (Or Something Sorta Fancy) Party” featuring a four-course prix fixe menu. First seating at 6p.m., $75. Second seating at 9:30p.m., $90 including a complimentary champagne toast. For reservations, call (619) 269-2202.

Waypoint Public

The new North Park restaurant’s inaugural New Year’s Eve dinner features Chef Amanda Baumgarten’s 4-course prixe fixe menu, wine and beer pairings, and live music by Kliff. Two seating times, starting at 5:30 p.m. After-party begins at 11:00 p.m. Reserve at [email protected].

CUCINA urbana:

Settle in for a California-inspired Italian menu and wine selection with either a three or four-course menu. Be sure to try one of the special champagne cocktails to toast to the New Year! $50 per person for the 3-course menu before 6:30p.m., $75 for the 4-course menu after 6:30p.m. For reservations, call (619) 239-2222.

CUCINA enoteca:

The newest addition to Tracy Borkum’s roster of restaurants is offering both a three-course, four-course, and a la carte menu this New Year’s Eve. $50 per person for a 3-course meal before 6:30p.m., $85 for a 4-course menu after 6:30p.m. For reservations call (858) 704-8500.

Fish Public:

Get a head-start on the New Year’s Eve dinner with the three-course menu before 6:30p.m., or wait for the 4-course option after 6:30p.m.. No reservations? No problem! Come stop by the bar and try the a la carte menu items. $40 for 3-course menu, $55 for four-course menu. For reservations, call (619) 281-4014.

New Years Eve at The Grand

Treat yourself to an epicurean New Years Eve experience at The Grand in Del Mar. Their “Grand Finale Package” includes overnight accommodations, sparkling wine and snacks upon arrival, a wine-paired seven-course dinner, access to The Grand’s New Years Eve Party featuring BETAMAXX, and breakfast-in-bed for two the following morning. Also enjoy their Spa and Haim Salon Holiday specials!


New Year’s Eve Guide 2014

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Bottoms Up NYE 2014 at City Sights

Be one of the first to experience ALTITUDE Sky Lounge’s new venue City Sights, the West Coast’s tallest rooftop lounge located at the San Diego Marriot downtown, where a dinner & dessert buffet, complimentary well drinks, and dancing 22 floors above the street level will have you partying all night.

Bivouac 2014 at THE US GRANT

The iconic downtown hotel welcomes celebrants with a bottomless Champagne bar and midnight toast. You can also reserve bottle service for 6. Cheers!

Big Night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

This annual bash spans twelve party areas and covers six dance floors. This is the tenth year the Hilton has hosted the famous party, and they will not disappoint. Reserve now for food, favors, and festivities.

Happy DEW Year!

Quality Social will be teaming up with Ireland whiskey Tullamore Dew for a full night of drinks and dancing. A $40 early-bird ticket offers an open bar from 9-10pm and a complimentary champagne or pickleback toast at midnight accompanied by music by DJ Hevrock, a San Diego favorite.

Bourbon & Blues Ball

New Years Eve gets a “Main Street America” twist this year as Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine team up for a night of drinking and live music with an old fashioned soda bar feel all night long. A ticket includes two complimentary cocktails, a champagne toast, and great dancing to The Fred Heath Trio band.


BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar wants guests to ditch fancy dress codes and overpriced entry tickets in favor of their “KEEP IT BASIC” New Years Eve festivities, where $15 will provide a lineup of great DJs, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and an open kitchen where their signature pies will be available for purchase all night.


The Gaslamp Quarter’s premier heated rooftop lounge will kick off the festivities early with menu bites by Chef Christian Graves, signature engineered cocktails by Lauren Lathrop Williams, and DJs spinning dance tunes all evening for just the price of a ticket ($25 advance and $30 at the door).

RA Sushi NYE Party

Enjoy New Years Eve specials with no line and no cover all night at RA Sushi, including both signature rolls and cocktails, accompanied by a champagne toast and live DJs spinning until closing.

Andaz San Diego’s NYE Bash

Enjoy the most popular holiday of the year at the Andaz hotel downtown from 9pm-2am, where four separate floors will feature acclaimed DJs Alex Kenji and Hot Mouth, parties at the RoofTop600, the Andaz Wine Bar, and the Andaz Studio, and Katsuya by Starck’s delectable food stylings.

Mad Men New Years Eve Celebration

Celebrate New Years in retro glamour at the Westgate Hotel’s Mad Men inspired celebration. Guests will enjoy a vintage cocktail reception, a five-course wine-paired dinner, a live performance by the Lorraine Castellanos’ Quartet, a balloon drop and a midnight toast all following the theme of the Mad Men era.


The Expendables at Belly Up

Have a rockin’ New Years Eve with a live show at the Belly Up bar, featuring the ska band Seedless, and preceded by the Candy Kane New Years Eve Happy Hour from 5:30-8pm.

National Comedy Theater Presents ‘New Years Eve Spectacular’

Forgo the typical New Years Eve parties this year and spend a guaranteed fun night at the National Comedy Theater. The acclaimed improv comedy show will perform their hilarious annual “New Years Eve Spectacular” for guests while they dine on a catered buffet and a champagne toast at midnight.


Corvette Diner’s Rockin’ Eve

The 50s-Style Diner will be ringing in the New Year early from 7-9pm with a live DJ, a balloon artist, a menu of signature burgers and shakes, and a special toast at 9pm when the ball drops in NYC. Come back in the morning for the New Years Day Pajama Party from 11:30am-2:30pm for a pajama contest, breakfast, and morning cocktails for the parents.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland

Special programing starts at 2:00 p.m. on the 31st. Enjoy live music and other performers. The brick drops at 6:00 p.m. (fireworks included!).

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