Piccino is prepared, with bubbles for everyone. Photo from Facebook.
Here comes New Year’s Eve, when everyone in town starts jockeying for reservations at their favorite hot spot. We’ve compiled a list of some great places doing special dinners. In addition, almost every single restaurant will be open, so it’s just a matter of giving a call and finding out what sort of prix-fixe or special they’re doing (and how much lighter your wallet will be). You can also check OpenTable for reservations and special events on the big night.
For some old-school San Francisco style, head to ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ for a daytime celebration. Comstock is hosting a fundraiser for the families of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Guests can purchase Drakes Bay Oysters for $10/half dozen from 12pm-4pm, with all proceeds benefitting the families. There will also be oyster chowder, Dungeness crab cocktail, and Louis Roederer Champagne, available for purchase by the glass and bottle. Then, in the evening, from 6pm-12am, they’ll be doing a three-course prix-fixe menu for $65 per person. There will be live gypsy jazz at happy hour. Please note that prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 415-617-0071.
For a warm, cozy, and oh-so-Californian farewell to 2012, check out the four-course menu at ~PICCINO~. The dinner is $85 per person, or $115 with wine pairings. They’ll be pulling some special bottles out for the occasion, too, and keeping the coffee bar open so you can stay fueled until midnight and beyond. Live jazz, check. Reservations are available from 5:30pm-7pm or 8pm-9:30pm and can be made by calling 415-824-4224.
For a seriously fantastic menu, ~SPQR~’s chef, Matthew Accarrino, is doing a 10-course tasting menu for $135, with optional wine pairings for an additional $70. Reservations can be made by calling 415-771-7779.
For a classic (and classy) night, ~PIPERADE~ will be doing a three-course dinner with choices like duck civet, beef en croûte, and swordfish. Diners will receive a free glass of sparkling wine, plus party favors. Reservations are $125 and can be made from 5:30pm-10pm by calling the restaurant. 1015 Battery St. at Green, 415-391-2555.
Looking for somewhere quiet and cozy to avoid the roving hordes of revelers? Hike out to ~PIZZETTA 211~ in the Outer Richmond (not exactly party central) for a prix-fixe tasting menu from chef-owner Jack Murphy. The menu hasn’t been finalized quite yet, but will feature about eight courses of shared plates, one of which will definitely be pizza. Reservations are available for groups of two or four at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm, and should be made by email. The dinner will cost around $100-110 per couple (final cost will be emailed), and includes a glass of bubbly per person.
Feeling like a high roller? ~ACQUERELLO~ has got a fabulously fancy five-course tasting menu with delicious treats like lobster and veal loin. The dinner is $225 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $95. Prices do not include tax and tip, and reservations can be made by email or by calling 415-567-5432.
~QUINCE~ will be serving a seven-course tasting menu, in two seatings at 5:30pm and 9pm, along with Champagne and a musical performance by the Patrick Wolff Jazz Quartet ($250). ~COTOGNA~ will be hosting their first New Year’s Eve late-night party, starting at 10pm with music from DJ Kool Karlo and will continue into 2013 with lots of Champagne, caviar, and pizzas from the wood-burning oven ($150). Guests can also join in the revelry at both fetes: dinner at Quince followed by late-night partying at Cotogna ($375 per person—oof). For reservations, email or call 415-775-8500 x33.
For a vegetarian celebration with a killer view, ~GREENS~ is your spot. They’ve got a four-course menu planned, plus live music. The dinner costs $95 per person, not including beverages, tax, and tip. Reservations are available from 5:30pm-7:30pm or 7:30pm-9:30pm and can be made by calling 415-771-6222.
For a great deal that’s right in the middle of everything, the casual ~JASPER’S CORNER TAP~ has you covered, with a $49 four-course menu that isn’t casual at all. The menu includes Barron Point oysters three ways, lobster bisque, and Brandt Farms filet mignon with truffle-whipped potatoes; a glass of bubbly is included, and wine pairings will also be available (although you’ll probably want their amazing cocktails). Price does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 415-775-7979.
If you’ve got an appetite, ~DELAROSA~ will be throwing a party with an all-you-can-drink bar, plus dancing and a midnight toast with party favors and a DJ (oh yeah, and some food). The party runs from 9:30pm-1:30am and costs $125, all inclusive. Reservations can be made by calling 415-673-7100.
~JARDINIÈRE~ is always a celebratory spot, and will be doing a five-course prix-fixe in the dining room from 5pm-7:30pm for $150 per person, or from 8:30pm-10:30pm for $225 (the later seating includes a Champagne toast at midnight and live music). If the prix-fixe isn’t your style but you’d still like to have a festive time, there will also be appetizers, cocktails, and a bar menu in the lounge area. Reservations can be made by calling 415-861-5555.
If you’d like a delicious time but don’t need this to be the most glamorous, expensive, drunk, insane evening of your life, check out ~LITTLE STAR PIZZA~ on Divisadero. Deep-dish pizza and beer, then a pint of ice cream from the corner store. Go for it. I know, you’re thinking, wait, it’s a Monday night, they should be closed! From here on out, Little Star will now be open on Monday nights! 846 Divisadero St. at Fulton, 415-441-1118.
Monday Dec 31, 2012