So now that Christmas has passed, it’s time to focus our attention to the often-underwhelming amateur night that is New Years Eve.
Here are some of the more interesting dining-related events we’ve found happening right here in South of Market…
For starters, if you like clubs, you’re probably better off checking out the SF Weekly. If I were to be dragged to one of the club events, it would undoubtedly be the Better of New Years Event at 111 Minna Gallery… that’s just my $2.
New Years Eve: Dining (Restaurant Specials)
Bar Agricole (355 Eleventh Street)
Bar Agricole is now taking reservations for a Special Five Course Prix-Fixe Dinner featuring your choice of Smoked goose with chestnut risotto or Gnocchi with fontina and wild mushrooms in the main course. They’ll also have live music.
You can view the whole Bar Agricole Prix-Fixe Menu here. To make a reservation, give them a call at 415-355-9400.
Chez Papa Resto (4 Mint Plaza)
Chez Papa Resto (in Mint Plaza) is offering both a 3 Course and a 4 Course Prix-Fixe Menu:
- First Seating – $70 Prix Fixe – 3 Course Menu (Reservations from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
- Third Seating – $100 Prix-Fixe – 4 Course Menu (Reservations from 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Includes Party Favors & Champagne Toast)
District, San Francisco (216 Townsend Street)
District Wine Bar is hosting their 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala in South Beach, featuring assorted wines and passed hors d’oeuvres (you can check out the Gala menu right here). They are offering two different options: the Drink ticket for $80 and the Eat & Drink ticket for $125:
- $80 Drink Ticket – Hosted bar starting at 10:30 p.m., DJ Spinning until close, reserve wines (see menu above), and a hosted bar that includes wine, beer and District specialty cocktails.
- $125 Eat & Drink Ticket - In addition to everything you see on the $80 Drink ticket, they’ll also include the food on the menu (linked above), starting at 8 p.m., live acoustic music (by Alan Jacob) from 8 – 10 p.m. and private space in their lounge (for larger groups).
Oola Restaurant & Bar (860 Folsom St)
Oola Restaurant & Bar is offering two options for their Four Course Prix-Fixe New Years Eve Dinner. The first is for the $75 Prix-Fixe featuring food and champagne. The second is a $125 Prix-Fixe that also includes a wine pairing with each course. You can check out the full Oola New Years Eve menu here.
Passion Cafe (28 Sixth St)
The Passion Cafe is hosting a relatively affordable Prix-Fixe event for only $59 per person. That price gets you a Five Course Prix-Fixe as well as live performances by Quinn Deveaux & the Blue Beat Review.
Perry’s Embarcadero (155 Stuart St)
Unfortunately, I don’t always get a ton of information from the restaurants, so this one is a little less descriptive than some.
New Years Eve we (Perry’s) will be open all day (7:30am-2am), offering our regular breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, in addition to New Years Eve menu specials. We will be serving food until 11pm and the bar will remain open until 2am.
New Years Day we will be open for Brunch beginning at 8:30am-2:30pm. Bar Menu & Dinner available until 10pm.
Prospect (300 Spear St)
This New Year’s Eve, Prospect is offering a special prix fixe menu (which you can view here) from Chef Ravi Kapur, champagne toasts and party favors.
- First Seating: 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. – $85 per person.
- Second Seating: 8:15 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. – $105 per person (includes champagne toast at midnight and party favors)
They also asked me to note that an a la carte menu will be available for walk-ins in the bar/lounge/community table area.
Spire Restaurant & Bar (685 Third St)
Our friends at Spire Restaurant & Bar are having a delicious, five course Prix-Fixe, featuring Grilled Creekstone Hanger Steak, Seared Diver Harvested Sea Scallops or Poached Farm Egg, Anson Mills Polenta as the Main Course. You can check out the full menu here. Did I mention the second course? Chanterelle Mushroom Soup. I don’t know why, but that sounds amazing.
The Prix-Fixe at Spire also includes a complimentary glass of Glass Brut French Sparkling Wine. To make a reservation, head over to their website here.
Thermidor (8 Mint Plaza)
The Classic American Cuisine Restaurant is hosting a Four Course Prix-Fixe with six different seating options:
- $85 Prix-Fixe – 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
- $95 Prix-Fixe – 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Twenty Five Lusk (25 Lusk St)
One of the newest restaurants here in South of Market, Twenty Five Lusk, will be offering the choice of 4 or 5 Course Prix-Fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Dolan. The first seating is from 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and features a Four Course Prix-Fixe for $95 per person. The second seating is from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and will feature Five Courses and $105 per person. There are also additional costs for each if you want optional wine pairings.
If you can’t find something you like on that list, perhaps you should stay in and watch Snooki drop from the ball; thus signifying both another year passed, as well as where we stand as a Nation- having Snooki be relevant enough to be a part of the celebration.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year, everyone!