Cusp Dining & Drinks On a night that is full of preset menus and cover charges, Cusp decided to offer something different on NYE. Chef Ingrid Funes will serve her entire dinner menu as well as a Filet Mignon special worth dining for. The 11th floor restaurant is perfect to celebrate without the restrictions and fuss that come with a preset. Guests can also post up to the bar, where Cusp will be showing the East Coast Balldrop. So come toast to the New Year at Cusp. Reservations for Cusp Dining & Drinks: Call 858-551-3620 or visit www.cusprestaurant.com/7955 La Jolla Shores Drive – La Jolla, CA
Ring in the New Year the Italian Way at Giardino
If heading downtown isn’t your thing, make a reservation at Giardino in Lemon Grove. The cozy, celebrated restaurant is serving an a la carte menu full of seasonal favorites, alongside a preset menu. Whether you want a to go all out with three course, or order something small, Giardino is the East County spot to gather. Reservations for Giardino: (619) 825-7112/8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA
La Valencia – Three ways to NYE
The gorgeous dining room at La Valencia will be offering a special 4-course menu from Executive Chef Alex Emery and team. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with Champagne and Citrus Halibut Crudo. Once seated, the show-stopping meal will start with Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, followed by Bouillabaisse, then Surf & Turf as the star, and a Dark Chocolate Mousse for the finale. There will be two seatings; 5:00pm and 8:30pm. $150/pp. Reservations required.
The La Sala NYE Bash
The ocean view lobby bar at La Valencia provides the perfect backdrop to ring in the New Year. Enjoy an all-inclusive bar, stocked with a cordial and champagne bar, and bites, like Crudite and Shrimp Cocktail, while The Ryan Hiller Band entertains. Tickets start at $95 per person.
Café La Rue
The casual and chic eatery will be offering its regular menu starting at 11:30am, perfect for those seeking a laid-back NYE, or a tasteful place to pre-fuel before the party. Signature plates include Moules Frites, Local Burrata Pizza with herb pesto, Steak & Frites and Confit Duck Leg. Reservations are encouraged.
Curadero: A laid-back downtown celebration
The vibrant Mexican restaurant makes the perfect spot to gather with friends. Chef Kraten’s menu is ideal for sharing, providing a no fuss, casual night out. For late night diners, Curadero’s taco window will be open, offering street food, sips and tabletop classic games from 9pm-1am. Reservation for Curadero: www.Curadero.com/1047 5th Avenue San Diego, CA
Hello Betty Fish House will be ringing in the new year casino style. In partnership with Pierclub, Hello Betty’s rooftop will be turned from an oceanfront hang spot to a club atmosphere where guests can get their game on with black jack and roulette tables u((nder the stars, groove to jams by DJ Artistic and indulge in two hosted champagne countdowns – because two is always better than one! Champagne toasts will be held at 9 pm and midnight. ( December 31, 2018/$30/211 Mission Ave, Oceanside) Tickets
Say farewell to 2018 with a gala prix fixe five-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Ring in the New Year while dining on A.R. Valentien’s patio or elegant dining room of A.R. Valentien. (December 31, 2018, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m./Starting at $135 per person or $185 with wine pairings; $70 under 12)
Toast to the New Year at The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with a savory three-course meal. Beer or wine pairings, plus incredible vistas of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean complete your delectable meal. (December 31, 2018, 5 – 10 p.m./Starting at $60 per person, $75 with beer pairings and $85 with wine pairings; $35 for children under 12)
Ring in 2019 while cruising Mission Bay aboard the legendary Bahia Belle. The Bahia’s New Year’s Eve Package includes overnight accommodations for two at the beautiful hotel and a cruise featuring:
- Appetizer Buffet
- Live DJ
- Party Favors
- Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast
- Cash Bar
December 31, 2018 | 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m./$249 for two people
A prominent feature of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Osetra Seafood & Steaks promises an upscale, exclusive dining and nightlife experience like no other for your New Year’s Eve this year. Whether toasting at midnight and feasting the night away, Osetra’s New Year’s Eve Dinner menu is the perfect fit for your festivities. Enjoy a full three-course pre-fixe menu with a selection including hand-cut fresh seafood, perfectly-seared steaks and decadent desserts including tiramisu and hazelnut chocolate mousse. Enhance your experience with caviar and a bottle of Moet Chandon, along with a complimentary champagne toast and party favors! (December 31/Price: TBD/904 5th Avenue)
Inspired by the fine fare and ambiance of Napa Valley, Route 29’s farm fresh food and iconic wine country vibes make for an exciting and elevated setting for your New Year’s celebration. Featuring wood, iron and copper décor, an open kitchen design and artfully-prepared cuisine, Route 29’s New Year’s Eve Dinner menu offers something for everyone this year. Sink your fork into a full three-course special menu including an app, entrée and dessert per person with selections such as a rich burrata jar, surf & turf lobster with a petit filet, crispy halibut, pan-seared scallops, duck in transition and more, finished off with your choice of buddino, limoncello cake or chocolate mousse. (December 31/Price based on entrée selection/644 Fifth Avenue)
When it comes to the wide world of whiskey, there’s no better place to celebrate than premier downtown bar and lounge The Whiskey House! Famously home to America’s largest selection of whiskeys with over 2,800 diverse bottles and an extensive list of craft cocktails, there’s no shortage of festive toasts this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 8:00 P.M., join the Countdown Party with a dinner buffet of smoky-flavored bites paired with a live DJ Kien show, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight! Couches and large group tables are available with bottle service. (December 31/$40 per person/420 Third Avenue)
Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach is ringing in the New Year with a three-course prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve, featuring Maine Lobster and Black Cod Cake plated with arugula avocado salad, chive hollandaise and pepitas, Blackened 8-oz. Hangar Steak served with parsnip gratin, grilled broccolini and buttermilk onions, and White Russian Tres Leches Cake, accompanied by market berries and nasturtium petals, among other specialties honed for the occasion. The menu will be available starting at 6 p.m., and pricing is $49.95 per person.
Hopeless romantics can kick off the New Year at Pacific Beach’s scenic, ocean-front destination, Waterbar. Best known for its stunning views of the Pacific through floor-to-ceiling windows, Waterbar will host a Love Boat-themed soiree to ring in the New Year, boasting Lobster and Prime Rib menu specials, as well as select bottles of champagne, and DJs spinning from 7 p.m. – close.
Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave. in Coronado, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a festive prix fixe Italian feast, available exclusively on Monday, Dec. 31. Primavera’s specialty New Year’s Eve menu will be priced at $79.95 per person. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the celebration, priced at $14. Seating for the dinner is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling (619) 435-0454. Additional tax and gratuity may apply.
Monkey King: Monkey King, the Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 467 5th Ave., will swing into the new year with live music, a four-course prix fixe menu and a midnight celebration that includes a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast. The celebratory menu, priced at $129 per couple, will include a choice of red, white or sparkling wine; miso soup to start, followed by a Monkey King Roll, made with spicy tuna, crab, avocado, cream cheese, spicy mayo and eel sauce and flash fried in light tempura batter. The entrée course is skirt steak served with shrimp, vegetables and rice; followed by churros for dessert. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.359.8897 or online at www.monkeykindsd.com.
Mezé Greek Fusion: Guests will indulge in a featured Greek-inspired four-course prix fixe menu and celebratory toast at Mezé Greek Fusion, located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 345 6th Ave. A balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast will take place at the stroke of midnight. The holiday menu, priced at $129 per couple, will include a choice of red, white or sparkling wine. The meal will begin with avgolemono soup, a traditional egg-lemon soup with chicken, rice and carrots; or village salad with Roma tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, olives and capers. The second course, cheese saganaki, will be followed by a surf and turf entrée: steak fillet served with shrimp, vegetables and rice. The meal will conclude with baklava cheesecake for dessert. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.550.1600 or online at www.gaslampmeze.com.
El Chingon: El Chingon, located at 560 5th Ave., will host a New Year’s Eve celebración on featuring live music and four-course prix fixe menu. The celebratory menu, priced at $129 per couple, will include a choice of red, white or sparkling wine. The meal will begin with a choice between tortilla soup or ensalada mixta. A shareable queso fundido will be served for the second course. Skirt steak served with shrimp, rice and beans will be served as the entrée, followed by churros for dessert. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.elchingon.com.
Havana 1920: Kick off 2019 in Cuban style with a four-course prix fixe dinner at Havana 1920, located at 548 5th Ave. The holiday menu, priced at $129 per couple, will include a choice of red, white or sparkling wine and will commence with a Havana salad, made with mixed greens, grilled pineapple, black beans, tomato, Caribbean avocados, cucumber and onion tossed in garlic lemon vinaigrette. The second course will be a trio of empanadas, including beef with raisins, green olives, cumin, tomato sauce and garlic; vegetarian filled with portobello mushroom, spinach and cheese; and jamón y queso, ham and cheese. Skirt steak served with shrimp, rice and black beans will be served as the entrée, followed by churros for dessert. Havana 1920 will also offer an endless champagne bar until 12:30 a.m., available for $50. The offer also includes expedited entry to El Chingon. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.369.1920 or online at www.havana1920.com.
Prohibition: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the spirit of 1920 at Prohibition, the Gaslamp Quarter’s underground speakeasy located at 528 5thAve., with an exclusive Supper Club dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a New Year’s Eve party kicking off at 9 p.m. The four-course cocktail pairing dinner is priced at $150 per person begins tray passed appetizers and a welcome cocktail. The second course will feature ensalada mixta, followed by an entrée of filet and potatoes. Churros will be served for dessert. Vegetarian options are available upon request, and guests must be 21 and over to participate. Prohibition’s New Year’s Eve party begins at 9:30 p.m. with a live performance by blues artist Shane Hall and includes a complimentary champagne or bourbon toast at midnight. For more information and to reserve New Year’s Eve Supper Club tickets, visit www.nightout.com/events/prohibition-new-years-eve-supper-club/tickets. More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.prohibitionsd.com.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., will ring in the New Year with a decadent prix fixe dinner and wine pairings on Monday, Dec. 31. The three-course New Year’s Eve menu will be priced at $65 per person with beverage pairings priced at $32 that will include a choice of sparkling wine or still wine with each course. BANKERS HILL will be open for New Year’s Eve from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with reservations available by calling 619.231.0222 or online at www.bankershillsd.com.
The Westgate Hotel
Ring in 2019 in sparkling style at The Westgate Hotel’s party of the year featuring pre-dinner cocktails, a celebratory Latin-influenced buffet dinner, DJ and memorable live music performance from Westgate Hotel favorite, Julio De La Huerta. Expect fiesta vibes, chic cocktails, fabulous cuisine, a champagne toast, and San Diego’s most elegant New Year celebration. The party will start on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 7:30 PM and end on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 12:30 AM. Tickets are $129 per person (tax, gratuity, and ticket fees additional) and can be purchased online here.
Welcome in the New Year in elegant surroundings with The Westgate Hotel’s New Year’s Day Brunch with bottomless Champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and Margaritas. The brunch will take place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, from 11 AM – 3 PM and is $89 per person (tax and gratuity additional), $40 for children aged 4-12 and complimentary for children aged under 3. Reservations can be requested online here or by calling (619) 238-1818. (1055 Second Avenue/(619) 238-1818)
Tower23 Hotel: Pop, sparkle, fizz, toast, sip! Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Tower23 Hotel in Pacific Beach. Dine before you dance with dinner at JRDN and then enjoy DJ vibes as you toast to 2019 at midnight. Drinks and dancing with beachside views can’t be beaten! Presale tickets cost $40-$45 per person and $55 day-of. Guests can dine before they dance with two special New Year’s Eve seatings at 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM, and the option to stay and play is just a few clicks away. Room and party packages are also available! More information can be found athttps://www.t23hotel.com/play/events/nye/.
Toast to 2019 with a New Year’s Day Brunch at JRDN. Ask about Chef Melody’s special Jumbo Sticky Bun creation of the day; dig into the Parmesan Crusted Croque Madame with thick cut brioche, ham, gruyere cheese, two fried eggs, mostarda, mornay sauce, and breakfast potatoes or fruit; or try the Biscuits + Gravy with two eggs any style, jumbo old bay biscuit, shrimp and sausage gravy and breakfast potatoes or fruit. Bite the hair of the dog with theTower23 Brunch Mary with cilantro + jalapeño infused vodka, house mix, bacon salt rim and a meal-on-a-stick. (723 Felspar St./(858) 270-2323.
Bencotto: Ring in 2019 with loved ones and a special New Year’s menu at Bencotto in Little Italy. Toast with celebration bubbles while you dine on one of their signature dishes. For the special holiday, try the Cestino di Parmigiano con Tagliolini al Tartufo Nero Fresco AKA homemade thin fettuccine in a truffle cream sauce topped with black truffles and served in a parmesan cheese bowl. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.lovebencotto.com. (750 W Fir St./(619) 450-4786)
Monello: Two cheese wheel pastas are better than one! Monello’s signature menu item just got more irresistible. The Little Italy staple released a special New Year’s Eve menu with a Cheese Wheel Spaghetti Allo Zafferano, Asparagi e Gamberi with homemade spaghetti in a saffron cream sauce with asparagus and shrimp and a Cheese Wheel Truffle Tagliolini with hand cut thin fettuccine in a cream truffle sauce, topped with freshly shaved black truffle. The menu also includes other favorites including pasta specials, seafood and meat entrees, pizza da Monello, and classic Italian desserts. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.lovemonello.com. (750 W Fir St./(619) 501-0030).
Low Life NYE Party at Hundred Proof sponsored by Brown Forman
This party is perfect for those who like to go against the traditional New Year’s Eve party. Hundred Proof will be throwing a “Low Life NYE Party” sponsored by Brown Forman with a cornhole tournament, Low Life photo booth, specialty cocktails featuring Old Forester in Red Solo Cups, Old Forester Old Fashioned Jello Shots and a High Life “Champagne of Beers” toast at midnight.
New Year’s Day Cutwater Spirits Brunch at Hundred Proof
Beat your hangover and start your New Year with a Cutwater Spirits Brunch at Hundred Proof. There will be a photo booth, Cutwater cocktails, special brunch items, and a Cutwater Black Skimmer Rye Toast at noon. Brunch will be served from 10 AM – 2:30 PM.
4130 Park Blvd. /San Diego, CA 92103
TRUST Restaurant: TRUST Restaurant will serve its mainstay a la carte menu of urban, rustic shareable plates and celebratory craft cocktails on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy seasonal selections including Wood Grilled Cauliflower with golden raisins, mint, serrano aioli and curry vinaigrette; East Coast Scallops with local broccolis, cous cous, apple chutney, mustard frills and braised radish; and Maple Pecan Crème Brulee with poached pear and mascarpone crème. Sip on the El Diablo with El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Cassis, ginger, lime, and soda water. TRUST Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve from 5pm to 10pm; closed on New Year’s Day. Reservations are strongly suggested. 3752 Park Blvd. Suite 105C/(619) 795-6901.
Mille Fleurs will be serving a prix fixe menu complete with dishes including tuna with pear, avocado and taro root, quail with black trumpet mushrooms, ibêrico ham and consume, seabass and matcha tres leches cake. Also available on New Year’s Eve is a full dinner menu featuring Dungeness crab with honey crisp apple and hoja santa, prime filet with broccolini, baby leeks, pommel maxim and bordelaise and a heavenly chocolate caramel tarte. Price: Prix fixe $135 per person / A la carte prices vary Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Charles + Dinorah will offer a three course prix fixe menu featuring dishes like French onion soup with gruyere, scallops with truffle mash, caviar burr blanc and melted leeks and chocolate tart with Chantilly, pistachios and pavlova or New York style cheesecake to put the cherry on top of a deliciously festive meal. Two seatings will be offered – 6pm or 8 pm – and guests at the 8 pm seating are able to keep their table all night to partake in an evening of classic cocktails, soundscapes by DJ Jon Wesley and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Price: Early seating: $69.95 + tax + gratuity / Late seating: $85.95 + tax + gratuity Address: 1410 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106 Reservations: (619) 226-6100
Mister A’s: Take in some of the city’s best skyline views this New Year’s Eve, with a special four-course meal at Mister A’s, a San Diego landmark for more than 50 years. Executive Chef Stéphane Voitzwinkler’s menu includes such highlights as shaved artichoke hearts and escarole salad with black truffle vinaigrette, caviar trio on buckwheat blinis, Chilean sea bass with Caribbean shrimp, salt spring mussels and wild squid and desserts include new Pastry Chef John Brockway’s take on the classic baked Hawaiian with pineapple, coconut, guava sorbet, Swiss meringue and coconut macaroon. The prix fixe menu is priced at $135 per person and an a la carte menu is also available. Price: $135 per person Address: 2550 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Juniper and Ivy: At Little Italy’s bustling eatery, Juniper & Ivy, Executive Chef Anthony Wells and his culinary team are inviting guests to celebrate the new year with some special offerings for the evening. Wells has created a stellar menu of standouts to make this a New Year’s Eve to remember. The four-course menu is priced at $115 and reservations can be made my contacting the restaurant for available seating times. Price: $115 (optional wine pairing may be added for an extra cost) Address: 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
The Oceanaire: When that clock strikes midnight and everyone has sworn off carbs, The Oceanaire will be there to make New Year’s Day delicious and indulgent while keeping everyone on track for their resolution by serving $1 oysters all day. Whether folks are keeping their budget or diet in mind for the new year, this special is sure to make 2019 feel celebratory! Price: $1 oysters/Address: 400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101