Ring In 2022 With A Special New Year’s Eve Dinner At These San Diego Restaurants!

If you’d like to get out on the town to celebrate the new year, but an over-the-top party isn’t your cup of tea, make reservations for a special New Year’s Eve dinner at one of San Diego’s best restaurants instead! They’ll be rolling out the red carpet with special options like caviar, champagne, and even a skinny dip!

Herb & Sea, Encinitas | Herb & Wood, Downtown

Ring in the new year the Herb & Sea way by skinny dipping at Moonlight Beach! Dine & Dip starts with dinner at Herb & Sea, followed by a dip at the beach; ending at the restaurant’s Moonlight Deck to celebrate under the stars with a complimentary Herb & Sea towel and hot toddy by the fire. The Moonlight Deck is a destination all night long, so even if you choose to forego skinny dipping, enjoy a meal and cocktails, and ring in the new year, toasting by the bonfire!

If you’d like to stay for dinner, both Herb & Sea, and its Downtown counterpart Herb & Wood will be serving up a memorable dinner! Because no meal is complete without bread, start with the Parker House Rolls with Herb Honey Butter and dive into cold starters like the Oysters, Moroccan Coffee Rubbed Venison Carpaccio, Herb & Sea’s staple Hamachi Crudo, and Haute Caviar Accoutrement (Upcharge $110) or hot starters like the Mussels, Grilled Quail and Pork Belly. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a classic selection of cocktails and bubbles to ring in the new year right.

Book your reservation for New Years Eve dinner Friday, December 31 at Herb & Sea here for 5PM ($90), 7PM ($90) or 9PM ($110), and Herb & Wood here for 5PM ($84.98), 7PM ($84.98) or 9:15PM ($129.98).

Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange is offering a four-course menu from award-winning Chef Brian Redzikowski with optional wine pairings from Beverage Director, Claire Sexton. Dishes include the Tuna TarTar “Twinkie”, Black Truffle Mushroom Ragout, Crispy Fried Seabass (Frisee, Perilla Leaf), and, of course, Caramel Corn Ice Cream with popcorn streusel. Prepaid reservations for parties of two to seven can be made online here. $150/person, plus $50/person option wine pairings.

Valentina

Countdown to the new year at Valentina, a European-style bistro and wine bar located along Hwy 101. Indulge in a three-course dinner exclusively offered for $89 per person from 4PM to 10PM, with a toast at 11:55PM. Valentina will offer favorites such as the steak tartare and braised lamb shank, alongside exciting selections to celebrate the New Year like the whole dover sole and grilled New York served with mushroom brandy sauce, asparagus, and mashed potatoes. Opt-in for the Champagne flight featuring 100% Pinot Blanc from Philippe Fontaine, Louis Roederer Cuvée 242, UPR’s Le Mesnil Grand Cru or Dom Pérignon 2010, and wine pairing alongside optional supplemental courses such as caviar, to create a truly memorable experience!

Book your reservation here.

InterContinental San Diego

Cheers to the New Year at InterContinental San Diego! Located on the waterfront in downtown San Diego, both of Intercontinental’s dining concepts, Vistal and Garibaldi, boast sweeping views of the bay, making them perfect places to view the iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Both locations will feature a special pre-fixe dinner on NYE, each priced at $125 per person, full of culinary delights from the hotel’s signature chefs. Highlights from Garibaldi’s NYE menu will include a Grilled Swordfish Alla Siciliana, with eggplant caponata, winter fennel, focaccia bread crumbs, cured citrus and mint salad, while Vistal’s special NYE offerings will include Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin paired with dauphinoise potato, charred broccolini, carrot and marjoram demi-glace.

Reservations are encouraged and are available via Resy for both Vistal and Garibaldi – we look forward to welcoming you to the festivities!

Puesto

Join Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar at any of their San Diego outposts, located in La Jolla, Mission Valley, and Seaport Village respectively, to mark the transition into 2022 with an evening of delicious food and drinks. Puesto will offer their full menu, which includes newly debuted items such as the Lamb Barbacoa Taco, Fiesta Guacamole, and Passion Fruit Margarita, as well as seasonal offerings like the Naughty List cocktail, which combines Blue Agave Reposado Tequila, Nutmeg, Milk, Egg, and Coffee Liqueur. To kick off the celebration, Puesto is also providing patrons (21+) that dine in on New Year’s Eve with a complimentary tequila shot to mark the New York Ball Drop at 9PM.

Animae

Ring in New Year’s Eve with Animae as your elegant backdrop. Book a reservation through OpenTable for 5PM ($110 per person), or 9PM to midnight ($130) to experience Chef Tara Monsod’s Filipino cuisine paired with Animae’s elevated cocktail, wine and bubbles menu. Start the evening with Oysters and Ube Pandesal, fill up with celebration-worthy main dishes like the Filet, Squash Curry, A5 Wagyu & Banchan (upcharge $125) and Singapore Chili Lobster (upcharge $75) and make the cherry on top of an excellent evening the Chocolate Taiyaki Mousse Bar or Jasmine, Raspberry, and Prosecco Entremet. Book your reservation today and ensure this New Year’s Eve is spent in San Diego’s most luxurious setting.

Barbusa

Barbusa is known for putting the “lit” in Little Italy, and this New Year’s Eve will be no exception. Join the Busalacchi family at their neighborhood hotspot for a night of dinner and drinks to ring in the new year. The restaurant’s full menu will be available, with offerings like Roasted Bone Marrow and Lollipop Chops to start, pasta options like Lobster Ravioli and Bolognese Al Forno, and mains like Osso Bucco and Chilean Seabass, along with a crudo bar, greens, and pizzas. Barbusa also invites guests to imbibe by indulging in Barbusa’s specialty cocktails or ordering a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list. To really get the party going, guests will also be able to order tequila flights and bone-marrow luge shots prior to the celebratory champagne toast at midnight.

George’s at the Cove

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at George’s at the Cove, where they’ll be serving a special 3-course menu @ $120/ person that includes a glass of bubbles, amuse-bouche, and a special pastry gift to enjoy the next morning. Choose from a variety of freshly made options for each course.

Click here to book a table or call 858.454.4244.

Mister A’s

Celebrate the holiday season with the best views in San Diego at Mister A’s. Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler’s New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu will include options such as Hudson Valley Duck ‘Foie Gras’ Torchon (Lingonberry Chutney, Shallot Compote, Brioche), Octopus Carpaccio (Crispy Avocado, Green & Red Peppercorns), Prime Filet “Chateaubriand” (Cabernet Wine Sauce, Pomme Purée Robuchon), and more. The New Year’s meal starts at $135 per person. The full menu can be found here. Reservations can be made online here or by calling 619.239.1377.

Callie

Callie also has a very lively New Year’s Eve celebration planned. The East Village restaurant is booking up now for two seatings to suit each guest’s style. At the Pre-Party Feast early seating from 5-6:15PM, enjoy a five-course family-style spread with highlights including chilled Pacific oysters, uni toast, beef carpaccio, wild mushroom risotto, osso bucco and meyer lemon pavlova to finish off the meal. There’s also an option to go even more decadent and add on a caviar supplement. Or guests can join for a more elaborate fête at a second seating, a Midnight Celebration from 9-9:45PM complete with a champagne toast and live band along with optional wine and champagne pairings for the five-course spread. An a la carte menu will be available at the bar as well for walk-ins only.

First Seating:
$85 Adults | $60 Optional Wine Pairing | $35 Children 10 and under

Second Seating:
$150 Adults (includes champagne toast and live band) | $60 Optional Wine Pairing or $85 Optional Champagne Pairing

Make your reservations here.

Jeune et Jolie

Ring in the New Year with Chef Eric Bost’s celebratory 4-course menu at Michelin-starred Jeune et Jolie. Reservations can be made online here. $140/per person with an optional wine pairing and cocktail menu.

Wormwood

On December 31, newly opened bar and bistronomie, Wormwood, in University Heights will offer a prix fixe dinner event for those looking to ring in 2022 in the Bohemian style of Old Paris. At $100 per person, the evening’s eight-course chef’s menu will include modern French fare in the gastronomic style of a Parisian bistronomie, a trending term coined in Paris that combines the cuisine of highly talented chefs with the approachable setting of the city’s classic bistros. Wormwood will offer two seating times, from 6 to 9PM and from 9PM to midnight, each limited to 70 guests. Dinner will include a welcome drink upon arrival—champagne or a signature cocktail—and will take place throughout Wormwood’s dining room and outdoor patios. Guests will be treated to a champagne toast at midnight, with Wormwood closing at 1AM. For reservations, book online here.

Juniper and Ivy

Juniper and Ivy will offer a special four-course prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Anthony Wells, from 4:30 to 10:30PM. Bar guests can also join in on the celebration with various à la carte options. In addition, a champagne toast and party favors will be offered to ring in the New Year with the Juniper and Ivy team. Reserve via OpenTable here.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

Ring in the New Year at La Valencia Hotel (plus, the Pink Lady’s 95th year) with a bubbly Piper-Heidsieck countdown in La Sala lounge featuring live music from singer-songwriter David Shyde from 9:15PM into 2022 and champagne specials, including the 1926 champagne cocktail, Piper-Heidsieck splits, and more. This event in La Sala is open to the public and is not a ticketed event. First come, first serve.

Enjoy The Med’s special five-course, prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu, with seatings beginning at 5PM. Highlights include Octopus (with romesco, cannellini bean, crispy serrano ham, caper parsley relish), Harissa roasted Leg of Lamb (with chimichurri sauce, red & gold pepperade, saffron couscous, gold raisin-curry roasted cauliflower), and Death by Chocolate dessert. $125/person + champagne enhancements. Reservations are required to dine on Ocean View Terrace and The Med.


Wolfie’s

Count down to the New Year as you immerse in the transportive world of Wolfie’s Carousel Bar. Dishes include Wagyu Tartare, Steak Frites, Oysters Rockefeller, and a few festive classic specials to be announced. Ring in 2022 with a hosted champagne toast. Rumor has it Marie Antoinette herself may make an appearance!

Common Stock

Hillcrest neighborhood eatery and bar, Common Stock, is celebrating the end of this year and the start of 2022 with a special 3-course menu (including an appetizer, entree and one of the restaurant’s signature cookies for dessert) aptly priced at $20.22. Add-ons and upgrades will be available and champagne specials will be flowing all night long as well as Common Stock’s seasonal cocktails with highlights such as a Winter Old Fashioned, Pistachio Pear Sour and Espresso Martini to make sure every guest makes it to see the ball drop. Common Stock will be open from 5-11PM on New Year’s Eve and reservations can be made by visiting here.

North Italia

Ring in the New Year with a special dinner at North Italia. The restaurant is offering a three-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu in its modern and welcoming atmosphere. It’s the perfect destination to celebrate with friends and family. Reservations are now available via OpenTable. Guests will be able to choose a choice of one starter, one entrée and one dessert for $65. In addition to fan-favorite standout dishes including Chicken Parmesan, Red Wine Glazed Short Rib, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and House Bolognese, new selections on the menu for the holiday include:

(Starter) Cacio e Pepe Lobster Risotto – grana Padano frico, parsley, evoo.

(Entrée) Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti – broccolini, toasted hazelnuts, espelette pepper, brown butter bmulsion, herb breadcrust.

(Entree) Spicy Cioppino – halibut, shrimp, mussels, fennel, crushed tomato, strozzapreti, Calabrian chili, grilled ciabatta.

(Dessert) Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake – vanilla gelato, glazed pecans, orange honey oat crumble.

Ranch 45

Ring in the New Year at home with Ranch 45’s completely a la carte holiday pick-up menu. Fully customize your New Year’s Eve feast with main course choices from Herb-crusted Prime Rib, Smoked Turkey Legs and Smoked Cornish Game Hen to sides including Honey and Thyme Roasted Rainbow Carrots, Green Bean Almondine and Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes. End 2021 on a sweet note and enjoy desserts such as Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Apple Crisp all crafted by the talented culinary team at Ranch 45. Place your order online here by 4PM on Monday, December 27th. Pickup is at Ranch 45 between 10AM-2PM on Friday, December 31st and while you’re there shop their carefully curated selection of wines and bubbles.

Happy New Year, San Diego!