It’s nearly 2017 and San Diego has a variety of ways to ring in the new year. Check out our roundup of the best San Diego New Year’s Eve parties and New Year’s Day dining.
New Year’s Eve
- First Seating (4-7 p.m.): A three-course prix-fixe dinner menu created by Tidal chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin for $59.
- Second Seating (8-10:15 p.m.): A four-course prix-fixe dinner menu created by Tidal chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin for $90. Enjoy access to live music and dancing throughout midnight, as well as party favors and a celebratory Champagne toast to the new year.
New Year’s Eve at Hotel del Coronado | Coronado
Ring in the new year with family and friends and experience two festive and unique celebrations. From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., the Hotel del Coronado’s magnificent Crown Room will transform into Club Crown, a wild post-dinner party. Complete with DJ entertainment and dancing, Crown Club will tempt guests further with a light dessert reception with savory sliders and tuna tartare, Champagne, and linzer cookies. Tickets for Club Crown cost $120. 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado. 800.468.3533.
Alternatively, for an evening full of adventure, guests can experience Far East Fantasy—a celebration filled with exotic sights, sounds and senses discovered along the Silk Road. This black-tie gala transforms the oceanfront ballroom in Byzantine Empire style and features a delectable five-course feast including a dim sum cart, Polynesian poke, and a duet of filet Mignon and citron-glazed prawn entree. The night also includes an open bar, and dance music by The Mighty Untouchables. Far East Fantasy at The Del is $370 for general seating or $420 for VIP ringside seating. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 800.468.3533.
Win $1 Million and NYE Bash at Harrah’s Resort Southern California | Valley Center
For the fourth year in a row, Harrah’s is giving away $1 million cash at the popular Year of the Millionaire. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Harrah’s NYE party features an Alice in Wonderland theme where guests are invited down the rabbit hole complete with scenes from the story, appearances from iconic characters, and more. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way., Valley Center. 760.751.3100.
New Year’s Cocktail Experience at Grant Grill | Downtown
Grant Grill has created an intimate table-side cocktail package experience in its lounge. Ring in the new year with Grant Grill’s table-side cocktail experience. Grab a seat in the lounge where you will sip a variety of craft cocktails, along with wine, the hotel’s barrel-aged Imperial Red Ale and a table-side Blue Blazer cocktail experience. Reservations are $700 for a party of four, $1,400 for a party of eight. 326 Broadway, downtown. 619.644.2077.
The Westgate Hotel | Downtown
San Diego’s very own Parisian palace invites guests to ring in the new year by stepping back into the 18th century for an alluring evening of timeless decadence with a masquerade night in Versailles. Upon arrival, guests will make their way up the Westgate’s grand staircase to be whisked away from the modern age and transported to a haven of French aristocratic elegance. $259. 1055 2nd Ave, downtown. 619.238.1818.
New Year’s Eve Coastal California Dining at Kitchen 1540 | Del Mar
For ushering in a sparkling new year, executive chef Nathan Lingle’s gourmet California-inspired holiday menu features a raw oyster amuse with a suggested wine matching of citrusy Henriot Brut Millesime. Then, three savory courses with choices plus dessert selections follow with possible wine pairings for a supplemental price. Dishes include duck proscuitto with farmer’s market greens, ricotta fritters with pickles and lamb carpaccio. To end the feast, guests can delight in caffé corretto made with dark chocolate, amaretti, espresso mousse and amaretto ganache or other celebratory confections. 6 – 11 p.m. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 858.793.6460.
Cat Eye Club | Downtown
Tiki has taken over San Diego! The retro cocktail lounge and tiki bar will be celebrating the new year with a tiki dinner and magic show featuring Ben Silver. Dine on an all-inclusive dinner with menu items like a pork belly bao taco, Kalua pork carnitas and pineapple upside-down cake, served with a welcome Cat Tai signature cocktail. Doors open on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150. 370 Seventh Ave., downtown. 619.330.9509.
Madison on Park | University Heights
Chef Mario Cassineri is putting together a delicious NYE three-course menu that will include tuna tartare, Maine lobster mac & cheese and Madison’s famous double-cut sesame crusted pork chop. The dinner will be $59.99 and include a complimentary Champagne toast and party favors. 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights. 619.269.6566.
The Blind Burro | Downtown
Specializing in Baja coastal cuisine and spirits, The Blind Burro will be ringing in the new year with a three-course dinner and tequila cocktail pairing. Featured dishes include a ceviche trio, tinga tostadas, chicken tinga enchiladas, churros, and a lime sorbet and tequila martini. $35 for dinner, $25 for an additional tequila cocktail pairing. 639 J St, San Diego, downtown. 619.795.7990.
Moonshine Beach | Pacific Beach
The only major live music entertainment venue in Pacific Beach, Moonshine Beach will celebrate the New Year on Saturday with Honky Tonk Boombox. Serving up a Southern Gulf coast hospitality feel mixing country attitude with Pacific Beach’s easygoing vibe, this is the perfect way to ring in the new year. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. 858.999.0158.
New Year’s Eve at Searsucker Del Mar | Carmel Valley
New Year’s Eve is an occasion to celebrate and Searsucker Del Mar has created a menu worthy of ringing in the new year the right way. Diners can enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu that falls in line with the restaurant’s new American cuisine, putting new twists on classic favorites to accommodate all guests, including Mary’s chicken and short rib. Cheers to the new year with optional wine pairings, because wine not? 12995 El Camino Real #21, Carmel Valley. 858.369.5700
Addison at Fairmont Grand del Mar | Del Mar
Indulge in a celebratory nine-course dinner at Addison in San Diego by Relais & Châteaux grand chef William Bradley. The menu incluces dishes like Langoustine a La Robuchon with scampi butter; Poularde En Brioche with aged sherry and black truffle; and Addison’s signature Mille-Feuille dessert with chocolate, cherry and pistachio. Chef William and the Addison team will offer a complimentary Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. 5:30 – 9 p.m. $325 per guest; $520 with wine pairings. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar. 858.314.1900.
Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party at the Maritime Museum | Downtown
The Maritime Museum is transforming the McKinney deck event center on the historic steam ferry Berkeley into a classy lounge. Music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s will spin throughout the night. Private booths are available along with individual tickets. There will be a photo booth, dessert bar, appetizers, dancing, balloon drop at midnight, and a Champagne toast. Party runs from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Guests will receive hats, noisemakers, and beads to help ring in the new year. Tickets start at $60. 1492 N Harbor Dr, downtown. 619.234.9153.
Psychedelic Masquerade at the Lafayette Hotel | North Park
New Year’s Eve is one special night, so celebrate the right way. On NYE, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalow is hosting the hotel’s third annual New Year’s Eve celebration with psychedelic ’60s throwbacks to celebrate the mind-expanding decade. The event is welcome to guests 21+. Guests are encouraged to wear masquerade attire and masks. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 2223 El Cajon Blvd, North Park. 619.296.2101.
New Year’s Eve Dining Cruises | Downtown
Cheers to 2017! Sail into the new year aboard one of Hornblower Cruises & Events finest yachts. Treat you and your guests to an exciting celebration with an unforgettable cruise on the water. Whether you’re looking for an all-out evening or a Gatsby-themed decadent dinner, each cruise brings the glitz, glam, and the best views in town. Tickets start at $99. Times vary based on cruise. 970 N Harbor Dr, downtown. 619.686.8715.
New Year’s Day
Banker’s Hill Bar and Restaurant | Downtown
Chef de cuisine, Tyler Nollenberger has created a meal with ingredients considered “lucky” to bring in the new year, available exclusively on Jan. 1. The lucky dish, priced at $19.95, includes ham hock-braised black-eyed peas served with buttermilk chive cornbread, Applewood smoked ham and molasses braised greens. Banker’s Hill will be open for New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 – 10 p.m. 2202 Fourth Ave, downtown. 619.231.0222.
Café 222 | Downtown
With Champagne toasts come New Year’s Day hangovers, and Cafe 222 has the cure: The Hangover breakfast platter. The oversized breakfast includes a malted waffle topped with two pancakes, two eggs any style, two sausage links and two strips of turkey bacon. Partygoers wearing a tuxedo, suit, dress or other formal attire from the night before will receive the platter for half-price. Other popular breakfast selections include the blueberry cornbread waffle, made with crunchy, corny buttermilk batter; peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast; the green eggs and Spam scramble and more. $19.95. 222 Island Ave, downtown. 619.236.9902.
Kettner Exchange | Little Italy
On New Year’s Day, join Kettner Exchange’s Tiki Oasis brunch, featuring tropical DJ styling and cocktails to cure any residual 2016 pain. 2001 Kettner Blvd, downtown. 619.255.2001.