Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve & Day in San Diego

Hotel del Coronado’s New Year’s Eve Gala.

New Year’s Day brunch, Roaring ’20s Parties, Champagne Toasts and more … Check out the best ways to ring in 2020 in San Diego.

Edited by Brooke Knetzger.

 

Hotel del Coronado’s New Year’s Eve Gala
Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year at a fabulous Bal Masque, a chic and unforgettable evening in black and white at Hotel del Coronado. The night features a delectable five-course feast, open bar featuring Veuve Clicquot and dancing to the sounds of the Mighty Untouchables. 21+. $375+ pp. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado. hoteldel.com 

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Tahona in Old Town
Dec. 31. Join Tahona to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Old Town. Tahona invites partygoers to ring in the New Year with a four-course meal crafted by Executive Chef Adrian Villarreal. Guests will take a culinary journey on this last night of 2019 with four special courses – and of course, dinner includes a Champagne toast so everyone can cheers to the arrival of 2020. $85 pp. Seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 2414 San Diego Avenue, Old Town, 619.255.2090. tahonabar.com

 

The Westgate Hotel 
Dec. 31. Ring in 2020 in dazzling style at the party of the year featuring pre-dinner cocktails, a celebratory Latin-influenced buffet dinner, DJ, and a memorable live music performance from Westgate Hotel favorite, Julio De La Huerta. Guests can look forward to fiesta vibes, chic cocktails, fabulous cuisine and a champagne toast at midnight. Cocktail attire is required. $165 pp. 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Versailles Ballroom, 1055 2nd Ave, Gaslamp, 619.238.1818. westgatehotel.com

 

Roaring 20’s Party at Herb & Wood
Dec. 31. Herb & Wood will welcome 2020 with an ode to the 1920s. The restaurant will turn into a Gatsby-worthy affair with decor, drinks and music from the elusive era. The evening will feature a three course prix fixe meal, champagne toast and a la carte options at the bar. Reservations between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. are priced at $95 per person, while reservations after 6:30 p.m. cost $115 per person. Among the menu highlights include Veal Loin and Tuna carpaccio with Tomato Sauce, Pickled Tomato, Calabrian Chili, Caper, and Wild Arugula. 2210 Kettner Blvd, Little Italy, 619.955.8495. herbandwood.com

Don’t miss the five-course prix fixe available NYE at Il Dandy.

Il Dandy 
Dec. 31. Take a trip to the Italian coast via an evening at the Banker’s Hill hotspot this New Year’s Eve with a special Chef’s five-course prix fixe available during two seatings. The first seating with be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for $85 pp. Or opt for dinner and a midnight toast during their second seating with open reservations from 8 to 10 p.m. for $120 pp. 2550 Fifth Ave #120, Bankers Hill. ildandyrestaurant.com 

 

Animae
Dec. 31. Animae will be offering a four course prix fixe menu to ensure a delicious start to the new year. Featured menu items include Misty Point Oysters with Uni, Elderberry and Yuzu, Butter Dumplings with Escargot, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Lemon, and Cabbage, and Chili Garlic Lobster, Black Garlic Udon, Choy Sum, Bisque, and Espelette. The evening will include two seatings, with a price of $95 and $115 for the first and second seatings. Reservations for the first seating begin between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and the second seating kicks off at 8 p.m., and includes a midnight toast. 969 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 619.432.1225. animaesd.com

 

Madison on Park 
Dec. 31. Serving upscale Mediterranean and Southern California-inspired cuisine, this University Heights hot-spot will celebrate with a New Year’s Eve three course prix fixe menu. The dinner will highlight dishes like the Tuna Tartare, Madison’s famous double-cut sesame Crusted Pork Chop, Filet Mignon, and gluten-free Vegan Ravioli. Desserts include Raspberry Mascarpone Cake and Chocolate Marquise Cake. $65 pp includes complimentary champagne toast; wine and cocktail pairings an additional $19. First seating from 5-7 p.m., second seating from 8-11 p.m. 4622 Park Blvd, University Heights, 619.269.6566. madisononpark.com

 

JRDN
Dec. 31. Celebrate the New Year with dinner and dancing by the ocean at Tower23 and JRDN in Pacific Beach. JRDN will offer a prix fixe menu before inviting guests to dance the night away at Tower23. Two seatings will be offered at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. JRDN’s dinner is $85 per person and includes entry to the Tower23’s NYE party. Those who choose to opt-out of dinner at can join in on the Tower23 party for $45 per person. Doors open at 10 p.m. and include three VIP lounges. Check website for additional information. 723 Felspar St, Pacific Beach, 858.270.2323. t23hotel.com

 

Celebrate NYE at The Duck Dive’s Roaring 1920’s Party.

The Duck Dive 
Dec. 31. Come dressed to impress for The Duck Dive’s Roaring 1920s Party in Pacific Beach. Guests can enjoy festive libations and tunes from DJ Jeremiah James beginning at 8 p.m. There will be a costume contest and chance to win $500 cash prizes, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Pre-event tickets can be purchased for $20 and will be available for sale at the door for $45. 4650 Mission Blvd, Pacific Beach. Tickets

 

Rustic Root
Dec. 31. Cheers to the New Year while taking in an unbeatable view of the skyline at the popular rooftop restaurant, Rustic Root. Beginning at 8 p.m., guests can indulge in a premier hosted bar, selection of snacks such as Togarashi Marinate Nilman Ranch Tri-Tip Carving Station, Grazing Display, and a variety of appetizers. Party-goers can also enjoy interactive activations, entertainment, bottomless champagne and take home party favors to commemorate the start of 2020. Tickets start at $99.535 Fifth Ave, Gaslamp, 619.232.1747. rusticroot.com 

 

Theatre Box 
Dec. 31. The Gaslamp’s Theatre Box will celebrate with a massive three-story New Year’s Eve celebration. Partygoers will enjoy activations from the first floor to the rooftop, with live DJ performances, bar packages and specialty food offerings throughout the building. Tickets include cocktails, small bites and appetizers, a midnight champagne toast, and two movie tickets to be redeemed at Theatre Box’s TCL Chinese Theatre in 2020. $199. 705 Fifth Ave, Gaslamp, 619.814.2225. theatrebox.com

 

Rancho Bernardo Inn 
Dec. 31. Celebrate a new beginning at the Inn’s Great Gatsby-themed event, featuring music by the Ryan Hiller Band, balloon drop, party favors, light hots d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the evening. Plus, a full open bar featuring Moet & Chandon. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. $125+. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, Rancho Bernardo. Tickets

 

Provisional Kitchen Cafe & Mercantile
Dec. 31. Enjoy a sophisticated soiree with a prix fixe dinner featuring a celebratory toast and live music by DJ GENO. The first seating at 6 p.m. will offer a 4-course meal and glass of champagne, which starts at $95 per person. The 9 p.m. seating will treat guests to a 5-courses and bottle of champagne, which starts at $135 per person. 425 Fifth Ave, Gaslamp, 619.738.7300. pendry.com

 

NYE Beachfront Bash in Mission Beach.

NYE Beachfront Bash 
Dec. 31. Feast, drink and dance from beach to rooftop at NYE Beachfront Bash, San Diego’s beachfront party on the Mission Beach boardwalk. NYE Beachfront Bash will offer multiple venues with DJs, live music and a champagne toast for all. Attendees looking to elevate their celebration can head to the new VIP rooftop lounge at Cannonball with DJ sets from Mikeytown from Dive, Souleil and Unitz.com. VIP Passholders have exclusive access to the upscale venue, feast on handcrafted sushi, unlimited drinks featuring the NYE specialty cocktail menu and more! See website for ticket pricing and additional information. Tickets

 

Rancho Valencia 
Dec. 31. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa will offer a sparkling New Year’s Eve soiree at Veladora, with a decadent four-course dinner, hand crafted cocktails and more. After dinner, guests are invited to dance the night away with music from a live band, and plenty of bubbly beverages for all. $165 pp. 5 – 10 p.m. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Valencia. ranchovalencia.com 

 

Silent Disco at 619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room
Dec. 31. Ring in the new year at North Park’s award winning distillery and tasting room, featuring their line-up of premium handcrafted vodka. Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be a silent disco along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The tasting room will be offering their regular food menu and serving a more elevated bar menu. Following the festivities, the distillery will be open New Year’s Day offering a special menu, and will celebrate with some of 619’s signature Bloody Mary’s featuring their brand new 619 House Bloody Mary Mix, or the 619 Bloody Mary Jar loaded with a pickle spear, charcuterie stick and candied bacon. 3015 Lincoln Ave, North Park, 619.269.2757. Reservations 

 

The Cork and Craft
Dec. 31. In celebration of the New Year, The Cork and Craft will be offering a multi-course menu by Executive Chef Scott Cannon that is a meal worth celebrating. Start with Caviar with lump crab, cucumber, avocado purée and grilled sourdough followed by Burrata with chicories, sesame, rice chip and balsamic soy reduction. Next up are separate courses of Seared Scallops, Duck Confit and Surf & Turf of rack of lamb and grilled shrimp. The menu is priced at $89 with optional beer and wine pairings. 16990 Via Tazon, Rancho Bernardo, 858.618.2463. thecorkandcraft.com 

 

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Dec. 31- Jan. 1. Cheers to 2020! Sail into the New Year aboard one of Hornblower Cruises & Events finest yachts. This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there’s something for everyone. For those looking for a glamorous Roaring 20s-themed dinner, a gorgeous sunset buffet, a decadent four-course seated dinner, or low-key brunch, each New Year’s cruise brings the glitz, glam, and hands-down some of the best views in town. See website for various cruise times and pricing. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing: 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. hornblower.com 

 

Start off the new year with brunch at Viewpoint Brewing Co.

Viewpoint Brewing Co. 
Jan. 1. Start the new year off at Del Mar’s Viewpoint Brewing Co. The restaurant will be serving up its elevated gastropub fare from perfectly cooked eggs benedict and scottish eggs to modern classics like their churro French toast, fried chicken naan mi, and backyard burger. Don’t forget to pair your meal with mimosa flights, hard kombucha on draft and house-brewed craft beer. 2201 San Diguieto Dr, Del Mar. viewpointbrewing.com 

 

The Florence
Jan. 1. The Florence, a New American restaurant and event space in the Sabre Springs neighborhood of San Diego, is kicking off the year with a special brunch buffet including a waffle bar, omelette bar and champagne specials. Guests can look forward to plenty of great food and a lively atmosphere complete with a live DJ. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. 13480 Evening Creek Dr. N. Suite 150, San Diego, 853.433.1545. theflorencesd.com

 

The Lafayette Hotel’s Hope 46
Jan. 1. North Park’s beloved hotel will be kicking off 2020 with a Bloody Mary bar and brunch at Hope 46. Diners can look forward to classic American breakfast favorites such as buttermilk pancakes, huevos rancheros and eggs benedict as well as some Hope 46 specialities including the grilled chicken and bacon hash. 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101. lafayettehotelsd.com

 

 

Photos: Hotel del Coronado courtesy J Public Relations. NYE Beachfront Bash courtesy C3 Communications. Il Dandy and Viewpoint Brewing Co. courtesy Bay Bird Inc. Duck Dive courtesy Alternative Strategies. 

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