Kiss 2022 goodbye and welcome 2023 in style at one of these dining experiences. From eccentric four-course dinners in the moonlight to more traditional,-yet-opulent brunches and tastings, the following are the top New Year’s Eve dining spots in California.
Herb & Sea
Kick off 2023 the Herb & Sea way by skinny dipping at Moonlight Beach with the dining destination’s new unique experience: Dine & Dip. The evening starts with dinner at Herb & Sea, followed by a dip at the beach. The opulent dinner is a four-course menu showcasing the bounty of land and sea with items like raw oysters, fried pork belly, wood-fired filet and sturgeon crudo. A selection of handcrafted cocktails and bubbles will be available to complement each bite—a little liquid courage before your midnight dive. Pricing varies depending on your age and reservation times but begin at $90 per adult and $41 per child for seatings at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Reservations are required. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve dinner at Herb & Sea, visit herbandsea.com.
Herb & Wood
Conclude your 2022 with dinner at one of San Diego’s most iconic restaurants, Herb & Wood. In honor of the grand holiday, Herb & Wood will offer visitors a four-course dinner curated by Chef Carlos Anthony. Each course will feature plates created with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients and offer items like the Dungeness crab salad, venison tartare, seared scallops, grilled lobster tail and many more. Be sure to save room for dessert and enjoy one of Executive Pastry Chef Lauren Warren’s decadent bites, with options like the tiramisu and lemon tart. The New Year’s Eve dinner in California is priced at $110 per person for the first (5 p.m.) and second seating (7 p.m.) and $150 per person for the third seating (9:15 p.m.). To learn more about the New Year’s Eve dinner at Herb & Wood, visit herbandwood.com.
It’s time to clink some glasses at InterContinental San Diego’s rooftop eatery, Garibaldi. The New Year’s Eve dining spot in California offers the ultimate setting for the perfect celebration, with unbeatable views of the bay and luxurious flavors from Southern Italy. The menu lineup is a four-course experience featuring items like the 12-oz. veal chop tomahawk with potato, red pepper, olive, anchovy, chili and coriander yogurt or the pesce spada e aragosta, a swordfish alla Siciliana, with half lobster tail al burro, eggplant caponata, melted fennel and red tangerine oil. To perfect the dining experience are a few sweet options, including Garibaldi’s signature cassata Siciliana cheesecake, tiramisu and pistachio panna. The holiday meal is $125 per person, with an optional $45 wine pairing. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve dinner at Garibaldi, visit resy.com.
Ring in the new year with Animae as your elegant backdrop. The San Diego-based destination is offering an indulgent four-course menu featuring unique dishes in honor of the special occasion. The meal will feature local favorites like the Mantao, prepared with sour cream butter and sweet soy, the beef bao tai chanh, hamachi crudo and a multitude of sides, desserts and optional libation pairings. The stunning dining experience is $110 per person for reservations at 7 p.m. and $130 for reservations at 9 p.m. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve dinner at Animae, visit animaesd.com.
The latest addition to Carlsbad, Polo Steakhouse, is whipping up a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu for $125 per person. The holiday feast was carefully created by notable industry leader, Executive Chef Judd Canepari, and features a four-course experience with items like the Spanish chorizo octopus and seared wagyu, in addition to a variety of sides and dessert plates. The dinner requires a $25 per person deposit and will have seatings at 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve dinner at Polo Steakhouse, visit polocarlsbad.com.
Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp
After what we hope will be an eventful night of celebrating, nourish your body on Jan. 1 at Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp for a New Year’s Day Brunch. In addition to its already available all-American menu, the restaurant will be boasting new items for the holiday, like the Nashville popcorn shrimp, jambalaya and $22 Champagne bottles with fresh juice. In addition to the dishes, Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp will also be playing live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more about New Year’s Day Brunch at Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp, visit cervezajacks.com.
The Shores Restaurant
La Jolla, Carlsbad
End the year with a delightful ocean view and a three-course meal at The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla. The oceanfront site is offering a prix-fixe lineup, with menu highlights including a 14-oz. rubbed ribeye, striped bass filet or a Baja-style cioppino. To end the perfect night, a dessert selection will also be on the menu, including flan, sorbet, lemon tart or a mud pie. Reservations are required, and the experience is $75 per person. To learn more about New Year’s Eve dinner at The Shores Restaurant, visit theshoresrestaurant.com.
The Mayor’s Table
End 2022 in style and enter 2023 with a sophisticated soirée at The Mayor’s Table at Laguna Beach. Guests who visit the New Year’s Eve dining spot in California will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Champagne before enjoying a four-course menu with hand-selected wine pairings and live music. The dining experience is $110 per person (plus $55 for wine pairings) and will include bites like the truffle crab and dumplings, braised short rib of beef and aged duck foie gras. To learn more about New Year’s Siorèe at The Mayor’s Table, visit lidohousehotel.com.
A hidden gem inside the newest addition to Laguna Beach’s La Casa del Camino hotel, Comedor is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner to remember with a prix-fixe menu curated by Executive Chef Glen Tinsely. Inspired by coastal cuisine, the menu is five courses, priced at $150 per person, and includes options like the harissa-roasted prawns with forbidden rice, turmeric yogurt, pistachio and pistachio oil; the Dungeness crab and winter citrus prepared with avocado, arugula and roasted Meyer lemon vinaigrette; or the Maine lobster fra diavolo with spaghettoni, lobster sauce and a citrus herb gremolata. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. To learn more about New Year’s Eve dinner at Comedor, visit resy.com.
La Jolla, Carlsbad
Kickstart 2023 with holiday-inspired eats from Urban Plates. The restaurant is offering a meal for $89 and is ideal for a cozy celebration at home. The meal package feeds up to four people and includes mains like grilled chicken, steak, salmon or Chimichurri steak; sides like Brussels sprouts, turkey bacon, creamed spinach, roasted rainbow carrots and beets; in addition to a lineup of sweets and optional wine pairings. The meal will be available for pick up from Dec. 14 to Dec. 31. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve meal package from Urban Plates, visit urbanplates.com.
The Marine Room
La Jolla Shores
The Marine Room offers a prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu, with options like Sonoma rack of lamb, pepper-crusted bone-in filet mignon and whole stuffed branzino. As the clock approaches midnight, guests may enjoy the New Year’s Trilogy, which includes golden devils pound cake, tuxedo strawberry and vanilla gelato. The restaurant will offer three seating times: 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Diners can expect lively entertainment throughout the night as well. For more information, visit www.marineroom.com.