10 Best Bay Area Restaurants for NYE, And a $75,000 Package

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There’s nothing like ending the year with a fantastic feast. We’ve got a mind-blowing, $75,000 New Year’s Eve package from The St. Regis San Francisco, Shreve & Co and Waterbar that will redefine the way you sing “Auld Lang Syne.” Or, if you prefer to say goodbye to 2014 and ring in 2015 in a more traditional style, here are nine more of the best Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s Eve. First, the granddaddy of ’em all:
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End 2014 in grand style with The St. Regis San Francisco‘s New Year’s Eve Bubbles & Baubles aficionado package. The luxury hotel has partnered with Shreve & Co, the city’s original jeweler, and San Francisco’s acclaimed Waterbar restaurant to offer you this exquisite deal:
  • Overnight accommodations in an expansive St. Regis Suite for the night of Dec. 31, 2014, complete with signature St. Butler service
  • Private in-suite sabering ritual, an alluring St. Regis tradition that entails opening a $5,000 bottle of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay à la Napoleon, accompanied by an oyster amuse bouche.
    One-of-a-kind Mikimoto pearl strand necklace from Shreve & Co.
    Luxurious Bentley house car accommodations to and from Waterbar, the city’s finest waterfront restaurant overlooking the dazzling Bay Bridge and nearby illuminated Ferry Building; your table will provide a view overlooking The Bay Lights, the iconic light sculpture on the Bay Bridge designed by world-famous artist Leo Villareal
  • A lavish five-course dinner for two at Waterbar, complete with a variety of wine pairings to perfectly enhance each delectable dish. The meal will begin with selections such as caviar and Maine lobster paired with sparkling wine to awaken the palate, move on to other fine seafood options such as black bass, scallops and turbot, and finish with seasonally-inspired warm gingerbread pudding paired with ice wine, a special occasion delicacy. At the stroke of midnight, you’ll enjoy a front-row seat to the waterfront fireworks display.
  • On New Year’s Day, toast 2015 over brunch at Vitrine with a personal mixing session of the St. Regis Signature Bloody Mary cocktail.
Yes, you’ll shell out $75,000 for this unique experience but its for double occupancy and includes all taxes and service charges. If you’re interested, contact the St. Regis Aficionado Coordinator at 415-284-4070.
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Here are nine more of the best Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s Eve:
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Even Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina will be at his Mission Street restaurant, RN74, which offers French fare and a wine list highlighting Burgundy vintages in a stylish setting on New Year’s Eve when two seatings are offered. Enjoy a five-course dinner, highlighted by black truffle raviolo and Sonoma squab during the 5:30 seating or a six-course feast during the 8 p.m. seating, for $125 and $175, respectively, with optional wine pairings for both.
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If you’re headed to Napa for New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to make reservations for the over-the-top Red Tie Affair, which includes a decadent five-course dinner at Chef Ken Frank’s Michelin-starred La Toque restaurant, inside the Westin Verasa, and a Red Tie Dance Party held in the lobby at BANK Café and Bar. The New Year’s Eve dinner in La Toque begins with a champagne reception and passed hors d’oeuvres on the covered terrace, followed by an indulgent five-course dinner. For this very special night, the La Toque kitchen presents the restaurant’s most elaborate menu of the year. Not to be outdone, the sommeliers will choose exceptional wines from the award-winning cellar to offer as wine pairings for the evening. Guests dining at La Toque will have full access to the Red Tie Party at BANK Café & Bar to enjoy the music and dancing. And yes, the finest red attire is suggested.
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If you haven’t been to Four Embarcadero to check out the dazzling, new Crystal Jade restaurant that opened in November, there’s no better time than on New Year’s Eve when diners can watch the fireworks from the 4,000 square-foot terrace. That evening, Crystal Jade is offering a six-course menu for $99 per person that includes savory dishes such as apple wood roasted duck, deep fried wild gulf prawns with a Beijing-style sauce, sautéed beef tenderloin with garlic slices, as well as a choice of a holiday dessert, including baked pumpkin pastry or Japanese mochi. Toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of champagne.
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Quince, the recently-renovated, two-Michelin starred restaurant in Jackson Square, offers a custom eight-course preset menu, highlighted by three preparations of osetra caviar and dry aged rib of beef “tagliata”  ($350 per person) by Chef Michael Tusk. Optional wine pairings ($200) available.
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La Folie, a family-run restaurant in Russian Hill, offers two opportunities to enjoy chef/owner Roland Passot’s New Year’s Eve menus. The first seating, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., is five courses ($195) and the second seating, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., is six courses ($295).
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Acquerello, which earned its second Michelin star this year, a move that makes chef-owner Suzette Gresham the third female chef in the United States to earn two stars, is offered a five-course tasting Menu including fresh crab, scallops and rack of lamb for $250 per guest (add another $145 for wine pairing).
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Benu, which recently earned its third Michelin star, offers a seven-course menu featuring the products of winter from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $195 and a 12-course New Years Eve menu from 7:30 for $250.
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At Spruce, a Presidio Heights fave, Chef Mark Sullivan’s California-inspired American cuisine showcases the freshest and finest ingredients. On New Year’s Eve, the first seating offers a four-course menu ($125pp/food $75pp wine) followed by a second seating with a five-course menu ($175pp/food $90pp wine).
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Chef/owner Tracy des Jardin’s lovely Jardinière has a first seating from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ($175) and second seating from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ($225).
Bon appetit!
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