January 18, 2021

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48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout

Even more than ringing in the new year, it’s time to celebrate the end of 2020 — and Bay Area restaurants are ready to facilitate.

Restaurants typically roll out elaborate, multi-course meals for New Year’s Eve, and many are continuing the tradition this year with takeout tasting menus highlighting luxury ingredients like caviar, truffles and lobster. Others are opting for spreads of fun bites, cheese and charcuterie — the sort of grazing you might expect at a house party, only much smaller. A few are spotlighting cultural traditions, such as eating soba noodles on the last day of the year, while others are keeping things relatively low-key with a few a la carte specials joining their normal menus.

As with Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, many of these special meals are served chilled with reheating instructions. Check directly with the restaurant if you’re specifically looking for takeout that’s served hot and ready to eat.

Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving, however, almost all restaurants are open on New Year’s Eve. So call your favorite restaurant and see what they’ll be up to, as normal-priced restaurant meals are great ways to celebrate, too.

Here are 48 Bay Area restaurants serving special feasts and spreads for celebrating New Year’s Eve at home, organized by price per person.


$25 and below

Curio

A slew of party-ready bites such as lobster summer rolls, Dungeness crab napoleon, pork buns and s’mores tartlets feeds two and costs $50 at Mission restaurant Curio, making it one of the more affordable New Year’s Eve spreads in San Francisco. Extras like caviar and cocktails are also available.

Pre-order by Dec. 29 for takeout or delivery Dec. 30-31. 775 Valencia St., San Francisco. curiobarsf.com

Family Cafe

North Beach’s cozy Japanese cafe will celebrate a Japanese New Year’s tradition of soba noodles, made by Oakland’s Soba Ichi. The set ($40 for two) includes uncooked fresh noodles, Family Cafe’s dashi and sliced duck or chicken thigh. Vegans can opt for seasonal vegetables, as well as a vegan dashi.

Pre-order by Dec. 25 for takeout Dec. 31. 362 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. family-cafe-sf.square.site

Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya's New Year's Eve temaki set comes with seaweed, sushi rice and several types of seafood to make hand rolls at home.

Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

Greet 2021 with a traditional New Year’s Eve soba dinner ($21 per person), with noodles, dashi soup and duck. For a more extravagant meal, the Berkeley izakaya is also offering make-your-own hand rolls via a deluxe tamaki sushi set ($200 for two to three). In addition to rice and seaweed, the set includes uni, negi toro, tamagoyaki, unagi and other fillings. Diners can also opt Sake, wine and whole Basque cheesecakes ($30) are also available.

Pre-order by Dec. 27 for takeout Dec. 31. 2451 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. toasttab.com/fish-bird-sousaku-izakaya/v3

Greens

Stalwart vegetarian restaurant Greens is rolling out a festive menu of hors d’oeuvres (starting at $12 for a dozen), spreads (starting at $8 for 8 ounces) and soups (starting at $9 for a pint), all available a la carte. Think along the lines of spinach-artichoke dip with rosemary focaccia, green goddess dip with crudites, mini squash-filled empanadas and shiitake dumplings dressed in Sichuan peppercorn sauce. There are also pies, cookies and wine.

Pre-order by Dec. 26 for takeout only Dec. 31. 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Building A, San Francisco. greensrestaurant.com

Maison Nico

Parisian-style épicerie Maison Nico will have pâté wrapped in pastry, caramelized layered brioche, terrines and lots of wine and Champagne for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The day’s special pâté en croute will feature venison, pear and black truffle ($17 per slice) — available for shipping in addition to takeout and San Francisco delivery. The pithivier ($100 to feed four to six), meanwhile, will only be available for takeout and requires some cooking at home. The reward is a stunning pie of duck encased in flaky puff pastry.

Pre-order for takeout and delivery Dec. 31. 710 Montgomery St., San Francisco. maisonnico.square.site

Manitas Cafe & Deli

Pozole rojo with slow-roasted pork ribs is the special, available New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from this Salvadoran cafe. A family-style serving for four costs $50, while individual portions go for $13.

Pre-order by calling 415-213-5566 or emailing [email protected] for takeout Dec. 31, or order delivery via Grubhub day-of. 2078 Hayes St., San Francisco. manitascafesf.com

Townhouse

Emeryville restaurant Townhouse is hoping at-home New Year’s Eve celebrations could use a boost from cheese boards ($25), charcuterie boards ($25) and seafood boards ($30) — think smoked salmon dip and ahi tartare. They’re all meant to serve two or three people, and the full set goes for $75.

Pre-order by emailing [email protected] for takeout Dec. 31. 5862 Doyle St., Emeryville. townhouseemeryville.com

$26-$50

Almond & Oak

Oakland’s Almond & Oak has a New Year’s Eve special of two entrees, one bottle of Champagne and salted caramel pudding for $95. The wood-fired New American restaurant will also offer its normal menu.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31 by calling 510-250-9550 or emailing [email protected] 3311 Grand Ave., Oakland. almondandoak.com

Asado negro-style beef, pan de jamon and other Venezuelan holiday eats for New Year's Eve from San Francisco pop-up Arepas en Bici.

Arepas en Bici

Ring in 2021 with a traditional Venezuelan holiday spread ($40) from San Francisco pop-up Arepas en Bici. It includes one hallaca, two slices of pan de jamon, chicken-potato salad and slices of asado negro-style beef. Ponche de crema, a creamy Caribbean rum cocktail, can be added for $20.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 895 Post St., San Francisco. arepasenbici.com

Benchmark Pizzeria

This East Bay gem of a pizzeria tucked away in Kensington will be open with its full menu of Neo-Neapolitan pies and pastas for New Year’s Eve, plus a festive one-off special: a trio of raviolos with shrimp, lobster and crab ($30).

Order on Dec. 31 for takeout. 1568 Oak View Ave., Kensington. benchmarkpizzeria.com

Chao Pescao

This brand new Latin American restaurant is serving a Cuban lechon feast ($65 for two, $120 for four) for the holidays. The pork is cooked for eight hours until the skin crisps and gets served with habanero salsa, black beans, tostones, plantains, empanadas and alfajores for dessert. A large batch of coquito, a creamy Puerto Rican rum cocktail, can be added for $18.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 272 McAllister St., San Francisco. chaopescaosf.com

The holiday lechon platter from new San Francisco restaurant Chao Pescao comes with slow-cooked pork, plantains, beans and more.

Communite Table

This East Oakland comfort food spot is providing nibbles for New Year’s Eve — 20 bites, intended for two to four people. The $35 spread includes arancini, deviled eggs, bacon-stuffed mushrooms and Vietnamese pork meatballs.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 4171 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. communitetable.square.site

Four Star Seafood

This seafood distributor has turned into a much bigger force during the pandemic, and now the company is ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with cioppino kits ($80 for two to four); caviar with blinis, smoked salmon and sweet biscuits ($54); and a festive spread for solo diners ($61) of half a Dungeness crab, dry-aged ribeye and chocolate pudding.

Pre-order for delivery Dec. 31. Available all over the Bay area. fourstarseafood.com/pages/holiday-gifts-meal-kits

La Mar

Waterfront Peruvian destination La Mar will offer three hefty specials for New Year’s Eve: a whole baked and stuffed duck with aji amarillo sauce ($129), short ribs glazed with chicha morada sauce ($149) and lamb leg with aji panca sauce ($169). There are plenty of extra sides, desserts and cocktails available, too.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. Pier 1 1/2, San Francisco. exploretock.com/lamarcebicheria

Nari

Vegetarians can rejoice at the tempting six-course feast from San Francisco’s most heralded upscale Thai restaurant, Nari. It comes in meaty ($50 per person) and vegetarian ($40 per person) versions, swapping duck confit for grilled squash in the pomegranate-studded Panang curry, beefy curry puffs for tofu skewers in the starter, and traditional XO for a shiitake variation with the side of cabbage.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 1625 Post St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/nari

Selby’s

The restaurant group behind swanky Bay Area restaurants Selby’s (Atherton, Redwood City), Spruce (San Francisco) and the Village Pub (Woodside) is offering a slew of New Year’s Eve specials, available for pick up at any of the aforementioned restaurants. Entrees require at-home cooking, like the black truffle-stuffed whole chicken ($100, serves two to four) and the prime rib roast ($200, serves six). There are also a la carte sides like creamed spinach ($8 per person), caviar kits ($105 and up), large-batch cocktails and brunch items for the next day, such as take-and-bake cinnamon rolls ($18 for six).

Pre-order by Dec. 27 for takeout Dec. 31. Locations in Atherton, San Francisco, Redwood City and Woodside. eventbrite.com/e/bacchus-events-new-years-eve-tickets-131643508277

Sobre Mesa

Oakland Afro-Latino cocktail bar Sobre Mesa is collaborating with a Redwood City performing arts company to create a virtual New Year’s Eve party and charity event online (tickets cost $25 per person). In addition to live performances and virtual art installations, there will be the option to buy a meal kit ($50 per person) — for peri peri chicken or vegan keftas usuing Impossible Burger — and a cocktail kit ($50 for eight drinks), both of which will get delivred to participants’ Bay Area homes the day prior. Virtual cooking and cocktail-making classes will be part of program.

Pre-order for delivery in most of the Bay Area Dec. 30. feastin.com/r/SobreMesaDragon

Teleferic Barcelona

The Palo Alto and Walnut Creek locations of Teleferic Barcelona are both offering several holiday specials. One version is a five-course meal with sangria ($89 for two) that runs through classics like paella, patatas bravas, ham croquettes and churros with chocolate cream. The vegetarian equivalent costs $79 for two, and there’s also a more extravagant, $179 version.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 855 El Camino Real, Ste. 130, Palo Alto or 1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. telefericbarcelona.square.site/shop/holiday-specials-/53

$51-$100

Alley & Vine

Alameda’s newest upscale spot is offering a four-course meal kit ($195 for two, $380 for four) that moves from seared scallops with Dungeness crab tortelloni and Champagne broth to roasted duck in a blood orange sauce. Extras, such as caviar with popcorn and wine pairings, are also available.

Pre-order by Dec. 29 for Dec. 31 takeout. 1332 Park St., Ste. D, Alameda. alleyandvine.com/new-years-eve-meal-kit

Birdsong

Parties of two can split a surf and turf lobster roll kit ($195 for two) from San Francisco tasting menu spot Birdsong. It includes a whole cooked lobster, dry-aged beef tartare and trout roe, which revelers can assemble onto Parker House rolls with lobster brain aioli and XO sauce. Extravagant additions like caviar cream puffs ($105+) and black truffle deviled eggs ($55) are also available.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 1085 Mission St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/birdsongsf

Camper

In Menlo Park, upscale farm-to-table spot Camper is closing out the year with a four-course dinner ($170 for two), including a cocktail hour with snacks and a choice of entree, such as tri-tip or a vegetarian fried chickpea cake. Keep celebrating the next day with a brunch box ($45 for two) stocked with pancake batter, maple syrup, eggs and bacon, and mimosas ($40).

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. exploretock.com/camper

Canela

San Francisco tapas restaurant Canela is including party favors with its three-course New Year’s Eve meal kit ($79 per person). Each course, however, comes with multiple bites or small plates. Starters include poached shrimp, mini Spanish tortilla bites and little lobster sandwiches, while the entree runs between salad, wild mushroom paella and lamb chops with salsa verde. Dessert is especially fun, with chocolate fondue and a sparkling wine gelatina.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 30-31. 2272 Market St., San Francisco. canelasf.square.site

Che Fico's lasagna with bolognese gets a New Year's Eve boost from black truffle.

Che Fico

Truffles are all over the New Year’s Eve menu at Cal-Italian spot Che Fico. There’s tagliatelle ($150 for two), which comes with truffle butter, whole white truffle and a truffle slicer; bolognese lasagna ($75 for two) loaded with black truffle; and the option to add black truffle ($45) or white truffle ($85) to potato gratin ($35 for four). A giant rib roast meal ($285 for four) and caviar set ($185 for two) round out the offerings.

Pre-order by Dec. 28 for takeout Dec. 30. 838 Divisadero St., San Francisco. chefico.com

Chop Bar

Oakland comfort food staple Chop Bar will be open with its usual menu and meal kits on New Year’s Eve in addition to a special four-course menu ($90 per person, two person minimum). Diners can choose between hors d’oeuvres or a cheese platter; Dungeness crab toast or a citrusy green salad; and four entrees, including a vegetarian Napoleon, smoked pork chop and pan-roasted duck breast.

Pre-order by Dec. 28 for takeout Dec. 31. 190 4th St., Oakland. oaklandchopbar.com

Commis

Oakland’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is offering a tasting menu ($85 per person), that can be scaled for two and 10 people. The main attraction is seared ribeye in a rich Cognac-infused sauce, plus sides like truffled potatoes. Naturally, the restaurant’s super-famous slow-poached egg yolk with smoked dates and levain will also be included.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 3859 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. exploretock.com/commis

Daughter’s Diner

A six-course dinner ($79 per person) is on offer from this modern Oakland diner, with main atttractions of dry-aged steak with red wine jus, roasted chicken broth with truffled dumplings and a citrusy crab salad. Extras like Champagne and caviar with hash browns are also available.

Pre-order by calling 510-309-1943 for takeout Dec. 31. 326 23rd St., Oakland. daughtersdiner.com

A crab and citrus salad starts off Oakland restaurant Daughter's Diner's New Year's Eve dinner.

Hen-Zhi

Chef Chris Yang’s Asian street food-inspired pop-up Hen-Zhi is preparing a family-style meal kit ($120 for two) that eaters will reheat at home. It includes six courses, including shoyu-braised short rib, garlic noodles with Chinese sausage and pork belly ssam. Bigger groups can add on a huge short rib roast for $180. Delivery is available throughout San Francisco, most of the East Bay and parts of the Peninsula and Marin County.

Pre-order for delivery Dec. 30 or takeout Dec. 31 from a to-be-announced loction in Lafayette. henzhisf.com/shop

Left Bank Brasserie

The dishes on Left Bank Brasserie’s four-course dinner ($85 per person) are also available a la carte, for those who wish to scale down or load up on starters like oysters ($18), cheese fondue ($14) and chicken liver mousse ($18). Diners can choose from mains of filet mignon ($59), lobster risotto ($51) or truffle-mushroom ravioli ($39).

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. Locations in Larkspur, Menlo Park and San Jose. leftbank.com

Mago

Meat lovers and vegetarians both get six-course tasting menus ($90) at this innovative wood-fired restaurant in Oakland. Beef Wellington — or a mushroom-celery root version — is the star attraction, along with a starter of lemony Dungeness crab or lemony burrata; gnocchi with broccoli; and date-sesame sticky pudding.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 3762 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. exploretock.com/mago

Maison Danel

For those curious about Maison Danel’s Christmas offerings but are missing out, the French patisserie and restaurant is repeating the dinner special ($360 for four) for New Year’s Eve. It starts with caviar and blinis, then goes into truffle chicken supreme with sides. A bottle of wine is included, but dessert — whether it’s a holiday-centric yule log cake or a lemon tart — will need to be ordered separately.

Pre-order by Dec. 29 for takeout Dec. 31. 1030 Polk St., San Francisco. maisondanel.com

Millennium

Vegans hunting for an upscale prix-fixe option for New Year’s Eve should take a look at Millennium’s four-course meal ($75 per person). It includes options for the main — Moroccan braised artichoke with bean tagine and saffron risotto or pasta stuffed with greens and cashew ricotta — as well as dessert, which could be an Opera cake or mandarin-pomegranate cheesecake.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 5912 College Ave., Oakland. millenniumrestaurant.com

Nightbird

Channeling the usual party vibes of New Year’s Eve, Hayes Valley tasting menu spot Nightbird is serving a menu of fancy snacks ($100 per person) such as crab-sunchoke spread on foccacia, caviar on brioche, beef tartare and truffle fondue tarts. Extras like, yes, even more caviar ($75) and batch cocktails ($40) are also on offer.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 330 Gough St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/nightbird

One Market

Diners can choose between starters of lobster bisque or mushroom lasagna and entrees of grilled steak or seared snapper for the three-course New Year’s Eve meal ($85 per person) from San Francisco’s One Market. Either way, the evening finishes with a chocolate tart — and could feature supplements like Dungeness crab cakes ($18), caviar with blinis ($65) and wine.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 1 Market St., San Francisco. onemarket.com

A spread of New Year's Eve options from San Francisco's One Market, including grilled steak, snapper and mushroom lasagna.

Perbacco

Dungeness crab salad, agnolotti with truffle fonduta and ribeye steak with black truffle butter are some of the celebratory dishes on San Francisco Italian staple Perbacco’s four-course dinner ($100 per person, two person minimum). Supplements like white truffle, small bites and cocktails are also available.

Pre-order by Dec. 27 for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 230 California St., San Francisco. perbaccosf.com/events/event/new-years-eve-dinner

Rooh

San Francisco’s genre-defying Indian restaurant Rooh is serving a family-style feast ($180 for two) with entree options such as chicken biryani, moussaka with pulled lamb and paneer tikka with artichoke dolmas. Those come with multiple sides, starters and pastries for dessert.

Pre-order for takeout only Dec. 31. 333 Brannan St., Ste. 150, San Francisco. exploretock.com/roohsf

SPQR

Michelin-starred modern Italian restaurant SPQR is offering an a la carte menu for New Year’s Eve with festive cold appetizers like smoked salmon crespelle ($65 for two) and caviar on toast ($120), plus handmade pastas such as squid ink-striped crab triangoli ($48 for two) and a few mains like porchetta-style pork shoulder ($68 for two). The hot dishes will require reheating.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 1911 Fillmore St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/spqr

Ssal

Contemporary Korean dishes, such as beef galbijjim with abalone and steamed egg custard flecked with Dungeness crab and black truffle, make up the five-course New Year’s Eve dinner ($85) from Ssal in San Francisco. The restaurant warns it can’t accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 2226 Polk St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/ssal

The Morris

Popular Mission wine bar the Morris is offering a few extra celebratory a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve: half a deep-fried chicken with caviar and a flaky biscuit ($60), a hefty steak with black truffle bordelaise ($75) and — ahem — foie gras terrine with more truffle and brioche ($30). Champagne cocktail kits ($70 for four), which pair bubbly with cognac, Benedictine, yellow chartreuse and bitters, are also available, along with plenty of wine.

Pre-order for takeout and delivery Dec. 31. 2501 Mariposa St., San Francisco. themorris-sf.com

$101-$150

Calavera

This popular Oakland Mexican restaurant is going big for New Year’s Eve with a six-course meal ($125 per person) with four entree choices. Vegetarians can opt for the roasted vegetables with yellow mole, while meat eaters can choose between duck in green mole, steak in black mole or al pastor-inspired lobster tails. The meal, portioned for at least two, includes a bottle of sparkling wine or cider and a package of party materials, such as a list of Mexican New Year’s Eve traditions for inspiration. Add-ons include mezcal flights and “a hangover recoverage package” of bloody Marys and pozole or menudo.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 2337 Broadway, Oakland. calaveraoakland.com/new-years-takeout-packages

Lord Stanley

Celebrate the end of 2020 with one of a seafood-centric five-course meal kit ($150 per person) from Michelin-starred Lord Stanley. Starters include shrimp cocktail and cured salmon on rye, which gets followed by two lobster courses: a lobster claw salad and a flaky pie filled with curried lobster tail.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 2065 Polk St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/lordstanleysf

Mister Jiu’s

San Francisco’s most acclaimed contemporary Cantonese restaurant is offering a five-course meal ($145 per person) for New Year’s Eve, with a choice of quail with goji berries and pine nuts or cod with ginger and scallions for the main course. Other highlights include Dungeness crab congee and a chocolate-hazelnut tart with persimmon.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 28 Waverly Place, San Francisco. exploretock.com/misterjius

Mustard’s Grill

Cindy Pawlcyn’s classic Napa restaurant is serving a six-course New Year’s Eve dinner ($150 per person, two person minimum), which includes morning-after fare of bagels, smoked salmon and bloody Marys. The dinner stars smoked duck alongside celebratory dishes like caviar blinis, truffled chestnut soup and a whiskey cake.

Pre-order by Dec. 28 for takeout Dec. 31. 7399 St. Helena Highway, Napa. mustardsgrill.com

Prubechu

San Francisco’s only Guamanian restaurant is prepping a massive New Year’s Eve meal kit ($220 for two), with dishes like crispy pork belly with lobster sauce, truffled scalloped potatoes and shrimp louie. Expect to do some reheating at home — plus party hats and noise makers.

Pre-order for takeout Dec. 31. 2224 Mission St., San Francisco. prubechu.com

Caviar with creme fraiche and toast starts off the New Year's Eve feast from Oakland restaurant Homestead.

$151 and up

Acquerello

Caviar, black truffle and white truffle are on the glitzy seven-course New Years’s Eve menu ($350 for two) from Italian fine dining staple Acquerello. Main courses include quail with black truffle-brioche stuffing and braised beef with lasagna and porcini fonduta. With early afternoon pickup times, expect to have to do some light cooking to prep this feast.

Pre-order for takeout or delivery Dec. 31. 1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/acquerellosf

Gozu

Wagyu-centric, Japanese-inspired Gozu is serving a special $198 bento for New Year’s Eve. Check Tock in the coming days for updates on what exactly it will include. There’s also caviar with toast and toppings ($100), desserts such as a cream puff made with wagyu tallow ($6) and lots of wine.

Pre-order for takeout and delivery Dec. 31. 201 Spear St., Ste. 120, San Francisco. exploretock.com/gozu

Homestead

Since upscale farm-to-table spot Homestead can’t host its usual New Year’s Eve party, the Oakland resaurant is preparing a meal kit ($1,000 for four or $600 for two) meant to last all night at home. Start with caviar, charcuterie and cheese, then move onto the main meal of braised short rib and lobster with wine. Petite fours and Champagne follow, and then there’s quiche and coffee cake for the next morning.

Pre-order by Dec. 29 for takeout Dec. 31. 4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. homesteadoakland.com

Sorrel

Though this Michelin-starred Cal-Italian restaurant is temporarily closed due to the current stay-at-home order, it’s still celebrating New Year’s Eve. A seven-course meal kit is on offer ($350 for two or $650 for four), which requires some reheating and assembly. The main couse is a dry-aged duck with truffle potato gratin, which is joined by oysters, caviar, Sorrel’s famous sourdough focaccia and a yule log for dessert. Even more oysters, caviar and Champagne can be added, too.

Pre-order for takeout only Dec. 30-31. 3228 Sacramento St., San Francisco. https://www.sorrelrestaurant.com/store/catering/

Janelle Bitker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker