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Diablo Dish: MoMo’s to Open in February

Plus, your guide to New Year’s Eve dining in the East Bay.


Courtesy of MoMo’s American Bar and Grill

MoMo’s Makes It Official


MoMo’s American Bar and Grill is opening its second location in Walnut Creek in mid-February. Owners Peter and Janet Osborne plan to open the eatery in the former McCovey’s Restaurant space by Valentine’s Day, but that may change in the coming weeks.

The menu will feature items from the original MoMo’s across from AT&T Park as well as some favorite dishes from sister restaurant Mission Rock Resort. Expect a raw bar, mussels and fries, and MoMo’s famous wood-fired pizzas. And of course, there will also be plenty of TVs showing the latest sports games.

Stay tuned for more information on an official opening date!


Ring in the New Year in Style

Not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve this year? East Bay restaurants have you covered, whether you’re simply looking for a festive dinner or wanting a delicious meal along with a fun party.

Telefèric Barcelona

If you’re looking for food plus a party, try these eateries:
Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona will host a Spanish-themed New Year’s Eve bash featuring flamenco music and dancers, Salvador Dalí and Leo Messi impersonators, a bullfighter, and a live “running of the bulls.” In addition to the show, there will be a prix-fixe menu available that includes two cocktails, a meat and cheese plate, a pintxo flight, two tapas, a main course, and dessert. All attendees will also be able to enter a raffle for the chance to win two plane tickets to Barcelona. Sound good? RSVP for the 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. seating. It costs $85 per person to attend.

Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant in Oakland will start the party at 9 p.m. with music from R&B/smooth jazz band Oaktown Private Reserve. Food will be available from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and of course, there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Prices start at $50 per person.


If you’re just looking for dinner, head here:
New Year’s Eve curmudgeons can get their crabby on at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club, as the downtown landmark offers its 19th annual series of Dungeness Crab Parties. Aft deck seating will be available on New Year’s Eve at 5, 5:30, 7:30, and 8 p.m. But those who want to get a jump on the Dungeness decadence can opt for next Wednesday, December 21, when seatings are available at 5:30, 6, 8, and 8:30 p.m. The four-course meal—which includes calamari antipasti, albacore salad, Dungeness crab and fries, and triple TCHO chocolate brownies—costs $55 per person. Crack those shells and enjoy …

Gourmets may want to go to Artisan Bistro in Lafayette, which will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The five-course prix-fixe menu costs $119 and features main course choices of filet mignon, rack of lamb, or seared day boat scallops wrapped in puff pastry. An optional wine pairing costs an additional $49.

For a Victorian-themed New Year’s Eve dinner, head to The Peasant and the Pear in Danville. The $85 prix-fixe menu will include such classic options as escargot, lamb chops, and crepes Suzette, among other items. Top hats and cravats are welcome, but not required.

Sabio on Main / laniallenimagery-food.com

Pleasanton’s Sabio on Main will offer a five-course prix-fixe menu from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. For $89, you can enjoy main courses ranging from scallops to duck cassoulet. Dungeness crab, shaved black truffle, or seared foie gras is also available for an additional $20, and an optional wine pairing can be added for another $50. A complimentary sparkling wine toast will take place at midnight.

Craving samosas and other Indian delights? Ajanta Restaurant in Berkeley can give you a jump on the day with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or you can settle in for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there will be a special Chef’s Tasting Menu available for $43. The prix-fixe dinner features a choice of an appetizer; a main dish; sides of rice, naan bread, chutneys, and pickles; a dessert; and paired wines by the glass. (A vegetarian version costs $40.) Note that when choosing the prix-fixe meal, everyone at the table must order it.

Gather Restaurant, a Berkeley mainstay, will also offer a vegetarian option for New Year’s Eve. Plus, bubbly will be half-price all night long. That glass of champagne should pair nicely with an abundance of seafood specials (including some scrumptious oysters) and vegan selections.

Old Oakland’s Desco will start serving at 4 p.m. on December 31 for those who plan to party on East Coast time, and the kitchen will stay open until 11 p.m. The restaurant will offer its regular a la carte menu in addition to a $68 prix-fixe menu. Enjoy duck breast or seared scallops for your main course as you get ready for the 9 p.m. ball drop in Times Square.

Homestead is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $100 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a five-course version for $130 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The menu will feature duck prosciutto, fresh pasta, Dungeness crab, Hudson Valley foie gras, and scallops, among other items. (The ribeye cooked over the fireplace sounds especially good.) Optional wine pairings are available at the Oakland restaurant as well, and those who stay until 2017 arrives will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

To ring in the new year, Shakewell in Oakland will offer its four-course prix-fixe menu for $85 during three seatings: 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. There will be three entrée options, plus the chance to upgrade to oysters on the half shell (add $18) or foie gras (add $20).

Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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