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Diablo Dish: Foodie Fun For New Year’s Eve

Here’s the scoop on where to eat and drink as you ring in 2018.


Telefèric Barcelona. Photo by Jeremy Chung.

We all love the funny hats and champagne toasts, but there’s no reason not to enjoy a good meal before “Auld Lang Syne” floats through the air, so here are some options for a celebratory Sunday night dinner.


Telefèric Barcelona: Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona will showcase its Spanish culture on New Year’s Eve not only with food, but also with flamenco dancers and a special gift: a chance to win a free trip to Barcelona. The dinner and show cost $90 ($55 for children), and entrée options include hanger steak and salmon.


Agave Uptown: Oakland’s Agave Uptown will serve Oaxacan specialties and drinks alongside its regular a la carte menu. Live music will add even more spice to the festive evening.


Copper Spoon

Copper Spoon: Copper Spoon in Oakland will serve a $79, four-course meal from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve—and throw in a glass of hibiscus sparkling wine and some tunes by a local DJ.


Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant: You can start the celebrations early at Eve’s, with a five-course meal for $75. Dinner at the Oakland eatery will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., but the real party won’t start until 9 p.m. That’s when DJ Symphony will spearhead the entertainment, and VIP tables will become available. Diners will receive free admission to the party, but must pay a bit more for the open bar, which will pour well liquor, house wine, and draft beer from 9 to 11 p.m. Those who just want to enjoy the party can buy the $69 tickets in advance. 


Gather: Try a revamped menu by new chef Anthony Lee on New Year’s Eve at the venerable Gather in Berkeley. The a la carte menu will be available from 5 to 10 p.m., and you’ll be treated to a free glass of sparkling wine when you order a small plate.


Homestead: Oakland’s Homestead hosts its first New Year’s Eve seating from 5 to 6:15 p.m., when guests can enjoy a four-course dinner for $100. But the second seating—which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to closing—ups the ante, featuring a five-course meal for $130. And those who stay until midnight will get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.


La Marcha: La Marcha in Berkeley will offer a special $65 dinner from 4 to 10 p.m., with paella, bone marrow croqueta and a range of delicious tapas.


Lake Chalet

Lake Chalet: Celebrate New Year’s Eve all day at Oakland’s Lake Chalet, which will open at 11 a.m. and have its last seating at 10 p.m. The four-course menu costs $65 and features flounder and duck as entrées.


Les Arceaux: Les Arceaux in Berkeley is offering a $65 prix fixe menu, with an optional French wine pairing for an additional $45. Dinner will be served from 6 to 10 p.m., but the bistro will remain open—and serve champagne—through midnight.


 Mockingbird: This Oakland restaurant will offer two seatings for a four-course meal (entrées include black cod and short ribs). The first seating at Mockingbird will be at 6 p.m. and cost $100, while the second will be at 8:30 p.m. and cost $125. While the later dinner costs a little bit extra, it includes a traditional midnight toast—as well as a few surprises.


Teni East Kitchen: If you’re in the mood for something a little different on New Year’s, Oakland’s Teni East Kitchen will serve its Burmese-inspired menu all day—and give diners a 50% discount on white sangria and kale salad.


The Terrace Room

The Terrace Room: All the pieces for a great party will be in place at Oakland’s Terrace Room, as a three-course meal will begin at 7 p.m., and lively tunes from Lavay Smith and The Red Hot Skillet Lickers will go from 9 p.m. until midnight. The dinner and show cost $150, but those who just want the music and dancing can get $50 tickets in advance. Regardless of what you choose, make sure to dress in semi-formal attire—and don't forget to wear your dancing shoes. 


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