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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.


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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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