Top 5 New Years Eve Restaurants in San Francisco
With over 2,000 choices in dining and the best seasonal ingredients available year round, the San Francisco Bay area is truly a foodie paradise. 2012 was certainly an epic year for dining. The year started strong when James Beard Foundation revealed that 24 San Francisco restaurants/chefs had been nominated for James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards. Boulevard Restaurant, after 8 years of nominations took home the prize for outstanding restaurant.
The restaurants on this year’s top 5 lists were chosen because they are the definition of dining San Francisco Style in 2012. The trendiest spots of 2012 all seemed to have a few things in common; 1.they offer high-end food with a unique and more casual twist 2. The chefs source local, seasonal and organic ingredients 3. They offer warm, friendly hospitality minus the pretention associated with fine dining in decades past.
#1 New Years Eve Restaurants in San Francisco: State Bird Provisions:
1529 Fillmore Street
Everywhere you go, State Bird Provisions is the most talked about restaurant of 2012, period. The concept takes seasonal California Cuisine and the small plate concept in an exciting and unpredictable direction. Husband and wife team Chef Stuart Brioza and pastry chef Nicole Krasinski have managed to find a way to give San Franciscans a unique dining experience, with flawless service and innovative cuisine made with the best seasonal ingredients. Unusual dishes and flavor combinations are less intimidating at State Bird Provisions, which considers itself a “Carte and tray service restaurant’. In other words, there is no decision-making, no wait for food to come out and no obligation to take dishes that don’t look appealing as they arrive to your table (I dare you to find just one unappealing dish however!). It is like a sit down cocktail party. Servers bring trays of food and if you want to try it you take a plate and the server makes a mark on a sheet that looks like a sushi restaurant order pad. At State Bird there is no trying to visualize the dish before it arrives and no sticker shock, as the concept is mostly small plates that are very reasonably priced. If you can get a reservation on New Years Eve, your last few hours of 2012 will be a foodie’s fantasy comes true. If you do get in, you will want to be sure to order the name sake dish of fried quail, a dish Brioza became so well known for that he and his wife named the restaurant after it.
Cuisine: Tapas, small plates, American
Accolades: One of 15 newcomers to the SF Chronicles top 100 list, Bon Appetite “Best New restaurant in America” 2012
Chef/owner: Stuart Brioza
Pastry Chef: Nicole Krasinski
New Years Eve: TBA/ don’t wait to book and don’t miss the quail!
#2 New Years Eve Restaurants in San Francisco: Sons and Daughters
708 Bush Street
415 -391- 8311
In 2012 Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty have really come into their own on the SF food scene. In 2010 the duo armed with passion, some serious cooking skills made quite an impression in this highly competitive foodie city in spite of the fact that they did not have that much business experience. Within two years the duo achieved a Michelin Star Rating and captured the attention of the SF Chronicle, who granted both Chefs the highly coveted title of Rising Star” chef in 2012. Hard Core Foodies, the kind that only truly exist in San Francisco, could easily consider dinner at Sons and Daughters to be the main event this New Years Eve. The menu on December 31 will be a price fixed Chef’s Tasting Menu and guests will be able to add on wine pairings. You should allow 2 and a half to three hours to fully enjoy the dining experience at Sons and Daughters. All the food is made with hyper-local ingredients, including some items that have been grown in Chef McNamara’s mother’s personal garden! And the flavor combinations, which seem somewhat unusual, come together in a most surprising way. The concept has grown along with the chef’s business sense and now tasting menus are exclusively offered and the dishes are hand delivered by the chefs, giving a one of a kind San Francisco dining experience. This New Years Eve, Sons and Daughters is the spot for foodies.
Cuisine: Contemporary American (using molecular gastronomic techniques)
Accolades: 2.5 star review from the SF Chronicle (3 stars for the cuisine), earned a Michelin Star one year after opening, both Chefs were granted the title of “Rising Star Chef” by the SF Chronicle in 2012
Chefs: Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty
Sommelier: Amy Racine
New Years Eve: 9 course tasting menu from, 5-9:30 21/2 $130.00, add on wine pairings for $89.00, a limited by the glass wine menu will be offered as well
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