Town Crier: Local restaurants toasting the New Year

Bruce Paton, the “beer chef,” is the executive chef for Eve’s Waterfront, in the iconic, renovated site of the former Rusty Scupper in Oakland. (Courtesy of Eve’s Waterfront)


It’s time to say goodbye to 2017. Whether you see the champagne glass as half full or half empty, here are some fun places to toast the New Year: 

Agave Uptown, 2135 Franklin St., puts 2017 to bed early with dinner and live music from 3 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Specials include lamb shank, pozole and pipian (mole verde) plus their regular a la carte menu. All guests get a free glass of Sonoma County bubbly.

Copper Spoon, 4031 Broadway, rings in the New Year with a $79 four-course prix fixe menu that includes citrus marinated swordfish and short ribs with sweet potato mash. Guests get party favors, musical entertainment and a sparkling wine midnight toast.

Desco Oakland, 499 9th St., in Old Oakland offers ala carte choices or a $68 prix fixe menu that includes stuffed rabbit saddle wrapped in prosciutto California swordfish with pistachios, prosecco and blood orange. Dinner seatings are from 4 to 10 p.m.

Waterfront Restaurant, 15 Embarcadero West, has celebrity chef Brandon Peacock offering a five- course $75 prix fixe menu that includes herb roasted lamb rack and brick pressed Maine lobster. Dinner seatings are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., a Club Waterfront New Year’s Eve party features open bar, appetizers, a DJ and sparkling wine midnight toast. for party pricing.

Gather, 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley, has chef Anthony Lee’s offering his new ala carte sharing menu from 5 to 10 p.m. Diners enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Homestead, 4029 Piedmont Ave., has two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The 5 to 6 p.m. dinner is four courses for $100 and the second seating from 6:30 to closing is $130 for five courses. Main courses include ribeye cooked in the fireplace with sunchokes, chanterelles and bone marrow or butter poached turbot with Robuchon potatoes, artichokes and Dungeness crab. Complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight.

Lake Chalet, 1520 Lakeside Drive, offers its regular menu from 11 a.m.and dinner, a $65 four-course prix fixe meal with main courses of pan-seared Gulf Grey Flounder or Duck Breast and Confit.

The Terrace Room, 1800 Madison St., features an all-inclusive celebration for $150 that includes a three- course prix fixe dinner, followed at 9 p.m. by dancing and live music from Lavay Smith and The Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Chef Jack Andrews’ entrées include Golden Beet and Truffle Risotto, Porcini Rubbed Short Rib or Slow Braised Halibut. General admission for just the dancing is $50 and begins at 8:30 p.m.


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