By Tanya Henry
Sure—champagne, party hats and live music are the usual suspects for ringing in the new year, but let’s not forget about the food! A handful of Marin restaurants have special things in the works for New Year’s Eve, and we’ve scoped out the best places.
Cavallo Point’s Murray Circle in Sausalito is offering four seatings throughout the night. Four- and six-course tasting menus with or without wine pairings will be offered, and a balloon drop is scheduled at midnight in Farley Bar. Prices range from $93 to $220 per person. To make a reservation, call 415/339-4700.
Surf & Turf is the theme of Brick & Bottle’s prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu. Look for both lobster and steak, soup or salad and dessert at this Corte Madera favorite. The whole package is $65 per person. Learn more at brickandbottle.com.
Heidi Krahling’s Insalata’s offers a prix fixe menu beginning at 5:30pm. The price for adults is $58 and for kids, $18. Choices of wild mushroom soup, citrus salad or gravlax will all be available. Beef filet, flounder, duck breast and a vegetarian platter are served with sumptuous Mediterranean sides like farro-kuri squash pilaf, curried spinach and roasted fennel. For reservations, visit insalatas.com.
Real Restaurants’ Buckeye Roadhouse serves up a three-course menu that offers plenty of choices priced at $75 per person. Salmon, scallops, beef brisket, duck confit and filet mignon are all options at this favorite special occasion spot in Mill Valley. Learn more at buckeyeroadhouse.com.
Celebrate with a French twist at Sausalito’s Le Garage. This festive waterfront spot offers up a three-course prix fixe with options like foie gras, scallops, parsnip veloute, truffles, lobster and beef tenderloin. The price is $95 per person and Baked Alaska (with raspberry macaron, raspberry sorbet, meringue, chiffon biscuit and a strawberry campari coulis) or chocolate tart (chocolate tart, white chocolate mousse, praline emulsion and and a liégeois chocolate chaud) round out the dessert options. Book a table at legaragebistrosausalito.com.
Downtown Mill Valley’s venerable Piazza D’Angelo will offer three courses at $75 per person, live music and party favors. The restaurant’s Italian pasta specialties, burrata, soups and specialty pizzas will all be available on the big night. To make a reservation, call 415/388-2000.