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New Year’s Eve at Lark Creek restaurants, plus giveaway

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

A few restaurants operated by Lark Creek Restaurant Group are open on New Year’s Eve; highlights are below. Also, two more bits of news:

1) If you haven’t heard, a couple LCRG restaurants recently closed – Yankee Pier Larkspur and The Tavern at Lark Creek closed permanently effective Dec. 1, 2014, and Fish Story in Napa has closed but the restaurant will reopen in early spring with a ‘remodeled space and new concept’ (and possibly a new name)
2) One of my readers will win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. Happy Holidays!

• Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops with celery root, boiled peanuts, black trumpet mushrooms, and port wine is one of the New Year’s Eve entrée choices from Chef Mark Dommen at One Market Restaurant (www.onemarket.com). The special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu is $80/person from 6-7:30 p.m. and $130/person from 8:30-10 p.m. The menu features three courses and an amuse bouche. First course choices include hand-picked Dungeness crab (mango, avocado, citrus water) and Marin Sun Farm beef tartare (black truffle, quail egg, mitsuba). Dessert selections include Valrhona chocolate cake and California artisinal cheese plate with Redwood Hill Farm truffle tremor, Bohemian Creamery, Cowabunga, and more. Make reservations at 415.777.5577. One Market is in downtown SF at 1 Market St.

Lark Creek Blue (www.larkcreekblue.com)  is open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy the regular, full a la carte menu created by Chef de Cuisine Chad Ferry. Entrees include Maine lobster spaghetti “Arrabiata” with a roasted half lobster, tomato, calabrese, chiles, and basil; grilled 12-ounce Angus ribeye with ratatouille, parsley potatoes, and warm caper vinaigrette; and grilled Hawaiian swordfish with fava beans, Israeli couscous, nectarine relish, and sauteed spinach. Make reservations at 408.244.1244. Lark Creek Blue is on Santana Row in San Jose.

Cupola Pizzeria (www.cupolasf.com) is also open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can order from the regular, full a la carte menu. Small plates include warm, pulled-to-order mozzarella with lemon, brussels sprouts leaves, and olive oil; and lamb meatballs with spicy San Marzano tomato sauce, basil leaves, and pecorino. Soups include butternut squash with sage and brown butter. Pastas include lamb pappardelle, and pizzas include rapini (garlic, broccoli rabe, chili flakes, preserved lemon, Parmesan cream) and carne (housemade sausage, spicy calabrese salumi, soppresata, sweet onion). Call 415.896.5600 for reservations. Cupola is located on the 4th floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre (845 Market St.).

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Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemi@gmail.com & include the words “Lark Creek giveaway.” Deadline to enter is Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at 9 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com, and people who have won contests in the last 3 months, are not eligible for this promotion.

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More Bay Area restaurants for Thanksgiving: Monterey, San Jose, Santa Cruz

Restaurant 1833 in Monterey

Restaurant 1833 in Monterey

Here are a few more choices for dining out in the Bay Area on Thanksgiving.

If you missed my earlier Thanksgiving articles, see below:
Santa Cruz and Monterey area restaurants
San Francisco

Monterey & Carmel

Restaurant 1833

On Thanksgiving, Restaurant 1833 will host a feast from 1:30 – 7pm with a special three-course menu for $65 per person. Located in the historic California landmark, the Stokes Adobe house, guests can enjoy selections such as Roasted Apple Soup with sage, Brandy syrup and candied walnuts; Herb-Roasted Free Range Turkey with sage and chestnut dressing, potato puree, haricot verts, cranberry-orange relish, and classic gravy; Acorn Squash Ravioli with roasted mushrooms, port-braised shallots, and Parmesan; and choice of Pumpkin Mousse Pie or Spiced Chocolate Cremeux for a sweet ending. Reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling (831) 643-1833.
500 Hartnell St., Monterey

Cannery Row Brewing Company
The restaurant will offer its regular full menu on Thanksgiving, plus a three-course Turkey Dinner.  The dinner will be $29.95 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 643-2722.
95 Prescott Ave, Monterey

Il Fornaio
Il Fornaio in Carmel, located at the Pine Inn, will offer its full menu on Thanksgiving plus a special Thanksgiving dinner with traditional favorites. They invite you to celebrate “Thanksgiving with an Italian twist.” Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 622-5100.
Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St., Carmel

San Jose
Lark Creek Blue

The restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $49 (adults). Children 10 and under get a half portion for half-price. First course options include roast butternut squash soup with maple glazed bacon lardons; jumbo shrimp cocktail; and steamed clams with housemade chorizo, scallions, garlic, cilantro, white wine, and butter. Entrée choices include lobster (stuffed with bay shrimp and served with green beans and drawn butter), and turkey accompanied by traditional items like cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes. One dessert option is a fun decorate-your-own gingerbread cookie that benefits charity (click here for more info on the month-long promotion).
378 Santana Row, San Jose, (408) 244-1244

The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont San Jose is serving two special meals: the Fountain Restaurant is the site of their Family Orchard Buffet; reservations are available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The cost is $54 per adult and $27 per child 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Appetizers include fruit, chilled jumbo prawns, Caesar salad, and sushi. Entree highlights include an organic egg and omelet bar; parsley, rosemary, and thyme rubbed roast turkey; honey baked ham with bourbon mustard and brown sugar glaze; and garlicky Spanish saffron and seafood stew. There will also be festive holiday desserts. The Imperial Ballroom is hosting a Fairmont Harvest Brunch; reservations are available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cost is $69 per adult (includes one glass of sparkling wine, mimosa, or house wine) and $34 per child 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Appetizers include pulled duck confit; honey-glazed salmon; King crab legs; kale-and feta-faro-pomegranate seed salad. Entrees include an organic egg and omelet bar; parsley, rosemary, and thyme rubbed roast turkey; and sustainably fished Arctic char with pickled onion-cabbage slaw.
For full menus, visit fsjholidays.com/thanksgiving2014.html.
170 South Market St, San Jose, (408) 998-3960

Santa Cruz
Lago Di Como

Lago Di Como is serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch and dinner menus plus specials including an Italian roasted turkey meal. Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 454-8257.
21490 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

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Gingerbread cookies for charity at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, Larkspur

Gingerbread stars from Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Gingerbread stars from Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Lark Creek Restaurant Group (LCRG) is currently hosting Gingerbread Wishes, which supports local Make-A-Wish chapters. Each restaurant in LCRG, including One Market Restaurant and Lark Creek Steak in San Francisco, Yankee Pier in Larkspur, and Lark Creek Blue on San Jose’s Santana Row, is participating through November 30, 2014.

Restaurant guests can order star-shaped, fresh-baked gingerbread cookies off the dessert menu for $10 each, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. Each cookie comes with frosting, sprinkles and candies to decorate with. Designed by One Market Restaurant Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler, the cookies can be enjoyed while dining, or they can be taken home in a decorative bag to give someone as a gift.

Lark Creek Restaurant Group has donated $148,000 to Make-A-Wish through previous Gingerbread Wishes campaigns, which have been held annually since 2007.

“The Gingerbread Wishes campaign is a wonderful event,” says Patricia Wilson, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. “It brings joy and delight to children and adults alike, which is what we strive to do every day by granting wishes to children with life-threatening conditions and their families. The Lark Creek Restaurant Group understands the power of a wish.”

LCRG was inspired to work with the organization after an employee’s niece, suffering from leukemia, was granted a wish through Make-A-Wish for a garden in her backyard to look at through her bedroom window.

Bay Area LCRG locations include:
• One Market Restaurant in SF: http://www.onemarket.com 415.777.5577
• Lark Creek Steak in SF: http://larkcreek.com/larkcreek_steak/index.html 415.593.4100
• The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur: http://www.tavernatlarkcreek.com/ 415.924.7766
• Yankee Pier in Larkspur: http://www.yankeepier.com/larkspur/index.html 415.924.7676
• Lark Creek Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek: http://www.larkcreek.com/walnut_creek/index.html 925.256.1234
• Cupola Pizzeria in SF: http://www.cupolasf.com 415.896.5600
• Lark Creek Blue in San Jose: http://www.larkcreekblue.com 408.244.1244
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Tomato festival at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, and other Bay Area cities

Heirloom Tomato Salad with grilled shrimp addition at Lark Creek Walnut Creek

Heirloom Tomato Salad with grilled shrimp addition at Lark Creek Walnut Creek

Good news for heirloom tomato fans: September is the Heirloom Tomato Festival hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group and all the LCRG restaurants – including Lark Creek Blue on San Jose’s Santana Row, and Lark Creek Walnut Creek – are featuring delectable artisan tomato creations.

Even better news: there is an opportunity for one of you to win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. You can use the card during the tomato festival or at a future date.

LCRG chefs are preparing dishes made from tomatoes still warm from the garden. Restaurants will source Brandywine, Green Zebra, Yellow Marvel and Purple Cherokee heirloom varietals among others from local growers, including J+K Smith Farms. In addition, bartenders have crafted delicious heirloom tomato cocktails.
Chef Scott Wall of Lark Creek Walnut Creek has been cooking at Lark Creek for 14 years.  Of all the themed menus the restaurant does each year, the Heirloom Tomato is his favorite. “The tomatoes are so fresh and grown just miles away; (the festival) epitomizes the farm to table theory,” he shares. “As a chef, creating a menu based on these great local ingredients is almost effortless. There are so many combinations.”
For these special September dishes, Chef Scott is exclusively using tomatoes from Rose Lane Farm in Oakley. “We receive a tomato delivery four times a week. Each delivery includes tomatoes that were just picked.”  He says the farmer assures that each box is of the highest quality and sweetness.

I went to Lark Creek Walnut Creek for lunch in August, and really enjoyed the experience. I was with two other adults plus my three-year-old daughter, and the enclosed outdoor patio provided a comfortable atmosphere. We received extremely gracious, attentive service, and food standouts included fresh corn soup with pumpkin seed pesto, moist and delicious meatloaf, a savory Reuben, and a kids’ peanut-butter-and-jelly that already had the crusts removed!
Lark Creek Blue Chef de Cuisine Chad T. Ferry shares that he’s excited about this month’s festival because of “…the simple versatility of the tomato. Some take the tomato for granted, not knowing the difference between a roma and a beefsteak tomato. Heirlooms have a better, fuller flavor and we need to celebrate such a product when its at it’s peak.” Ferry encourages diners to “enjoy its simplicity and marvel at its complexity in flavors and textures.” I have dined at Lark Creek Blue twice, once for dinner and once for lunch, and each time it exceeded my expectations.

Special heirloom tomato selections will be available through the end of September 2014.

Highlights are below; see Lark Creek’s news site for links to all restaurants (including one in Southern California, in Newport Beach) and specific menus.

Food highlights
• Heirloom Tomato Salad with house-made mozzarella, balsamic dressing (see photo, which features the salad with an optional grilled shrimp addition)  from Chef Scott Wall at Lark Creek Walnut Creek (www.larkcreek.com/walnutcreek) 925.256.1234
• Grilled Swordfish- heirloom tomato and basil risotto from Chef de Cuisine Chad Ferry at Lark Creek Blue (www.larkcreekblue.com)  408.244.1244
• Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops- tomatoes, artichokes, olive oil mashed potatoes, lobster emulsion from Chef Mark Dommen at One Market Restaurant (www.onemarket.com) 415.777.5577
• Calabrese Pizza- heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, Calabrese peppers from Chef Marc Tennison at Cupola Pizzeria (www.cupolasf.com) 415.896.5600
• Brown Butter-Poached Maine Lobster- Brentwood corn, grilled romaine, Copia garden cherry tomatoes, lavender, lobster coral emulsion from Chef Scott Ekstrom at Fish Story (www.fishstorynapa.com) 707.251.5600
• Heirloom Tomato Salad- Italian peppers, cucumber, torpedo onions, green goddess dressing  from Chef Aaron Wright at Lark Creek Steak (www.larkcreeksteak.com) 415.593.4100
• P.E.I Mussels served with an heirloom tomato concasse, chipotle lime butter, from Chef Michael Dunn at Yankee Pier Lafayette (www.yankeepier.com/lafayette) 925.283.4100
• Grilled King Salmon & Heirloom Tomato Panzanella- pickled red onions, rocolla, torn sweet batard croutons, basil, watermelon from Chef Alex Marsh, Yankee Pier Larkspur (www.yankeepier.com/larkspur) 415.924.7676
• Heirloom Tomato B.L.T.- crisp Zoe’s bacon, butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, herb mayonnaise, toasted focaccia from Chef Heidi DiPippo at Lark Creek Grill  SFO (www.larkcreekgrill.com)  650.821.9315
• House-Made Cheese Tortellini- sweet 100’s tomatoes, smoked tomato ragout, toy-box eggplant from Chef Jonathan Hall at Parcel 104 www.parcel104.com) 408-970-6104
• Heirloom Tomato Soup- basil oil, parmesan, olive oil croutons from Chef Heidi DiPippo at Yankee Pier SFO (www.yankeepier.com/sfoairport) 650.821.8938

Selected Heirloom Tomato Cocktails

• “Tomato Haze”- smoked heirloom tomato bloody Mary- house-infused peppar vodka, pickled carrot at Lark Creek Steak (www.larkcreeksteak.com)
• “New Morning” – roasted tomato water, Hanson Brothers cucumber vodka, mezcal, simple syrup, blistered tomato garnish at One Market Restaurant (www.onemarket.com)
• “Italian Garden”- heirloom tomato juice, watermelon juice, Carpano Antica at Cupola Pizzeria (www.cupolasf.com)
• “Summer’s Bounty”- Gin, fresh watermelon juice, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, simple syrup, lemon juice at Yankee Pier Lafayette (www.yankeepier.com/lafayette)

CONTEST
Prize: A $100 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Lark Creek tomato festival.” Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Sept. 17 2014 at 8 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com are not eligible for this promotion.

 

Crab festival at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, and other Bay Area cities

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Attention Bay Area crab lovers: you only have 5 days left to attend the Dungeness Crab Festival hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group. They have added delicious, creative crab dishes to their menus, including One Market Restaurant and Lark Creek Steak in San Francisco, Yankee Pier in Larkspur, and Lark Creek Blue on San Jose’s Santana Row.

I also have an opportunity for one of you to win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. You can use the card during the last couple days of the crab festival, or at a future date.

The staff at Lark Creek’s restaurants buy live crabs, then cook and clean them, ensuring that customers receive top-quality, fresh seafood.

These selections will be available through Feb. 28, 2014. Highlights are below; see Lark Creek’s news site for links to all restaurants and special menus.

One Market Restaurant in SF: Crab salad (see photo) with hand-picked Dungeness Crab, kohlrabi, green apple, pickled mustard seed 415.777.5577
Lark Creek Steak in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness crab cake with watercress, shaved fennel, citrus vinaigrette  415.593.4100
The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur: Wood Oven Roasted & Cracked Dungeness Crab, Brussels sprouts, marble potatoes, lemon, drawn butter 415.924.7766
Yankee Pier in Larkspur: Dungeness Crab Montecato Crostini with spring beans, meyer lemon, mint, radish & arugula 415.924.7676
Lark Creek Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek: Chili and Garlic Roasted Dungeness Crab 925.256.1234
Cupola Pizzeria in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness Crab Salad with Armenian cucumber slaw, black lemon, salmon roe, micro cilantro 415.896.5600
Lark Creek Blue in San Jose: Saffron Seafood Fettuccine with hand-picked Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, rock shrimp, saffron fennel sauce, herbed bread crumbs 408.244.1244

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CONTEST
Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Lark Creek crab festival.” Deadline to enter is Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 at 9 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com and contest winners from the last 60 days are not eligible for this promotion.

Celebrate lamb during March 2013 at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, & other Bay Area cities

Marin Sun Farm Lamb Duo of Loin and Shoulder at Lark Creek Steak

Marin Sun Farm Lamb Duo of Loin and Shoulder at San Francisco’s Lark Creek Steak

If you’re a lamb fan, you have 11 remaining days to participate in this fun event: during March 2013, Lark Creek Restaurant Group is partnering with the American Lamb Board to bring unique spring lamb dishes at seven of its Bay Area locations. These selections, made from lamb that is fresh and sourced directly from local farms, will be available through the end of March.

  • Thinly Sliced Lamb Tongue served with lamb’s lettuce, Asian pear, and puffed quinoa from Chef/Partner Mark Dommen at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco, 415.777.5577 (I have sampled Chef Dommen’s food at a festival; it was truly divine)
  • Marin Sun Farm Lamb Duo of Loin and Shoulder (see photo above) served with brioche, almonds, roasted cauliflower, and a pomegranate glaze from Chef Ismael Macias at San Francisco’s Lark Creek Steak, 415.593.4100
  • Moroccan Lamb Meatballs served with crispy spearmint, chickpea hummus, and tomato sauce from Chef Aaron Wright at The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur, 415.924.7766
  • Slow Roasted California Leg Of Lamb Sandwich served with arugula and sundried tomato mint relish from Chef/Partner Scott Wall at Lark Creek Walnut Creek, 925.256.1234
  • Lamb Polpette with pecorino and a spicy tomato sauce from Chef Marc Tennison at Cupola Pizzeria  in San Francisco, 415.896.5600
  • Spiced Lamb Carpaccio with roast peppers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, cumin scented breadstick, and micro arugula from Chef Chad Greer at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row, 408.244.1244 (I had a fabulous, memorable meal at this restaurant in January; read about a few of the dishes and see one photo in this article)
  • Braised Spring Lamb Shoulder Panini with house made hummus, spicy harissa aioli, and preserved lemon from Chef Jonathan Hall at Parcel 104 in Santa Clara, 408.970.6104.

Learn more about the American Lamb Board at the ALB web site. You’ll find nutrition info, statistics, recipes, events for lamb lovers, and more.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at your favorite Santa Cruz or San Jose restaurant

Delicious Hawaiian Tuna Tartare at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row

Delicious Hawaiian Tuna Tartare at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy a romantic meal at one of your favorite restaurants, whether it’s in Santa Cruz, San Jose, or another nearby area. See below for details for Valentine’s Day 2013 on Thurs. Feb. 14, and I’ll publish more restaurants in the next day or two.

Santa Cruz Area

La Posta

This downtown Santa Cruz restaurant is offering a special prix fixe dinner menu. It’s $65 for three courses; optional wine pairings are extra. Call (831) 457-2782 for reservations. Choices include appetizers Roasted beet sformato with sunchoke crema, walnuts and parmigiano or Duck confit, roasted carrot, fennel, mâche and brandied red currants, entrees Halibut with cardoon gratinata, spinach and saffron-fennel vinaigrette or Mushroom, squash and chard rotolo with ricotta, brown butter and sage; desserts Chocolate tart with rose gelato and pistachio croccante or Selection of Italian cheeses, fruit, nuts and local honey.

Location: 538 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

Café Sparrow

The Aptos restaurant is offering a Valentine’s menu with a la carte choices including its signature Peppered Filet Mignon plus lots of selections that aren’t normally offered. Call (831) 688-6238 for reservations. Choices include appetizers Seafood chorizo with roasted fingerlings and saffron aioli, Lomi ahi poke with wasabi mirin emulsion, and Fried gruyere risotto cake with cilantro lime, entrees Brie roasted bone in pork chop with house made apple butter, sweet corn tamale and Potato crusted California sea bass with berry beurre rouge, pecan & wild rice pilaf, and sides Green chile macaroni and cheese and Roasted brussel sprouts in vinaigrette with raisins & pine nuts.

Location: 8042 Soquel Dr., Aptos

Gabriella Cafe

Gabriella, in downtown Santa Cruz, is serving a four-course prix fixe dinner for $65. Call (831) 457-1677 for reservations. Highlights include filet mignon, duck breast, Dungeness crab, oysters, beet pasta, and chocolate torte.

Location: 910 Cedar St, Santa Cruz

San Jose

Lark Creek Blue

This Santana Row venue opened in August, replacing Lark Creek Restaurant Group’s Yankee Pier. It’s offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $55. Call 408) 244-1244 for reservations. Appetizer choices include Hawaiian Tuna Tartare with horseradish, soy, cashew crackers, sesame oil or Seared Scallops with artichoke puree, fried baby artichoke and lemon vinaigrette. Entrée choices include Grilled Ahi Tuna Steak with horseradish cream, tempura crumbs, chili Napa cabbage or Local Petrale Sole which is pan roasted and served with spinach, shoe string fries, brown butter, capers and parsley. I had the pleasure of dining at Lark Creek Blue in January, and I wholeheartedly recommend you visit the restaurant soon. In fact, two dishes that I greatly enjoyed are on the Valentine’s menu: the tuna tartare, which successfully balanced ultra-paper-thin fresh fish with a delicate flavorful sauce, and the grilled ahi, which included a very fresh, moist, and tender piece of seafood plus delicious chili-spiced cabbage that was perfectly cooked (next time I visit, if that cabbage is on the menu I’m going to ask for extra!).

378 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose

Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants open on New Year’s Eve 2012, Part 2 of 2

Left Bank Brasserie in San Jose

Yesterday I published details on many Santa Cruz area restaurants— plus a couple in San Jose — offering dinner on New Year’s Eve 2012. Here are a few more.

Santa Cruz Area

Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room

Hula’s is closed on New Year’s Day and open on New Year’s Eve serving its regular menu. Plus, there are two drink specials that night: $3 champagne and $3 mimosas. Reservations are available for parties of six or more and are recommended; call (831) 426-HULA.

221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz

 

Bittersweet Bistro

The Aptos restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve for dinner starting at 5:00pm; the last seating is at 10pm. The regular menu plus specials will be available. The café is open from on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant is open with regular hours and menu, and the café is open from 8 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m. Call (831) 662-9799 for reservations.

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos

Michael’s on Main

The Soquel restaurant is serving a fixed-price four-course dinner with seatings at 5:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Call (831) 479-9777 for reservations. At 5:30, the price is $45. At 7 and 9:30 it’s $55 and includes party favors and a glass of champagne. Live music begins at 9:30. Appetizer choices include Corralitos sausage and blue cheese stuffed mushrooms; second course choices include lobster bisque. Entrees include salmon wellington and desserts include cheesecake infused with late harvest moscato.

2591 Main St., Soquel

Sanderlings at Seascape Resort

The Aptos restaurant will offer a special New Year’s Eve buffet dinner for $99 per person plus tax (tip included). For the special event, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is from 7 – 9 p.m., and dancing occurs from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. with live music by Mike Hadley and the Groove and a midnight champagne toast. Call (831) 662-7141 for event reservations. The menu includes a lavish dessert buffet. On New Year’s Day, Sanderlings is serving a brunch buffet (includes coffee or tea) for $19.95 (adults) or $10.95 (kids 2-12). Brunch entrees include eggs benedict, ham and cheese omelet, sauteed beef tenderloin with mushrooms on garlic mashed potatoes and red wine sauce/ Salads include Caesar with sundried tomatoes, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese.

One Seascape Resort, Aptos

Chaminade

Chaminade is offering a celebration from 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. that includes a unique “strolling dinner experience” with themed, interactive chef stations and an open bar from 7 p.m. – midnight. DJ service will be provided by Music Now. The cost is $100 per person. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations. On New Year’s Day, the Sunset Restaurant at Chaminade is open from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. for breakfast.

1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Other Santa Cruz area restaurants serving dinner on New Year’s Eve include:

  • Hoffman’s
  • Tortilla Flats (including special tapas selections plus the regular menu)
  • Main Street Garden & Café ($60 per person, 5 courses, 5:30 or 8:30 p.m. seating)
  • Zelda’s
  • Paradise Beach Grille
  • Soif ($75 prix fixe menu and $35 optional wine pairings; choices include Maine lobster soup and Peking duck breast with baby turnips)
  • Margaritaville
  • Ideal Bar & Grill

San Jose

Left Bank Brasserie

The Parisian-style restaurant is offering service on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. onward; the last seating is at 11 p.m. For dinner, there will be a la carte options in addition to a four-course prix fixe $64.50 menu. Entrée choices include Butter Poached Lobster Tail with vanilla and honey roasted butternut squash ravioli, Swiss chard and pomegranate red wine emulsion. Call (408) 984-3500 for reservations.

377 Santana Row #1100, San Jose

Also open on New Year’s Eve:

  • Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row – call (408) 244-1244 for reservations. 378 Santana Row #1100, San Jose
  • Bella Mia – Choose a 4-course prix fixe $45 menu or order a la carte. Call (408) 280-1993 for reservations. 58 South 1st Street, San Jose

Santa Cruz & San Jose restaurants for Thanksgiving 2012, Part 2

Salmon entree at Lark Creek Blue in San Jose

 

 

Here are several Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants – including Santana Row’s Lark Creek Blue – open on Thanksgiving, so you can make your reservations for dining out on Thursday, Nov. 22 if you aren’t in the cooking mood.

 

For a few other choices, see:

Santa Cruz Restaurants for Thanksgiving

Aquarius, open from 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, is offering a $45 prix fixe three-course menu for adults, and a special kids’ meal for $15. A local jazz trio will perform from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Appetizer choices include Pumpkin Panzanella with roasted pumpkin, apple, arugula, brioche, pepitas, and apple cider vinaigrette and Vanilla Poached Gulf Prawns with baby fennel, mushrooms, pancetta, and truffle cream. Entrée choices include Traditional Turkey Plate with chestnut and sage stuffing, potato puree, baby vegetables, rosemary gravy, and cranberry sauce, and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with lacinato kale, brown butter, mushrooms, and pecorino cheese. Desserts include Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon whipped cream and Maple Spice Cake with sweet mascarpone, pomegranate seeds, and orange-ginger syrup.

175 West Cliff (at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn), Santa Cruz, (831) 460-5012

Ideal Bar & Grill has a few options including Traditional Turkey Dinner ($18.95 captain’s portion, $14.95 adults, $9 kids): herb-roasted sliced turkey served with homemade gravy, maple-roasted yams, green beans and carrots, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, and orange-cranberry sauce. Another selection is Herb Crusted Prime Rib ($22.95 petite cut, $25.95 full cut) served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and horseradish cream sauce.

106 Beach Street (at the Santa Cruz Wharf), (831) 423-5271

Café Gratitude is serving a free Thanksgiving feast with raw, vegan selections. The meal will be served from 12 – 3 p.m. and include a beverage, entrée, and dessert.

103 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 427-9583

Sanderlings has an all-day buffet; the price is $42.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 2-12, and free for kids under 2. The buffet is open from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. Selections include Spinach Salad with Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Glazed Pear, Caramelized Walnut, and Cranberry-Walnut Oil Dressing, Roasted Beets and Arugula Salad with Feta Cheese and Pomegranate Dressing, Cheddar -Corn Muffins with Jalapeno-Honey Butter, Domestic and Imported Cheese and Dried Fruit, Sweet Corn and Bacon Chowder with Sautéed Minced Onions, Sage Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with Apple-Sourdough Stuffing, Sorrel Seared Salmon with Large Pearl Couscous, Spinach and Cioppino Sauce, and Rosemary Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with Creamed Horseradish and Au Jus. The kids’ buffet includes turkey fingers and macaroni and cheese.

One Seascape Resort Drive (at Seascape Beach Resort), Aptos, (831) 662-7120

Michael’s on Main has dinner seatings at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. The restaurant is serving a 3-course prix fixe meal for adults ($28) and a special meal for kids 12 and under ($12). The adult dinner features choice of soup or salad, entrée choice (selections include oven-roasted turkey with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with caramelized shallots, or Osso Bucco, or pistachio-crusted salmon), and choice of dessert (options include pumpkin cheesecake and cranberry orange bread pudding).

2591 Main Street, Soquel, (831) 479-9777

San Jose Restaurants

Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row opened on August 1, 2012 (it replaced Lark Creek Restaurant Group’s Yankee Pier which closed on July 15). For Thanksgiving, the restaurant has a special “Maine Lobster for the price of Turkey” promotion. Customers receive a 3-course prix fixe dinner, with either traditional Thanksgiving turkey plus “farmers market sides” or a pound-and-a-quarter live Maine lobster with “traditional accompaniments.” The price is $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids 10 and under (it’s half the size of the adult portion), and free for kids under 3. Lark Creek Blue will also be offering dishes from its regular menu including steak and seafood.

378 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, (408) 244-1244

The Fairmont San Jose is serving a special Champagne Harvest Buffet; seatings are from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (every half-hour). The cost is $58 per adult and $29 per child 5-12, plus tax and 22% gratuity. Kids under 5 are free, and there will be a special kids’ buffet and entertainment. Buffet highlights: a selection of salads such as Artichoke, Oyster Mushroom and Fingerling Potato Salad with Shallot-Mustard Vinaigrette and Caesar Salad with Garlic Focaccia Croutons, hot options such as Sage Basted Roast Tom Turkey, Herb Roasted Sea Bass with Saffron Israeli Couscous, Lemon Butter Sauce, Smoked Bacon and Chicken Apple Sausage, a waffle station, an omelet station that switches to a pasta and mushroom station at 2 p.m., a carving station with prime rib and honey baked ham, and desserts including chocolate dipped strawberries and pumpkin pie. For full menu, see http://www.fsjholidays.com/.

170 South Market St, San Jose, (408) 998-3960