By Randy Yagi
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you’re hosting a holiday party, now is the time to start planning. But this year, instead of preparing your own food dishes or having a potluck, why not just save time by using a reliable catering service for the best NYE party ever? While your favorite San Francisco restaurants might not offer any catering service, you might be surprised of how many popular establishments are taking orders for some of the finest gourmet meals in town. Here is just a preview of five of the very best San Francisco restaurants to contact for your upcoming New Year’s Eve party.
1283 Ninth Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Located in the Sunset District just south of Golden Gate Park, Ebisu prides itself as being one of the city’s best sushi restaurants in San Francisco. Owners Steve and Koko Fujii has operated their family-owned business for more than 30 years and also offers both online orders for pick up and catering services. For special orders, hot items or on-site ordering, customers are asked to contact Steve between 2-4 p.m. on weekdays and all orders must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Well known for providing outstanding service and Japanese cuisine, Ebisu features a number of notable dishes, such as Kobe beef sashimi, seafood tempura and salmon teriyaki, and specialty sushi rolls like the 49er roll, Family Affair and the XXX Roll or Chef’s Special.
2210 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Consistently voted the Best Middle Eastern and Best Mediterranean restaurant in the Bay Area, La Mediteranée is celebrating its 38th year. Led by owner Levon Der Bodrossian, the family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in extraordinary Mid-East and Mediterranean cuisine, with a particular emphasis on Armenian and Lebanese family recipes. Ever since its opening in 1979, La Mediteranée has been catering parties, weddings and other special events and offers delivery, pick up or full service catering. All orders should be made at least 24-48 hours in advance to guarantee preferred delivery times although some same day orders may be accommodated. Among the superb offerings from the catering menu are party platters with treats like chicken cilicia and Levant sandwiches, an array of appetizers, sandwiches and hot entrees, as well as a prix fixe menu, with vegan and vegetarian options. La Mediteranée operates two other restaurants in San Francisco, on Noe Street and on Powell Street.
306 Broderick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
If classic Mexican cuisine sounds appealing for your NYE party, then Nopalito should be high on your list for catering services. An offshoot of the more upscale Nopa in Alamo Square, Nopalito has two San Francisco locations and offers full service catering for delivery or pick up. Much like its highly praised restaurant led by Chef Laurence Jossel, Nopalito offers organic Mexican cuisine with locally sourced seasonal ingredients and includes such delicious items like tortitas de chorizo, tacos de carnitas, torta de pollo adovada and main entrees like carne asada, frijoles puercos con huevo and birria de pollo. In addition to a number of San Francisco venues including Bimbo’s 365 Club, Dogpatch Studios and Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Nopalito also offers catering services outside of the city for an additional fee and has held events at places like Healdsburg Country Gardens, Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and even Stanford Stadium. Nopalito has another San Francisco location on 9th Avenue, between irving and Lincoln.
203 Octavia Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Featuring award-winning “carnival-inspired” comfort food, Straw can cater to corporate events, weddings and of course trendy NYE parties. Consistently praised for providing excellent service and delicious, Instagram-ready, Mediterranean-styled menu items, such as Zoolas with grilled pita, sumptuous sides like roasted cauliflower, couscous and za’atar potato wedges and fresh salads. Interested parties can contact the catering team directly by phone, via email or via an online reservation system. Located in the Hayes Valley, Straw has been widely featured on national television, including the Cooking Channels “Off-Beat Eats” and the Food Network’s “World’s Weirdest Restaurants”. If dining in at the circus-themed restaurant, customers are urged to try out their famous Ringmaster donut burger or the superb Fried Chicken-n-Waffle Monte Cristo.
301 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Once described as “San Francisco’s Living Room”, the Grove offers top rated catering services for its exceptionally good American comfort food. An independent and family-owned and operated establishment led by San Francisco residents, the Grove caters to any sort of special event and features a wealth of quality food items, including breakfast and lunch picnics for 8-10 guests, fresh organic salads and a variety of platters completed with utensils, plateware and napkins. Led by owners Kenneth Zankel and Anna Veyna Zankel, the Grove first opened in 1999 and offers four San Francisco locations – in the Design District, on the Fillmore, Yerba Buena near SFMOMA and at the beginning of Hayes Street Hill, near the War Memorial Opera House.
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