For those who like to bundle up and leave the house to celebrate New Year’s, many restaurants will offer New Year’s dinner specials and parties throughout the Mountain Area. The California Highway Patrol and Madera County Sheriff’s Department remind everyone they will be out in force, doing all they can to protect the public from people driving under the influence. So have fun, celebrate the arrival of 2016, use a designated driver, buckle up, and be safe.
Alfonso’s Hideaway Mexican Restaurant
Alfonso’s in Coarsegold will serve its regular lunch and dinner menu till 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve party includes Karaoke 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., a midnight champagn toast, and breakfast 1 - 2 a.m. Cost for party $15 per person.
Details: (559) 642-6656.
Blue Heron Restaurant
Blue Heron Restaurant (Yosemite Lakes Park) will offer a Black and Gold Ball gala, grand buffet, champagne toast, and music by the Dave Henderson Band from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Cost is $39.95 per person. The grand buffet will have more than a dozen items available, ranging from salads to seafood and roasted prime rib.
Details and reservations: (559) 658-6969.
Crab Cakes Restaurant
In addition to regular lunch and dinner menus, Crab Cakes will offer New Year’s Eve specials 4-10 p.m., and Roman’s Bar will be open noon - 2 a.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight.
Details and reservations: (559) 641-7667.
Ducey’s on the Lake
Ducey’s Bar & Grill will host a free family-friendly magic show by Kenny B at 1 and 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with regular menu available.
Starting at 4 p.m., Ducey’s Restaurant Executive Chef Jonathan Frabotta will present a four course dinner 4 - 10 p.m., for $65 per person, which includes entrance to the Lakeview Room New Year’s Eve party.
A limited, three course sunset menu will also be available from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. for $25 a person, but a ticket for the Lakeview Room New Year’s Eve party is an additional $10.
Scrumptious roasted wild mushroom and goat cheese tartlet, filet and lobster, and Mary’s Roasted Chicken Breast with seasonal veggies are a selection of some of the items on the menu this year.
Seating is pre-arranged and Ducey’s will not be serving their regular menu on that day.
After the dinner, a fireworks display will take place at midnight over the lake.
Details: (559) 642-3131. basslake.com, facebook.com/pinesresort.
The Pines Bar
The Pines Bar will transform into a Wild West Saloon for a New Year’s Eve party.
Music will be provided by One Hot Minute. There will be an appetizer and dessert bar, photo booth, party favors, and a balloon drop with champagne toast at midnight. The cover charge is $10.
Details: (559) 642-2585, ext. 444. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Welcome in the New Year at the Elk’s Dinner and Dance Party in Oakhurst. Enjoy no host cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner, and lots of toasting to bring in 2016.
No host cocktails at 6 p.m., prime rib dinner (cheesecake dessert) at 7 p.m., with dancing beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30 per person or $25 for Elk members.
Details and reservations: (559) 683-2717.
Erna’s Elderberry House
Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant in Oakhurst, the San Joaquin Valley’s only 5-star restaurant, will offer a special New Year’s Eve event with the theme “All About Love.”
The menu includes foie gras with persimmons, beluga caviar, seared loin of young rabbit, filet mignon, and much more.
Cost is $135 per person for the early seating at 5 p.m., and $245 per person for the 9 p.m. late seating.
Details and reservations: (559) 683-6800, opentable.com/ernas-elderberry-house-reservations-oakhurst.
El Cid Mexican Cuisine
A grand opening party will be held New Year’s Eve for El Cid’s new cantina/bar, with a dj, dancing, and champagne toast at midnight.
Food will be served from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Details: (559) 683-6668.
South Gate Brewing Company
Come ring in the new year with your friends at South Gate Brewing Company. Enjoy festive specials, champagne cocktails and a complementary toast at midnight along with the same great beer and food one can expect from the neighborhood brew pub.
There is no cover charge.
Details and reservations: (559) 692-BREW (2739).
Tenaya Lodge is preparing for a full-blown New Year’s Eve Bash that will offer upscale dining, cocktails, a performance by comedy magician Chipper Lowell as well as music by Dueling Pianos and The Valley Cats.
All rooms have been sold out for the event, though guests are welcomed to enjoy a full course meal, reception, entertainment, and a midnight champagne toast with balloon drop for $150 a person.
From 7-8 p.m. there will be an hors d’ouevre reception with a hosted bar, followed by gourmet dinner and entertainment from 8-9 p.m.
From 8:45-9:30 p.m., Lowell, two-time “Comdey Magician of the Year,” will delight crowds with his unique brand of fast-paced original stand-up comedy and magic.
From 9:45-11 p.m., the Dueling Pianos band will combine music with with and humor, then, from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., The Valley Cats will mix together pop, hits, classic favorites and party tunes as guests dance the night away.
Children ages 13 and younger will be able to have fun too, with a carnival-themed party for kids 4-8 years old, and a “black tie” event for those aged 9-12.
Both kids-only events include dinner and age-appropriate entertainment for $65 per child, with babysitting available for children under 4 years old.
Details: Tenaya Lodge concierge, (559) 692-8985.
Other Oakhurst options:
* Oka Japanese Restaurant serving 4:30 - 9 p.m., (559) 642-4850
* Taste of China serving 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., (559) 658-7618
* Di Cicco’s Italian Restaurant serving 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., (559) 641-5588
* Yosemite Gateway Restaurant serving 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. ( 559) 641-2477
* Hitching Post Family Restaurant (Ahwahnee) serving 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., (559) 683-7917