New Year’s Eve in Sausalito & SF Midnight Fireworks Views
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2018
Time: San Francisco Fireworks start at Midnight. The show usually lasts for about 15 minutes.
Place: Fireworks are set off from a barge about a hundred yards (90 meters) off the shore of the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Best viewing from southern Sausalito shore areas and from Sausalito view restaurants.
Sausalito View Restaurants & Special Music Performances on New Year’s Eve
Each year in San Francisco about 200,000 people crowd the Embarcadero south of the Ferry Building to watch midnight fireworks usher in the New Year. The best viewing spots in The City are between Mission St. and Folsom St.
Fog willing, you can get a distant view of the show from Sausalito without suffering in traffic and fighting to find someplace to park, although you miss the booming soundtrack from big speakers along the Embarcadero.
If you want to enjoy a glass of champagne while you watch the fireworks (assuming the fog cooperates) several of the “big view” Sausalito restaurants are staying open late. Some dining rooms have special menus and seating times and many stop serving their full menu at 10:00 PM or earlier, so be sure to call ahead for reservations and more information.
We did a phone survey of the best-known Sausalito view restaurants and have a list of who’s open below, but there are many more places on our Best Sausalito Restaurant Views list that you can also check out. Consider this list to be “the tip of the iceberg.”
We’ve also listed several places that are hosting special musical performances for New Year’s Eve.
Barrel House — Last call for meals is at 10:00 but the bar will remain open.
Farley Bar — Open, with restricted bar menu for food. Their front porch is a great viewing spot on a clear night.
Murray Circle — Special tasting menu dinner with two seatings, reservations required.
Presidio Yacht Club — Special New Years Event, call for reservations.
Scomas — Normal schedule, closes before midnight.
The Spinnaker — Open till after midnight, though kitchen may close earlier.
The Trident — They have a special New Year’s event, and reservations are required.
Important Note: There is no “free ride home” program in Sausalito this year. Please call a taxi, Uber, Lyft or a friend so you get home safely, and please don’t risk your life or the lives of others.