New Year's Eve 2020 Dinners To-Go: San Diego Restaurants

Susan C. Schena

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — However you plan to kick 2020 to the curb, chances are you'll be doing it from home. So make it a feast with one of these takeout, dining specials from restaurants throughout the San Diego region.

We've selected some stand-out offers to fit all tastes and budgets. Peruse the list to see what appeals near you, and don't delay on ordering. Plus, an order from local eateries helps support the coronavirus-battered restaurant industry and staff..

And to all our readers: Happy New Year, from Patch!

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BJ'S RESTAURANT BREWHOUSE: Keep New Year's Eve meal-prep simple with an array of Family Feasts and Family Bundles that serve four to six. Options include prime rib, pork chops, pizza, pasta, chicken, wings or ribs, plus sides and salads. See selections here. Location finder here.

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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: The chain is featuring a "New Year's Eve To-Go Pack" ($99 for two) with two filets, two lobster tails, appetizer, sides, dessert. Also available: a prime rib feast that serves four to six and includes horseradish, au jus, mashed potatoes, broccoli, dessert and molasses bread. Orders can be placed here for take-away or curbside pickup. Click here to find a Black Angus near you.

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BOSTON MARKET: Heat-and-serve meals are on the menu for a hassle-free celebration, featuring entrees, appetizers, sides and pies to feed four to 12 and starting at $10 per person. Options include: rotisserie prime rib; spiral–sliced ham; whole roasted turkey; or a combination of turkey breast & honey-glazed ham. A la carte entrees, sides and whole pies can be pre-ordered for pick-up through Jan. 1. Details here. There are 24 Boston Markets throughout California.

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BUCA DI BEPPO: A four-course, "Holiday Cake Boss" package can be ordered featuring salad, pasta, an entree and for dessert — a six-inch cake from The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro & Carlo's Bakery. While supplies last. Info here. All California locations here.

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CAFE GRATITUDE: Keep it festive with such specials as plant-based, flavor-filled pies and sides as Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash & Garnet Yams ($30), Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($35), Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad ($35), or Executive Chef Dreux Ellis' gluten-free Maple Pecan Spice Cake, Tuscan Apple Cake and Mocha Cheesecake. Also on the takeout menu: DIY Holiday Cookie Kits, plant-based and gluten-free, free of artificial colorings and shortening, with red frosting colored with beet juice, and green frosting made with matcha powder. Place orders online or in-store at Café Gratitudes in San Diego, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Venice.

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DEL TACO: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the chain is celebrating "Happy Tamaledays" with a new slate of seasoned, shredded pork tamales and a Tamale Fiesta Pack with 12 tamales for the whole family, Salsa Casera and utensils. Location finder here.

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DOG HAUS: Hold off until New Year's Day for the "Mr. Miyagi" Chef Collaboration Series special, available Jan. 1 through March. Mr. Miyagi is a deep-fried beef dog topped with mayo, teriyaki sauce, caramelized onions, tempura crumbles and wasabi furikake, served on grilled King's Hawaiian rolls. $1 of purchase price from each benefits national charity partner, No Kid Hungry. Dog Haus locations throughout California can be found here.

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EDDIE V'S: Order from the takeout Holiday Menu, featuring four courses with shrimp-cocktail, starter, salad, dessert and entree choice of tenderloin or sea bass, plus sides. Pick-up dates: Dec. 30–31 and Jan. 1. Find restaurants here (San Diego, Palm Desert, Newport Beach and La Jolla) and call soon if you wish to order.

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EL TORITO: Pick up a "Holiday Feast To-Go," for up to 10 people, through New Year's Day with eight-hour notice. The feast offers: Chile Colorado or carnitas; one dozen tamales; taco bar with fixings; enchiladas; Mexican Caesar salad; and whole pecan pie. Tamale orders can be placed through Jan. 3. Find California locations here.

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FARMER BOYS: Farmer Boys is serving its seasonal, fan-favorite Boston Clam Chowder and Scratch-Made Chili. Made with potatoes and sea clams, the chowder is simmered in broth and seasoned with herbs and spices, while the chili is made with 100% pure beef, a proprietary blend of spices and topped with cheddar cheese and onion. The duo is available for a limited time. Location finder here.

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FRESH BROTHERS: A new, holiday special running through the end of 2020 is a Lasagna Family Meal, which serves six to eight for $39 and includes a tray of lasagna, 12 Fresh Knots and a Caesar or fresh salad. Also new to the menu is a Wings Bundle, ($49.99) with three new sauces – Nashville Hot, Mango Habanero and Korean BBQ, plus 50 baked wings. Fresh Brothers locales are throughout Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and San Diego.

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GELSON'S: The Southern California markets are offering NYE dinner options with Live North Atlantic Lobsters at $14.99/lb. through Jan. 3 (while supplies last). See all holiday selections here, and do note ordering deadlines. Find your nearest Gelson's here.

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GEORGE'S AT THE COVE: Pre-order a New Year's Eve Dinner or a New Year's Day brunch, both to-go. Dinner offers two entree options (Wellington of Salmon or Beef Short Rib), plus sides and dessert. Imperial Ossetra Caviar can be added. Brunch features Jordan’s bagels, smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, Chino Farms broccoli and potato frittatas, fruit and a pint of orange juice. Details here. George's is at 1250 Prospect St. in La Jolla. Order link here.

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IHOP: The limited-time Holiday Family Feast, a four-serving, pancake-party kit with Sweet Milk Mousse, OREO® Cookie Pieces, glazed strawberries and festive sprinkles, comes with with eight buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage. It is available for delivery or curbside pick-up for $27.99. Details here. Location finder here.

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MACARONI GRILL: All your favorites are available for takeout or delivery for New Year's, along with such specials as Feast for Five, starting at $25 with entree choice, Caesar salad and bread, or Take-and-Bake Lasagna Bolognese ($40 for four to five people or $75 for eight to 10). See info here. See all California locations here.

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MARIE CALLENDER'S: Select from five, take-home feasts with options for ham or turkey, or a combo. Dinners include trimmings and such sides as mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread and pie. See info here. Find your nearest Marie Callender's here.

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MR. TRUSTEE: For a limited time, Trust Restaurant Group's Mr. Trustee in San Diego is crafting festive beverages for the whole family – with an option to add "holiday spirit" for those 21 and up. Hot holiday drinks are available from Mr. Trustee's pick up window in Mission Hills and include: Apple Cider with an apple slice, cinnamon stick and orange. Make it boozy with Basil Hayden's Dark Rye, +$6; Candy Cane Hot Chocolate with a candy cane and peppermint Chantilly. With Baileys, +$6; and Marshmallow Hot Chocolate with marshmallow whip and graham cracker cookie. With Maker's Mark, +$6. The beverages are available to-go Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mr. Trustee is at 4033 Goldfinch St., San Diego.

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OLIVE GARDEN: Celebrate flipping the calendar to 2021 with the chain's Bake-at-Home Family Meals. Choose from Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells (serves five, starting at $39.99) or Classic Lasagna (serves six, starting at $44.99), both served with a jumbo house salad, bottle of signature Italian dressing and one dozen, ready-to-bake breadsticks. Wine to-go can be added, starting at $15 a bottle. Order online here. Find your closest Olive Garden here.

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P.F. CHANG'S: The chain is offering limited-time, takeout holiday family meals to serve four, six, eight or 10, with appetizers, Dim Sum, soup and such entrees as Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, Lo Mein or Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. Prices are approximately $20 per person. See menu here. Find locales here.

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PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut is delivering the Triple Treat Box for the holidays, with three courses in one festively wrapped box. Each features a three-in-one meal, with two medium one-topping pizzas, five breadsticks and 10 Cinnabon® Mini Rolls. The meal starts at $20.99 and is for a limited time at traditional Pizza Hut locations. Find your nearest store here.

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RED LOBSTER: Enter the restaurant's sweepstakes by Jan. 6 for a chance to win a year of free Red Lobster. Patrons who download the free loyalty program app, My Red Lobster Rewards, and complete member profiles automatically will be entered. Existing app users will receive an entry in their "My Rewards" wallets. To boost chances of winning, app users can earn an additional entry for each To-Go order placed through Jan. 6, and one more entry for adding four cans of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and/or Mountain Dew to takeout orders. The contest also has runner-up prizes. See details here. Restaurant location finder here.

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RUBIO'S COASTAL GRILL: The long-time holiday tradition, Langostino Lobster, is back on Rubio's menus through Jan. 5. Drizzled in warm, garlic-herb butter, Langostino Lobster this year is featured in the new Puerto Nuevo Burrito, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and a new Puerto Nuevo two-taco plate that includes a Langostino Lobster Taco and Original Fish Taco®. Rubio's locations here.

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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE: "Chef's favorite" prix-fixe meals feature a starter, entrée & a personal side and can be ordered for pick-up or delivery for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Options include a "Celebration Surf & Turf," with two lobster tails and choice of filet. See promo details here. Locations here.

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SEASONS 52: On the menu this year: The Green Box, a complete, takeout dining experience perfect for New Year's Eve. Boxes feature choice of Kona Crusted Wood-Grilled Tenderloin or Whole Side of Cedar Plank Salmon, salad, sides and six mini-indulgence desserts. Dinners serve four to six people and are available for pre-order up to 24 hours in advance, including pickup on New Year's Eve. Additionally, Seasons 52 is offering guests who purchase $100 in gift cards an additional $20 bonus card. See ordering info here. Locations in Costa Mesa, Sacramento and San Diego - UTC.
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SLATER'S 50/50: A 24-Karat Burger and a new Peppermint Milkshake are on tap through December at Slater's 50/50 restaurants in Fresno, Pasadena, Valencia and Huntington Beach. The 24-Karat Burger is made with a half-pound, Wagyu beef patty topped with 24-karat gold-dusted "billionaire" bacon, truffle cheese, arugula and bacon jam on a 24-karat gold-dusted brioche bun. The peppermint mocha shake is topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, and garnished with a fudge brownie and peppermint bark candy. See here for restaurant addresses.

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STK STEAKHOUSE: Dine in style with Wagyu beef options, cavier starters or such entrees as surf and turf, rack of lamb or King crab. Available for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Info here. Locations in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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YARD HOUSE: Keep the celebrations going and make the most of this holiday season with a Yard House Tailgate Takeout Pack. Included: chicken nachos; wings (traditional, boneless or Gardein, with choice of sauce); and a choice of two pizzas for $50. Top it off with a 64-ounce growler of such beer as the new Yard House and Stone Brewing collaboration, Southern Pass Texas Lager. For more info and to order online, visit the Yard House site. See locations here.

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If you know of other New Year's Eve dining deals, share with Patch readers in the comments sections.

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ALSO SEE: Restaurant Week 2021: Guide To The Best In California

This article originally appeared on the San Diego Patch