Happy New Year! While that might mean something different than it did when you were sans kids, you can still enjoy a night in SF with the kids in tow. There are plenty of San Francisco restaurants welcoming families to their NYE celebrations this year. Pick your favorite spot, add in some ice skating or fireworks and you’ll be on your way to making sure 2018 starts with a bang. Check out some of our ideas and make your reservations, pronto!

Photo: Jakob Nilsson-Ehle via Flickr

Union Square

The epicenter of the holiday season is Union Square and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory is a great way to celebrate the season. The Cheesecake Factory is open until 11 p.m and if you’re lucky you can score a table looking out over the ice rink and the Macy’s Christmas tree. The Cheesecake Factory does not take reservations but that’s pretty much okay because your family can kill time ogling the adorable puppies and kitten in the Macy’s window (they’ll be there till 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve). Or, hit the post-Christmas sales at Macy’s and check out SantaLand, their uber-exciting Christmas room.

The Cheesecake Factory
251 Geary Street (Macy’s 8th Floor)
San Francisco, CA
415-391-4444
Online: thecheesecakefactory.com

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You can also look over Union Square tree and ice rink at Burger Bar on Macy’s 6th floor. The restaurant offers yummy drinks for young and old—like their adult milkshakes (our faves: Horchata Spice and White Russian) and their super fun milkshake flights, a wooden “milkshake paddle” with six different mini-milkshakes.

Burger Bar is open until 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and that means you’ll have time after dinner to go ice skating across the street as the Union Square Ice Rink will be open until 9:30 p.m. (Tip: Definitely buy your tickets now if you plan to skate on NYE as it gets busy.)

Burger Bar
251 Geary Street (Macy’s 6th Floor)
San Francisco, CA
415-296-4272
Online: burgerbarsf.com

photo: neekoh.fi via Flickr

Nob Hill

If you want to be somewhere where champagne corks are popping and people are reveling, the Tonga Room is hosting their own New Year’s Eve Luau. The Tonga Room, at the Fairmont Hotel, will be open until 12:30 a.m. for all you late-night partiers and it’s a great family-friendly location. The frothy tropical drinks, topped with tiny umbrellas and presented in coconuts, pineapples or exotic bowls, can all be made kiddie-friendly (sans booze). The blue lagoon with tropical thunderstorms on the half-hour make the Tonga Room a fun and festive option. For New Year’s Eve, dinner will be buffet style ($109/adult, $59/kids under 12 for the early seating and $149/adult and $79/child for the later seating). The house band plays on their thatched-roof boat in the middle of the pool to keep the ambiance festive. Make your reservations ASAP!

The Tonga Room
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA
415-772-5278
Online: tongaroom.com

photo: Waterbar

The Embarcadero

If your family is game for the whole New Year’s shebang—midnight in San Francisco—then nab a table with a view of the fireworks. A few high-end restaurants with million-dollar views include Waterbar and Epic Steak along The Embarcadero. While there is no kid’s menu at the Waterbar, the chef will make an entrée based on their preferences for $25/child. If you can afford (and can stay up for) the second seating, you’ll get the table for the rest of the night that comes with the city’s prime fireworks viewing.

Waterbar
399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
Onlinewaterbarsf.com

First Seating: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Second Seating: 7:45-9:45 p.m.
Reservations: 415-284-9222

Epic Steak is offering two seatings as well, one for those who want to party but head home before the crowds get too crazy and a later one that includes fireworks viewing, party hats, favors and a midnight champagne toast.

Epic Steak
369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
Online: epicsteak.com

First Seating: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Second Seating: 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Reservations: eventbrite.com

Do you plan to head to SF to welcome in the new year? Let us know your plans below!

—Erika Milvy