Where to Dine on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Incline Village/Crystal Bay
By: Kayla Anderson
Most big holiday events have been cancelled this year, but by this point we’re all used to spending our holidays at home, right? Fortunately, there are a ton of fun virtual “Goodbye 2020” events that range from joining expensive caviar and truffle parties to livestreaming global galas and comedy shows.
However, if it’s more your style to keep it low key and local, then here are some fine dining restaurants in Incline Village and Crystal Bay that are taking reservations for New Year’s Eve on a limited basis (so make your reservation RIGHT NOW because places like Big Water Grille are already booked out):
Hyatt Regency/Lone Eagle Grille
At the end of Country Club Road where the town of Incline Village meets Big Blue, Lone Eagle Grille offers fine lakeside dining right on Tahoe’s shores. Lone Eagle Grille has reopened and will be offering a special New Year’s Eve menu along with its regular menu. The NYE meal consists of four courses with wine pairings, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts such as: an arugula salad topped with pancetta pecans and paired with a sauvignon blanc from Framingham; a pan seared foie gras or lobster risotto paired with a chardonnay or Bordeaux; filet mignon or fresh Dungeness crab with chardonnay or a Frank Family cabernet; and a passionfruit tart served with a sparkling brut rose. The cost is $120 per person, however, time slots for New Year’s Eve are filling up quickly- at the time of this writing a reservation wasn’t available before 8:15 p.m. Call (775) 886-6899 or visit the Lone Eagle Grille website to claim your spot.
Crystal Bay Casino Steak & Lobster House
The big marquee in front of the Crystal Bay Casino states that its Steak & Lobster House is now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve with limited seating available. Open from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., the steakhouse serves lump crab, crawfish, ½-lb. bison burgers, lobster rolls, and prime rib served on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Its website is currently showing no availability on New Year’s Eve, but you can probably call (775) 831-0512 to see if there’s been any cancellations.
If your plan is to stay home in front of the fireplace and watch the ball drop in an empty Times Square on your television, then you might want to have a bit of bubbly to enjoy at the stroke of midnight. Incline Spirits offers pretty much any kind of aperitif you’re looking for from wine and spirits to non-alcoholic beverages and hard kombucha. They even carry essential items for the morning after such as Tylenol, Swedish fish and The Townie Special. Incline Spirits is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and you can order your items online for curbside pickup.
Places to Eat and Things to Do on New Year’s Day
Start Your Day Off with Breakfast at Sage Leaf Restaurant
One of Incline Village’s newest restaurants, the Sage Leaf restaurant located on Tahoe Boulevard across from Starbucks, is now open and serving creative breakfast and lunch cuisine from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Therefore, if you plan on sleeping through the rest of 2020 and then wake up in 2021 craving braised bacon tacos or a healthy Tahoe Food Hub salad, then Sage Leaf is your spot (if you make a reservation in advance). The owners also recently announced that they’re hosting a pop-up dinner on New Year’s Day featuring New York Steak, king salmon, Guinness & ancho chili braised beef short ribs, and other delectable delights on the menu. Dinner time slots are open from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; for more information visit the Sage Leaf websiteor call 775-413-5005 to reserve a table.
Or Order a Brunch Box from Happy Tiers Bakery to Enjoy at Home
Happy Tiers Bakery started out making extravagant and memorable cakes for special occasions happening in Incline Village/Crystal Bay but has since morphed its menu to include hot chocolate bombs, cookie platters, and more. One of its most recent items is the Value Brunch Box…for $45.95 it includes a quiche, one 12 oz. container of fresh fruit, three jumbo cinnamon rolls, and a mini loaf of French bread, perfect for the start of 2021. The best part is they deliver.
Then Get a Coffee and Go Skiing
If you’re yearning for some fresh air and some sunshine (or maybe snowfall) instead of lazing around on the couch on New Year’s Day, then head over to Drink Coffee Do Stuff located at 907 Tahoe Blvd. #20A open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for a caffeinated pick-me-up. When you’re recharged, head up the hill to Incline’s resident ski resort, Diamond Peak, and take in the incredible view of Lake Tahoe from the top of Crystal Ridge. Just be sure to reserve your lift tickets ahead of time online at https://www.diamondpeak.com/.
We are offering for Take Out 2-1 Entrees, with a 2 course minimum per person....not valid Nov. 27 & 28 , valid until Dec. 18... plus limited outdoor seating weather permitting
$6 White Chocolate Peppermint Martini $3 Domestic Drafts and $4 Craft Drafts
$5 Shot - "Christmas in my Mouth"
$5 Snowflake Hazy IPA
$5 Beer or Whiskey
Jell-O Shots & Beer Special TBD
$5 Red Wine $5 White Wine
$8 Drink - "All Nighter"
$6 Santa's Little Helper
$4 PB&J Shot
$3.25 Coronitas and $4 PB&J Shot
$5 Jamison Shots
TBD Drink Special
$6 Mulled Wine, $6 Beer