Culinary & Wine

Reggae and Champagne at Kingston 11

When: Thu., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. 2015

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve is the time of year when restaurants offer a big blowout prix-fixe meal. So it’s refreshing to see at least one restaurant, Uptown Oakland’s Kingston 11 (2270 Telegraph Ave.), going the opposite route. Instead of a prix-fixe, the Jamaican eatery will offer a truncated version of its regular food menu (including options for vegetarians) at a slightly reduced price — maybe a 15 percent discount, chef Nigel Jones said. At around 10 p.m., the staff will clear out the tables and Ryan the Operator and the Shaolin Band will kick off a free reggae show. Best of all, merrymakers who stick around until the countdown to midnight can take part in a free champagne toast. — Luke Tsai

Price: No cover; Dinner a la carte

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