New Year's Eve 2012 Guide

L'Olivier Restaurant

240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313

L'Olivier Restaurant and Bar, named the Best French Restaurant in the 2012 Houston Press Best of awards, will have three seatings on New Year's Eve, including a three-course meal for $45 at 5 p.m. and a five-course meal for $95 at both 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The Omni Hotel

4 Riverway, 713-871-8181

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Omni Hotel's Black Swan club with hors d'oeuvres, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, a balloon drop, a live feed of New York's ball drop, a photo booth and a roaming magician. Tickets also include complimentary valet parking and two drink tickets. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. The cost of entry is $60 per person or $100 per couple. Extend the fun and opt for the New Year's Eve package with deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast buffet, late checkout and more. Package pricing starts at $229.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

1201 Fannin, Suite 310, 713-337-7383

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. this New Year's Eve, when four skilled piano players will be ringing in the new year at a party complete with party favors, hors d'oeuvres, singing and a bottle of champagne for those who make table reservations. Reserved seating available for $275 per table of four, $40 per barstool and general admission starting at $20 per person.

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge

1800 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-439-1000

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a special four-course, $135 prix fixe menu that includes black truffles, or enjoy the items à la carte. The menu includes foie gras, Chilean turbot and cowboy steak, as well as wine and dessert. Then head downstairs to Phil's Wine Lounge where you can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The party, complete with DJ, runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

RA Sushi

3908 Westheimer, 713-621-5800

799 Town and Country Boulevard, 713-331-2792

At both RA locations, you can ring in the New Year with a live DJ and themed food specials such as Firework Shrimp, Stroke of Midnight Maki and Edamame Eve Dip, or such appropriately named drinks as the Midnight Kiss and Ball Droppin' Bombers. The party starts at 7 p.m. and ends at closing time.

Red Oak Ballroom

800 West Sam Houston Parkway, 832-512-6515

The Red Oak Ballroom will be holding the second annual Rock the Clock New Year's Eve celebration, which will feature performances by DJ Mr. Rogers, Go DJ, DJ Alo and MC Kane. General admission, $40, includes a light show with confetti and complimentary party favors, a fireworks show at midnight and a photo booth with which to capture memories. The VIP ticket, $100, will have the additional features of ten drink tickets, access to the VIP lounge, gambling, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

The Ritz

10520 Gulf Fwy., 713-944-6445

Desirous Party will be taking over the Ritz's Club Red Door for its New Year's Eve Masquerade F.L.F. Ball, what organizers are calling a formal, lingerie and fetish affair. The party features DJ Omaar and D.J.M.E., a gourmet prime rib and seafood buffet, living art dessert bar, midnight champagne toast, five discounted bars, midnight breakfast buffet, balloon drop, memorial photos and party favors. $130 per couple.

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 West Loop South, 713-627-7600

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston will be offering three New Year's Eve packages to help ring in the New Year with comfort and style. The first is Midnight Mischief. Room rates start at $149 and include a bottle of champagne delivered to your room as well as a complimentary shuttle service. Royal Rendezvous prices start at $299 and include the above as well as a four-course dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant. The third package is A Taste of the New Year. For $75 per person, you get the four-course prix fixe menu at the hotel's restaurant.

Sambuca Restaurant

909 Texas, 713-224-5299

Sambuca will be hosting its own New Year's Eve party, complete with a four-course meal featuring entrées such as a red snapper étouffée, stuffed chicken, miso seabass, a ­filet and a smoked pork chop, as well as live musical entertainment by Big Daddy. There are two seating times, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $39 to $49 for the first seating and $75 to $100 for the second. The later seating will include a balloon drop and champagne toast; the cheaper option at both times excludes band viewing.

San Luis Resort

5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090

An evening at the San Luis Resort includes a four-course dinner with wine service, access to a premium bar, live music by the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra, party hats and favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. It begins at 8 p.m. in the grand ballroom. The event itself is $190 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced at $599 and $499 per couple) are also available. Another San Luis option is the Steakhouse, which will also feature a four-course dinner, party favors and a midnight champagne toast with the added benefit of a piano performance by Angelo Tolentino. Reservations are available from 6 to 11 p.m.

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