Where to Dine Out in Houston on New Year's Eve 2015

Saying goodbye to 2015 is easier with a champagne dinner.EXPAND
Saying goodbye to 2015 is easier with a champagne dinner.

Whether you want a nice meal before ringing in 2016 at home or an extravagant feast with the champagne flowing, here is your 2015 Guide to Dining Out in Houston this New Year's Eve:

Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!

Andes Cafe 
2311 Canal, 832-659-0063

Kiss 2015 goodbye with a three-course meal, available in two seatings: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $55 per person and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $70 per person, both including a complimentary champagne glass. Meal highlights include baked sweet plantain with shrimp, parillada mixta, and suspiro Limeño, a Peruvian dessert made of liqueur, dulce de leche and Italian meringue.

Añejo Tex-Mex
1180-1 Uptown Park, 713-963-9032
 
Ring in the new year with a three-course meal for two, plus tequila flights for two for $100! Enjoy queso fondue for two, fajitas for two (including steak, chicken or shrimp), and a decadent “impossible” cake for two.

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos 
3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940

Ring in 2016 with a four-course dinner and NYE Carnaval, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Enjoy award winning Latin band Walter Suhr and Mango Punch, a welcome cocktail, samba dancers and décor galore. Ticket prices start at $145/person, which includes the welcome cocktail, plus two drink tickets and the exquisite four-course meal.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
1814 Washington, 713-862-1814 

Join this fan favorite for a fun, festive evening of delicious food, drinks, party favors, and live Motown music by Yvonne Washington & The Mix from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no ticket fee or prix fixe menu, and guests can order off the regular dinner menu. Guests can also pre-order champagne for the midnight toast and receive 20 percent off. 

Backstreet Cafe
1103 S. Shepherd 713-521-2239

Enjoy a NYE feast with Gulf Coast soul, plus a sparkling cocktail toast to 2015 at midnight and live music by Bob Chadwick for $74 per person. Menu highlights include seafood beignets, duck confit with spiced butternut squash and charred Brussels sprouts; and pumpkin crème brulee.

benjy's
Rice Village: 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602 
Washington: 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131

Both locations will also be open on New Year’s Eve. An a la carte menu with favorites and great specials will be offered for dinner, along with a celebratory champagne toast at midnight. At the Village location, specials include Roasted Bone Marrow with house pickles, rustic bread, and fig compote; and Filet for 2 (14 oz) with roasted fingerings, Brussels sprouts, and crab Béarnaise.

Bernadine’s 
1801 N. Shepherd, 713-864-2565

At the recently opened Bernadine’s, Executive Chef Graham Laborde presents a special ticketed NYE dinner featuring his signature Southern and Gulf Coast fare. Tickets are $100 per guest, and wine pairings are an additional $50 per person. Highlights from Chef Laborde’s menu include: Pickled and Fried Green Tomato Salad with Louisiana Blue Crab; Oyster and Artichoke Bisque; Gulf Flounder with Saffron Crab Broth and a Jicama-Sunflower Ravigote; Seared Bone-in Pork Chop with Fried Oyster Foch; and Satsuma Upside Down Cake with Buttermilk Ice Cream. 

Big Eyed Fish 
908 Henderson, 713-714-8367

The restaurant will be open New Year's Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will present each guest a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008

The bistro will host two special multi-course dinners on NYE. With one-hour seating times beginning at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., owner Genevieve Guy and new French Chef Cedric Vernin have created a three-course seasonal French menu which includes choices for each course. The cost for this one-hour pre-party dinner is $45 per person. For those wishing to celebrate in a more leisurely style, the restaurant is presenting two-hour seatings with a more extensive menu focusing on one of France’s most beautiful culinary areas. The more leisurely two-hour dinners can be reserved for 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m to 8:30 p.m. and conclude with complimentary glasses of Voirin Jumel Tradition NV Champagne with dessert. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Black & White
1001 Studewood, 346-980-8484

Enjoy a fun, festive evening of delicious food and drinks, and enjoy tunes by a live DJ from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.The special menu features a three course dinner and a complimentary glass of champagne for $90. Guests will also receive 30% off champagne all night. 

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith St, 713-522-9711

From 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., guests can enjoy a complimentary lagniappe of Hoppin’ John & Caviar, alongside a la carte holiday offerings such as: Southern O’Rock Oysters ($12), Smoked Salmon & Chips ($15), Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas ($52), and Flambeau Cake ($10).

Caracol Restaurant – Coastal Mexican Kitchen
2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996 
Enjoy a vibrant Vispera de Año Nuevo feast for $72 per person. Dishes include fried squid with serrano, crispy garlic, chipotle-tomatillo sauce; Caracol’s famous wood-roasted Gulf oysters, grilled prime New York strip with marrow butter, and churros stuffed with dulce de leche and homemade chocolate ice cream. Cost is $85 per person.

Carmelo's
14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696 

This Italian restaurant will be serving up your favorites, plus a few specials, during their regular hours, with seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and thereafter.

Damian’s Cucina Italiana
3011 Smith Street, 713-522-0439 

Midtown landmark Damian’s will serve a three-course meal for $59.95 a person with Italian classics like Prosciutto con Asparagi, Snapper Dievole, Linguini Benedetto and a sea-salted, caramel-chocolate layered cake. A $16.95 children’s menu will also be available.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will offer a limited version of their regular dinner menu and a featured 8oz Filet & Lobster for $79.

Del Frisco's Grille 
2800 Kirby, 832-623-6168
1900 Hughes Landing #500, 281-465-0300

Del Frisco’s Grille in Houston and The Woodlands will offer a Dry Aged Prime Rib with Hand Mashed Potatoes & Au Jus for $42 (16 ounce) or $49 (20 ounce). Additionally the Grille will be serving brunch on New Year’s Day and the entire weekend at all locations. Standout dishes like Red Velvet Belgian Waffles and Crabcake Benedicts pair perfect with the build your own bloody mary’s and mimosa carafes for the perfect NYE hangover cure.

The Durham House 
1200 Durham House 713-864-5600

On New Year’s Eve, toast 2015 farewell with Chef Don Schoenburg as he showcases a special, five-course, prix fixe menu. Reserve your table during the first seating at 6 p.m. priced at $90 per person or opt for a later dinner at 9 p.m., with a champagne toast, also priced at $90 per person. Enjoy menu items like Butter Poached Lobster with sweetbreads, artichokes, mache and shellfish emulsion; Cinnamon Rubbed Pork with ancient grains, charred scallions and red mole; and Apple Tart Tatin with roasted apples, Fat Cat Creamery ice cream and caramel sauce. An optional wine and cocktail pairing is also available at an additional cost.

El Tiempo Cantina 
Multiple locations

All locations will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and will open and close one hour later that regular posted hours, noon until 9 p.m., on New Year’s Day.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar
1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808

Enjoy a 4-course prix-fixe menu for $82. Specials include Foie Gras Torchon and Filet de Boeuf with Gruyère Gratin.

Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar
5427 Bissonnet, 713-665-2222  

The steakhouse will be celebrating its First Year Anniversary with a Great Gatsby themed gala featuring the Richard Brown Orchestra until 2 a.m. and a five-course prix fixe menu served at two seatings, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost: $125 per person.

Helen Greek Food and Wine 
2429 Rice, 832-831-7133

Join Helen Greek Food and Wine for a delicious New Year’s Eve celebration until 12 a.m. Feast on Whole Stuffed Chicken with quince mostarda and Winter Squash Pie.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222

Live entertainment is the backdrop for a five-course Black and White-themed dinner at Chef Mark Holley’s namesake restaurant. Ring in 2016 with local blues band, Luther and the Healers, as they set the mood for the countdown, along with party favors, champagne toast and dancing. Menu highlights include roasted bone marrow, housemade burrata, seared akaushi tartar, peppercorn crusted veal ribeye, an artisan cheese plate and down south coconut cake. Cost is $125 per person. First seating is at 9 p.m.

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro
24 Waterway, 281-203-5641
Step back into time with a Great Gatsby-themed celebration and take your pick from three options. The first, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is a $49, three-course dinner with foie gras, lamb shank and profiteroles; the second begins at 7:30 p.m. and features a five-course menu for $79 per person; and the final 9:30 p.m. seating and offers five-courses, plus live music, party favors and champagne toast for $99 per person. The Bistro is also offering brunch through the weekend beginning on New Year's Day at 11 a.m., January 2 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, January 3 at 9 a.m.

Hugo's 
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

Enjoy a vibrant Vispera de Año Nuevo feast for $72 per person. Dishes include blue crab soup with masa dumplings, filet with mole Oaxaqueño, langosta asada (grilled lobster with butter sauce), and a hazelnut-mandarin bombon with chocolate and mandarin sauce.

Hunky Dory 
1801 N Shepherd, 713-864-2450

Diners and revelers can enjoy a special prix-fixe dinner menu available for $100 per person. Beverage pairings are available for an additional $65 per person. Highlights from Chef Knight’s menu include: Lobster Bisque Vol au Vent (in a flaky pastry shell); Tete de Cochon (sliced rolled pig’s head) with a Poached Egg, Petite Lettuce, and Satsuma; Grilled Short Rib with Black Truffle Puree and Root Vegetables; and a Chocolate and Champagne Terrine.

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill
3600 Kirby, 713-526-8858

Kata Robata will be open regular hours, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for dinner. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will open at 5 p.m. for dinner service. 

Kiran's
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472

Bring in 2016 at Kiran’s Restaurant & Bar! Starting at 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy live Indian contemporary music by Aaron Hermes, Moet & Chandon champagne and a variety of delicious dishes including Ricotta & Paneer Filled Pasta, Curry Leaf Butter-Poached Main Lobster Tail and a Tandoor-Roasted Venison Rack. Cost is $125 per person.

La Table (TABLE on Post Oak)
1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000

Enjoy special 4-course dinner menu including dishes such as: Lobster Parfait, Caviar Service, Foie Gras Raviolo, and Mediterranean Sea Bass. Guests can make reservations for early seatings beginning at 5 p.m. for $75 per person or party seatings beginning at 9 p.m. for $175 per person. Party Seating includes a special gift from La Table, live music, decorations and a midnight sparkling toast. Additionally, La Table will also offer a family-style New Years Day Brunch, featuring housemade pastries, raw bar, carving station, dessert corner, and more, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu is priced at $59 for adults and $29 for children.

Laurenzo's
4412 Washington, 713-880-5111 

Laurenzo’s will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and will open and close one hour later that regular posted hours, noon until 9 p.m., on New Year’s Day.

Le Mistral
1400 Eldridge, 832-379-8322

Enjoy a luxurious 5-course dinner starting at 6 p.m. Menu highlights include scallops with sweet potato roses and sea urchin vinaigrette; roasted venison loin with huckleberry au jus; and a walnut-crusted brie cheese tart with fig chutney. Cost is $115 per person.

Main Kitchen at JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main, 713-237-1111

Main Kitchen will be hosting a NYE dinner with two available seatings. The first seating, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., priced at $75 has a smaller menu offering a goat cheese bon bon amuse bouche, plus choice of appetizer, main, and dessert.
The second seating, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., is priced at $125 and includes an additional course and a champagne toast upon arrival. Feast on dishes like Maine lobster bisque, bone in filet mignon, and chocolate tres leches.

Mark’s American Cuisine
1658 Westheimer, 713-523-3800
Celebrate the new year in style with live music and dancing, champagne toast, a show-stopping meal at one of Houston’s most striking restaurants. Seatings are available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($100) and from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($175). A multi-course wine pairing can be requested for $55 per person.

Max’s Wine Dive - Fairview
214 Fairview, 713-528-9200 

Enjoy a three-course dinner paired with bubbles for $65, plus deals on bottles of bubbles to enjoy in-house or to-go, as well as Champagne specials by the glass.

Max’s Wine Dive - Washington
4720 Washington, 713-880-8737 

Guests can enjoy gourmet comfort food with special NYE Bubbles Flights to ring in 2016 Southern style. Retail wine specials perfect to grab and go as you head to your NYE Houston party destination

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch St, 713-533-0200

Treat yourself to an extravagant five-course prix fix menu for $125 per person, with optional sommelier’s wine pairings for $100 additional. The menu will be offered 9 p.m. to midnight, complete with party favors and a midnight champagne toast.  Enjoy lobster bisque, black truffle linguine, and Colorado rack of lamb, among other luxurious delights.

Ouisie’s Table
3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Ouisie's will be offering an extensive menu of special dishes in eclectic Southern style in two seatings.From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy an a la carte menu of restaurant favorites, then be home asleep by the time the Times Square ball drops in New York. Or come at 9 p.m. or later and stay to see the arrival of 2016 while enjoying picks from a special three-course menu, an international DJ, party favors and a toast at midnight. The revelry can be had for $75 per person.

Paul’s Kitchen 
2502 Algerian, 713-360-2002

Enjoy a four-course Bourbon Street NYE featuring dishes such as sherry-laced crab bisque with house-cured coppa “muffaletta”, tempura fried cauliflower, surf and turf short ribs and shrimp, and praline bread pudding. Cost is $75 per person or $120 with wine pairings. Paul’s will also be open on New Year’s Day, serving their famous brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($29 per person), then their regular dinner menu.

Peska Seafood Culture 
1700 Post Oak, 713-961-9229

Chef Omar Pereney will be offering two seatings and menus: a three-course prix fixe at 5:30 p.m. priced at $75 and a four-course prix fixe at 8 p.m. priced at $95. Special menu items include Crispy Pork Belly with steamed rice buns, crispy leeks, cucumber and hoisin sauce; Egg Nest with porcini mushroom sauce, celery root, Malanga, yucca, egg 145 and roasted wild mushrooms; Ribeye with morel sauce, pan seared foie and grilled asparagus; and Sweet Corn Cake with almond streusel, vanilla sauce and caramel ice cream. Complimentary party favors and a champagne toast will be offered at both seatings.

Prego
2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
Located in the heart of Rice Village, this comfortable trattoria will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., offering their regular menu alongside nightly specials. 

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel Houston
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700 

The restaurant will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Jazz Gala and Dance with two seating options: one at 5:30 p.m. ($110) with music by the illustrious Paul English Dance Quartet; and a second at 8:30 p.m. ($195) with music by Paul English’s Little Big Band featuring jazz vocalists Elisha Jordan and Megan Stapleton. Both black tie seatings will be one-of-a-kind dining experiences with a variety of interactive courses ranging from live action stations and sharing style plates to table-side and plated courses. There will also be optional wine pairing for additional $55 or an all-inclusive beverage package for $75. This event will sell out. Buy tickets at InstantSeats or Open Table. Or, call Quattro restaurant directly 713-276-4700.

Radio Milano's vibrant interior makes a great backdrop for a fun and tasty NYE.
Radio Milano's vibrant interior makes a great backdrop for a fun and tasty NYE.
Photo by Debora Smail

Radio Milano
800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

This modern Italian resto’ will offer seatings at 6 p.m., priced at $75 per person, and 9 p.m. for $95 per person. The second seating includes a champagne toast at midnight. Highlights of the four-course menu are Fig Salad with prosciutto, brioche, figs and red onion; Tuna Crudo with radishes, cucumber and blood orange dressing; Pheasant with apple-celery mousseline, new potatoes and huckleberries; and Roasted Pear with honeycomb ice cream and almond nougatine. After dinner, celebrate the arrival of the New Year at street-level Milano Bar, which will be open until 2 a.m. Conclude your celebration on New Year’s Day with Radio Milano’s buffet, priced at $40 per person from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella, 713-861-8666 

Houston's original lodge restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., offering a special four-course menu for $85 per person. Start with bubbles and indulge in things like Sea Scallop with pecan brown butter and citrus gremolata, Smoked Duck & Andouille Gumbo, Cast Iron-seared Venison Tenderloin, and Croissant Bread Pudding with whiskey sauce.

Ristorante Cavour
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-418-1000
 

This restaurant inside Hotel Granduca will be offering a five-course NYE dinner featuring dishes such as porcini mushroom and truffle soup, ricotta and spinach gnocchi in creamy lobster sauce, and oven-roasted rack of lamb or pan-roasted Chilean sea bass ($95 per person with option $45 wine pairing).

Smith & Wollensky
4007 Westheimer, 713-621-7555
 
This Highland Village steakhouse will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

State of Grace
3258 Westheimer, 832-942-5080

One of Houston's hottest new restaurants will offer a special New Year’s Eve fixed price menu for $85, in addition to full oyster bar service all night. The entire menu will be offered with a la carte pricing for walk-in guests at the bar, and possibly the oyster bar, unless State of Grace chooses to use those seats for guests enjoying the fixed price menu. Offerings will include lobster hushpuppies, Gulf blue crab “gumbo” with Hill Country smoked sausage and Texas quail with pepper jelly, cotija grits, house bacon and mustard greens. 

Sud Italia 
2347 University, 713-664-7571

Enjoy a lavish four course dinner menu, featuring lobster bisque with baccalà fritto and NY strip over porcini mushrooms. Cost is $75 per person.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
4608 Westheimer, 713-961-0333

Sullivan’s will offer a featured 4-course prix-fixe menu for $69 from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and $89 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tarakaan
2301 Main 832-487-9096
 
This Midtown spot celebrates its first New Year’s Eve with a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $80 per person. Offering great variety, guests will have three salad choices including the Tarakaan Tower and Tandoori Lobster Salad with mango chutney; nine starter options ranging from Duck, Duck Goose Buns to Hamachi Tiradito; four entrée selections like Wagyu Vindaloo 10 ounce Tritip and Badmaash Roasted Chicken with green papaya salad; plus three deserts to debate: signature Pandan Panna Cotta, Chai Chocolate Pot de Crème and Assorted Mochis with ice cream. Start your evening with a complimentary Champagne Firecracker cocktail and stay for the DJ, who kicks the evening in high gear at 10 p.m. Moet bottle specials starting at $65 will also be available from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Tasting Room CityCentre
818 Town and Country, 281-822-1500
 
Celebrate the New Year, 1920’s style with a live band (beginning at 7 p.m.) Food and beverage specials will be available all night long.

Triniti 
2815 S. Shepherd, 713-527-9090

The restaurant will be offering a multi-course feast available in two seatings; the first from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $110 per person ($85 optional wine pairing) and the second from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $195 per person ($100 optional wine pairing), including a champagne toast at midnight and a parting gift. Indulge in an amuse bouche of caviars, beef consommé and foie gras dumpling pho, diver scallop with corn risotto, prime NY strip or gunma kobe (depending on seating chosen), and praline crunch, among other delectable fare.

Union Kitchen 
Bellaire: 4057 Bellaire, 713-661-0025
Memorial: 12538 Memorial, 713-360-2000
Kingwood: 23918 US-59, 832-644-9067

Ring in the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast as the ball drops in the Big Apple. Guests can also order from a special New Year’s menu. New Year’s Day will also feature a delicious brunch, with regular hours.

Weights + Measures 
2808 Caroline, 713-654-1970

Chef Richard Kaplan’s luxurious four-course prix fixe dinner with a choice of selections sets the stage for a brilliant new year and includes classic dishes such as: pan-seared sea scallop + saffron lemongrass broth + crispy leek, lobster ravioli + king trumpet mushroom + aged negroni butter broth, and wood-grilled confit duck leg + truffle/ buratta/ risotto bread pudding + mustard green slaw. Cost is $79 per person with wine pairings included for an additional $49. Optional caviar service ($150) will also be offered. 

We will be updating this list throughout the weeks leading up to New Year's. Please let us know if you'd like to be included.


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