Whether you want a quick bite before a New Year at home or an extravagant feast complete with overflowing champagne, here is your 2014 Guide to Dining Out on New Year's Eve: Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up! 60 Degrees Mastercrafted 2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757
Enjoy a special 4 course prix fixe menu alongside live music under the patio tent from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Feast on mock turtle soup, caviar, Akaushi strip steak with béarnaise, and more.
Amalfi 6100 Westheimer, 713-532-2201
Enjoy a classic coastal Italian dinner at this Galleria area restaurant, which is offering 3 seatings on New Year's Eve. Feast on a la carte dinner featuring Mediterranean sea bass encrusted in rock salt, frutti di mare, handmade braised short rib tortellini, and more.
Ring in the New Year at one of these swanky Latin American hotspots, who are offering a 3-course meal for $67 per person. Feast on lobster corndogs, ceviche mixto, their infamous churrasco steak and more before finishing off the meal on a decadent sweet note. Choose tres leches, a chocolate delirium cake, or alfajores.
Artista 800 Bagby, 713-278-4782
Enjoy Latin beats from a live band alongside a 4-course meal featuring goat cheese salad, lobster chupe, churrasco steak, tres leches and more. Tickets ($145 per person) include a champagne toast, party favors, prizes, and 3 drink tickets. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Backstreet Cafe 1103 S. Shepherd 713-521-2239
This quaint and cozy cafe is offering an elegant four-course menu for $72 per person (plus beverages, tax and gratuity). Enjoy dishes like sherried wild mushroom soup, Gulf Coast shrimp beignets, roasted rack of lamb and deep, dark chocolate cake alongside complimentary Champagne toast at midnight and live music by Bob Chadwick.
BCN Taste & Tradition 4210 Roseland, 832-834-3411 Toast 2015 with Chef Luis Roger as he showcases a special, four-course, prix fixe menu. (first seating is at 6 p.m. for $100 per person; or opt for a later dinner at 8:30 pm, with party favors and a champagne toast, priced at $120 per person). Indulge in dishes like foie gras terrine; duo of filet and lobster with porcini rice and a Garnacha bone marrow reduction; and Catalan crème brûlée foam with mixed berries and confit bitter orange marmalade. An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional $65.
Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
For New Year's Eve, this French bistro will offer two menus. Early birds (a one-hour seating between 5 and 5:30 p.m.) will feast on a 3-course menu featuring things like lobster bisque, beef filet and foie gras en croute, and fondant au chocolat. The price is $45 per person.
The second dinner will seat for two hours between 6 and 6:30 p.m., as well as 8 and 8:30 p.m. for $85 per person. The three-course menu also includes a surprise amuse bouche along with a complimentary glass of champagne.
Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith Street, 713-522-9711
Celebrate 2015 Nola-style at this upscale restaurant that has no shortage of Southerm charm. Enjoy a three-course dinner with seatings from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Start with dishes like hickory smoked Matagorda oysters, lobster & cognac bisque, or Brennan's famous turtle soup (to name a few) before moving on to the big guns. Choose from seven main entrees, including lamb shank osso bucco, cognac butter based Maine lobster, or creole-style filet mignon. Make sure to save room for Brennan's famous tableside bananas foster, a big slice of Mississippi mud pie, and more.
Cadillac Bar #7 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-334-9049
Enjoy special NYE eats alongside live music (entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight). At 10 p.m., a dynamic fireworks show will light the night sky, providing the ultimate view of the Kemah Boardwalk.
Caracol 2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996
Enjoy a four-course coastal Mexican feast at award-winning restaurateurs Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega's latest masterpiece. For $85 per person, dive into cured snapper ceviche, chicharrón de calamar (crispy fried squid), and wood-roasted Gulf oysters to start; then move onto things like bone-in short rib with roasted tomato salsa, fire-roasted lobster, and more. Finally, finish the meal with a clay pot cinnamon and orange flan, apple empanada, dark chocolate crepes, or pumpkin doughnuts filled with cardamon cream.
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano 14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696
Visit this Italian restaurant for a special New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner featuring assorted hors d'oeuvres, starters, soup, entrees and desserts paired with outstanding Banfi and Batasiolo Italian wines ($135 per person). Feast on tuna tartar, spaghetti alla pescatora, and prime rib with black truffles, among other things. Reservations are open for dinner seating at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Chez Nous 217 S Avenue G, 281-446-6717
Celebrate NYE Gatsby-style at this Roaring '20s themed bash. Enjoy a 4-course feast featuring an amuse bouche, oysters Rockefeller, sherried lobster bisque, classic beef Wellington and meyer lemon curd tart, among other things.
Churrascos 2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300; Multiple locations
All Churrascos will being serving a 3-course NYE feast, featuring upscale dishes with Latin flare, for $65 per person. Enjoy dishes like a Copacabana seafood platter, their signature churrasco steak, and delirio de chocolate cake.
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Coltivare Pizza & Garden 3320 White Oak, 713-637-4095
The garden-fresh Italian eatery will be open and serving its regular menu on NYE.
Damian's Cucina Italiana 3011 Smith, 713-522-0439 Before you begin your New Year's Eve celebration, stop by Damian's Cucina Italiana and enjoy a special, three-course dinner. Choose from dishes like the shrimp Damian, veal mostarda, and budino di pane alla banana, a banana bread pudding served with Jack Daniel's bourbon sauce. The three-course dinner is priced at $64.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen 4611 Montrose Ste A100, 713-807-8883
This Southern-style restaurant is offering a 3-course meal for $70 per person, with reservations from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Indulge in Gulf Coast oysters on-the-half-shell, a 14-ounce ribeye with jumbo lump crab, and white chocolate bread pudding, among plenty of other delicious things.
Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
Enjoy a special NYE buffet with seating times from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. alongside fun and games for the kids.
El Big Bad 419 Travis, 713-229-8181
This trendy downtown bar and eatery is hosting a New Year's Eve Party featuring a la carte dining and drinks along with a special sparkling cocktail list until 2 a.m. There is no cover and no fixed menus, just great tacos and tequila.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar 1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
This classic French restaurant is offering a three course New Year's dinner menu -- featuring octopus and saffron risotto, filet de boeuf, dessert au chocolat and more -- along with speciality NYE cocktails.
The Federal Grill 510 Shepherd, 713-863-7777
This modern American grill is offering a special 3-course meal for $55 before 7 p.m. and $70 after 7 p.m. Enjoy your choice of delectable starters like fried oysters and seafood ceviche before moving on to center cut filet, Chilean sea bass, and more. Finish the meal off with a decadent tres leches or blueberry cheesecake.
Fusion Taco 801 Congress, Ste 1, 713-237-8805
NYE dinner doesn't have to be fancy, but it should be delicious! The taco shop will be open starting at 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve, but get $2 holiday tacos and Happy New Year priced beer, wine, and margs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222
Midtown's hottest new seafood spot is offering a can't miss tasting menu and a limited a la carte menu in Lancelot's Oyster Bar (available before 7 p.m.). The party ($125/person) begins at 9 p.m. with a five-course chef's tasting dinner. Then, as the evening moves on, hot rhythm and blues band Luther and the Healers will start performing. There will be a space cleared in the Lancelot Oyster Bar for dancing. For the magic striking of midnight, when 2014 says goodbye and 2015 is ushered in, all guests will be provided with party favors as well as the traditional champagne toast.
Hugo's 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Enjoy a four-course menu alongside live music by Viento and a champagne toast at midnight for $72 per person. Indulge in tuna ceviche, mushroom-and-huitlacoche-stuffed quail, adobo-rubbed short ribs with tamales de frijol, and more before finishing the meal off with your choice of four excellent desserts. Cream cheese flan, anyone?
Julep 1919 Washington, 713-869-4383
For one night only, Julep will be offering table reservations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come enjoy seafood, bubbles and bourbon, with a special menu of champagne cocktails. Reservations include a seafood tower (lobster, Dungeness crab, crab claws, shrimp and oysters), bubbles (a bottle of Henri Giraud Esprit Rose or Jean Vessell Oeil du Pedrix or Ruinart Blanc de Blancs) and bourbon (a customized Four Roses bourbon tasting). Groups that reserve tables in the late seating will also receive a 2015 cocktail menu tasting preview, plus a champagne toast at midnight for everyone in the bar. For pricing information or to reserve a booth (accommodates up to 6 people) or a table for two, please visit Julep or call 713-869-4383.
Patio seating will continue to be first come, first served, and we have plenty of seating at the bar. Walk-ins are welcome.
Kata Robata 3600 Kirby, 713-526-8858
Houston's finest sushi bar and grill 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.
Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883
Houston's most authentic New York deli will be serving up sky-scraping sandwiches and authentic Eastern European entrees until 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The restaurant will open back up at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Kipper Club Test Kitchen 4400 N. Yale
Enjoy a NYE dinner that is An Homage to Escoffier, the founding father of modern French cuisine. Treadsack chefs Richard Knight, of the upcoming Hunky Dory; PJ Stoops, of the upcoming Foreign Correspondents; and Graham Laborde, of the upcoming Bernadine's will host an extravagant dinner, featuring foie gras baked in brioche, poached trout, veal sweetbreads with truffles, and more. Tickets to this intimate 36-seat dinner are $200 per person, with wine and beverage pairings included. Seats are limited and available for reservation here.
Kiran's 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
This modern an elegant Indian eatery will be hosting a NYE celebration complete with a live harpist and Moet toast for $110 per person, starting at 5 p.m.
Line & Lariat 220 Main, 832-667-4470
Enjoy a prix fixe menu -- with starters like venison stew, poblano corn Chowder and cobb salad; entrées ranging from a 12oz ribeye to duck confit; and desserts like chocolate mousse cake and seasonal cheesecake, to name a few -- for just $80 per couple.
L'Olivier Restaurant 240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
This modern French bistro will be offering two dinner seatings on NYE (6:30 p.m. for $75 per person and 9 p.m. for $99 per person). Indulge in a 4-course prix fixe menu featuring housemade pate, lobster bisque, truffle-crusted sea bass, chocolate mousse, and more. 9 p.m. reservations include live music and dancing.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 1985 Welch Street, 713-533-0200
This stunning and elegant restaurant will be offering a 4-course NYE menu from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for $110 per person (with a $60 per person wine pairing available). Indulge in black truffle fettuccine, prime beef tenderloin with short rib marmalade, a trio of decadent desserts, and more.
Monarch Bistro at Hotel Zaza 5701 Main, 713-527-1800
Ring in the New Year ZaZa-style! Join the swanky hotel and bistro for cocktails, hors d'ouevres and midnight revelry with a live DJ and more. Price is $75 per person.
Enjoy Morton's full standard menu of mouthwatering appetizers, award-winning wines, decadent desserts and s wide variety of USDA prime-aged steak and fresh seafood options on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Museum Park Cafe 1801 Binz, 713-520-0108
James Beard-nominated Chef Justin Basye will be offering a five-course, prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person with an optional wine pairing ($25), reserve wine pairing ($44) or cocktail pairing ($24). Special menu items include kumamoto oysters on the half shell; smoked king salmon with heirloom beets, pickled onions and smoked steelhead trout roe; prime strip loin with crisp potato, charred onions, matsutake mushrooms and foie gras; and pink peppercorn tart with lime curd, coconut milk ice cream and white chocolate.
Ouisie's Table 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Starting at 8 p.m., enjoy live music, holiday favors, and a champagne toast alongside an elegant Southern-style NYE feast. Dishes are a la carte.
Paul's Kitchen 2502 Algerian, 713-360-2002
Starting at 5 p.m., Executive chef Paul Lewis will be serving a six-course tasting menu -- featuring seared scallops, sweetbread ravioli, a duo of filet and lobster, and more -- for $70 per person (with optional wine pairing available).
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Perry's Steakhouse and Grille Multiple locations
All six locations of this upscale grillhouse will be offering decadent 3-course NYE menus for $59.95 per person before 5:30 p.m. and $79.95 per person after 6 p.m. Feast on lobster bisque, Perry's famous table-side-carved pork chop, succulent filet mignon, housemade peanut butter mousse candybars and more. At midnight, enjoy a celebratory champagne toast in the lounge.
Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro 1214 W. 43rd, 713-290-1070
Ring in the New Year at this excellent bistro, where you'll enjoy a 3 course (+ sorbet intermezzo) prix fixe dinner featuring lobster and grits, crispy confit duck leg, winter spice cake and more for $75 per person (or $65 per person for reservations before 6:30 p.m.).
Prego 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
This cozy trattoria will be open regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Get their regular menu of upscale Italian eats alongside nightly specials.
Prohibition Supperclub & Bar 1008 Prairie, 281-940-4636
Trasport yourself to a time where speakeasies, flappers and lavish spending dominated the night. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., this swanky supperclub will be offering a decadent, five-course menu priced at $75 per person. Menu highlights include crab and crawfish cheesecake; smoked cauliflower and caviar soup; grilled whiskey marinated Texas quail; lobster pot pie; and chocolate soufflé for two. Starting at 10 p.m., the Moonlight Dolls will showcase a production adapted from Fitzgerald's "Tales of the Jazz Age". After the show expect a New Year's countdown full of fox trots and bootleggers. VIP tickets and bottle/seating packages are available. To purchase tickets visit here.
Quattro 1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700
Bid farewell to 2014 and ring in 2015 with a celebratory New Year's Eve at Quattro. Served Wednesday, December 31, this four-course feast (served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) will highlight a duo of bison tenderloin and black garlic paccheri pasta. The four-course meal is $95 per person.
Both Houston RA Sushi locations will host a New Year's Eve bash on Tuesday, December 31 with special happy hour prices from 10 p.m. until close. Celebrate the start of 2015 with a guest DJ spinning party-worthy beats, plus enjoy food specials like RA's Tootsy Maki, Viva Las Vegas and Crunchy Calamari rolls. RA will also be pouring drink favorites like Kirin, Prosecco and signature cocktails including the Baby Umami.
Radio Milano 800 Sorella, 713-827-3545
This recently opened CityCentre stunner is offering a 4-course modern Italian dinner in two seatings -- at 6 p.m. for $75 per person and at 9 p.m. for $95 per person. The second seating includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Highlights of the menu include asparagus salad with quail egg, crostini and truffle vinaigrette; butternut squash tortellini; pan roasted duck Breast with eggplant, new potato and huckleberry; and Christmas plums with olive oil ice cream, parmesan and citrus. 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 a buffet, priced at $35 per person and $17 per child (4-12) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Boulevard, 713-861-8666
Enjoy an elegant New Year's Eve in one of Houston's most romantic settings. For $79 per person, Rainbow Lodge will be serving up a 4-course meal featuring starters like wild rabbit terrine and smoked duck and andouille gumbo; a second course salad; and entrees like pan seared sea bas and filet of beef. Finish the meal off with croissant bread pudding, chocolate terrine, or gingersnap cheesecake. Join them for a New Year's Day brunch starting at 11 a.m.
Rattan Pan Asian Bistro and Wine Bar 1396 Eldridge, 281-556-9888
Don't want to go into the Loop? On the Energy Corridor, Rattan Pan Asian Bistro and Wine Bar will be open NYE, serving their regular menu or a 4-course prix fixe.
Robard's Steak House 2301 North Millbend, 281-364-6400
This stunning new Woodlands steakhouse is offering a 4-course New Year's Eve dinner featuring crab cakes, roquefort wedge salad, a 10-hr prime rib, housemade pastries and more. Get it for $125 per person before 8 p.m.; and $150 after 8 p.m.
Rudi Lechner's German-American Restaurant 2503 S Gessner, 713-782-1180
Rudi Lechner's NYE celebration will begin at 10 p.m. Enjoy a three-course meal along with party favors and a midnight champagne toast for $59.95 per person. Feast on traditional German dishes like a grilled sausage sampler, champagne cheese soup, followed by roast duck with orange sauce, wienerschniztel, creme brulèe, and more.
STRAITS Restaurant 800 Sorella, 713-365-9922
Feel like one of the elite at the Pink & Pearls New Year's Celebration at STRAITS Restaurant. Adorn yourself in festive attire and receive the royal treatment with bottle service packages while dancing the night away with DJ ERIC. Chef John Sikhattana will also be offering his dinner menu in the dining room until 10 p.m. To make reservations for dinner or bottle service please call 713.365.9922.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295 1140 Eldridge, 832-230-3842
Make reservations to dine in at a Sylvia's and enjoy a two-for-one fajita dinner, featuring tender beef or chicken fajitas, rice, beans, guacamole, cheddar cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo. That's a $34.50 value for $17.95 -- not a bad way to end 2014. Check the website for hours, as they vary by location. Table on Post Oak 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
Enjoy a four course prix-fixe menu or a limited regular dinner menu during two separate seatings (6:30 p.m. for $99 per person; 9:30 p.m. for $130 per person) along with a special New Year's Eve count down celebration. Feast on butter poached lobster, smoked pear salad, and more.
Tea Bar and Organics Fusion 5857 Westheimer, 713-532-2399
This Japanese restaurant and tea bar will be open until midnight on New Year's Eve.
Tony Mandola's 1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474
Owners Phyllis and Tony Mandola will be hosting their traditional New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner -- featuring crab & crawfish bisque, lobster fettuccini, prosciutto wrapped filet and more -- from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. The evening will also feature live music and a champagne toast at midnight (for reservations after 10 p.m.) Cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Triniti 2815 S. Shepherd, 713-527-9090
This upscale eatery will be serving a 6-course New Year's Eve menu paired with wines for $150 per person before 8 p.m. and $175 per person after (reservations after 8 p.m. will have the table for the night along with Champagne toast and party hats/favors). Feast on oysters and caviar, carrot and mushroom tagliatelle, short rib of beef and more.
Vallone's 800 Gessner, 713-395-6100
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Tony Vallone and Scott Sulma have created a unique multi-choice, multi-course menu for guests on New Year's Eve ($95 per person). As always, it features house favorites as well as a few colorful surprises crafted especially for the occasion.
Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor 14703 Park Row, 281-558-5580
Head to the Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor 's Park Restaurant & Grille for a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person. Menu highlights include roasted shrimp and cheddar grits with green onion and tomato; glazed smoked duck with crispy jasmine rice, butternut squash and mango chutney; and plus bourbon pecan tart with caramel sauce alongside a complimentary glass of house or sparkling wine.
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