From elegant four-course affairs complete with plenty of bubbly to fun, family-friendly brunches, here's where to dine in Houston this New Year's Eve:
13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline, 713-529-8466
Enjoy a 13|31 Anniversary Dinner with Houston Dairymaids and New Year’s Eve celebration with the theme 1920s “Midnight in Paris.”
Aces of Taste Presents Destination: Paris, 1310 Nance
This private New Year’s Eve dining and dancing experience features a four-course French meal beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by Parisian-style partying until 2 a.m. Guests can enjoy just the dinner, just the party, or both. The dinner cost starts at $95 pre-sale and features dishes such as foie gras mousse and huckleberry jam with toated brioche, a duo of duck and blueberry clafouti. The Parisan Party starts at $75 and includes passed appetizers until 11 p.m,, four drink tickets, a midnight toast, and DJs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The combo cost starts at $140. Houston Press readers can get 20 percent off with the coupon code HPNYE20, valid until Thursday, December 29. Online sales end Friday, December 30 and tickets will not be sold at the door. The limited presale prices are subject to increase later this month.
Añejo: Mexican Table + Tequila Bar, 1180-1 Uptown Park, 713-963-9032
For New Years Eve, Añejo will be open from 5 p.m. to close, offering a special four-course dinner for $55, excluding tax and tip.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
Join Arnaldo Richards’ Picos for a one-of-a-kind "New Years Eve in Havana" celebration, held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. All tickets include a welcome cocktail and two drink tickets, a four-course dinner, live entertainment, dance floor and photo booth, a cigar lounge with complimentary cigar rolling station, and Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $175 or $200 for VIP (including cigar lounge bar, specialty gifts throughout the evening and take-away bags).
Arthur Ave, 1111 Studewood, 832-582-7146
The Italian-American stunner will be ringing in the New Year with a special four-course meal featuring classic Italian dishes meant for good luck. There will be two seatings (one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.) and cost is $45 per person.
Artista, 800 Bagby, 713-278-4782
Ring in 2017 with Latin band Walter Suhr & Mango Punch!, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and live entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $145 per person plus tax and include three drink tickets, a champagne toast, party favors, prizes and a four-course meal. Enjoy dishes such as a trio of angel wings, empanadas, lobster chupe, churrasco steak and tres leches.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814
Join B&B Butchers & Restaurant for a fun, festive evening of delicious food, drinks, party favors, and (most importantly) live jazz singer and pianist during dinner in the downstairs dining room from 6 to 10 p.m. and DJ Wyatt Magnum from 10 p.m.to 2 a.m. on the rooftop patio (which is covered and heated) There is no ticket fee or prix fixe menu, and guests can order off the regular dinner menu. However, reservations are required. Call 713-862-1814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table. Pre-order your champagne for the midnight toast when you make your reservation and receive 20 percent off.
Benjy’s in the Village, 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
The NYE menu will feature Texas Tabbouleh served with currants, coconut, black eyed peas, apples, and layer lemon dressing, Fire Roasted Oysters with crispy avocado, sweet dash and celery root puree, Pork Tomahawk served with masala mushrooms and root vegetable bredie, and Baked Seafood Cazuela with shrimp, local catch of the day, crab and octopus.
Benjy’s in Washington, 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131
The NYE Menu will feature Cold Seafood including jumbo shrimp, half shell oysters, crab lobster salad, cocktail sauce, crackers, and remoulade, Duck & Cheese Empanada served with Venezuelan avocado sauce, Chimichurri Grilled Golden Trout served with charred green beans, Surf & Turf with braised short ribs and jumbo shrimp and grits.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial 713-827-8008
On Saturday, December 31, Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will host two special multi-course dinners which will accommodate all plans for this annual night of celebration. Want to dine early and party elsewhere? With one-hour seating times beginning at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., owner Genevieve Guy has 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, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. 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 to 6:30 or 8 to 8:30 p.m. and conclude with complimentary glasses of Voirin Jumel Grand Cru Blancs de Blanc NV Champagne with dessert. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray, 713-524-1919
Ring in the new year with dinner and drinks at Brasserie 19. Order from our dinner menu and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The next morning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, dig into 2017 with a bite from the restaurant’s brunch menu.
Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith St, 713-522-9711
Guests can dine on a special NYE feast, featuring a Hoppin John & Caviar Lagniappe and three courses with options including Snapping Turtle Soup, Creole Lobster & Cognac Bisque, Foie Gras Reveillon, Gulf Coast Shrimp & Grits, Black Hill Ranch Lamb Osso Bucco, Tender Belly Tomahawk Pork Chop , Rougaroux Rum Carrot Cake and Creole Bread Pudding, to name a few. Reservations can be made from 5 to 9:45 p.m.
Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, 713-868-4444
The steakhouse will be serving a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner—including options like smoked quail with bourbon bbq sauce, warm goat cheese salad, filet with herbed bordelaise and dark chocolate mousse cake—for $95 per person.
Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy, 713-465-2901
The steakhouse will be open and offering a four-course NYE menu ($99 per person) from 5 to 10 p.m. Feast on dishes such as King crab cake, lobster corn dogs, pea and leek soup, filet with exotic mushroom cream, Berkshire double-bone pork chop and apple strudel.
Café Azur, 4315 Montrose, 713-524-0070
Chef Sidney Degaine of Café Azur has created a three-course prix fixe menu, with highlights including Terrine de Foie Gras with fig chutney, mixed greens and toast; New Zealand Venison chop served with caramelized celery roots, roasted parsnip and fresh cranberries with a winter sauce; and pistachio and white chocolate dacquoise served with french liquor cherry. Cost is $100 per person without the wine pairing and $150 per person with the wine pairing. The restaurant will offer two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Charivari, 2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231
Open from 5 p.m., Charivari will be offering a create-your-own NYE menu for $95 per person. Choose from dishes such as pumpkin lobster bisque, wild mushroom ravioli with black winter truffle, pan-fried foie gras with marsala reduction, beef filet tournedos, “schnitzel Charivari,” and Swiss chocolate hazelnut tart.
Crú Food & Wine Bar, 9595 Six Pines #650, 281-465-9463; 2800 Kirby #B-130, 713-528-9463
Enjoy a three-course dinner—featuring dishes such as Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab scampi, Barolo-braised short rib, and molten chocolate lava cake—for $50 (early seating from 5:30 to 8 p.m.) to $65 per person (gala seating from 8:30 to 10 p.m.).
Damian's Cucina Italiana 3011 Smith Street 713-522-0439
Midtown Italian restaurant Damian's will be offering a three-course New Year's Eve dinner menu for $49.95 and will feature Sicilian dishes including starters like the Tomatoes Caprese, Verde Gorgonzola; entrees' Snapper Firenze, Filetto con Marsala, Eggplant Parmigiana; and Tuscan Bread Pudding or Italian Cream Cake for dessert.
Down House, 1801 Yale, 713-864-3696
Join the neighborhood restaurant and bar for dinner and help raise a glass (or two) to say so long to 2016. This year's event features a four-course menu by head chef Kent Domas, complimentary wine and cocktail pairings, and a DJ playing all night long. Tickets cost $80, and with each ticket, guests will receive a drink ticket good for one champagne cocktail to ring in the new year at midnight redeemable at either Johnny's Gold Brick or Canard, both conveniently located in the Heights. Seatings are available from 7 to 10 p.m.
Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, 2400 Mid Lane, Suite 100, 713-554-0136
Offering a specialized á la carte NYE menu, alongside the regular dinner menu, the chef will begin the evening with a complimentary amuse-bouche and a mignardise to top off the meal. Three drink pairings will be offered with the specials menu, alongside discounted bottles of champagne and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The kitchen will close at 11 p.m. and the restaurant at 12:30 a.m.
Emporio Brazilian Grill , 12288 Westheimer #210 A, 281-293-7442
This family-friendly NYE offers a Brazilian buffet and cash bar from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
The French eatery will be offering pre-fixed menu for $76 per person. Enjoy dishes such as duck foie gras “au torchon” with toasted brioche and prune mousseline, filet of sea bass beurre blanc, and sous-vide 1855 Farm beef tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce. Finish with a Valrhona chocolate dessert.
Fielding's Local Kitchen + Bar, 26400 Kuykendahl, 281-351-2225
Enjoy a NYE celebration, with a three-course early seating menu available for $59 per person from 5 to 8 p.m. and a four-course late seating menu with live music, champagne toast and balloon drop for $109 per person from 8 to 11 p.m. On Sunday, ring in the new year with brunch favorites, mimosa and bloody Mary flights, and chef's specials. Space is limited.
Fielding's Wood Grill, 1699 Research Forest, 832-616-3275
The restaurant will be offering Three Days of New Year's Brunch, from Friday, December 30 through Sunday, January 1. Guests can enjoy French toast, eggs benedict, omelets, Bloody Mary and Mimosa flight await you at Fielding's Wood Grill to end 2016 and kick the new year off right.
Fogo de Chão, 8250 Westheimer, 713-978-6500
Enjoy a holiday feast featuring the full churrasco dinner menu and new seasonal items from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Children under six are complimentary and children ages seven to 12 are half-price.
Fogo de Chão - The Woodlands, 1900 Hughes Landing, 281-298-4200
Fogo de Chao - The Woodlands is offering a wonderful VIP experience. For $125 per person, guests can enjoy a seated meal in the semi-private section, including the gourmet salad bar and all-you-can-dine experience, a lavish seafood buffet, bottle of wine from a pre-selected wine list or three drinks per person, dessert, bubbles toast at midnight and $25 gift card for a return visit.
Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300
Four Seasons Hotel Houston will have two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve - one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. The first seating will include a three course menu for $85 per person. A wine pairing with two wine options in three ounce portions will be available for $20. Guests will be seated until 6:30 p.m. The second seating will include a five course menu for $110 per person. A wine pairing with four wine options in three ounce portions will be available for $40. Only the second seating will include dancing, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Vinoteca at the Four Seasons will be seating guests at the bar on a first-come, first-served basis, with a minimum spend of $30 at the bar after 8 p.m. Akia Uwanda will perform throughout the evening, and party favors will be distributed.
Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, 832-831-7133
Ring in the New Year at Helen Greek Food and Wine with an ancient Greek dinner that will feature all-Greek wines unable to be found anywhere else in the city. There will be two seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana #101; 713-491-2222
The Midtown hotspot will be open for NYE dinner from 5 to 10 p.m, offering an a la carte menu as well as a four-course tasting menu for $85. Enjoy a choice of dishes including Texas Caviar, Hudson Valley Fois Gras, Seafood Charcuterie, Potato-Crusted Gulf Snapper and Lemon Brick Cornish Hen.
Hungry's in Rice Village, 2356 Rice, 713-523-8652
Upstairs, Hungry's bar and lounge concept in the recently opened Hungry's restaurant in Rice Village, will open with a New Year's Eve celebration and the option to dine in the restaurant downstairs. Tickets are available for four celebration offerings on New Year's Eve. A four-course prix fixe NYE dinner with choice of selections at Hungry’s at 9 p.m. costs $60 per person. General admission and VIP packages are also available and include bar bites, a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and music by DJ DelSur.
La Fisheria, 213 Milam, 713-802-1712
La Fisheria will be open and offering its regular dinner menu, along with a special sparkling wine.
La Table, 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
Enjoy a special NYE menu, plus a gift from La Table, decorations, live entertainment and a sparkling toast at midnight.
Le Bistro at the Culinary Institute LeNôtre, 7070 Allensby, 713-358-5079
The restaurant at LeNôtre cooking school will host a Delightful New Year’s Eve Celebration. Attendees will be treated to a full, unique fine—dining buffet of gourmet dishes while dancing the night away with Houston's favorite Pop and Disco twosome, Bubba & Greg Duo. Tickets for this event are $85 (plus tax and gratuity), and must be purchased in advance. Menus and tickets are available at LeBistro-Houston.com.
Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, 713-629-4444
Chef Nicole Routhier of Le Colonial in River Oaks District is crafting a special three- and four-course menu to ring in the New Year. The restaurant will offer seatings at 4 p.m., priced at $65 per person, and 8 p.m. for $125 per person. The first seating offers a three-course dinner and the second seating will feature a "gala” style, four-course dinner with a live band, party favors and a champagne toast. The upstairs lounge will be available for diners as well as party-goers who want to forgo dinner. A $50 cover will be in effect after 9 p.m.
Le Mistral, 1400 Eldridge Parkway, 832-379-8322
Bid adieu to 2016 with a decadent NYE dinner, featuring six-courses and seatings from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Favorites include terrine of quail breast and foie gras, roasted Colorado lamb loin and walnut-crusted Bucheron goat cheese.
Lucille's, 5512 La Branch, 713-568-2505
Join Lucille’s for a five-course dinner featuring delectable off-the-menu items paired with specialty mixology cocktails or wine for $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). All tables will have festive New Year’s Eve décor and tables with four or more people will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. There are two seatings; 5 and 7:30 p.m. Call 713-568-2505.
Luv Me Tenders, 4400 Yale, 346-204-5864
Luv Me Tenders will be open until 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Mia Bella Trattoria, 1201 San Jacinto, 832-319-6675; 110 Vintage Park, 281-251-8930; 16535 Southwest Freeway, 281-240-5000
All three locations will be open regular hours and serving a 4-course NYE dinner, priced at $60 per person, in addition to the regular menu. Indulge in dishes such as duck confit and caramelized leek tart, poached dover sole with longostinos and spinach gnocchi, and a white and dark chocolate mousse crepe.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700; 5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946
Morton’s The Steakhouse will offer its regular menu of prime wet-aged steaks from 5 p.m. to midnight.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 5061 Westheimer, 832-487-8862
The Oceanaire Seafood Room will offer its regular menu of fresh, decadent seafood offerings from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Ouisie’s will be offering an extensive four-course menu of special dishes in eclectic Southern style, as the restaurant has become famous for. Hit it early from 5 to 9 p.m. and enjoy dinner, or join at 9 and stay to see the arrival of 2017 while enjoying picks from the same special four-course menu, plus music, party favors and a Perrier Jouet Champagne toast at midnight. All of the revelry, early or late, is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity (add wine pairings for an additional $30 per person).
The Palm, 6100 Westheimer, 713-977-2544
The steahouse is offering a Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner for two for $195 per couple, plus tax and gratuity; or $220 per couple, including two glasses of Champagne: Taittinger Brut la Française.
The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft, 713-628-9020
The Pass will be ringing in the New Year with a special seven-course tasting menu, priced at $175 per person (excluding tax and tip). The feast begins at 7 p.m. and wine and mixed beverage pairings will be available. In Provisions, a four-course prix fixe menu will be available for $75 per person (excluding tax and tip).
PESKA Seafood Culture 1700 Post Oak, 713-961-9229
The countdown to 2017 begins at 9 p.m. with a New Year's Eve party featuring DJ-spinning and bubbly toast at midnight. A three-course dinner menu ($75) and a four-course menu ($95) will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.
Post Oak Grill, 1415 South Post Oak, 713-993-9966
Enjoy a four-course NYE dinner for $99.95 per person.
Radio Milano, 800 Sorella, 713-827-3545
CITYCENTRE’s Radio Milano will offer a special four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person. Highlights include Foie Gras Terrine served with brioche, rhubarb marmalade and mixed greens; Pan Seared Wild Duck with braised red cabbage, Romanesco and foie gras gridulce; and a Truffle Duo. After dinner, celebrate the arrival of the New Year at chic, street-level Milano Bar with a glass of Travaglino Monteceresino Brut Reserve 2012 Sparkling Rose, specially-priced for the evening. Milano Bar will be open until 2 a.m.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, 713-861-8666
Spend New Year’s Eve in the cozy log cabin and a “hangover” brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the morning after. The New Year’s Day Brunch will feature spiked egg nog and hot chocolate, football games on three screens, and comforting dishes like black eyed peas and greens, smoked duck gumbo, fried oysters and short rib benedict.
Rainforest Café, 5015 Westheimer (Galleria), 5000 Katy Mills (Katy Mills)
Ring in the New Year with fun for the whole family. Kids under 10 can enjoy a buffet, free goodies and sparkling cider, plus a countdown to the new year. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. at the Galleria location and 6 to 8 p.m. at Katy Mills.
Red Lion British Pub, 2316 Shepherd, 713-782-3030
Red Lion British Pub will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The neighborhood favorite invites guests to celebrate and enjoy a free champagne toast and festive party favors, with no cover all day and night.
Ristorante Cavour, 1080 Uptown Park, 713-498-1104
Save the Champagne for midnight and bid adieu to 2016 with a special four-course New Year's Eve Dinner at Hotel Granduca’s elegant restaurant. Cost is $95 per person, with additional Champagne pairing for $65 per person and reservations are available from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Ritual, 602 Studewood, 832-203-5180
Not only is Ritual offering a prix-fixe menu of drool-worthy cuisine, it’s also offering the chance for one lucky guest to win two tickets to Super Bowl LI at the restaurant’s NYE Midnight Revelry & Super Bowl Giveaway. Guests will also win major prizes such as a 70” flat screen TV, Bose headphones, Rockets tickets, a Canon camera, a four-course Wine Dinner at Ritual, Jewelry, and Apple Watches. New Year’s Eve diners will be able to be seated earlier in the evening for $75 per person and they will receive a four-course prix-fixe menu along with beer, wine, or cocktail pairings. Guests who choose to dine later in the evening will receive a six-course prix-fixe menu along with beer, wine, or cocktail pairings for $199 per person and will automatically have an entry to win all the prizes to be given away that night. Only 250 tickets will be sold for the exclusive $199 prix-fixe option.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 5433 Westheimer, 713-840-1433
The restaurant will be open and offering a special holiday menu.
Smith & Wollensky, 4007 Westheimer, 713-621-7555
The steakhouse will be open on and serving the Winter Menu featuring seasonal variations of our USDA Prime dry-aged steaks and premium seafood, paired with award-winning wine selections.
State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer, 832-942-5080
The restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve and will be serving a pre-fixe menu.
Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer Road, 713-322-7448
The River Oaks District steakhouse will be open on New Year’s Eve with its regular dinner menu.
Triniti, 2815 South Shepherd, 713-527-9090
Fresh off celebrating its five-year anniversary, Triniti will host a New Year's Eve event written in the stars. Join executive chef Ryan Hildebrand and his talented team for a 12-course "Zodiac" dinner, with each course representing a different sign. Cost is $195 for 12 courses; aplus $100 for wine pairings. Call 713-527-9090 for seating times and reservations.
Uchi, 904 Westheimer, 713-522-4808
Uchi will offer a special New Year’s Eve Omakase menu (featuring a seven-course feast, priced at $175 for two people), in addition to the full menu, with complimentary champagne at midnight.
Urban Eats, 3414 Washington, 832-834-4417
Urban Eats will serve brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline, 713-654-1970
W+M has a fabulous four-course prix fixe menu for $75, plus a few fun cocktails including the Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, a champagne Jello drink with Pop Rocks.
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