Many Washington, D.C. area restaurants offer special New Year's Eve menus, including champagne toasts, party favors, dancing, and entertainment. However, as a visitor with a slew of restaurant choices, it's often hard to evaluate whether or not a popular spot will also offer great dinner fare.
There's nothing quite like saying goodbye to the old year with one last, great meal; fortunately, there are many great restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. that will be serving up special New Year's Eve meals in honor of the annual holiday.
Head to suburbia and ring in the New Year in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a specially-themed dinner and party at the All Set Restaurant & Bar. One year, the theme may be a masquerade and another year might be prom. All prix fixe costs include a three-course meal followed by a night of music and dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Ambar's special New Year’s Eve menu showcases traditional Balkan Peninsula dishes with a modern twist.
Both seating options include an unlimited amount of New Year's Eve special small plates and unlimited drinks. However, you can also attend the second late-night seating for a special champagne toast at Midnight.
A husband-and-wife team of chefs offers up an exquisite Thai-fusion menu at Bangkok Joe's in the city. Enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner menu with both seafood and meat options or choose from a la carte dinner items at the table. Round out your dinner with a trip to the city's first dumpling bar — a favorite dinner stop for locals.
The Four Seasons Hotel does it up right with both a traditional and tasting menu at their Bourbon Steak locale. Dishes like caviar, bison tenderloin, and guinea hen are all served up at this event in world-class fashion. Dine early for a three-course prix fixe menu or come to the later seating for the six-course tasting spread. Tack on another surcharge for unlimited wine to accompany your meal.
The staff won't kick you out on New Year's Eve at Cuba Libre Restaurant — no matter how late you choose to stay. Their six-course Cuban feast includes a reserved table all night long, plus party favors, a drink package, and several add-ons.
A Cuban feast with two seatings is also available, and a champagne toast at midnight will usher in the new year. The later seating also includes entertainment and live music.
The Oaxacan six-course menu at Espita Mexcaleria reeks of authenticity, showcasing the best dishes of Southern Mexico created by a world-class chef pair. A Mexican cantina-style New Year’s Eve party includes complimentary cocktails, wine, beer, and a selection of 10 mezcals and champagne at midnight.
You can enjoy flower tiaras for the ladies and come decked out with your most traditional attire for a night of DJ dancing. No tickets required for dinner or the celebration; however, you should call for reservations since Espita Mezcaleria boasts that its prix fixe menu is cheaper than most around.
They'll be no shortage of locals at this suburban Alexandria, Virginia, cafe on New Year's Eve where you can enjoy their extensive wine list that includes special holiday food pairings. All guests are invited to join the late-night party in the downstairs bar or upstairs in the No. 9 Lounge, and you can even watch the ball drop at midnight with a complimentary champagne toast.
With locations in New York City; Newport Beach, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington, D.C., Fig & Olive is a popular place across the country to enjoy an elegant, curated meal any time of year. For New Year's Eve, this famous restaurant nods to its French Mediterranean gastronomic heritage with a White & Gold New Year's Eve party featuring a four-course prix fixe menu, limited a la carte menu, music, and cocktail specials. Whatever city you're in, book early as this nationwide hotspot will pack the tables by midnight in all its locations.
You can experience "elevated" dining at the Ritz Carton Pentagon City on New Year's Eve where fyve Restaurant Lounge will feature their traditional menu (with locally sourced ingredients), complete with holiday additions.
Live entertainment, party hats, noisemakers, and a champagne toast are all included for a fixed price at this famous restaurant, but make sure to book your reservations early since seating is limited.
Jaleo's two locations (both in the city and in suburbia Bethesda, Maryland) add a vibrant Spanish flair to New Year's Eve festivities. Their prix fixe New Year's menu includes an a la carte tasting dishes complete with tapas and sopas as well as a sampling of wines.
After dinner, guests can enjoy music and dancing in the bar, and a glass of cava and 12 grapes (for good luck) to usher out the year in typical Spanish tradition at midnight. A live DJ will play continuous late-night music until the bar closes in the early hours of the new year.
Locally sourced ingredients and sustainably caught seafood grace the menu of Grillfish's city location, which offers two packages for New Year's Eve dinner this year. Here, you'll have the option of a fixed three-course menu featuring Grillfish favorites like lobster and crab pappardelle or surf and turf, or a three-course menu crafted from the featured New Year's specials — a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts from the full menu at a fraction of the price.
The first seating at La Tasca is perfect for those who want a romantic night out with a five-course Spanish meal, but for those looking for a livelier night on the town, book the later seating, which gets you the same menu and a glass of complimentary champagne, plus unlimited party favors, live music, and a midnight toast and “Fin de Año” celebration.
Suburban Falls Church, Virginia, offers up a gastro brewpub, complete with all the bells and whistles. This local stomping ground will be open for New Year's Eve this year and offering up a special meal in addition to a unique celebration.
Admission to the New Year's Eve event includes a chef-inspired menu featuring passed appetizers, dinner, and dessert buffets as well as party favors and an open bar until 1:00 a.m. Craft beer selections, tapas-style fare, and multiple dance floors make this an event that is not to be missed.
If you're a fan of fondue and want to celebrate the new year with a bit of decadence, this Arlington, Virginia, restaurant specializes in hand-dipped cheese and chocolate varieties. You can dine with them on New Year's Eve to experience a four-course fondue party, complete with a salad course, a main, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Bringing "passion to your palate," PassionFish's two locations in Reston and Bethesda, Maryland, will feature a full menu of seafood-inspired dishes — from sushi to ceviche to bisques. At either location, you can choose to end the year with a meal from a holiday-inspired menu of chef's specialties and fish-of-the-day entrees at a price that includes appetizer, entree, and dessert.
The lively New Year’s Eve celebration at Zaytinya will feature a special mezze tasting menu, an all-night DJ, and a midnight cava toast and will feature party favors and a DJ counting down to midnight and keeping guests energized and dancing into the New Year. With a menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines, this Mediterranean city hot spot will deliver nothing but an indulgent New Year's Eve experience.