14 New Year's Eve Dining Spots in the Washington, D.C. Area

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.

On December 31, 2020, Washington, D.C. restaurants will not be open for indoor dining but some may be offering outdoor dining and delivery options. Other popular restaurants can be found in the nearby suburbs of Maryland and Virginia and these will be open for indoor dining. Because restaurants are working with reduced capacities this year, reservations should be made as soon as possible.

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All Set Restaurant & Bar

All Set Restaurant & Bar
 All Set Restaurant & Bar

All Set Restaurant & Bar will be closed on December 31, 2020.

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.

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Ambar

Ambar Restaurant
Ambar Restaurant

Ambar is still offering a prix-fixe menu for New Year's but will be closed for indoor dining.

Ambar's special New Year’s Eve menu typically showcases traditional Serbian dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant offers multiple seating times throughout the day, each of which includes 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.

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Bangkok Joe's

Bangkok Joe's
Bangkok Joe's

Bangkok Joe's will still offer a New Year's Eve menu in 2020, which will be available for curbside pickup and delivery.

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.

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Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak 

Bourbon Steak will have a preset menu on New Year's Eve in their outdoor dining bubbles.

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.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

seafood paella from Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Cuba Libre has not posted a menu for New Year's Eve 2020. Dancing is not allowed, but they are open for outdoor dining.

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.

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Espita Mezcaleria

Espita Mezcaleria
Espita Mezcaleria

Espita has not posted a menu for New Year's Eve 2020, but they are open for outdoor dining and delivery.

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.

Typically, 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 are 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.

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Evening Star Cafe

The Evening Star Cafe posted its New Year's Eve menu on Instagram and will be open for outdoor dining in 2020 with a heated, open-air dome.

There will 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.

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Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive
 Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive is open for delivery and outdoor dining on its heated terrace, but the restaurant hasn't rescheduled its annual party.

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.

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fyve Restaurant Lounge at the Ritz Carlton

fyve Restaurant Lounge
 fyve Restaurant Lounge

No special events at fyve are planned for New Year's Eve this year, but the Arlington restaurant will be open until 10:30 p.m. on December 31.

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 typically included for a fixed price at this famous restaurant, but make sure to book your reservations early since seating is limited.

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Jaleo

Jaleo
 Jaleo

Jaleo will be open until 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, but there will be no special event this year at the Washington, D.C. location.

Jaleo typically adds 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, soups, and 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.

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Grillfish

Grillfish
 Grillfish

Grillfish has been shut down for the winter season, but their menu will be available at Commissary, another Washington, D.C., restaurant with outdoor seating that will be putting out their own menu for New Year's Eve 2020.

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.

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The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot
 The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot will offer a prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve this year, but alcohol will not be sold past 10 p.m.

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.

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PassionFish

PassionFish
 PassionFish 

Passionfish is offering a "New Year's At Home" meal kit that includes champagne. Orders must be placed by December 29, 2020, but the restaurant will also be open for a la carte service from 5 to 9 p.m.

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.

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Zaytinya

Zaytinya
 Zaytinya

Zaytinya is open for indoor and outdoor seating but has not released a special menu for New Year's Eve this year.

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.

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