New Year's Eve in St. Louis may be spent dancing at Ballpark Village or partying at one of the city's chic downtown hotels—one with a great view of The Gateway Arch, a national landmark—but whatever it may entail, the final night of the year should begin with a good meal. Restaurants across "The Lou" offer their best culinary creations for the special evening, whether it be a Creole take on a NYE favorite or a slice of the city's signature gooey butter cake for dessert. Find out where to dine for New Year's Eve 2020 in St. Louis.
The Lemp Mansion
The Lemp Mansion is a symbol of St. Louis' history. During the 19th century, it was the city's largest brewery (before Anheuser-Busch took the beer scene over); now, the stately mansion is best known for the supposed ghosts of three Lemp family members who committed suicide at the site. Its murder mystery dinner on New Year's Eve is a nod to its spooky reputation. Held every Friday and Saturday night from November 13, 2020, to January 9, 2021, the Jest Murder Mystery Company will put on a show at the hotel, including dinner, champagne, noise makers, and party favors. Reservations are required. The restaurant will also be open for lunch.
Bristol Seafood Grill
Bristol Seafood Grill will be offering a special family catering menu throughout the holiday season. It includes bourbon maple salmon fillets, crab cakes, lemon shrimp campanelle, or surf and turf to feed four or eight (dishes range from $70 to $285). And because New Year's Eve wouldn't be complete without a cocktail or two, it's offering a whole host of beverages to go, from a barrel-aged white Manhattan to festive sparkling blackberry martinis.
Cinder House is a contemporary South American-inspired eatery located in the Four Seasons in downtown St. Louis. For New Year's Eve 2020, chef Gerard Craft will be cooking up a four-course feast including a farm egg, chicken skin, caviar, potato, coriander, and parm brodo as a starter, followed by octopus caldereta, then Wagyu zabuton steak, and a poached pear with grape compote, rose gelee, and black pepper ice cream for dessert. Each course pays tribute to a different region—Venezuela, Columbia, Argentina, and Chile. Wine, champagne, and cocktail pairings are also available. Dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. and cost $95 per person.
Cyrano's in Webster Groves is known for its incredible desserts, but on New Year's Eve, you can enjoy more than just gooey butter cake (the house specialty, incidentally). In 2020, it will be holding a virtual dinner and concert featuring the jazzy pop artist Erin Bode. The restaurant will provide you with a chef-crafted, three-course dinner to take home and eat while watching an exclusive concert by Bode, filmed at Rudy’s Jazz Room in Nashville. Tickets are required and cost $65 per person.
The beloved St. Louis sushi joint Drunken Fish will be throwing its regular New Year's Eve Sushi Party, but this time at home. You'll choose between the sushi 101 or signature roll platter—$109 and $119, respectively—each coming equipped with a Pom 75 cocktail-making kit. For dessert, the platters include cupcakes from The Cup or strawberry cheesecake. Orders must be placed by December 24 for December 31 pickup.