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New Year’s Eve Dinners Around Washington
Ring in 2013 with a Champagne and caviar cart, a live belly-dancing concert, or one of many celebratory tasting menus around town. By Colin Daileda
Champagne and caviar? Sounds like a great way to ring in the new year. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Comments () | Published December 14, 2012

Adour at the St. Regis

Guests of Alain Ducasse’s elegant restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel will be offered a special three-course menu with options such as Maine lobster salad, braised sea bass, and a “chocolate celebration” with a hazelnut praline.

Where: 923 16th St., NW
Hours: 5:30 PM for the early seating; 8 for the later
Info: Early seating—$95 for adults; $45 for children. Later seating: $195 for adults; $60 for children. Reserve on OpenTable or call 202-509-8000.


Agora

A three-course prix-fixe meal featuring lobster salad, pheasant breast, and filet mignon highlights the New Year’s Eve celebration at this Mediterranean spot on 17th Street, Northwest. Guests will be treated to a belly-dancing performance and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

Where: 1727 17th St., NW
Hours: 5 to 8 PM for à-la-carte menu; tasting menu available from 9 on
Info: $85 per person. Reserve on OpenTable or call 202-332-6767.

Art and Soul

A Mad Men-themed three-course dinner party at Art Smith’s Capitol Hill eatery will have everything from a fried oyster salad to beef Wellington and a bananas Foster sundae. Guests will also be treated to a live jazz band.

Where: 415 New Jersey Ave., NW
Hours: 5:30 PM for the first seating; 7 for the second
Info: $75 per person for the first seating, $85 per person for the second.


Bandolero

Bandolero’s Mexican Cowboy Countdown event will treat guests to regular menu items such as suckling pig tacos, tuna taquitos, and lamb sopes. The price includes an open bar and all-you-can-eat hors d’oeuvres.

Where: 3241 M St., NW
Hours: Party begins at 8:30 PM
Info: $150 per person. Purchase at CityEats.


BLT Steak

Chef Jon Mathieson plans to go all out on the 31st with a special truffle-heavy menu including surf and turf with filet mignon, Maine lobster, and French truffles; pan-seared day-boat scallops with foie gras and savoy cabbage fondue; and a truffle duo of soup and risotto. Traveling around the downtown steakhouse will be a Champagne and caviar cart with three different Osetra and domestic caviars plus grower Champagnes and vintage Dom Perignon (available for $20 to $80 by the glass).

Where: 1625 I St., NW
Hours: Seatings available from 5:30 to 11 PM
Info: $60 for prix-fixe three-course menu. À-la-carte also available. Reserve by calling 202-689-8999.


Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern will have two seatings on December 31. Both feature a three-course menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The adjoining hotel is hosting a party that will include drinks, food, and a Champagne toast.

Where: 1201 24th St., NW
Hours: 5:30 PM for the first seating; 8:30 for the second
Info: $75 for the first seating ($145 with wine pairings); $110 for the second ($175 with wine pairings). To reserve, call 202-419-6755 or visit the restaurant’s website.


Bourbon Steak

Bison tenderloin and local guinea hen will be served as part of Bourbon Steak’s special four-course menu welcoming 2013. There will be two seatings; guests who come in for the later one will be treated to a Champagne toast, and the table is theirs for the evening.

Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Hours: 5:30 PM for the first seating; 8:30 for the second
Info: $90 per person for the first seating; $175 for the second. Call 202-944-2026 to reserve.

Cafe Bonaparte

This quaint French cafe in Georgetown is doing a four-course menu on New Year's Eve that comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. Each of the courses will feature two choices.

Where: 522 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Hours: Seatings are at 6:30 and 8:30
Info: The dinner is $65 per person. Call 202-333-8830 to reserve.


Cuba Libre

There will be an à-la-carte menu featuring dishes like Maryland jumpo lump crab meat ceviche and pistachio-crusted mahi-mahi available from 4 to 8:30. Available beginning at 9 is a $95 dinner package, which includes five courses, a complimentary glass of Champagne, party hats and other favors, and live entertainment.

Where: 801 Ninth St., NW, Suite A
Hours: Special à-la-carte menu: 4 to 8:30; dinner package seatings between 9 and 9:30
Info: $95 per person for dinner package. Call 202-408-1600 to reserve.


Graffiato

Graffiato serves a five-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve featuring dishes from the regular menu as well as some specials like venison tartar and black truffle tagliatelle. Guests can stick around for dancing around 11.

Where: 707 Sixth St., NW
Hours: Seatings begin at 5 PM; kitchen closes at midnight
Info: $65 per person. Reserve at CityEats or by calling 202-289-3600—credit card deposit required.


Hank’s Oyster Bar

Hank’s Oyster Bar is taking New Year’s Eve reservations at all three locations. There will be an open bar and all-you-can-eat oysters at the Pennsylvania Avenue location, and couples who reserve a spot at the Dupont restaurant will receive a free bottle of Champagne.

Where: Various locations 
Hours: Dupont and Alexandria locations open at 5:30 for dinner; the Capitol Hill location opens at 5
Info: $80 at the Pennsylvania Avenue location; no set price for the other locations. Reservation information is available online.


Jack Rose

The Adams Morgan party spots hosts two events on December 31. Gear up for a big night on the town with a pig roast featuring plenty of pork, plus beers and punches. Come later in the evening for an open bar, music from a deejay, cigar specials, a midnight Champagne toast, and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres.

Where: 2007 18th St., NW
Hours: Pig roast from 6 to 9 PM; party from 8 to 1 (passed hors d’oeuvres from 8:30 to 9:30)
Info: $35 for the pig roast; $100 for the later event. Reserve by calling 202-588-7388.

Lincoln

The restaurant will offer a six-course small plates tasting menu by chef Demetrio Zavala, as well as a Vegas-themed dancing party featuring a performance by David Akers and the Epitome. There is also a chance to win a two-night stay at Revel Resort in Atlantic City.

Where: 1110 Vermont Ave. NW.
Hours: Tasting menu seatings between 7 and 10 PM. Party doors open at 9. 
Info: $140 for six-course tasting menu. Premium open bar package $150 ($100 with dinner). General admission to party—including champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres from 9 to 11—$70.


Mad Fox Brewing Company

The Tom Principato Band will be performing at the Mad Fox Brewing Company while guests will sample hors d’oeuvres along with a special buffet menu including beef short ribs, slow roasted prime rib, and fried cheesecake.

Where: 444 West Broad St., Falls Church
Hours: Doors open at 8 PM
Info: $60 per person. Reserve online.

Napoleon Bistro

The French spot in Adams Morgan is doing a four-course tasting menu—order courses individually at the bar—and hosting two parties this year. Parties are in the upstairs bar and the Champagne Lounge.

Where: 1874 Columbia Rd., NW
Hours: Dinner seating starts at 5:30 with limited seating after 7:30. Parties go from 10 PM to 4 AM with an three-hour open bar package from 10 to 1 AM. The restaurant is also serving a late night bar menu from 10 to 1.
Info: Four-course dinner menu is $65. Open bar package is $100.  Reserve by calling 202-299-9630.

901 Restaurant and Bar

Whether they choose the four- or five-course meal, 901’s New Year’s Eve guests will be treated to stone-crab claw, seared scallop risotto, and pumpkin cheesecake. Guests of the first time slot will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne, while each couple attending the later seating will get a complimentary bottle.

Where: 901 Ninth St., NW
Hours: 5 PM for the four-course meal; 9:30 for the five-course meal
Info: $55 per person for the four-course meal; $85 per person for the five-course meal. Reserve by calling 202-524-4423 or e-mailing jdyson@901dc.com.


Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

There will be Oaxaca-inspired four- and five-course feasts at Oyamel on the 31st at José Andrés’s Penn Quarter Mexican spot, both of which include spoons of 36-hour pork belly with quail egg and caviar, tacos al pastor, and bistec a la parrilla. The second seating includes a traditional cava toast at midnight.

Where: 401 Seventh St., NW
Hours: 5 PM for the first seating; 9 for the second
Info: $59 per person for the first seating; $78 for the second. Call 202-628-1005 to reserve.


Ripple

Feast on a five-course prix-fixe menu from the innovative Logan Cox—it features Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, pickled mackerel, beef loin, and gingerbread ice cream from pastry chef Alison Reed.

Where: 3417 Connecticut Ave., NW
Hours: From 5 PM on
Info: $110 per person. Reserve by calling 202-244-7995.


Smith Commons

Smith Commons is celebrating the new year and its own second anniversary with menu items such as lobster bisque, pan-seared scallops, and Texas antelope. Guests will receive complimentary admission to the second and third levels of the Public House, where there will be live entertainment, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.

Where: 1245 H St., NE
Hours: 6:30 PM for the first seating; 9 for the second
Info: $60 per person. Reserve online.


Station 4

Station 4 will offer a special four-course meal that will include beef tenderloin, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass, and a double chocolate tart for dessert. There will also be an open bar, and a deejay starts spinning at 10.

Where: 1101 Fourth St., SW
Hours: 5 to 7 PM limited à-la-carte menu; 8 onward for prix-fixe and party
Info: $65 for dinner; $100 for meal plus open bar until 2:30. Call 202-488-0987 to reserve.


Tabard Inn

There will be live music along with a prix-fixe menu from chef Paul Pelt that will include grilled quail stuffed with roasted apples in a honey-balsamic glaze and a hoppin’ John cassoulet. The evening includes a glass of Champagne and a chance to see Will Rast and his band—the performance begins at 10:30.

Where: 1739 N. St., NW
Hours: Dinner service from 6 to 9:30 PM
Info: $75 for adults; $27 for children under ten. Call 202-331-8528 to reserve (credit card deposit required).


Taberna del Alabardero

The ornate downtown Spanish spot is serving a six-course meal with quail and confit codfish salad, red snapper with creamy lobster rice, and grilled lamb chops. Taberna will also do the traditional Spanish “lucky grapes” at midnight, and Trio Caliente will provide the musical entertainment.

Where: 1776 I St., NW
Hours: Restaurant opens at 5:30 PM
Info: $125 per person. Call 202-429-2200 to reserve.


Tuscana West

The four-course Italian dinner will feature hand-rolled pasta stuffed with a porcini mushroom sauté, tagliatelle pasta tossed with basil pesto and tomato sauce, and more. Dinner will be accompanied by a piano player, and guests will be treated to a Champagne toast as the ball drops, along with dancing until 3 AM.

Where: 1350 I St., NW
Hours: 5 PM for the early seating; 7:30 for the second
Info: $59 per person for the first seating; $89 per person for the second. Call 202-289-7300 to reserve.


Vinoteca

Two seatings are available for the five-course NYE meal at this popular wine bar. From 10:30 to 2:30, three bars will be open and servings craft cocktails, lots of bubbly, a midnight snack bar, and more.

Where: 1940 11th St., NW
Hours: 6 PM for the first seating; 9 PM for the second
Info: $65 per person for first seating; $85 for the second. Pairings between $30 and $35. To reserve, call 202-332-9463 or e-mail wine@vinotecadc.com. $85 for Champagne party. Dinner guests can access the party with early admittance for $50.


Zaytinya

Braised lamb and crispy Persian pilaf will highlight Zaytinya’s special New Year’s Eve menu. The first seating’s menu will include a few celebratory items; round two will offer two menus designed specifically for the occasion.

Where: 701 Ninth St., NW
Hours: 4:30 PM for the early seating; 8:15 for the second
Info: No set price for the first seating; $65 to $80 per person for the second. Reserve online.


Maryland

Addie’s

Ruby beets, Prince Edward Island mussels, and duck carbonara will be available with wine pairings at Jeff Black’s Rockville restaurant—part of a special New Year’s Eve meal.

Where: 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville
Hours: Restaurant opens at 5 PM
Info: $65 per person for dinner only; $95 with wine pairings. Call 301-881-0081 to reserve.


Black Market Bistro

Black Market Bistro’s special December 31 menu tempts with dishes like Maine lobster and a pan-roasted Long Island duck breast.

Where: 4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park
Hours: Restaurant opens at 5 PM
Info: $85 per person; $115 with wine pairings. Call 301-933-3000 to reserve.


8407 Kitchen Bar

Choose from an early or late seating to experience a NYE pop-up with Jerry Trice of ChefDrivenDC. (The full regular menu will also be available.) Both time slots feature a four-course menu, but the second includes some special amuse bouches.

Where: 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring
Hours: Restaurant opens at 5 PM. First pop-up seating from 6 PM; second seating starts at 8:30.
Info: $65 ($90 with pairings) for first seating; $75 ($100 with pairings) for the second. Call 301-587-8407 to reserve.

Jaleo Bethesda

Jaleo’s Bethesda branch will serve its regular menu until 8 PM, when seatings begin for a special tasting menu that includes croquetas de jamón ibérico, Norwegian lobster carpaccio with pomegranate air, and the restaurant’s excellent espinacas a la Catalana. Guests receive a free glass of Champagne; deejays start up around 9.

Where: 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda
Hours: Regular menu available from 5:30 PM; tasting menu service begins at 8
Info: $85 per person. Reserve on OpenTable.


The Melting Pot

A special menu at the melted cheese chain’s Gaithersburg location starts off with cheese fondue and ends with two types of chocolate dipping sauce.

Where: 9021 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg
Hours: Reservations available from 4 PM
Info: $68 for adults; $25 for children. Call 301-519-3638 to reserve.


Virginia

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant

Head out to the hinterlands for a five- or eight-course meal at this cozy country inn.

Where: 692 Federal St., Paris
Hours: Five-course seatings between 6 and 6:30; eight-course between 9 and 9:30
Info $89 for early seating; $119 for second. Call 540-592-3900 to reserve.


Bastille

Among the offerings on Bastille’s five-course menu this year are sunchoke bisque with roasted royal trumpet mushrooms, butter-poached Maine lobster, and a saffron bavarois with pistachio meringue, compressed citrus with olive oil, and pomegranate sorbet.

Where: 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria
Hours: Restaurant opens at 5 PM
Info: $119 per person. Call 703-519-3776 to reserve.


Jaleo Crystal City

See Jaleo Bethesda details—the Crystal City location of José Andrés’s Spanish tapas chain will celebrate in similar style.

Where: 2250 A Crystal Drive, Alexandria.
Hours: Regular menu available form 5:30. Tasting menu service begins at 8 PM.
Info: $85 per person. Reserve on OpenTable.


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  • Don_niss

    With all of the great restaurants in Old Town and Del Ray not
    to mention Arlington and this is all you mention for VA. Sadly lacking!

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