Update: The Complete New Year’s Eve Restaurant Guide

30 options for dining out on December 31.

Proof serves up four courses for $95 this NYE. Photograph by Scott Suchman

2941 Restaurant
Reservations will be accepted between 4 and 10 PM.
$95 per person for three courses.
Selling point:
Foie gras is involved.
Call 703-270-1500 to reserve.

5:30, 6, 6:30, 8:30, 9, and 9:30 PM
The first three seatings are $120 a person; the second three are $195. There’s also a $60 children’s menu.
Selling point:
Well, we like it. Adour ranked number five among all Washington-area restaurants in this magazine’s last 100 Best Restaurants list.
Call 202-509-8000 to reserve.

America Eats Tavern
Seating(s): 5 and 8:30 PM
Price: The 5 o’clock seating costs $75 a head; the second seating is $150.
Selling point: Who knows if José Andrés’s buzzy pop-up celebrating America’s food heritage will even be here next year? (Andrés recently announced it would continue operating through July 4, at least.) Also, there’s dancing.
Etc.: Call 202-393-0812 for reservations; check out the full menu here.

Ardeo + Bardeo
Seating(s): All evening
Price: $65 for the four-course menu.
Selling point: Relaxation. At Ashok Bajaj’s adjoined Cleveland Park eateries, a New Year’s Eve dinner will still feel like a special occasion, but in a nice, neighborhood way.
Etc: Call 202-244-6750 to reserve.

Art and Soul
Seating(s): 5:30 to 7 PM and 7:30 PM
The first seating costs $75; the second costs $85.
Selling Point:
Free Champagne toast and party favors.
Call the restaurant at 202-393-7777. A valid credit card will be required to secure your reservation.

Blue Duck Tavern
Seating(s): 5:30 and 8:30 PM
Price: The early seating of this three-course meal costs $75, or $145 with a wine pairing. The second seating is $110 ($175 with pairing), and includes a Champagne toast.
Selling point: Beltway bragging. You can tell your out-of-town date, “The Obamas have totally eaten here,” and you won’t even be lying.
Etc.: Call 202-419-6755 to reserve.

Bourbon Steak
Seating(s): 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Price: The three-course meal at 5:30 is $90 per person ($175 with wine pairing); the six-course tasting menu at 8:30 is $110 ($175 with pairing).
Selling point: Scene-y-ness. Dressing to impress is advisable.
Etc.: Call 202-944-2026 to reserve.

Cashion’s Eat Place
Seating(s): All evening
Price: $85 for a special five-course menu.
Selling point: Cashion’s boasts one of the city’s loveliest bars, an elegant location as any to receive that midnight kiss.
Etc. Call 202-797-1819 to reserve.

Seating(s): 5:30 to 6 PM and 8:30 and 9:15 PM
Price: The earlier dinner costs $140 per person with an $80 wine pairing; the later one is $175 with a $115 wine airing.
Selling point: You’ll be dining at Citronelle.
Etc.: Call 202-625-2150 to reserve.

Co Co. Sala
Seating(s): 5:30 PM through 8 PM and 8:30 PM onward
Price: $125 or $185 for a six-course special menu (each course is supposed to entice one of the six senses) with wine pairing.
Selling point: If you aren’t up for prix fixe, reserve at 8 PM or earlier and you can opt for the à-la-carte menu instead.
Etc.: Email to reserve.

Seating(s): All evening
Price: Estadio’s à-la-carte menu will be available all evening. Opt for a four-course tasting menu for $75.
Selling point: Every dinner guests gets a free glass of cava on the 31st.
Etc.: Call 202-319-1404 to reserve.

Seating(s): 5 PM and 9 PM
Price: Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s five-course tasting menu is $125 ($200 with wine pairings).
Selling point: The restaurant’s dapper bar is the perfect place for ordering the first cocktail of 2012.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 202-628-2889.

J&G Steakhouse
Seating(s): 5 to 6:30 PM and 8 to 9:30 PM
Price: The first seating is $55 per person with a $25 wine pairing; the second is $125 with a $55 wine pairing.
Selling point: Serious special-occasion food: foie gras brûlée, sautéed Maine lobster, and black truffle fritters.
Etc.: Reserve online or by calling 202-661-2440.

Seating(s): All three locations of José Andrés’s tapas restaurant are featuring a NYE à-la-carte menu all night at the bar. The same menu is available from 5 to 7:30 PM in the dining room. Beginning at 8:30, you can get in on an unlimited tapas menu.
Price: The unlimited tapas menu is $85 per person.
Selling Point: Come to eat, stay for the party: Live deejays start spinning at 10:30 PM.
Etc.: Call your location of choice to reserve; a credit card number is required.

Kushi Isakaya & Sushi is planning a special tasting menu for NYE but has not yet finalized details. Check here for updates, or call the restaurant at 202-682-3123.

Lebanese Taverna (Bethesda location)
Seating(s): The Bethesda branch of Lebanese Taverna will be serving up its a-la-carte menu from 5 to 8 PM. At 9, the “Mezza Madness” party begins, featuring unlimited mezze, belly dancing, and a Champagne toast.
Selling Point: Did we mention the belly dancing?
Price: Mezza Madness is $65 per person.
Etc.: Call 301-951-8681 to reserve.

Seating(s): 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and 8 PM onward.
Price: A five-course pris fixe is offered at the first seating for $125. There is a seven-course menu during the second seating; that costs $195.
Selling point: Flexible wine options, which include special pairings and by-the-bottle offerings.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 202-296-1166.

Seating(s): 6, 6:15, 8, 8:15, 10:15, and 10:30 PM
Price: Seatings through 8:15 are $60 per person. After that, it’s $75 per person, which includes a Champagne toast and unspecified “treats.” A wine pairing is $50 per person at all of the seatings.
Selling point: Unspecified treats!
Etc.: Call 202-797-7171 to reserve.

Michel by Michel Richard
Seating(s): 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Price: The five-course tasting menu is $125 per person, or $200 with wine pairings.
Selling Point: NYE at the Ritz-Carlton? Life could be worse.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 703-506-4300.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Seating(s): 5:30 to 7:30 PM and 8 to 10 PM.
Price: The earlier seating features a four-course prix fixe, which costs $59. The second seating, from 8 to 10 PM, costs $74 and includes a five-course meal.
Selling point: Available alongside your meal: a five-course Champagne tasting for $35 per person, or a cocktail tasting for $30.
Etc.: Call 202-628-1005 to reserve. View the full menu on Oyamel’s Web site.

Pearl Dive
Seating(s): No sit-down dinner. The restaurant is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve with passed apps and a cocktail bar in the downstairs dining room and the Black Jack bar upstairs.
Price: Buy your ticket today for $150. Starting December 15, the price jumps to $175.
Selling Point: Beer, wine, frozen drinks, and punches are included in the price, and deejays will be spinning all night.
Etc.: Buy tickets here.

Seating(s): Between 5:30 and 7:30 PM, and from 8 PM onward. A “Roast & Toast” champagne party takes place in the atrium and the outdoor winter bar from 8:30 PM to 2 AM.
Price: A three-course dinner is $55 for the first seating; $70 from 8 PM on. The party, which features an open bar and passed appetizers (oyster shooters, tête de cochon sliders), costs $95 per person.
Selling Point: This atrium party may be the way to go, what with featured cocktails like This Little Piggy, made with bacon-infused bourbon, and hot chocolate with “fire marshmallow.”
Etc.: Call 202-783-6060 to reserve.

Seating(s): All evening
Price: The regular menu at this Gallery Place eatery will be on offer on NYE, as will a special four-course, $95 tasting meal.
Selling point: As at sister eatery Estadio, guests of Proof will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. Tasting-menu diners get a free glass of the really good stuff.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 202-737-7663.

Seating(s): All evening
Price: $95 for a five-course dinner and cocktail hour.
Selling Point: A James Bond–themed cocktail party is included in the price of dinner; arrive an hour earlier than your reservation to partake.
Etc.: Call 301-656-5515 for reservations.

Smith Commons
Seating(s): 6 to 7:30 PM and 9 to 10:30 PM
Price: Both seatings cost $60 per person. The price includes a three-course meal.
Selling point: Complimentary Moët Imperial Champagne at midnight and a raging party (complete with a deejay and live music) until 3 AM.
Etc.: Call 206-396-0038 or reserve online.

Seating(s): All evening
Price: A $95, four-course dinner features contemporary takes on 1920s-era dishes. Included in the price is a Roaring Twenties-style cocktail party; flapper dress is optional.
Selling Point: Parties of six or more receive a free bottle of sparkling wine with dinner.
Etc.: Find reservation information and more details here.

The Source
Seating(s): All evening
Price: Choose between a five-course tasting menu for $125 and a seven-course menu for $150.
Selling point: Glamorous digs, delicious dumplings.
Etc.: To reserve, call 202-637-6100.

Seating(s): All evening; guests who reserve a table for 7:30 or earlier receive a free bottle of Simonet Blanc de Blancs Champagne with dinner.
Price: $55 for five courses.
Selling Point: Good Champagne means a more tolerable hangover, and, on NYE, Facebook fans of Urbana can order Veuve Clicquot for $10 a glass at the bar.
Etc.: Call the restaurant at 202-956-6650.

Seating(s): 5:30 to 7 PM and 8 PM to 11 PM
Price: Through 7 PM, diners order à la carte or design their own five-course menus. At 8, the restaurant will begin serving a six-course, $95 meal. There will be a wine-pairing option for an additional price.
Selling point: Not a Champagne fan? Vidalia makes a first-rate mint julep.
Etc.: Call 206-659-1990 to reserve.

6 to 8:30 PM (a la carte) and 8:30 PM
Price: At 8:30 PM José Andrés’s Gallery Place Mediterranean spot is offering a $65 five-course prix fixe menu and an $80 tasting menu.
Selling Point: A deejay and a “fire dancer” will be on hand to entertain you after dinner.
Etc.: To reserve call 202-638-0800. You can check out the NYE menus on the restaurant’s Web site.



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