Bring on 2021

New Year's Eve in Seattle: Takeout Edition

Because it's a bad idea to drink all that champagne on an empty stomach.

By Seattle Met Staff December 14, 2020

Send this year out with a bang.

Obviously the demarcation between the virus-addled hellscape of 2020 and the promise of 2021—with its inauguration and vaccines and the return of all things fun—is an arbitrary one. Still, surviving 2020 feels like a milestone, one that deserves all the champagne and celebratory trappings of New Year's Eve, albeit in takeout form. These restaurants have special menus planned for December 31 and/or January 1, but remember: Plenty of other restaurants will be open and serving their regular menus, so check directly with your favorite spot if you're wondering about their holiday sitch.


The ever-creative Queen Anne restaurant offers a French-inspired four-course menu and access to a streaming countdown party that starts with a local jazz trio, then Lauren Napier and culminates with local legend Lady A to count you down. The supper club box even comes with items that help you participate in new year’s traditions around the world. Order online. Queen Anne

Goldfinch Tavern

The restaurant at the Four Seasons has filled a box with bubbles and luxe seafood (namely oysters, jumbo prawns, king crab legs and one whole lobster), plus a Rachel’s Ginger Beer mignonette and everything you need to crack, shuck, or butter your shellfish. Maybe throw some deviled eggs or chocolate cake in the mix, while you’re at it. Downtown


The natural wine–loving bistro peered into the depths of your soul and assembled exactly what it saw: A dozen oysters, foie gras terrine, red wine–braised short ribs, butter-tastic pommes robuchon, and a half pint of brown butter cookie dough ice cream. Oh, and a salad. Yep, they’ll gladly sell you some champagne to accompany all this. Order online. Central District

Walrus and the Carpenter

A NYE takeout version of Renee Erickson’s matchless oyster bar is all about appetizers: A dozen oysters (to shuck at home), plus salmon caviar, foie gras mousse, and apple olive oil cake. Ballard

Omega Ouzeri

Choose from options like osso bucco, vegetarian moussaka, and swiss chard rice tart in the Pike/Pine Greek restaurant’s four-course dinner for two. The meal ends with vasilopita, Greece’s traditional sweet for a lucky new year. Capitol Hill


Toshikoshi soba—a New Year’s tradition for both Japan and local soba doyenne Mutsuko Soma—happens again this year. This time around, you can order boil-at-home sets online, and add osechi like octopus terrine, smoked duck breast, or fried mochi. Fremont


A Baja-inspired takeout feast: scallop ceviche, spicy clam dip, marinated mussels with ritz crackers, and, of course, a dozen osyters. Reserve online. Wallingford

Eden Hill Provisions

A four-person helping of ribeye with bone marrow bordelaise and a dinner’s worth of trimmings—plus a full brunch spread for the next morning. Queen Anne

Willmott’s Ghost

Renee Erickson’s Spheres-adjacent pizza restaurant focuses on New Year’s Day brunch, filling a two-person kit with burrata, frittata, olive oil cake, and more. Preorder online, along with a spritz kit. Denny Regrade

Metropolitan Grill

Two- or four-person meals revolve around celebratory proteins—prime rib, kurobuta ham, lamb, or chateaubriand. Main, sides, and dessert all come with simple heating or prep instructions. Preorder online. Downtown

Pioneer Square D&E

Fried chicken and champagne: ideal any night, perfect for ending this refuse bin of a year. Various celebratory packages pair wings or whole chickens with sides and sauces. The holiday menu at this ever-versatile spot also includes some “lucky foods,”and oysters and clams. Pioneer Square

El Gaucho

Midcentury swank rules, even in takeout mode: A four-course meal includes prawn cocktail, Caesar salad, and chateaubriand with lobster tails, plus bubbles. Order online. Belltown/Pike Place Market

The Whale Wins

Hama Hama shellfish star in an a la carte duo: of oysters or (and?) clams in curry cream meal kit. Order (and add bubbles) online. Fremont

Ba Sa

A champagne and canapes for two package balances the Bainbridge restaurant's Vietnamese purview with other flavors, like bacon wrap rice cakes with habanero marmalade. A full-on dinner option comes with  bone-in wagyu New York steak with truffle yucca fries, and strawberry toffee champagne cheesecake. Preorder by December 28. Bainbridge Island

Cafe Presse

While the France-inspired 12th Avenue cafe isn’t generally doing takeout, the kitchen is readying a four-course fete centered on its roast chicken and pommes frites. The restaurant even tucks party hats, noisemakers, and confetti in there for you. Reserve online. Capitol Hill

Lady Jaye

Go big (literally) with an entire smoked tomahawh ribeye and allllll the sides. Order online (and don’t miss the cocktails). West Seattle

The Fog Room

The rooftop restaurant at the Charter Hotel lets you ring in 2021 with a menu of fancy snacks (baked brie, s’mores pot au crème, jumbo shrimp cocktail…) or some particularly fun a la carte items for the next morning, like a quart of red velvet pancake batter with cream cheese frosting. Order online. Downtown


Renee Erickson’s steak house is butchering special grass-fed standing rib roasts, that come with home cooking instructions. Preorder a two- or three-rib roast. Capitol Hill


A four-person whole lobster dinner kit includes sides, champagne, and cocktails—a pretty impressive spread for $180. Call the restaurant to reserve. Leschi


Pick up a three-course menu with three entrée choices: beef tenderloin, miso black cod, and chanterelle risotto. (The $25 kids menu sounds pretty great too.) Preorder by December 29. The menu’s also available for dine-in on the heated breezeway. Kirkland.


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The Walrus and the Carpenter

Oysters, caviar, and foie gras mousse are just the beginning of this multicourse dinner in Walrus’s cozy cluster of tents; the $125 ticket covers food, tax, and tip, so plan to order drinks. Ballard


Some of the highlights of the revamped menu, like scallop ceviche and chips and dip, anchor a new year’s menu served with a view of the skyline over Lake Union. Wallingford

Brimmer and Heeltap

When you have one of the town’s most charming gardens, it makes sense to serve tasting menus on the covered patio, though these year-end dinners will technically happen December 26 and 27. Ballard


Dine on a three-course menu in the heated breezeway; entrée choices included beef tenderloin, miso black cod, and chanterelle risotto. (The $25 kids menu sounds pretty great too.) The menu’s also available for takeout if you preorder by December 29.) Kirkland.

Water’s Table

A celebratory prix fixe menu, served on the large heated and covered patio, has your choice of dishes, plus shared items for the table. Reserve a seating on OpenTable. (They’re also serving outdoor brunch on New Year’s Day.) Renton

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