Most of us rang in 2021 on the couch. Now, nearly a year later—celebratory dinners are back. And, thankfully, fancy takeout is still a thing. The following restaurants have special menus planned for December 31 (but remember—plenty of other places will be open, serving their usual fare with champagne at the ready). Just as we did in our Christmas dining list, we’re rolling takeout and dine-in options into this one guide, and spelling out the specifics in each listing.
The neighborhood brasserie’s New Year’s Eve dinner consists of three courses, including a winter squash bisque, duck two ways, and a valrhona chocolate creme brulee ($95). A special two-person option includes a 32-ounce dry aged cote de boeuf (additional $50 per person). Claim a spot online.
Renee Erickson’s arresting cocktail haunt beneath the Spheres marks the occasion with a dinner menu split between Deep Dive favorites and NYE specials. Reserve online for an a la carte dinner, or check out plans for the party that happens later in the evening.
A $275 multicourse meal alfresco combines Emily Crawford’s heartfelt seasonal fare, wine pairings, and some of the most atmospheric surroundings in town. Reserve online. (The restaurant has not reopened its dining room just yet, but has ample covered and heated outdoor space.
Nothing like popping some bubbly and snacking on Chef Shota Nakajima’s iconic chicken karaage to help ring in the New Year. Tickets ($150 per person) can be purchased on Tock, but act fast—they’re disappearing quicker than the f*ck-it bucket.
Fried chicken party boxes—equipped with tenders, wings, fries, and an abundant of sauces—are available for take-out. But if you’re ready to celebrate the end of this crazy year with others, the dining room will be open and serving a holiday celebrations menu ($65 per person) that has oysters and chicken satay, alongside the regular dinner menu that also includes that fried chicken box. Head to OpenTable to secure a spot.
Renee Erickson’s seminal oyster bar is going fancy with a $140 five-course prix-fixe menu for NYE. Yes, it involves oysters (and caviar and spot prawn roe gougeres—that’s just the first course). Yes, you should reserve in advance.
Kiss 2021 goodbye with Michael Mina classics like lobster pot pie mixed with other dishes such as a braised wagyu short rib, burrata agnolotti, and a basque cheesecake or nutmeg spiced beignets to finish. You can also add on a shellfish platter ($140) or ossetra caviar ($195). Reservations for the $159 three course meal can be made online.
Welcome the New Year alongside Lake Washington with some celebratory specials. The restaurant will be open until midnight and sibling Dock and Drink will serve brunch on New Year’s Day. Make a reservation here.
Capitol Hill/Central District
What better opportunity to remind yourself that Canon’s food keeps pace with its cocktail menu. The five-course (or six if you get dessert) dinner and drink pairings range from options like a scallop crudo with a chrysanthemum #2 to lamb cassoulet with pinot noir. Email [email protected] to secure a spot during selected times.
Downtown/Pike Place Market
Chef Quinton Stewart’s day-aged prime rib, alongside all its favorite sides (whipped potatoes, kale gratin, and yorkshire pudding), can help ring in the New Year. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
Toast to the New Year at Motif’s restaurant and cocktail bar with a three-course meal ($72 per person) that features a porcini and truffle ravioli and assorted truffles. The holiday menu that consists of steak frites and a smoked mushroom pappardelle will also be available. Head to Resy to reserve a seat.
Shaun McCrain’s kitchen goes full-throttle on a five-course prix fixe, with options for supplements and wine pairings. rReserve online.
The newest restaurant in Brian Clevenger’s lineup leans into his strenths: seafood, pasta, vegetables, great value. The $85 dinner starts with shared plates for the table, then moves on to a raviolo course (yes, as in one giant personal ravioli). Next up: your choice of entrée and a chocolate mousse dessert. A few fancy supplements (black truffle here, some osetra caviar there, an A5 Wagyu entree option) can amp up the festivities. Contact the restaurant to book.
Taylor Thornhill’s NYE menu presents this nose-to-tail teak house at its elegant, beefy best. The $100 dinner involves steak tartare, caviar, Bateau’s classic butter-basted steak, and some seriously intriguing desserts. Meanwhile, next door Boat Bar will bolster its regular menu with a special two-person tasting plate spread.
The four-course menu ($95 per person) at Ethan Stowell’s flagship includes shareable shigoku oysters, a pasta course that includes pappardelle or strozzapreti, wagyu coulotte steak, and finishes with options from a ricotta cheesecake or a spiced chocolate mousse terrine. Reservations can be made online.
Marcus Lalario’s marvelous newish Italian spot has Jason Stratton in the kitchen and a $95 four-course dinner in the works for New Year’s Eve. Better yet, it involves Stratton’s legendary tajarin. The website has the full menu, plus instructions on how to book your seats.
Trinh and Thai Nguyen embrace family style service with a four-course menu: Each table picks one modern Vietnamese dish from each course to share (good luck choosing among options like caramelized shrimp and pork, or kohlrabi squash soup with spareribs). Dinner is $75 per person and wraps up with a trio of desserts. Seatings available at 5 and 8pm; contact Ba Sa to reserve.
Ethan Stowell’s tiny Tangletown dining room celebrates the New Year with a four course dinner, set at $95 a person, that includes a lamb tartare, radiroi, pan seared scallops, and an espresso pot de creme. You can even add on a caviar supplement with brioche toasts ($45) or poached shrimp ($18). Head to the website to make a reservation.
Between the watery views and the cold, fresh oysters, this place already feels wintry and festive. Throw in a special holiday menu ($150) that leans into seafood and this year doesn’t seem so bad. Reserve online.
Stuart Lane bids 2021 adieu with a whopping six courses of impeccable northern Italian fare; most courses include two options, and subtle nods to Italian end-of-year customs. Dinner at Spinasse is $150 a person, but next door at Artusi, a more casual menu lets you celebrate with fried veal sweetbreads with pomme aligot and gravy, followed by pici pasta and—ye gods—an actual timpano, which folds eggs, meatballs, and pasta inside dough to bake. Call 206-251-7673 to reserve at either restaurant.
Brian Clevenger’s $75 NYE menu showers the table with a trio of shared starters, then moves on to ravioli with chestnut, comte, and roasted garlic. Choose your own preferred entrée (scallops with foie gras, pork roulade, or manicotti) and finish off the evening with a chocolate mousse. Contact the restaurant to book.
New Year’s Eve means a seasonal multicourse taste of Nathan Lockwood’s elegant layering of Northwest and Italian flavors (including some seriously lovely pasta). The $235 meal can accommodate many dietary restrictions with advanced notice, except eggs and butter. Reserve online for the chef’s counter or dining room.
Eric Anderson, one of the town’s great understated talents, will (literally) fire up his wood oven and augment the regular dinner menu with a grill platter of local shellfish, from spot prawns to dungeness crab (plus oysters, clams, and mussels) or caviar with accoutrements. Reserve a table online.
Downtown (Takeout Only)
Take home this oven-ready menu and ring in 2021 with a showpiece meat entree (prime rib, kurobuta ham, rack of lamb, filet mignon) plus sides and a chocolate-peppermint tart. Each meal serves four. Preorder for pickup December 30.
Four courses include lots of choices among a rustic Italian lineup of antipasti, pasta, and entrees ($125 per person). Nathan Lockwood’s second restaurant has parked its cart service in the name of Covid safety, but this is one of just two nights of the year when the staff will have Alba white truffles to shave over dishes as a supplement (vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free options available, too). Reserve here.
Brian Clevenger’s original restaurant digs deeper into Italian traditions than the company’s other NYE menus: Shared starters like puntarella with anchovy, sunchoke sformato, a course of agnolotti with chestnut foie gras, your choice of entrée (scallops, steak, or squash gratinata) and a chcolate mousse for dessert—all for $85 per person. Contact the restaurant to book.
You know a party’s fancy when it involves caviar, champagne, and shellfish partners (aka Laurent-Perrier, Black River Caviar, and Baywater Shellfish, if you’re curious.). For $325 (that’s for a pair of tickets) you can fill your New Year’s Eve with pink champagne and caviar with trimmings. Buy tickets online, or swing by for some a la carte bubbles, martinis, and fancy snacks.
On New Year’s Day, the Cafe Hitchcock kitchen fires up early with brunch from 8–4. Chef Grant Rico will hold court at the omelet station. Why yes, plan on more champagne, plus a full bar and espresso. Details and menus for all these situations are on the website.
Eastlake, West Seattle
A $75 menu starts with shared snacks for the table, then moves on to fancy pasta—with an optional add-on like caviar or truffles. Then choose your own entrée and wrap up the night with some warm cranberry butter cake. Each location of Brian Clevenger’s seafood-vegetable-pasta triad does its own menu; check it out and reserve online. Contact the restaurant to book.
Wrap up the year by indulging in some seafood. Chef Jason Wilson will augment the regular dinner menu with holiday options like oysters, caviar, and a lobster and chicory salad. The next morning, the kitchen’s back at it again with a New Year’s Day brunch, plus dinner and happy hour. Brunch options include a smoked salmon benedict and a detox banana split. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant.
Manette’s ambitious neighborhood restaurant will welcome in 2022 with some special dishes in addition to the winter menu: bone-in rib eye, truffle risotto, and a platter of chilled sesafood. Call the restaurant or send an email ([email protected]) to reserve a spot.