Party Time. Excellent.

Where to Eat on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Are you ready for 2019? Make your reservations now.

By Timothy Malcolm December 18, 2018

We're going to keep this light and airy. Here's a (partial) rundown of the restaurants and bars hosting a party or offering a special menu on December 31, sometime before midnight:

New Year's Eve

  • a'Bouzy: Party starts at 9:30 p.m. with live DJ, champagne toast. Dom Perignon vintages available at $99, $240.
  • Avondale Food & Wine: $200 per person. Five-course dinner including beer, wine, and champagne at 9 p.m. and party through 1:30 a.m. with DJ. 1960s French attire welcome. 
  • Bayou & Bottle at the Four Seasons: $35 per person. Party at 9 p.m. with champagne toast at midnight. No seat guaranteed. DJs, regular food menu available.
  • BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures$45 per person. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Entrées include New York strip, pan-seared heirloom chicken, voodoo salmon. DJ, "throwback" party with retro cocktails and champagne toast. Dress throwback.
  • Benjy's: Seating until 10 p.m. with a la carte menu. Dishes include parmesan-crusted lamb chops, chicken for two, fire-roasted whole snapper.
  • Bistro Provence$40 to reserve a seat. Seatings at 6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. Entrées include slow-roasted lamb shank, wild Norwegian salmon. 
  • Bosscat Kitchen & Libations$75 per person. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Entrées include choice of braised short rib Oscar, roasted French-cut chicken breast, crispy Gulf red snapper. DJ, champagne toast.
  • Brennan'sDinner available 5-9:45 p.m.
  • Broken Barrel$80 per person. 5-7 p.m. seating and 9-11 p.m. seating. Four-course meal with lamp pot pie, grilled hangar steak, caviar creme fraiche and olive oil amuse bouche.
  • The Classic All Day: Seating until 10 p.m. with regular menu plus specials including oysters in the half-shell, pan-seared scallops, 44 Farms prime rib, ginger tamarind rubbed whole fish. Call for reservations.
  • Cottonmouth Club: 1984 party. No cover with champagne toast, photo booth, and '80s themed cocktails.
  • Danton's Gulf Coast CuisinePre-midnight service. Regular dinner service, glass of champagne, live music, toast to Danton's (the restaurant is moving and rebranding as Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine).
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse: $150 per person prix fixe from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dry-aged lamb, seabass among highlights.
  • Eight Row FlintRegular hours, 2 p.m.-midnight. $30 gets you a Miller High Life champagne bottle and four one-ounce shots of Four Roses Yellow Bourbon. Champagne toast at midnight.
  • Fig & Olive: $110. White and gold party with four-course prix-fixe menu. Entrées include Chilean sea bass, filet mignon, lamb shank. Live DJ.
  • Georgia James$125 per person. Reservations from 5 to 11 p.m. Four-course meal with entrées including seared scallops with corn pudding, New York Strip, boudin-stuffed quail, or braised short rib. 
  • Goodnight Charlie's: No cover. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Disco cowboy party with live music from 7 p.m. onward. Champagne and cocktails available.
  • The Grove$45 per person. 5-10 p.m. Entrées include New York strip, tomahawk pork chop, fillet of golden trout. Sparkling wine. 
  • La Table: Reservations accepted 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. at both Marche and Chateau. Highlights include Strube wagyu beef en croute and Perigord truffle and lobster gnudi.
  • Lucienne Restaurant at Hotel Alessandra: Seatings at 4:30 p.m. ($55), 6:30 p.m. ($75), and 9 p.m. ($95). Four-course dinner; entrées include beef consommé, duck a l´orange. 
  • Mastro's: $275 per person. Four-course meal with seafood tower, twin lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, filet options, plus live entertainment and champagne toast. Seatings 3 p.m.-midnight.
  • One Fifth Mediterranean: Regular menu. Reservations from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Menu includes additional sightseeing tour for larger groups.
  • Ouisie's Table$45 per person. Four-course dinner with music, champagne toast. Regular dinner service also available 5-9 p.m.
  • Pappas Bros. Steakhouse$109.95 per person. 4-11 p.m. at Galleria, 5-11 p.m. at Downtown. Entrées include ribeye, filet mignon, veal chop, New York strip, king salmon.
  • Picos$100 per person for open bar, $175 per person for four-course dinner plus open bar, $200 for VIPs (includes everything with prime seating). Party starts at 8 p.m. Live entertainment, outdoor cigar lounge, tasting bar, photo booth, dance floor.
  • Quattro at Four Seasons$135 per person. One seating at 7 p.m. includes live entertainment, dancing, champagne toast. Entrées include red snapper, osso buso alla Milaense, duo of duck.
  • Ristorante Cavour at Hotel Granduca: $85 per person, $45 additional wine pairing. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Five-course dinner. 
  • Roka Akor$135 per person. Seatings 4:30 p.m.-midnight. Five-course meal includes wagyu kimchi dumplings, grilled pork belly, Alaskan king crab, sashimi, and Japanese Miyazaki A4 wagyu. Upgrade of $40 available to try Japanese Kobe A5 wagyu. 
  • The Rustic: Free; first-come, first-serve and admittance not guaranteed. VIP tickets (that include admittance, separate section, private bar service, appetizers, champagne toast, and goodies) are $75. Live music from Texas country artist Charley Crockett. 
  • The Tuck Room$68-$75 per person, 9 p.m. Live music, party favors, late-night snacks, toast.
  • UB Preserv$85 per person. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Three-course family style dinner of New Year's food traditions found throughout Houston, including Peking-style duck, foie gras, sticky pork ribs, pupusas, and buckwheat chocolate pie. 
  • Uchi$195 for two. Pre-midnight service; reserve through 11 p.m. Ten-course meal with Australian 9+ wagyu strip loin, masu and madai nigiri, Alaskan king crab gunkan.
  • Yauatcha$88 per person ($40 extra for wine pairing). Three-course meal including wagyu beef puff, lobster dumplings, truffle duck.

And here's a look at places hosting brunch the day after:

New Year's Day

  • BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights include build-your-own mimosa bar, "Flaming Hot" bloody marys, Apple Jacks breakfast bun with cereal milk glaze.
  • Bosscat Kitchen & Libations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include Fruity Pebbles French toast, Nutella s'mores pancakes, breakfast in bed shot, new cocktail menu.
  • BuffBurger: Breakfast 7-11 a.m.
  • Eight Row Flint: noon-midnight. Highlights include black-eyed peas and cabbage from Revival Market. Bowl games all day.
  • Jack & Ginger's: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Irish-style brunch with potato pancakes, shepherds pie, bangers, Irish coffee, bloody mary bar. 
  • Lucienne Restaurant at Hotel Alessandra: $75 per person. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Three-course meal plus mimosa or bloody mary.
  • Sam's Fried Chicken & Donuts: Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. with regular menu.
  • State Fare: Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. with regular menu.
  • The Original Ninfa's on Navigation: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Highlights include red chile-pork posole, huevos rancheros, migas divorciadas.
  • The Union Kitchen11 a.m.-4 p.m. at all locations. Highlights include $1 mimosas and $3 bloody marys, Elvis Belgian waffle.

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