New Year’s Eve Dinner
at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2016/2017
Toast to the New Year with amazing meals at the city’s top restaurants
Philadelphia’s top restaurants will raise a glass of Champagne to 2017 with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations and midnight toasts to celebrate the New Year.
This year, enjoy the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront with two FREE fireworks shows on the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight. Both shows leave ample time to feast either after (the 6 p.m.) or before (the midnight) shows.
Join in the decadent celebration, and check out our top picks for where to eat out on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as the city’s top tables will book up fast.
Browse a selection of New Year’s dinners and celebrations at restaurants around the city, below.
Keating’s Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen
Keating’s Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen in the Hilton Penn’s Landing offers three options for NYE celebration: a family party from 4-6 p.m. with buffet dinner and kids activities ($69 for adults; $32 for children ages 3-12); dinner with fireworks ($59.95 for adults; $24.95 for children ages 3-12); and a dinner reception with dancing, fireworks and a Champagne toast ($99; for adults only).
La Peg Brasserie
La Peg Brasserie —the stylish restaurant in the FringeArts building — serves a three-course meal for $65 until 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reserved tables on and after 8:15 p.m. can enjoy the same prix-fixe menu along with access to the FringeArts New Year’s Eve party for $85.
Climb aboard the Moshulu for an elegant dining experience and front-row views of the fireworks. (Photo courtesy the Moshulu)
Grab a front row seat for waterfront fireworks aboard the Moshulu. A four-course prix-fixe menu includes live music and DJ. ($125 per person from 3:30-6:45 p.m.; $195 per person from 7-10:30 p.m.; $35 for children.)
Spirit of Philadelphia
The annual fireworks cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia offers New Year’s glamour along with a dinner buffet. An earlier cruise at 4 p.m. features a DJ (from $109.90 per person; all ages welcome) while the later cruise includes open bar, a Champagne toast, a private table and a DJ (from $199.90 per person).
Close out 2016 by dining on small plates and flavorful dishes at Amada in Old City. (Photo courtesy N. Sheldon)
Diners can explore the flavors of San Sebastián (three courses for $75) or Barcelona (four courses for $90) at Jose Garces’ legendary Spanish eatery. An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional $35 or $50 per person.
Feast on four courses this New Year’s Eve for under $100 per person at Fork. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Lauded American eatery Fork will offer four courses for $99. Not to be missed on this last night of 2016 decadence are the house-made breads and pastas.
The Little Lion
Treat yourself to a cocktail-fueled meal at The Little Lion. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
The Little Lion rings in the New Year with a champagne cocktail dinner that features four specialty champagne cocktails paired with a four-course dinner. The multi-course meal costs $75 per person. The Little Lion’s regular menu will be available, too.
High Street on Market
Snag a table at High Street on Market this New Year’s Eve. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
A three-course meal of carefully curated dishes fills the menu at High Street on Market on December 31. For $65 per person, enjoy anything from crab spaghetti and brown rice fettuccine to honey-glazed chicken and smoked bluefish on toast.
City Tavern treats guests to both a multi-course holiday feast and an à la carte selection on the last night of 2016. In addition to food, the restaurant celebrates the holiday with an Irish harp and cello performance.
The fun begins at 3 p.m. at Panorama when taps start to flow at the city’s preeminent wine bar with a view of the two fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight. The restaurant offers three seatings (a three-course menu at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. for $60 and a four-course menu with Champagne toast at 9 p.m. for $95).
The Toast on the Coast celebration at Positano Coast includes an à la carte dinner plus a $20 ticket to the party with cash bar, DJ and favors.
Rittenhouse Square/Center City West
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse
At Del Frisco’s — one of Center City’s grand steakhouses — New Year’s Eve brings a special surf and turf meal with an eight-ounce filet mignon and an eight-ounce lobster tail.
Enjoy a special New Year’s tasting prepared by Chef Jose Garces at Volver at the Kimmel Center. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Volver, Jose Garces’ modern fine dining establishment in the Kimmel Center, will serve two choices for New Year’s Eve — a $55 three-course spread at Bar Volver and a no-holds-barred 10-course tasting menu (including caviar with smoked crème fraiche; butter poached lobster; foie gras torchon) in the restaurant proper.
XIX Nineteen Restaurant at the Hyatt at the Bellevue
XIX offers skyline views and a great meal to boot. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Enjoy stunning skyline views from 19-floors up at XIX at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The restaurant serves a four-course menu with items like duck confit, white tuna crudo, pork belly and more for $78 and up. An optional wine pairing is available for $65.
End 2016 with four courses of fine Greek fare, complimentary champagne, party favors and live DJ and dancing at Estia for $125.
a. kitchen + bar
A. kitchen and Bar plates a menu of inspired American fare to help diners ring in 2017. The $75 prix-fixe menu consists of plates like burrata with grilled lettuce, smoked beets with almond cheese, grilled octopus, duck, dry-aged steak and more.
Bank and Bourbon
The three-course prix-fixe meal at the Loews Hotel is luxuriant but not over the top, with menu items like smoked tomato bisque with pickled swiss chard; filet mignon with salsify and spinach puree; and chocolate profiterole with hot fudge. ($65 per person with a complimentary Champagne toast.)
Fitler Dining Room
For $75, diners at Fitler Dining Room can revel in five courses of a special tasting menu, and a wine and spirits pairing for an additional fee. There’s also an option to sit at the Chef’s Counter ($100) for added cachet.
Liberté Lounge at the Sofitel
Liberté Lounge at Rittenhouse’s Sofitel Hotel hosts a special New Year’s Eve dining experience featuring a three-course meal of French-inspired fare. Dinner costs $75 per person and comes with a Champagne toast at midnight.
Enjoy a special menu at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse this New Year’s Eve. (Courtesy Lacroix at the Rittenhouse)
The exquisite cuisine of Lacroix is a celebration unto itself. On New Year’s Eve, the kitchen dishes five courses for $135.
Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton
The chefs at Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton churn out multi-course dinners all night long this New Year’s Eve. Guests who snag a table between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. can enjoy a four-course meal for $80 per person and guests who sit down after 9:30 p.m. can enjoy a six-course meal with a champagne toast for $150 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional cost.
Score a special four-course meal featuring lobster cake, seared sea bass and fennel-tomato ragu when you make reservations at Davio’s on New Year’s Eve. The regular menu will also be available.
A full prix-fixe dinner is the featured menu item at Square 1682 this New Year’s Eve. In addition to the holiday menu, select a la carte items will be available for purchase at the bar.
Close out the year with a meal at one of the city’s finest steakhouses, Barclay Prime. Enjoy offerings from the a la carte menu — lobster, foie gras, wagyu beef — and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.
For dinner with a side of party, head to SkyGarten. The sky-high bar (it’s located 51 floors above street level!) serves its regular menu to guests while also hosting a fireworks-watching party.
The four-course banquet at Center City staple Oyster House includes lobster, caviar and, of course, oysters, along with a Champagne toast. ($65 per person; reservations recommended.)
When New Year’s Eve is an intimate affair, Pumpkin makes a great choice. Four courses of finely crafted cuisine comes with complimentary Champagne for $100 per person.
Rittenhouse’s Fine Palate restaurant offers up a $95 five-course dinner to ring in the New Year. In addition to food, the restaurant serves a complimentary glass of Champagne to diners from 6 to 11 p.m.
Reserve your table at R2L and celebrate the New Year 37 floors above the city. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
With panoramic city views, NYE at R2L is nothing short of stunning. This year, the restaurant hosts two different seatings (5-7 p.m., three courses for $75; 7:30-9:30 p.m., four courses with Champagne, party favors, live music and dancing for $150).
The Logan’s popular farm-to-table steakhouse offers a number of New Year’s Eve specials to keep you full well into 2017. Specials include Nantucket Bay scallops, king crab legs and Atlantic cod.
The haute farm-to-table prix-fixe menu (five courses for $95) at Russett offers choices such as oysters with mignonette and shaved radish; scallop clafoutis; chestnut ravioli and butterscotch pudding with vanilla poached pear.
An elegant meal begins with an amuse bouche tasting, then leads into first courses like pan seared prawns, an intermezzo, mains like lamb sirloin, and a dessert sampler. Seatings from 6 to 10:30 p.m.; $70 per person, with a slightly stripped down version available at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for $55 per person.
The chefs at Marigold Kitchen plate a sixteen-course New Year’s Eve dinner featuring to-be-announced menu items. Dinner costs $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Guests are encouraged to BYOB.
Society Hill/Queen Village
The New Year’s Eve Haus Party at Brauhaus Schmitz invites partiers to the rousing bierhall with an open bar offering 30 draft beers, mixed drinks and bottles; appetizer buffet; party favors and a Champagne toast. ($95 includes tax and gratuity.)
The Good King Tavern
Enjoy a French-inspired meal at The Good King Tavern on New Year’s Eve. (Photo courtesy Good King Tavern)
The Saint Sylvestre Prix Fixe at The Good King Tavern rings in 2017 in Francophile style. Choices include veal tartare tartine, seared scallop, roasted squab and chocolate fondant. ($75 per person with optional wine pairing.)
The Twisted Tail
Celebrate at The Twisted Tail’s Burlesque and Blues New Year’s Eve Party, featuring live music, dancers and multi-course meal plus a Champagne toast for $85 to $125 per person. Early diners can take advantage of a three-course menu for $55 from 5-6 p.m.
Make the night a fiesta with four courses of modern Mexican food in close proximity to the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. ($55 per person before 6 p.m.; $70 after, plus a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.)
Midtown Village and Washington Square West
The $75 four-course menu at Barbuzzo will highlight the rustic Mediterranean flavors the kitchen does best.
Enjoy a stylish meal at Valanni, then party the night away during their New Year’s Eve celebration. (Photo courtesy Valanni)
There’s always a party at Valanni Social, and New Year’s Eve takes it to the next level. Look forward to a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $75 and an open bar/hors d’oeuvres/DJ package for $70.
Four courses of Spanish cuisine for $50 per person will keep the mood festive at Jamonera.
A prix-fixe menu of four courses for $75 per person will be full of red sauce delight at Little Nonna’s on New Year’s Eve.
Visit early (5-6 p.m.) for the best value at this Italian BYOB — three courses for $60. From 7-8 p.m., the menu includes a fourth course for $75 and at 9-10 p.m., it’s five courses for $85.
Cheu Noodle Bar
Cheu Noodle Bar celebrates the final day of the year with a number of special menu additions that will be available all day long — from noon to 11 p.m. Guests can enjoy the eatery’s regular menu in addition to specials like Wagyu beef yakitori and lobster ramen. Plus, those who purchase a noodle dish receive a free glass of champagne.
Tredici Enoteca plates a five-course meal of modern Italian fare. (Courtesy Tredici Enoteca)
Midtown Village darling Tredici Enoteca serves a five-course menu of modern Italian fare for $85 per person this New Year’s Eve. In addition to the celebratory menu, à la carte items will be available for purchase, too.
Leave it to the minds of some of the city’s best beer bars to deliver a novel approach to the holiday. For $125 per person, there will be passed hors d’oeuvres, a four-course menu (vegan available), open beer bar and a table from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily
Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily offer up a great tasting menu for tasting menu. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
The Washington Square locavore paradise offers a $100 per person tasting menu. Meanwhile, next door, the Secret Supper Club will serve its own tasting menu in a more intimate atmosphere for $100.
BYO Champagne will nicely complement the $95 prix fixe menu at contemporary American eatery Fond this New Year’s Eve.
Feast on seven courses of French fare at Laurel. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
A true special occasion like New Year’s Eve calls for a seven-course tasting menu of nationally lauded French fare at Laurel ($150, with an optional wine pairing for $90 additional).
Four courses of Joncarl Lachman’s singular take on Northern European foods — endive bisque, mixed green salad, mustard braised pork loin and Dutch doughnuts — deliver a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration at Noord for $75 per person.
New Year’s Eve is the ideal time to sample Christopher Kearse’s modern French cuisine at Will BYOB. The five-course one-night-only menu rings in at $85 per person.
Fairmount and Spring Garden
The Vetri Family New Year’s Eve may well be the ideal choice for foodies who like to dance. Alla Spina hosts a greatest hits selection of food from all Vetri family restaurants. A top shelf open bar, a DJ, dancing and a photo lounge are also included in the ticket price ($125-$145).
South Kitchen and Jazz Bar
South says goodbye to 2016 with special prix-fixe menus (no à la carte options available that evening) ranging from $45 to $85, all showcasing its inventive Southern cooking.
This New Year’s Eve, Yakitori Boy ensures that there’s a party for everyone with a range of options from general admission ($20 for champagne toast, DJ and favors) to karaoke rooms with an open bar ($95) to a 10-12 person table with bottle service and hors d’oeuvres ($1,000).
The sustainable, house-butchered meats of Kensington Quarters will no doubt be presented amid the four-course NYE menu. ($75, with optional additional wine pairing for $40.)
The five-course menu at Paramour — the Wayne Hotel’s high-end restaurant — includes decadence such as caviar, lobster gnocchi, Champagne-poached turbot and dark chocolate terrine. ($85 per person)
Inn at St. Peters Village
The B&B’s kitchen will turn out four courses (lobster arancini; pappardelle with duck ragu; quail with fig and chestnut stuffing) for $49.
The kitchen at this Chester County BYOB will serve seasonal à la carte options as well as a special eight-course tasting menu for $115.
Revolution Chop House at the Valley Forge Casino Resort
For $100 per person, you can feast on scallop ceviche, twin lobster tails, prime strip steak, duck breast and more at Revolution Chop House’s four-course New Year’s Eve dinner.