Philadelphia’s restaurants will welcome 2018 in true Philly style with sumptuous meals, festive live entertainment and champagne, champagne, champagne.
Whether it’s a dinner on the river with a fireworks view, a cozy meal at a BYOB or a night of hors d’oeuvres and a spin on the dance floor, there are lots of fantastic options for the last night of the year.
Plan early and make a reservation, because tables fill up fast. The following is a list of surefire bets for delicious New Year’s Eve fun.
The industrial-chic restaurant in the FringeArts building serves a three-course meal (foie gras terrine, celery root ravioli, chocolate bread pudding) on New Year’s Eve for $65 until 8 p.m. Tables reserved after can enjoy the same prix-fixe menu, along with access to the FringeArts New Year’s Funkin’ Eve party, for $95.
Get a front-row seat for the waterfront fireworks aboard the Moshulu, which is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu, live music and a DJ for $125 per person from 3:30-6:45 p.m.; $175 per person from 7-10:30 p.m.; $35 for children.
Come aboard a fireworks cruise for a dinner buffet on the Spirit of Philadelphia. An earlier version at 4 p.m. features a DJ (from $119.90 per person; all ages welcome), while the later cruise includes open bar, champagne toast, dancing and DJ (from $189.90 per person).
Two prix-fixe tasting menus ($75 or $90 per person) at Jose Garces’ legendary Spanish eatery set the year off right. An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional $50 per person.
Cuba Libre is creating a “night in Havana” for its New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a five-course, prix-fixe dinner. Dancing will also unfold all night long as well as a champagne toast once the clock strikes twelve. The restaurant runs out of seating every year, so make a reservation soon if you wish to attend!
Spend the last night of the year over four courses at Fork for $99. On the menu are spiced parsnip soup, squid ink rigatoni, rohan duck with sweet potato and persimmon and apple sesame tart.
Visit the Old City restau-bar for a four-course New Year’s Eve menu for $45 per person, with an optional cocktail tasting menu available for $30 per person.
The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. at this Old City wine bar, which has a view of the two fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight. The restaurant offers three seatings this year: a three-course menu starting at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for $65 and a four-course menu with a champagne toast starting at 9 p.m. for $95.
The three-course celebration at the Loews Hotel‘s Bank and Bourbon welcomes a new cycle with fluke crudo, filet mignon with salsify and spinach puree, and frozen cherry souffle for $65 per person (with a complimentary champagne toast.)
How does Del Frisco’s celebrate New Year’s Eve? As one would expect — with meaty cuts of steak and a champagne toast. The restaurant’s four-course prix fixe menu features eight-ounce filets with options to upgrade to a hand-cut steak from Del Frisco’s Dry Aged Collection.
Go Greek with four courses of traditional fare, complimentary champagne, party favors and live DJ and dancing for $125 at Estia.
Luxuriate at Lacroix in The Rittenhouse, where the kitchen will dish five courses for $135 on New Year’s Eve. Also available: a brunch buffet on New Year’s Eve day ($105).
Center City’s mod taqueria hosts a drag show with Iris Spectre and DJ Chris Urban while also offering food and drinks. Tickets required.
The rich and elegant four-course menu at Center City staple Oyster House starts at 5 p.m. and includes roasted oyster with crème fraiche and caviar, shellfish and lemongrass bisque with crab croquettes, grilled lobster, and pistachio and kumquat frangipane tart. The meal runs $65 per person, and reservations are recommended.
South Street’s mainstay BYOB promises four courses of inspired cooking for $75 per person this New Year’s Eve.
Take in the glamour of R2L’s skyline dining with two different seatings (5-7 p.m., three courses for $75; 7:30-10 p.m., four courses with champagne, party favors, live music and dancing for $150).
The local-focused prix-fixe menu (five courses for $95) at this popular Spruce Street restaurant includes a complimentary champagne toast.
Celebrate an old-school Vegas-style New Year’s Eve at this sleek eatery in the Hotel Palomar for $65 per person.
Known for its excellent selection of beer and wine, Tria offers New Years’ Eve diners the option to sit down to a three-course meal and have each course paired with a different brew or vino. The dinner is $35 per person; the wine pairing is $25 and the beer pairing costs $20.
Enjoy a four-course meal at XIX Nineteen featuring a duet of braised short ribs and NY strip steak. The prix fixe menu is priced $80 per person with an optional wine pairing for $65.
It’s firkins and fondue at the South Street’s German bierhall this New Year’s Eve. The open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. includes a buffet of firkins and three-course family style feast as well as a chance to spot fireworks from the private rooftop deck. The whole runs $115 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.
The regular French menu at The Good King Tavern will be enhanced with fancier chalkboard offerings such as foie gras, seafood plateaux and caviar as well as hand-selected magnums of champagne. Reservations recommended.
Revelers will don costumes at The Twisted Tail’s Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party, featuring live music, burlesque dancers and a champagne toast for $20-$125. Diners who reserve early can take advantage of a three-course menu for $85 that includes a show ticket.
In addition to the modern Latin cuisine in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s restaurant, New Year’s Eve at Aqimero brings a midnight balloon drop, an electric violinist, ice sculptures and holiday swag.
Butcher Bar’s three-course New Year’s Eve menu invites you to spend the final moments of 2017 savoring grill filet, pan seared halibut or homemade boursin ravioli. Take your pick and pair it with soup or salad and one of three delicious dessert options. The dinner is $65 per person with an option to add on an open bar package for an additional $65.
In a fun twist on New Year’s merriment, this Center City hot dog emporium offers complementary champagne toasts and an international hot dog for every hour. The event starts at 5 p.m. with the Le-Bun-On (Lebanon) with lamb sausage, and ends with the Rocky II (wild boar sausage, pepperoni, beef, cheese curds, marinara).
Visit early (from 5-6 p.m.) on New Year’s Eve for the best value at this Italian BYOB, which offers a three-course dinner for $60. From 7-8 p.m., the menu includes a fourth course for $75, and from 9-10 p.m., it’s five courses for $85.
This Washington Square resto serves up a prix-fixe meal for $75 per person with an optional $50 wine pairing.
Visit this social club on New Year’s Eve for a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $65 and an open bar/hors d’oeuvres/DJ package, also for $65.
East Passyunk‘s Bing Bing Dim Sum is serving up a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner with delicious options like French onion soup dumplings, steamed buns with chicken and kimchi and warm apple cake with ginger ice cream and sesame streusel. The prix-fixe menu costs $40.99 per person and includes a celebratory glass of champagne.
The $95 five-course prix-fixe menu at Fond includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and an optional $35 wine pairing.
Bring on the new year with special prix-fixe menus (ranging from $45 to $65) with live jazz accompaniment at SOUTH Kitchen and Jazz Bar. Reservations recommended.
The annual Vetri Family New Year’s Eve at Alla Spina has something for everyone, offering dishes from all Vetri family restaurants, a top-shelf open bar, a DJ, dancing and a photo lounge for $125-$145.
Cheu Noodle Bar’s new Fishtown outpost is offering up food and drink specials all night long. Look forward to savory eats like steamed lobster dumplings, Korean-style braised pork shank and a brownie sundae with miso butterscotch and Kahlua.
Meat-centric Kensington Quarters proffers a four-course NYE menu ($75, with optional additional wine pairing for $30). Diners can expect charcuterie, oysters, parsnip ravioli, duck breast and dark chocolate pudding with sea salt and olive oil.
Even if it’s not the end of the world, diners can party like it is at Fishtown’s post-apocalypse-themed entertainment complex. A prix-fixe dinner and open bar package can be purchased individually or together.
At University City’s Walnut Street Cafe, diners can enjoy a three-course dinner with delicacies such as seared king crab with pickled kohlrabi and cauliflower, black bass or spiced honey panna cotta with poached quince and oat crumble.
Ambler’s Gypsy Blue will offer a special a la carte menu for the holiday.
Diners at the Suburban Beer Garden can choose either a three-course prix fixe menu (lobster bisque; chicken roulade; white chocolate and cranberry bread pudding) with complimentary champagne toast in the Farmer’s Room for $75 per person, or local cocktails, beer and wine on tap, “heavy” hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast in the Beer Garden for for $75 per person.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.