One of the biggest nights for special dining comes at the end of the year, as restaurants around the city roll out special tasting and prix fixe menus. Don’t wait to make reservations, as it is one of the busiest nights of the year and you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is out drinking champagne and having a grand time.
Arlo Grey. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-478-9611, thelinehotel.com/austin. Prix fixe menu includes dishes like butter-poached lobster, kanpachi crudo and buffalo short rib Seatings between 6 and 7:15 p.m. cost $125 and seatings between 8:30 and 9:45 p.m. cost $150.
Barley Swine. 6555 Burnet Road, #400. 512-394-8150, barleyswine.com. A special chef’s tasting menu will be served for $120. Must reserve in advance.
The Brewer’s Table. 4715 E. Fifth St. 512-520-8199, thebrewerstable.com. Four-course prix fixe menu include red shrimp ceviche. Smoked shellfish escabeche, and dry-aged pheasant. Cost is $75.
Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322- 9226, cafejosie.com. The five-course menu includes choices such as salmon tartare, seared scallop and braised duck. Cost is $65.
The Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. Four-course dinner features smoke salmon carpaccio and beef short rib. Cost is $120.
Carpenters Hall. 400 Josephine St. 512-682-5300, carpenterhotel.com. The new boutique hotel hosts a party that pays tribute to classic hotels with a five-course menu featuring Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska. Cost is $85.
Ciclo at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, cicloatx.com. The restaurant at the Four Seasons serves a five-course meal with a menu that includes adobo quail, pan-seared sea bass and an orange-chocolate taco. Cost is $95.
La Condesa. 400 W Second St. 512-499-0300, lacondesa.com. Special NYE menu includes ensalada with winter greens, ribeye with shishito chimichurri and grilled snapper.
Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, contigotexas.com. Party includes Contigo housemade charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, prime rib, roasted turkey breast and more. Doors at 8 p.m. and dinnner at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $125. .
District Kitchen + Cocktails. 5900 W. Slaughter Lane. 512-351-8436, districtaustin.com. Four-course menu includes crab and cauliflower bisque, truffled deviled eggs and caviar and king crab with spicy masago mayo and salt cured cucumbers. Cost is $75.
Driskill Grill. 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7162, driskillgrill.com. Service runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and includes mushroom arancini and prime filet mignon. Cost is $130 and $65 for children ages six to 12.
Emmer & Rye. 51 Rainey St #110. 512-366- 5530, emmerandrye.com. A special 10-course menu includes caviar, guanciale raviolo and New York strip. Cost is $100.
Fairmont Austin. 101 Red River St. 512-600-2000, garrisongrill.com. Fine dining restaurant Garrison hosts a six-course prix fixe menu that includes ember-fired lobster, Akaushi New York strip and ginger spice apple tatin. Cost is $125.
Foreign & Domestic. 306 E. 53rd St. 512-459-1010, fndaustin.com. The five-course tasting menu costs $75. Call for menu details.
Fresa’s. 1703 S. First St. 512-992-2946, fresaschicken.com. Dinner costs only $10 for a buffet and runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537- 0467, hopfieldsaustin.com. A night themed “Beauty & the Feast” will feature dinner for $70 at 7 p.m. and a party starting at 9 p.m. is ticketed separately at $25, which includes late-night snacks and a champagne toast.
Launderette. 2115 Holly St. 512-382- 1599, launderetteaustin.com. Four-course prix fixe dinner costs $85.
Live Oak. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-478-4500, fourseasons.com/austin. The casual restaurant on the main floor of the Four Seasons hosts its second annual Latin Masquerade Party, with a jazz band, passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. Cost is $75.
Lucky Robot. 1303 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-8081, luckyrobotatx.com. Five-course tasting includes Gulf shrimp, sushi trio and wagyu topped with uni. Call for cost.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures. 811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, mattiesaustin.com. Specials include oysters on the half shell, andouille-stuffed Texas quail, grilled pork chop, roasted venison loin and pan-roasted cod.
Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474- 2796, olamaieaustin.com. Three-course dinner composed of a la carte dishes from the everyday menu costs $85 and includes a glass of champagne.
Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. Six-course menu includes choice of items such as beef carpaccio, lemon spaghetti carbonara and braised beef cheek. Cost is $95.
Parkside. 301 E. 6 Sixth St. 512-474- 9898, parkside-austin.com. Four-course menu includes choices such as quail and dumplings, cobb salad and braised lamb. Cost is $70.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. 114 W. Seventh St. 512-474-6300, perryssteakhouse.com. Three-course menu includes lobster bisque, bacon-wrapped with jumbo lump crabmeat and white chocolate cheesecake. Cost is $59.95 at 5:30 p.m. and earlier and $79.95 at 5:45 p.m. and
Le Politique. 110 San Antonio St. 512-580-7651, lepolitiqueaustin.com. Five-course dinner includes foie gras torchon, lobster thermidor and mignardise made of strawberry and campagne pâte de fruit. Cost is $75.
Rosewood. 1209 Rosewood Ave. 512-838-6205, rosewoodatx.com. Prix fixe tasting menu includes marinated oysters, duck confit tamales, butter-poached flounder and dry-aged ribeye. Cost is $95 per person. There is also a vegetarian and vegan tasting menu for $75.
Second Bar + Kitchen. 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750, secondbarkitchen.com. Restaurant’s celebrates its 8th anniversary with an $8 special that includes a bottle of sparkling wine and eight assorted dessert bites.
Sour Duck Market. 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-394-5776, sourduckmarket.com. Party starts at 7 p.m., with food and champagne included for $36.
Trace at the W Hotel Austin. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. Reception-style dinner service includes fountain of queso, house made pizza rolls, beef sliders with beer cheese and crispy onions, brisket and more. Cost is $75 and includes champagne.
Uchi. 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916- 4808, uchiaustin.com. The twelve-course tasting menu includes bites like bay scallop with dashi lavash and bruleed grapefruit, mussel tortellini and king crab with brown butter and turmeric congee. Cost is $195 for two people.
Uchiko. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, uchikoausitn.com. The nine-course menu includes bites like oysters with kasu sorbet and golden trout roe, scallop with sweet potato and persimmon and guinea hen with foie gras. Cost is $185 for two or $95
Vino Vino. 4119 Guadalupe St. 512-465- 9282, vinovinoaustin.com. Four-course tasting menu includes blue corn Johnny cakes, squash soup, shrimp risotto and Texas quai. Cost is $75, with wine pairings for $35.
La Volpe. 201 Brazos St. 512-501-6713, lavolpeaustin.com. Four-course menu includes choices like Gulf oyster casino, grilled octopus, stuffed veal chop and grilled swordfish. Cost is $75.