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Where to eat on New Year’s Eve

Matthew Odam

You could stay in and cook on New Year’s Eve, but what fun would that be? Many restaurants around town will be serving their regular menu on the big night, but this is a night for lobster, caviar, New York strips, chocolate, bubbles and prix fixe menus. The restaurants included here are pulling out the stops. Check their websites or give them a call for more details or to make reservations.

Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719- 3377, The North Austin Italian restaurant will serve a four-course dinner. The menu includes salmon and scallops, risotto with lobster, filet mignon and more. Cost is $85.

Barley Swine. 6555 Burnet Road, #400. 512-394-8150, Bryce Gilmore’s exceptional restaurant serves a special tasting menu for $120 (wine pairings an additional $60). Though walk-in space will be limited, there will also be a limited a la carte menu for walk-ins and guests in the lounge and bar areas.

Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 737-444-2700, The restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown serves a four-course New Year’s Eve menu for $75 (additional $49 for wine pairings). Menu will include chicken-fried frog legs, pan-seared scallops, grilled beef tenderloin and more. Dinner guests can participate in a promotion that includes a night’s stay at the hotel for an additional $99.

The Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, The restaurant at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is serving a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $110 (additional $40 for wine pairings), with a menu that includes New York strip with bone marrow demi-glace, and king crab with squid ink pasta, Meyer lemon, tomato, Texas rose garlic and uni butter. The hotel is also offering a special starting at $619 that includes dinner for two, a stay at the hotel and breakfast for two.

Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, The ranch-inspired restaurant won’t have its regular Sunday brunch on New Year’s Eve, but they will be throwing their annual party, with open bar, passed appetizers, charcuterie and a dinner featuring prime rib and rotisserie chicken. The cost is $125.

Chicon. 1914 E. Sixth St. 512-354-1480, The East Austin sister restaurant to Contigo will serve a three-course meal for $55. Menu includes foie gras, quail and a grapefruit tart.

District Kitchen + Cocktails. 5900 W. Slaughter Lane. 512-351-8436, The Circle C restaurant serves a three-course dinner including butternut squash bisque, beef tartare and lobster roll. Cost is $75.

Fonda San Miguel. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121, The venerable Mexican restaurant hosts a special edition of their Sunday Hacienda Brunch on New Year’s Eve.

Geraldine’s. 605 Davis St. 512-476-4755, The restaurant on the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt will serve a three-course New Year’s Eve menu for those who book dinner for 8 p.m. or later. The menu includes options like ceviche tacos, oxtail gnocchi, Gulf redfish and more. Cost is $80 (additional $15 for champagne flights). Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys perform at 9 p.m.

Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, The four-course menu at the restaurant inside the Hotel Ella near the University of Texas includes winter squash ravioli, sea bass, lamb shoulder, New York strip and more. Cost is $98 (additional $40 for wine pairings).

Horseshoe Bay Resort. 200 Hi Circle North, Horseshoe Bay. 877-611-0112, Stay the night at the resort west of Austin, party with musical group Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes and dine on a land-and-sea buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Selection includes herb-roasted chicken, swordfish and lobster.

Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, The ritzy steakhouse serves a four-course menu for $100, with offerings like lobster and fennel bisque, grilled beef tenderloin and Dover sole.

June’s All Day. 1722 S. Congress Ave. 512-416-1722, The lively upscale cafe from McGuire Moorman Hospitality serves a three-course menu at 6 and 8 p.m. ($65) and a later seating at 10 p.m. ($80). The menu includes French onion soup, grilled prime strip and bone marrow bolognese. Also expect a nice selection of bubbles from master sommelier June Rodil.

Juniper. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. #304. 512-220-9421, The Italian spot, one of the city’s 10 best restaurants, serves a five-course menu for $70, with options that include squid ink risotto, halibut and blue crab with fennel gratin and New York strip with chimichurri.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya. 2713 E. Second St. 512-893-5561, The izakaya smokehouse serves an eight-course dinner for $99. The menu include oysters, snow crab, Japanese fried chicken, pork ribs and more. Cost includes a choice of two Kemuri cocktails, a bottle of sake or a pitcher of beer, plus all nonalcoholic beverages.

Le Politique. 110 San Antonio St. 512-580-7651, The downtown French bistro will serve a five-course menu for $90 (additional $65 for wine pairings). Options include caviar, risotto and roasted hen. There will also be a special children’s menu.

L’Oca d’Oro. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, The neighborhood Italian restaurant that helped turn Mueller into a culinary draw is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and Venetian Masquerade Party. The restaurant will serve four- ($55) and five-course ($85) prix fixe menus featuring Northern Italian cuisine. Selections will include straciatella and caviar toast, shrimp bolognese, lamb tartare and more.

Mattie’s at Green Pastures. 811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, The renovated classic offers two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The three-course dinner at 5:30 p.m. costs $75, and the five-course meal at 8:30 p.m. costs $125.

Odd Duck. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-433-6521, Groups of six or more will be offered a fixed menu for $60, while smaller parties will be able to order from the regular menu, which will include some special dishes.

Ruth’s Chris. 107 W. Sixth St. 512-477-7884, The renovated steakhouse downtown serves a three-course dinner. Cost ranges from $59.95 to $69.95, depending on entree selection.

Searsucker. 415 Colorado St. 512-394-8000, The Warehouse restaurant features a four-course meal for $75. Options include Spanish chorizo croquettes, beef cheek cassoulet, rack of lamb and more.

Second Bar & Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way. 737-300-4800, The restaurant will serve a four-course menu on New Year’s Eve that includes charred salmon belly, white crab bisque, grilled rib-eye loin and more. Cost is $75 (additional $55 for wine pairings).

St. Genevieve. 11500 Rock Rose Ave. 512-659-5537, The upscale lounge at Rock Rose will serve a five-course dinner for $50 (additional $25 for champagne pairing). There will be a $20 cover after 9 p.m. for the New Year’s party.

Swift’s Attic. 315 Congress Ave. 512-482-8842, Swift’s Attic will be offering a special four-course dinner for $75; options include bacon-wrapped dates, foie gras torchon, lamb tartare, dry-aged rib-eye and more.

Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, The campus-area stalwart serves a three-course menu that includes Gulf fish and beef short rib for $55. Seatings are available between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and 8 and 8:30 p.m.

Trace at the W Hotel Austin. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, The swanky downtown restaurant serves a four-course dinner for $115. Options include escargot, stuffed quail, lobster spanakopita, beef Wellington, tiramisu and more.

Visconti Ristorante. 320 Loop 360. 512-306-6400, The Italian restaurant at the Hotel Granduca in West Austin has seatings at 6 and 9:30 p.m. The early seating is a three-course dinner with items like roasted beets and beef fillet, and the later seating is a five-course dinner with butter-braised lobster and seared scallops and beef fillet and seared foie gras. The 6 p.m. dinner costs $120; the 9:30 p.m. costs $140 (additional $60 for wine pairings for each meal).

Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. #2140. 512-375-4869, The modern restaurant near Alamo South Lamar will serve a five-course meal for $125. The menu includes Kumamoto oysters, roasted chestnut soup with truffles, Maine lobster with caramelized sunchokes, New York strip and more.

Wu Chow. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-476-2469, The upmarket Chinese restaurant downtown will serve dim sum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an eight-course dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. for $65. The dinner includes Gulf crab and scallop soup, salt-and-pepper alligator, crispy soft shell crab, Lion’s Head meatballs and more.