There is more pressure figuring out where to go on New Year’s Eve than on any other holiday, and eating out on New Year’s Eve usually means looking through list upon list of special dinners that every spot in town seems to offer. We compiled some of the best New Year’s Eve dinners to catch our eye this year, just to make your last meal of 2015 a memorable one (but make sure to call ahead for reservations).
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW) at their annual party. Guests will ring in the New Year with a throwback to the 60s Mad-Men style, with specialty handcrafted cocktails, a Belvedere Ice Bar, cigar rollers and DJs spinning late into the night. Light bites will also be served. Bar Dupont’s location in the center of Washington’s lively Dupont Circle neighborhood and its floor-to-ceiling windows make it a great destination to see and be seen on New Year’s Eve. For more information, call 202-797-0169.
Head to Bistrot Royal (1201 N Royal St., Alexandria, Virginia) and enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $55 per person. The restaurant will offer a variety of options including roasted beet salad with goat cheese croquette, lettuces, brioche croutons and a shallot vinaigrette, a bouillabaisse with gently simmered market seafood in a saffron-shellfish broth with fennel and potatoes topped with rouille aioli. Finish the meal with Buche de Noel with hazelnut dacquoise, giandjua filling, chocolate ganache and espresso ice cream. For reservations, visit opentable.com/bistrot-royal or call 703-519-9110.
Meet Me at Midnight: Cafe Milano’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Join Cafe Milano (3251 Prospect St. NW) for their New Year’s Eve bash: Meet Me at Midnight. For $160 per person, treat yourself to a special five-course prix-fixe tasting menu and dance the night away. The main event is 9 p.m. until the New Year. A special holiday à la carte menu will be available from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. For reservations, call 202-333-6183.
New Year’s Eve Rooftop Party at Capella D.C.
Bid farewell to 2015 in exquisite style with a multi-course champagne dinner in The Grill Room at Capella (1050 31st St. NW) hosted by executive chef Frank Ruta. With grand cru champagnes from Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart, each sumptuous course will be accompanied by premium champagnes. Then dance the night away under the luminous night sky at the Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party, complete with a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a signature cocktail. Toast to the New Year at midnight with a champagne toast while DJ Charles and a percussionist keep the festivities going until 1 a.m.
Dinner is $350 per person. Rooftop Celebration is $100 per person when booked with dinner. Just the Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party is $150 per person. For more information and to make reservations, contact The Grill Room at 202-617-2424 or email
An ENOrmous New Year’s Eve Celebration at ENO Wine Bar
ENO Wine Bar (2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is hosting their ENOrmous NYE Celebration from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wind down 2015 and ring in the New Year with champagnes from around the world. This ticketed celebration includes: a wine flight from a variety of options, a champagne toast at midnight, choice of a bruschetta flight, including prosciutto di Parma, cherry tomato, mushroom, or bean and kale, or stuffed mushrooms filled with rich, cheesy goodness and so much more. To learn more, visit enowinerooms.com/hotspots/georgetown-d.c.
See The Pimps of Joytime and The Ron Holloway Band at Gypsy Sally’s NYE Show
Come out to Gypsy Sally’s (3401 K St. at Water Street NW) and celebrate New Year’s Eve with The Pimps of Joytime. The show also features The Ron Holloway Band. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $38 day of show. To purchase tickets, visit
New Year’s Eve Party
Come ring in the New Year at the Georgetown Waterfront with Tony & Joe’s (3000 K St. NW) and Nick’s Riverside Grill (3050 K St. NW). Celebrate at #RiverBash2016, the biggest New Year’s party in Washington D.C. Tickets include a five-hour top shelf open bar, two heavy appetizer buffets and entertainment by Josh Burgess Band, DJ VIBzzz and DJ Reuben Vibes. Tickets start at $90 per person. To learn more, visit tonyandjoes.com or email Brett@nicksriversidegrill.com to receive a group promo code.