Ring in the New Year: Where to Eat on New Year's Eve and Day 2012

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Grab a bite to eat before watching fireworks on New Year's Eve.
Yes, Christmas isn't here yet, but it's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve and Day. Houston restaurants are opening their doors for you and your friends and family to celebrate the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 with a delicious meal and champagne toasts at the strike of midnight.

Many locations offer live entertainment throughout the night leading up to 2013. Here is our list of restaurants open on New Year's Eve and Day. Most locations will serve a special New Year's Eve dinner menu, or a special New Year's Day brunch menu; however, some locations are simply open for regular service both days.

For a more complete list of restaurants open on New Year's Day, head over to B4-U-Eat.


The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room offers events at their four locations for you and a special someone, or a group of friends and family to celebrate the New Year.

The Tasting Room Uptown Park
1101-18 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-993-9800

At this location of The Tasting Room, you can have a romantic three-course dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with wines selected by The Tasting Room's wine team for $20 extra per person. Enjoy a menu featuring crabmeat maison, pan-seared sea bass and even bananas foster prepared tableside.

If you'd rather ring in the New Year after dinner, come to the Uptown Park location from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. for live music, a champagne toast and a midnight balloon drop. The restaurant will offer small plates for everyone to enjoy throughout the night, with two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine. Visit their Web site online for additional information on ticket prices.

The Tasting Room CITYCENTRE
818 Town and Country Boulevard, Suite 100, 281-822-1500

On New Year's Eve from 4 p.m. until midnight, bring a large group of friends (with a reservation, of course) and family to the CityCentre location for a prix fixe menu for $45 per person. Order tickets online to indulge in a menu filled with fried oysters with lemon-caper aioli, grilled filet of veal with mashed potatoes, a Cabernet demi-glace and asparagus, and finish the night with a pistachio pound cake with caramel and whipped crème.

Join the New Year's Eve Party at the CityCentre location from 8 p.m. until midnight with music, champagne toasts, a balloon drop, small plates and midnight fireworks. Visit their Web site online for more information regarding ticket purchases and prices.

The Tasting Room Kings Harbor
1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Suite 105, 281-361-0044

At the Kings Harbor location of The Tasting Room, enjoy a prix fixe dinner on New Year's Eve starting at 4 p.m. The Executive Chef, Brian Evans, has created a menu featuring steak au poivre, house-made lobster ravioli and an apple galette. Bring that special someone to spend the last day of 2012 together.

The Tasting Room River Oaks
2409 West Alabama St, 713-526-2242

The River Oaks location will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 4 p.m. until midnight filled with champagne and music for a festive party to ring in the new year. This location will be closed New Year's Day.

Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant
10989 Northwest Freeway, 713-957-1150

For just $39 per person, you and your loved ones can celebrate the end of 2012 with a prix fixe five-course menu from 5 p.m. until after midnight. Owner and Chef Teresa Tadeo Wittman has created a menu featuring an appetizer of crostini with prosciutto and Fontina cheese, tomato, garlic and onion and eggplant toppings, a ricotta-spinach gnocchi dish, an oven baked flounder fillet and a classic Italian tiramisu. Each meal includes, coffee, sodas, tea and a glass of sparkling wine to be enjoyed at midnight.

Backstreet Café
1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239

For $72 per person and a complimentary champagne toast when the clock strikes 12, you and your guests can enjoy a four-course meal on New Year's Eve featuring stuffed portabello mushrooms or lump crab cakes for the first course, followed by a harvest salad or butternut squash and apple soup, and crispy pan-seared duck or orecchiette pasta with a gorgonzola cream sauce. Finish your meal with a festive eggnog cheesecake tart or a crème brûlée made with Mexican vanilla.

1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

On New Year's Eve, Hugo's will offer a four-course menu featuring crispy potato tacos with an avocado tomatillo salsa, blue crab soup with guajillo peppers, rack of lamb in a red mole, and a pyramid of chocolate and wild prickly pear sauce. Enjoy all of this for $72 per person, live music by the house band, Viento, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch, 713-533-0200

For an elegant New Year's Eve dinner, make a reservation at Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar and enjoy a four-course meal for $85 per person. Start the night with a baby heirloom tomato and bruschetta salad, followed by crab and sweet corn chowder, trio of Colorado lamb and a pumpkin crème caramel with cocoa mousse. Stay till midnight for a champagne toast.

2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a four course menu starting at 5 p.m. For $60 per person, enjoy Texas blue crab cakes, cream of porcini mushroom soup, wood-grilled Bandera quail and a pannacotta éclair. Children's plates cost $10.

Quattro, Four Seasons Houston Hotel
1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700

Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a five-course meal for $85 per person. The New Year's Eve menu features oysters, canapés and prosecco, beef carpaccio, grilled lobster, a New Year shooter, selection of cheeses with fruit and jam, and their special last indulgence of 2012, a ricotta donut with orange-scented chocolate. At 8:30 p.m., visit the Four Seasons for a Gala dinner including a seven-course dinner menu featuring ahi tuna two ways, a glazed lamb chop and a grilled lobster with lobster risotto. The Gala dinner also includes live music, dancing and a toast at midnight.

Trevisio Restaurant
6550 Bertner, 6th floor, 713-749-0400

From 5 to 10 p.m., celebrate New Year's Eve with a four-course meal including polenta-crusted crab cakes, a porcini-crusted petite beef tenderloin filet with a butternut squash puree and a pumpkin tart with cinnamon Chantilly cream. Trevisio will be closed on New Year's Day.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

All locations

On New Year's Eve, take your celebration to any of the Perry's Steakhouse & Grille locations for a three-course meal and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy their wedge salad, prime New York strip and cheesecake for dessert. Prices vary depending on the time you dine, so check online for more information.

Strata Restaurant & Bar
122 Vintage Park Blvd Ste A, 281-379-2889

Strata will offer a special New Year's Eve menu featuring crispy pork spring rolls as an appetizer, a grilled flat iron steak and a four-ounce lobster tail for a surf and turf entrée, and rum bread pudding for dessert. Make your reservations today for a delicious way to end 2012.

Tango & Malbec
2800 Sage Rd A-100, 713-629-8646

On New Year's Eve, Tango & Malbec will offer a night of dancing and dining with a four-course meal, and a champagne toast at midnight. It will be a night of excitement and celebration, so make your reservations today.

Crabby Daddy Seafood & Steakhouse
25186 Interstate 45 at Rayford, 281-296-2722

Visit Crabby Daddy's for a four-course meal featuring oysters Rockefeller, snapper pontchartrain and bananas foster for $75 per person. Dance to live music after dinner and celebrate New Year's with a champagne toast at midnight.

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar
302 Fairview St., 832-203-5950

Enjoy a three-course dinner on New Year's Eve featuring wild mushroom bisque, braised short ribs and a flourless chocolate cake. Gratifi Kitchen + Bar will offer this meal from 6 until 10 p.m. for $45 per person.

2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101

From 8 until 9:30 p.m., enjoy a prix fixe menu featuring shrimp corn dogs, gumbo, quail, a duo of lamb, a vanilla bean pound cake and chocolate ice box pie. For $85, each person will also enjoy live entertainment from Luther & The Healers, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
5839 Westheimer, 713-780-7352

Ring in the New Year with a steak dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Choose from shrimp rémoulade, a three peppercorn steak, broiled Atlantic salmon filet, a variety of sides and key lime pie.

Portugallia Restaurant & Lounge
12126 Westheimer, Ste 98, 281-497-8012

Make your reservations at Portugallia for a three-course meal followed by champagne at midnight and entertainment brought to you by DJ Adrenalina. Start your meal with a beef and shrimp pastry and cod fish cake, followed by filet mignon in a mushroom sauce and rice pudding for dessert. For $65, you and your friends can ring in the New Year with Portuguese and Angolan cuisine.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666

Grab a table at Rainbow Lodge for a romantic night to end 2012. Start the night with sparkling wine, venison medallions, pheasant roulade and game sausage, followed by a grilled rib eye steak or their signature buffalo tenderloin, and finish your night with one of their exquisite desserts, like warm croissant bread pudding with bourbon caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Sorrel Urban Bistro
2202 W. Alabama, 713-677-0391

Sorrel will offer two menus on New Year's Eve. One features applewood smoked lobster tacos, pan seared ricotta cakes and an iron skillet duck mignon on foie gras, and the other is a five-course prix fixe menu. Celebrate New Year's with a delicious farm-to-market meal.

Turquoise Grill
3701 Kirby, 713-526-3800

The Turquoise Grill will be open until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Fill your stomach with their prix fixe menu featuring hummus, stuffed grape leaves, blackened tilapia and shrimp and baklava at this Mediterranean restaurant.

On the next page, our list of restaurants that are open on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day...

Location Info

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- CityCentre

818 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Kingwood

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Tasting Room -- River Oaks

2409 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant - CLOSED

10989 NW Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trevisio Restaurant

6550 Bertner St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Strata Restaurant & Bar

122 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tango & Malbec

2800 Sage, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar

302 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Portugallia Restaurant & Lounge - CLOSED

12126 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sorrel Urban Bistro

2202 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Turquoise Grill

3701 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Tiempo Cantina

1308 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant


4412 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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