Miami New Year's Eve Dinners: 1500 Degrees to Acqualina to the Betsy UPDATED
Cafe Sambal Restaurant. NYE Dinner Show: Performances by the Latin Connection, Mango's Dancers, and all of your favorite stars including the Michael Jackson Tribute show. Dinner packages include cover charge, table, three-course dinner, bottle of Moet Imperial Champagne per couple, and party favors. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $50-$275. New Year's Brunch: Make the first meal of the year one to remember. Tue., Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305-913-8358, mandarinoriental.com.
Cafeina. Cafeina New Year's Eve Party: Celebrate the New Year in Cafeina's luxurious lounge, speakeasy upstairs mezzanine, or lush outdoor garden with resident DJ Supersede. Live feed of the ball drop and bottle service specials. Gourmet tapas and signature cocktails will be featured on the menu, along with premium spirits, champagnes, and wines. Reservations highly recommended. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. free. 297 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792, cafeinamiami.com.
Cascata Grill. New Year's Eve Dinner: Ring in the New Year with a four-course menu suitable for the family. Features include an amuse-bouche; choice starter of she-crab bisque, ceviche, veal cheek, or Italian greens and beans; and a second-course coastal green salad. For the main entrée, guests can choose from a filet of beef with local prawns, lamb two ways, black cod, or eggplant napoleon. There's no sweeter ending than with a selection between the fig and salty caramel tart or roasted pineapple cheese flan. For reservations, call 786-279-6800. Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. $85. 19999 W. Country Club Drive (Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club), Aventura, 786-279-6800, fairmont.com.
Catharsis Restaurant and Lounge. Alma Rosa Castellanos: There are three dinner options to choose from: the a la carte menu and a two-seating, five-course meal with three hours of open bar or open bar all night. Performances by Alma Rosa Castellanos and a midnight champagne toast. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 and 9 p.m. $80-$95. 1644 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-479-2746, catharsisrestaurant.com.
City Hall Restaurant. City Hall's New Year's Eve Celebration: Special pre-fix three-course dinner, open premium four-hour bar, party favors, DJ, and dancing. Reserve a spot to join in on the party. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $100. 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-764-3130, cityhalltherestaurant.com.
Cobb CineBistro at Dolphin Mall. Cinebistro New Year's Eve Celebration: Festivities include open bar from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m., seafood buffet, all you can eat buffet featuring our "Fresh Raw Bar," champagne fountain featuring chocolate covered strawberries, balloon drop at midnight, balloons stuffed with great prizes, movie passes, free desserts, free appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. $50. 11471 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-455-7373, cobbcinebistro.com/dolphin/index.php.
Crazy About You. New Year's Eve Dinner: Two seatings available for either a three- or five-course meal featuring serrano ham and cod croquettes, prawn salad, and beef tenderloin medallions with green peppercorn sauce. First seating runs from 5-8 p.m. The second seating starts at 9 p.m. and includes a five-course dinner and a midnight champagne toast. Dinner for the second seating is only served until 10 p.m., but you're welcomed to stay until the start of 2013. Mon., Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. $49-$95. 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305-377-4442.
Cuba Ocho Gallery. NYE at Cuba Ocho: Welcome the new year with food, champagne, grapes, and other party favors. Music by Chichito Valdez and Gaitos de Son. VIP ticket includes a bottle of liquor. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $85-$120. 1465 SW 8th St., Ste 106, Miami, 305-285-5880, cubaocho.com.
DB Bistro Moderne. NYE Dinner Party & Gala: The early seating ($75) runs from 5:30-7 p.m. and includes a three-course meal, party favors, and live music. The dinner gala ($275) starts later at 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and includes a six-course meal, more elaborate party favors, a champagne toast, and an after dinner party. Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-10:30 p.m. $75-$275. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800, danielnyc.com/dbbistroMiami.html.
De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean. Latin Festin': Ring in the new year with an open bar and five buffet stations including salad, seafood, parrillada (meat and BBQ), roasted pork in a caja china, and dessert. First seating (adults $150, children 13-17 $75, kids under 12 $50) runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Second seating (adults $250, children 13-20 $100, kids under 13 $50) starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. and includes party favors and a fireworks display. Reservations highly recommended. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $50-$250. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-672-6624, drodriguezcuba.com.
Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita. NYE Dinner: Enjoy the flavors of arugula tropical salad, herb crusted Mediterranean branzino, and chocolatissimo with cinnamon ice cream. There are two dinner seatings, but the later one includes a midnight champagne toast. Head downstairs after dinner for music and dancing. Mon., Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. $49-$95. 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-403-3103, doloreslolita.com.
Eating House. Dive into a special seven-course meal inspired by chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli's recent U.S. culinary tour. Eating House is offering two seatings - 6:00 p.m. at $95 per person, and includes a Champagne welcome, and 9:00 p.m. for $110 per person which includes the Champagne welcome along with the midnight toast. Diners are welcome to stay after midnight whenOwner/GM Alex Cassanova will break out his turntables and get the party started. Reservations required, please call 305.448.6524.
Eden Roc Marina. Fireworks Gala: Ring in the new year aboard the Musette Yacht. Featuring four hours of open bar, a special champagne toast at midnight, music served up by a live DJ, and a full dinner buffet. This multi-level ship will also give you the opportunity to take in the Bayfront Park NYE fireworks extravaganza! You'll have the best vantage point, so don't even think that you'll miss one second of the action. Mon., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. $145. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-218-2249, miamicaptainjoe.com.
Edge Steak & Bar. New Year's Eve Dinner: Celebrate the end of 2012 with a five-course menu and a bubbly toast at midnight. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $180. New Year's Eve Soirée: A DJ on the terrace in a lounge-like atmosphere and cash bar makes for a beautiful, hassle free New Year's Eve. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. free. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535, edgerestaurantmiami.com.