Miami New Year's Eve Dining Guide UPDATED
A proper New Year's Eve bash requires preparation. Before the ball drops (and the Big Orange rises), you've got to make dinner reservations so you can enjoy a great meal the last night of the year.
Patio seating at the Rusty Pelican requires planning.
We've compiled a long list of dining possibilities, broken down by neighborhood. So figure out your date and outfit later. Get the ball rolling on your complimentary glass of champagne and multi-course prix-fixe menu.
We'll update this post regularly, so be sure to check back for new entries.
The first seating between 6-7:30 p.m. offers three-courses for $95 -- but wait, the second seating between 8:30-10:30 p.m. offers six-courses for $275 per person. The second seating menu includes a caviar parfait, a trio of Spanish octopus, hay-smoked duck shabu-shabu, lobster and mushroom ravioli, beef wellington and dark chocolate gâteau.19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6600, michaelmina.net.
Bring in the new year at the Promenade Shops with a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring a glass of wine and a champagne toast for $65 per person. Reservations are recommended. 20475 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-937-2777, pilarrestaurantandbar.com.
Ring in the new year with some drumming. Beginning at 8 p.m. Fushu Daiko, a Japanese taiko drumming troupe, will perform at Makoto. The regular a la carte menu will be available along with some specials for the night. 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, 305-864-8600, makoto-restaurant.com.
Atrio Restaurant + Wine Room
Dining at the Conrad Miami means a 6-course dinner accompanied by live Bossa Nova-style music. The dinner costs $195 a person and along with the entertainment includes a champagne toast of Veuve Clicquot and a welcome amuse-bouche. 1395 Brickell Ave, 305-503-6529, conradhotels3.hilton.com.
DB Bistro Moderne
For fine dining on your holiday, you have three different ways to celebrate. The early dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. feature a three-course prix fixe dinner for $75. Or you can splurge on the gala seating from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a five-course tasting menu with champagne at midnight, party favors, DJs in the lounge and TVs for the ball drop for $195 per person. The tasting menu includes squab and foie gras, crab raviolo and a lamb trio. The final option is non-commital, you can hang in their lounge between 5 p.m to 3 a.m. with no cover and their raw bar and charcuterie display is available a la carte til midnight with bottle and cocktail menu service all night. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800, dbbistro.com.
The steepest price tag in town belongs to Cipriani where their gala dinner, beginning at 9 p.m., will run you $1000 per person. This meal has the usual suspects: caviar, stone crab, white truffles, lamb and Dom Perignon. Additions will be the Brazilian dance show, Puligny Montrachet white wine and Ornellaia red wine served all night. But it does not include tax or gratuity. 465 Brickell Ave, Miami, 786-329-4090, cipriani.com.
Dinner on the last night of 2013 at Lippi includes a bottle of champagne, caviar, foie gras, lobster and beef tenderloin. This decadent dinner with five-courses can be yours for $195 per person with seatings from 7 - 9:30 p.m. 600 Brickell Ave, Miami, 305-579-1888, lippirestaurants.com.
If you want the luck of the Irish this New Year's Eve, head to John Martin's. They are offering a special menu and live music for $60 per person. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the party goes 'til 2 a.m. with a bagpiper at midnight! 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-445-3777, johnmartins.com.
For a different view then Miami Beach, pay the toll and go to Key Biscayne. The Rusty Pelican has two separate NYE events. If you want to indulge in the dining one, you can sit on the patio for $200 per person (including tax and gratuity) it includes a five-course meal, a bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne with two hand painted champagne glasses as a party favor, and a string quartet. If you can't score a table outside it is $175 per person on the main floor. The other event is the black tie Masquerade Gala for $275 per person with costume encouraged and celebrity appearances. 3201 Rickenbacker Cwy, Key Biscayne, 305-361-3818, miami.therustypelican.com.