Austin's Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve Dining

By Megan Giller  |  December 19, 2013
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New Year’s Eve is not the time to go gently into that good night. Instead, it’s the premier time of the year to party it up, with good food, drinks, dancing and more. And if there’s one thing Austin does well, it’s eat. Here are the most exciting dining options happening around town.

If You Want to Rub Elbows With Paul Qui

Austin’s Top Chef is celebrating New Year’s Eve with two $125 seatings at his East Austin fusion locale. Each course of the three-course dinner from 5 PM to 6:30 PM boasts multiple dishes and a bottle of bubbly for each couple. If you’re more the late-night type, the live music, food and booze option starts at 9 PM and includes a buffet by the chef as well as an open bar with wine, beer, champagne, signature cocktails and more.  Email reservations@quiaustin.com to get on the list.

If You’re Looking for a Party With a View
Parkside’s downtown Sixth Street location means they’re in the center of it all. In addition to the four-course prix fixe menu with wine on the first floor, chef Shawn Cirkiel is hosting a celebration on the second floor and balcony, with an open bar, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and sweets. Early-bird tickets are on sale now for $100, but starting on the 26th they go up to $125.

If You Want a Holiday-Themed Menu
Olivia is offering a special à la carte menu from 5:30 to 10 PM, with no formal seatings but required reservations. The food is always quality here, and for the New Year they’re playing with names, serving dishes like reindeer spare ribs (with black-eyed-pea hummus, pickled cabbage and Dr. Pepper glaze) and chocolate ball drop (with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, smoked cocoa rum financier and wild rice confetti).

If You Love Thai Food So Much It Makes You Wanna Dance
You’re in luck, because Sway is celebrating the New Year with a dinner and dance party. Before you go thinking bento boxes and the box step, remember how hip this South First Street spot is. They’re planning a full dinner, open bar, champagne toast and dancing from 8 PM to 2 AM for $150 per person. Tickets are available here.

If You Want the Drama of 4,000 White Balloons on the Ceiling
Uchi and Uchiko are offering a special six-course omakase chef’s tasting showcasing their “greatest hits,” including dessert. They’re still nailing down the exact menu, but chef and owner Tyson Cole assures us that they will bejewel the ceiling with 4,000 white balloons.

If You Need Brunch to Recover From All of That Champagne
Searsucker is hosting a New Year’s Day brunch with an extended menu and special New Year’s Day foods like black-eyed peas done the chef Brian Malarkey way. With $2 mimosas, $4 Bloody Marys, live DJs and a dance party, it seems the best way to cure that hangover might be to jump right back in.