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Taku’s New Year’s Eve snacks
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Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Anime-themed blowout parties, sophisticated prix fixe menus, and more

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Taku’s New Year’s Eve snacks
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New Year’s Eve is one of those nights when you practically have to go out. And whether you’re staying out until midnight or way past midnight, you have to eat at some point. And if you have to eat, why not make it one of those blow-out meals you’re going to remember for all of 2024? Whether that means an elegant seafood-focused prix fixe menu on Bainbridge, an anime-themed bash on Capitol Hill, or some cocktails and bites at the Spheres before taking in the fireworks, here’s your guide to the biggest and last night of the year.

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Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s fantastic Fremont Korean restaurant Joule has a $150 five-course New Year’s Eve dinner with dishes like scallop bibimbap, wagyu steak, a sunchoke salad with miso vinaigrette — oh, and Gabby Park, who is partners with Yang at the nearby Paper Cake Shop, is doing dessert.

Seabird

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Everyone’s favorite Bainbridge ocean-to-table restaurant is hosting a $250 three-hour, eight-course extravaganza to say farewell to 2023. Naturally the menu is full of seasonal vegetables and seafood dishes, with plenty of Japanese influence: Uni on seaweed focaccia, anyone? How about albacore cured with rye koji? If you book a late dinner (after 8:15 p.m.) you can stay until midnight and get a complimentary glass of champagne. To buy tickets you can go here.

Mezzanotte

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Northern Italian dishes are Mezzanotte’s specialty, and the Georgetown restaurant has two different $150 five-course menus in store for New Year’s Eve. One features the likes of braised beef cheek with vanilla parsnip puree, while the other includes a black truffle lasagna. Either way you can sit indoors or in the “Garden Cathedral,” the restaurant’s plant-filled heated and covered patio. Go here to book.

Haymaker

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The West Seattle and Eastlake locations of Brian Clevenger’s relaxed bistro Haymaker are celebrating the end of 2023 with a $80 prix fixe menu that is pretty affordable as far as these things go. The first course includes burrata, greens, and croquettes for the table, while entrees and desserts include options like scallops, steak, and Nutella creme pot de creme. Oysters, champagne, and shaved truffles are available as supplements.

If a tasting menu sounds a little... stuffy, check out Shota Nakajima’s Capitol Hill restaurant, which this New Year’s Eve is hosting a “Black, Gold, and Anime” bash. For $280 you get a ticket to a party with a DJ, interactive games, raffles, custom cocktails, grilled oysters, fried chicken sliders, and we don’t even know what else. Also, if you dress up as Guy Fieri or an anime character you get a free raffle ticket. For more info and tickets go here.

A lavish assortment of small bites, including fried chicken sliders, oysters, and toast.
The New Year’s Eve menu at Taku
Taku

Spinasse

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Stuart Lane’s twin Italian restaurants Spinasse and Artusi will be celebrating the end of 2023 and the cuisine of northern Italy. Both places will have prix fixe menus: At Spinasse it’s $140 and includes things like caramelized banana mousse and rabbit meatballs; at Artusi it’s $80 and has items like braised short rib–stuffed pappardelle. Can’t go wrong either way. To make reservations at either call (206) 251-7673.

Deep Dive

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Renee Erickson’s bar inside the Spheres is most known for its high-level craft cocktails but it also serves food — have you heard about the $25 hot dog? On New Year’s, the bar will be putting forth a host of food and drink specials, and it will be open until midnight. (The proximity to the Space Needle means it’s easy to catch the fireworks.) Note that there’s a two-hour time dining time limit.

Le Coin

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The French-influenced, oysters- and Chartreuse-loving Fremont restaurant is serving a decadent New Year’s Eve menu. There’s going to be truffles, there’s going to be caviar, there’s going to be foie gras, and beef tartare, and you’ll probably want to have a couple of cocktails, which will be great. You’ll love it!

The Mountaineering Club

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The U District rooftop bar knows it’s one of the best places in the city to view the fireworks and has a big event planned: a “Northern Lights-themed winter formal” where you can drink cocktails like the Kyoto Saladito (mezcal, Japanese whisky, lemongrass, plum wine reduction, sakura bitters) and the Fir Trader Gimlet (Douglas fir eau-de-vie, London dry gin, sorrel, lemon, nutmeg). There will also be a snow machine, s’mores, other snacks, and “DJ Lady Coco from 10 p,m, to 2 a.m. accompanied by Dada Pop’s Sexy Sax.” We don’t even really know what this press release is talking about and we’re excited! Tickets are here and cost $65 now, $75 the week of the event, and $85 at the door.

A rooftop bar.
The view from the Mountaineering Club
The Mountaineering Club

Joule

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s fantastic Fremont Korean restaurant Joule has a $150 five-course New Year’s Eve dinner with dishes like scallop bibimbap, wagyu steak, a sunchoke salad with miso vinaigrette — oh, and Gabby Park, who is partners with Yang at the nearby Paper Cake Shop, is doing dessert.

Seabird

Everyone’s favorite Bainbridge ocean-to-table restaurant is hosting a $250 three-hour, eight-course extravaganza to say farewell to 2023. Naturally the menu is full of seasonal vegetables and seafood dishes, with plenty of Japanese influence: Uni on seaweed focaccia, anyone? How about albacore cured with rye koji? If you book a late dinner (after 8:15 p.m.) you can stay until midnight and get a complimentary glass of champagne. To buy tickets you can go here.

Mezzanotte

Northern Italian dishes are Mezzanotte’s specialty, and the Georgetown restaurant has two different $150 five-course menus in store for New Year’s Eve. One features the likes of braised beef cheek with vanilla parsnip puree, while the other includes a black truffle lasagna. Either way you can sit indoors or in the “Garden Cathedral,” the restaurant’s plant-filled heated and covered patio. Go here to book.

Haymaker

The West Seattle and Eastlake locations of Brian Clevenger’s relaxed bistro Haymaker are celebrating the end of 2023 with a $80 prix fixe menu that is pretty affordable as far as these things go. The first course includes burrata, greens, and croquettes for the table, while entrees and desserts include options like scallops, steak, and Nutella creme pot de creme. Oysters, champagne, and shaved truffles are available as supplements.

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If a tasting menu sounds a little... stuffy, check out Shota Nakajima’s Capitol Hill restaurant, which this New Year’s Eve is hosting a “Black, Gold, and Anime” bash. For $280 you get a ticket to a party with a DJ, interactive games, raffles, custom cocktails, grilled oysters, fried chicken sliders, and we don’t even know what else. Also, if you dress up as Guy Fieri or an anime character you get a free raffle ticket. For more info and tickets go here.

A lavish assortment of small bites, including fried chicken sliders, oysters, and toast.
The New Year’s Eve menu at Taku
Taku

Spinasse

Stuart Lane’s twin Italian restaurants Spinasse and Artusi will be celebrating the end of 2023 and the cuisine of northern Italy. Both places will have prix fixe menus: At Spinasse it’s $140 and includes things like caramelized banana mousse and rabbit meatballs; at Artusi it’s $80 and has items like braised short rib–stuffed pappardelle. Can’t go wrong either way. To make reservations at either call (206) 251-7673.

Deep Dive

Renee Erickson’s bar inside the Spheres is most known for its high-level craft cocktails but it also serves food — have you heard about the $25 hot dog? On New Year’s, the bar will be putting forth a host of food and drink specials, and it will be open until midnight. (The proximity to the Space Needle means it’s easy to catch the fireworks.) Note that there’s a two-hour time dining time limit.

Le Coin

The French-influenced, oysters- and Chartreuse-loving Fremont restaurant is serving a decadent New Year’s Eve menu. There’s going to be truffles, there’s going to be caviar, there’s going to be foie gras, and beef tartare, and you’ll probably want to have a couple of cocktails, which will be great. You’ll love it!

The Mountaineering Club

The U District rooftop bar knows it’s one of the best places in the city to view the fireworks and has a big event planned: a “Northern Lights-themed winter formal” where you can drink cocktails like the Kyoto Saladito (mezcal, Japanese whisky, lemongrass, plum wine reduction, sakura bitters) and the Fir Trader Gimlet (Douglas fir eau-de-vie, London dry gin, sorrel, lemon, nutmeg). There will also be a snow machine, s’mores, other snacks, and “DJ Lady Coco from 10 p,m, to 2 a.m. accompanied by Dada Pop’s Sexy Sax.” We don’t even really know what this press release is talking about and we’re excited! Tickets are here and cost $65 now, $75 the week of the event, and $85 at the door.

A rooftop bar.
The view from the Mountaineering Club
The Mountaineering Club

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