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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Count down to 2022 in style at any of these 11 destinations for food and drink

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New Year’s Eve 2020 might have been subdued because of pandemic restrictions, but in 2021, Seattle restaurants are making up for it with to-go specials, prix-fixe menus, and in-person celebrations. From Smith Tower’s 1920s-themed party, oysters and caviar at Cafe Hitchcock, and fried chicken party boxes from Pioneer Square D&E, these 11 restaurants are ringing in the new year in style. Reservations are highly encouraged, and make sure to bring proof of vaccination — or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours — as you head out.

Restaurants are listed from north to south.

King County requires proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Samara

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6414 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 946-6997
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Ballard’s wood-fueled bistro focuses on sustainable seafood, heritage meats and seasonal vegetables. Its New Year’s Eve special is an applewood grilled seafood platter that includes local oysters, mussels, prawns, clams, and Dungeness crab, as well as sturgeon and paddlefish caviar. Reservations can be made at Samara’s website.

2. Eden Hill Restaurant

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2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 708-6836
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Offering both indoor and outdoor seating for New Year’s Eve, Eden Hill has a five-course meal that includes braised lamb tongue, lobster tail, wagyu, and carrot and persimmon pasta. The meal is $175 per person and includes a celebratory white chocolate “ball drop.” A wine pairing can be added for an additional fee. Reservations can be made at Eden Hill’s Tock website.

3. Café Hitchcock

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129 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3369
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Bainbridge Island’s Cafe Hitchcock is hosting a decadent New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with caviar, oysters, and a special cocktail menu. $325 gets two people a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rosé, one ounce of caviar with brioche, sieved egg, sea beans, shallots, and crème fraiche. Reservations for the rose and caviar package can be made on the website, and guests without a reservation can attend on a first-come-first serve basis. Cafe Hitchcock is also hosting a New Year’s brunch on the next day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring an omelette station, mimosas, and more.

4. Ba Sa

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101 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 565-3287
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Bainbridge Island’s Vietnamese restaurant is bringing friends and family together with a New Year’s Eve celebration called Ăn Tối với Gia Đình, meaning “eating dinner with your family.” $75 per person gets a four-course meal that includes options like caramelized and braised catfish, kohlrabi squash soup and spareribs, and desserts like honeycomb cake and sesame mochi dumplings.

5. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Capitol Hill’s sibling Italian restaurants Spinasse and Artusi are celebrating the end of 2021 with indulgent dishes like egg cream with paddlefish caviar, pan roasted New York steak, black truffle risotto, and vanilla cake with espresso ganache. Spinasse’s six-course meal is $150 per person, and Artusi offers a smaller menu for $65, with a la cart items available.

6. Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

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10400 NE 4th St Ste 3100
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 625-2080
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Swanky Bellevue restaurant Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi is hosting a Bubbles and Bow Tie soiree this New Year’s Eve, with entertainment like burlesque, aerial dancers, and live music karaoke. This event will have passed appetizers and culinary stations, as well as excellent front row seats to a fireworks show. Tickets can be purchased online.

7. Bourbon Steak Seattle

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1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 741-1044
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Bourbon Steak’s New Year’s Eve menu has several excellent options for steak and seafood lovers. There will be caviar parfait, wagyu shortribs, wild salmon roulade, and chef Michael Mina’s signature dishes like the lobster pot pie and black truffle mac and cheese.

8. Smith Tower

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506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-0414
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Party at downtown Seattle’s original skyscraper, the historic Smith Tower, for a taste of roaring 1920s glamor. Its glitzy New Year’s Eve celebration recommends a Gatsby-inspired dress code, and includes live entertainment, a five-course dinner, special cocktails, and a bottle of champagne. Tickets usually sell out fast. Head to the event’s website to secure your seat.

9. Pioneer Square D&E

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314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 445-7472
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This family-run restaurant is a go-to for fried chicken and oysters, and its prix fixe holiday meals for the month of December have been impressive, with fresh shucked oysters, steak, boozy egg nog, and more. Open till midnight on New Year’s Eve, Pioneer Square D&E is selling fried chicken party boxes to go, perfect for bringing to a party or to take home.

A box bursting with pieces of battered and fried chicken, with various sauces.
Pioneer Square D&E’s fried chicken party boxes are available to go.
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10. Haymaker

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4706 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 946-6994
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West Seattle’s relaxed destination for American and French bistro dishes is celebrating the end of 2021 with a four-course menu. Creamy polenta with Dungeness crab and turnip salad are some options for starers, with tonnarelli pasta, beef or cod dishes for entrees. Save room for the cranberry butter cake.

11. Mezzanotte

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1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 466-6032
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Northern Italian dishes are Mezzanotte’s specialty, and the Georgetown restaurant has a special four-course menu in store for New Year’s Eve. Rissotto with oysters, braised beef cheek, and duck cotechino are all highlights. Mezzanotte offers both indoor and heated and covered patio seating. Reservations can be made by emailing gm@mezzanotteseattle.com.

1. Samara

6414 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard’s wood-fueled bistro focuses on sustainable seafood, heritage meats and seasonal vegetables. Its New Year’s Eve special is an applewood grilled seafood platter that includes local oysters, mussels, prawns, clams, and Dungeness crab, as well as sturgeon and paddlefish caviar. Reservations can be made at Samara’s website.

6414 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Eden Hill Restaurant

2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating for New Year’s Eve, Eden Hill has a five-course meal that includes braised lamb tongue, lobster tail, wagyu, and carrot and persimmon pasta. The meal is $175 per person and includes a celebratory white chocolate “ball drop.” A wine pairing can be added for an additional fee. Reservations can be made at Eden Hill’s Tock website.

2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

3. Café Hitchcock

129 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Island’s Cafe Hitchcock is hosting a decadent New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with caviar, oysters, and a special cocktail menu. $325 gets two people a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rosé, one ounce of caviar with brioche, sieved egg, sea beans, shallots, and crème fraiche. Reservations for the rose and caviar package can be made on the website, and guests without a reservation can attend on a first-come-first serve basis. Cafe Hitchcock is also hosting a New Year’s brunch on the next day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring an omelette station, mimosas, and more.

129 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

4. Ba Sa

101 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Island’s Vietnamese restaurant is bringing friends and family together with a New Year’s Eve celebration called Ăn Tối với Gia Đình, meaning “eating dinner with your family.” $75 per person gets a four-course meal that includes options like caramelized and braised catfish, kohlrabi squash soup and spareribs, and desserts like honeycomb cake and sesame mochi dumplings.

101 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

5. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Capitol Hill’s sibling Italian restaurants Spinasse and Artusi are celebrating the end of 2021 with indulgent dishes like egg cream with paddlefish caviar, pan roasted New York steak, black truffle risotto, and vanilla cake with espresso ganache. Spinasse’s six-course meal is $150 per person, and Artusi offers a smaller menu for $65, with a la cart items available.

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

10400 NE 4th St Ste 3100, Bellevue, WA 98004

Swanky Bellevue restaurant Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi is hosting a Bubbles and Bow Tie soiree this New Year’s Eve, with entertainment like burlesque, aerial dancers, and live music karaoke. This event will have passed appetizers and culinary stations, as well as excellent front row seats to a fireworks show. Tickets can be purchased online.

10400 NE 4th St Ste 3100
Bellevue, WA 98004

7. Bourbon Steak Seattle

1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Bourbon Steak’s New Year’s Eve menu has several excellent options for steak and seafood lovers. There will be caviar parfait, wagyu shortribs, wild salmon roulade, and chef Michael Mina’s signature dishes like the lobster pot pie and black truffle mac and cheese.

1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Smith Tower

506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Party at downtown Seattle’s original skyscraper, the historic Smith Tower, for a taste of roaring 1920s glamor. Its glitzy New Year’s Eve celebration recommends a Gatsby-inspired dress code, and includes live entertainment, a five-course dinner, special cocktails, and a bottle of champagne. Tickets usually sell out fast. Head to the event’s website to secure your seat.

506 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Pioneer Square D&E

314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A box bursting with pieces of battered and fried chicken, with various sauces.
Pioneer Square D&E’s fried chicken party boxes are available to go.
Justin Oba

This family-run restaurant is a go-to for fried chicken and oysters, and its prix fixe holiday meals for the month of December have been impressive, with fresh shucked oysters, steak, boozy egg nog, and more. Open till midnight on New Year’s Eve, Pioneer Square D&E is selling fried chicken party boxes to go, perfect for bringing to a party or to take home.

314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Haymaker

4706 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle’s relaxed destination for American and French bistro dishes is celebrating the end of 2021 with a four-course menu. Creamy polenta with Dungeness crab and turnip salad are some options for starers, with tonnarelli pasta, beef or cod dishes for entrees. Save room for the cranberry butter cake.

4706 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Mezzanotte

1210 S Bailey St, Seattle, WA 98108

Northern Italian dishes are Mezzanotte’s specialty, and the Georgetown restaurant has a special four-course menu in store for New Year’s Eve. Rissotto with oysters, braised beef cheek, and duck cotechino are all highlights. Mezzanotte offers both indoor and heated and covered patio seating. Reservations can be made by emailing gm@mezzanotteseattle.com.

1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108

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