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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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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.

Eden Hill Restaurant

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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.

Café Hitchcock

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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.

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.

Spinasse

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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.

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

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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.

Bourbon Steak Seattle

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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.

Smith Tower

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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.

Pioneer Square D&E

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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.
Justin Oba

Haymaker

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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.

Mezzanotte

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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.

Samara

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.

Eden Hill Restaurant

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.

Café Hitchcock

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.

Ba Sa

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.

Spinasse

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.

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

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.

Bourbon Steak Seattle

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.

Smith Tower

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.

Pioneer Square D&E

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.

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

Haymaker

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.

Mezzanotte

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.

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