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Central Smoke is hosting a Viet-Cajun dinner on New Year’s Eve, which includes plenty of gumbo.
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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party in Seattle on New Year’s Eve 2019

From special soba to a Viet-Cajun dinner, and more

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Central Smoke is hosting a Viet-Cajun dinner on New Year’s Eve, which includes plenty of gumbo.
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Depending on your holiday exhaustion level, New Year’s Eve plans can range anywhere from “highly anticipated excuse to let loose” to “let’s get this year over with already.” This guide should help give Seattleites a broad range of options, whether it’s a laid-back price fixe meal in one of the quieter neighborhoods or a full-on extravaganza in the heart of the city. From soba soirees to pajama parties to Viet-Cajun dinners with smoked alligator, here’s where to ring in 2020 in style.

Note: Map points are listed geographically and are not ranked by preference. Reservations or tickets are required for most (but not all) of these places, and were still be available at the time of publication.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Addo

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6420 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Eric Rivera (Eater Seattle’s 2018 chef of the year) will host two seatings on New Year’s Eve at his Ballard restaurant for a seven-course menu, followed by late-night snacks and desserts. Both seatings will focus on decadent dishes (think caviar, lobster, champagne, and fine cuts of beef), but the later seating will have a more raucous atmosphere, according to the restaurant. Whether permitting, the night will end with a view of the fireworks at midnight.

Eric Rivera (in a red shirt and tan apron) leans on a counter in his Addo kitchen.
Chef Eric Rivera is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash at Addo.
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2. The Mountaineering Club

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4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-2000
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Those who want a great view of the fireworks may want to check out this restaurant on the 16th floor of the Graduate Hotel in the U District. Tickets for its “Galactic New Year’s Eve” celebration are $75 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Attire is listed as “space, but make it fashion,” so attendees may be donning some interesting outfits. Also, there will be a “Cosmic Crisp apple” cocktail, Impossible “meat” balls with Tang-flavored glaze, and Pop Rock jello cups.

A view at night from the Mountaineering Club’s outdoor patio.
The U District’s Mountaineering Club has stellar views of the city.
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3. Tilth Restaurant

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1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0801
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Chef Maria Hines’s organic food-focused restaurant in Wallingford has become a Seattle institution, and is an ideal environment for those looking to have a more laid-back New Year’s Eve. There’s a four-course dinner at $110 per person, which will feature kumamoto oysters, foie gras torchon with pomegranate and brioche, and Theo chocolate ganache cake, along with other options. Wine pairings are $50 extra.

4. Kamonegi

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1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-0185
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Star chef Mutsuko Soma’s soba destination in Fremont will run its regular menu on New Year’s Eve (dinner service is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.). But note that the restaurant is also participating in Adana chef Shota Nakajima’s One Night in Osaka event at the event space 415 Westlake, serving toshikoshi soba. Traditionally eaten in Japan right before families ring in the New Year, this dish symbolizes luck, prosperity, and health.

A dish of cold soba noodles from Kamonegi topped with greens.
Cold soba noodles from Kamonegi.
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5. The Barrel Thief

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3417 Evanston Ave N #102
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 402-5492
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Appropriate to ring in the new “roaring 20s,” this Fremont bar is throwing its annual Prohibition New Year’s Eve party with a throwback cocktail menu, champagne flights, period music, and some fancy outfits. There’s a $10 cover charge after 7:00 p.m., which includes a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Those who want to splurge can opt for a “VIP experience,” with a three-course dinner.

A tattooed hand serves up a brown-colored cocktail garnished with an orange peel.
The Barrel Thief will feature vintage cocktail selections on New Year’s Eve.
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6. Eden Hill Restaurant

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2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 708-6836
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Not too far from all the action at the Space Needle is this upscale restaurant from acclaimed chef Maximillian Petty. The five-course New Year’s Eve dinner (at $110 per person) includes poached pumpkin with comte and black truffle, squid bolognese, and kombu with wagyu short rib, carrots and peanuts. For dessert, there’s also an elaborate dish made especially for the countdown: Roasted White Chocolate Ball Drop — with edible glitter.

7. No Anchor

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2505 2nd Ave #105
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2610
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Belltown’s award-winning bar will feature six courses from chef Jaimon Westing for $75 per person, with optional beer pairings selected from Master Cicerone Averie Swanson (wine and non-alcoholic pairings available upon request). This night could be a preview of what’s to come for the No Anchor crew — co-owners Christopher and Anu Alford are collaborating with Swanson on a new brewpub for 2020.

8. TanakaSan

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 812-8412
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Sadly, Tom Douglas’s Asian-leaning restaurant across from the Amazon Spheres will be closing soon — but it’s going out in style. This spot plans to serve up yakitori, bottomless grilled snacks, and its signature sake slushies (along with beer and wine) at a charge of $50 per person. And just as a warning: there will be karaoke.

9. Omega Ouzeri

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1529 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-4515
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One of the more underrated spots in Capitol Hill, this Greek restaurant will serve a four-course meal on New Year’s Eve, with plenty of Mediterranean vibes. For $70 person, there will be meze platters to start, then options that include Greek fondu (with feta), grilled octopus, poached grouper, pan-seared duck breast, and vegetarian moussaka, along with live music. Opa!

The bright blue and white dining room of Omega Ouzeri in Capitol Hill.
Omega Ouzeri will serve up a four-course Greek meal for New Year’s Eve.
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10. Bottlehouse

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1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-7164
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Madrona’s safe haven for all non-snobby lovers of wine — with a selection evenly split between PNW and European varieties — is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party with food and drink menu available all night. Entry is $20 and gets merrymakers a holiday cocktail, as well as Hershey’s kisses at midnight.

11. Central Smoke Bar and Smokery

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1305 E Jefferson St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-7090
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Just as the name indicates, this popular Central District spot gets plenty of use out of its custom-built smoker, serving up a combination of Southern barbecue and Asian flavors. On New Year’s Eve, it will offer an eight-course Viet-Cajun dinner that includes whole alligator smoked in a bacon lattice, boiled crawfish, and a seafood gumbo with shrimp, andouille sausage, nuoc cham, and spicy pollack roe. There are two seatings (5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.) at $68 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.

A bowl of shrimp gumbo with rice and a glass of beer in the background.
Shrimp and andouille sausage gumbo.
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12. Clock-out Lounge

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4864 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 402-6322
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Beacon Hill’s chill bar and music venue is hosting a “New Year’s Eve Pajama Party,” which should be perfect for those who don’t really want to get out of bed once 2020 rolls in. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 day of) and include champagne at midnight, plenty of tunes from playful DJs Lelah and Vinny, and a pajama fashion contest, of course.

1. Addo

6420 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Eric Rivera (in a red shirt and tan apron) leans on a counter in his Addo kitchen.
Chef Eric Rivera is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash at Addo.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

Eric Rivera (Eater Seattle’s 2018 chef of the year) will host two seatings on New Year’s Eve at his Ballard restaurant for a seven-course menu, followed by late-night snacks and desserts. Both seatings will focus on decadent dishes (think caviar, lobster, champagne, and fine cuts of beef), but the later seating will have a more raucous atmosphere, according to the restaurant. Whether permitting, the night will end with a view of the fireworks at midnight.

6420 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. The Mountaineering Club

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A view at night from the Mountaineering Club’s outdoor patio.
The U District’s Mountaineering Club has stellar views of the city.
Courtesy of the Mountaineering Club

Those who want a great view of the fireworks may want to check out this restaurant on the 16th floor of the Graduate Hotel in the U District. Tickets for its “Galactic New Year’s Eve” celebration are $75 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Attire is listed as “space, but make it fashion,” so attendees may be donning some interesting outfits. Also, there will be a “Cosmic Crisp apple” cocktail, Impossible “meat” balls with Tang-flavored glaze, and Pop Rock jello cups.

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Tilth Restaurant

1411 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Chef Maria Hines’s organic food-focused restaurant in Wallingford has become a Seattle institution, and is an ideal environment for those looking to have a more laid-back New Year’s Eve. There’s a four-course dinner at $110 per person, which will feature kumamoto oysters, foie gras torchon with pomegranate and brioche, and Theo chocolate ganache cake, along with other options. Wine pairings are $50 extra.

1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Kamonegi

1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103
A dish of cold soba noodles from Kamonegi topped with greens.
Cold soba noodles from Kamonegi.
Kamonegi/Facebook

Star chef Mutsuko Soma’s soba destination in Fremont will run its regular menu on New Year’s Eve (dinner service is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.). But note that the restaurant is also participating in Adana chef Shota Nakajima’s One Night in Osaka event at the event space 415 Westlake, serving toshikoshi soba. Traditionally eaten in Japan right before families ring in the New Year, this dish symbolizes luck, prosperity, and health.

1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. The Barrel Thief

3417 Evanston Ave N #102, Seattle, WA 98103
A tattooed hand serves up a brown-colored cocktail garnished with an orange peel.
The Barrel Thief will feature vintage cocktail selections on New Year’s Eve.
The Barrel Thief/Official

Appropriate to ring in the new “roaring 20s,” this Fremont bar is throwing its annual Prohibition New Year’s Eve party with a throwback cocktail menu, champagne flights, period music, and some fancy outfits. There’s a $10 cover charge after 7:00 p.m., which includes a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Those who want to splurge can opt for a “VIP experience,” with a three-course dinner.

3417 Evanston Ave N #102
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Eden Hill Restaurant

2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Not too far from all the action at the Space Needle is this upscale restaurant from acclaimed chef Maximillian Petty. The five-course New Year’s Eve dinner (at $110 per person) includes poached pumpkin with comte and black truffle, squid bolognese, and kombu with wagyu short rib, carrots and peanuts. For dessert, there’s also an elaborate dish made especially for the countdown: Roasted White Chocolate Ball Drop — with edible glitter.

2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. No Anchor

2505 2nd Ave #105, Seattle, WA 98121

Belltown’s award-winning bar will feature six courses from chef Jaimon Westing for $75 per person, with optional beer pairings selected from Master Cicerone Averie Swanson (wine and non-alcoholic pairings available upon request). This night could be a preview of what’s to come for the No Anchor crew — co-owners Christopher and Anu Alford are collaborating with Swanson on a new brewpub for 2020.

2505 2nd Ave #105
Seattle, WA 98121

8. TanakaSan

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Sadly, Tom Douglas’s Asian-leaning restaurant across from the Amazon Spheres will be closing soon — but it’s going out in style. This spot plans to serve up yakitori, bottomless grilled snacks, and its signature sake slushies (along with beer and wine) at a charge of $50 per person. And just as a warning: there will be karaoke.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Omega Ouzeri

1529 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The bright blue and white dining room of Omega Ouzeri in Capitol Hill.
Omega Ouzeri will serve up a four-course Greek meal for New Year’s Eve.
Sara Billups/Eater

One of the more underrated spots in Capitol Hill, this Greek restaurant will serve a four-course meal on New Year’s Eve, with plenty of Mediterranean vibes. For $70 person, there will be meze platters to start, then options that include Greek fondu (with feta), grilled octopus, poached grouper, pan-seared duck breast, and vegetarian moussaka, along with live music. Opa!

1529 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Bottlehouse

1416 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Madrona’s safe haven for all non-snobby lovers of wine — with a selection evenly split between PNW and European varieties — is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party with food and drink menu available all night. Entry is $20 and gets merrymakers a holiday cocktail, as well as Hershey’s kisses at midnight.

1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Central Smoke Bar and Smokery

1305 E Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98122
A bowl of shrimp gumbo with rice and a glass of beer in the background.
Shrimp and andouille sausage gumbo.
Courtesy of Central Smoke

Just as the name indicates, this popular Central District spot gets plenty of use out of its custom-built smoker, serving up a combination of Southern barbecue and Asian flavors. On New Year’s Eve, it will offer an eight-course Viet-Cajun dinner that includes whole alligator smoked in a bacon lattice, boiled crawfish, and a seafood gumbo with shrimp, andouille sausage, nuoc cham, and spicy pollack roe. There are two seatings (5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.) at $68 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.

1305 E Jefferson St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Clock-out Lounge

4864 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Beacon Hill’s chill bar and music venue is hosting a “New Year’s Eve Pajama Party,” which should be perfect for those who don’t really want to get out of bed once 2020 rolls in. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 day of) and include champagne at midnight, plenty of tunes from playful DJs Lelah and Vinny, and a pajama fashion contest, of course.

4864 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

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