10 stylish Austin restaurants to ring in New Year's Eve 2019
If there’s any holiday that encourages decadence, it’s New Year’s Eve. Before the statute of limitations on festive decorations expires, before working stiffs have to return to the office, and before the call of the gym becomes too loud to ignore — it is practically required to go all out!
Luckily, there are plenty of Austin spots that will allow locals to do just that one last time in 2019, but pro tip: get those reservations in early.
This East Austin spot is set to host its ninth annual New Year’s Eve party and it promises to be bigger than ever. The combo of open bar and buffet-style food are just about enough to warrant the $125 per person price, but the live DJ, champagne toast, campfires, “farewell” tacos, and other tasty surprises really help to push the night well over the top.
Emmer & Rye
This Rainey Street eatery, one of Austin’s finest, is offering a $100 per person, seven-course menu. From snapper and gochujang to beef tartare to a succulent dry-aged New York strip, the menu is as delectable as can be. For those who would like a nice drink with the decadent meal, $50 wine pairings will be available as well.
Foreign & Domestic
This North Loop favorite has prepared a five-course menu that is sure to get 2020 started off right. The experience will run you $75 (plus another $25 if you want to opt-in for the wine pairing) and features dry-aged duck, rabbit and mushrooms, and other farm-to-table selections. For those with dietary restrictions, the restaurant will have options available, just be sure to make a note in the reservation.
Jump back in time via this Guadalupe gastropub’s ‘80s New Year’s Eve dance party. Options are aplenty here, with two prix fixe options available. The four-course is $78 per person, and the six-course is $110. Both include gratuity, plus early entry into the post-dinner party, which will have a DJ, a photo booth, late night snacks, and a midnight toast. A $25 beer or $30 wine pairing can be added to kick the festivities into overdrive.
Hit this Italian gem in Mueller for '80s NYC on NYE. A DJ will be spinning '80s hip hop, new wave, and left-field disco throughout the night, and both the food and beverage menu will be inspired by various MCs, such as Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, and others. The cost per person is $100 including dinner, sales tax, and a 20 percent pre-tax hospitality charge. Beverages are separate.
Rosedale Kitchen And Bar
One of the newer additions to North Lamar Boulevard will be offering a five-course meal for $65. Selections range from peas and ham to seared scallops to grilled lamb chops. Beverage options include a $35 wine pairing. Also, those who can’t find a babysitter can take the kid(s) along — a $35 prix fixe menu is available for those 12 and under.
Some of Austin’s best Mexican-inspired food awaits guests at this hot spot on East Sixth Street. A $100 ticket lands a seven-course meal that features a lobster tostado, quail taco, wagyu short rib, and other sure-to-be delightful selections. An optional $50 beverage pairings will be available, too.
Head to the Hill Country for fine dining at this eatery located on the beautiful Camp Lucy compound. A live jazz band and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight will accompany a five-course meal that features tuna tataki, a dry-aged New York strip and more. The cost is $85 per person. Drinks are separate and a vegetarian menu will be announced soon.
Ring in 2020 with Uchi and Uchiko’s omakase menus, which are designed for two people. The former is priced at $200 and the offerings include everything from oysters and scallops to grilled lobster and Wagyu New York strip, plus there’s $35 per person wine, sake, or combo pairings available. The latter comes in at $195 and is highlighted by lobster sashimi, rich Cotechino sausage, and a ribeye.
For those of you who want a quality Chinese option on New Year’s Eve, this downtown spot offers extravagance that won’t break the bank. The curated menu is $65 per person and includes options like sesame chicken, Sichuan-style ma la beef, fried soft shell crab, honey pecan gulf prawns, and more. A $35 wine pairing can be tacked on to make the evening even more celebratory.