New Year's Eve restaurants: Dinner specials to ring in 2015

From appetizer packages to four-course meals, we have your best New Year's Eve restaurants.

New Year's Eve is one of the biggest nights out of the year, and many of the best Chicago restaurants are celebrating with special prix fixe dinners. Whether you want a bite before heading to a New Year's Eve concert or would prefer to toast midnight with steak and Champagne, you'll find a special New Year's Eve dinner to ring in 2014.

Acadia

Toast 2014 with an 1889 Parisian cabaret–themed dinner. There are two seating times for the six-course meal, which includes options like beef wellington, lobster thermidor and opera cake. A vegetarian option is available if ordered at least 72 hours in advance. 5:30pm. $125 (wine pairings$75); 9pm, $165 (wine pairings $85).

Balena

Heading to the theater? Stop by Balena for a three-course meal with options like beef tartare, pumpkin arancini, grilled strip steak, roast chicken and pasta dishes. After 6:30pm, there's a four-course meal available. Three courses $50, four courses $70. Wine pairings extra. 

Bar Pastoral

The cheese bar is hosting a pre-party prix-fixe dinner from 5:30–8pm, with lobster sweet potato dumplings, creamy baby burrata, pork cheeks and other dishes. Late-night revelers can go to the New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party from 10pm–1am, with hors d'oeuvres and cheeses, a Champagne toast and a midnight dessert bar. Dinner $60, wine pairings $30, cocktail party $120. 

Big Jones

Celebrate with a five-course Southern heritage dinner that includes hoppin’ John, red grouper with brown butter plantains and red velvet cake. $75, beverage pairings $30.

Billy Sunday

Ring in 2014 with Victorian snacks like pig trotters, turtle consommé, beef tongue croquettes, caviar and charcuterie, along with punches, ciders and cocktails made with rare spirits.5pm–2am. $20 entry fee. 

Bistronomic

The Gold Coast bistro's special menu includes Maine lobster tortellini, Grimaud guinea hen and a chocolate tart. Choose from two seatings, the first a four-course menu, the second a five-course menu. First seating 5–7:30pm. $65, with wine pairings $90. Second seating 7:45–11pm. $85,with wine pairings $110. 

Boka 

Giuseppe Tentori has crafted a five-course menu that includes truffles, crispy sweetbreads and langoustine in a Yukon gold potato sauce, coffee-smoked squab breast and a chocolate dessert. $98,wine pairings $60.

The Bristol 

Chef Chris Pandel prepares a special menu, starting with pates and charcuterie served family style. That's followed by a pasta course and a choice of braised beef short ribs, New York strip steak, halibut or roasted wild mushrooms. Dessert is milk chocolate mousse. $75, wine pairings $35.

Chop Shop/1st Ward

Chop Shop and 1st Ward celebrate their first New Year's Eve with performances by the Gold Coast All Stars, DJ Samm of Hey Champ and Serengeti. The ticket includes an open bar, light hors d'oeuvres and access to all three shows. The VIP ticket includes dinner. 8pm. $150, VIP$225. 

City Winery

Los Lobos plays during a five-course dinner with wine pairings. The night concludes with a Champagne toast at midnight. VIP tickets must be purchased for dinner. 7:30 and 11pm shows. $85, premier $125, VIP $175. 

DMK Burger Bar

The best party for burger lovers, DMK will serve a special burger at midnight instead of Champagne. Plus their best burgers of the year will be served as sliders, and there's a DJ and open bar. 9pm. $50–$75. 

Dusek's Board & Beer

Thalia Hall hosts a five-course dinner at Dusek's with two seatings, with a dance party afterward downstairs at Punch House. 8:30 and 9:30pm. $75. 

Embeya

Thecontemporary Asian restaurant offers three- and four-course prix-fixe dinners with dishes like lobster with lemongrass and chili jam, octopus with romanesco and sticky rice with berries. The three-course menu is $65 and available from 5–7:30pm. The four-course menu is $85 and available after 8pm.

Frontier

This is a New Year's Eve dinner meat-lovers won't forget. Frontier is roasting a whole pig, goat, lamb and boar and you can eat all that along with oysters, salads, sides and desserts. Plus, there's a five-hour drink package, live DJ and Champagne. For bottle service, call 312-453-9397.8pm–1am. $100.

The Gage

Executive chef Peter Coenen has created a special a la carte menu with dishes like oysters with ponzu mignonette and pink trout roe, roasted quail and sturgeon with sunchoke brandade. Wine pairings are available, and head bartender Thomas Mooneyham is making special cocktails for the evening. 

Girl & the Goat

Experience Girl & the Goat like never before, with chef stations located throughout the restaurant. Plus, there's an open bar with artisanal beers, cocktails and wine, and a DJ. 8:30pm–1:30am. $175. Or opt for a seven-course dinner for 24 downstairs in the restaurant's wine cellar. Dine at the communal table and then head upstairs for the New Year's Eve bash. 8:30pm–1am. $250.

Graham Elliot

Celebrate the end of the year and the end of Graham Elliot. The Michelin-starred restaurant will be serving its final tasting menu, with a Champagne toast to end in style.

GT Fish & Oyster

Celebrate the new year with a special four-course menu featuring dishes like pumpkin gnocchi, lobster tails and grilled venison. $95.

Jellyfish

The pan-Asian eatery throws a lavish party, which includes a top-shelf open bar, appetizers, chef stations and more. There will be passed items like warm Peking duck bao buns, so you'll have to leave room for items like poached lobster tail and torched wagyu beef. Plus, Champagne isn't just for midnight – there's a constant flow of bubbly all night long. Jellyfish. 1009 N Rush St. Dec 31, 8pm–2am. $195. 

L2O

The restaurant is offering both a prix-fixe menu for $140 and a tasting menu for $210. Dishes include mussel tarts, foie gras, ribeye and poached pears. 

The Lobby at Peninsula Chicago

The restaurant hosts its annual dinner and black-tie gala, with cocktails and a five-course dinner followed by dancing to Ken Arlen's Big Band. 7:30pm. $305.

mk Chicago

Celebrate with a four-course menu that includes choices like chilled Alaskan crab legs, a crudo trio, grilled quail, wagyu beef and brioche doughnuts. There are two seatings, so dine early and then hit the town or choose the later seating and count down at mk with DJ John Young and a Champagne toast. Early seating 5:30–7:30pm, $90; Late seating 8:30pm on, $125.

Pasteur

Dine on a four-course Vietnamese dinner that includes dumplings, spring rolls, shrimp papaya salad and more. The price includes a flute of Champagne. 5-10pm. $75.

Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Executive chef Christian Fantoni is offering a four-course meal with options like sea bass tartare, buffalo milk burrata, lobster-filled tortellini and roasted turbot. $75. 

Red Door

Nosh on appetizers from Red Door's menu while partaking in the restaurant's open bar all night. Pace yourselves. 9pm–2am. $100.

Reno

Here's a bargain dinner – get two pizzas for only $20 until 10pm and then head to the dance floor while a DJ spins until the new year. A pizza buffet and drink specials will be available after 10pm for only $10. 7pm. 

Roka Akor

The steak and sushi restaurant is offering five-course dinners to ring in the new year. The first dinner from 5:30-7:30pm features menu items like shrimp and scallop dumplings, grilled sea bass and New York strip steak. There are also seatings from 8-10pm and 10:30pm-midnight. Menu items include oysters, nigiri and sashimi, wagyu ribeye and more. First seating $85, subsequent seatings $125.

Shaw's Crab House

Party in the Oyster Bar, where there's live music from the Fabulous Fish Heads or order from the a la carte menu in the elegant main dining room. Both options include a Champagne toast, of course! 5pm–midnight.

Storefront Company

Chef Dirk Flanigan previews his new restaurant, Il Coniglio, with dishes like handmade pasta with duck liver, chestnut and saba, celery root soup with foie gras and madeira and roasted venison loin. 5:30, 6, 6:30, 8, 8:30 and 9pm. $100, pairings $50.

Table, Donkey and Stick

Chef Scott Manley is offering a special six-course menu, with a Champagne toast to ring in the new year. Try dishes like ricotta cappelletti with trout roe and smoked trout, lobster with turnips and black garlic, strip loin with crispy rice and carrots, and more. 5–11pm. $75. 

Takito Kitchen

The Mexican spot offers a three-course prix-fixe menu with items like oyster and king crab coctel de mariscos, chile-roasted shrimp and grilled ribeye. $55.

Tavern on Rush

The a la carte menu is inspired by 19th century French cuisine, so expect dishes like velvet lobster bisque, stuffed king crab legs, tournedos rossini and more. 3pm–midnight. Main courses range from $36–$49. 

Telegraph

The Logan Square wine bar has an open bar, oysters and heavy appetizers, plus a sparkling wine toast at midnight to ring in the new year. 8pm. $95. 

Three Dots and a Dash 

The tiki bar is throwing a party with passed island snacks and souvenir tiki mugs. 9pm. $45. Table of six $400.

Tru

Executive chef Anthony Martin offers two seatings for dinner. The first includes a six courses for $165, and the second includes eight courses for $275. You can also add on the coral caviar service to make the evening even more decadent. A midnight Champagne toast is included in the later seating. 5 and 8:30pm seatings.

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