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Where to Eat Dinner on New Year’s Eve in Dallas

Ring in the new year with sophisticated entrees and, of course, lots of champagne

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Whether you prefer to get dressed to the nines or hit a family-friendly spot and call it a night early, there are options for all kinds of New Year’s Eve dinners out around the Metroplex. At some of the best restaurants in the city, including an over-the-top evening at Crown Block, a inexpensive night of fun at the Peak Inn, and everything in between.

Consult this list for a few ideas of places to kiss 2023 goodbye with a warm toast and a delicious plate of food.

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Pizzana

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This is honestly a wonderful date spot, and all the more so for pizza lovers. It’s dark and sexy in there, in a way other pizza places just aren’t. Plus, you can get an excellent pie (or pasta or salads) and it now has a gluten free menu. There’s a bit of glamour to be found on Knox Street without being over the top for NYE.

Yes, this Champagne bar is a great spot to go all-in on bubbles for the night but this year it will also serve a lovely prix fixe menu for dinner. With 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. seatings, guests can opt in to a starter course of a caviar taco or truffle nduja olives. For the second, a mushroom and onion croquette. The mains are a choice of New Year’s poulette (chicken) with sun dried tomato and a parmesan cream sauce, a petit surf and turf of beef tenderloin and prawns, or stuffed butternut squash. And for dessert, a clarified lemon pie. The meal is $110 per person and beverages are additional.

There is a final seating of the evening at 9:30 p.m. that includes lite bites of truffle popcorn and gougeres throughout the evening and a choice of fried chicken Provençal or crab cakes around 10:30 — all for $60.

Mot Hai Ba

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The restaurant hasn’t announced exactly what will be on its four course menu for the evening, other than its wildly popular garlic noodles, but it will come with a Champage and dessert pairing. We’d go in a heartbeat anyway, even if its just the everyday menu. This is the option to go with if an intimate space, and the attentive service that includes. The cost is $120 per person with an optional wine pairing available for $55 more.

Uchi Dallas

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Join in on a New Year’s Eve omakase service at one of the city’s most loved sushi spots. The evening starts with an amuse bouche with chicken mousseline, caviar, and labneh, followed by an oyster with uni foam, smoked ikruam and A5 XO. Courses follow of toyosu nigiri and sashimi selections; wagyu carpaccio; halibut with fennel, tarragon, and white truffle; short rib with foie, capers, and black trumpet; shima aji crudi with rutabaga and black truffle; A5 with parsnip, kale, caviar, and tallow; and okashi. The cost is  $450 for two people.

Elephant East

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A solid deal for NYE comes from this Harwood spot in the form of a three-course prix fixe menu. First is a choice of pomegranate and pear with ginger dressing, misua longevity soup, or aged tofu in tsuyu and dashi. Second brings jade pesto steamed white fish made with Lap Cheong fried rice, bok choy, and Chinese broccoli; apricot ginger glazed duck breast served with sweet potato puree; or, Asian pork roulade served with Chinese sausage and rice stuffing. And the third is pandan basque burnt cheesecake or Chinese Fa Gao fortune cake. The meal is $85 per person and those in the last seating will get a gratis midnight toast.

Truluck's Dallas

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Looking for a seafood spread for the evening? Head to Truluck’s for a three-course meal with a whole lot of options. The first is a choice of oysters with caviar and a Champagne mignonette, a jumbo shrimp cocktail, sesame seared ahi tun, caviar with warm blinis, lobster bisque, a Caesar salad, a wedge salad, or a Sonoma greens salad. Second is broiled shrimp with crab, and parmesan mashed potatoes; miso-glazed sea bass with crab fried rice and chilled cucumber slaw; Hawaiian ahi tuna with sesame-crusted, chilled soba noodles; New England sea scallops with truffle mushroom risotto; a stone crab claw paltter; one pound of prime king crab hot or chilled with asparagus and parmesan mashed potatoes; South African cold water lobster tail; a filet mignon with parmesan mashed potatoes; prime ribeye with king crab ravioli; or, roasted Dijon chicken with shaved Brussels rice. And for dessert, pick from carrot cake, chocolate malt cake, or key lime pie. The cost is $150 per person at all locations.

The Peak Inn

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New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to be fun. Head to this spot in East Dallas for a lowkey night at a dive bar with amazing burgers. The liquor options go from low to high, with all the basics covered. And there’s a pool table with TVs in the back room and a CD driven jukebox in the front. What else could you want?

Miriam Cocina Latina

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A good old Tex-Mex meal is a great way to kick off the year. This spot is offering a prix fixe menu that starts with an Impossible empanada that includes vegan chorizo. That’s followed by a choice of mains. There’s the Mar y Tierra, a 10 oz. grilled ribeye with four grilled shrimp and poblano mashed potatoes; grilled salmon with guava habanero sauce, coconut rice, and mixed greens; a vegetarian chile en nogada made with Impossible meat, pomegranate seeds, white coconut rice, and sauteed vegetables. For dessert enjoy chocolate caliente (a chocolate cake with chipotle pepper sauce and vanilla cream) or sweet plantain casserole (caramel plantains with cherry marshmallows, chocolate chips, and whipped cream). It’s a deal at $75 per person.

Crown Block

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Head to the restaurant with the best view in Dallas for its holiday prix fixe menu. There are early seating for $175 per person. The late seating, with reservations from 8 to 9 p.m. is $325 per person for an extended menu and Champagne toast. Both include plant-based menu options. Guests of the late seating are also welcome to the Crown Room after 10 p.m. for the party, and have VIP access to the outdoor fireworks viewing area. This is THE go big or go home option for NYE in the city.

Le Margot

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NYE in Fort Worth? Heck yes. Make reservations at Graham Elliot’s French bistro to enjoy the specialty menu for the night with options including oscetra caviar, fois gras torchon, lobster risotto, beef wellington, and a chocolate tarte. The cost is $125 per person with an optional wine pairing for $75 more.

Pizzana

This is honestly a wonderful date spot, and all the more so for pizza lovers. It’s dark and sexy in there, in a way other pizza places just aren’t. Plus, you can get an excellent pie (or pasta or salads) and it now has a gluten free menu. There’s a bit of glamour to be found on Knox Street without being over the top for NYE.

Coupes

Yes, this Champagne bar is a great spot to go all-in on bubbles for the night but this year it will also serve a lovely prix fixe menu for dinner. With 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. seatings, guests can opt in to a starter course of a caviar taco or truffle nduja olives. For the second, a mushroom and onion croquette. The mains are a choice of New Year’s poulette (chicken) with sun dried tomato and a parmesan cream sauce, a petit surf and turf of beef tenderloin and prawns, or stuffed butternut squash. And for dessert, a clarified lemon pie. The meal is $110 per person and beverages are additional.

There is a final seating of the evening at 9:30 p.m. that includes lite bites of truffle popcorn and gougeres throughout the evening and a choice of fried chicken Provençal or crab cakes around 10:30 — all for $60.

Mot Hai Ba

The restaurant hasn’t announced exactly what will be on its four course menu for the evening, other than its wildly popular garlic noodles, but it will come with a Champage and dessert pairing. We’d go in a heartbeat anyway, even if its just the everyday menu. This is the option to go with if an intimate space, and the attentive service that includes. The cost is $120 per person with an optional wine pairing available for $55 more.

Uchi Dallas

Join in on a New Year’s Eve omakase service at one of the city’s most loved sushi spots. The evening starts with an amuse bouche with chicken mousseline, caviar, and labneh, followed by an oyster with uni foam, smoked ikruam and A5 XO. Courses follow of toyosu nigiri and sashimi selections; wagyu carpaccio; halibut with fennel, tarragon, and white truffle; short rib with foie, capers, and black trumpet; shima aji crudi with rutabaga and black truffle; A5 with parsnip, kale, caviar, and tallow; and okashi. The cost is  $450 for two people.

Elephant East

A solid deal for NYE comes from this Harwood spot in the form of a three-course prix fixe menu. First is a choice of pomegranate and pear with ginger dressing, misua longevity soup, or aged tofu in tsuyu and dashi. Second brings jade pesto steamed white fish made with Lap Cheong fried rice, bok choy, and Chinese broccoli; apricot ginger glazed duck breast served with sweet potato puree; or, Asian pork roulade served with Chinese sausage and rice stuffing. And the third is pandan basque burnt cheesecake or Chinese Fa Gao fortune cake. The meal is $85 per person and those in the last seating will get a gratis midnight toast.

Truluck's Dallas

Looking for a seafood spread for the evening? Head to Truluck’s for a three-course meal with a whole lot of options. The first is a choice of oysters with caviar and a Champagne mignonette, a jumbo shrimp cocktail, sesame seared ahi tun, caviar with warm blinis, lobster bisque, a Caesar salad, a wedge salad, or a Sonoma greens salad. Second is broiled shrimp with crab, and parmesan mashed potatoes; miso-glazed sea bass with crab fried rice and chilled cucumber slaw; Hawaiian ahi tuna with sesame-crusted, chilled soba noodles; New England sea scallops with truffle mushroom risotto; a stone crab claw paltter; one pound of prime king crab hot or chilled with asparagus and parmesan mashed potatoes; South African cold water lobster tail; a filet mignon with parmesan mashed potatoes; prime ribeye with king crab ravioli; or, roasted Dijon chicken with shaved Brussels rice. And for dessert, pick from carrot cake, chocolate malt cake, or key lime pie. The cost is $150 per person at all locations.

The Peak Inn

New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to be fun. Head to this spot in East Dallas for a lowkey night at a dive bar with amazing burgers. The liquor options go from low to high, with all the basics covered. And there’s a pool table with TVs in the back room and a CD driven jukebox in the front. What else could you want?

Miriam Cocina Latina

A good old Tex-Mex meal is a great way to kick off the year. This spot is offering a prix fixe menu that starts with an Impossible empanada that includes vegan chorizo. That’s followed by a choice of mains. There’s the Mar y Tierra, a 10 oz. grilled ribeye with four grilled shrimp and poblano mashed potatoes; grilled salmon with guava habanero sauce, coconut rice, and mixed greens; a vegetarian chile en nogada made with Impossible meat, pomegranate seeds, white coconut rice, and sauteed vegetables. For dessert enjoy chocolate caliente (a chocolate cake with chipotle pepper sauce and vanilla cream) or sweet plantain casserole (caramel plantains with cherry marshmallows, chocolate chips, and whipped cream). It’s a deal at $75 per person.

Crown Block

Head to the restaurant with the best view in Dallas for its holiday prix fixe menu. There are early seating for $175 per person. The late seating, with reservations from 8 to 9 p.m. is $325 per person for an extended menu and Champagne toast. Both include plant-based menu options. Guests of the late seating are also welcome to the Crown Room after 10 p.m. for the party, and have VIP access to the outdoor fireworks viewing area. This is THE go big or go home option for NYE in the city.

Le Margot

NYE in Fort Worth? Heck yes. Make reservations at Graham Elliot’s French bistro to enjoy the specialty menu for the night with options including oscetra caviar, fois gras torchon, lobster risotto, beef wellington, and a chocolate tarte. The cost is $125 per person with an optional wine pairing for $75 more.

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