If you’re simply cooked out for the year, have no fear, there are so many great places ready to take care of you. Here’s a list of places you can dine-in on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Austin. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
William Chris Vineyards: 10352 U.S. Highway 290 Hye, 830.998.7654
Head to the outskirts of Austin and join William Chris Vineyards for their annual New Year’s Day tradition—the William Chris Vineyards Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off! Think you have what it takes to compete for the title of the Black-Eyed Pea Champion? Not only is there glory on the line, but also cash (and wine) prizes for those that place in the top three spots, with the Grand Prize winner taking home $500 and a case of William Chris wine. Two-person team entries are $40, limited to 15 teams total. Just want to join in on the fun without spending time cooking? General admission tickets for $15 per person allow you to sample and judge the entries and help us pick our Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off winners! Enjoy a New Year’s toast with our winemaking team, sampling of all black-eyed pea dishes, one vote to cast for your favorite, and live music by Trace of Gold.
Ciclo: 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin; 512.685.8300
Head to the heart of downtown for a meal worthy of celebrating the beginning or end of the year. On New Year’s Eve, diners can select from a dim sum-style cart stacked high with oysters, caviar, anticuchos, and more. Ciclo will also be open on New Year’s Day for a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $65 per person with more than 80 delicious dishes prepared by their talented culinary team. Enjoy a create-your-own omelet station, assorted sushi and seafood, a smoked prime ribeye carving station, and so much more!
Driskill Hotel: 604 Brazos St. Austin; 512.391.7162
Celebrate the new year by gathering with loved ones over The Driskill Hotel’s special four-course New Year’s Eve dinner at the Driskill Grill. On 12/31, savor favorites such as lobster bisque, lamb lasagna, and white-chocolate cheesecake for $130 per adult and $65 for children 12 and under. Dining guests on New Year’s Eve, as well as hotel guests, can ring in the new year in true Texas fashion with free admission to The Driskill Bar. Kick it up a notch this year with live local music and a midnight toast.
Rosedale Kitchen and Bar: 3800 North Lamar Austin, 512.729.0052
Join Rosedale for a five-course New Year’s Eve chef’s tasting menu for $65 without wines and an additional $35 for wine pairing. Dine on Kusshi oysters, peas and ham, charred cauliflower, and grilled beef tenderloin. Book one of their 10 p.m. spots to watch the ball drop on the big screen, toast with complimentary Champagne, and be entered to win a chef’s tasting menu for eight paired with wines!
Irene’s: 506 West Ave, Austin; 512.298.0853
Ring in the New Year with Irene’s NYE Drag Party hosted by Rhonda Jewels, benefitting OutYouth from 10 p.m to 2 a.m. This event is free and open to the public 21+ with VIP offerings available through Eventbrite. Don’t miss out on drink specials, free drag performance, and a countdown to 2020 with a toast at midnight. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the “Rhonda Jewels” signature cocktail with Richard’s Rainwater will be donated to OutYouth, with the donation matched by Tito’s. VIP Wristbands for $30, includes a half bottle of bubbles at midnight, complimentary cocktail upon arrival, early entrance to the event at 9:30 p.m. and first choice of seats! Limited VIP tables for $750, includes reserved table for the evening for up to 10 guests, a bottle of Tito’s with mixers, 2 bottles champagne at midnight, early entrance to the event at 9:30 p.m., front row seating, and special photo op!
Foreign & Domestic: 306 E 53rd St. Austin; 512.459.1010
Bring your friends and family and celebrate the new year at Foreign & Domestic. Enjoy a special five-course tasting menu for $75 per person with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person.
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking: Multiple Locations
Let Salt Traders Coastal Cooking take care of you on New Year’s Eve. It will be serving its regular menu and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Second Bar + Kitchen Northside: 3121 Palm Way, Suite 101 Austin, 737.300.4800
Start your New Year’s Eve right with a delicious four-course dinner at Second Bar + Kitchen Northside. Open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Austin staple will serve an incredible dinner featuring dishes like scallop Milanese, beer short rib ravioli, and chocolate-hazelnut torte for $75 per person and $115 per person with wine pairings.
L’oca D’oro: 1900 Simond Ave.; 737.212.1876
Have a New York-style New Year’s Eve at L’oca D’oro in the middle of Texas. Join the beloved Italian restaurant for an ’80s hip hop dinner (menu and cocktail specials are inspired by the decade), complete with a live DJ spinning old-school tracks as cinematic classics like Krush Groove and Wild Style play on the screens.
Pitchfork Pretty: 2708 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, 512.494.4593
Pitchfork Pretty will be ringing in a new decade with a special NYE tasting menu rooted in soulful cooking and the seasons of the Hill Country. For $85 per person including a round of bubbles, enjoy six-courses of some of Austin’s finest. Please inform them of any dietary restrictions or allergies and they will do their best to accommodate.