19 New Year's Eve Dinner Options in Metro Phoenix
New Year's Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year to go out to eat.
Whether you're looking for a (relatively) chill Mexican dinner or a fancy seafood feast, we've got you covered with our roundup of the best NYE dinners in the Valley.
See also: New Year's Eve Guide 2015
Barrio Queen Price: Varies by plate Maybe a crazy fancy expensive dinner isn't what you're looking for on NYE. We don't blame you. Barrio Queen has you covered, as they'll have dinner deals starting at 7 p.m. With deals like 3-for-$5 tacos, it might be tough to pass up, particularly since they'll be breaking their usual no-reservations code for this one. In case you need some extra food for the morning after, Barrio Queen will also be hosting a brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on January 1.
Milagro Grill Price: $55 per person Phoenix's Milagro Grill will be offering a Mexican-themed NYE feast this year, with four courses of luxurious Mexican food available to patrons. Some of the dishes include Chilean sea bass, sesame-seared tuna salad, and butternut squash soup. Each course contains two plates to choose from, including dessert options such as white chocolate peppermint cheesecake. Reservations are recommended.
Bink's Price: $79 per person, $35 for wine pairings The six-course Bink's tasting menus for its two locations (Scottsdale and Midtown) showcase slightly different options, but it'd be tough to go wrong at either, considering they have dishes like lobster salad, king crab gnocchi, and lamb and pasta ragout. Both are served with dessert as the sixth course, and either can be paired with wines. Seating times are 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10 p.m.
Different Pointe of View Price: $125 per person (5-8 p.m. seatings), $150 per person (8-10 p.m. seatings) If you're after some of the most gourmet dishes available on NYE, this is your stop. With five courses including offerings such as duck confit ravioli, lobster bisque, smoked venison tenderloin, and sherry-poached Maine lobster, you're sure to spend at least one night letting your taste buds enjoy the finer things in life. There will also be a live cover band and a champagne toast at midnight, because it's still NYE.
District American Kitchen and Wine Bar Price: $68 per person If you're looking for a decadent five-course meal, live music, and dining in a rooftop garden, check out District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. Appetizer offerings include heirloom carrot soup with red curry whipped cream, while a highlight of the main course options is free-range venison loin with sweet potato flan. For dessert, choose from citrus cake, crispy meringue and mandarin foam. Seating is from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Pink Pony Price: $75 per person + $40 wine package Scottsdale's newly reopened Pink Pony is getting back into the swing of things with its NYE menu. You'll be able to start the meal off with options including diver scallop, burrata, or apples with buttercup squash. Following the first course, Ahi tuna and Ragu of wild mushroom will be among the entree selections. For those looking to indulge on beverages, the drink package features select wine, signature cocktails, and champagne.
Central Bistro Price: $65 per person With highlights such as chestnut tortellini and salt roasted duck, Central Bistro is sure to provide a unique dining experience for NYE. That's not where Central Bistro stopped though, they added a mystery course to keep diners on their toes.
Sumo Maya Price: $95 per person, $65 for first seating One of the most interesting restaurants to open in 2014, Sumo Maya is sure to have an equally interesting NYE dinner. As much of Sumo Maya's menu is meant to be shared, the first two courses will be served family-style while the final course is individually picked. Sumo Maya will be serving dishes such as rock shrimp tempura and a Chinese-style Chile-crab garlic noodles that you likely won't find anywhere else on NYE. Early seating begins at 5 p.m.
Clever Koi Price: $65 per person If you're looking for some high-class food with an Asian flair, Clever Koi might be just what you want on NYE. The four-course meal contains offerings such as Kombu poached sea bass and Bulkogi marinated filet, and each course comes with a cocktail or wine pairing. Plus, how many places in Phoenix will you be able to get a fancy oyster shooter on NYE?
Quiessence Price: $95 per person, $55 for wine pairing (5-5:30 seatings), $115/$65 (8-8:30 seatings) Whether you're looking for an early dinner or a late one, Quiessence has you covered with their multiple seating times. The early dinner is four courses, while the later meal adds one more. The menu will be based on items pulled straight from the farm, and for those looking to have a truly special dining experience, the chef's table is available for up to six people for $150 per person.
The Gladly Price: $60 per person, $100 with cocktail pairing The Gladly is featuring a full tasting menu for NYE. Some interesting menu items include pistachio chicken liver pate, seared spicy tuna and pan-seared scallops. If you're looking to drink, the cocktail pairing dinner begins at 8 p.m.
Taggia Price: $65 per person, $25 for wine pairing The classic three-course dinner offered by Taggia on NYE will provide diners with a wide variety of old school Italian courses, including seafood delicacies like an herb-roasted grouper and risotto pescatore loaded with shrimp, crab, crab and much more. With their takes on desserts such as crème brulee and opera cake, the NYE menu at Taggia offers several old dishes spun in creative new ways.
Sanctuary Price: $125 per person (Elements seating 5:30-6:45), $160 per person (Elements seating 8-10), $225 per person (Praying Monk) You know you want to find out what Chef Beau MacMillan has up his sleeve for NYE at Sanctuary. The renowned chef is putting together a four-course meal for the event, which will be served in all three of Sanctuary's dining venues (Elements, Praying Monk, and Jade Bar) over the course of the night. Whether you choose to have just the meal, or add some live entertainment to go with your food, it'll be an experience that you can only get in one place.
Los Sombreros Price: $39.95 per person If you're just trying to have a solid Mexican dinner for NYE without breaking the bank, Los Sombreros might just be the place to go. Dishes such as shrimp and papaya salad, chicken with tinga poblana and Bailey's flan are sure to be delicious, but won't set you back half as much as some of the other NYE meals at Scottsdale restaurants. You could even do it for NYE lunch, since the North Scottsdale location starts their meal at 11 a.m. (the other location begins at 4 p.m.).
ZuZu Price: $120 per person (6:30 p.m. seating), $150 per person (9:30 p.m. seating) Not only will Hotel Valley Ho be having their annual NYE party, but ZuZu will also be serving up a four-course meal that includes wine pairings. Whether you're looking for seafood or land-based fare, ZuZu will be serving up delicious plates like shrimp and lobster cake, crisp pork belly, prosciutto wrapped prawns, and chocolate crunch desserts. Oh, and don't forget that you'll be able to go up to their rooftop in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale for a champagne toast at midnight.
Cowboy Ciao Price: $35 per person (5-5:45 p.m. seating), $55 (6-11 p.m. seating) You may want to get your tickets early for Cowboy Ciao's NYE dinner, as the three-course meal will almost certainly sell out quickly. Unique dishes such as pork barbacoa, grilled swordfish, and duck tamales are sure to brighten up even the most jaded of taste buds. If the appetizers and entrees aren't special enough, you won't just get one dessert, you'll get two. Cowboy Ciao will be serving up both their lemon/mascarpone cheesecake as well as their chocolate birthday cake with every NYE meal.
Latilla Price: $125 per person If you're headed up to the north end of the Valley for NYE, Latilla at the Boulders will be serving up a four-course menu filled with exquisite plates. From the crab and sunchoke bisque to the bacon-wrapped filet, there'll be something there for everyone. There's also a triple chocolate Napolean served with rosemary caramel sauce, for those who still have room for dessert after the meal. Afterward, you can dance off some of those extra calories until it's time for the New Year's champagne toast.
Sassi Price: $85 per person (5:30 seating), $139 (8:30 seating) Reservations are definitely required for Sassi's two NYE dinners. The early seating will consist of a cocktail reception and a three-course dinner, while the later one is five courses, accompanied by live music, a midnight toast and party favors. With either seating, you're sure to find all kinds of delicious cuisine, such as roasted quail, veal carpaccio, lemon and herb marscapone, and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. If you're craving fancy Italian food for NYE, Sassi may be tough to top.
Phoenix City Grille Price: Varies by plate Who doesn't want surf-n-turf for NYE dinner? Phoenix City Grille is serving up their center-cut tenderloin filet in lobster bisque, and then adding shrimp and diver scallops. If that doesn't do it for you, they'll also be serving lamb chops and pan-seared striped bass. Reservations are highly recommended.
Rusconi's American Kitchen Price: $50 per person (5 p.m. seating), $58 per person (7:30 p.m. seating) Instead of going with four or five courses and only giving one or two options per course, Chef Michael Rusconi decided to put together a three-course NYE feast and give his diners more variety on each course. For an appetizer, you can choose from six options, including cabernet braised beef short rib and lobster bisque. Your five entree choices include a tomato-crusted rack of lamb and open-faced roasted vegetable ravioli (for the vegetarian folks). Even dessert has three choices, including an upside down brie cheesecake.
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