2020, and thankfully, a new decade, is creeping closer, but there’s still time to make sure that ever important final meal of the year is one worthy of celebration. And while plenty of restaurants stay open for New Year’s Eve, these are the ones that are offering up a little something extra for the special occasion, and still have a few reservations available. But be sure to check with each ASAP — as availability is quick to change.Read More
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Nashville
From dance parties with DJs to fancy dinners with roving martini carts, here are a few of Nashville’s best bets for December 31
1. Nicky's Coal Fired
New Year’s Eve at Nicky’s is a retro-inspired occasion offering a special four-course tasting menu ($65 per person) from Chef Tony Galzin. Bonus: the triumphant boozy return of the martini cart and its table-side cocktails. Find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options on the menu of everything from their famous focaccia with trout roe to Gulf snapper crudo and black trumpet mushroom risotto. Reservations are recommended.
2. Bar Otaku
Fuel up for the festivities with Japanese pub fare from one of Sarah Gavigan’s Gulch essentials. A $75 ticketed dinner offers seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dinner includes a champagne toast and choice of two prix fixe menus, offering everything from oysters with ponzu granita to duck leg confit bao buns. The vegetarian option includes beet poke, mushroom and seitan skewers, and more.
Reservations can be made by calling (615) 454-3946 or going online here.
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3. Marsh House
Chef Nathan Duensing’s menu of Gulf coast cuisine and Marsh House’s superb wine program are always a good bet. For NYE, they’re offering a four-course prix fixe menu (ranging from $56-$78, depending on entree selection) with a NY Strip au poivre, grilled cauliflower, and more. Plus, a raw bar service upgrade with Murder Point oysters and crab ravigote, capped off by festive desserts from newly appointed executive pastry chef Kate Sigel.
4. STK Nashville
The Gulch “vibe dining” restaurant is, well, exactly right for an over-the-top, year-ending celebratory meal, with its DJ booth, glam setting, and indulgent menu. For the evening, special offerings like a lobster salad with Ossetra caviar, wagyu beef carpaccio, a beef tasting board, and dessert board all add decadent interest. Reservations can be made by calling 615-619-3500 or on OpenTable.
5. Bourbon Steak
JW Marriott Nashville’s sky-high steakhouse with dreamy views is hosting Shaken Not Stirred: A James Bond NYE Affair. There are two seating options — at 5:00 p,m. and 7:30 p.m. The first seating is a four-course meal and the second seating is a five-course meal followed by a party.
6. Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill
The Fairlane Hotel’s restaurant is serving its standard menu plus a $65 five-course tasting menu, followed by a midnight champagne toast. On the menu, oysters on the half shell, lamb belly “porchetta” beef loin, and more. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., there will be live music featuring the Nashville Jazz Duo and a vocalist.
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sinemais hosting ‘Here’s to the Night – A Black & White Affair’. Tickets are $125, and include live action chef stations, cheese & charcuterie bar, tapas grazing table, ‘second round munchies’ late night buffet, open bar, DJ, dance floor, champagne toast at midnight, plus access to a photo booth.
Guests are encouraged to dress in their best black & white attire. The party will take place throughout the venue – the dining room will become a dance floor (no traditional NYE dinner service this year).
8. Etch Restaurant
A good spot to dine before joining in on downtown’s New Year’s Eve debauchery, Deb Paquette’s Etch will host a four-course prix fixe menu for $90 per person, plus tax and gratuity, with wine pairings available for an additional $40 (The regular menu will not be available that evening). Menu highlights include a house-made burrata with beet lavender relish, Asian Caesar salad with seared tuna, filet with horseradish caramelized onion tart, rapini, and raspberry key lime cheesecake for dessert.
Looking for a spot downtown to celebrate the New Year? Head to Etch from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., and enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu for $95 with optional wine pairing for $30.
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9. The Green Pheasant
Ring in the new year in one of Nashville’s hottest new restaurants, conveniently located downtown. There’s a $75 (not including tax and $15 service charge) multi-course tasting menu from co-chefs Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette with sake, wine pairings, and additional bite upgrades available. Expect tings you won’t find anywhere else in Music City — wild-caught prawns from the yakitori grill, toro handrolls, housemade tofu, uni croquettes, and Japanese wagyu ribeye cap.
10. Liberty Common
Transport into a Parisian New Year’s Eve at downtown’s Liberty Common — complete with bottomless glasses of bubbly. Prix fixe menu and a la carte options are available, surrounded by live jazz music and stunning decor.
11. Listening Room Cafe
Downtown’s songwriter venue, The Listening Room, will be open on New Year’s Eve for dinner and a show. The full menu is available with champagne specials, making it a great option before a New Year’s Eve party or heading downtown to ring in 2020.
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12. Setsun at Sky Blue Cafe
A nod to past meals served at Treehouse, Jason Zygmont brings back his “not Chinese New Year” menu at his East Nashville pop-up. Reservations are of course recommended for the evening’s a la carte menu which, fingers crossed, offers soup dumplings and crispy duck.
13. Cafe Roze
For New Year’s Eve, the essential East Nashville cafe will host two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. featuring a four-course prix fixe menu for $75. Dinner will be followed from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a DJ, dancing, and midnight champagne toast. Reservations can be made at caferoze.com or by calling the restaurant. There is no cover charge, and the a la carte menu will be available at the bar.