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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Nashville

From dance parties with DJs to fancy dinners with over-the-top caviar service, here are a few of Nashville’s best bets for December 31

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2022 is just days away, but there’s still time to make sure that ever-important final meal of the year is one worthy of celebration. The meals out this year mean so much more, especially for those who have lost sense of taste due to COVID (among other reasons). 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.

*Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Pelican & Pig

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East Nashville’s husband-and-wife-owned standout Pelican & Pig still has some seats available for a one-night-only menu of reimagined Cajun classics and new surprises. Diners will be welcomed with a glass of bubbles, then feast on crab toast (on fried brioche), a duck confit, foie gras, and popcorn rice “boudin”, redfish with crab fat cream, and smoked veal chop Milanese. Be sure and save room for some of Audra Guidry’s coconut cake for dessert. The Cajun heritage tasting menu runs $130/person with bar pairings for an added $75. Make reservations on resy or get tickets for seating at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. at pelicanandpig.com/store.

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The Optimist

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Germantown’s superb seafood destination The Optimist is offering a five-course prix fixe menu on Friday, December 31. Look for familiar items from the regular menu alongside some newer ones, from Spanish octopus and tuna tataki to Gulf shrimp a la plancha and whole roasted lobster. Dinner is $125 per person, with wine pairings for an added $50. Call 615-709-3156 or visit our reservations page here to reserve your table.

Stateside Kitchen

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Head into the Dream’s Stateside Kitchen for NYE brunch, dinner and a party, or New Year’s Day brunch. Reservations are required for dinner, while the NYE party is open to the public. Brunch options include favorites like smashed avocado toast, a hangover burrito, and a hot chicken sandwich, while dinner items include tuna rolls, burgers, and lots more.

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Church and Union

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Downtown’s new-in-town Church & Union is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for New Year’s Eve, with choices like ahi tuna sashimi, filet mignon, and chevre cheesecake on offer. Price is based on reservation time: $80 from 5-5:45 p.m., $90 from 6-6: p.m., $100 from 7-7:45 p.m., and $120 from 8 p.m.-until. Price includes a 1/2 bottle of bubbly for parties of two and a full bottle of bubbly for parties of four. Make reservations on their website.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

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Ring in the New Year at Jean-Georges new stunner Drusie & Darr, in the newly renovated historic Hermitage Hotel. This year, Drusie & Darr will be serving an a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (with the last seating at 6:30) and from 7:30 on will shift to a prix fixe menu, accompanied by a live DJ for entertainment. The prix fixe menu ($188) includes highlights like egg toast and caviar, winter chicories black truffle Caesar salad, and black truffle-crusted Faroe island salmon with apple-celeriac puree and truffle vinaigrette. Sparkling wine pairings run $38, plus tax and gratuity.

Only groups up to 6 guests will be permitted, and reservations (highly recommended) can be made on Resy.

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Nicky's Coal Fired

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This year, join the Galzins at their coal-fired restaurant from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for their “No Plans New Year” — where they’ll be serving the regular menu of antipasti, salads, pasta, and pizza. Plus, Mama G’s meatballs make every day a special occasion. Head back on January 1 for a special New Years Day pizza party.

Etch Restaurant

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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, priced at $110 per person. On the menu for the night: grilled halloumi tartini, smoked trout mini lasagna, and red wine porcini bisque to start, followed up by mains like elk chops, pan-seared halibut in guajillo cider broth, filet with lobster saffron arancini, and a French onion galette. Wine pairings are an additional $45 per person. Reservations require a credit card to hold; a cancellation fee of $50 per person will be applied in the event of a cancellation within 48 hours of the reservation. Make reservations on OpenTable here.

The Continental Nashville

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A few seats remain for the late seating at one of the best dining experiences in town — the Continental by Sean Brock. The last seating on NYE begins at 9 p.m., and runs $250 per ticket + tax and fees and $250/person (plus tax & service charge) for an extended tasting menu, with the option to add on wine pairings and zero-proof pairings.

Bourbon Steak

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JW Marriott Nashville’s sky-high steakhouse with dreamy views is hosting “A Rare Evening, Well Done: A NYE Dining Engagement” with a special menu featuring scallop veloute, sea bream with furikake rice, poached lobster and linguine, and Australia Wagyu filet mignon. There are also a few swanky upgrades and add-ons like Bourbon Steak’s reserve caviar service, a chef’s selection of oysters, wine pairings and Mina’s signature indulgent lobster pot pie. 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 live music and dancing and includes a champagne welcome.

The Dutch

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The W Hotel’s stunning new restaurant The Dutch is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for NYE. The first seating is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second from 8 p.m. to midnight —which also includes a champagne toast. Dinner dishes include a tasty smoked beet salad, Wagyu beef carpaccio, Ora King salmon, and pan-roasted pheasant with collard greens and black truffle jus.

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Rudy's Jazz Room

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The Gulch go-to for jazz music and New Orleans grub is hosting the “The Get Down” with the Wooten Brothers at Rudy’s Jazz Room on Friday, December 31, 2021, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. General admission tickets include New Orleans-themed hors d’oeuvres, a glass of champagne for the midnight toast, photo booth access, and more.

STK Nashville

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The Gulch “vibe dining” restaurant is, well, exactly right for an over-the-top, year-ending celebratory meal. Beginning at 10 a.m, choose from the regular menu or a holiday cheer menu with wagyu specials, a caviar presentation, Dungeness crab with truffle gnocchi, and a steak and bourbon 3D tasting. They’re also offering fancy takeout meals for the evening, available for preorder starting December 26. Takeout options include a Wagyu surf and turf and 50 grams of Caviar Imperia Kaluga Reserve paired with a bottle of Nicolas Feuillate champagne. Make reservations for dine-in by calling or on their website.

Sadie’s

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Edgehill’s newest dinner hotspot Sadie’s will offer dishes from the regular menu plus Vasilopita, the traditional New Year’s cake of Greece, served with candied orange and champagne syrup.

Seating times are from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m., 7:00 to 7:45 p.m, and 9:00 to 9:45 p.m.

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Earnest Bar & Hideaway

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The cool Wedgewood-Houston cocktail destination is featuring a 4-course prix-fixe menu for the evening. Priced at $150 per person (not including gratuity), the meal includes a complimentary champagne toast alongside menu options like crispy pork belly, roasted garlic and parsnip soup, a filet served with black pepper risotto, and strawberry-champagne cake to finish. An optional cocktail & wine pairing will be available for $75.

The Hart

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On Friday, December 31, 2021, Chestnut Hill’s newest dining destination The Hart is offering a ticketed five-course Pacific Rim-inspired dinner to celebrate the coming year. The meal by chef Michael Gibson includes scallion pancakes, vegetable miso soup. a whole lobster tail over Hapa rice, and a yuzu sake ice cake, which all come matched with champagne and Proper Sake tastings. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a DJ-led after-party. The cost is $99 per person and reservations are required for dinner.

Josephine

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Pop by chef Andy Little and sommelier Karen Van Guilder-Little’s 12 South essential Pennsylvania-Dutch-meets-southern restaurant for celebratory specials or a la carte favorite like Little’s cornbread, beef tongue, Nashville hot scrapple wraps, rabbit with dumplings, or prime tri-tip

with smashed sweet potato, broccoli rabe, fig sauce

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Eighth Avenue dinner favorite Sinema is hosting an exclusive prix fixe NYE dinner and after-party — the perfect occasion to grab that essential Sinema selfie in the beautifully lit ladies’ bathroom. The five-course menu leads off with savory options like cauliflower truffle arancini and choice of seared tuna or lobster ravioli, plus entree options including chicken Kiev, filet, squid ink tagliatelle, and a market catch. Special add-ons are featured too, with upgrades like shrimp cocktails, cheese and meat tray, and a seafood tower. Dessert is a chocolate lover's delight. Tickets are $125, Make reservations on OpenTable.

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Pelican & Pig

East Nashville’s husband-and-wife-owned standout Pelican & Pig still has some seats available for a one-night-only menu of reimagined Cajun classics and new surprises. Diners will be welcomed with a glass of bubbles, then feast on crab toast (on fried brioche), a duck confit, foie gras, and popcorn rice “boudin”, redfish with crab fat cream, and smoked veal chop Milanese. Be sure and save room for some of Audra Guidry’s coconut cake for dessert. The Cajun heritage tasting menu runs $130/person with bar pairings for an added $75. Make reservations on resy or get tickets for seating at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. at pelicanandpig.com/store.

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The Optimist

Germantown’s superb seafood destination The Optimist is offering a five-course prix fixe menu on Friday, December 31. Look for familiar items from the regular menu alongside some newer ones, from Spanish octopus and tuna tataki to Gulf shrimp a la plancha and whole roasted lobster. Dinner is $125 per person, with wine pairings for an added $50. Call 615-709-3156 or visit our reservations page here to reserve your table.

Stateside Kitchen

Head into the Dream’s Stateside Kitchen for NYE brunch, dinner and a party, or New Year’s Day brunch. Reservations are required for dinner, while the NYE party is open to the public. Brunch options include favorites like smashed avocado toast, a hangover burrito, and a hot chicken sandwich, while dinner items include tuna rolls, burgers, and lots more.

Dream Hotel

Church and Union

Downtown’s new-in-town Church & Union is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for New Year’s Eve, with choices like ahi tuna sashimi, filet mignon, and chevre cheesecake on offer. Price is based on reservation time: $80 from 5-5:45 p.m., $90 from 6-6: p.m., $100 from 7-7:45 p.m., and $120 from 8 p.m.-until. Price includes a 1/2 bottle of bubbly for parties of two and a full bottle of bubbly for parties of four. Make reservations on their website.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

Ring in the New Year at Jean-Georges new stunner Drusie & Darr, in the newly renovated historic Hermitage Hotel. This year, Drusie & Darr will be serving an a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (with the last seating at 6:30) and from 7:30 on will shift to a prix fixe menu, accompanied by a live DJ for entertainment. The prix fixe menu ($188) includes highlights like egg toast and caviar, winter chicories black truffle Caesar salad, and black truffle-crusted Faroe island salmon with apple-celeriac puree and truffle vinaigrette. Sparkling wine pairings run $38, plus tax and gratuity.

Only groups up to 6 guests will be permitted, and reservations (highly recommended) can be made on Resy.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

Nicky's Coal Fired

This year, join the Galzins at their coal-fired restaurant from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for their “No Plans New Year” — where they’ll be serving the regular menu of antipasti, salads, pasta, and pizza. Plus, Mama G’s meatballs make every day a special occasion. Head back on January 1 for a special New Years Day pizza party.

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, priced at $110 per person. On the menu for the night: grilled halloumi tartini, smoked trout mini lasagna, and red wine porcini bisque to start, followed up by mains like elk chops, pan-seared halibut in guajillo cider broth, filet with lobster saffron arancini, and a French onion galette. Wine pairings are an additional $45 per person. Reservations require a credit card to hold; a cancellation fee of $50 per person will be applied in the event of a cancellation within 48 hours of the reservation. Make reservations on OpenTable here.

The Continental Nashville

A few seats remain for the late seating at one of the best dining experiences in town — the Continental by Sean Brock. The last seating on NYE begins at 9 p.m., and runs $250 per ticket + tax and fees and $250/person (plus tax & service charge) for an extended tasting menu, with the option to add on wine pairings and zero-proof pairings.

Bourbon Steak

JW Marriott Nashville’s sky-high steakhouse with dreamy views is hosting “A Rare Evening, Well Done: A NYE Dining Engagement” with a special menu featuring scallop veloute, sea bream with furikake rice, poached lobster and linguine, and Australia Wagyu filet mignon. There are also a few swanky upgrades and add-ons like Bourbon Steak’s reserve caviar service, a chef’s selection of oysters, wine pairings and Mina’s signature indulgent lobster pot pie. 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 live music and dancing and includes a champagne welcome.

The Dutch

The W Hotel’s stunning new restaurant The Dutch is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for NYE. The first seating is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second from 8 p.m. to midnight —which also includes a champagne toast. Dinner dishes include a tasty smoked beet salad, Wagyu beef carpaccio, Ora King salmon, and pan-roasted pheasant with collard greens and black truffle jus.

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Rudy's Jazz Room

The Gulch go-to for jazz music and New Orleans grub is hosting the “The Get Down” with the Wooten Brothers at Rudy’s Jazz Room on Friday, December 31, 2021, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. General admission tickets include New Orleans-themed hors d’oeuvres, a glass of champagne for the midnight toast, photo booth access, and more.

STK Nashville

The Gulch “vibe dining” restaurant is, well, exactly right for an over-the-top, year-ending celebratory meal. Beginning at 10 a.m, choose from the regular menu or a holiday cheer menu with wagyu specials, a caviar presentation, Dungeness crab with truffle gnocchi, and a steak and bourbon 3D tasting. They’re also offering fancy takeout meals for the evening, available for preorder starting December 26. Takeout options include a Wagyu surf and turf and 50 grams of Caviar Imperia Kaluga Reserve paired with a bottle of Nicolas Feuillate champagne. Make reservations for dine-in by calling or on their website.

Sadie’s

Edgehill’s newest dinner hotspot Sadie’s will offer dishes from the regular menu plus Vasilopita, the traditional New Year’s cake of Greece, served with candied orange and champagne syrup.

Seating times are from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m., 7:00 to 7:45 p.m, and 9:00 to 9:45 p.m.

Sadie’s Nashville/Facebook

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

The cool Wedgewood-Houston cocktail destination is featuring a 4-course prix-fixe menu for the evening. Priced at $150 per person (not including gratuity), the meal includes a complimentary champagne toast alongside menu options like crispy pork belly, roasted garlic and parsnip soup, a filet served with black pepper risotto, and strawberry-champagne cake to finish. An optional cocktail & wine pairing will be available for $75.

The Hart

On Friday, December 31, 2021, Chestnut Hill’s newest dining destination The Hart is offering a ticketed five-course Pacific Rim-inspired dinner to celebrate the coming year. The meal by chef Michael Gibson includes scallion pancakes, vegetable miso soup. a whole lobster tail over Hapa rice, and a yuzu sake ice cake, which all come matched with champagne and Proper Sake tastings. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a DJ-led after-party. The cost is $99 per person and reservations are required for dinner.

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Josephine

Pop by chef Andy Little and sommelier Karen Van Guilder-Little’s 12 South essential Pennsylvania-Dutch-meets-southern restaurant for celebratory specials or a la carte favorite like Little’s cornbread, beef tongue, Nashville hot scrapple wraps, rabbit with dumplings, or prime tri-tip

with smashed sweet potato, broccoli rabe, fig sauce

Josephine Josephine

Sinema

Eighth Avenue dinner favorite Sinema is hosting an exclusive prix fixe NYE dinner and after-party — the perfect occasion to grab that essential Sinema selfie in the beautifully lit ladies’ bathroom. The five-course menu leads off with savory options like cauliflower truffle arancini and choice of seared tuna or lobster ravioli, plus entree options including chicken Kiev, filet, squid ink tagliatelle, and a market catch. Special add-ons are featured too, with upgrades like shrimp cocktails, cheese and meat tray, and a seafood tower. Dessert is a chocolate lover's delight. Tickets are $125, Make reservations on OpenTable.

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