Heading up north to watch the ball drop in Times Square is a time-honored New Year's Eve tradition, but there's really no better place to be on the last night of the year than South Florida. Ringing in the new year down here means celebrating in warm weather as you take in views of fireworks from the balconies of oceanfront restaurants.
It's an opportunity to savor decadent meals in luxurious settings, and local restaurants are livening up their dinner menus in preparation for the midnight toast. Whether you are interested in sharing a family-style meal, splurging on a multi-course, chef-centric menu, or indulging in a festive à la carte menu, we have the perfect line-up of dining destinations for you.
Here are South Florida's top New Year's Eve dining menus. Make sure to call ahead to make reservations, as these locations will be in high demand.
1. B Ocean Resort.
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Put on your dancing shoes and party into 2019 at this iconic Fort Lauderdale hotel's masquerade ball with a special dinner menu. Guests can choose from packages including an open bar, a midnight toast, and a buffet offering the likes of American paddle caviar, ahi tuna medallions with togarashi and lotus pickles, a Kobe tartar station, Maine lobster flambé with sambuca buerre blanc, crusted Guerande sea salt, wagyu ribeye, and a Viennese table of sweets. Cost of packages ranges from $120 to $225 per person. There's also unlimited Moet & Chandon Champagne for guests who pay an additional $50. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1000; bhotelsandresorts.com.
2. Burlock Coast.
Soak up the warm ocean breeze as you ring in the new year with two choices of tasting menus inside the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Burlock Coast hosts a special four-course meal with open bar on New Year’s Eve beginning at 5:30 p.m., which is priced at $199 per person and includes offerings of crab shooter, swank farm tomato juice and pickled peppers, a wahoo crudo with green apple, fennel, citrus vinaigrette and sorrel, seared black cod with cauliflower puree, roasted winter vegetables and salsa verde, and New York strip steak with cheese grits, shaved truffle, and a wild mushroom vinaigrette. For dessert
there's a dulcet caramel chocolate torte with winterberry gelee and hazelnut streusel. A five-course dinner is offered at 9 p.m. for $289, and for an extra $10 each guest can add a seafood tower that serves four to five people. Premium champagne bottle menu service is available for both seatings. 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6460; ritzcarlton.com.
3. Council Oak Steaks & Seafood.
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Kick off 2019 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with live entertainment and a special prix-fixe menu. The four-course meal features avocado king crab with cucumber sauce, basil and aioli, foie gras parfait with pomegranate jelly, pickled mustard seed and toasted brioche, sun-dried tomato gnocchi with heirloom tomato pomodoro and parmesan region, and a 16 oz. dry-aged rib eye with garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, and red wine demi. An à la carte menu will be offered from 5 to 6:45 p.m. in the main dining room and all night in the bar and lounge. Reservations are required. Cost of the prix-fixe menu is $180 per guest. 7 to 11 p.m Monday, December 31 at 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; 954-327-7501; seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
4. Crazy Uncle Mike's.
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Boca Raton's new brewery and restaurant will feature its signature brews to pair with its regular menu and specials featuring ingredients that are said to usher in good luck in the coming year, including lobster, shrimp and corn empanadas with a black garlic aioli, soba noodles, lobster, mushroom and sesame ginger broth, harissa spiced salmon, roasted fennel and pomegranate verjus. Live music will be provided by bluesy local band J.M. and the Sweets. 6450 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; 561-931-2889; crazyunclemikes.com.
5. Diplomat Prime.
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The Diplomat Beach resort's swanky, boutique
steakhouse is offering a prix-fixe menu paired with a Veuve Clicquot special on New Year's Eve. Options include Florida blue crab fondue with sea urchin, pistachio agnolotti with rabbit stew, black bass with fingerling potatoes, and chocolate marquise for dessert.
Dinner includes live jazz music, a champagne toast and special balloon drop at midnight. Reservations are required. Cost for the first seating is $175 per person. Second seating is priced at $255. 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at 3555 S. Ocean Dr. #101, Hollywood; 954-602-8331; diplomatprime.com.
Courtesy of Etaru.
This Japanese eatery will offer plenty of wine and champagne along with a specialty New Year’s Eve chefs’ tasting menu, which includes a glass of champagne on arrival followed by five courses. The meal features black kampachi
sashimi, yuzu truffle dressing, mizuna and
pickled vegetables, beef ginger and sesame dumplings, lamb cutlets with Korean spices and cucumber, American wagyu
beef rib eye with eryngii
mushrooms and wasabi ponzu sauce and a dessert platter. Live entertainment, including DJ sets, a photo booth and
party favors will drive the celebration. 6 p.m. at various Etaru locations. Reservations are required. Email [email protected]. Cost is $120 per person.
Not to be outdone by its fine dining neighbor at the Diplomat Resort Hollywood, celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson’s Monkitail
is offering a special New Year’s Eve tasting menu starting at $125 per person with special featured items including a seafood platter and an assortment of robatayaki. 6 p.m. to midnight Monday, December 31 at 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8755; monkitail.com. Reservations are required.
8. Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar.
to 2019 at this eatery's multiple South Florida locations with signature margaritas followed by the restaurant's authentic Mexican à la carte menu. Offerings include the Gaucho platter and the seafood Mocajete
, along with a variety of meat-based and vegan tacos, and guacamole prepared tableside. Celebrate with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for an additional $70. Enjoy complimentary party favors and a midnight tequila toast. Rocco's Tacos locations will be open until 2 a.m., so feel free to linger after the ball drops. Various locations.
9. Terra Mare.
Head to this sophisticated, oceanfront Fort Lauderdale eatery for a lavish seven-course New Year's Eve menu of savory land and sea dishes. Highlights include oysters and caviar to start, black truffle polenta, lobster gnudi, NY strip oscar, and black forest mousse. The evening will end with a champagne toast and unobstructed views of the fireworks on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Cost is $150 per person. 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-5160; terramarefl.com.