The new year is just around the corner and that means that it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s Eve plans. If you’re after a fun and memorable evening of fantastic food and sparking cocktails you’re in luck, the city is rife with restaurants offering special New Year’s Eve menus.
Whether you’re after a more civilized affair or a somewhat rowdy scene, here are list of Vancouver’s restaurants bringing in the New Year with style and culinary flair.
West Restaurant will be offering a decadent five-course tasting menu with wine pairings for $115 (plus tax and gratuity).
Address: 2881 Granville Street
Diners wishing to ring in the arrival of 2016 with CinCin’s celebrated Italian fare will find they have their choice from the regular menu, as well as special seasonal additions. The late seating ($50) will feature live entertainment, and a glass of bubbles at midnight.
Address: 1154 Robson Street
Vancouver’s esteemed seafood restaurant Blue Water is welcoming the new year with an evening of dining from their a la carte menu, and holiday specials. Count down to 2016 at the late night seating ($60) and enjoy music from a live DJ and toast to the new year with a glass of sparkling wine.
Address: 1095 Hamilton Street
Merrymakers can start the countdown to 2016 by tucking into one of two festive New Year’s Eve Dinner services. Guests may choose between an early seating beginning at 5 p.m. that includes three courses for $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity), or a celebratory late seating beginning at 8 p.m. featuring four courses for $179 per person plus tax and gratuity, as well as party favours, a countdown to midnight, a live string quartet and a DJ.
Menu highlights include Lobster-Infused Pumpkin Bisque (lemongrass, coconut milk, crab and fresno chili relish), Heritage Pork and Foie Gras Terrine (soft poached egg, pickled mustard, grilled country bread, sauce gribiche), Caramelized Black Cod (saffron, clam and white bean ragout, chorizo sofrito, young fennel) and a Duo of Fruit and Chocolate for dessert. À-la-carte pricing for both menus is also available.
On Friday, January 1, 2016, guests can usher in the New Year by joining Boulevard for an exclusive Buffet Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that features an impressive selection of seasonal self-serve items and made-to-order breakfast entrées such as House-made Pastries, Charcuterie and Cheese, Local Smoked Salmon, a selection of Breakfast Bacon, Sausage and Potatoes as well as Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Omelettes. The New Year’s Day Buffet Brunch is available for $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and also includes a signature Caesar or Mimosa.
Seating is limited for Boulevard’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and New Year’s Day Buffet Brunch services. Reservations can be made at 604-642-2900.
Address: 845 Burrard Street (at the Sutton Place Hotel)
Wildebeest invites guests to enjoy an exciting four-course menu crafted exclusively for the occasion. Chef Prekka Tavela will serve celebratory dishes on this special evening: Arctic Char with golden roe, cucumber, chia seed and wood sorrel; Oxtail Agnolotti with heart of palm, watercress, bone marrow and XO vinaigrette; and Pheasant Breast with quail roulade, parsnip puree, hedgehog mushrooms and black garlic jus. Finish with a Chocolate Bombe with coffee, cherries, and malteser, or Kalamansi and Carrot Sorbet with genoise crumb, waffle cone, and beet gel.
Tickets are $69 (plus tax and 18% gratuity). Vegetarian options are available. To secure a reservation, guests are encouraged to book their seat early. Reserve by visiting wildebeest.ca or call 604-687-6880.
Address: 120 West Hastings Street
YEW seafood + bar is offering both an early and a late dinner session this New Year’s Eve, giving visiting patrons a choice as to whether they want an early or late bite to eat. Regardless of which seating time patrons decide upon, one thing is certain–a delicious feast awaits. Expertly cooked by Executive Chef Ned Bell, both the early and late menus feature the same list of mouthwatering temptations. Highlights include White Asparagus and Gruyère Soup, Lobster Sausage and Sweetbreads, We Wai Kai Scallops with crispy pork belly, Roasted Sablefish, Raspberry Tiramisu, and a Chocolate and Crunchy Hazelnut Bar.
Address: Four Seasons Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street
Phone: 604-692-4YEW (939)
Say sayonara to 2015 this New Year’s Eve and begin the evening off with an Italian influenced feast at La Pentola. Two special menus will be showcased on New Year’s Eve, available over two seatings: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $65 per person or 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. for $80 per person.
Highlights include oysters on the half shell with Prosecco Mignonette and mullet roe; handmade tajarin, a ribbon style pasta from Peidmonte that is cooked with butter, sage and white alba truffle; and AAA beef tenderloin with chanterelles charred cipollini onion, black kale and pearl barley. End the night with a sweet treat of buttered popcorn ice cream with salted caramel popcorn, chocolate ganache, bourbon semi gel and vanilla meringues.
Address: 350 Davie Street
Pidgin will offer an eight-course New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu, in addition to their regular offerings. This special menu is priced at $100 per person (not including drinks, tax or gratuity), and includes pickles, an oyster shot with apple and horseradish, tuna (guanciale fagioli, roasted lemon gel), uni (cauliflower, duck fat gomae), mushrooms (snap peas, soy yuzu brown butter), Ling cod (red curry, shallots, cashew, thai basil), Kuroge wagyu steak (potato, garlic chips, umami jus), and nougatine with an Asian pear balsamic chutney.
Address: 350 Carrall Street
Those searching to bring New Year’s Eve with style should make a point to visit downtown’s Hawksworth Restaurant. The award-winning restaurant will be offering an exquisite seven-course tasting menu ($178) to ring in the 2016. Menu highlights include Nova Scotia Lobster Ravioli with black truffle, tarragon, and shellfish emulsion; Olive Oil Poached Sturgeon with caviar, egg yolk croquette, and meyer lemon; Snake River Wagyu Striploin with boulangère potato, broccoli purée, and red wine jus, and Avonlea Cheddar with apple and walnut.
Address: Located in the Hotel Rosewood Georgia, 801 West Georgia Street
For people hoping to bring in the New Year in Yaletown, West Oak is offering a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu. Comprised of three-courses, which are individually priced, diners can pick and choose what courses they’d like to order. To start, patrons can enjoy seared duck on braised cabbage, followed by strip loin with roast lobster tail and confit garlic pomme puree. To end, diners can dig into a milk chocolate Nutella mousse cake. For reservations call 604-629-8808.
Address: 1035 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The gorgeous ORU restaurant located at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel will be hosting a sparkly New Year’s Eve Dinner, followed by a New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch on January 1. The New Year’s Eve soirée ($149 per person) will include a range of appetizing plates, like a Savoury Merignue with Northern Divine Caviar, King Crab Raviolo, Duck Confit with foie gras scroll bread, Turbot with black garlic, Phyllo Wrapped Brie with fig compote, and semi-frozen dessert dish comprised of custard apple ice cream, poached meringue and tuile.
Those who have partied hard, and are nursing hangovers will be happy to note that ORU will be providing all the anti-oxidant juices, cleansing fruit slices, and salads one could possibly want to begin the new year on a healthy note. For those who would rather their meals come with a bit of salt, fat, and crunch (hello house-cured Fraser Valley Maple smoked bacon), ORU will also be offering a range of deliciously salty hot items.
Address: 1038 Canada Place
This luxurious restaurant located at the Wedgewood Hotel, in the city’s downtown core, is offering two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings. The first is an Early Dinner seating from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which will then be followed by a second Dinner and Dance seating, with a pre-set menu, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Both seaatings offer a wide variety of dishes including Baumlkuchen Encased Quebec Foie Gras, Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster, Pan Seared Filet of Alaskan Black Cod, Chestnut Arancini, Pear Tarte, and Textures of Chocolate.
Address: 845 Hornby Street, at the Wedgewood Hotel
Kitilano’s charming French-inspired bistro is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu, for $85 per person. Offerings include fresh oysters, local caviar, foie gras, house-smoked salmon, pan roasted scallops, roasted pheasant breast, grilled beef tenderloin, and a yule log with a refreshing blackcurrant sorbet. The menu also includes a glass of bubbly. For more information and to book your seats call 604-569-2278.
Address: 2278 West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano
Royal Dinette will host two exclusive New Year’s Eve dinner seatings on Thursday, December 31, with a five-course dinner available for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity) beginning at 5:30 p.m., as well as a seven-course dinner for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity beginning at 8:30 p.m. Beverage pairings are also available for both seatings for $45 and $65, respectively. A limited number of seats are available, and reservations are recommended by calling 604-974-8077.
Address: 905 Dunsmuir Street
Mamie Taylor’s will be opening their doors on New Year’s Eve, welcoming patrons to ‘get roasted and toasted’, in true Southern style. The East Georgia locale will be offering a suckling pig roast, in addition to Mamie Taylor’s family-style spreads, which include a selection of devilled eggs, cornbread, hushpuppies, buttermilk buns, mac ‘n cheese, and Southern ‘slaw. The meal will be rounded off with rocky road brownies, apple turnovers and a sweet banana pudding. New Year’s Eve celebrations at Mamie Taylor’s will continue well into the night thanks to an on-site DJ.
Tickets are $100 and includes all you can eat and open well bar, beer and wine. Taxes and gratuity included in ticket price.
Address: 251 East Georgia Street
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ancora, a beautiful new Peruvian-Japanese restaurant right on False Creek. The elegant, chic restaurant is offering two seating. The a la carte menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m., and from 7:30 to close, diners can also opt for a chef’s tasting menu. After dinner, sabre your own bottle of champagne with Ancora’s expert team of sommeliers with live music to listen to starting at 9 p.m.
Address: 1600 Howe Street
It’s an exciting time for the Beach Bay Café, as they’ve just brought on the talented Felix Zhou as Executive Chef. To ring in 2016, head to the café to enjoy a four or eight course tasting menu showcasing Zhou’s fresh, seasonal, beautiful plates (or order from the regular dinner menu). After dinner, kick up your heels to the sounds of a live DJ, and usher in the new year a stone’s throw from English Bay (where, come morning, brave souls will take a chilly dip for the Polar Bear Swim…and can warm up inside the cafe with a delicious New Year’s Brunch, too).
Address: 1193 Denman Street
UVA at Moda Hotel is turning into Gotham City for a decadent New Year’s Eve all about the excitement of superheroes. Over at UVA, enjoy a fun night of drinks and live music, with some special surprises at midnight. Tickets are $40 to UVA’s superhero party (and include two drinks), and you may want to dress up–there are prizes up for grabs.
Address: 900 Seymour Street
Cibo Trattoria is offering two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve that are all about indulgence. Guests who join the first seating at 6 p.m. will enjoy a three-course menu ($79 per person), while the 9:00 p.m. seating will feature a five-course menu ($115 per person). Indulge a little more by adding on oysters, foie gras, and/or wine pairings.
Address: 900 Seymour Street