Eat your way into the new year at these 20 Las Vegas restaurants

New Year’s Eve is kind of a big deal in Las Vegas. We have celebrities. We have shows. We have extravagant parties. We have a massive fireworks display. And we certainly don’t skimp on food. Lots of Vegas restaurants go all-out for New Year’s Eve, offering special menus and indulgent dishes for the night. No matter what your plans are for midnight, you should definitely start out your evening by getting a great meal first. Here are 20 restaurants where you can end 2014 on a very tasty note:

35 Steaks + Martinis at Hard Rock Hotel: This modern steakhouse will offer a prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Start with a choice of Shigoku oysters or duck rillettes toast. Next, there’s a choice of Kabocha soup with crème fraiche, blue crab and herbs or macadamia crusted scallop with parsnip puree, browned butter and chervil. You’ll also indulge in Belgian endive and baby spinach salad with roasted hazelnuts, poached dried figs, Maytag and pink grapefruit vinaigrette – and that’s all before the main course. For an entrée, there’s a choice of loin of venison; truffle crusted turbot; a two-pound lobster baked and stuffed with jumbo lump crab; or green peppercorn crusted petite filet. For dessert, the chef will surprise you with something special. Early seating is $120 per person and the second seating is $140 per person with live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast.

Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel: If you want to start out your new year with a Mexican twist, head to Pink Taco for their holiday prix fixe menu. Enjoy a cup of lobster tortilla soup for the starter. For the main course there’s a choice of the Pink Taco comb, served with signature pink tacos, cheese enchiladas, chili verde, rice and beans; the surf & turf combo served with shrimp enchiladas, crispy fish tacos, carne asada, rice and beans; or the C-Rae combo served with avocado tacos, chile relleno, plantain tamales, rice and beans. Dig into churros served with raspberry ancho and chocolate sauce for dessert.

Trevi's Champagne sorbetti

Trevi inside The Forum Shops at Caesars: Celebrate the new year Italian-style with a five-course prix fixe menu at Trevi. The dinner, priced at $95 per person, begins with a choice of a Caesar salad or crab and corn bisque served in a warm bread bowl. The second course will offer a choice of seafood fritto misto with red pepper coulis or steamed mussels in white wine butter and lemon. The third course is a tough choice — either lobster ravioli with Champagne Dijon cream sauce, garnished with caviar; or gnocchi with vodka cream sauce and tomato. Diners can choose from fourth course options of grilled swordfish or grilled lamb chops. Dessert selections will include a tartelette trio loaded with chocolate mousse, lemon and assorted fruit; or warm chocolate “gooey” cake with fresh raspberries. Even if you don’t have dinner at Trevi, do yourself a favor and at least stop in for their special Champagne sorbetti, which will be offered from Dec. 24 – Jan. 1, for $4.50 per scoop.

Andrea’s at Encore: Kick off New Year’s Eve at Andrea’s with a special dinner tasting menu created by Executive Chef Joseph Elevado. The menu includes chestnut soup with white truffle, poached Kumamoto oyster and pickled green apple; chef’s assortment of kanburi sashimi, serrano pepper and king crab; Japanese tai snapper with Brussels sprouts, persimmon and caviar butter sauce; Japanese A5 sirloin with black truffle, shitake and foie gras stuffed daikon and sweet soy bordelaise. If you still have room after all that, dessert is also included. Priced at $275, excluding gratuity and tax, the dinner tasting menu is available at 9 p.m. and includes a complimentary glass of champagne and reduced admission into Surrender Nightclub where you can party away the rest of the year.

B&B Ristorante at Venetian: B&B Ristorante will offer three New Year’s Eve menus with classic Italian New Year’s dishes. The tasting menu is $250 per person and includes oysters and caviar, veal carpaccio, cotechino, risotto, sea bream roasted in paper, veal finanziera alla Piemontese, Italian cheese cart service, bruciato, chocolate souffle and amaro and piccola pasticceria. The tradizionale menu is $165 per person and includes antipasti, pasta, whole grilled branzino for the table, a meat option and dessert. The prefisso menu is $115 and includes antipasti; garganelli Bolognese, lobster spaghetti or gnocchi with wild boar ragu; braised short rib al Barolo, roasted halibut with cauliflower and citrus, grilled sirloin steak with endive and “Brown and Blue Butter” or pork chop with Kuri Kuri squash, apples and green walnut. Dessert is cannoli with pistachio cream and chocolate, vanilla panna cotta with Cara Cara orange or gelati and sorbetti. Buon appetito!

Hakka steamed dim sum platter

Hakkasan at MGM Grand: Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon will be serving a spectacular Asian dinner for New Year’s Eve. Upon arrival each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne. The 5:30 p.m. seating features a $78 prix fixe menu beginning with the Hakka steamed dim sum platter, featuring har gau, scallop shumai, Chinese chive dumplings; salt and pepper squid and more. A selection of main entrees will include the crispy chicken in lemon sauce and stir-fry black pepper beef ribeye with merlot, among others. To top off the meal, Hakkasan will offer a chocolate tasting showcasing a variety of chocolate mousses, white chocolate and passion fruit parfait and black sesame crémeux with yuzu ice cream. Now that’s our idea of a New Year’s party! For the additional seatings at 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., the $138 menu will consist of highlights such as crispy fried scallop plated with banana and fresh fruits, braised Chilean seabass, grilled Waygu beef and stir-fry lobster. Guests will also have the choice to do something a little over the top and add Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai Reserve caviar to their meal for an additional $40 per person.

Carnevino at Palazzo: Meat lovers should head to Mario Batali’s Carnevino, which is serving four New Year’s Eve menus. The chef’s tasting menu is $195 per person and includes soft poached egg, white truffle sformato, dry aged beef tortellini, cobia, dry aged bisteca di Fiorentina, coconut bruciato and chocolate cake. The menu tradizionale is $165 per person and includes antipasti, beef cheek ravioli or lobster anolini, dry aged ribeye or capo filetto for the table and peanut butter torta or cheesecake. A prix fixe menu is available for $135 per person including antipasti, an 8-ounce filet mignon, turbot or roasted game hen and tiramisu or a selection of gelato and sorbetti. For $75 per person, guests can enjoy the prefisso menu, which includes antipasti, an 8-ounce filet mignon, tagliatelle or roasted game hen and a selection of gelato and sorbetti.

NOVE Italiano at the Palms: NOVE will have three dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve, at 5 p.m. ($69 per person), 7 p.m. ($79 per person) and 9:30 p.m. ($99 per person). Guests who choose the 9:30 seating will have a spectacular view of the Strip fireworks from the 51st floor of the Palms and a glass of celebratory champagne. Chef Kieran Toivonen has prepared a prix fixe menu beginning with prime beef crudo with parmigiano reggiano and truffles, followed by shrimp Francaise, creamy Maine lobster risotto and choice of aged filet mignon, delectable Florida grouper and roasted Sonoma duck.

N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms: Splurge on that one last indulgent meal before your 2015 diet kicks in. Executive Chef Barry Dakake will serve tender Japanese Kobe beef tenderloin “Oscar style” with scrumptious Alaskan king crab gnocchi and Kobe Hollandaise at $24 per ounce; spicy Cajun dusted Dover sole with melted root vegetables and a blood orange vinaigrette for $69; and naturally raised veal chop with sautéed seasonal mushrooms for $65. DJ PJ Produkt will spin a dynamic set of top 40 hits for holiday revelers.

Alizé at the Palms: The view from the 56th floor of the Palms is stunning so make your reservations now for dinner at Alizé. Seatings are at 6 p.m. ($175 per person) and 9:30 p.m. ($350 per person). Diners can decide between two prix fixe menu options while taking in 280-degree panoramic views. At the 6 p.m. seating, guests will enjoy five courses including parsnip and pineapple parfait with green onion, roasted lobster bisque with lobster salad, petit filet mignon, ahi tuna au poivre and more. Late-night diners enjoying the 9 p.m. seating will be treated to a six-course meal, which will include an additional selection of baby spinach with black truffles, duck confit, prosciutto, brioche and truffle vinaigrette; seared scallop or potato gnocchi.


La Cave's duck in wine sauce

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas: La Cave will offer New Year’s Eve diners the choice of a four-course menu priced at $95 per person or a five-course dinner priced at $125 per person. The menu will begin with a crispy pork belly Cobb salad. The second course will include duck in wine sauce made with braised duck breast, cippolini onions and shaved truffles. The third course features European black sea bass made with Brussels sprouts, lemon jelly and brown butter foam. Diners selecting the five-course dinner will be served an additional course of a Wagyu beef short-rib topped with baby parsnip, bourbon jus and nugget carrots. Both menus will conclude with a decadent dessert sampling.

Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Sushi Roku, with a prime location in the center of the Strip and floor-to-ceiling windows, will have a $145 chef’s omakase menu as well as a limited à la carte menu. The early seating is from 4 – 9:30 p.m., with the last seating available at 8:30 p.m.; and the later seating is from 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., with the last seating available at 11:15 p.m. The later seating will enjoy views of the fireworks, a midnight champagne toast and party favors.

Buddy V’s at the Venetian: “Cake Boss” Buddy V will offer a $65 prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Start with an appetizer of prosciutto and fontina pizzete, arugula salad, herb ricotta and extra virgin truffle oil or lobster bisque with housemade oyster crackers and lemon zest. The entrée is a choice of surf and turf or potoato gnocchi with pancetta, trumpet mushrooms and shaved Italian truffles. Dessert is a chocolate and mint torta with cocoa wafer and gold leaf.

Top of the World

Top of the World Restaurant at Stratosphere: Say goodbye to 2014 with an incredible five-course gourmet dining experience at the Top of the World restaurant. This is where you want to go for a romantic evening with that someone special. The restaurant features phenomenal views while revolving 360 degrees every 80 minutes. Executive Chef Rick Giffen has prepared a five-course menu to ring in the new year with items such as braised beef short rib with star anise reduction, lobster bisque with lemon mascarpone cream and a dessert. There will also be party favors, cash bar and a sweet surprise to take home. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in two-hour seating blocks. Dinner is $299 per person.

SW Steakhouse at Wynn: Chef David Walzog crafts classic chophouse fare for his prix fixe holiday menu, featuring Russian Osetra caviar parfait; yellow beet and poached pear salad with white truffle, Robiola cheese croquette and mizuna; and butter-poached Maine lobster with celery root, Sardinian gnocchi and chervil foam. For the main course guests can indulge in either Japanese A5 Wagyu strip loin and short ribs with black kale, Yukon potato and Burgundy sauce; or potato-crusted Dover sole with black truffle and a citrus butter sauce. The meal concludes with a selection of petit pastries, chocolate and fruit. The prix fixe menu is priced at $425 per person, not including tax and gratuity. SW Steakhouse will also feature a DJ and dancing. Reservations are available from 9 p.m. and include a welcome Champagne toast and a commemorative photograph.

Devil's Eggs at Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen, 124 S. 6th St.: Chef Kerry Simon’s award-winning downtown Las Vegas restaurant, Carson Kitchen, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a prix fixe menu prepared by executive chef Matt Andrews from 5 to 10 p.m. The New Year’s Eve menu will be a five course meal priced at $99 per couple and will have an optional wine pairing priced at $25 per person. The dinner will begin with Devil’s Eggs and Killer Shrimp appetizers, followed by persimmon and pear salad. The third course will be a seasonal steelhead trout accompanied by a house-made country bacon relish. For the entreé course, choose either the cocoa-espresso New York strip steak or the pork belly carbonara with a side of the rainbow cauliflower. The menu will conclude in the best possible way — with sweet potato pie in a jar. The dinner also includes a complimentary glass of wine or champagne per person.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio: Yellowtail is set to host a unique night that includes great views of the Fountains of Bellagio and the Las Vegas Strip fireworks display. Guests will enjoy a specially crafted six-course menu throughout the evening and will indulge in a sake toast at midnight. Menu items include big eye tuna pizza, lobster carpaccio, duck prosciutto, assorted sushi rolls and more. Reservations between 5 and 7 p.m. are $135 per person and dinner between 7:30 and 11 p.m. is $175. Bottomless champagne is available for $65 per guest.

Red Square Restaurant & Lounge at Mandalay Bay: Red Square celebrates New Year’s Eve with a decadent three-course menu featuring a delicious array of signature items like tuna tartare, chicken Kiev and smoked mashed potatoes. Cost is $95 per guest, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. Bottomless glasses of champagne are available for $50 per guest.

STACK Restaurant & Bar at The Mirage: STACK Restaurant & Bar will celebrate New Year’s Eve in a fun, contemporary atmosphere with a four-course menu. Appetizer choices include crispy rock shrimp, oysters Rockefeller and more. A choice of entrees includes sea bass, a petite filet, stuffed lobster and more. STACK’s house DJ will be spinning in the lounge and will host a special New Year’s Eve countdown that includes a champagne toast at midnight.  Cost is $165 per guest. Bottomless glasses of champagne are available for $50 per guest.

Seafood Shack at Treasure Island: Ring in 2015 with a three-course menu for $54.95. The first course is a choice lobster and roasted corn beignets served with chipotle aioli or lobster bisque served with tarragon crème fraiche. For the second course, choose between a grilled filet mignon served with butter poached shrimp or oven roasted Chilean sea bass on a bed of truffle mashed potatoes. Dessert is Chocolate and Chestnut Decadence. The menu is available from 5 to 10 p.m.


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