When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, we’ll be in a new decade.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a memorable last meal of the year, there are a number of restaurants offering scrumptious multicourse menus often paired with bubbles, live music, and plenty of festive cheer.
Here are 10 dining establishments to find New Year’s Eve menus that will help you welcome 2020 in gourmet style.
Feast, the Neighbourhood Table (2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver)
This cozy bistro near Dundarave will be serving up a pair of elegant New Year’s Eve dinner services on December 31. Guests will be able to indulge in dishes like an artistically plated salmon gravlax, foie gras terrine, beef wellington, and tiramisu with hazelnut praline. The late seating also includes a welcome cocktail, amuse bouche, chef’s selection cheese plate, and celebratory bubbles during the countdown to 2020. Wine pairings can be added for an additional cost, and reservations can be made online.
When: Seatings begin at 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Price: $55 to $85 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Mak and Ming (1629 Yew Street)
For those who aren’t looking to celebrate NYE with big crowds in loud spaces, put this French-meets-Japanese inspired restaurant on your radar. It will be offering an intimate dinner on December 31, featuring six-courses of gourmet fare. Start off with a welcome drink and canapes, before tasting everything from a chilled seafood platter to acorn-squash truffled chawanmushi, and from lobster motoyaki to foie-gras ramen. End-off with a dessert that counts white chocolate, champagne, and sturgeon caviar as ingredients. Your belly will be fully satisfied and you can continue with your countdown celebrations. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins promptly at 7 p.m.
Price: $288 per couple.
Seasons in the Park (West 33rd Avenue)
Tucked away in the lush surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Park, this dining spot has always been a dreamy place for celebrations. It will be ringing in the new decade with a special feature sheet, which includes favourites like lobster bisque, beef carpaccio, beef tenderloin with prawns, pistachio-crusted sea bass, and pineapple sorbet as a palate cleanser. Sweet finishes include chocolate ganache tart and white-chocolate cheesecake. Diners will be treated to party favours, which will likely boost the holiday cheer to an all-time high. Reservations can be made online.
When: Various seating times.
Price: $75 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Bacchus Restaurant (845 Hornby Street)
If you’re looking to enjoy a luxurious and traditional evening out in town, the Wedgewood Hotel’s Bacchus restaurant is the place to be. Executive chef Montgomery Lau has prepared an elaborate six-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu, which includes creations like wild mushroom and truffle risotto, chilled-poached scallop with B.C. side-stripe shrimp, maple-glazed applewood-smoked sablefish, and slow-roasted Brant Lake wagyu striploin, among others. Desserts include passionfruit white-chocolate mousse, champagne-layered truffle cake, and festive petit fours. Wine pairings can be added for an additional cost, and reservations can be made by calling 604-608-5308.
When: Early and late seating times.
Price: $159 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Yew seafood + bar (791 West Georgia Street)
It will be a bittersweet night on December 31 for Four Seasons Vancouver’s in-house restaurant, as it will be the last time it celebrates New Year’s Eve. But, bowing out with a bang, Yew will be hosting two dinner services that evening, with the kitchen rolling out dishes like black-truffle shortbread, sea-urchin risotto, lobster mac-and-cheese, pan-roasted duck breast, honey-glazed black cod, and kusshi oysters. Finish off with sweets like a manjari 66-percent chocolate-gold palet or yuzu-parfait torrone. The first seating includes complimentary bubbles and hot cocoa for guests, while the second features champagne and plenty of dancing. Reservations can be made online.
When: Seatings begin at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Price: $50 to $160 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Wildebeest (120 West Hastings Street)
It wouldn’t be a festive New Year’s Eve if you didn’t indulge in a feast, and Gastown’s Wildebeest will put food-lovers at ease with its four-course dinner on the last day of 2019. Known for plates made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, the celebratory meal includes poached Sunseeker oysters, sweetcorn tortellino, sablefish, bison flat iron, and vegetables en papillote (cooked in a parcel the Italian way). Satisfy your sweettooth with chocolate tart or apricot Paris-brest. Wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Reservations can be made by calling 604-687-6880, and tickets can be purchased online.
When: Seatings begin at 5 p.m.
Price: $95 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Hawksworth Restaurant (801 West Georgia Street)
This is a dining spot where you’ll want to dress to your nines to match the exceptional dishes created by Hawksworth’s chef de cuisine, Antonio Sotomayor, on the last night of the year. Begin your meal with snacks like oysters, scallops, and barbecue lobster, before moving onto mushroom risotto, Yarrow Meadows’ duck with foie gras, and finishing off with black-truffle ice cream. Guests who dine in the second seating also get to enjoy added dishes like fresh hamachi, sablefish with charred buttermilk, an assorted chocolate box, and entry to the New Year’s reception in the Hawksworth lounge—a live DJ, canapes, and party favours for the rest of the night. Tickets can be purchased by calling 604-673-7000.
When: Seatings begin at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $98 to $199 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Miku Restaurant (70–200 Granville Street)
Whether you enjoy a restaurant’s atmosphere or outdoor views, Miku has got it all. The best part is that they also create mouthwatering food, so you know you’ll be in good hands when you countdown to 2020 at this downtown spot. Its New Year’s Eve kaiseki menu features everything from wagyu beef carpaccio to wagyu and lobster tail. Smaller seasonal items like pan-seared Hokkaido scallop and seared foie-gras are served in special Japanese plateware. Its signature aburi (flame-seared sushi) and premium nigiri sushi also make appearances. Finish off with a mikan (tangerine)-mousse cake with champagne jelly and crispy matcha moss. Premium sake pairings can be added for an additional cost, and reservations can be made online at www.mikurestaurant.com/.
When: Various seating times.
Price: $175 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
Botanist (1038 Canada Place)
Fairmont Pacific Rim’s upscale in-house restaurant will be ringing in 2020 with multicourse dinners on December 31. Chef Hector Laguna has created a six-course tasting menu, which includes foie gras torchon, Northern Divine caviar, pan-seared diver scallop, pan-roasted sablefish, and Brant Lake wagyu striploin. Dessert is chocolate cake with champagne-preserved strawberries and strawberry caviar. The mood for each seating will be accompanied with live music, with the second seating offering midnight countdown and bubbles for guests. Wine pairings can be added for an additional cost, and reservations are fully booked but a waitlist is currently available.
When: Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Price: $148 to $168 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.
West Restaurant + Bar (2881 Granville Street)
This iconic dining establishment is sadly closing its doors on December 31, but not before offering a pair of spectacular dinner menus to toast the New Year and the end of its longstanding run in Vancouver. The celebratory farewell meal features items like scallop crudo with Northern Divine caviar, risotto with black Perigord truffles, roasted beef striploin, and Coho salmon. End off with sweet plates like multi-textured chocolates, caramel panna cotta, lemon crema with coconut meringues, and petit fours. The second seating has an additional course, with dishes like beef carpaccio, butter-poached lobster, and roasted miatake mushroom. Reservations can be made by calling 604-738-8938.
When: Various seating times.
Price: $125 to $150 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.