Enjoy New Year’s Dining in Orlando

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If you’re stepping out on New Year’s Eve and want something more than just Champagne, there are plenty of options for New Year’s Dining in Orlando, whether it’s a full dinner or a quick nosh. We’re even including a few New Year’s Day options out there for the folks who will be up and about on January 1. As always, call ahead, because most places are going to want a reservation and some will get full.

Hotels & Resorts for New Year’s Dining

Salt & the Cellar 

Inside the Ette Hotel in Kissimmee, the concept from celeb chef Akira Back is offering two prix fixe seatings with shared plates blending Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Both the 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. seatings are $225 per person before tax and 20-percent service charge. Salt & the Cellar doesn’t sell alcohol, but diners can bring wine, beer, or liquor with no corkage fee.

Lake Nona Wave Hotel

BACÁN, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant will ring in 2023 with a $179 three-course prix fixe dinner that includes wine pairings. Options from the Michelin-recommended kitchen include tiger shrimp ceviche, octopus anticuchos (skewers), olive oil-poached halibut, annatto-glazed filet, and “The Pearl” (a sugar sphere with rose jelly, pear caramel sorbet and fizzy meringue). After dinner, you can hit the party at HAVEN Pool with a live band and fireworks for an additional $59.

HAVEN Kitchen mixes Mediterranean and Floridian flavors, and for New Year’s Eve, the kitchen is planning a $109 three-course dinner. Menu options include burrata, roasted scallops, butter chicken roulade, lobster bouillabaisse glaze, key lime tart, and tropézienne with winter spice mousse and mulled wine jelly. That $59 after-dinner party at HAVEN Pool with a live band and fireworks is an option for you too.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek

Sear + Sea Woodfire Grill, the Michelin Guide-recognized steak and seafood restaurant, is doing NYE dinner from 6 – 11 p.m. with a welcoming glass of champagne and a five-course prix fixe meal ($155) with à la carte options as well. Children 4 – 12 are $84.

Illume, the resort’s rooftop lounge, is having a New Year’s Eve Bōnenkai Party – “bōnenkai” being a Japanese “forget the year” party. From 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., illume’s VIP package for the night includes jubako-style (picnic bento) shareables and light bites, reserved seating, dessert lounge and midnight champagne toast. The “standard” package gets you in at 10:30 p.m. with unassigned seating, dessert lounge and midnight toast

UnReserved Food Bazaar, the casual marketplace-style eatery, is staging a $135 NYE buffet, 5 – 10 p.m., with carving station, raw bar, desserts, select à la carte cocktails and live music. You can add a bottomless champagne special for $55. Children 4 12 are $55. On New Year’s Day, UnReserved will offer a $42 brunch from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a $35 bottomless bloody Mary bar. Children are $23.

Caribe Royale Resort

The Venetian Chop House, Carib Royale’s newly remodeled fine-dining restaurant, is ringing out 2022 with a New Year’s Eve four-course prix fixe menu, 5 – 10 p.m. Options include black-eyed pea soup, six-ounce Wagyu beef tenderloin with six-ounce lobster tail, pesto baked king salmon, green and white asparagus with hollandaise, and roasted acorn squash orzo. An optional pairing of five wines is $50.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 

Seafood grill deep blu adds a special to the regular menu for New Year’s Eve. For $85, you can wrap up 2022 with a 12-ounce bone-in NY strip with butter-poached lobster torchon, asiago potato gratin, Romanesco, and bordelaise.

On New Year’s Day, Tesoro Cove is welcoming 2023 with a $35 brunch buffet, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Choices include carved ham, biscuit bar, omelet station, pancake/waffle station and desserts. Children under 12 are $15. Tax and tip not included.

Laguna

The casual restaurant inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando SeaWorld has a $45 three-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Todd English’s bluezoo is open 4 – 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. On top of the regular à la carte menu, the kitchen is adding a lobster “pot pie” of butter-poached Maine lobster, English pea puree, roasted root vegetables, red pearl onion petals in a flaky pie crust with smoked tomato / lobster crème and hollandaise. 

Il Mulino will do the regular menu on New Year’s Eve from 4 – 6:30 p.m. and a $160 four-course prix fixe menu from 7 – 11 p.m. Prix fixe choices include arancini di carne (rice balls with meat sauce), scallop risotto, chianti-braised short rib, rigatoni with wild mushrooms, cheesecake and tiramisu. A children’s prix fixe menu with items like pizza and pasta is $50. 

Shula’s Steak House is also starting NYE with the regular menu, 4 – 6:30 p.m., and then going to prix fixe from 7 – 11 p.m. Highlights include “colossal” shrimp cocktail and surf and turf with lobster tail and filet mignon. Family-style sides include mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and broccoli crowns with gruyere cheese sauce. Children’s prix fixe menu is $60. 

Amare is keeping the regular menu for New Year’s Eve, 4 – 11 p.m. with the addition of a lobster bisque with lobster croquettes and a bucatini pomodoro. 

American Kitchen Bar & Grill

Inside the B Resort and Spa on Hotel Plaza Blvd near Disney Springs, American Kitchen will offer a NYE $69 four-course prix fixe dinner with a glass of wine, 4 – 10 p.m. The menu is shrimp cocktail with chimichurri, house salad, 14-ounce Angus New York strip with lobster and truffle mashed potatoes, and vermillion layer cake. Children are $16. Prices are before tax and tip.

Four Flamingos

Inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, Four Flamingos is switching out the usual menu for a $175 NYE prix fixe meal with upgrades and vegan options, 5 – 11 p.m. Highlights include cachapas (corn pancakes) and caviar, snapper ceviche, pecan crab cakes, and monkfish with rabo de toro (oxtail stew) ragu.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

Near SeaWorld, Rosen Shingle Creek is cooking up a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet with unlimited champagne in Café Osceola, 5:30 – 10 p.m. The buffet includes a prime rib carving station, pasta station, seafood station with sushi, paella, entrees including jerk chicken and gumbo, and more than a dozen desserts. Adults are $75.95 and children 4-11 are $29.95. That’s before tax and a 25-percent service charge, but Florida residents get a 25-percent discount.

At Cala Bella, it’s a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner with Italian flair and complimentary champagne, 5:30 – 10 p.m. Menu options include jamon iberico, local duck breast, cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper), one-pound ribeye, local red snapper, and panna cotta.

At Land Remembered, the $99.95 NYE prix fixe dinner, 5:30 – 10 p.m., also comes with complimentary champagne. Menu choices here include grilled oysters, lobster bisque, scallops in local corn puree, Lake Meadow Naturals chicken roulade, and dark chocolate cake. Limited à la carte menu options are also available.

Rosen Plaza

Jack’s Place inside the International Drive resort hotel is preparing a NYE $79 prix fixe menu with a new spin on steakhouse classics, 5 – 9 p.m. First course is seared duck over soba noodle salad or roasted beet and goat cheese salad. Second course could be baked lobster tail wrapped in scallops or wine-braised short ribs. For dessert, you can choose chocolate mousse with macerated berries or coconut panna cotta over warm pineapple upside-down cake.

Rosen Centre

Also on International Drive, Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill has $65 New Year’s Eve four-course prix fixe menu, 5 10 p.m., that comes with either a bottle of sparkling wine for every couple or two glasses per person. That’s amuse-bouche of smoked trout fritters, starters including black-eyed pea soup or tuna crudo, and entrée of red snapper, filet mignon or mushroom ravioli. Dessert is strawberry champagne cake or Nutella chocolate cake. À la carte and children’s menu are also available. Prices are before tax and tip.

Everglades focuses on the flavors of Florida and for NYE, they’ve got a $95 four-course prix fixe menu, 5:30 – 10 p.m., with that bottle of sparkling wine for each couple or two glasses per person. Menu includes lump crab cocktail, arugula and fig salad, and entrée of yellowtail snapper, veal osso buco or fillet with pâté de foie gras. Dessert is chocolate cherry marsala mousse torte. Children’s menu and à la carte menus available. Prices are before tax and tip.

New Year’s Dining at Pointe Orlando

The Oceanaire

The seafood spot at Pointe Orlando is open 4 – 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 5 – 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Day, the bar (only) will have half-price chef’s select oysters and $7 bloody Marys and bloody Marias.

Rodizio Grill

The Brazilian steakhouse at Pointe Orlando is open New Year’s Eve, starting at noon with a $56.99 per person holiday menu.

I-Drive

Café Tu Tu Tango

Café Tu Tu Tango on International Drive is usually open until midnight on Saturdays, so we assume they’ll keep the party going on New Year’s Even until 12:01 a.m. A few NYE menu additions include lump crab empanadas, beef tenderloin kushiyaki (skewered and grilled), and $13 glasses of Viña Esmeralda Spanish cava.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen

On I-Drive, the Italian eatery is adding a couple NYE specials to the dinner menu. Veal ossobuco with polenta and roasted carrots is $49. A grilled tuna steak with house-made Italian sausage and lentils is $39. The bar is also adding Viña Esmeralda sparkling brut cava for $13 a glass.

Dave & Buster’s 

The arcade, bar and restaurant on International Drive is doing two celebrations on New Year’s Eve, the first one for parents who know the kids will never make it to midnight. From 4 – 7 p.m., it’s the early celebration with a ginger ale countdown at 6 p.m. Tickets are $36.29 per person and you get an appetizer buffet (sliders, pretzels, churros, etc.), free soda/coffee, unlimited video game play for “non-redemption” games, a $20 card for “redemption” games, that 6 p.m. toast, and party hats and noisemakers while supplies last.

The NYE party for grown-ups starts at 9 p.m. For $69.03 per person, you get a premium appetizer buffet (sliders, churros, shrimp skewers, chicken tinga tacos, build-your-own cantina nachos), free soda/coffee, unlimited video game play for “non-redemption” games, a $20 card for “redemption” games, party hats and noisemakers while supplies last, and a midnight NYE toast (with ID). For $92.79, you can upgrade to a VIP package that includes two drink tickets (beer, wine, or premium cocktails/mocktails).

Disney Springs

Wine Bar George

The Disney Springs restaurant with namesake master sommelier George Miliotes will be open New Year’s Eve, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. On New Year’s Day, the hours are 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. with the usual Sunday Wine Country Brunch until 2 p.m.

STK Steakhouse

The Disney Springs spot for steaks is open New Year’s Eve with NYE-inspired specials, DJ, and midnight champagne toast. They’ll also be open Sunday for a New Year’s Day edition of the STK Recovery Brunch.

Raglan Road

The Irish pub and restaurant at Disney Springs will ring in the new year twice. At 7 p.m., when it’s midnight in Ireland, guests over 21 get a free glass of sparkling wine. That’ll happen again at midnight when 2023 finally arrives in Orlando.

PADDLEFISH 

The Disney Springs seafood restaurant shaped like a riverboat is open New Year’s Eve and featuring an $80 surf and turf special with Maine lobster, andouille sausage, littleneck clams, sweet corn, red potatoes and cornbread. You can add a glass of sparkling wine for $5 more.

TERRALINA 

The rustic Italian spot at Disney Springs is open with a lamb special on both NYE and NYD. For $45, you can enjoy rosemary-roasted lamb chops over potato planks with braised escarole and salsa verde. A glass of Prosecco is $10. The regular Sunday brunch is also still on for the morning of New Year’s Day.

Neighborhood Faves

Market to Table 

In downtown Winter Garden, Market to Table is lending their seasonal approach to a $95 five-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner including plant-based options. A few of those choices include cold-smoked buffalo with truffle vinaigrette, portobello carpaccio, braised lamb with spätzle, oysters Rockefeller, beef short rib, Alaskan halibut cassoulet, and foraged mushrooms with root vegetable ragu. Chef is still working on dessert.

Dragonfly 

The sushi and robata grill spot on Sand Lake Rd. will be open 5 – 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 5 – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Reyes Mezcaleria 

Chef Wendy Lopez is planning a New Year’s Eve seven-course prix fixe chef’s dinner, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Menu items include bison chorizo buñuelo (fritter), marinated octopus, tuna hibiscus aguachile (ceviche), and smoked short rib. The night is $190 a person including tax and tip. Diners also get a welcome cocktail and a cava toast.

Honolulu Harry’s

The College Park Hawaiian-themed cocktail bar is doing a $100 New Year’s Eve ticket that gets you open bar from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., light bites, and a live view of the ball drop in New York.

Tori Tori

The Mills 50 cocktail bar with Japanese pub food still has a few tickets left for its New Year’s Eve party, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. They may hold a few tickets for “day of” online sales, but will not have any at the door. For $175 (plus taxes and fees), you get open bar (wells, select draft beers, house wines/champagne), “elevated” light bites, DJ Ricky Rico with light show, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. VIP upgrade with private booth and bottle service is also available. “Dress to impress” as they say.

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