With the new year fast approaching (or the end of the world, if that's how you see it), time is working against us to start making New Year's Eve plans.
Because Miami is an NYE party destination, locals have to make particularly savvy arrangements to ensure a successful evening.
No one likes to be stuck in South Beach gridlock at the wrong time, with zero cell phone service at 11:50 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Trust us. We've learned the hard way.
So here's an exhaustive list of options for dinner in Miami on December 31. From fancy buffets to six-course meals, from South Beach to Aventura to Doral and everywhere in between, make a reservation so your evening plans are set.
1500 Degrees at Eden Roc. NYE Dinner at 1500 Degrees: Enjoy a four-course meal with dishes like creamy sunchoke bisque with shaved winter truffles, pasta with Maine scallop and spiny lobster with uni butter sauce, roasted Monkfish with crispy rice croquettes, collards and Zellwood creamed corn, and warm chocolate cake with orange marmalade. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. $90. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5594, 1500degreesmiami.com.
660 at the Angler's. New Year's Eve Gala: First seating starts at 6 p.m. and includes a three-course meal with options such as lobster bisque, stuffed dates and Manchego cheese roasted pork loin, and chocolate tres leches for $100. For $150, the second seating, which begins at 9:30 p.m., includes a five-course meal that starts off with a sweet pea shot, scallops tiradito, compressed watermelon, dulce de leche, pinenut crusted rack of lamb, and peach and blueberry cobbler. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 & 9:30 p.m. $100-$150. 660 Washington Ave. (at The Angler's Boutique Resort), Miami Beach, 305-534-9600, theanglersresort.com.
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. NYE Gala Party: All you can eat buffet, open bar, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and entertainment provided by a live band. Reservations required. Call 305-261-4220. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $65-$125. 1395 Northwest 57th Ave., Doral, 305-264-2143, 94thmiami.com/94thmiami/.
Acqualina. NYE at Acqualina: Celebrate New Year's with "An Evening on the Mediterranean" including dinner, dancing and celebration. Dine from Mediterranean-inspired food stations with the option of an open bar, or stick around the pool for a pool party with open bar and a live DJ. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $95-$295. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000, acqualina.com.
Area 31. Area 31 NYE Dinner & Party: Bid farewell to 2012 in style. The restaurant will offer a seven-course, wine-paired tasting menu. Live music from Monica da Silva and party favors will create a festive vibe. Party on the Area 31 terrace with views of downtown and the water from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Open bar, live music and hors d'oeuvres for $75 per person. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 6-11 p.m. $75-$200. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 16th Floor, Miami, 305-424-5234, area31restaurant.com.
Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room at Conrad Miami. New Year's Eve Dinner & Soiree: Celebrate the night with a six-course dinner and Bossa Nova style music or at the rooftop pool with a buffet dinner and open bar starting at 9 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 & 9 p.m. $150-$185. 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-6529, conradhotels.hilton.com.
Baoli Miami. NYE Dinner and Party: Featuring a five-course dinner and music by DJ Ange from Baoli Cannes. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $350. 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-8822, baoli-group.com.
Barton G. the Restaurant. NYE at Barton G: Regular a la carte menu with two seatings. Music will be played by a DJ, and New Year's Eve party favors will be provided for second seating guests. Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30-7:30 & 9-10:30 p.m. $35. 1427 W. Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-8881, bartong.com.
Bayside Marketplace. Bayside's New Year's Eve Celebration: Bayside welcomes 2013 with a day filled with entertainment and fun for the whole family. Celebrate with live music from local bands at the Marina Stage throughout the day, tour boat cruises, shopping, and dining. At midnight, ring in the New Year with one of Miami's largest New Year's Eve fireworks displays. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. free. 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-577-3344, baysidemarketplace.com.
The Betsy Hotel. New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the New Year in refined elegance with live music and exquisite dining. Reservations required in advance. Formal attire optional. Five-course dinner with wine pairings, $415 also available without wine pairings for $250. Mon., Dec. 31, 8-11 p.m. $250-$415. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-6100, thebetsyhotel.com.
Bianca at the Delano. Celebrate the New Year with Bianca at Delano's extravagant four course holiday prix-fixe menu and champagne toast. The first course offers Grilled Octopus Mediterraneo; fingerling Potatoes, cipollini onions, oregano, capers, lemon-saffron vinaigrette. For round two, enjoy Insalata di Aragosta; Maine lobster, blood orange, frisee, haricot vert, citrus butter dressing. Choices of entrees include Brasato al Barolo; braised kobe short rib, braising jus, celery root puree, micro heirloom carrots or Polletto al Mattone; crispy local poussin, warm heirloom fingerling potatoes. Top off your Bianca experience with dessert; Pannetone con Zabaglione is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Prix-fixe Menu; $425 dollars per person. Guests having dinner will be given reduced admission to the main party at Delano Beach Club with a performance by Santigold. For reservations please call VIP Services (305) 674 5752.
Biltmore Hotel & Resort. New Year's Eve Gala: Say goodbye to 2012 and welcome the New Year and all its wonderful possibilities at the annual gala event in the Biltmore's Country Club Ballroom. Enjoy a four-course dinner with an open bar. Live DJ and band, fireworks, and more. Reserve early, tickets will sell out. Members: $260; Guests $325; Children 12 and up: $260; Children under 12: $50. RSVP: 305-913-3202. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $50-$325. New Year's Eve Dinner: Palme d'Or and Fontana are front and center for this year's New Year's Eve celebrations at the Biltmore! Prix fixe menu, wine pairings, champagne, and party favors in the elegant restaurants are the perfect way to end 2012 and ring in the New Year. $135 in Fontana and $190 in Palme d'Or. RSVP: 305-913-3202 Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $135-$190. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-8066, biltmorehotel.com.
Biscayne Lady Yacht. NYE Dinner Cruise: All inclusive three-hour dinner cruise with open bar, salad bar station, pasta station, meat carving station, dessert station, and views of the downtown Miami fireworks. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. $59-$179. 270 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-379-5119, island-queencruises.com.
Bistro One LR. Ring in the New Year enjoying a festive dinner at stylish Bistro One LR, with indoor and al fresco seating under the stars at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The first seating features a three-course meal for $95. The second seating features a four-course meal, bottle of champagne, party favors AND access to the hotel's exclusive NYE Pool Party (includes open bar from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. for $295 per person. Two Seatings: 6-7:30 & 8-10 p.m. For reservations please call (786) 276-4000.
BLT Steak. BLT Steak NYE Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal with dishes like a 10 oz. Chateaubriand with fingerling potatoes and bone marrow confit, savoy cabbage and black mission figs, nutella crunch truffle and blood orange cardamom pate de fruit, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $250-$415. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-0044, bltsteak.com.
Bongos Cuban Cafe. New Year's Eve at Bongos: Dinner, live music, midnight champagne toast, and party favors. Children 6 to 12 pay half-price. Stick around after midnight for a night full of dancing. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $150. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-2100, bongoscubancafe.com.
Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina Restaurant. New Year's Eve Dinner: First seating begins at 6 p.m. and features three courses including a choice of burrata heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare, Maine lobster cioppino, or crispy pork belly to start; a main course selection between Day Boat scallops, yellowtail snapper, crispy local quail, or American wagyu filet "Rossini" with shallot potato cake and foie gras; and concludes with a choice among warm chocolate polenta cake, traditional beignets, or artisanal cheese duo. Second seating starts at 9 p.m. and features a six-course menu showcasing Petrossian American caviar parfait to start, then proceeds with sweet potato ravioli with white alba truffles, Hudson Valley foie gras, Scottish sea trout and Maine lobster, American wagyu filet, and warm chocolate polenta cake. Complimentary glass of champagne, live band, and party favors included. Reservations required. Call 786-279-6600. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 & 9 p.m. $95-$265. 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786-279-6600, michaelmina.net.
Cafe Sambal Restaurant. NYE Dinner Show: Performances by the Latin Connection, Mango's Dancers, and all of your favorite stars including the Michael Jackson Tribute show. Dinner packages include cover charge, table, three-course dinner, bottle of Moet Imperial Champagne per couple, and party favors. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $50-$275. New Year's Brunch: Make the first meal of the year one to remember. Tue., Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305-913-8358, mandarinoriental.com.
Cafeina. Cafeina New Year's Eve Party: Celebrate the New Year in Cafeina's luxurious lounge, speakeasy upstairs mezzanine, or lush outdoor garden with resident DJ Supersede. Live feed of the ball drop and bottle service specials. Gourmet tapas and signature cocktails will be featured on the menu, along with premium spirits, champagnes, and wines. Reservations highly recommended. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. free. 297 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792, cafeinamiami.com.
Cascata Grill. New Year's Eve Dinner: Ring in the New Year with a four-course menu suitable for the family. Features include an amuse-bouche; choice starter of she-crab bisque, ceviche, veal cheek, or Italian greens and beans; and a second-course coastal green salad. For the main entrée, guests can choose from a filet of beef with local prawns, lamb two ways, black cod, or eggplant napoleon. There's no sweeter ending than with a selection between the fig and salty caramel tart or roasted pineapple cheese flan. For reservations, call 786-279-6800. Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. $85. 19999 W. Country Club Drive (Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club), Aventura, 786-279-6800, fairmont.com.
Catharsis Restaurant and Lounge. Alma Rosa Castellanos: There are three dinner options to choose from: the a la carte menu and a two-seating, five-course meal with three hours of open bar or open bar all night. Performances by Alma Rosa Castellanos and a midnight champagne toast. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 and 9 p.m. $80-$95. 1644 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-479-2746, catharsisrestaurant.com.
City Hall Restaurant. City Hall's New Year's Eve Celebration: Special pre-fix three-course dinner, open premium four-hour bar, party favors, DJ, and dancing. Reserve a spot to join in on the party. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $100. 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-764-3130, cityhalltherestaurant.com.
Cobb CineBistro at Dolphin Mall. Cinebistro New Year's Eve Celebration: Festivities include open bar from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m., seafood buffet, all you can eat buffet featuring our "Fresh Raw Bar," champagne fountain featuring chocolate covered strawberries, balloon drop at midnight, balloons stuffed with great prizes, movie passes, free desserts, free appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. $50. 11471 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-455-7373, cobbcinebistro.com/dolphin/index.php.
Crazy About You. New Year's Eve Dinner: Two seatings available for either a three- or five-course meal featuring serrano ham and cod croquettes, prawn salad, and beef tenderloin medallions with green peppercorn sauce. First seating runs from 5-8 p.m. The second seating starts at 9 p.m. and includes a five-course dinner and a midnight champagne toast. Dinner for the second seating is only served until 10 p.m., but you're welcomed to stay until the start of 2013. Mon., Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. $49-$95. 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305-377-4442.
Cuba Ocho Gallery. NYE at Cuba Ocho: Welcome the new year with food, champagne, grapes, and other party favors. Music by Chichito Valdez and Gaitos de Son. VIP ticket includes a bottle of liquor. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $85-$120. 1465 SW 8th St., Ste 106, Miami, 305-285-5880, cubaocho.com.
DB Bistro Moderne. NYE Dinner Party & Gala: The early seating ($75) runs from 5:30-7 p.m. and includes a three-course meal, party favors, and live music. The dinner gala ($275) starts later at 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and includes a six-course meal, more elaborate party favors, a champagne toast, and an after dinner party. Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-10:30 p.m. $75-$275. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800, danielnyc.com/dbbistroMiami.html.
De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean. Latin Festin': Ring in the new year with an open bar and five buffet stations including salad, seafood, parrillada (meat and BBQ), roasted pork in a caja china, and dessert. First seating (adults $150, children 13-17 $75, kids under 12 $50) runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Second seating (adults $250, children 13-20 $100, kids under 13 $50) starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. and includes party favors and a fireworks display. Reservations highly recommended. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $50-$250. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-672-6624, drodriguezcuba.com.
Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita. NYE Dinner: Enjoy the flavors of arugula tropical salad, herb crusted Mediterranean branzino, and chocolatissimo with cinnamon ice cream. There are two dinner seatings, but the later one includes a midnight champagne toast. Head downstairs after dinner for music and dancing. Mon., Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. $49-$95. 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-403-3103, doloreslolita.com.
Eating House. Dive into a special seven-course meal inspired by chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli's recent U.S. culinary tour. Eating House is offering two seatings - 6:00 p.m. at $95 per person, and includes a Champagne welcome, and 9:00 p.m. for $110 per person which includes the Champagne welcome along with the midnight toast. Diners are welcome to stay after midnight whenOwner/GM Alex Cassanova will break out his turntables and get the party started. Reservations required, please call 305.448.6524.
Eden Roc Marina. Fireworks Gala: Ring in the new year aboard the Musette Yacht. Featuring four hours of open bar, a special champagne toast at midnight, music served up by a live DJ, and a full dinner buffet. This multi-level ship will also give you the opportunity to take in the Bayfront Park NYE fireworks extravaganza! You'll have the best vantage point, so don't even think that you'll miss one second of the action. Mon., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. $145. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-218-2249, miamicaptainjoe.com.
Edge Steak & Bar. New Year's Eve Dinner: Celebrate the end of 2012 with a five-course menu and a bubbly toast at midnight. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $180. New Year's Eve Soirée: A DJ on the terrace in a lounge-like atmosphere and cash bar makes for a beautiful, hassle free New Year's Eve. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. free. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535, edgerestaurantmiami.com.
Egg & Dart. NYE Dinner at Egg & Dart: A Greek-style, four-course meal with a free champagne toast at midnight and a bottle of Greek wine for every party of four. Enjoy dancing, drinking, eating, and maybe even some plate-breaking! RSVP by calling the restaurant. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $75. 4029 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-431-1022, egganddartmiami.com.
A Fish Called Avalon. New Year's Eve Celebration: Enjoy Ocean Drive's famed midnight fireworks display right from your table accompanied with a four-course meal, live music, and a complimentary champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. $185. 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-532-1727, afishcalledavalon.com.
The Forge.Indulge in the sparkle and light of the annual New Year's Eve celebration at The Forge with three different exclusive packages to choose from. For the early birds, the restaurant is offering a three-course dinner by Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso from 6 - 8 p.m. priced at $95 per person. For those looking to stay and enjoy the crowd and space, the restaurant is offering a four-course dinner with music and dancing by DJ Joe Dert priced at $350 per person. For the night owls, The Forge will be transforming the bar into a late night lounge with a tasting plate with bites, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot per pair and a Premium Open Bar until 1 a.m. priced at $85 per person. For reservations, call 305.538.8533.
Gotham Steak Restaurant. Gotham's New Year's Eve Dinner: Enjoy a four- or five-course New Year's Eve dinner with dishes such as applewood-smoked salmon rillettes with crème fraîche, pork belly with green apple, ivory lentils and foie gras, mesquite grilled filet mignon with lobster butter, truffle and white asparagus, and roasted banana and caramel ice cream. Three seatings. 6:30 p.m. four-course meal ($195) and 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. five-course meal ($295). Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. $195-$295. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4780, fontainebleau.com.
Hakkasan. NYE Dinner: A family-style dinner with dishes including crispy Chilean sea bass with Thai sweet chili sauce, minced pork and Sichuan spicy sauce, and milk chocolate and yuzu in tahini sauce with macadamia nut ice cream. Two seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $195-$295. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-1388, fontainebleau.com/web/dining/hakkasan/.
Hilton at Blue Lagoon. New Years Eve 2013: Featuring open bar, buffet stations or formal multi-course dinner, champagne toast, deluxe party favors, reserved tables, laser lights, giant video screen, confetti shoots, music, and more. Renowned DJs to play an international mix of Miami's best dance music. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $60-$135. 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Doral.
The Hoxton. Take a stroll into the past and visit the era that made Miami known as the "Magic City" during this festive New Year's Eve celebration. Well-known Miami band Locos Por Juana will be performing throughout the night providing an authentic Miami countdown to remember. Dress in your premium retro swagger and prepare for a radioactive night of dancing and dining at the recently opened lounge. Choose from three packages available including an option that include a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $85 per person, a package including a three-course meal and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot per couple for $115, or Bottle Service for four people with a table guaranteed with prices beginning at $250. For reservations, call 305.677.8466.
InterContinental West Miami Hotel. New Year's Eve: The InterContinental at Doral Miami will be hosting its 2nd Annual New Year's Eve party. Dance and dine your way into the new year. Admission includes live music and DJ, party favors, dinner, and a glass of champagne. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $39.95-$95.99. 2505 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305-468-1400.
InterContinental Miami. New Year's Eve Celebration: This New Year's Eve celebration features a four-course plated dinner. Begin with family style appetizers, followed by all you can eat rodizio service for your entrée, and top off the evening with family-style desserts. First seating 7 p.m. (adults $95, children 6-12 $47.50, children 5 and under, free). Second seating 9 p.m. (adults $125, children 6-12 $62.50, children 5 and under, free). Mon., Dec. 31, 7 and 9 p.m. $47.50-$125. New Year's Eve Atrium Celebration: Atrium party with DJ Tavin, champagne, lounge seating, and a view of the fireworks from Miami's skyline. Mon., Dec. 31, 11 p.m. $100. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-577-1000, icmiamihotel.com.
John Martin's Irish Pub. An Irish NYE Party: Forget blow horns, ring in the new year the Irish way with a bagpiper at midnight. Come in earlier for a prix-fixe dinner including filet mignon with wild mushrooms, seared salmon, and a warm honey apple turnover for dessert. Live music all night. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $57.50. 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-445-3777, johnmartins.com.
Kitchen 305. Cleopatra's Ball: Celebrate 2013 with an Egyptian extravaganza. Entertainment provided by belly dancers, DJ's La Trice, Retrokidd, and Amalia Leandro, Egyptian drummers, fire dancers, mini skits throughout the night, Henna tattoos, snake charmers, and other live performances. Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.-3 a.m. $30-$350. 16701 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach, 305-749-2110, newportbeachsideresort.com.
Kukaramakara. NYE Dinner and Party at Kukaramakara: Includes dinner, open bar from 9 p.m.-12 a.m., midnight champagne toast, and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages for minors. Stick around for the after party starting after 12:30 a.m. Party packages available. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $30-$80. 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-577-7779, kukaramakara.com.
Macchialina. Festivities will be abound as Macchialina celebrates the end of 2012 and welcomes 2013. The rustic Italian eatery will be offering a five-course tasting menu that includes a complimentary bottle of Antica Fratta, Franciacorta Brut NV. After dinner, or for those who are only interested in the party, the restaurant is offering a $50 open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight that will include specialty beers as well as wines by the glass. Five-course dinner priced at $85 per person. For reservations, call 305.534.2124.
Meat Market. NYE Dinner at Meat Market: Two four-course dinner seatings. Early seating runs from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Second seating starts after 9:30 p.m. and includes a a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and an in-house DJ. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. $150-$225. 915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0088, meatmarketmiami.com.
Mercadito Midtown. New Year's Eve: Start your night with an early dinner from 5-6:45 p.m. for the regular dinner menu or from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for the $45 sharing menu. Celebrate the countdown to the new year starting at 9:30 p.m. with a five-course dinner, open bar for an additional $45, party favors and live DJs. Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. $45-$55. 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430, mercaditorestaurants.com.
One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. NYE Dinner at One Bal Harbour: Come in for a four-course meal with the option of unlimited champagne, dancing, and music. Seatings at 8 and 10 p.m. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 and 10 p.m. $199-$249. 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-455-5400, oneluxuryhotels.com.
Rick's Bar and Restaurant. New Year's Eve Party: Welcome 2013 with live music, DJ, party favors, and an open bar. Buy the VIP package for $200 and get dinner for two including an appetizer, two main courses, and dessert, and a hotel room so you won't have to worry about driving. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. $10-$200. 7707 NW 103rd St., Hialeah, 305-825-1000.
Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. NYE Dinner at The Ritz: Enjoy a seafood buffet at The Ritz-Carlton's Vizcaya restaurant and then head to the Lazuli Lounge for live music, dancing, and an open bar to ring in the new year. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $85. 3300 Southwest 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680.
Scarpetta. Italian New Year's Eve Dinner: Scarpetta is celebrating the New Year with its delicious Italian dining. Choose from a four- or five-course meal with dishes like creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms, European turbot with porcini mushrooms, hazelnuts and sunchokes, and coconut panna cotta with caramelized pineapple. Two seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $195-$295. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4660, fontainebleau.com.
Setai Hotel. 2013 Celebration at the Setai: Experience a sensual, elegant new year's eve at the Setai with a six-course meal, exclusive dessert creations, party favors, entertainment, and a countdown to midnight with a dance party in the Courtyard featuring Brazilian dancers. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $850. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6000, setai.com.
SoBe Live. SoBe Live: NYE 2013 A Night to Remember: This New Years Eve join SoBe Live as we ring in 2013. With a choice of a regular open bar or premium open bar all night long, a gourmet cuisine buffet, a $5,000 balloon drop, music by BET DJ Q45, and celebrity performances. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $75-$6000. 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-725-3353, sobelivesouthbeach.com.
STK Miami. STK NYE: Start the year off with a bang. Formal attire strongly suggested. Two dinner seatings at 6-7:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. First seating is a four-course meal with a champagne toast. Second seating is a five-course and includes a champagne toast, party favors, and dancing. Mon., Dec. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. $175-$275. 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6988, stkhouse.com.
Strike Miami. Roll Into the New Year: Choose from the ball drop bash which includes four hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, open bar, and a buffet, or just go in for the buffet and four hours of premium bar. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $75-$295. 11401 NW 12th St. Unit E624, Doral, 305-594-0200, enewyearseve.com.
Surfcomber Hotel. New Year's Eve Dinner at Lantao: An Asian-inspired, three-course dinner menu featuring lamb and bitter herb pot stickers with coconut-curry dipping sauce, Chinese roast duck with tamarind vegetable stir-fry, and chocolate truffle cheese cake eggrolls with mixed berry compote with champagne pairings at $35 a bottle. The Social Club lounge will offer an a la carte dinner with handcrafted signature cocktails. Live music from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $65. 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-7715, surfcomber.com.
Taverna Opa. Taverna Opa NYE: Celebrate New Year's Eve the Greek way with table top dancing, a complete dinner, and open bar. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. $100. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-673-6730, tavernaoparestaurant.com/BrickellVillage.
Terrazza at Shore Club. Enjoy a celebratory, four course menu prepared by Chef Stefano Riccioletti. Entrée choices include a 12oz Prime Filet Mignon, Pistachio Encrusted Chilean Bass or Lobster Risotto. Antipasti, salad and dessert courses offer equally enticing variety. The menu is available from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for $125 per person or a 9pm to 11pm seating that includes a champagne toast for $175 person. Dinner guests can join the poolside party for a reduced ticket price of $50 per person. Prix-Fixe, $125-$175. Dinner at 6:30pm, Second Seating and Poolside Party at 9pm. To purchase tickets online, visit backofhouse.morganshotelgroup.com.
Tosca. Revel in the spirits of Jay Gatsby during a New Year's Eve soiree that will be true to his extravagant form. The Great Gatsby themed party will feature a decadent menu consisting of the world's finest imported delicacies and the evening will encompass the essence and glamour of the 1920s. Reign in the new year in your finest 1920s attire as you cheers to another year of fun and excitement with a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 786.216.7230.
Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House. NYE Dinner at Truluck's: Enjoy a four-course meal, party favors, live entertainment, and a midnight champagne toast to ring in the new year. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. $125. 777 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-579-0035, trulucks.com.
Turnberry Isle Miami. Enchanted Garden New Year's Eve Ball: During this enchanted garden celebration, delight in gourmet selections from a lavish reception. Then enjoy a sit-down dinner and dancing. Festivities also include a DJ along with a vocalist, percussionist, and saxophonist, dessert buffet, open bar, and champagne toast at midnight. Specialty wines and cocktails to be served all evening long. Black-tie optional. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 305-933-6590. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to event. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $250. 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 305-932-6200, fairmont.com/turnberryisle.
Tuyo. NYE Dinner at Tuyo: Two dinner seatings at 6-9 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight. The first seating ($105) includes a three-course meal. The second seating ($195) offers a five-course meal, a champagne toast at midnight, and live music throughout the night. Reservations required. Mon., Dec. 31, 6-9 and 9 p.m.-midnight. $105-$195. 415 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-237-3200, tuyomiami.com.
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Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub and Eatery. VIP New Year's Celebration at Waxy's: With DJ Rob-Lo, a dinner buffet and call or premium liquor. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $60-$80. 690 SW 1st Court, Miami, 786-871-7660, waxysmiami.com.
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