The Ten Best New Year's Eve 2016 Dinners in Miami

Though everyone celebrates New Year's Eve, the evening that transitions the old year into the new doesn't have to mean a wild night at the clubs or a tuxedo-clad formal. Sometimes, you just want to bring in the new with a fantastic dinner with friends or share a bottle of champagne with your loved ones.

This year, Miami's restaurants offer something for every celebrant — from a low-key à la carte meal to a decadent dinner. New Times has come up with an exhaustive list of restaurants offering holiday meals, but here are the ten most intriguing menus for your party planning.

All prices are exclusive of taxes and gratuities and reservations are strongly suggested — it is, after all, New Year's Eve. 

10. Edge Steak & Bar
Edge Steak & Bar is always a fantastic value for such a beautiful restaurant. Chef Aaron Brooks and his team are offering a four-course early dinner at 6 p.m that includes a champagne toast ($150). A five-course dinner starts at 9:30 p.m. ($190). The menu is still being finalized, but expect some steakhouse classics with surprising touches. After dinner, head over to the Edge terrace for a party with fire pits, a DJ, and gorgeous views with no cover and no velvet ropes (cash bar at the terrace). Make reservations at

9. Macchialina Taverna Rustica
If you're looking for a casual New Year's with plenty of good food but none of the hype, Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky's rustic Italian spot is offering several holiday dishes including whole fish, osso buco, and complimentary prosecco toast at Midnight. Dinner reservations start at 6 p.m. and can be made by calling 305-534-2124.

8. Talde at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel
Ring in the new year at Talde at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. A five-course dinner consists of perilla leaf with fried shrimp, peanut chili, lime, coconut chanachur followed by lamb shawarma with red and white sauce and a zaatar pita with cucumber, smoked tomato, gelee, and puffed saffron rice. Chilled soba noodles with soy dashi, seasonal pickles, wasabi, and pea tendrils follows. The main course is Singapore chili lobster with shallots, lotus, and taro chips. For dessert, there's Vietnamese coffee-infused chocolate sesame balls with benne sugar and sweetened milk. Dinner is $125 per person and seatings are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

7. The Redlander at Schnebly
Dinner on the farm starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes your meal and open bar of wine and handcrafted Miami Brewing Company beer for $125 per person. Dinner includes a winery tasting platter of chilled stone crabs with guava mustard sauce, local yellowtail snapper ceviche, charred lamb chops, and pulled local wild boar quesadilla. The second course is local bean and Florida lobster salad. For entrée, choose from a Florida filet mignon with Verde Farm yuca mash, Deal's dorrel pesto, and Paradise Farms carrots or cinnamon basil seared black grouper with Redland honey, chilled ponzu, Key West shrimp butter, and toasted local kale. A shared dessert platter for the table includes jasmine avocado rice pussing, flourless chocolate torte, and local goat cheese guava cheesecake with Key lime sabayon. All reservations must be pre-paid in advance and can be made at

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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