Welcome the New Year in Style at Atlanta’s Top Restaurants
Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day Parties, Festive Dinners and Special Hours
ATLANTA – There’s no need to break out the Champagne at home when Atlanta’s top restaurants have planned special New Year’s celebrations. Restaurants all over the city invite guests to celebrate with New Year’s Eve dinners, promotions and parties, and many restaurants are open on New Year’s Day to start the year off with a bang.
Midtown / Westside
Usher in the new year in style at 5Church Atlanta. The Midtown hotspot is set to host Unlock 2020 with two ways to celebrate. Guests can choose a dinner option, which includes an intimate premium buffet from award-winning chef Delroy Bowen with multiple carving stations, a seafood bar and dessert bar on the first floor of 5Church and a half bottle of Champagne for every two people. Cost is based on arrival time: $75 for arrival between 5-7 p.m., $85 for arrival between 7-8 p.m. and $95 for arrival between 8-10 p.m. Guests are invited to join the Unlock 2020 party upstairs on the second floor for a $50 per-person upgrade. The main event -- Unlock 2020 -- features an Upstairs Roof Party from 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. in a private second floor room with a covered and heated patio boasting sweeping Midtown views. The party includes an all-night premium open bar, gourmet food buffet, two DJs starting at 10 p.m., Champagne toast, countdown to midnight, party favors, confetti cannon and balloon drop for $100 per person. Unlock more details and a key to Unlock 2020 online. Contact 5Church directly to upgrade to the VIP Group Section, which includes general admission, plush lounge seating and chilled Champagne. 5Church will be open New Year’s Day serving brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
Those partying in Midtown or heading to see Widespread Panic at The Fox Theatre can duck into Edgar’s Proof & Provision in The Georgian Terrace Hotel. The speakeasy-style cocktail bar is offering guests a complimentary Champagne of Beers (Miller High Life) toast at midnight. 866-845-7551; proofandprovision.com.
Do as the Romans do and celebrate with an Italian New Year’s Party at Forza Storico. From 5-9 p.m., the Roman dining concept located in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District, serves dinner from its regular menu and half-priced bottles of wine. The last seating is at 9 p.m. The party gets started at 10 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. with an open bar with wine, signature cocktails and craft Italian beers, complimentary bar food and a DJ. Cost is $120 (includes tax and gratuity). Guests staying after dinner for the party will receive a discount on the party cost. 404-464-8096; forzastorico.com.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar is offering a three-course menu on New Year’s Eve for $70 (does not include tax or gratuity). The evening begins with a complimentary glass of bubbly followed by a menu that includes first course options of risotto, roasted butternut squash soup, grilled baby romaine salad or hydroponic bibb salad. The second course follows with choice of pan-seared chicken, lobster butter-poached halibut, vegetable ragout, filet mignon or osso buco. Choose a sweet finish with a sorbet flight, hot chocolate cheesecake or upside-down plum cake. 404-897-5000; livingstonatlanta.com.
At The Federal, guests can celebrate with three seatings on New Year’s Eve: 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. The restaurant offers a four-course prix fixe menu at all seatings along with an à la carte menu of its bistro and steakhouse classics during the first two seatings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Options on the four-course menu include crispy Sardinian flatbread with Iberian lardo, blue crab cake, pappardelle with wild boar Bolognese, oxtail French onion soup, a 16-ounce dry-aged Kansas City strip, and diver scallops with black truffle risotto. Dessert boasts a choice of sticky toffee pudding, homemade Kit Kat, chocolate cheesecake, green apple tart or coconut cake. The 10 p.m. seating starts the party with music from Frank Norman and The Vibes quartet, a Champagne toast and party favors at midnight. The à la carte menu will not be offered. The prix fixe menu is $150 per person for food only and an additional $60 per person for the wine and spirits pairings. Reservations are strongly recommended. 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
Virginia-Highland / East Atlanta / Decatur
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland has a special à la carte New Year’s Eve dinner menu and countdown party with Champagne toast at midnight on Dec. 31. On Jan. 1 starting at 11 a.m., enjoy the full brunch menu along with Atkins Park’s traditional Southern New Year’s Day offering of braised pork, hoppin’ John, collard greens and cornbread. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Travel back to the 1920s with a roaring 20s cocktail party and dinner at Cold Beer. The restaurant will serve a four course dinner for $110 per person during two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. An additional beverage pairing is available for $50. The New Year’s Eve Roaring 20s Cocktail Party starts at 9:30 p.m. and includes drink tickets, a raw bar and passed hors d’oeuvre, live big band music and a Champagne toast, all for $100. A combined ticket for both dinner and the party is $170 per person. Guests can purchase tickets online for the dinner or cocktail party. 404-254-1032; coldbeeratl.com.
Ring in the new year at Gunshow with a very special package to mark the occasion. Indulge in a 10-course dinner (great for sharing), one glass of bubbly per person and an autographed menu for $125 per person. An expanded cocktail and bubbles menu also will be available in addition to the regular cocktail menu. Seatings are at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and are expected to sell out. Tickets are per person and are non-refundable. Gratuities and additional beverages are not included. Interested in dinner and a party? Add on Cold Beer’s Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party for the discounted price of $60. Purchase tickets online. 404-380-1886; gunshowatl.com.
Celebrate the new year and National Bloody Mary Day at Murphy’s on Jan. 1. The Virginia-Highland mainstay will be open for brunch from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and serving favorites including corned beef hash, hazelnut-crusted French toast, Eggs T. Murphy and its house-made bloody mary. The restaurant will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve. 404-872-0904; murphysatlanta.com.
Kevin Gillespie’s creative Southern restaurant Revival in Decatur hosts a four-course New Year’s Eve meal for $75 per person. An optional cocktail pairing is $25 with drinks created with Canella, Egan's and Mad March Hare brands. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Make reservations through Resy or email Revival directly. 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com.
On New Year’s Eve, the beloved Buckhead restaurant Aria highlights chef Gerry Klaskala’s modern American cuisine with a special four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person (does not include beverages, tax or gratuity). 404-233-7673; aria-atl.com.
Chido & Padre's in Buckhead will host a New Year's Eve party with chef specials and its regular menu of fresh, coastal cuisine from Baja Mexico, party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. Start the party early with happy hour specials from 3-7 p.m. Come back on New Year's Day for brunch with a festive, Mexican flair and $5 mimosas starting at 11 a.m. The eatery boasts plenty of TVs for bowl game viewing. 404-848-9100; chidoandpadres.com.
Welcome the new year with Spanish flair at Gypsy Kitchen in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The restaurant will be open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m., serving an a la carte menu of tapas and meals to share with a Champagne toast at midnight. Menu highlights include lobster tortilla espanola, seared scallops, foie gras crème brûlée, seafood paella and 32-ounce bone-in New York strip. Head back on New Year’s Day for Gypsy Kitchen’s signature brunch menu from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start the new year off right with an expansive bloody mary bar along with Spanish brunch dishes like paella, blue crab croquettas and pan con tomate. Dinner follows starting at 4 p.m.404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.
Himitsu, the “by reservation only” Japanese craft cocktail lounge in Buckhead, roars into 2020 with a 20s themed Prohibition party with music by DJ London and a bottle of Dom P2, the newly released ultra-premium Champagne from Dom Perignon. Cost is $300 per couple with one bottle of Dom P2, $400 per couple with one bottle of Dom P2 and partial seating, and $500 per couple with one bottle of Dom P2 and guaranteed seating. Doors open at 11 p.m. For reservations and inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org. puraibeto.com/himitsu.
Ring in the New Year at Johnny’s Hideaway for a one-of-a-kind celebration at Atlanta’s oldest nightspot. $50 per person includes reserved seats and party favors at midnight. All guests must arrive by midnight. Reserve by phone. 404-233-8026; johnnyshideaway.com.
The Southern Gentleman in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is serving a four-course prix fixe menu with a Champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Menu option highlights include foie gras, bison oxtail hand pies, crab Louie, wagyu beef short ribs, blackened red snapper and double chocolate chess pie. Cost is $75 per person. The Atlanta gastropub welcomes guests back on New Year’s Day for brunch fare including gumbo, seasonal vegetable frittata, shrimp and grits and a pimento cheese omelet. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by dinner starting at 4 p.m. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.
New Year’s Eve revelers can pregame their midnight cheer at Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante. The Italian restaurant and market in Buckhead will be open until 11 p.m., serving half-priced bottles of wine all day. 404-500-2181; storicofresco.com.
Drink and dance into 2020 at The Blind Pig Parlour Bar. The 1920s-inspired speakeasy is hosting an intimate New Year’s Eve celebration with a limited number of all-inclusive tickets for $120 that include open bar, party favors, hors d’oeuvre and Champagne toast at midnight. Purchase tickets online. Phone; theblindpigparlourbar.com.
All three HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern locations (Brookhaven, Midtown and Perimeter) are hosting New Year’s Eve parties. At the Midtown location (404-968-2288), the New Year’s Eve party starts at 9 p.m. Live music from James Patrick Morgan sets the tone for bottomless beer and Champagne and all-you-can-eat pizza from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. A balloon drop and party favors also are included in the party, all for $49 per person. At the Brookhaven (404-464-8971) and Perimeter (470-395-7904) locations, a DJ will start spinning at 9 p.m., followed by a balloon drop, Champagne toast and bottle specials. A menu of Surf & Turf (shrimp and steak with mushroom sauce) will be offered Dec. 28-31. On New Year’s Day, all three locations will serve up brunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. along with bottomless mimosas and football on the screens. Dinner will be served during regular dinner hours as well. hobnobatlanta.com.
Unwind at the beach on New Year’s Eve at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. Both the Buckhead and Canton Street locations will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. serving regular menus plus chef features. Specials include wagyu filet mignon with shallot-red wine jus, glazed bok choy and celeriac mousse for $30 and wild mushroom risotto with truffle crème, fregola and curry for $22. Both restaurants will be open New Year’s Day from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.404-474-9508 (Buckhead), 770-993-5749 (Canton Street); thebigketch.com.
Outside the Perimeter
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar highlights its fresh, sustainable seafood in a four-course Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Dinner for $79 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with wine pairings for an additional $29. Dinner features a choice of appetizers such as iced oysters on the half shell, wood-fired oyster Rockefeller, hamachi pastrami crudo, Ellijay apple Waldorf salad, she-crab bisque and shrimp fritters. Choose from entrées such as Atlantic grouper, skate wing, sea scallops, roasted red snapper and braised beef short ribs. Desserts include Key lime pie, blood orange cardamom tart and gingerbread crème brûlée. 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com.
Tap into the New Year at Jekyll Brewing. Beer lovers can start the celebration at the Alpharetta brewery’s Marconi location, which will be open from 5-9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Instead of driving to Atlanta to celebrate, head over to Jekyll Brewing’s newly opened City Center location for low country-inspired food, drinks and live music starting at 8 p.m. The City Center location also will be open normal hours on New Year’s Day for college football viewing and a little hair of the dog if needed. Marconi: jekyllbrewing.com; 844-4JEKYLL. City Center: 470-273-5932; jekyllbrewingacc.com.
Score low-and-slow barbecue and college bowl game viewing at Loyal Q and Brew. The Alpharetta eatery will have televisions tuned to the big games, a menu of delicious smOAKed meats and sides and drink specials including 22-ounce Miller Lite, Coors Light and Terrapin Golden ale for $5.25 and the GA Handshake (16-ounce Terrapin Golden plus a one-ounce shot of Savannah Straight bourbon, Sweet Tea bourbon or Honey bourbon) for $7.89. 470-359-9947; loyalq.com.
Popular seed-to-fork restaurant Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple will be open from 5-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, offering a special three-course menu to celebrate the new year. The price is $75 per person and includes menu choices such as crispy salt and vinegar calamari, spinach and warm brie salad, potato- and herb-crusted grouper, spiced-and-smoked duck breast, root beer-braised boneless beef short ribs or blackened diver scallops. For dessert, guests can choose dark and stormy chocolate Bundt cake, poinsettia trifle or warm hummingbird cake. Milton’s also will be open normal hours and serving its regular menu on New Year's Day. 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
For the best of land and sea, Alpharetta revelers can sail into Ocean & Acre in Halcyon for the restaurant’s regular menu and a selection of chef features including tuna tartare with Taggiasca olives, capers, Meyer lemon and smoked trout roe ($25); foie gras torchon with sea salt, pistachio, fig compote and vincotto ($25); pappardelle with wild mushrooms, white sauce and tartuffa ($25); and six-ounce wagyu filet with fonduta, glaze cipollini, mushroom, pancetta and brasato sauce ($50). Ocean & Acre will be open from 11 a.m. until late; 678-823-8887; oceanandacre.com.
Seed Kitchen & Bar in Marietta hosts a special four-course menu for $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity, on New Year’s Eve. A first course features pimiento cheese tartlet and Benton’s ham. The rest of the courses include selections such as parsnip Granny Smith apple bisque, seared foie gras, chicken fried sweetbreads, curry-spiced ahi tuna, bone-in White Marble Farm’s pork schnitzel or Thai curry veal shank. End the meal with desserts such as chocolate peanut butter parfait, Grand Marnier pots de crème and banana pudding tart. 678-214-6888; eatatseed.com.
Stem Wine Bar, the chef-driven neighborhood wine bar, hosts an all-inclusive, five-course wine dinner with wines from Cakebread Cellars and Schramsberg Vineyards. The New Year’s Eve menu includes tuna tartlet, smoked uni deviled eggs, brandade agnolotti, lobster and foie gras, nori-wrapped veal loin and a variety of petit fours. The $185 per person price includes tax and gratuity. View full menu and purchase tickets to the 6:15 or 8:45seating online. 678-214-6888; stemwinebar.com.
Open Business as Usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Loyal Tavern in Roswell. 678-921-0456; loyaltavern.com.
Ormsby’s in Westside Atlanta. 404-968-2033; ormsbysatlanta.com.
Taco Mac with multiple locations. tacomac.com.
Zunzi’s in Buckhead (closing 4 p.m. New Year’s Eve). 470-698-2351; zunzis.com.
Open Business as Usual on New Year’s Eve
Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar in Brookhaven. 470-395-8989; secretokitchen.com.
WIN Indonesian Grill and Gastrobar. 404-352-3838; wingastrobar.com.