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The Twin Cities' Ultimate New Year's Eve Restaurant Guide

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Reservation books at restaurants around town are already filling up for New Year's Eve—and fast. Whether you're looking for a casual bite before dancing the night away or a long prix-fixe as the main event (and even a champagne toast at midnight), it's time to get on the phone (or the computer) and nab a spot at your chosen table.

So without any further ado, we present your ultimate New Year's Eve dining guide: 20 of the best New Year's Eve meals across the Twin Cities, mapped in roughly geographic order, along with menu options for the big night, swank factor, and remaining reservation availability. (Or, if you're leaving your night more up to chance, we've also got a few spots that aren't taking reservations at all.)

Are you headed somewhere else on NYE? Let us know in the comments.


Lucy Nieboer

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Harriet Brasserie

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2724 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 354-2197
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Menu: Prix-fixe with options, 4 courses, $45, plus $20 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Luxury is available for the vegetarian or the carnivore at this cozy bistro — entree choices include a mushroom gnocchi or a lobster and tenderloin surf and turf. Reservations: High Availability

2. Barbette

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1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-5710
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Menu: A la carte with several New Year's Eve specials. Swank Factor: As the clock strikes midnight, there will be a champagne toast at this classic French cafe. Reservations: HIgh Availability

3. Lucia's

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572
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Menu: A la carte from the regular weekly, seasonal menu. Swank Factor: Decor galore complete with a wine bottle tree and wreaths complete the look at this elegant Minneapolis standby. Reservations: Fair Availability

4. Piccolo

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4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8111
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Menu: Prix-fixe tasting menu with options, $65, plus $40 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Chef Doug Flicker will be mixing up the offerings for the occasion, but diehard fans of this intimate fine dining spot should fear not — mainstays like pickled pigs feet with scrambled eggs and braised beef short-rib with "black walnut soil" still make the short list. Reservations: Very few reservations available. Waitlist on deck.

5. Corner Table

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-0011
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Menu: Prix-fixe, five courses with options, $75, plus $40 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Every luxury ingredient from foie to lobster to pork belly finds its way into the menu somehow, whether it's in a broth, as a garnish, or in a sauce. Reservations: Low Availability

6. Blackbird

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3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-4790
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Menu: A la carte only. Swank Factor: This neighborhood cafe is keeping their NYE specials and featured wines under wraps until a few days before the ball drop. Check their Facebook page for updates. Reservations: High Availability

7. Eat Street Social

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2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 767-6850
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Menu: Prix-fixe, 5 courses, paired with cocktails and wines, $100 (includes cocktail/wine pairing) Swank Factor: Scallops, oysters, caviar, oh my! And that's just the first course at this buzzy Eat Street epicenter for all things drink related. Reservations: Fair Availability

8. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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Menu: A la carte only, regular menu. Swank Factor: No frills at this quirky downtown hotspot, but bourbon flights and house-made meats make for an uncomplicated start to a new year. Reservations: High Availability

9. Borough

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730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-3135
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Menu: Prix-fixe only, 5 courses, $65, plus $30 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: One of the best known courses coming from this modern room, Borough's chicken and dumplings, sounds simple. But this version of comfort food has its fair share of swank: it's served with foie and black truffle gnocchi. Reservations: Low Availability

10. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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Menu: Full menu a la carte, or prix-fixe with options, $75. Swank Factor: In addition to a seafood option for every course, the classed up seafood shack will have two options for wine pairings. There will be the basic level or the "Captain's choice" for a New Year's Eve splurge. Reservations: Fair Availability

11. 112 Eatery

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112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 343-7696
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: There aren't any specials lined up for the holiday at 112, but the current menu at this fancy tucked away spot already features frog legs, blue prawns, and chef Isaac Becker's famous foie gras meatballs. Reservations: Very few reservations

12. HauteDish

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119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-8484
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: Specials at the place famous for its refined twists on midwestern cuisine will include oysters, caviar, and a "Tomahawk chop for two." Reservations: High Availability

13. The Bachelor Farmer

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50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3920
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Menu: Prix-fixe menu, 5 and 1/2 courses, $85 — wine and cocktail pairings available for an additional cost. Swank Factor: The new Nordic blow out at The Bachelor Farmer will include a cocktail hour upstairs from the restaurant and a dance after-party in Marvel Bar. Reservations: Very few reservations available.

14. The Anchor Fish & Chips

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302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 676-1300
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: A relaxed and casual spot to fill up on pub grub before hitting the town, Anchor has plenty of fried foods to prep any stomach for what could be a very long night. Reservations: Does not accept reservations.

15. Victory 44

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2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 588-2228
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Menu: Prix-fixe only, 5 set courses, $65. Swank Factor: For the big night, this neighborhood gastropub is throwing in an amuse bouche and a "pre-dessert" in addition to the tasting menu. Reservations: Fair Availability

16. Red Stag Supperclub

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509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 767-7766
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: There will be a champagne toast to ring in 2014 at this lavish and modern supperclub. Reservations: High Availability

17. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

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600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3030
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: Family style soul food isn't the swankiest pick of the bunch, but the unfussy food and casual dining room are a good precursor for Ryan Seacrest and Miley Cyrus hosting the ball drop. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. (Pro tip: the St. Paul location will be accepting reservations and has a high availability.)

18. Birchwood Cafe

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3311 E 25th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-4474
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: For those looking to kickstart their New Year's resolution eating, try the green curry with tempeh or the beef brisket with squash and kale at this cute neighborhood cafe before indulging in one last, wild 2013 night. Reservations: Does not accept reservations

19. Parka

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4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 886-1585
Menu: Prix-fixe with options, 2 courses, $25. Swank Factor: This sleek neighborhood spot isn't rolling out a red carpet, but a cup of the Dogwood coffee served here should be plenty of fuel to get through the first few hours of 2014. Reservations: High Availability

20. The Strip Club

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378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-6247
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Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: If you're left wanting even more after a couple of craft cocktails from bartender Dan Oskey, stick around this stylish steakhouse. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations: Fair Availability

1. The Harriet Brasserie

2724 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Menu: Prix-fixe with options, 4 courses, $45, plus $20 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Luxury is available for the vegetarian or the carnivore at this cozy bistro — entree choices include a mushroom gnocchi or a lobster and tenderloin surf and turf. Reservations: High Availability
2724 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Barbette

1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Menu: A la carte with several New Year's Eve specials. Swank Factor: As the clock strikes midnight, there will be a champagne toast at this classic French cafe. Reservations: HIgh Availability
1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Lucia's

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Menu: A la carte from the regular weekly, seasonal menu. Swank Factor: Decor galore complete with a wine bottle tree and wreaths complete the look at this elegant Minneapolis standby. Reservations: Fair Availability
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Piccolo

4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Menu: Prix-fixe tasting menu with options, $65, plus $40 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Chef Doug Flicker will be mixing up the offerings for the occasion, but diehard fans of this intimate fine dining spot should fear not — mainstays like pickled pigs feet with scrambled eggs and braised beef short-rib with "black walnut soil" still make the short list. Reservations: Very few reservations available. Waitlist on deck.
4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

5. Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Menu: Prix-fixe, five courses with options, $75, plus $40 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: Every luxury ingredient from foie to lobster to pork belly finds its way into the menu somehow, whether it's in a broth, as a garnish, or in a sauce. Reservations: Low Availability
4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

6. Blackbird

3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Menu: A la carte only. Swank Factor: This neighborhood cafe is keeping their NYE specials and featured wines under wraps until a few days before the ball drop. Check their Facebook page for updates. Reservations: High Availability
3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

7. Eat Street Social

2600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Menu: Prix-fixe, 5 courses, paired with cocktails and wines, $100 (includes cocktail/wine pairing) Swank Factor: Scallops, oysters, caviar, oh my! And that's just the first course at this buzzy Eat Street epicenter for all things drink related. Reservations: Fair Availability
2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Menu: A la carte only, regular menu. Swank Factor: No frills at this quirky downtown hotspot, but bourbon flights and house-made meats make for an uncomplicated start to a new year. Reservations: High Availability
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Borough

730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Menu: Prix-fixe only, 5 courses, $65, plus $30 for wine pairings. Swank Factor: One of the best known courses coming from this modern room, Borough's chicken and dumplings, sounds simple. But this version of comfort food has its fair share of swank: it's served with foie and black truffle gnocchi. Reservations: Low Availability
730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

10. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Menu: Full menu a la carte, or prix-fixe with options, $75. Swank Factor: In addition to a seafood option for every course, the classed up seafood shack will have two options for wine pairings. There will be the basic level or the "Captain's choice" for a New Year's Eve splurge. Reservations: Fair Availability
603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

11. 112 Eatery

112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: There aren't any specials lined up for the holiday at 112, but the current menu at this fancy tucked away spot already features frog legs, blue prawns, and chef Isaac Becker's famous foie gras meatballs. Reservations: Very few reservations
112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

12. HauteDish

119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: Specials at the place famous for its refined twists on midwestern cuisine will include oysters, caviar, and a "Tomahawk chop for two." Reservations: High Availability
119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

13. The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Menu: Prix-fixe menu, 5 and 1/2 courses, $85 — wine and cocktail pairings available for an additional cost. Swank Factor: The new Nordic blow out at The Bachelor Farmer will include a cocktail hour upstairs from the restaurant and a dance after-party in Marvel Bar. Reservations: Very few reservations available.
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

14. The Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: A relaxed and casual spot to fill up on pub grub before hitting the town, Anchor has plenty of fried foods to prep any stomach for what could be a very long night. Reservations: Does not accept reservations.
302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

15. Victory 44

2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Menu: Prix-fixe only, 5 set courses, $65. Swank Factor: For the big night, this neighborhood gastropub is throwing in an amuse bouche and a "pre-dessert" in addition to the tasting menu. Reservations: Fair Availability
2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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16. Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: There will be a champagne toast to ring in 2014 at this lavish and modern supperclub. Reservations: High Availability
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

17. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: Family style soul food isn't the swankiest pick of the bunch, but the unfussy food and casual dining room are a good precursor for Ryan Seacrest and Miley Cyrus hosting the ball drop. Reservations: Does not accept reservations. (Pro tip: the St. Paul location will be accepting reservations and has a high availability.)
600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

18. Birchwood Cafe

3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: For those looking to kickstart their New Year's resolution eating, try the green curry with tempeh or the beef brisket with squash and kale at this cute neighborhood cafe before indulging in one last, wild 2013 night. Reservations: Does not accept reservations
3311 E 25th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

19. Parka

4023 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Menu: Prix-fixe with options, 2 courses, $25. Swank Factor: This sleek neighborhood spot isn't rolling out a red carpet, but a cup of the Dogwood coffee served here should be plenty of fuel to get through the first few hours of 2014. Reservations: High Availability
4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

20. The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Menu: A la carte, regular menu. Swank Factor: If you're left wanting even more after a couple of craft cocktails from bartender Dan Oskey, stick around this stylish steakhouse. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations: Fair Availability
378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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