New Year's Eve brings different kinds of merriment, from the rowdy party in a bar to the rowdy party at your friend's house. There's a time for rowdy parties, and that's midnight. But dinner comes first, and these Dallas restaurants are ready to serve.
Canary By Gorji
Four-course dinner includes choice of appetizer from chilled avocado with poached shrimp and puttanesca or Bulgarian feta with pomegranates; salad choice of baby greens with toasted pistachios or kale Caesar with egg yolk and white marinated Spanish anchovies; entrée choice of tenderloin with garlic Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, Arctic char and shrimp, lamb and quail with tabbouleh and tzatziki, wild boar and scallop, or vegetarian entrée by request. Desserts include chocolate liqueur cake or four-berry sorbet. 5-10:30 pm. $79. Call 972-503-7080.
Dallas Chop House
Three-course dinner begins with Osetra caviar, then choice of starters from oysters, tuna tartare, pork belly, or beet salad with watercress and blood orange. Entrée choices include mushroom risotto, filet mignon, quail with black-eyed peas, short ribs and sea bass. Dessert includes bread pudding, warm almond brownie with ice cream or cheese plate. $70 per person, plus $25 for wine pairings. 214-736-7300.
Dallas Fish Market
Three-course dinner begins with scallop tartare, with choice of starters from red beet tartare with crème fraîche, seafood gumbo, calamari, crab salad or hamachi sashimi. Entrée choices include swordfish with basmati rice, salmon with braised bok choy, striped bass with maple yams, hen of the woods mushrooms and roasted chestnuts, butter poached lobster with sunchoke purée, or strip loin with scallops. Desserts include olive oil cake, white chocolate crème brulée or cheese. $70 per person, with $25 for wine and sake pairings. Call 214-744-3474.
Del Frisco's Grille is offering a 16-ounce bone-in filet and crab cake special for $79. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is doing a champagne toast at midnight in both Dallas and Fort Worth; there is also a balloon drop in Cowtown. For reservations in Dallas (4:30-11 pm), call 972-490-9000. For Fort Worth (4:30-10:30 pm), call 817-877-3999.
Three- or four-course dinner with choices such as smoked salmon tartare and pork pâté, scallops with prawn and mussels, Wagyu beef carpaccio, quail and prosciutto roulade on white bean cassoulet, turbot with lobster Thermidor, lamb chop, antelope on celeriac purée, and beef Wellington. Dessert options include chocolate soufflé tart with chocolate mallow fluff, eggnog ginger ice cream sandwiches and butterscotch custard. First seating 5:30-7 pm, $95 per person; second seating 7:30-10:30 pm, $195 per person, with champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Call 214-922-4848.
Holy Grail Pub
Beer dinner with dishes inspired by regions that produce great American craft beers: smoked tuna pâté with grape marmalade, fried chicken thighs with grits, barley beef soup, prime rib with sweet potatoes and mole sauce, and "coffee and doughnuts" for dessert. $65 per person. Call 972-377-6633.
Three-course dinner beginning with lobster tamal, then choice of sea bass and scallop with cilantro rice or filet with adobo sauce and cranberries over sweet potato and walnuts purée. For dessert, tres leches cake. 5-10 pm. $50 per person. Call 972-866-8900.
Five-course chef's tasting menu with a complimentary glass of champagne. Options include oysters or steamed dumplings for starter; tiger prawns or quail salad; curry short rib or monkfish; and, for dessert, chili chocolate truffle with fried banana and mango custard. $44 per person. Call 214-599-7857.
Martin House Brewing Company
Brewery celebration includes open beer bar, pint glass, dinner and live music. Special beers include Salsa Verde, Septemberfest, Turtle Power, Riverside Shootout and all six year-round beers, plus a Blackberry Bomb Turtle Power Firkin and Sugar and Spice from 2013 and 2014. Dinner from Stone Catering includes chicken, cowboy potatoes, salad and dinner rolls. Live music from Ole G. 5-8 pm. $32 per person. Order here.
Four- or six-course dinner includes options such as duck confit with curried celery root; hanger steak with nut purée, poached pear and kale; and frozen chocolate soufflé. Add white truffles from the Piedmont region of Italy, $45 for approximately four grams. Four-course menu runs 5-7 pm, $80 plus $45 for wine pairings; six-course menu runs 7:30-11 pm, $95 plus $55 for wine pairings. Call 214-712-9700.
Four-course tasting menu includes Gulf oyster with sausage and panang curry, lobster with red curry and flat-iron steak with coconut rice, corn and watercress salad, and orange blossom chocolate cake with Thai tea ice cream and pomelo. $40 with $20 optional wine pairing. Call 214-749-7002.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Five-course meal with appetizer, salad, entrée, vegetable and dessert includes crab cakes; fried oysters; shrimp cocktail; Caesar salad; lobster bisque; and entrées such as rib-eye, peppercorn steak, lamb chops or salmon. From 4-6:15 pm is $100; 6:15-11 pm is $110. Call 214-366-2000.
Three-course menu includes specials such as lobster bisque, pork chop, filet mignon, sesame-crusted ahi tuna, and milk chocolate peanut butter candy bar. Dinner at 5:30 pm or earlier is $60; 6 pm or later is $80. Call 214-855-5151.
Pyramid Restaurant and Bar
Four-course dinner includes choice of starter from crab-leek soup, quail or artichoke-quinoa salad. Second course is a beet-kale salad with goat cheese and Marcona almonds. Entrée is choice of beef tenderloin, striped bass, chicken breast with Swiss chard and butternut squash, or mushroom risotto with candied walnuts. Dessert is a coconut and apricot bourbon cream with coconut sponge cake. Reservations begin at 6 pm. $60-$79 depending on choice of entrée. Call 214-720-5249.
Ser Steak + Spirits
Six-course dinner as well as a specially designed, six-course vegetarian tasting alternative menu. Party takes place on the entire 27th floor with performances by W.T. Greer and DJ Marvel. Three distinct party lounges include the Bubble Lounge, with Cristal by the glass as well as the newest “it” champagne on the market, Beau Joie; Grey Goose Lounge; and Recharge Lounge. A cocktail and champagne toast at midnight is followed by a breakfast snack at 1 am. Starts at 7 pm. $175 per person, plus $85 for wine pairings. Call 214-761-7470.
Stock & Barrel
Three-course dinner includes choice of tuna tartare, beet salad or pork belly for starters; entrée options include lobster and chicken pot pie, goat cheese dumplings, sole-wrapped scallops, lamb shank, or flat-iron steak. Dessert is bread pudding or chocolate tart. $100 per person. Call 214-888-0150.