Jam-packed club events and poorly prepared house parties (that always lack a good spread of eatables) are fine New Year's Eve plans, you know, if you don't want to ring in 2015 with an air of class and style. Many of us have been through both those NYE situations, and regret it entirely, so instead of heading to just a bar/club/house on New Year's, head to a restaurant instead, which will combine the best features of all three.
Montreal's restaurant scene is world-renowned, so it only makes sense that some of the city's best eateries would be hosting several very special New Year's Eve eating experiences to ring in 2015. Don't fret, those looking for a party and a dinner will find both at every event, with late night festivities that will go well after midnight planned for every venue.
Make NYE 2014 memorable in every way. Read on and find the best restaurants in Montreal to celebrate a brand new year.
Open Bar: $100
Dinner and Open Bar Package: $120
Menu: Scallops w/ sauteed cherry tomatoes and chorizo, cavatelli pasta w/braised lamb and oysters, roast beef filet w/ roast potatoes and red wine sauce, Entremet layer cake w/ chocolate + raspberries + hazelnut
Known for its three levels, each offering a different atmosphere and experience, Le Newtown is embracing its multi-tiered setup to throw a NYE dinner party that you won't find elsewhere, including open bar and a DJ to make this a party to remember. Going with a "house party" theme, the three spaces (Le Lounge, Le Restaurant, Le Balcon) will each have their own vibe, meaning you'll have both a fine dining experience along with an energetic NYE party, all in the same venue. Don't forget the crazy open bar package for $100.
Price: $38 (4 courses)
Open Bar: $88
Menu: Oyster w/orange ponzu jelly, crispy pork belly w/ black vinegar OR snow crab salad, Miso bronzed black cod in a Hoba leaf OR Korean style seared sirloin steak OR baby chicken glazed with miso kimchi OR crispy five spice duck w/homemade plum sauce and pancakes, sticky toffee pudding w/ ginger ice cream OR hazelnut-praline Moshi
Food is inherently quite sensual, and KYOZON is embracing the concept with their Kamasutra-inspired NYE dinner and party. Open since September, KYOZON has been making waves in the Montreal bar scene for their incredibly delicious New-Asian eats, stunning layout and vibrant bar, which perfectly allows the venue to host parties with ease. Be sure to come for dinner but stay for the Party! KYOZON will be open bar all night long with great music.
Be prepared for an evening of carnal desires, for all of your senses.
Wienstein & Gavino's
Price: Varies depending on menu choices
Menu: Lobster bisque, seared tuna antipasto, braised rabbit risotto, grilled veal w/ polenta, halibut filet w/Provençal sauce, Grilled beef tenderloin w/gorgonzola cheese & walnuts, seafood platter (lobster tail + tiger shrimp + scallop + octopus + king crab claw), gluten-free chocolate cake, cheesecake w/white chocolate and berries
Crescent street's premiere Italian eatery is inviting any and all of you to ring in the new year style of Italy, so with plenty of great food and plenty of drinks. Wienstein & Gavino's welcoming atmosphere will be complemented by an in-house DJ making sure you're having a good time, though the special prices on champagne will all but ensure an amazing night by midnight.
355 Marguerite d'Youville
Price: $50 (4 courses) early service or
$90 (5 courses) second service
Menu: Braised lamb & potato empanada, sliced tuna w/ red pepper oil & avocado, grilled strip loin w/ chimichurri OR pan-seared striped bass w/pumpkin purée, bacon-wrapped Cornish hen w/ sweet potato puree (5 course option only), dark chocolate ganache w/vanilla cream,
If you've never tried the exquisite cuisine native to Argentina, then you pretty much have to head to L'Atelier d'Argentine. Known as one of Montreal's best steakhouses, the chic restaurant boasts a very extensive menu that goes well beyond beef, and their NYE menu definitely provides many options. L'Atelier d'Argentine's wine selection and cocktails are definitely worth noting, and with food & wine pairings available, along with champagne deals, you'll have plenty of great beverages to go along with your meal.
Price: $55 (4 courses) or $90 (6 courses)
Menu: Sea urchin ‘brouillade’ w/black truffle, Roasted black sea bass, Lamb done 3 ways (the rack, the chestnut stuffed saddle and the crispy flank), Princess scallops w/champagne caviar (6 courses only), Jerusalem artichoke salad (6 courses only), iced chocolate w/various garnishes, petit four (6 courses only)
On the final evening of the year, you should give in to all of your desires and celebrate the night in a decadent blowout. That's exactly what you'll find at Decca 77, who is throwing a NYE dinner and party all based around "Decca-dence." What that means is amazing French food, myriad cocktail options and imported beers, and a vibrant atmosphere, which Decca 77 does every other day of the year, so just think how this brasserie/restaurant will step up their game for NYE.
Photo cred - Le Chop MTL
Le CHOP Montreal
The 2015 eating season will being on NYE with those great restos, and will continue for the entire months of January and February thanks to the Le Chop city-wide event. Every one of the restaurants you will be dining at for New Year's Eve are letting you enjoy their tasty offerings again in 2015, at a legit discount.
From January 5th to February 28th, the 5 restaurants will be offering a specially priced 3 course table d'hote menu that will only cost $19-$27, depending on the restaurant. Le Chop will make for a perfect (and affordable) dinner night out for every weekend after New Year's Eve, and regular eaters will be rewarded, as your 5th CHOP dinner will be entirely free.
Below is the rundown on the prices from the participating restaurants:
- Decca 77 Brasserie:$19
- Le NewTown: $19
- L’Atelier d’Argentine: $23
- Wienstein & Gavinos: $23
- Decca 77 restaurant: $27
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