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2020 is finally coming to an end and honestly who cannot wait for this pandemic to end next year. Here are some local restaurants and dining destinations offering special menus to ring in 2021 and information on how to make a reservation.
Rooster and The Till
A 5-course curated offering will be available from one of Tampa’s most popular restaurants in Seminole Heights at $100 a person.
On the menu you’ll find Golden Tile Crudo, Fried Maitakes, Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Caulilini, Anson Mills Polenta, Porcini and Largo Seared Lamb Loin, Gnocchi Lobster “Thermidor”, Lobster Egg Yolk Cream, Garlic Confit Tarragon Toast, Salted Mochi Donuts, and more.
An optional wine-pairing will be offered for $45 per person. Due to safety regulations, walk-ins will not be accepted. Reservations are first-come, first-serve and can be made at exploretock.com/roosterandthetill.
6500 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. (813) 374-8940 roosterandthetill.com
The Left Bank Bistro
Just minutes from the heart of Downtown St. Pete is Left Bank Bistro, a French-inspired restaurant that has delicious food and cocktails in a restored historic building. The Jazz Librarians will be playing live music at the restaurant and they promise plenty of champagne.
Dinner will cost $80 per person.
Guests can enjoy a 4-course meal with plenty of options including Baked Oysters Gruyere, Char-Grilled Octopus, Duck Confit Cake, Grilled Eggplant, Lobster Bisque, Winter Salad, Crab-Crusted Salmon, Rack of Lamb, New York Strip, Apple and Blueberry Tart, Chocolate Torte, Crème brûlée, and more. Each course has wine-pairings matched as well.
Indoor and outdoor dining options are available. Reservations can be made at their website.
1225 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. (727) 256-1691 theleftbankbistro.com
Alsace French Bistro
This French restaurant located on Tierra Verde island has a special NYE offering planned with Alsatian bubbles, chestnut truffle veloute, foie gras with gingerbread and onion chutney, scallops over leeks and carrots cooked in a cream sauce, duck breast with raspberry sauce and mashed potatoes and ratatouille, and a Christmas cake with ice cream.
Tickets cost $99 per person and seatings are available at 5:30PM and 8:30PM. Call to make a reservation.
1120 Pinellas Bayway S #114, St. Petersburg, FL 33715. (727) 867-5800. alsace.french.bistro.free.fr
Caracara Asian Tapas + Tacos
If you’re looking for Asian options for NYE, check out this New Years Eve Dim Sum menu from Caracara in Downtown Dunedin.
Enjoy items like Salt + Pepper Fried Flaming Mushrooms, Shrimp Shumai, Char Sui Kangaroo Steam Buns, Saffron Egg Drop, Sichuan Eggplant Spring Rolls, Banana Leaf Halibut, and Hong Kong Egg Crepes. A vegan menu is available upon request.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost $75 per person plus tax.
730 Broadway Suite 4, Dunedin, FL 34698. (727) 221-5444 caracaratapas.com
One of Dunedin’s creative restaurants is offering a New Years Eve Wine Dinner. The Restorative is booking tables for 2 or 4 guests with all seating spaced 6 feet apart in observance of COVID-19. Tickets are $150 per person plus tax and gratuity.
On the menu is Foie Gras Tarts with Caviar and Chives, Chicken Wing and Smoked Honey Pepper Goat Cheese Gougeres, White Asparagus with Benton’s Ham and Fennel Pollen. Foie Gras Stuffed Quail Breast, Confit Quail Leg, Braised Lamb Shoulder, Buttermilk Cake, and more.
420 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698. restorativerestaurant.com
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Council Oak Steaks and Seafood
On the menu for NYE at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s signature steakhouse are a la carte specials featuring oysters Rockefeller ($18), jumbo lump crab cakes ($20), jumbo shrimp cocktail ($20), raw bar sampler ($75 for two/ $125 for four), crispy calamari and lobster ($18), Wagyu beef tartare ($25), lobster bisque soup ($15) chopped or Caesar salad ($14), New York strip steak ($55), Colorado lamb chops ($54), porterhouse ($74), bone-in ribeye ($73), filet mignon ($49), pan seared sea bass ($70), and roasted chicken ($31).
The restaurant will be open on NYE from 5PM to midnight. Call to reserve a table or book online at sevenrooms.com/reservations/counciloaktampa.
5223 Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-7600 seminolehardrocktampa.com
The Rez Grill
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s American contemporary restaurant has a special menu to ring in 2021. New Year’s Eve specials include 20 oz prime rib au jus, potato gratin, grilled green beans, blistered cherry tomatoes ($75) and New Year’s parfait with raspberries, Grand Marnier-soaked pound cake, and Chambord whipped cream ($14).
5223 Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610. seminolehardrocktampa.com
Island Way Grill
A special limited menu will be available starting at $60 per person on New Year’s Eve at this Clearwater restaurant. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant.
20 Island Way, Clearwater, FL 33767. (727) 461-6617 islandwaygrill.com
SHOR American Seafood Grill
Enjoy NYE on Clearwater beach at the Hyatt Regency hotel for $79 per person. SHOR Is offering a 5-course prix fixe dining menu to celebrate the end of 2020.
The menu includes seared scallops with caviar and romanesco, risotto with leeks and truffles, Spanish Mackerel accompanied with citrus braised fennel, saffron cream, beef tenderloin with foie gras, potatoes gratin, red wine demi and blackberries.
Dessert will be a meyer lemon mousse with a champagne coulis. The standard dinner menu will also be available at SHOR. Guests should put a note that they want the prix fixe menu when making their reservations. Restaurants can be made on OpenTable or by phone.
301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. (727) 373-4780 hyatt.com
Enjoy a 3-course meal for NYE at $50 per person plus tax and gratuity from 4PM to 9PM at Cask Social in South Tampa.
On the menu: Maple and Whiskey Butternut Squash Bisque and Pome Fruit Salad, Seared Scallops, NY Steak Strip, Alaskan Salmon, Pecan Bread Pudding, and Lynchburg Cheesecake.
For $25 per person you can add-on a J. Vineyards wine or craft cocktail pairing to your dinner. Book your reservation at their website.
208 South Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 251-0051 casksocial.com
Chef Jeannie Pierola’s new restaurant in South Tampa is sure to have a great option for NYE. Although the menu was not quite ready for publication, I do recommend you contact the restaurant and see if you can get a reservation since they will no doubt have creative options available to end 2020.
2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33629. (813) 570-8660 cc-tampa.com
The Tampa Club
This popular business and events venue is offering a 4-course meal for NYE with wine pairings.
Note: You must be a member of The Tampa Club to attend this private event. To join the club visit them at thetampaclub.com or e-mail Ann@TheTampaClub.com.You can also call (813) 676-6683.
On the menu: Potato Pave with beef tartare, bleu cream, and black truffles with Stags’ Leap Viognier as well as Lobster Tail with shrimp, lemon couscous, and celery dashi broth served with Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir. Colorado Lamb with cabbage, cauliflower puree, and confit marble potatoes served with Stag’s Leap Petit Syrah. Apple Tarte Tatin with gorgonzola served with Raymond Family Cabernet.
The cost to attend is $175 per person. Call to reserve tickets or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
101 East Kennedy Blvd. #4200, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 229-6028. thetampaclub.com
Carlos Hernandez is a local writer who has written about food for ten years. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @CarlosEats or visit him at CarlosEats.com.