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The Final Dinner Bell: Austin's Best (and Last) Dinner Services of 2015

On New Year’s Eve in a food-obsessed town like ours, chefs across the city fire up their kitchens one last time to create menus that induce more “oohs” and “aahs” than any fireworks display. So before you make that third attempt to go on a juice cleanse on January 1, enjoy every last morsel of 2015 by making a reservation at any of our New Year’s Eve dining picks.

APIS

The spirit of New Year’s Eve extends into the Hill Country with Apis’ special prix-fixe and tasting menus. Offerings include scallops, aged beef ribeye and Valrhona white chocolate ganache. Check their website for reservations and seating times.

$70 prix-fixe | $165 tasting menu | 23526 Hwy 71 West | (512) 436 8918

CONGRESS

Before Congress closes its doors for good (the restaurant is closing down after New Year’s Eve to allow more room for casual sister restaurant Second Bar + Kitchen), diners will have one final chance to bid 2015 –– and one of Austin’s best restaurants –– adieu. Congress is closing out five years of sumptuous plates with a five- and seven-course tasting menu. This is one dinner service you don’t want to miss.

$125 for five courses | $185 for seven courses | 200 Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2760

THE DRISKILL GRILL

The historic downtown hotel is hosting a formal dinner before the ball drops. Guests and children can enjoy a five-course meal featuring filet mignon and a pear-Champagne bombé. You can also ring in 2016 at The Driskill Bar, and return on New Year’s Day for their legendary bloody mary bar. Dinner reservations required.

$125 for adults | $175 with pairings | $65 for children | 604 Brazos St. | (512) 391 7178

JEFFREY’S

Dance the night — and the year — away at Jeffrey’s with cocktails, Petrossian caviar service, seafood galore and rib roast. Next door at sister restaurant Josephine House, enjoy a bonfire and dessert buffet, then come back the next morning to recover with a New Year’s Day Brunch (separate reservations required) — ask for the mimosa cart. Trust us.

$200 per person | 1204 W Lynn St | (512) 477 5584

JUSTINE’S BRASSERIE

Don’t envy anyone spending NYE in NYC. Justine’s is transforming their restaurant into the Big Apple for a glamorous party, complete with Central Park light posts, snow flurry portraits, hot dogs and overflowing Champagne towers. If you’re in the mood for something more demure, you can make a reservation for their four-course prix-fixe dinner service.

$200 prix-fixe dinner | $125-150 party ticket | 4710 East 5th St. | (512) 385 2900

LA V

The fancy Frenchies at laV are putting away the white tablecloths –– and even the tables themselves –– for their New Year’s Eve event. In fact, they’re clearing out the dining room and throwing a “Big Fancy Dance Party.” Tickets include hors d’oeuvres of oysters and charcuterie, a Champagne toast at midnight and sparklers in the jardin.

$75 per person | 1501 East 7th St. | (512) 391 1888

PARKSIDE

Parkside is giving New Year’s Eve revelers two options: Join them in the dining room for a prix-fixe four-course menu or gather on the rooftop for a night of disco-funk music, hors d’oeuvres and a full bar. Call or go online for tickets and reservations.

$75 seated dinner |$100-125 rooftop party | 301 East 6th St. | (512) 474 9898

SEARSUCKER

Chefs Brian Malarkey and Kenzie Allen are creating a menu featuring old favorites and one-night-only dishes. And when the clock strikes twelve, diners will celebrate with a toast of bubbly. Searsucker also invites you to join them the next morning for brunch and mimosas (more Champagne!).

$80 per person | 415 Colorado St. | (512) 394 8000

SIENA

Siena is cooking up an Italian feast like no other. Their special New Year’s Eve dinner opens with a wild game terrine crostini, settles into a hearty plate of slow-roasted beef short ribs and finishes with a decadent tiramisu. You’ll still be dreaming of this dinner in 2016.

$85 per person | $120 with pairings | 6203 North Capital of Texas Hwy | (512) 349 7667

SWIFT’S ATTIC

Famed for its whimsical interpretation of American cuisine, Swift’s Attic is creating a prix-fixe four-course dinner service featuring Devils on Horseback, lobster tail and a dessert called “Popcorn and a Movie.” Reservations required.

$75 per person | $110 with pairings | 315 Congress Ave. | (512) 482 8842

TRIO

A spectacular five-course menu featuring scallops, Champagne and oysters and lamb tenderloin is just the start of celebrations at TRIO’s Dinner Celebration. After dinner guests can wander into the Lobby Lounge Festivities, featuring a Champagne toast at midnight and tunes from the Matt Wilson Band. And if you want to “take the elevator home” that evening, Dinner Celebration guests are being offered special Four Seasons Austin room rates.

$125 per person | 98 San Jacinto Blvd. | (512) 685 8300

TRACE

For a high-style experience, make a reservation at TRACE, where the evening’s four-course menu includes escargot, lobster spaghetti and a Champagne and citrus trifle. Once dinner’s complete, guests can move the festivities into the Living Room lounge for a reduced price or party with TRACE as they transform into a discotheque for the night. Check out their website for full menus and VIP packages.

$115 seated dinner | $25-200 party access | 200 Lavaca St. | (512) 542 3660

UCHI & UCHIKO

Uchi and Uchiko will offer the full menu to guests in addition to a special New Year’s Eve Omakase menu. Both restaurants will serve complimentary Champagne at midnight. Call ahead for reservations and menu details.

$150 Omakase menu for two | 801 South Lamar Blvd. & 4200 North Lamar Blvd. | (512) 916 4808

VOX TABLE

The culinary innovators at Vox Table are plating up a show-stopping dinner before the stroke of midnight. Their five-course prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu includes a tuna amuse bouche, roasted squab, a festive bûche de Noël and a glass of bubbly. Reservations required.

$100 per person | 1100 South Lamar Blvd., Ste. 2140 | (512) 375 4869

WU CHOW

The folks at Wu Chow will bring their fresh approach to traditional Chinese food with a prix-fixe eight-course dinner. Be there at midnight for the Champagne toast.

$50 person | $85 with pairings | 500 West 5th St. | (512) 476 2469

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