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In a party city like Miami, you’re never short on options for New Year’s Eve parties. But for those craving something beyond the typical champagne-soaked DJ-driven nightclub affair, we’ve got you covered. From a Gatsby-themed soirée and a nine-course culinary journey at the iconic Biltmore Hotel to global delicacies paired with an intimate performance by a Grammy Award-winning band at The Setai, these New Year’s Eve parties offer the perfect mix of flavor and fun.

The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel

The historic Biltmore Hotel is all about Golden Era glamor, so it’s only fitting that the theme of this year’s New Year’s Eve fete is “Ringing in The Roaring Twenties.” In the Alhambra and Granada ballrooms, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner, an extravagant dessert buffet, hand-rolled cigars on the terrace, and a laser light show by Event Factor. Sounds will be provided by a visiting DJ and the band, Higher Ground. Once the clock strikes midnight, a fireworks show will light up the night. Tickets to this can’t-miss event are $495 for the general public, $395 for members and $120 for teens. Guests are encouraged to wear white, gold and champagne colors.

Details: The Biltmore is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. For more information, visit www.BiltmoreHotel.com or call 305-913-3230. Tickets won’t be sold at the door, so make sure you purchase yours ahead of the event here.

Fontana at The Biltmore Hotel

To usher in 2020, Chef Giuseppe Galazzi has created a seasonally-inspired four-course feast at Fontana spotlighting delicacies included braised short ribs with polenta, Maine lobster stuffed with blue crab, homemade tortellini, and more. The New Year’s Eve menu is $120 per person, but an additional limited menu will also be available. Stay after dinner and enjoy live music, fireworks, and more at the hotel.

Details: Fontana at The Biltmore is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. For reservations, call 1-855-311-6903.

Palme d’Or at The Biltmore Hotel

Foodies will find plenty to rave about at Palme d’Or’s New Year’s Eve dinner — a lavish nine-course culinary adventure curated by Chef Rogelio Fiallo. Priced at $175 per person, the gastronomic journey will feature dishes like Kumamoto oysters, Alaskan king crab, Jackman Ranch wagyu strip steak, and more.

Details: Palme d’Or at The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. For reservations, call 1-855-311-6903.

Jaya at the Setai

Jaya at the Setai is going all-out this New Year’s Eve with “Vanderbilt Glory,” an extravagant five-course feast that will blend southeast Asian flavors with all the glitz and glamor associated with the Vanderbilt empire. The evening will kick off with canapes, followed by a menu spotlighting delicacies like foie gras and brie, wagyu filet mignon, and more. Louis Roederer champagne will flow freely all night. After dinner, Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado & Band will perform alongside dancers and Latin cabaret-themed stage acts. Pricing starts at $695 for adults and $320 for kids age 12 and under.

Details: Jaya at the Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. To make a reservation, email dining@thesetaihotel.com, and kkelly@thesetaihotel.com, or call 855-923-7899.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Choose from a range of global cuisines to ring the new year in with at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, and Hakkasan will each offer exclusive 4-course prix fixe dinners priced between $225 and $295 per person, depending on the seating time you select (later reservations are pricier). Chef Michael Mina’s casual underground eatery, Pizza & Burger, will serve up a three-course prix fixe dinner for $79 per person from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., and the oceanfront restaurant Vida will serve a walk-in-only New Year’s Eve dinner buffet for $89 per person ($44.50 for children) from 5-11 p.m.

Details: Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. To make a reservation, call (877) 326-7412 or email NYEDining@fontainebleau.com.

Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

Isabelle’s Garden

The jewel of the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden offers one of the most romantic settings in which to spend New Year’s Eve. This year, the chic indoor-outdoor oasis will serve a prix fixe menu from 5-10 p.m. priced at $105 per person, which includes a complimentary welcome glass of bubbly, an amuse-bouche, and an exclusive three-course menu you can curate yourself form a range of options — think petit filet mignon, king crab, pan-seared halibut, crisp boneless Long Island duck and more. And save room for indulgent desserts like ginger snaps, chocolate, Rice Krispies and hot cocoa.

Details: Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden is located at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Avenue, Miami. For reservations, call 305-400-0562 or visit isabellescoconutgrove.com for more information.

Boulud Sud

Daniel Boulud’s Miami outpost is dialing up dinner on December 31 with a three-course menu and optional wine pairing priced between $85 and $140 per person during the first seating. The second seating — known as the “Gala Seating” — will feature a five-course menu priced between $175 and $250, depending on whether you opt for the wine pairing (and you totally should — Boulud Sud boasts one of the most extensive wine lists in the area).

Details: Boulud Sud at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. For reservations, call 305-421-8600.


Faena is going back a few centuries to Europe’s baroque period — and adding a few South American touches — for its New Year’s Eve party. Guests will be treated to welcome champagne and cocktails, followed by a multi-course dinner at either Pao or Los Fuegos. After, live musical acts will keep the party going in the hotel’s Living Room as Perrier-Jouet and G.H. Mumm champagne flows. The countdown to midnight will take place at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth, where there will be live musical performances, a fireworks display, and more surprises. General admission tickets start at $250 per person, will dinner plus admission starts at $650 per person and includes Faena house wines, spirits, and champagne.

Details: Faena is located at 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For reservations, call 305-534-8800.

Toro Toro

Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval is bringing the heat this New Year’s Eve with a buffet spread fit for royalty at his acclaimed Pan-Latin Steakhouse, Toro Toro. Guests will find all their favorite holiday fixings here, including a seafood and raw bar and indulgent desserts, plus one bottle of champagne per couple. They’ll also enjoy access to an exclusive firework viewing area with a complimentary glass of champagne and grapes at midnight. The New Year’s Eve dining experience is priced at $225 for adults and $99 for children ages 6-12 (it’s free for kids age 5 and under). After the big countdown, Toro Toro’s lobby bar and lounge will keep the festivities going with a DJ and dancers.

Details: Toro Toro is located at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. For reservations, call 305-372-4710. You can purchase tickets for the NYE dining experience here.

The Betsy Miami Beach

This iconic South Beach hotel invites guests to close the year out at LT Steak and Seafood, where they’ll enjoy a five-course tasting menu curated by Executive Chef Danny Ganem. There will be live music all night, and if you make a reservation for the restaurant’s second seating at 8 p.m. you’ll enjoy midnight access to the hotel’s rooftop terrace for a midnight champagne toast, a live band, and a prime view of the fireworks. Reservations for the first seating at 5 p.m. are $250 per person. Reservations for the second seating at 8 p.m. are $295 per person. If you’re looking for a more laid-back family-friendly vibe, The Alley will offer an a la carte menu all evening long, spotlighting pizza, pasta and gelato specials — no reservation needed.

Details: The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For reservations, call 305-673-0044 or visit www.thebetseyhotel.com/dine/lt-steak-seafood and www.thebetsyhotel.com/dine/the-alley for more information.


Head to any of Novencto’s locations — Aventura, Brickell, Doral or Key Biscayne — on New Year’s Eve and you’ll enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal for just $99 per person. Then, stay for an after-dinner celebration set to beats by a visiting DJ, including party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Details: Novecento has locations in Aventura, Brickell, Doral, and Key Biscayne. For reservations and information, visit https://www.novecento.com/.

By Amanda Mesa, a contributing writer

Fontainebleau new years

New Year’s is quickly approaching. Have you made your plans yet?

Whether you’re looking for a happening celebration that continues into the wee hours of the morning or a low-key evening of great food, drinks, and close friends, Fontainebleau Miami Beach {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.535.3283} has you covered.

The Weekend & KYGO Poolside Party: Tickets are still available for the hippest New Year’s celebration in town, when Fontainebleau welcomes music sensation The Weeknd and EDM superstar KYGO to its incredible pools for a night of drinking and dancing. Tickets start at $325 per person and all packages include premium open bar from 9pm until midnight. Click here for tickets and information.

StripSteak by Michael Mina: Fontainebleau’s newest restaurant by celebrity chef Michael Mina is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu. A vegetarian menu is also available.
First Seating (6-7:30pm): $195 per person
Second Seating (8:30-10pm): $295 per person

Hakkasan: Fontainebleau’s modern Chinese restaurant will be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu that begins with a family-style Dim Sum Platter. A vegetarian menu is also available.
First Seating (6-7:30pm): $195 per person
Second Seating (8-10pm): $295 per person

ScarpettaChef Scott Conant’s AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant will be offering a delectable four-course prix-fixe menu. A vegetarian menu is also available.
First Seating (6-7:30pm): $195 per person
Second Seating (8-10pm): $295 per person

Michael Mina 74The chic, yet laid-back contemporary American bistro will be serving a limited football menu from 11am-4pm and offering a three-course prix-fixe menu from 6-11pm for $150 per person.

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity.

—Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

The Setai Courtyard

The Setai Miami Beach {2001 Collins Avenue; 305.520.6000}, one of SoBe’s most chic and elegant hotels, is hosting an evening of “sophistication and folly” for New Year’s Eve with the theme “La Belle Époque.”

Start your evening off at JAYA, the hotel’s brand-new Asian-inspired restaurant, with a five-course gala dinner featuring a “St. Sylvestre” menu that includes Foie Gras, Eggs 62, Scallops Melba, Short Ribs Bordelaise, and a Chocolate Variation. Dinner starts at 7pm and is priced at $555.

Or, begin the night at the Setai Grill’s Seafood Lounge to enjoy a decadent selection of oysters, stone crab claws, king crab legs, Key West pink shrimp, ceviche, Spanish octopus, and more. Service begins at 7pm and is priced at $425.

Both experiences include cocktails in the Setai Courtyard upon arrival, Louis Roederer Champagne Hour from 11:30pm-12:30am with New Year’s countdown, and access to the Setai Club, the hotel’s speakeasy venue with bar and DJ until 4am.

For reservations, call 855.923.7899.

—Sherri Balefsky | Online Editor 

Fireworks New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on scoring a table at one of the hottest restaurants in town, many of which will keep the party going well into 2016. Here’s where to spend New Year’s Eve in Miami.

A Fish Called Avalon {Avalon Hotel, 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.532.1727}
Celebrate with mojitos, live music, an elegant prix-fixe menu, and a prime view of the Miami Beach fireworks. Seating begins at 7pm. Cost: $275 per person; $138 per child.

Bagatelle {220 21st Street, Miami Beach; 305.704.3900}
The intimate French bistro is offering two dinner packages, along with bottle service. First seating (starting at 7pm) includes Dom Pérignon welcome toast and a savory three-course menu; the second seating (starting at 10pm) offers a Veuve Clicquot welcome toast and an expanded four-course meal. Cost: First seating, $150 per person; second seating, $425 per person.

The Biltmore {1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; 305.913.3246}
The Biltmore’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala begins at 8:30pm and includes an exquisite dinner, premium open bar, and Champagne toast at midnight. The stage will be shared by the band Flavor and DJ Chris from Sarz Entertainment. At midnight, fireworks will light up the sky and confetti will fill the ballroom. Click here for tickets and more information. The Biltmore’s French restaurant Palme d’Or will also be open for New Year’s Eve, offering a seven-course tasting menu created by Michelin-starred Chef Gregory Pugin. Cost: $225 per person.

Cleo South Beach {Redbury Hotel, 1776 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.534.CLEO}
For its first New Year’s celebration, Cleo is offering a prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails from Chef Danny Elmaleh with seatings at 6pm and 9pm. At 9pm, guests will have access to the rooftop where Cleo will be giving away party favors, offering cocktail specials, and toasting at midnight with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Cost: First seating, $125; second seating, $150.

db Bistro Moderne {255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown;
Enjoy an early three-course pre-fixe menu (reservations from 5:30-7pm) or a luxurious five-course gala dinner (reservations from 8:30-10:30pm) featuring Executive Chef Jason Pringle’s seasonal favorites and toast to 2016 with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Cost: Early dinner, $85 per person; gala dinner, $195 per person. The Lounge at db Bistro will be open (no cover!) from 5pm-3am with bottle service and cocktail menu available and a limited à la carte menu from 5:30pm-midnight.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.535.3283}
Of course, everyone is talking about the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s incredible poolscape New Year’s party featuring musical guests The Weeknd and KYGO. [Cost: Tickets start at $325 per person; click here for info.] But for those who want a more intimate celebration, head to one of the Fontainebleau’s signature restaurants for an exquisite meal:

StripSteak by Michael Mina is offering two seatings featuring four-course prix-fixe menus. Vegetarian menu available. Cost: First seating (6-7:30pm), $195 per person; second seating (8:30-10pm), $295 per person. 

The hotel’s modern Chinese restaurant Hakkasan will be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu that begins with family-style Dim Sum Platter. Vegetarian menu available. Cost: First seating (6-7:30pm), $195 per person; second seating (8-10pm), $295 per person. 

Chef Scott Conant’s AAA Four Diamond award-winning Scarpetta will be offering a delectable four-course prix-fixe menus Vegetarian menu available. Cost: First seating (6-7:30pm), $195 per person; second seating (8:30-10pm), $295 per person.

The chic yet laid-back contemporary American bistro Michael Mina 74 will be serving a limited football menu from 11am-4pm and offering a three-course prix-fixe menu from 6-11pm. Cost: $150 per person.

JW Marriott Miami {1109 Brickell Avenue, Brickell; 305.329.3500}
Celebrate the New Year at Isabela’s at the JW Marriott Miami from 7:30pm-1am and indulge in a sumptuous buffet accompanied by live entertainment by Christabel Bertrand and Maya-Mi Sound Band. Cost: $150 per person; $60 per child (ages 5-12).

Katsuya {SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.455.2995}
Katsuya will offer two seatings featuring prix-fixe menus. Cost: First seating (starting at 5pm), $145 per person; second seating (starting at 8pm), $245 per person.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami {500 Brickell Key Drive, Brickell; 305.913.8288}
Join Mandarin Oriental’s Peruvian restaurant La Mar by Gastón Acurio for a three-course menu. Click here for more information and full menu. Cost: $150 per person, includes Chicha Morada Champagne cocktail. Mandarin is also hosting a party at its sleek MO Bar + Lounge from 9pm-1am. Cost: $75 per person, includes two glasses of Champagne; $250 per couple, includes VIP table seating with a lavish seafood platter of fresh king crab, Maine lobster, stone crabs, and more, plus a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.

Seaspice {422 Northwest North River Drive, Miami; 305.440.4200}
Ring in the New Year along the Miami River at Seaspice, which is offering three separate packages from which to choose. Option 1: A four-course menu in the main dining room ($500 per person) that includes a bottle of Verve Clicquot per couple. Option 2: A four-course menu at Modern Garden on the patio ($750 per person) that includes a bottle of Dom Pérignon per couple. Option 3: A four-course menu on the outdoor mezzanine (1,000 per person) that includes a bottle of Dom Pérignon per couple.

Segafredo Espresso L’Originale {1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.673.0047}
Segafredo on Lincoln Road will be hosting its signature European New Year’s Eve from 5-8pm (midnight in Europe) with complimentary prosecco toasts while showing fireworks from Europe on its big screens. The restaurant will also have live DJs playing throughout the afternoon and evening.

Uvaggio Wine Bar {70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305.448.2400}
Starting at 7pm, Uvaggio invites gourmands and wine lovers to a five-course meal prepared by Chef Tanner Gil paired with wines from Foxen Winery poured by founder Dick Doré and his wife Jenny. Cost: $150 per person; click here to purchase.

Villa Azur {309 23rd Street, Miami Beach; 305.763.8688}
While dressed in your finest Old Hollywood glamour, enjoy a four-course menu and a bottle of Champagne for two, (Dom Pérignon Rosé, Dom Pérignon, or Krug). An after-dinner party and live show will keep you dancing until dawn. Cost: Packages start at $500 per person.

—Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor