Just in case you’ve been too wrapped up in holiday shopping, tree trimming and cookie baking to check the calendar, here’s a news flash: New Year’s Eve is just a WEEK AWAY. Which means, if you’re thinking of doing anything more exciting and organized than throwing back a few beers at home and watching the ball drop on TV, it’s time to get busy. As in, make reservations.
Here’s our guide to Maine restaurants serving special menus and offering entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Check mainetoday.com for additions and updates.
6 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 207-774-5725 | boonesfishhouse.com
Chef Harding Lee Smith is once again throwing a bash to help hungry kids. Boone’s 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Charity Gala will benefit Full Plates Full Potential and The Good Shepherd Food Bank. Reservations for the four-course dinner start at 5:30 p.m. The Jason Spooner Band will entertain starting at 8:30 p.m. in the restaurant’s second-floor event space, overlooking Casco Bay. There also will be an ice luge, midnight Champagne toast and a balloon drop. Tickets are $25 per person for 8:30 p.m. admission and the band; dinner only $85 per person; dinner and music $105 per person.
At the Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St, Portland | 207-775-9090 | www.evesatthegarden.com
Enjoy a three-course dinner, with choices like lobster chowder, chicek liver pates, yellowfin tuna, beef short rib and a berry parfait or Nutella pudding, among other dishes. $65.
327 Commercial St., Portland | 207-808-8840 | tiaqpm.com
The pan-Mediterranean restaurant offers a 4-course menu for $55 per person, $75 with wine pairings. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. There also will be an ice bar outside on the patio and a complimentary bubbly toast at midnight.
111 Middle St., Portland | 207-747-5307 | piccolomaine.com
Chef-owners Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez will greet guests with a glass of prosecco, the prelude to an 9-course tasting menu, with choices. Some featured ingredients are local duck, New England seafood, Wagyu beef and local organic vegetables from Stonecipher Farm. $115 per person, wine pairings additional. Seatings 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m.
78-86 Middle St., Portland | 207-774-8538 | eventideoysterco.com
The adjoining restaurants cohost a celebration, with DJ Duke taking over the turntables at 9 p.m. Passed appetizers will be served all night and a midnight Champagne toast is included in the ticket price of $53.74.
443 Fore St., Portland | 207-358-7830 | evoportland.com
Evo’s first New Year’s Eve celebration is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and Moet champagnes, so expect bubbly glass and bottle specials all night. A 5-course tasting menu is served from 5 to 8 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. for $75 per person, with wine pairings an additional $35. At 10 p.m., the party gets going with a DJ and free Champagne toast at midnight – $20 entry fee.
555 Congress St., Portland | 207-761-0555 | fivefifty-five.com
Four-course menu $85 per person with wine pairings additional; balloon drop at midnight. Three-course children’s menu $35. Seatings start at 5:30 p.m.
190 State St., Portland | 207-553-7044 | bistropj.com
The French bistro will be closing as it searches for a new home, and New Year’s Eve is the send-off. A 3-course special menu with Champagne toast is $75 per person, with wine pairings and supplements available. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., bid the PJ crew adieu with a cash bar and light snacks.
163 Danforth St., Portland | 207-879-8755 | www.tempodulu.restaurant
The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Tempo Dulu is a dinner that begins with a welcome reception of champagne cocktails and ends with a midnight champagne toast with party favors. In between, enjoy eight courses that include aged duck breast, cured salmon and curried chocolate.
593 Congress St., Portland | 207-653-8617 | vinland.me
Join chef David Levi for a 100 percent local food celebration, featuring a 5-course tasting menu and a bubbly toast for $108 per person including gratuity. Wine pairing $40; Champagne supplement $15. Seatings at 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. After-party with full bar and wine. TICKETS
414 Fore St., Portland | 207-805-1085 | centralprovisions.com
Chef Chris Gould’s 14-course tasting menu is designed for 2 – $220 per couple including tax and gratuity. Add drink pairings for an additional $55 per person. Seatings at 6 and 10 p.m.
52 Washington Ave., Portland | 207-808-8502 | terlingua.me
The casual Latin BBQ joint jazzes it up for the holiday with a special menu including caviar and truffles — 5 courses for $75 or 3 for $55, both include a Champagne toast. Seatings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
11 Free St., Portland | 207-956-7350 | sur-lie.com
The festivities get underway at 4 p.m. with chef Emil Rivera’s inventive tasting menus starting at $75 per person, drink specials and a complimentary bubbly toast at midnight.
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth | 207-799-3134 | innbythesea.com
A Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast kicks off chef Steve Sicinski’s four-course menu, seatings from 5 to 10 p.m. $110 per person; $150 with wine flight.
527 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth | 207-799-4663 | thegoodtablerestaurant.net
The dining room gets dressed up with white linens and the staff gets decked out, too, for a special a la carte menu, cocktails and desserts, reservation-only; reservations taken for any size party. More info
189 Main St., Yarmouth | 207-847-3250
Serving a special, a la carte menu featuring Damariscotta oysters, Maine rabbit and pan-seared halibut, plus the regular menu, from 5 p.m. to closing. Live jazz/folk by Ron & Wendy Cody and Mike Arciero.
3 Bridge St., Westbrook | 207-591-4185 | thefrogandturtle.com
4:30-6 p.m. seating: four-course tasting menu with choices, glass of Champagne, $50 per person. 8 p.m. seating: five-course tasting menu, Champagne and chocolates at midnight, live music from Downeast Soul Coalition, $75 per person. Both seatings are 21-plus and proper dress is requested.
4 Noble St, Brunswick | 27-837-6565 | www.thebrunswickhotelandtavern.com
Dinner is served between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. at The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern. The menu includes ahi tuna, roasted duck and stuffed portobello mushrooms. And for dessert, how about housemade apple crisp or a limoncello mascarpone cake? $48 per person. Reservations required.
21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | 207-967-8225 | boathouseme.com/dining
Chef David Turin gets the party started at 7 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations, cocktails, dancing and a photo booth – $135 per person in advance; $160 at the door (if available).
37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk | 207-967-2321 | whitebarninn.com/dining
Six-course dinner, midnight toast, canapes at every table, a cabaret performance, unlimited Champagne after midnight and a kitchen tour by chef Derek Bissonette, $295 per person. Wine pairings an additional $115.
208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | 207-967-4015 | capearundelinn.com/dining
Five-course menu and Champagne toast served at two seatings: reservations taken for first seating at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m., $95 per person; reservations for second seating taken at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m., includes live entertainment until midnight, $130 per person.
45 Main St., Kennebunk | 207-985-3351 | www.thekennebunkinn.com
Academe has crafted a menu filled with comfort food classics, from slopy joe nachoes and grilled pizzas to lobster pot pie, Swedish meatballs and fish tacos. Not to mention the make-your-own sundae option.