New Year's Eve in St. Louis: 10 Places to Dine, Dance and Celebrate

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Basso

Image courtesy of Basso

Deciding where to close the book on 2013 and ring in the new year may be one of the most difficult decisions of the holiday season. Thankfully, there are many options for dining out on New Year’s Eve in St. Louis and we rounded out a list of the top 10.

1) Basso
An upscale celebration hosted by Italian gastro-pub Basso will ring in the new year with style. Beginning at 9 pm, Executive Chef Patrick Connolly will be cooking up hors d’oeuvres while guests indulge in a premium open bar offering specialty cocktails, 32 beers on draft and an extensive wine list. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Stan Da Man with a champagne toast at midnight and fun party favors for all guests. Dinner reservations can be made up until 8pm and the Back Room cigar bar will also be open until 1am. Purchase tickets for $80 online or $100 at the door. 7036 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.932.7820.

2) The Crossing
Blending the best flavors of Europe, The Crossing is offering a delicious five-course menu this New Year’s Eve. Guests can steer the direction of their dinner by picking from numerous dishes, ranging from Spanish octopus with orange and fennel to grilled Missouri beef tenderloin served with a rich Bordelaise wine sauce. For an addition cost, wines can be paired with each of the courses. The cost for dinner is $95 per person and $65 for the wine flight. Call for reservations. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.7375. 

3) Cielo
Dinner, DJs and dancing are making Cielo’s bash one of the hottest in St. Louis this New Year’s Eve. Guests can opt for either a four-course meal with entertainment until 2 am or spare no expense with the VIP package that grants guests access to a full open bar, a buffet featuring over 20 sweet and savory offerings as well live performances until 3am. The evening will cost $88 per person for the dinner package and $150 for the VIP event. Call for reservations. 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.2105.

4) Chaumette Winery
Though the vines are enjoying their quiet slumber of winter, a lot is happening at Chaumette Winery’s Grapevine Grill Restaurant this New Year’s Eve. Executive Chef Adam Lambay has prepared a four-course pre-fixe menu highlighting the heartier flavors of the season, such as a Berkshire bacon and black-eyed peas salad with a warmed bacon vinaigrette or Chaumette’s take on the French peasant classic coq au vin. Live entertainment will accompany the meal as well as plenty of wine pairings perfect for ringing in 2014. Without alcohol, the evening is $55. Call for reservations. 24345 State Route WW, Sainte Genevieve, 573.747.1000. 

5) Elaia & Olio
Between chef and owner Ben Poremba’s two award-wining sister restaurants, there will be plenty of reasons to celebrate this New Year’s. At the more upscale Elaia, four courses chosen from options such as “The World’s Best Smoked Salmon” or “The Proper French Omelet with Shaved White Truffles” should end 2013 on a high note. Just next door, Olio will have a livelier affair beginning at 10pm featuring a DJ, champagne toast and preview of Poremba’s upcoming venture called the Chicken Shack. The evening is $92-$97 for dinner at Elaia and $25 for Olio’s party. Call for reservations. Both are located at 1634 Tower Grove Ave., Tower Grove, 314.932.1088. 

6) Juniper
A little southern hospitality goes a long way, but that didn’t stop chef/proprietor John Perkins from pulling out all the stops for his New Year’s Eve at Juniper. Beginning at 10 pm guests are welcomed to enjoy endless hors d’oeuvres and live music leading up to a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Reservations for dinner can be made earlier in the evening and dinner guests are welcomed to stay for the New Year’s bash free of charge. The party is $20 per person. 360 N Boyle Ave., Central West End, 314.329.7696.

7) Layla
Bust out your favorite pair of leg warmers and parachute pants because New Year’s in The Grove is going to be taken to the max at Layla’s ’80s-themed bash. The full Mid Eastern fusion menu will be available, featuring everything from falafel to unique burgers, along with delicious cocktails, such as the festive cavallini made with peach liquor and strawberry coulis that’s topped with bubbly cava. Live entertainment provided by DJ Raven Fox will begin at 9pm and go until 1am. 4317 Manchester Rd., The Grove, 314.553.9252. 

8) Little Country Gentlemen
This New Year’s Eve celebration will certainly be bittersweet with the recent announcement of Little Country Gentlemen’s last service come Jan. 11. Determined to still celebrate their vast accomplishments, Mike Randolph and his talented staff are cooking up a 14-course dinner inspired by the grandfather of French cuisine, Auguste Escoffier. From mounds of caviar to towering soufflés, decadence will be laced throughout one of the last services at Little Country Gentlemen. Call for reservations. 8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.0719.

9) Scape
Watch the holiday bustle of The Central West End while enjoying the sophisticated specials at Scape this New Year’s Eve. A complimentary champagne toast poured from a 9-liter bottle along with entrées including Alaskan King Crab, double-cut black Berkshire pork chops and rich lobster risotto will help celebrate the accomplishments of 2013 and toast the promises of the year ahead. Call for reservations. 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227. 

10) The Libertine
In honor of the end of 2013, Executive Chef Josh Galliano is preparing a special a la carte menu filled with indulgent items, such as a butter-poached lobster served with Brussels sprouts and white soy pearls to a poached pear and white truffle risotto laced with earthy Maitake mushrooms. Don’t worry, if you want your last bite of the year to be your personal favorite from the usual menu (perhaps the sunflower seed fried rice topped with a rich fried egg?), any of those items will be available upon request. Call for reservations. 7927 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.2999.

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