Lots of local restaurants are open for New Year's Eve, giving you plenty of tasty ways to ring in the new year, and a handful are even offering special menus, live entertainment or take-home family meals. Click here for a list of our favorite local restaurants, many of which are open for business on Thursday. Below, find 10 Sarasota area restaurants doing things a little differently to celebrate the arrival of 2021.
1920 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 312-6850, blasehillview.com
Blasé's decadent New Year's Eve bash includes a four-course meal, an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, live music and dancing. Tickets are $130. Call (727) 644-4839 to reserve a table.
180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 256-3647, thecapitalgrille.com
Celebrate at home with one of two four-course takeout meals from The Capital Grille. The packages come with simple instructions for how to warm up the meals, and you can enlarge them with a variety of add-ons, too. Find the full menus and order online here.
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 893-4321, grovelwr.com
Reserve a table and indulge in Grove's special holiday menu, with seatings available until 11 p.m. Or consider ordering a special family-sized takeout meal starring prime rib. (The take-home meal can also be picked up at Grove's sister restaurant, Pier 22, which is also open for New Year's Eve.)
5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-0777, harryskitchen.com
Harry's is serving a three-course prix fixe menu that costs $75.99 or $94.99 with wine pairings. Reservations are required.
Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 330-0440; Mattison's Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-3400; Mattison's Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd., #120, Bradenton, (941) 896-9660; mattisons.com
Each of Mattion's three locations is serving dinner on New Year's Eve, hosting live music and holding a raffle with a variety of giveaways. In addition to its à la carte menu, Mattison's Forty-One will serve a four-course prix fixe meal that costs $129 for two. Wine and Champagne pairing options are also available. Reservations are encouraged for all three restaurants.
1568 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-7111, melangesarasota.com
Mélange will be serving both a six-course and a 10-course tasting menu this New Year's Eve, with optional wine pairings, as well. One seating for each table means that you can linger as long as you like. Find the two menus here and then call to make a reservation.
1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-0007, bestfood.com
Ring in 2021 at Michael's, which is offering a limited dinner menu and outdoor seating. Check out the menu here. Reservations are required.
7129 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 556-9639, napulesarasota.com
This popular South Trail Italian restaurant is hosting a special New Year's Eve dinner with complimentary focaccia and Prosecco. Call for a reservation.
511 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-7600, therosemarysarasota.com
This Rosemary District dinner destination is serving a special menu on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Check it out online and make a reservation over the phone.
1216 First St., Sarasota, (941) 445-5660, sagesrq.com
Enjoy a four-course meal, plus Prosecco and the Italian cocktail Sgroppino, with two seatings—one at 5:30 p.m. and another at 8:30. Buy a ticket online.