Auld Lang Syne & Dine – The Best Restaurants to Ring in The New Year

New Year’s Eve can be a funny one, everyone has high hopes for a wonderful send off to the year just gone but the night can be marred by bars packed to capacity and over zealous revelers. Most occasions can be made memorable with fine food and a healthy dose of bubbles, so booking yourself a table in a great restaurant is the perfect way to ensure your New Year’s Eve celebration goes off without a hitch but many places close up shop for the celebratory night that’s in it.

If you don’t want to spend the final hours of 2016 standing at the stove but fancy a feast to mark the occasion, why not hand the cooking over to one of these fabulous eateries to ring in the new year with a delicious bang? With New Year’s resolutions taking hold the next day, your last supper of 2016 needs to be a good one. Whether you’re looking to hit the town afterwards or just count down to midnight in a cosy and intimate setting, booking dinner at one of the following will ensure NYE 2016 is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Escape the City Centre

Gourmet Food Parlour

With cosy and intimate eateries in Malahide, Dun Laoghaire and Swords, NYE at Gourmet Food Parlour promises to include an array of tempting tapas and GFP’s signature sinful desserts. Tapas menus for the big night start from €25 per person including a glass of bubbly, so you avoid the hassle of going into town and the horror of a huge bill – win win!

Le Plancha

Stay out of the hectic hustle and bustle with NYE dinner in Le Plancha in picturesque Monkstown. With a light Mediterranean inspired menu you’ll feel like you took a little winter escape to warmer climes. Auld Lang Syne looking out over the sea sounds pretty tempting to me.

Bon Appetit

A gem in Malahide, Oliver Dunne’s Bon Appetit is home to an opulent dining room perfect for a celebratory night. Bon Appetit will be offering a delicious three course dinner with a glass of bubbly for €60pp to ensure your last meal of 2016 is a fantastic one. From tempting Crab and Pear Cannelloni to Crispy Pork Belly with Black Pudding, there will be something to keep everyone happy as the year draws to a spectacular close. Alternatively, you can enjoy a sumptuous surprise 5 course tasting menu with your bubbles for €75pp.

Intercontinental Dublin

Formerly the Four Seasons, anyone looking for a little bit of luxury on the last night of the year will be delighted with InterContinental Dublin’s five course New Year’s Eve menu in Season’s Restaurant. For €79 per person, you can enjoy five star dining in opulent surroundings and with the obligatory NYE Champagne toast. After dinner, count down to 2017 in the super stylish ICE bar.

Soak up the City Centre Buzz

Whitefriar Grill and Bow Lane

Whitefriar Grill is known for putting on an amazing show at brunch, and on New Year’s Eve you could always get the party started a little early as Whitefriar will be serving brunch during the day. If you just want to make a night of it, dinner in Whitefriar followed by some of the most delicious craft cocktails in the city next door in Bow Lane is a guaranteed winner for your New Year’s celebration.

Charlotte Quay

One of Dublin’s newest gems is set to celebrate New Years for the first time, in style. Charlotte Quay, in Grand Canal Dock’s Millenium Tower, wants you to party like it’s 1999, with a delicious tasting menu dinner, expertly paired with matching wines for €75pp. After dinner, dance the night away to tunes from some of the greats we lost in 2016 in super stylish surroundings with views over the canal.

Brasserie Sixty6

Brasserie Sixty6 never disappoints for a celebratory dinner with drinks, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. With something for everyone on their crowd pleasing menu, these guys are the experts in catering for parties and creating a fantastic celebratory vibe with great food and cocktails. Better still, on South Great George’s Street you are bang smack in the middle of the action, wherever you should decide to keep the party going.

Dylan Hotel

If you want to fit as much delicious food into the last night of 2016 as possible in, The Tavern Restaurant at Dylan Hotel may be the perfect place to book your New Year’s Eve treat. The talented Mark Bodie will create a 7 course tasting menu to see you through the evening in gastronomic style, from Gubbeen Pannacotta to Wood Pigeon Rossini, you are guaranteed a night of flavour sensations for €95pp. After dinner, enjoy the countdown in the Dylan Bar with a festive cocktail to toast a wonderful New Year.

The Marker

The Marker’s stylish Rooftop Terrace Bar is a perfect place to look out for fireworks signalling the beginning of a new and exciting year ahead. First, soak up the atmosphere in The Brasserie, where chef Gareth Mullins will be offering a seasonally driven six course tasting menu (€90pp) to delight diners as they are serenaded by jazz vocalist Katherine Timoney. The Marker is an uber stylish place to spend the last hours of 2016.

Cleaver East & The Liquor Rooms

Don’t spend New Year’s Eve wandering around wondering where to go – Temple Bar may be a wild spot on NYE, but The Clarence is a safe bet for a brilliant night. Kick things off in the ever popular hotspot Cleaver East, with a 3 course menu for €60pp. After a fantastic festive meal head on down to the always buzzing Liquor Rooms to sip on expertly blended cocktails as the New Year rolls in.

Woollen Mills

If you want to usher the New Year in with unrivalled views of the Ha’Penney bridge, Woollen Mills is offering a spectacular sounding special NYE menu. Ham hock croquettes with apple ketchup and kraut slaw followed by Kerry wild venison with mulled quince and rye bread sauce sounds delicious enough to top your best meal of 2016 list. With an extensive offering, Woollen Mill’s 3 course NYE menu is available for €50.95pp.

La Cave

If you want to feel transported to a Parisian saloon to say Bonne Année, La Cave on South Anne Street is a warm and inviting retreat just off crammed Grafton Street. On a cold December night you will be happy to lounge over hearty traditional French fayre, followed by Comte and brie de meaux alongside a very tempting wine offering. La Cave has a special NYE menu for just €36.50pp and you can cosy up here with the wine list into the wee hours of January 1st 2017.

Fade Street Social

You are always guaranteed a great night out at Fade Street Social and if you want to be in thick of things on New Year’s Eve without compromising on the food front, Fade Street has you covered. Enjoy delicious, hearty mains in the restaurant or an array of small plates in the Gastro Bar before heading upstairs to the Wintergarden to ring in the New Year under the stars, classic cocktail in hand.

Beef & Lobster

Nothing says luxury like a last 2016 supper of lobster and steak, but what if you didn’t have to wake up broke on New Year’s Day to enjoy such indulgence? Beef & Lobster on Parliament Street is offering a 2 Course Dinner plus a sparkling cocktail for just €50 a head and is right in the middle of things to kick off a brilliant New Year’s night out.


A six course tasting menu created by chef Niall O’Sullivan would be tempting any night, but if you want to end 2016 with a BANG (forgive me) you can’t go wrong booking a table in this Merrion Row gem. For €69.95pp, you will make your way into 2017 very happily fed after dinner at BANG.


Darina CoffeyGrowing up with the name Darina, I was constantly asked if I could cook like my namesake. With that(and greed) as the ultimate motivator, I realised that baked goods make excellent bribes and an obsession was born! With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law I undertook a PhD, but a preference for cookbooks to textbooks persisted. As a (self-confessed!) demon in the kitchen, I am the only person to have contested both Masterchef and the Great Irish Bake off, fuelling my desire to focus on food in a serious way. Working with TheTaste allows me to satisfy this craving and marries my food fascination with my love of writing and ranting.

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