NYE at Kove Kitchen Waterfront Restaurant, 3900 Bayview Street, Richmond
Join Richmond’s Kove Kitchen for an intimate dockside dinner on New Year's Eve. They have two seatings to choose from—one for those with other plans closer to midnight (5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., $49) and another (7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., or 8:30 p.m. $79) for those who want to dance the night away in front of the Fraser River. Kids are welcome to the earlier seatings. Tickets and reservations include gratuities and taxes, and also include a three-course dinner, party favours and champagne at midnight (for those opting to do the second seating).
NYE at River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Road, Richmond
Celebrate all night at River Rock's Full House New Year's Eve Party! Party in their licensed lobby with live circus performances, DJs, and a midnight countdown. River Rock Casino Resort is also bringing back their legendary offerings in the Whistler Ballroom for the New Year's Eve Gala Buffet, featuring all-you-can-eat snow crab, prime rib and a wonderful array of seafood, shellfish, salads, charcuterie and desserts. This event is kid-friendly if you want to bring little guests.
6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; call 604-247-8949 for tickets; adults $54.95; seniors $43.95
NYE at Trading Post Brewing, 9143 Glover Road, Langley
Join Langley’s Trading Post Brewing for a special beer-paired New Year’s Eve dinner to say cheers to 2017. The festive menu includes crispy cheese paired with Captain Cooper's Tart Cranberry Ale, sweet onion bisque paired with 1827 Helles Lager, orange-glazed duck confit paired with What Cheer Brett IPA or squash and potato gnocchi paired with Three Bears Breakfast Stout followed by set vanilla cream with Christmas-spiced pears and almond crumble. Taking place between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there is still plenty of time to party afterwards. Tickets are $60.
NYE at Yew Seafood + Bar, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner, dancing and a champagne sabering station. Diners can choose a four-course dinner at the early seating from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $95 per person, or a five-course dinner at the late seating from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $155 per person. The latter includes music by local sensation DJ Leanne, accompanied by percussionist Pher and sax player Caley Honeywell, a glass of Pol Roger champagne at midnight and fun party favours.
Revellers only looking to party are welcome to YEW bar + lounge at 8:00 p.m. for a cover charge of $30. YEW cocktails, champagne and a limited à la carte lounge menu are available to keep you energized as they dance the night away.
NYE at Arc Restaurant + Bar, 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
End 2016 on a high note with two seatings at Arc to enjoy Chef Karan Suri's New Year's Eve menus. Choose from An Early Night, an extravagant three-course dinner to start the night off right with seatings 5:30 p.m. through 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m., adults $99 and children 6 to12 years $59. Or an Until the Wee Hours four-course dinner with live music with the Rob Eller Quartet, from 8:30 p.m. onwards, adults $149. To make a reservation, call the festive desk at 604-691-1910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s your last chance to eat at ORU Cuisine before it closes its doors on January 2. Indulge in the Eat, Drink and be Merry five-course dinner, which includes a glass of bubbles at midnight and live entertainment by the Adam Thomas Quartet. The dinner begins at 8 p.m. and it is available for $149 per person. The Skybar (lounge outside of ORU) is offering a VIP experience ($5,000 food and beverage minimum and can accommodate groups of 8 to 20 guests). Guests in this space will enjoy the music of The Lobby Lounge for the second floor lounge, overlooking the lobby.
Additionally, ORU will be featuring the ultimate New Year’s Day hangover brunch (and the final brunch service of ORU!) served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $78 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The ORU NYE dinner and NYD brunch reservations can be made through the festive desk at email@example.com or by calling 604-695-5574.
NYE at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler
Head up the highway to experience Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Macdonald Ballroom transform into a sparkling winter wonderland for the New Year’s Eve Dinner + Dance Gala. Chef Isabel Chung will be providing an opulent buffet dinner, which is followed by an evening of dancing when The Famous Players Band will again deliver a lively performance of the best party songs. The gala starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are for $199 per person (plus tax and tip).
NYE at Royal Dinette, 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Usher in the New Year in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Royal Dinette as the popular farm-to-table restaurant welcomes guests for two exclusive multi-course celebratory dinner services.
The first New Year’s Eve seating begins at 5:30 pm and features six courses for $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity, while the second seating takes place at 8 p.m. and includes nine courses for $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Beverage pairings are also available for both services for an additional $55 and $70, respectively.
Highlights of both menus—which feature Royal Dinette’s trademark farm-to-table fare—include such dishes as beach angel oysters, sake kasu-marinated sablefish and dry-aged beef rib. Reservations may be made by calling 604-974-8077.
NYE at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar, 37991 2 Avenue, Squamish
The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar is inviting merrymakers and revellers to welcome 2017 in style by taking part in one of two exclusive New Year’s Eve seatings at the new Squamish restaurant. The first seating begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a four-course menu for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity), while the second seating begins at 8 p.m. with a five-course menu for $89 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Menu highlights include ravioli with egg yolk, ricotta, Parmesan and Périgordtruffle; black cod with mussels, clams, harissa and shellfish velouté; and Valrhona chocolate with coconut macaron, chocolate ganache and compressed pineapple. Reservations may be made by calling 604-390-1910.
NYE at Farmer’s Apprentice, 1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Celebrated locavore chef David Gunawan will present a unique New Year’s Eve feast at acclaimed South Granville restaurant Farmer’s Apprentice by offering a duo of seasonally-inspired menus: omnivore and herbivore. An earlier 5:30 p.m. seating features a six-course menu ($70 omnivore/$60 herbivore per person plus tax and gratuity), while their late seating at 8 p.m. will offer a seven-course menu ($90 omnivore/$80 herbivore per person plus tax and gratuity).
Inspired by Gunawan’s farm-to-table philosophy, both menus place a premium on supporting local farms, pastures and producers, and feature wine by the glass or bottle with an exclusively natural and organic focus. Reservations may be made by calling 604-620-2070 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYE at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Gather friends and flip the calendar to 2017 in fine style with a pair of exclusive New Year’s Eve dinner seatings at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar with menus that include seasonal favourites such as local pine mushroom consommé, soft-poached side stripe shrimp with butternut squash, housemade bucatini with butter poached lobster and salted sesame bar with caramel ice cream.
Choose between three-course early seatings from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring live jazz from the Jennifer Scott Trio ($108 plus tax and gratuity), or four-course late seatings from 8 to 10 p.m. featuring a countdown to midnight, party favours, and entertainment from GirlOnWax’s DJ Colette Trudeau ($188 plus tax and gratuity). Reservations may be made online or by calling 604-642-2900.
Kitsilano neighbourhood gem Au Comptoir will help revellers usher in the new year with a celebratory four-course menu featuring West Coast-inspired French fare from Chef Dan McGee. Choose from early seatings starting between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., and late seatings starting between 8:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. ($95 plus tax and gratuity).
Menu highlights include bavarois de panes (parsnip mousse, compressed apple, caramelized honey, kir royale), ballotine de saumon fumé (house-smoked salmon ballotine, beets, crème fraîche, horseradish, parsnip chips), le black cod (pan-roasted black cod, heritage carrots, salt cod fritter, dill) and declinaison autor du chocolate (hazelnut chocolate layer cake, cocoa bean infused ice cream, mandarin chocolate tart). Reservations can be made by calling 604-569-2278.
NYE at Toptable Group - Araxi Restaurant, CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe & West Restaurant, Whistler and Vancouver
Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant offers a memorable night of spectacular food and wine with lively music and a midnight countdown.
In Vancouver, CinCin Ristorante and Blue Water Cafe will be offering diners and an à la carte menu and special seasonal additions. For added colour to your night, guests experiencing a late seating at Blue Water Cafe ($60) and CinCin Ristorante ($50), will also enjoy a New Year’s Eve countdown celebration featuring DJ entertainment and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight.
West Restaurant will be offering a decadent five-course tasting menu for $125 plus tax and gratuity.
New Year's Eve revellers with plans for a midnight meet-up can start on a delicious note with Burdock & Co's "New Year's Lite" seating at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ($69 per person, plus tax and gratuity), featuring a menu of lighter plates to set the celebratory mood for the rest of the evening. Guests feasting their way into 2017 can opt for the 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. seating ($99 per person plus tax and gratuity). Chef Andrea and the culinary team have pulled out all the stops to craft an extensive and exciting multi-course tasting menu. Expert pairings of naturalist wine and a full drink menu are available for purchase at an additional charge.Limited tickets for both seatings can be purchased online or by calling 604-879-0077.
Celebrate withchampagne, caviar and an incredible NYE menu at one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings. The regular à la carte menu will run alongside an additional champagne and caviar menu and feature NYE creations by Chef Ricardo Valverde, such as king crab and rack of lamb. Choose an early 5 to 7 p.m. seating or stay to ring in the new year at the 7:30 p.m. seating, Saber your own champagne and enjoy live music from 9 p.m. ($20 cover). Call 604-681-1164 or email email@example.com to reserve (credit card deposits required for reservations).
Keep it casual and enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe NYE menu that showcases the best of local and sustainable ingredients, such as juniper-and beet-cured salmon, braised B.C. bison short-rib with huckleberries, smoked duck confit cassoulet and more. Tickets are $60 (or $100 with cocktail/sparkling pairings). To order, call 604-681-1695 or reserve online.
It only happens once every two years—Chambar's legendary NYE party is back with DJs and live music, oysters and champagne. Start off 2017 with civilized debauchery at its best from 7 p.m. until late; $186.75 per person and includes all food and beverages. Tickets available online.
Mamie’s Low Country NYE Pig Roast and Jamboree, 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Enjoy a down-home-style South Carolina buffet pig roast with all the fixins and an open bar until the wee hours of the morning at Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s. Pig roast starts at 8 p.m. and goes until early 2017. Tickets are $100 per person and include all food and beverages (plus tax and gratuity) and are available in person at Mamie Taylor’s.
Enjoy a lavish New Year’s Eve soirée, hosted by The Social Concierge (Dîner en Blanc, Deighton Cup). The newly renovated Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver will be transformed into a blossoming garden with live installations and performances by Zynth & Co. plus special guest artists, a signature Moêt & Chandon midnight snack bar and two DJ rooms featuring DJs Skla and Nikki.
9 p.m. until late; tickets $69 (early bird pricing) and includes a premium welcome drink; buy 3, get 1 free (limited time)
Amy Watkins is a British writer who fell in love with Vancouver when she visited on an assignment and then moved here. She writes about travel for national UK publications and writes BCLiving's weekly events column.