10 restaurants where you can pop the bubbly on New Year’s Eve in Toronto

What better way to honour 2023 and welcome 2024 than with a grand feast? Restaurants across Toronto have big plans for ringing in the new year, with prix fixe menus crafted specially for the occasion. Some are throwing parties and galas, while others are adding new menu items, but they are all promising the same things—to end the year on a bang.

Here are the top restaurants in Toronto for New Year’s Eve dinner.   

Black + Blue Toronto

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Instead of looking too far into the future, head back in time to a masquerade gala at Black + Blue. A red carpet entrance, black and gold décor, a “smart and elegant” dress code, and a sea of guests donning masks (which are available for purchase) means this will be one of the most sumptuous evenings in the city. After the a la carte seating from 4 to 7 p.m., the Gala dinner commences from 8pm onwards. For $195 per guest, the Gala menu lets diners choose from three options for each course, including bison tartare, sushi, roasted sea bass, and beef tenderloin, as well as vegetarian-friendly dishes.

Minami Toronto

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The Offbeat Jazz trio will provide the soundtrack for a New Year’s Eve spent at Minami Toronto. For $150, guests can indulge in A5 Japanese wagyu tartare, Hokkaido uni & scallop, and signature Aburi sushi, with a baked matcha fondant for dessert. The restaurant has also launched new cocktails just in time for 2024, including a take on an espresso martini, with St. Remy VSOP, salted caramel liqueur and white miso.

Miku Toronto

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Similarly, Minami’s sister restaurant has big plans to welcome the new year, though in a more traditional style. Miku will be serving a Japanese multi-course dinner called Kaiseki. The first course, Osechi Oju, features an assortment of dishes with Japanese ingredients and flavours representing good luck, prosperity, and happiness. What more could you ask for to start the year? The $230 six-course menu includes signature Aburi sushi and a Miyazaki & Awaji wagyu duo. Miku has also launched a new cocktail menu for the event— you know the saying: new year, new…cocktails.

Daphne

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If you didn’t get a chance to check out one of the Financial District’s hottest restaurant and lounge openings this year, make sure it’s the first thing you do in 2024. For New Year’s Eve, Daphne is serving up a decadent four-course dinner while live DJs spin tracks in the high-end atmosphere. Choices on the menu include bone marrow, a steak tartar, egg yolk ravioli and beef fillet. Daphne is charging $165 per person for the New Year’s Eve dinner.  

Reign

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Reign supreme over house parties and nights on the town by indulging in a four- or six-course prix fixe menu crafted with French technique. Chicken liver mousse, a beef wellington, wild mushroom risotto and sea salt caramel crunch are menu highlights for both menus, while the six-course offers an additional scallop crudo, venison tartare, cape d’or salmon, and more. The four-course is in the first seating beginning at 5pm for $109 per adult, while the second, six-course dining begins at 7:30pm for $179 per person. You can start the new year off just as well—and maybe recover from the night before—with a New Year’s Day brunch at Reign for $99.

Epoch

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Cocktails and snacks kick off the celebrations at an extravagant gala held at Epoch in The Ritz-Carlton. For $120, the earlier three-course meal are available for seating at 5pm or 7pm, with Chu Toro Tuna Tartare, Nova Scotia Lobster or Wagyu Short Rib, and Ice Wine Poached Pear on the menu. Then the grand evening even kicks off with the evening gala, where the five-course meal follows a mingling of cocktails and select snacks, while a saxophonist joins the DJ with joyous, relaxing backdrop to the evening. The night turns into an evening of luxury with a campaign toast and lively social scene. Gala reservations cost $175.

The Drake Hotel

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The Drake Hotel is serving up dinner and a party to ring in 2024. The multi-course menu for the night includes oysters, shrimp and sorrel, lobster thermidor, beef wellington and opera cake, among many other items. For $125, the dinner reservation includes access to the iconic party in The Underground, featuring live DJs and special guests.

Wynona

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East enders of the cities might prefer to stay a bit closer to home this New Year’s by getting a taste from a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant. Wynona’s five-course New Year’s menu includes a venison carpaccio, cappellacci, beef striploin, smoked oxtail, crispy lobster, trifle and peanut butter mousse. The dinner costs $120 per person.

Chotto Matte

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Glitter and gold are taking over the dining room at Chotto Matte this New Year’s Eve. Unlike anywhere in the city, the Bay Street restaurant is serving up an exquisite Japanese-Peruvian feast with exclusive New Year’s Eve dishes. Three sharing menu options, including one that is vegetarian-friendly, range from $120 to $180 (with an additional $55 for wine pairing). The first menu serves a yellowtail sashimi, baby back ribs, and squid, while the second adds a wagyu striploin, black cod aji miso and tentaculos de pulpo. Corn ribs, king oyster mushroom tostada, and nasu miso are the vegetarian plate highlights.

Skylight

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Toast to the new year from Yorkville rooftop hideaway at the Taste and Toast dinner at Skylight.  The two dinner seatings will provide a Mediterranean dining experience, complete with live music, a champaign toast and a five-course prix fixe menu. For $175, the meal kicks off with a hummus, haidacore tuna, and wagyu souvlaki skewer, and launching into a choice of harissa lamb saddle or ora king salmon with a delicious dessert to finish 2023. Add a wine pairing with each course for $60.

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