UPDATED: If you’d like to ring out 2012 in style, many area restaurants are throwing a party, complete with multi-course meals, wine pairings, and a toast at midnight. Early dinner options are available, too. They all suggest making reservations ahead of time. Here’s what you’ll find around town.
B&O American Brasserie
The restaurant is hosting an event it’s calling “The Last Stop,” with an a la carte menu, cocktail and beer pairings, a DJ at 9 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight.
Where: 2 N. Charles St., 443-692-6172.
Time: Starting at 5 p.m.
Cost: No set price.
The Black Olive restaurants
A five-course meal is offered at the cozy Black Olive or at The Olive Room on the rooftop of the Inn at The Black Olive, with its front-row seat to the fireworks. A more casual evening will be available at the Inn’s Agora Market with light fare and sparkling wine at midnight.
Where: The Black Olive, 814 S. Bond St., 410-276-7141; The Olive Room (rooftop) and Agora Market (first floor), 803 S. Caroline St., 443-681-6316.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.; 8-10 p.m.; at Agora Market, 10 p.m.
Cost: $80 (tax and tip not included); $25, Agora Market.
At its gala celebration, guests will enjoy a multi-course, prix-fixe menu, “endless” champagne, premium open bar, party favors, and a view of the fireworks at midnight. A prix-fixe menu is available at the early-dinner seatings.
Where: 1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373.
Time: Gala seating, 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m.; early dinner, 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Gala, $299 a person inclusive; early dinner, $139 a person or $199 with paired wines.
Celebrate Felice Anno Nuovo with a four-course, modern Italian menu, party hats, favors, and a Prosecco toast.
Where: 822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282.
Time: Reservations begin at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $89 a person or $129 with paired wines.
Crème Restaurant and Lounge
The restaurant offers dinner and a show with live music at two seatings and a "ball-drop" celebration, including a breakfast buffet, to ring in the New Year.
Where: 518 N. Charles St., 443-869-3381.
Time: Dinner and show, 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.; "ball-drop" party, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: Dinner and show, $60 a person (surf-and-turf option at market price); party, $75.
Fleet Street Kitchen
The newest Bagby Restaurant Group restaurant will serve a four-course menu with optional wine pairings and a complimentary toast at midnight. Two seatings are available.
Where: 1012 Fleet St., 410-244-5830.
Time: Early seating, 5-7 p.m.; second seating, 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $99; additional $49 for wine pairings.
This Baltimore County offshoot of Kooper’s in Fells Point is serving a three-course menu with optional wine in addition to the restaurant’s full à la carte menu.
Where: 12240 Tullamore Rd., Roundwood Shopping Center, Lutherville, 410-853-7324.
Time: Starting at 4 p.m.
Cost: $34.99 a person (tax and gratuity excluded).
Chef/co-owner Neal Langermann created a four-course dinner that pays homage to Julia Child, featuring several of her recipes. A midnight champagne toast is included.
Where: 2400 Boston St., Can Company, 410-534-3287; valet parking.
Time: Open reservations, 4 p.m.-midnight.
Cost: $50 a person; $75 with wine pairings.
Ring in 2013 with Mezze Madness, an unlimited service of more than 20 small plates, dessert, champagne toast, belly-dancing shows, party favors, and more. The restaurant will also serve an a la carte menu for early diners.
Where: 719 S. President St., 410-244-5533.
Time: Starting at 9 p.m.; early seating, 5-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Mezza Madness, $75 a person plus tax and service charge.
Maryland Live Casino
The casino celebrates New Year’s Eve around the world with themed entertainment and prize drawings, culminating in party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Its restaurants The Prime Rib and Live! Buffet will offer special dinners; Rams Head Center Stage will host an open-bar party with music.
Where: Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover.
Time: Casino celebration starts at 4 p.m.
Cost: The Prime Rib, prix-fixe menu, $125 and up; Live! Buffet, all-you-can-eat steak and seafood, $34.99; Rams Head Center Stage, $75 a person, $60 before Dec. 20.
Mr. Rain’s Fun House
The restaurant at the American Visionary Art Museum will have two seatings, with live jazz offered after 9 p.m. The late seating includes a midnight toast and a view of the harbor fireworks.
Where: 800 Key Hwy., 443-524-7379.
Time: Early seating, 6-8 p.m.; late seating, 9-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Early seating, three courses, $40; additional $25 with wine pairings; late seating, five courses, $65; additional $40 with wine pairings.
The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore restaurant says goodbye to 2012 with an “all-you-can-taste” selection of Japanese New Year’s foods from various regions of the country. The party also includes a DJ, a welcome cocktail, and a toast of bubbly at midnight.
Where: 725 Aliceanna St.; reservations, 410-223-1464.
Time: Dinner, from 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $65 a person, not including tax and gratuity.
Get into a party mood with a DJ, modern salsa music, a Cava toast at midnight, and party favors. The restaurant’s traditional Spanish menu will be available throughout the evening at a cost additional to the ticket price. Early dinner is also available. Bar and lounge guests will enjoy party favors and a Cava toast at midnight.
Where: 1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296.
Time: Party, 9 p.m.-midnight; bar and lounge, 5 p.m.-close; early dinner, 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Party, $45 a person; bar and lounge walk-ins, $25 a person; no cover for early dinner.
Petit Louis Bistro
The Roland Park restaurant rolls out a multi-course menu with wine pairings, if desired, and hats and favors.
Where: 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393.
Time: Opens at 4 p.m.; last reservation at 9 p.m.
Cost: $72 a person; $109 with accompanying wines.
The restaurant offers New Year’s themed food and drink specials.
Where: 1390 Lancaster St., 410-522-3200.
Time: 7 p.m. to close
Cost: No cover charge; prices vary.
The Scupper’s annual party includes a four-course, Chesapeake-inspired meal, live music, dancing, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and party favors.
Where: 402 Key Hwy., 410-727-3678.
Time: 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: Before Dec. 25, $109.99 per person for general seating, $119.99 for premiere window seating; after Dec. 25, $119.99 for all reservations (must be prepaid when made; price does not include tax and gratuity).
In addition to a three-course, prix-fix menu, the meal includes a trio of sparkling splits at the Federal Hill restaurant.
Where: 36 E. Cross St., 410-539-2093.
Time: 5-10 p.m. (last seating at 9 p.m.).
Cost: $39 a person.
The Inner Harbor restaurant will be featuring a four-course, prix-fixe menu.
Where: 1 E. Pratt St., 410-962-5503.
Time: Early seating, 3-5 p.m.; second seating: 5:15 p.m.
Cost: Early, $69; second, $79, (alcohol, tax, and gratuity not included).
The restaurant is offering a four-course menu with optional wine pairings and a complimentary toast at midnight. Two seatings are available.
Where: 1010 Fleet St., 410-244-6867.
Time: Early seating, 5-7 p.m.; second seating, 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $69; additional $35 for wine pairings.
The Canton restaurant celebrates with a Neopolitan-themed dinner that includes a bottle of wine or Prosecco per couple.
Where: 641 S. Montford Ave., 410-522-1000; valet parking.
Time: Reservations starting at 5 p.m.
Cost: $49.95 a person (tax and tip not included); children under 12, free before 9 p.m.
Chef Jesse Sandlin is back in the kitchen and will be preparing a four-course, prix-fixe menu. The bar will feature all-you-can-drink sparkling, white, and red selections.
Where: 507 S. Exeter St., 410-528-8600.
Time: Dining room, 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Cost: Menu, $55; $85 with wine pairings; all-you-can-drink selections at the bar, $65; $15 cover charge after 9 p.m. includes a champagne toast at midnight.
Get a front-row seat to the harbor fireworks at the restaurant’s late-dinner seating. It includes a four-course menu, with or without wine pairings, a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, and a champagne toast at midnight. Or start the evening early with all of the above except the midnight bubbly.
Where: 1417 Thames St., reservations, 443-681-5310.
Time: First seating, 6:30 p.m.; late seating, 9:30 p.m.
Cost: First seating, $115; $165 with wine pairings; late seating, $150; $200 with wine.
Wine Market Bistro
The Locust Point restaurant promises a delicious night with a four-course meal and more.
Where: 921 E. Fort Ave., 410-244-6166.
Time: 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.
Cost: $59 a person; wine pairings available for an additional $25.
Wit & Wisdom
Stop by the restaurant for an early three-course dinner before heading out for a night on the town or arrive later for a five-course menu, live jazz entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. Don’t forget to enjoy the panoramic views of the harbor.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, 200 International Dr.
Time: First seating, 5-6:30 p.m.; second seating, 8-9 p.m.
Cost: First seating, $80 a person; second seating, $150 a person.
Photo of New Year’s Eve fireworks at the harbor/credit: Leslie Furlong.