We’ve got the scoop on the most delicious places to go and what to eat New Year’s Eve in Ontario!
If you�re looking for something that�s a little fancy but a lot delicious, the Globe Bistro on the Danforth and earth Rosedale on Yonge stand by their motto to think globally and eat locally with a special 4-course menu. Never mind the typical tasting-menu that�s prevalent at most restaurants, you�re in total control of what you consume with a choice between 4 different items for each of your first, second and third courses. In case you�re wondering, that gives you 64 possible combinations to choose from! Northern Woods Mushrooms, Monforte toscano cheese, sea buckthorn icecream and Wellington County Beef are just a sneak peak into the Ontario offering on this menu. A�Live jazz will keep you groovin�, party favours will be available and a celebratory toast will ensure you bring in the New Year in a flavourful way! A�$99/pp. A�Reservations recommended.
Does your idea of the perfect night out take place in a brew pub with an awesome selection of local beer? Head out to the Distillery District and the familiar ambience of the Mill Street Brew Pub. They�ve created a 4-course menu and paired each course with one of their local brews. Your taste buds will take a tour from their delicious Distillery Ale to their slightly sweet Lemon Tea Ale, and from their Belgian-style Betelgeuse to the perfect dessert accompaniment Vanilla Porter. For the main course you�ll be choosing between Canadian Lamb, Albacore Tuna or Duck Confit, and not only will you be chasing the main down with Betelgeuse, it�s been worked in to each of the dishes to form a perfect pairing. Snacks, party favours and sparkling wine will help round out the occasion, and DJ Humble Mike will be spinning vinyl and keeping the crowd moving. $69.95/pp. Reservations Required.
Other food forward hot spots in the big city for New Years Eve? A�Try The Drake Hotel Black & White Ball;A�Party at the Castle New Year’s Eve with Casa Loma’s 100th Year AnniversaryA�Party; or why get down and dirty withA�Business As Usual at Parts & Labour.
Looking to make your meal memorable in the Capital City and still have fun? Head to Play, the brainchild of Stephen Beckta and Chef Michael Moffat, where they take your hospitality to heart and your taste buds for ride! Opt for a 3-course menu with available seating from 6 � 7:30pm, or a 4-course menu starting at 8 pm. To start your culinary journey, you try charcuterie or tuna crudo with spiced tomato gelA�e. The mains range from striploin to butter-bathed monk fish. A�The wines at Play are excellent, and if you prefer to let someone else take the wheel tonight, they offer an optional pairing at an additional cost for each seating. Starts at $55/pp plus $35 for wine pairings. Reservations recommended.
Anybody in the Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo neck of the woods, can head to one of Guelph�s hottest restaurants, OX, for a 6-course locavore delight. Look no further than the first course for a fine example of what makes this place stand out � Lake Erie Yellow Perch on black truffle creamed cauliflower and pickled cauliflower relish. After that delightful entry to the meal, prepare your tongue to be tantalized by a duo textured roasted and raw mushroom salad before moving on to maple-poached local Quail with ricotta dumplings, roasted chestnut, shallot and sweet potato sauce. By now you should be adequately enticed, but to sweeten the deal even more, the wine list is 100% Canadian–mostly Ontario–and for an additional $20 they�ll do the pairing for you. Don�t feel rushed to head out the door once dinner is done, as there�s lots of space and an enticing cocktail menu to help you end the year with a bang! Starts at $75/pp. Reservations recommended.
Steppin� out in Stratford, can�t go wrong on this special night. We�re intrigued by two separate, unique events in this food-forward, hot little town. Option A takes you to Mercer Hall where their artisanal approach and love for local produce and protein will take flight for a culinary tour around the world. In order to pack in as much flavour as possible, think small plates, like 20 or so, and prepare your taste buds for the best bites of the year, bar none! You�ll be washing it down with spirits from Ontario distillers, beer from local brewers, and the wines of Niagara and Prince Edward County. Sittings are from 6 to 9 p.m. with sparkling wine at midnight. $75 /pp, Reservations recommended.
Option B has a created a buzz in town, well before their official grand opening. The Bruce Hotel will be the first full-service luxury hotel to grace the streets of Stratford and will be fully open for business in the New Year. However, Jennifer, Bronwyn and Executive Chef Aaron couldn�t wait to get cooking so they�ve already opened their restaurant and they�re off to a scrumptious start! Fine dining in Stratford is synonymous with the best quality ingredients from nearby, and once you immerse yourself in the local luxury of the Bruce, you�ll be coming back time and again. It would be a sin not to! And if it�s any indication just how serious these guys are to set themselves apart, think ?themes? to make every occasion extra special. The theme for New Year’s Eve this year is Great Gatsby and dancing to the music of the Betty’s. $125/pp. A�Reserverations recommended.
Niagara on the Lake
Perhaps the ideal way for you to toast in the New Year is surrounded by oak barrels among the vineyards of wine country. One of the finest vineyards in the country, Peller Estates, is setting a banquet-style table in the cellar for a stellar night where the wine will truly shine. You�ll start the evening with a reception revolving around canapA�s and their internationally acclaimed ice wine. Then you�ll take a seat for 5 heavenly courses, assiduously considered to accompany 5 divine wines. Live entertainment will carry you to the stroke of 12, when you gather in front of the fire with, you guessed it, sparkling wine! $195/pp. A�Tickets almost sold out. Book now!
If you�re in Niagara on the Lake and you already have dinner plans, then you won�t be too disappointed to hear that the dinner being hosted at Ravine Vineyard has already sold out. The good news? They�re hosting an after-dinner dance party in the cellar with fixed-price open bar! Just $55 per person, plus taxes and gratuity, or if you�re a member it�s only $35. Reserve wines will be served and of course, sparkling at midnight!