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28 Places to Party on New Year's Eve in Portland

Break out the bubbles and kiss 2016 goodbye

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Feel like shaking off 2016 with seriously great food and libations? Find out where to celebrate with this map, dedicated to the city's best restaurants open on New Year's Eve in Portland. From Mumbai-inspired cocktails and vodka-fueled celebrations topped with Russian caviar, to classic, candlelit Pacific Northwest dining, here are top picks for New Year's Eve 2016.

Almost every restaurant featured on the map below is currently accepting reservations, so hop on it as soon as possible. But you'll also find one option that isn't accepting reservations (Bollywood Theater), as well as spots with bar areas that'll be open to walk-ins all night (Tusk, Ava Gene's).

As always, the points on the below map are organized by geography. The restaurants are not ranked. Have a favorite spot not featured below? Let your fellow readers know about it in the comments below. Cheers to a delicious 2017!

—Chad Walsh and Mattie John Bamman

—All photos by Dina Avila unless specified otherwise

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Paley's Place

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Portland dining institution Paley's Place will serve an a la carte menu of seasonal dishes in its unique setting: a Victorian home. Interested? Grab a reservation asap, because these are some of the most sought-after seats in the city. Note Paley's Imperial and still-fresh-faced Headwaters restaurants are also open for NYE.

The Waiting Room

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The Pearl's lively South American stalwart always throws a party, replete with a live band. Find a four-course prix fixe menu of Andean dishes. The early seating costs $75, and the late is $85. Guests are welcomed to stay and celebrate through midnight.

Park Kitchen

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Saucebox

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Clever, well-priced cocktails with exotic ingredients your fancy? Find the bar wizes whipping up a fleet of options, and the regular menu of playful Asian-inspired plates will be available. Make a reservations through the website or by calling.

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Departure

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Find glitz and glam on the top floor of The Nines hotel, and food by celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet. Gourdet is serving a $85 five-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve tasting menu built around your choice of three mains: Tasmanian ocean trout, snapper wrapped in a banana leaf, and Vietnamese duck curry. Get a reservation before they're gone.

Three Degrees

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To say goodbye to 2016, chef Lauro Romero is offering a $58 four-course prix fixe dinner comprising yellowfin carpaccio, lobster dumplings, wagyu steaks, and a trio of dessert options. Dinner is served till 9 p.m., and for $40 more, you can augment the experience with paired wines.

Olympia Provisions SE

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Altabira City Tavern

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Altabira’s Luis Escorcia will be cooking up à la carte dishes on NYE. Think steak tartare ($13); ahi tuna with lobster mashed potatoes ($29); New York strip with mushroom budino and shaved white truffles ($30); and, for dessert, s’mores pots de crème ($8).

Per tradition, Biwa’s putting out a NYE spread where guests can dine on, among other things, chawanmushi, oysters, sashimi moriawase, toshikoshi soba, and pudding for dessert. Dinners run $65 per guest, with drink pairings running another $35 each. There are also a limited number of chef’s counter dinners available, too (specials TBS), which run $80 each.

Noble Rot

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Open 5 to 10 p.m. on NYE, Noble Rot has one of the best wine lists in the city, with a birds-eye view of downtown from the east side. Find the regular seasonal menu, bolstered with ingredients from the rooftop garden, with comforting plates like a sweet potatoe, cider braised greens, and goat cheese tart and roasted chicken with farro and caramelized root vegetables. Reserve through the website.

Farm Spirit

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To say farewell and good riddance to 2016, chef Aaron Adams is offering a trio of luxurious multi-course plant-based dinners at his 18-person chef’s counter. The first goes down at 5:15 p.m. (10 courses, $55); the second is a 15-courser ($90) at 7:30 p.m.; and the final seating at 10 p.m. is a 20-courser ($120), with a midnight glass of sparkling wine included. And don't forget Farm Spirit is taking a break the first week of January, so now's the time to get inside.

Han Oak

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If you're already a fan of Han Oak, Eater Portland's 2016 Restaurant of the Year, jump on this fast. Chef Peter Cho is teaming up with Let Em Eat's Karl Holl to offer a single seating at 7 p.m., with a nine-course menu for $65 ($30 optional drink pairing). Then, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., get a special preview of Han Oak's next evolution as a noodle and dumpling house, with a special drink menu by bartender Michelle Ruocco.

The hip new farm-forward restaurant serving Middle Eastern flavors is accepting reservations until 11 a.m. and will serve its regular menu, with some NYE specials. Make a reservations through through the website. Bar will be open to walk-ins only.

Stammtisch

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The German beer bar Stammtisch is ringing out the new year with a three-course $40 prix fixe menu that starts with a foie gras torchon, ends with a pumpkin tartlet and fills you up in between with a plate of sauerkraut, sausages and other German-style meats. Stick around till the ball drops and you can pair your beer with a complimentary glass of bubbles.

Suzette

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On the last day of the year, Suzette’s Jehnee Rains is putting on a dinner she’s calling a “Frenchy-French Soirée.” The four-courser includes crab beignets, radicchio salad, duck à la orange, and chocolate hazelnut tarts for dessert. This dinner starts at 6 p.m., and clocks in at a very affordable $39.

Bollywood Theater

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Both the SE Division and NE Alberta locations will be open with a Bollywood vibe. Find the regular menu and special Mumbai-inspired cocktails. Reservations not accepted.

Love modernist seafood plates backed by French and Japanese culinary techniques with true fine-dining service? This is your spot, and since Roe is relocating in 2016, James Beard nominated Trent Pierce is offering a $115 prix fixe menu with seven courses of Roe's most beloved dishes. Reserve through the website.

Ava Gene's

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SE Wine Collective

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Chef Althea Grey Potter furnishes the food at this urban wine collective, and she has a knack for warm, comforting plates that pair excellently with the wines made onsite. If available, don't skip the freshly baked gougeres or the hearty strozzapretti bolognese, a pasta featuring wine-braised elk and house-made ricotta. The party goes till midnight. Call to inquire about reservations.

Coquine

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Katy Millard’s not only offering her guests special seven-course dinners on New Year’s Eve (think crab, oysters, and Bûche de Noël), she’s doubling down and previewing that same menu on December 30, too. Dinners costs $115, and for $75 more, you can pair it with some reliably excellent wines.

Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar

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The Southern-fried plates at The Country Cat will be flying out of the kitchen as usual, and the restaurant is currently accepting reservations for parties of 2 or more. Don't believe the online reservation system, if you have a small party: Call the restaurant asap to get on the books.

Urdaneta

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On New Year’s Eve, Javier Canteras is offering diners a five-course tapas dinner at which he’ll serve up bowls of sopa de ajo, seared scallops with a foie gras glaze, and culotte steaks with sunchoke romesco, glass potatoes, and leek marmalade. Dinners run $75 each. Another $45 will get you paired cavas, wines and sherries.

Chef Naomi Pomeroy’s putting on one of the city's most luxurious options: an eight-course wine-paired feast. It will showcase roasted beet tartare, spinach and burrata tortellini, wagyu ribeyes (with roasted black salsify and black trumpet mushrooms), and, for dessert, dark chocolate-chicory marjolaines with crème fraîche ice cream. The cost is $250 a head. Seatings are at 5:30 and 9 p.m.

Always surprising and delicious, chef Sarah Pliner's plates are fun, refined, and on point, and this NYE's menu includes things like butter poached swordfish in lobster broth, with mango, puffed rice, taro root, ruby chard, and American caviar. The four-course dinner costs $70, with optional pairings for $30 and $40. Call to reserve, with seatings from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Ataula

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Paley's Place

Portland dining institution Paley's Place will serve an a la carte menu of seasonal dishes in its unique setting: a Victorian home. Interested? Grab a reservation asap, because these are some of the most sought-after seats in the city. Note Paley's Imperial and still-fresh-faced Headwaters restaurants are also open for NYE.

The Waiting Room

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Andina

The Pearl's lively South American stalwart always throws a party, replete with a live band. Find a four-course prix fixe menu of Andean dishes. The early seating costs $75, and the late is $85. Guests are welcomed to stay and celebrate through midnight.

Park Kitchen

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Saucebox

Clever, well-priced cocktails with exotic ingredients your fancy? Find the bar wizes whipping up a fleet of options, and the regular menu of playful Asian-inspired plates will be available. Make a reservations through the website or by calling.

superbite

[Photo: Katie Acheff/EPDX]

Departure

Find glitz and glam on the top floor of The Nines hotel, and food by celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet. Gourdet is serving a $85 five-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve tasting menu built around your choice of three mains: Tasmanian ocean trout, snapper wrapped in a banana leaf, and Vietnamese duck curry. Get a reservation before they're gone.

Three Degrees

To say goodbye to 2016, chef Lauro Romero is offering a $58 four-course prix fixe dinner comprising yellowfin carpaccio, lobster dumplings, wagyu steaks, and a trio of dessert options. Dinner is served till 9 p.m., and for $40 more, you can augment the experience with paired wines.

Olympia Provisions SE

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Kachka

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Altabira City Tavern

Altabira’s Luis Escorcia will be cooking up à la carte dishes on NYE. Think steak tartare ($13); ahi tuna with lobster mashed potatoes ($29); New York strip with mushroom budino and shaved white truffles ($30); and, for dessert, s’mores pots de crème ($8).

Biwa

Per tradition, Biwa’s putting out a NYE spread where guests can dine on, among other things, chawanmushi, oysters, sashimi moriawase, toshikoshi soba, and pudding for dessert. Dinners run $65 per guest, with drink pairings running another $35 each. There are also a limited number of chef’s counter dinners available, too (specials TBS), which run $80 each.

Noble Rot

Open 5 to 10 p.m. on NYE, Noble Rot has one of the best wine lists in the city, with a birds-eye view of downtown from the east side. Find the regular seasonal menu, bolstered with ingredients from the rooftop garden, with comforting plates like a sweet potatoe, cider braised greens, and goat cheese tart and roasted chicken with farro and caramelized root vegetables. Reserve through the website.

Farm Spirit

To say farewell and good riddance to 2016, chef Aaron Adams is offering a trio of luxurious multi-course plant-based dinners at his 18-person chef’s counter. The first goes down at 5:15 p.m. (10 courses, $55); the second is a 15-courser ($90) at 7:30 p.m.; and the final seating at 10 p.m. is a 20-courser ($120), with a midnight glass of sparkling wine included. And don't forget Farm Spirit is taking a break the first week of January, so now's the time to get inside.

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Han Oak

If you're already a fan of Han Oak, Eater Portland's 2016 Restaurant of the Year, jump on this fast. Chef Peter Cho is teaming up with Let Em Eat's Karl Holl to offer a single seating at 7 p.m., with a nine-course menu for $65 ($30 optional drink pairing). Then, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., get a special preview of Han Oak's next evolution as a noodle and dumpling house, with a special drink menu by bartender Michelle Ruocco.

Tusk

The hip new farm-forward restaurant serving Middle Eastern flavors is accepting reservations until 11 a.m. and will serve its regular menu, with some NYE specials. Make a reservations through through the website. Bar will be open to walk-ins only.

Stammtisch

The German beer bar Stammtisch is ringing out the new year with a three-course $40 prix fixe menu that starts with a foie gras torchon, ends with a pumpkin tartlet and fills you up in between with a plate of sauerkraut, sausages and other German-style meats. Stick around till the ball drops and you can pair your beer with a complimentary glass of bubbles.

Suzette

On the last day of the year, Suzette’s Jehnee Rains is putting on a dinner she’s calling a “Frenchy-French Soirée.” The four-courser includes crab beignets, radicchio salad, duck à la orange, and chocolate hazelnut tarts for dessert. This dinner starts at 6 p.m., and clocks in at a very affordable $39.

Bollywood Theater

Both the SE Division and NE Alberta locations will be open with a Bollywood vibe. Find the regular menu and special Mumbai-inspired cocktails. Reservations not accepted.

Roe

Love modernist seafood plates backed by French and Japanese culinary techniques with true fine-dining service? This is your spot, and since Roe is relocating in 2016, James Beard nominated Trent Pierce is offering a $115 prix fixe menu with seven courses of Roe's most beloved dishes. Reserve through the website.

Ava Gene's

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