Where to Dine and Imbibe for the Holidays

Where to Dine and Imbibe for the Holidays

Several restaurants and bars are offering Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day specials

2011-new-years-eve-party-redding-californiaCHRISTMAS EVE

blu seafood and bar
2002 Hillsborough Rd.; $50; 919-286-9777
Enjoy a three-course meal including choices of appetizers like oysters, butternut squash soup and prawns; entrees of shrimp and grits, braised lamb shank, bouillabaisse and more; and desserts of Key Lime pie, flourless chocolate torte or apple strudel

Counting House, 2-8pm
111 N. Corcoran St., 21c Museum Hotel; $58 per person; 919-956-6760
Executive Chef Josh Munchel prepares a feast of Counting House favorites, plus a few holiday-inspired specials. The special three-course, prix-fixe menu features globally inspired, regional dishes like seared ham steak with roasted roots, black eyed peas and apple honey. View the menu here.

605 W. Main St., Ste. A; $55 per person, $75 with wine pairings, or a la carte; 984-219-1965
Feast of the 7 Fishes Dinner – a seven-course dinner with optional wine pairings. Menu here.

James Joyce Irish Pub, 11:30am-2am
912 W. Main St.; 919-683-3022

Parizade, 5-8:30pm
2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9712
An la carte menu as well as some exclusive holiday specials.

Photo by Tierney Farrell
Photo by Tierney Farrell

Piedmont Restaurant, 5:30-11pm
401 Foster St.; $50 per person, $70 with wine pairings; 919-683-1213
Join Chef Greg Gettles and the restaurant staff for a five-course tasting menu featuring sunchoke soup, beet-cured trout, quail, short ribs and a dessert of heirloom apples. Wine pairings have been carefully selected to complement each course, plus unique pairings from Foggy Ridge Cider. In addition to the evening’s tasting menu, an a la carte selection will be available. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

107 W. Main St.; 919-956-9999
Regular dinner menu available all night with some special holiday selections. Last reservation at 8:15pm.

Six Plates Wine Bar, 4pm till at least 10pm
2812 Erwin Rd.; 919-321-0203
“Grab a glass of wine before dancing around that Festivus Pole!”

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
3001 Cameron Blvd.; 919-493-6699

Brunch, 11am-2:30pm
Fairview Dining Room
Live holiday music featuring pianist Paul Holmes and traditional brunch menu items, both savory and sweet, make for a jolly yuletide celebration.

Sugar Plum Tea, noon-3:30pm
Vista Restaurant
This annual tea offers hot cider and hot chocolate as well as a scrumptious holiday dessert table featuring fruits of the season and chocolate confections for children and adults alike. Gingerbread cookies will be given to each guest as a take-home treat. Adults, $35, and children, $18

Dinner, 5:30pm-9pm
Fairview Dining Room
Executive Chef Jason Cunningham’s four-course menu boasts local delicacies and regional flair sure to please any palate. Holiday music sets a cheerful mood and a treat of gingerbread cookies will be offered to each guest to take home. $75 per person


201 Restaurant
Durham Marriott City Center, 201 Foster St.; 919-768-6000

Bel Gusto
Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave.; 919-383-8575

Fairview Dining Room, seatings at noon, 3pm and 6pm
3001 Cameron Blvd., Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club; Adults, $79, and children ages 6-12, $25; children ages 5 and younger, free; 919-493-6699
Relish in the magic of Christmas and savor a spread of holiday fare and Southern classics with loved ones this year. Christmas dinner includes an assortment of culinary delights and seasonal specialties like a chef’s carving station featuring Joyce Farms Heritage Turkey and slow-roasted Angus beef. The buffet also includes a plethora of salads, fresh seafood and side dishes. View the menu here. Make your reservation here.

Bull Durham Bar is open 11am- midnight on Christmas Day.
Breakfast will be offered in the Vista Restaurant 6:30am-11am.

James Joyce Irish Pub, 6pm-2am
912 W. Main St.; 919-683-3022


Arcana, 5pm-2am
331 W. Main St. 002, back entrance; Free; 919-973-1675
Wear your glitziest gold, your sparkling sequins, your bow ties and top hats for a cabaret celebration. Like the earliest French cabarets, there will be impromptu singing, dancing, magic, monologues and performances. NeatFreak (Chris Adamcik) will be DJing from 10pm to 2am, so you can dance your way into 2016.

359 Blackwell St., Ste. 220; 919-797-9728
Serving full regular menu plus features like lamb chops with wasabi red wine sauce, braised beef soba noodles and a Christmas roll with scallops, tempura crunch and eel sauce, all with special pairings of wine or sake.

Bull City Burger & Brewery, 5:45pm
107 E. Parrish St.; Adults, $38 plus tip, plus tax (+$12 with beer pairings) and children ages 12 years and younger, $12 plus tip, plus tax; 919-680-2333, reservations only
A family-friendly New Year’s Eve dinner with toast at 8:30pm. View menu here.

Bull McCabes, 10pm-2am
427 W. Main St.; 919-682-3061
This annual party features free cover all night, a DJ, champagne toast at midnight, lots of party favors and 20 of the best craft beers in town. The festivities will be “Sixteen Candles” themed to bring in sweet ’16. ’80s party attire encouraged.

Counting House, 5:30-11pm
111 N. Corcoran St., 21c Museum Hotel; $75 per person, with wine pairings for additional $25; 919-956-6760
Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Munchel featuring Counting House favorites, plus a few holiday-inspired specials. View the menu here.

Dashi, 5-9pm
415 E. Chapel Hill St.; $55 per person, $85 with beverage pairings; 919-251-9335
Ring in the New Year with a five-course chef’s choice meal upstairs in the izakaya.

Durham Convention Center, 8pm
301 W. Morgan St.; $60 per person; 919-956-9404
Live entertainment by Bull City Syndicate, appetizer bar and complimentary house specialty drink, photo booth, dance demonstrations by Arthur Murray Dance and champagne toast.

Fairview Dining Room, 5:30-10pm
3001 Cameron Blvd., Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club; $75 per person; 919-493-6699
Before the ball drops, Executive Chef Jason Cunningham will prepare a gourmet four-course menu perfect for the festive occasion, complemented by piano tunes and candlelight. Top off your evening in the Bull Durham Bar with a celebratory Champagne toast to 2016.

Fullsteam, 9pm-2am
726 Rigsbee Ave.; 919-682-2337
The brewery’s Stay Classy, Durham New Year’s gathering features: live jazz, Tin Pan Alley classics, ragtime and Delta blues, and show tunes from Tea Cup Gin; the release of Lampshade, a barleywine that’s been aged in Fair Game port wine barrels for a year and is a tavern-only beer with limited supplies; winter beer cocktails and seasonally appropriate shandies; American Meltdown; and bubbly at midnight.

G2B Restaurant & Brewery
3211 Shannon Rd., Ste. 106; $65 per person; 919-251-9451
A four-course meal with flights and pairings of beer and wine available.

605 W. Main St., Ste. A; $55 per person, $80 with wine pairings, or a la carte; 984-219-1965
Four course with optional wine pairings. Menu here.

Mesa Latin Kitchen, 4-10pm
2701 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-973-2717
With $5 martinis, a complimentary champagne toast and live Cuban salsa starting at 6:30pm.

Motorco, 8pm
723 Rigsbee Ave.; $15 in advance, $18 day of party
The MOTOROBOTO New Year’s Eve party offers the opportunity to transport yourself to another decade. Dress era-appropriately for where you would like to be dropped off – or dress for the future if you’re adventurous. Parts & Labor will provide a spread beginning around 8pm, JFK Jr. will perform hits from the Regan to Clinton years and it will all culminate with a champagne toast around 11:45pm.

Oval Park Grille
1116 Broad St.; 919-401-6566
Full dinner menu along with a three-course pairing menu for $55+ and wine pairing for $15.

Parizade, 5:30-7:15pm and 9:15pm
2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9712
Dine from an a la carte menu available between 5:30 and 7:15pm or taste exclusive dishes from a four-course pre-fixe menu ($80 per person) from 9:15pm on, and enjoy live music by Crossoverdrive.

Pompieri Pizza, 5:45pm
102 City Hall Plaza Ste. 101; Adults, $38 plus tip, plus tax (+$16 with beer pairings) and children ages 12 years and younger, $12 plus tip, plus tax; 919-973-1589, reservations only
A family-friendly four-course New Year’s Eve dinner with toast at around 8pm. View menu here.

Ponysaurus, 5pm
219 Hood St.
Pie Pushers serving dinner.

107 W. Main St.; $55, plus $20 with wine pairings or $70, plus $30 with wine pairings; 919-956-9999
Choose from either a three-course or five-course dinner menu and optional wine pairings, plus an a la carte selection at the bar all night, cocktail specials and champagne and sparkling wine selections available by the glass.

Watts Grocery
116 Broad St.; 919-416-5040
Regular offerings plus a special menu.

Triangle Seafood
905 W. Main St., Ste. 18A; $45 per person; 919-956-7360
Join in a New Year’s Eve seafood boil with N.C. shrimp, clams, mussels, crab legs, potatoes, sausage and corn. Ticket price includes one beer ticket and one glass of champagne.

West 94th St. Pub
4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-403-0025
An a la carte menu features a soup, entrees served with a side salad and dessert. Plus, complimentary Champagne and party favors, and toasts every hour beginning at 9pm.


Counting House, 10am-2pm
111 N. Corcoran St., 21c Museum Hotel; 919-956-6760
Start the New Year off with a hearty brunch. The special a la carte menu is sure to cure any lingering ills from late night celebrations and features mouthwatering dishes such as the fried turkey sandwich on a bagel with red onion and hard egg. View the menu here.

Monuts Donuts, 9am-3pm
1002 Ninth St.; 919-286-2642New Year’s Day brunch. Check Facebook page for specials!

True Flavors Diner, 5pm
5410 Highway 55. Ste. AJ AK; 919-316-7978

Watts Grocery
116 Broad St.; 919-416-5040
A special brunch with plenty of collards and black-eyed peas for good luck. Open regular hours for supper.

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Amanda MacLaren
Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Ariz., she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for seven years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.