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Central Provisions in snowier times.
Central Provisions in snowier times.
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Where to Eat on New Year's Eve in Maine

Ring in the new year with a great meal.

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Central Provisions in snowier times.
| Corey Templeton/Eater

Many restaurants across the state are staying open late on December 31 to usher in the new year with fine fare, bubbles, and dancing. Here are 16 excellent options with which to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Note: map points are listed south to north.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. David's KPT

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21 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 967-8225
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A cool $145 gets you into chef David Turin's waterfront restaurant for the evening, where you can enjoy "passed hors d'oeuvres, food stations, open bar and dancing till 1:00."

2. Petite Jacqueline

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190 State St
Portland, ME 04101
(205) 530-7044
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Bid this French favorite "adieu" (albeit temporarily) with three courses and a Champagne toast for $75.

3. Central Provisions

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414 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 805-1085
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Preview Tipo, the upcoming Italian restaurant from the chef/owners of Central Provisions, with an 8-course tasting menu, available for $220 per couple (includes tax and gratuity). Optional drink pairings are available for an extra $60 per person.

4. Sur Lie

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11 Free St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 956-7350
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The small plate trend continues at Sur Lie, where the 5-course prix fixe dinner includes "olive spheres," foie gras and ginger-dusted duck breast.

5. Piccolo

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111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-5307
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If its popular Sunday Suppers are any indication, Piccolo's $115 8-course tasting menu will be full of Southern Italian classics. Table-side black truffle and caviar add-ons will be available.

6. Terlingua

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52 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 808-8502
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This Latin American-inspired barbecue joint gets in on the NYE action with 3- and 5-course dinners for $65 and $85 per person respectively. Three seatings are offered at 5, 7, and 9 p.m.

7. Lolita

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90 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-5652
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The wood-fired-grill masters at Lolita are serving a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $100 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Optional wine pairings are available for $50.

8. Gather

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189 Main St
Yarmouth, ME 04096
(207) 847-3250
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This neighborhood spot is offering a special New Year's Eve menu in addition to the regular selections, with live jazz for the night.

9. Tao Yuan Restaurant

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22 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-9002
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Enjoy dim sum and wine at Cara Stadler's Brunswick restaurant on New Year's Eve, and if you can't make it, celebrate Chinese New Year's with a special menu from Jan. 27th through the 29th.

10. Fuel Restaurant

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49 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 333-3835
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This popular Lewiston bistro is going formal this year with a 5-course prix fixe menu available for $85 per person.

11. Francine Bistro

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55 Chestnut St
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 230-0083
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Enjoy a quieter celebration off the beaten path at this romantic bistro. A 5-course prix fixe menu will be served for $75 per person.

12. Anneke Jans

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60 Wallingford Sq
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 439-0001
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In addition to its regular offerings, this reliable Kittery bistro is offering a special holiday menu that includes a foie gras with figs and proscuitto wrapped monkfish.

13. Banded Horn Brewing Company

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32 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 602-1561
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Head to the Pepperell Mill complex for a party with local breweries Banded Horn and Barreled Souls, plus cocktails from neighboring Round Turn Distilling.

14. Eventide Oyster Co.

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86 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8538
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Ring in the new year with one of Portland's hottest restaurants. A $50 ticket includes passed appetizers and a midnight Champagne toast.
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15. Salt and Honey

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24 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 204-0195
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This Dock Square bistro is pairing up with Wine Wise's Erica Archer to offer a 5-course meal with wine pairings for $96 per person.

16. Drifters Wife

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63 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 805-1336
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The special menu at this natural wine bar features dishes like bitter greens with crispy garlic and scallops with sunchoke cream. Wine pairings are sure to be on point.

1. David's KPT

21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
A cool $145 gets you into chef David Turin's waterfront restaurant for the evening, where you can enjoy "passed hors d'oeuvres, food stations, open bar and dancing till 1:00."
21 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

2. Petite Jacqueline

190 State St, Portland, ME 04101
Bid this French favorite "adieu" (albeit temporarily) with three courses and a Champagne toast for $75.
190 State St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Central Provisions

414 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Preview Tipo, the upcoming Italian restaurant from the chef/owners of Central Provisions, with an 8-course tasting menu, available for $220 per couple (includes tax and gratuity). Optional drink pairings are available for an extra $60 per person.
414 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Sur Lie

11 Free St, Portland, ME 04101
The small plate trend continues at Sur Lie, where the 5-course prix fixe dinner includes "olive spheres," foie gras and ginger-dusted duck breast.
11 Free St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Piccolo

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
If its popular Sunday Suppers are any indication, Piccolo's $115 8-course tasting menu will be full of Southern Italian classics. Table-side black truffle and caviar add-ons will be available.
111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Terlingua

52 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
This Latin American-inspired barbecue joint gets in on the NYE action with 3- and 5-course dinners for $65 and $85 per person respectively. Three seatings are offered at 5, 7, and 9 p.m.
52 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101

7. Lolita

90 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
The wood-fired-grill masters at Lolita are serving a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $100 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Optional wine pairings are available for $50.
90 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Gather

189 Main St, Yarmouth, ME 04096
This neighborhood spot is offering a special New Year's Eve menu in addition to the regular selections, with live jazz for the night.
189 Main St
Yarmouth, ME 04096

9. Tao Yuan Restaurant

22 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011
Enjoy dim sum and wine at Cara Stadler's Brunswick restaurant on New Year's Eve, and if you can't make it, celebrate Chinese New Year's with a special menu from Jan. 27th through the 29th.
22 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011

10. Fuel Restaurant

49 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240
This popular Lewiston bistro is going formal this year with a 5-course prix fixe menu available for $85 per person.
49 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME 04240

11. Francine Bistro

55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843
Enjoy a quieter celebration off the beaten path at this romantic bistro. A 5-course prix fixe menu will be served for $75 per person.
55 Chestnut St
Camden, ME 04843

12. Anneke Jans

60 Wallingford Sq, Kittery, ME 03904
In addition to its regular offerings, this reliable Kittery bistro is offering a special holiday menu that includes a foie gras with figs and proscuitto wrapped monkfish.
60 Wallingford Sq
Kittery, ME 03904

13. Banded Horn Brewing Company

32 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Head to the Pepperell Mill complex for a party with local breweries Banded Horn and Barreled Souls, plus cocktails from neighboring Round Turn Distilling.
32 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005

14. Eventide Oyster Co.

86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Corey Templeton/Eater Maine
Ring in the new year with one of Portland's hottest restaurants. A $50 ticket includes passed appetizers and a midnight Champagne toast.
86 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

15. Salt and Honey

24 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
This Dock Square bistro is pairing up with Wine Wise's Erica Archer to offer a 5-course meal with wine pairings for $96 per person.
24 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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16. Drifters Wife

63 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
The special menu at this natural wine bar features dishes like bitter greens with crispy garlic and scallops with sunchoke cream. Wine pairings are sure to be on point.
63 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101