A brand new year is approaching fast, meaning it's time to celebrate! How do you plan on ringing in 2017? Drinks with friends? A fireworks show? Perhaps a quiet night in at home? Or, maybe you're just completely undecided? Well, we've got a great suggestion for you – ring in the start of 2017 with friends, family or loved ones and some exquisite food at some of Melbourne's best restaurants.
There are still some reservations available at many of the great restaurants in Melbourne, so why not make some plans to dine out with some special people in your life and ring in the New Year together? To help you out, we've put together a guide of some of the choices available to you if you're looking to bring in 2017 with great food, even better wine and a fabulous atmosphere.
Consider a private banquet with a group of friends at Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant this New Year's Eve. The Chocolate Room at this popular Melbourne restaurant caters for groups of up to 14 people for an intimate dining setting, perfect for New Year celebrations. This year, Oakdene Vineyards are also offering 'long table' dining, with delicious European-style food served continuously throughout the evening. Their NYE dinner, complete with matching wines and cocktails, costs just $195 AUD per person, for what really is the perfect New Year's Eve package for a group of friends.
Why not gaze out at the woodland scenery and observe the fireworks from afar while dining in the main restaurant? The menu offers an abundant selection of fantastic dishes of seasonal, local and regional produce, all prepared by the Oakdene Vineyards team with incredible passion and flair.
Located right in the heart of the city, Taxi Kitchen is one of Melbourne's best-loved and most well-known restaurants. How about joining the wonderful team at Taxi Kitchen this New Year's Eve for a wonderful Masquerade Dinner, including an extravagant five course menu for $195 AUD per person?
Located in Federation Square, Taxi Kitchen offers contemporary Australian cuisine fused with Asian influences, as well as cocktail masterpieces and a hand-picked selection of Victoria's best wines. This smart, contemporary bar and restaurant boasts stunning views of the Yarra River, the CBD, South Bank and the Arts Centre – what better atmosphere could you ask for as you bring in the New Year?
Located within the forecourt of Rialto Towers on Collins Street, Merchant Osteria Veneta is a rare gem. The perfect choice for an informal, relaxed New Year's Eve, this restaurant offers delicious food in a beautiful Venetian atmosphere.
Sample some small bites of antipasto, known as 'cicchetti', followed by an exquisite meal of Venetian traditional cuisine. Accompany this with a traditional Venetian cocktail or some of the finest wines from the North-East of Italy, hailing from famous regions such as Alto Adige and Veneto. You can even leave your mark on the Merchant Osteria Veneta restaurant (literally!) as they invite you to sign the wall as you leave. So not only will this be a New Year's Eve you'll always remember, you'll be remembered at the restaurant too!
Kobe Jones is simply the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine in Melbourne. This restaurant brings the simplicity and beauty of Japanese cuisine to life, while also adding some surprising influences from Western cuisine into the mix as well. Whether you are yet to sample Japanese cuisine or are a Japanese restaurant aficionado, Kobe Jones has a dish to suit every palate.
This New Year's Eve, Kobe Jones has a very special luxury package on offer. For $299 AUD per person, you can enjoy a two hour beverage package, including a glass of Moet & Chandon NV on arrival, as well as a great selection of premium Australian beers and wines with dinner – such as Andrew Peace NV Sparkling from Piangil, 2014 Drift Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and 2014 Mornington Estate Pinot Noir. To accompany this exciting drinks package, you will also sample an array of Kobe Jones' best loved dishes, including their sashimi platter, crab gyoza, whiting sliders, tsukini don, the dragon egg and much, much more.
If you had previously been undecided about how to ring in 2017, we're sure you're now spoiled for choice. The next step is making the hard decision as to which of these wonderful restaurants you'll be celebrating the New Year with. Make this New Year's Eve a night full of delicious food, drink and company that you'll always remember!