December 21, 2011

Ringing in? Lots of dining-out options in southern Maine

Many local eateries will observe New Year's Eve and/or Day with special menus and events.

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

Looking for something to do to celebrate New Year's? Lots of Maine restaurants are hosting special dinners, parties and other events both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

BACK BAY GRILL, 65 Portland St., Portland, will have a four-course dinner NYE for $85 per person. 772-8833;

BAR LOLA, 100 Congress St., Portland, will offer a seven-course prix fixe dinner for $55 per person. Seating is limited, but there is a waiting list. 775-5652;

BIBO'S MAD APPLE CAFE, 23 Forest Ave., Portland, will have a three-course NYE dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be five appetizer choices, six entree choices and five dessert choices. 774-9698;

BRESCA, 111 Middle St., Portland, is celebrating the "Year of the Bumble Bee" Hong Kong-style with a dinner that chef Krista Desjarlais is calling "A Voyage to China." The five-course meal costs $85 per person, plus $35 for pairings of wine, beer or tea. The menu will be available both Dec. 30 and 31. 772-1004;

CINQUE TERRE, 36 Wharf St., will serve a four-course dinner 5 to 10:30 p.m. NYE for $9 a person. Courses include a winter squash ravioli with duck and porcini mushroom ragu, and grilled lamb loin and braised lamb shoulder with crispy polenta and buttered radishes and leeks. 347-6154;

DAVID'S 388, 388 Cottage Road, South Portland, will serve two prix fixe menus at different times on NYE. Details to be announced. 347-7388;

DIMILLO'S ON THE WATER, 25 Long Wharf, will serve some special entrees along with its regular menu. There will be a DJ, dancing and party favors. The restaurant is not taking reservations, but plans to have all of its dining areas open to accommodate guests. 772-2216;

FIGA, 249 Congress St., Portland, will serve four courses with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine NYE. There will be two seatings, at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $85 per person. Reservations are required. 518-9400;

FIVE FIFTY-FIVE, 555 Congress St., Portland, will offer three options for NYE dining. In the bar, there will be a three-course, $60 menu. The dining room will have a choice of a $90 five-course menu or a supplemental $120 five-course menu. Wine pairings will also be available. There will be a balloon drop and complimentary Champagne tasting at midnight. The restaurant will be open for brunch New Year's Day beginning at 9:30 a.m. 761-0555;

THE FROG AND TURTLE, 3 Bridge St. Westbrook, will start with a 5 p.m. seating NYE that offers a three-course menu for $35. From 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., there will be a NYE Extravaganza with a five-course tasting menu for $75. There will be a raw bar, a cheese table, passed appetizers, and Champagne and chocolate at midnight. Live music will be provided by Velourosaurus. The restaurant will be offering its usual brunch menu on New Year's Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 591-4185;

GRACE, 15 Chestnut St., Portland, will offer a five-course dinner for $70 per person, with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. NYE. The restaurant's annual NYE dance begins at 10 p.m. and features hors d'oeuvres, a toast, party favors and a DJ. Tickets are $20 for restaurant diners and $25 for non-diners. Tickets and seats are limited. 828-4422;

THE GRILL ROOM & BAR, 84 Exchange St., Portland, will offer specials and seats until 11 p.m. NYE. A complimentary glass of sparkling wine and party favors are included. The Front Room and The Corner Room will also offer specials and seating until 11 p.m. 774-2333;

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