Whether you're looking for a quiet dinner with a celebratory glass of Champagne or just something delicious before heading to the evening's main event, here are a few suggestions for where you can kiss 2016 goodbye. Reservations are recommended and sometimes required; check with each restaurant for more details. Find more than 60 additional menus linked in the far right column under "Goes Well With..."

12 best ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Dallas-Fort Worth, from swanky to casual

Americano 

The Joule hotel's casual new spot for Italian-American classics will be open New Year's Eve serving a few holiday specials, including house-made fettuccine with Alba white truffles for $28, plus monkfish saltimbocca, honey-braised veal osso buco and lobster fra diavolo. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. Dec. 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. 1530 Main St., Dallas. 214-261-4600. americanodallas.com.

Asian Mint 

This fusion spot off Forest Lane will serve seven dishes signifying seven kinds of luck for the new year. Choose "prosperity" by ordering soft shell crab with crabmeat yellow curry, "new beginnings" with pad prik king with beef, "wealth" with red snapper nuggets with green mango salsa or "longevity" with tempura shrimp with curry noodles. The three-course menu will also include a choice of appetizer, green tea s'more for dessert and a glass of sparkling wine. Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m. $55 per person. 11617 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. 214-363-6655. asianmint.com.

Cantina Laredo 

The Dallas-based Mexican restaurant chain will celebrate el año nuevo with a three-course holiday menu available through the weekend. Main-course options include 7-ounce filet mignon with mushroom sauce, bacon- wrapped shrimp with grilled pineapple, and grilled chicken breast with mango- avocado pico de gallo. Dec. 30-Jan. 1. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve. $35 per person. 4546 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972-855-1641; 6025 Royal Lane, Dallas, 214-692-2990; 530 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, 817-380-3982; 1125 Legacy Drive, Frisco, 469-854-4117; 4020 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, 817-380-9465; and 2225 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, 972-855-1602. cantinalaredo.com.

Cedar Grove restaurant in Dallas has a nature-inspired dining room.

Cedar Grove restaurant in Dallas has a nature-inspired dining room.

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Cedar Grove 

This restaurant in the Ilume building has 24 12-foot treelike figures in its dining room and a farm-to- table-inspired menu. On New Year's Eve, a three-course holiday menu will be served with four options for the main course: pan-roasted sea bass, Jidori chicken, pork duo, and surf and turf with brick-roasted filet and poached lobster. Dec. 31 from 4 to 11 p.m. $60 per person. The regular dinner menu will also be available. 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. 214-522-3474. cedargrove-dallas.com.

The Crescent Club 

Reunion Tower will ring in 2017 with AT&T Streaming Lights, a fireworks show featuring more than 4,000 pyrotechnics, and Crescent Club on Hotel Crescent Court's 17th floor will be one of the venues with an excellent view of the display. Crescent Club's celebration will start with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by a five-course dinner at 8 and a party with music and dancing at 10. $150 per person, $280 per couple. 200 Crescent Court, Dallas. 214-953-4343. crescentcourt.com.

Dakota's Steakhouse 

To enter this downtown restaurant, take a glass elevator down to a dining room looking out into a garden with a waterfall. This romantic and unique spot will serve its regular menu on New Year's Eve along with two entree specials: a 12-ounce bone-in filet for $55 and a crab-stuffed lobster tail for $55. At midnight, all diners will receive a Champagne toast. Dec. 31 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. 600 N. Akard St., Dallas. 214-740-4001. dakotasrestaurant.com.

18th and Vine BBQ 

Chef meets Kansas City pitmaster at 18th and Vine BBQ (3 stars)

End the year with a plate of burnt ends and a beer at this Maple Avenue restaurant specializing in Kansas City-style barbecue and jazz. The regular menu will be served, plus there will be hot-smoked salmon, pizza and sliders for $8 each; drink specials, including $4 draft beer and $5 classic cocktails; and live music in the main bar. Dec. 31 starting at 3 p.m. 4100 Maple Ave., Dallas. 214-443-8335. 18thandvinebbq.com.

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck 

On New Year's Eve, get a 360-degree view of Dallas in Reunion Tower's revolving restaurant and a front-row seat to the fireworks show that will be launching from the tower. A five-course tasting menu will be served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. for $175 per person or $250 with wine pairings. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be a party in the tower's Cloud Nine space featuring appetizers and desserts from Five Sixty, plus an open cocktail bar, DJ and photo booth for $225 per person or $175 for those with dinner reservations. 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas. 214-741-5560. wolfgangpuck.com.

Humperdinks

All four locations will offer $20 three-course dinners with entree options of chicken cordon bleu, blackened tilapia and 8-ounce sirloin. Dessert and a choice of soup or salad will also be included. The regular dinner menu will be available a la carte. Add a bottle of house sparkling wine for $20. Humperdinks locations will also have New Year's Eve parties with music, costumes and dancing from the 1970s and '80s with drink specials and a midnight toast. Dec. 31 starting at 4 p.m. 6050 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-368-1203; 2208 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, 214-358-4159; 3820 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972-484-3051; and 700 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, 817-640-8553. humperdinks.com.

Happiest Hour features a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of downtown Dallas. 

Happiest Hour features a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of downtown Dallas. 

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Kitchen LTO 

This "permanent pop-up" restaurant that relocated to Deep Ellum in October will serve a five-course tasting menu by current chef Josh Harmon. Scallop with roasted duck heart, quail roulade and roasted beef tenderloin will be part of the "progressive American" menu. Dec. 31 with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $75 per person, $105 with wine pairings. The regular menu will also be available. 2901 Elm St., Dallas. 214-377-0757. kitchenlto.com.

Mercat Bistro 

This French spot in Uptown's St. Ann Court will serve a three-course dinner that will start with smoked salmon for the table. Main-course options will be steak au poivre, pan-seared sea bass and duck confit. Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m. $75 per person, $100 with wine pairings. 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214-953-0917. mercatbistro.com. After dinner, walk down the street to Happiest Hour to watch the downtown fireworks show from its rooftop patio with 360-degree views of the skyline. Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. $25 per person, free for those dining at Mercat. 2616 Olive St., Dallas. happiesthourdallas.com.

NOLA Brasserie

This Cajun and Creole restaurant in downtown Dallas' One Main Place will serve a four-course menu with three entree options: 6-ounce filet with Cajun hollandaise, chicken Florentine and Acadian redfish with crawfish étouffée. The menu will also include a crab and crawfish cake with a fried jumbo shrimp, Ponchatoula strawberry-walnut salad and bread pudding with rum sauce. There'll also be music by Carlos Guedes starting at 7:30 p.m. and a midnight countdown with party favors. Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. $50 per person. 1201 Main St., Dallas. 469-872-1820. nolabrasserie.com.

Saint Rocco's 

This Italian-American spot in Trinity Groves has a third-story patio with a great view of the Dallas skyline. And on New Year's Eve, dinner guests can watch the fireworks show at Reunion Tower there. Saint Rocco's will serve its regular menu a la carte on the first floor and a four-course family-style dinner on the second floor. The fixed-price menu will be $65 per person and will include starters, salads, desserts and the choice from four entrees: chicken saltimbocca, cheese tortellini with lump crab, bacon-wrapped pork loin and grilled salmon. Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m. 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. 469-320-9707. saintroccos.com.

Saint Rocco's covered rooftop lounge has a view of the Dallas skyline. 

Saint Rocco's covered rooftop lounge has a view of the Dallas skyline. 

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SER Steak and Spirits 

The Hilton Anatole's New Year's Eve celebration begins with a five-course dinner at Ser on the 27th floor for $120 per person from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A seven-course tasting menu will be served starting at 8 p.m. for $185 per person, $249 with wine and Champagne pairings. Main-course options for both will include Hudson Valley duck, lamb loin, surf and turf, gnocchi, squab and John Dory fish. At 10 p.m., the hotel will host a three-room lounge party with Champagne, cocktails, desserts, party favors, a balloon drop and a midnight toast. Admission is $59 for those without dinner reservations. Dec. 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-761-7479. sersteak.com.

Smoke 

The original Dallas location and the Plano outpost will offer three-course New Year's Eve dinners for $30 with a barbecue board for two as the main course. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, house-smoked bacon, potato salad, coleslaw, pickles and Parker House rolls will be included, plus appetizers and desserts, including pimento cheese croquettes and Key lime pie. The regular a la carte menu, plus seasonal cocktails and nonalcoholic holiday drinks, will also be available. Dec. 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. 901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, 214-393-4141; and 2408 Preston Road, Plano, 972-599-2222. smokerestaurant.com.

Fireworks on a plate: Stephan Pyles puts on a thrilling show at Flora Street Cafe

Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe at Hall Arts  

This modern Texas restaurant, which was just named Restaurant of the Year by critic Leslie Brenner, will mark its first New Year's Eve with a four-course menu from 6 to 7 p.m. for $150 per person, or $250 with wine pairings, and a five-course menu from 9 to 10 p.m. for $175 per person, or $275 with wine pairings. The second seating will also include a Champagne toast and party favors. 2330 Flora St., Dallas. 214-580-7000. florastreet.com. Flora Street Cafe looks out on the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which will have a fireworks show at 7:20 p.m. as part of Reliant Lights Your Holidays New Year's Eve Edition.

Stirr 

For its first New Year's Eve, this Deep Ellum hot spot will serve a five-course tasting menu that will include dayboat scallops, cured pork belly and flat-iron steak with oxtail ragout. Seatings will be at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. for $95 per person, $125 with wine pairings. Those with reservations are invited to a party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the restaurant's rooftop that overlooks the downtown skyline. Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. 2803 Main St., Dallas. 214-983-1222. stirrdallas.com.

4 stars for Top Knot, a Dallas restaurant with flawlessly executed Modern Asian plates

Top Knot 

Uchi's upstairs neighbor will serve a three-course Asian fusion dinner for two. Main-course options will include miso-brown sugar cod, chicken kimchi karaage, scallops a la plancha and Wagyu tataki. For $10 more, choose the restaurant's signature whole fried fish. Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m. $68 per couple, which includes two glasses of sparkling wine, party favors and $10 to use during Top Knot's New Year's Day hangover brunch, which is Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An a la carte menu will also be available on New Year's Eve. 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas. 214-855-5454. topknotdallas.com.

Uchi 

For New Year's Eve, this modern Japanese place will offer omakase -- a seven-course chef's choice tasting menu -- for $175 per couple. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. Those dining at midnight will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m. 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas. 214-855-5454. uchidallas.com.

The Woolworth 

This downtown restaurant and bar is known for its cocktails and house-made infusions and its patio that overlooks the 30-foot-tall Eye sculpture by artist Tony Tasset. On New Year's Eve, a three-course dinner with main-course options of filet mignon, roasted sea bass and fried chicken will be served starting at 7:15 p.m. A party with heavy hors d'oeuvres, a midnight Champagne toast and more will begin at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. $99 per person for dinner and party, $50 for party only. eventbrite.com (search for Woolworth). 1520 Elm St., Dallas. 214-814-0588. thewoolworthdallas.com.

Cami Sharp (left) and Brady Phillips eat on the patio of The Woolworth restaurant and patio. 

Cami Sharp (left) and Brady Phillips eat on the patio of The Woolworth restaurant and patio. 

Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News
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