20+ New Year’s Eve fancy take-out options in Tacoma & Pierce County
Staying home and skipping the big gatherings is necessary, but certainly less fun than the way we all want to celebrate the end to what has been a horrible year for most.
But it will suck just a tiny bit less if you order something fancy, or something funny.
Here are places around Tacoma and Pierce County with party packs, cocktails-to-go, and hilarious doughnuts that your inner third grader will love for your New Year’s Eve at-home celebration.
RESTAURANTS WITH NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIALS
This Midland eatery will have a fancy take-out special of a 14-ounce dry-rubbed ribeye with shaved truffle, a crab cake, asparagus with hollandaise, salad, dessert and some free bubbly. Supplies are limited. If they sell out, also check out the Cajun-smoked duck, house-made gnocchi and more. This restaurant does a solid to-go cocktail game, too. Order online here.
Find the restaurant here: 1718 99th St. E., Tacoma; 253-537-3655; http://barbistrotacoma.com/
BRIMSTONE PNW SMOKEHOUSE
This Gig Harbor smokehouse is offering an appetizer take-out box stuffed with caramelized pork belly bites, queso dip, cheesy chorizo balls, Texas Twinkies, donut holes, bacon-wrapped Oreos and more. Don’t forget to order an add-on cocktail kit, as well. $100 for four. Order online here.
Find the restaurant here: 7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor; 253-858-2709; https://www.bbqbrimstone.com/menu
This Gig Harbor fancy pants restaurant has a helluva New Year’s Eve dinner available for pickup. The dinner includes a bottle of sparkling wine and candles. Feast on filet mignon and lobster with a potato pave, Brussels sprouts leaves with pine nuts, French onion soup, salad and mascarpone crepes for dessert. Add-on cocktails available, of course, as are extra desserts and bubbly. $150 for two. Order online here.
Find the restaurant here: 3315 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-858-6626; https://www.harborbrix.com/
If there’s any bar in Tacoma that knows how to party right, it’s the Peterson brothers, co-owners of the Eleven Eleven in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood (and Peaks and Pints in Proctor and The Valley in the Dome District). Want to get your party started for fifteen bucks? Pick up the Peterson Party Pack at the Eleven Eleven. It includes two mini bottles of champagne, and two each of party hats, tiaras, horns and an 1111 Tote Bag. Limited supplies, I’m sure, so act fast. They might already be gone. More details here: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3393860127408373&id=193737074087377
Find the bar here: 1111 S. 11th St., Tacoma; 253-284-1111; http://www.elevenelevenbar.com/
GINO’S AT THE POINT
This one’s truly for the procrastinators because the restaurant will be taking orders through 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve, or as long as supplies last. Order a ready-to-eat prime rib dinner ($48), or cioppino ($44), sea bass ($39) and more options at Dash Point’s Gino’s at the Point. Add a sparkling wine and red wine pack to your order for a fine celebration at home. Preorders available now, which you can do by phone. Menu details here and here.
Find the restaurant here: 6912 Soundview Dr NE, Tacoma; 253-242-7951; https://www.ginosrestaurants.com/gino-s-at-the-point
Fancy doughnuts? Tasty doughnuts? Trendy doughnuts? Legendary Doughnuts has them. They even debuted delightful hot cocoa bombs this winter. Every time I talk to owner Shannon Patten, who grew her small regional chain of doughnut shops over the last decade, she’s got something hilarious to say and let me tell you, her latest creations have me in stitches.
Flip the, ummmm, bird to 2021 with a special bear claw style doughnut with one specific finger extended. The one pictured here is safe for family-style viewing, but the PG-13 doughnuts will be available in store December 31 and January 1. Available for pre-order, too.
Say goodbye to a truly bad year with a 2020 poop emoji hot cocoa bomb, available at Legendary Doughnut shops on Wednesday, December 30.
Find Legendary Doughnut locations here: https://www.legendarydoughnuts.com/
This downtown Tacoma restaurant and cocktail stop should be widely known for its smash burgers and the kitchen staff is going all out on New Year’s Eve with a stackable burger option. Order as many patties as you can stack on the house burger, starting at $15, plus party add-on packs, such as brew from sister brewery Wingman, pink champagne cupcakes, and more. Veggie option available. Order here.
Find the restaurant here: 728 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-327-1436; https://www.littleradiotacoma.com/
OVER THE MOON CAFE
This shutdown has been rough for restaurants and Over The Moon Cafe in Tacoma’s Opera Alley has decided to suspend operations until dining restrictions are less restrictive, the restaurant announced here. The restaurant will reopen, but until then, New Year’s Eve will be your last chance to enjoy the spectacular New American cuisine at Tacoma’s most romantic restaurant. The restaurant will be open for take-out dinner service December 31. Check out the online menu here for pick up on Thursday: https://direct.chownow.com/order/20356/locations/29327
Find the restaurant here: 709 Opera Alley, Tacoma; 253-284-3722; http://overthemooncafe.net/
This new downtown Tacoma eatery that is a pop-up restaurant inside the Harmon Brewery on Pacific Avenue is offering a New Year’s Eve party box for two with date-glazed whole spatchcocked chicken, herb labneh with pita, winter chicories with spiced nuts, crispy potatoes and custard. $70 for two. Order here.
Find the restaurant here: 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-383-2739; https://www.spicelabtacoma.com/
STANLEY AND SEAFORT’S
This McKinley neighborhood restaurant will have NYE take-out dinners built for two with entree choices of salmon, filet or prawn pasta, with sides and dessert along for the ride. $45 per person. See the menu here.
Find the restaurant here: 115 E 34th St, Tacoma; 253-473-7300; https://stanleyandseaforts.com/
The Table, a New American spot in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood, is offering six-course meal that is fully prepped and ready to be cooked at home. The menu includes cheese and foie gras to eat during prep, plus brown butter crab cakes, braised bison short ribs, seared mustard greens and raspberry glazed lemon mascarpone cake. Add-on wine pairing also available. $225 for two. Order here.
Find the restaurant here: 2715 Sixth Ave, Tacoma; 253-327-1862; https://thetabletacoma.com/
MORE TO CONSIDER
Doyle’s Public House is killing the take-out cocktail game with a serious side of comfort eating with fun specials this week. More info here.
Grit City Cider has special pick up hours for ciders from the Hilltop neighborhood cidery. More info here.
The Mule Tavern has everything you need to make your at-home cocktail game pop. Order jugs of house-made ginger beer, tonic and mixers galore. More info here.
Zodiac Supper Club has take-out cocktails in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Ordering info here.
RESTAURANTS WITH GREAT MEALS FOR CELEBRATING
These restaurants will be open with a regular menu, and these restaurants also offer food that is appropriate for celebrating.
AL LAGO AND ISLAND LODGE BY AL LAGO
Get pasta packs, pizza and fancy small plates for New Year’s Eve celebrating at home for this sister Lake Tapps restaurants. Order online here for Al Lago. And order online here for Island Lodge by Al Lago.
Find the restaurants here:
Al Lago is at 3110 Sumner Tapps Hwy E, Lake Tapps; 253-863-8636; http://allagorestaurant.com/;
Sister restaurant Island Lodge by Al Lago is at 20818 Island Pkwy E, Lake Tapps; 253-862-6641; https://islandlodge.net
The steakhouse’s New Year’s Eve fancy dinner sold out quickly, but they’ve still got you covered for great eating on New Year’s Eve. The Sixth Avenue Argentinian-themed steakhouse has a braised lamb shank dinner with bacon leek butter beans, cipollini mole, red wine braised onions, a Macrina potato baguette and chimichurri butter, and a choice of salad. Plus, outstanding cocktails-to-go, so stock up on those. Order here: https://direct.chownow.com/order/19656/locations/28251
Find the restaurant here: 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7770; https://www.asadotacoma.com/
BOURBON STREET CREOLE KITCHEN
The downtown Puyallup Cajun restaurant has a menu straight out of the Bayou and it’s built for family dining. Get family meals like jambalaya and etouffee starting at $29.95. Menu here.
Find the restaurant here: 401 S Meridian, Puyallup; 253-604-4404; https://www.bourbonstreetpuyallup.com/
Fancy egg nog? Handmade pasta? Cocktail and fresh pasta den En Rama in downtown Tacoma has you covered, plus they deliver so you can order a happy-hour-pack-to-go and never leave your couch. You’re doing New Year’s Eve wrong if you don’t get the house nog – which is chai-spiced whiskey, sherry, brown butter infused Jamaican rum, brandy, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and whipped cream. It keeps for up to three days, so order now for New Year’s Eve, available in servings for 1-4. Order here.
Find the restaurant here: 1102 A St., Suite 220, Tacoma; 253-223-7184; https://www.enramatacoma.com/
Make your New Year’s Eve a little more special with take-out family meals from Marzano, one of the region’s top Italian restaurants. The restaurant is located right next door to PLU. This week’s family packs include canneloni for up to six and lasagna bolognese for up to eight. How about a tiramisu pack with 10 servings? Ummm, yeah! A la carte selections available, too. The best part is you can order ahead here and select a pick-up time.
Find the restaurant here: 516 Garfield St. S., Tacoma; 253-537-4191; https://www.dinemarzano.com/
This Ruston Italian eatery makes a mighty fine pappardelle bolognese and it’s available as a take-out family dinner for two. Five other take-out meals will feed two each, but there’s also pizza and a la carte pastas available. And don’t miss out on their take-out cocktails. Find the menu here.
Find the restaurant here: 5101 N. Pearl St., Ruston; 253-267-1340; https://macalusositalianrestaurant.com/
The seafood specials at Sixth Avenue’s Primo Grill sound like the best seafood game in town at the moment. I’ve watched grilled swordfish with citrus risotto, mahi mahi, grilled King salmon and petrale sole specials roll through Primo’s December’s menu. And if you’re looking for one of Tacoma’s best steaks, you’ll find it at Primo Grill. Check out the online menu here for what’s available for surf and turf on New Year’s Eve and be sure to add on a to-go cocktail, such as the Primo Oaxaca Margarita for two. The restaurant is offering only curbside pick-up right now, which means you won’t even have to get out of your car.
Find the restaurant here: 2701 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-383-7000; http://www.primogrilltacoma.com/menu/
If you didn’t nab one of the restaurant’s prime rib dinner kits before December 27, you’re out of luck, but the downtown Tacoma eatery and bar has you covered for other fancy sandwiches and take-out cocktails. Pair the restaurant’s fried chicken sandwich or famous tavern burger with a mix-and-match set of four bottled cocktails. Order here.
Find the restaurant here: 714 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-503-0762; http://woodencitytacoma.com/dinner-menu