Say goodbye to 2020 with special meals (and cocktails) from area restaurants

For many, the end of 2020 is a major cause for celebration. Though the typical New Year’s Eve celebration is not a possibility this year, there is still one safe way to celebrate the close of a truly chaotic year: With lots of food, and some drinks, too.

This year, several area restaurants are waving goodbye to 2020 with delectable food and specialty cocktails that are available for either in-person dining or carryout.

Whether you’re looking forward to perhaps a more stable year, or are just interested in leaving behind the chaos of 2020, these are the special New Year’s Eve menus that are sure to provide the perfect accompaniment to your farewell.

SEND US YOUR MENUS: We will continue to update this guide as more menus are available. Restaurants, send your New Year’s Eve menus to

✨🍽Lily’s Dayton

Where: 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton’s Oregon District

When: Thursday, Dec. 31

More info: Website

Lily’s is offering multiple ways to send off 2020 and welcome 2021, including two choices for warm at-home New Year’s Eve Meal Kits with the option of special add-ons, as well as socially-distanced dine-in service open to walk-ins and call-ahead seating (day of at 937-723-7637) with the restaurant’s full dinner menu as well as surf & turf and vegetarian specials available. Carryout is also available. There also will be a bonus day of brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, go to

✨🍽Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Where: 28 W. Franklin St., Dayton

When: Thursday, Dec. 31 from 4-10 p.m.

More info: Website | Facebook

Throughout the last week of 2020, Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Centerville will be offering four of their most popular entrees: the Chilean Sea Bass, Sweeney’s Seafood Filet Oscar, Sweeney’s Seafood Bake and Sweeney’s Seafood Newburg Pasta. The restaurant will also be serving up escargot and tempura shrimp as the appetizer specials. The regular menu will also be available.

After enjoying an appetizer and entree, indulge in Santa’s Cinn-ful Martini or one of the restaurant’s many desserts that include the Creme Brulee, Salted Caramel Cheese Cake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Customers can make a reservation by calling the restaurant at 937-291-3474. At this time, Sweeney’s will not be offering reservations for groups that contain more than 10 people.

✨🍽Florentine Restaurant

Where: 21 W. Market St., Germantown

When: Offering in-person dining specials on New Year’s Eve, from noon to 10 p.m., and New Year’s Day, beginning at 9 a.m.

More info: Website | Facebook

The Florentine in Germantown will be serving up its Prime Rib Special on New Year’s Eve from noon to 10 p.m. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will be opening at 9 a.m. with a la carte breakfast specials and Smoked French Cut Pork Chop and Sauerkraut specials, along with regular menu offerings, beginning at 11 a.m.

Reservations for New Year’s dining can be made by calling the restaurant at 937-855-7759, sending an email to or messaging The Florentine on Facebook.

✨🍽Mudlick Tap House

Where: 135 E. 2nd St., Dayton

When: Thursday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More info: Website | Facebook

The Mudlick Tap House will be ringing in the New Year all day long with a boozy brunch and dinner. As an added bonus, the tap house is now home to heated igloos that can be reserved in advance. The igloos require a $200 food and beverage spending minimum. Reservations can be made by visiting the restaurant’s website.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, guests will be able to enjoy Mudlick’s best brunch items, along with plenty of Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

Then, from 5-10 p.m., Mudlick will be serving the following dinner items:


- Rich, creamy lobster bisque ($7 for a cup, $9 for a bowl)

- Fried brie board appetizer ($15)


- Great Lake Walleye filet - “floating on a vessel made of corn and wild rice down a river of white wine and citrus-butter reduction.” ($26)

- Slow-roasted prime rib of beef - with horseradish cream, a loaded baked potato (cheddar, scallions and lardons) and baby tri-colored carrots ($28)

- “Under the Sea” entree - features a sautéed house crabcake, three bacon-wrapped shrimp basted in a sweet and spicy glaze served with lemon roasted asparagus and fingerling potatoes ($26)

- Boozy beef brisket - served on a bed of Yukon hash with greens, peppers and onions, served with tri-colored carrots in a bourbon glaze and sauteed whiskey mushrooms ($27)

- Chicken piccata - pan-fried and served over a bed of cavatappi pasta tossed in a white wine lemon butter reduction with capers ($22)

The featured cocktails include a midnight Manhattan ($12), a Bourbon cherry fizz ($10) and a sugar cookie martini ($9).

✨🍽El Meson

Credit: El Meson

Credit: El Meson

Where: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

When: Pick up from noon to 5 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 31

More info: Website | Facebook

Celebrate the New Year with two special offers from El Meson.

On Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m., the restaurant will be saying goodbye to 2020 with their free “Rear View Mirror Cooking Party.” This video is a part of the restaurant’s new series of virtual cooking classes, called Viva La Vida. The goal of this video is to help guests prepare for their New Year’s Eve feast ahead of time. Guests can sign up by visiting El Meson’s website and, once signed up, guests will be sent a grocery list and the link with which they can join the event.

For those who like to avoid stepping into the kitchen on New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will be offering a special New Year’s Eve curbside carryout menu that can be ordered online and picked up between noon and 5 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 31. The restaurant will not be offering on-site dining on New Year’s Eve.

This special New Year’s Eve menu consists of many of the restaurant’s popular items, like beef empanadillas, Argentine flatbread, black bean soup and Pollo de Los Andes. Each item is available a la carte. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

✨🍽The Caroline

Where: 5 S. Market St., Troy

When: Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 3 p.m.

More info: Facebook

The Caroline in Troy will be serving up a special menu to celebrate the final day of the year.

This special menu consists of the following items:


- New England Clam Chowder ($4 for a cup and $6 for a bowl)

- Shrimp Bisque ($5 for a cup and $8 for a bowl)

- Five Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with house cocktail sauce ($14)

- Ahi Tuna - seared rare and served with wasabi and sweet and spicy Asian sauce ($13)

- Three Southwest Egg Rolls with lime coriander sauce ($12)

- The Caroline’s Crab Cakes - served with remoulade sauce ($13)

- Bourbon Mushrooms - sauteed in bourbon, butter, garlic and onions and served with garlic bread ($10)

- Salted Pretzel Bread Sticks - four pretzel breadsticks served with India pale ale cheese spread ($10)


- Caesar Salad House Wedge Too Gouda Salad ($6)

- Caesar Salad, topped with chicken ($14), crab cakes ($16), Ahi tuna ($16) or salmon ($16)

Dinners, served with two sides

- Roast Prime Rib or Beef - with Au Jus and horseradish ($31)

- Caroline House Steal-Seasoned - seasoned 10-ounce certified Angus beef sirloin, finished with garlic butter and tangled onion rings ($26)

- Six-Ounce Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon - garnished with burgundy sauce, portabello mushrooms and tangled onion rings ($33)

- Pan-Seared Halibut - served over spinach with a lemon caper butter ($26)

- Grilled Maple Glazed Salmon - basted with their whiskey maple glaze ($26)

- Chicken Picatta - eight-ounce grilled chicken breast in a white wine lemon butter, mushrooms and artichoke hearts ($20)

- Garlic Shrimp Linguine - black tiger shrimp and linguine tossed in a garlic butter sauce ($26)

- Chicken Linguine - eight-ounce grilled chicken breast tossed in a creamy parmesan alfredo sauce ($20)

- Housemade Lasagna - served with garlic bread and a Caesar salad ($19)


- Baked potato

- Fresh green beans

- Cheddar mashed potatoes ($5)

- Roasted asparagus ($5)

- Bourbon mushrooms ($5)


- Triple Chocolate Cake ($7)

- New York Style Cheesecake ($6), add turtle or Reese’s for $7

To make a reservation, call the restaurant at 937-552-7676. Seatings start at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

✨🍽Bernstein’s Fine Catering

Where: 3100 Woodman Dr., Kettering

When: Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Pickup or delivery will be available between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

More info: Facebook

A fully catered New Year’s meal is available from Bernstein’s Fine Catering in Kettering. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Pickup or delivery will be available between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

The menu consists of the following options:


- Filet Mignon - six-ounce filets, herb compound butter (dinner for two is $80 and dinner for four is $155)

- Lobster Thermador - creamy lobster-stuffed tails (dinner for two is $95 and dinner is $185)

- Surf & Turf - includes Filet Mignon and Lobster Thermador (dinner for two is $115 and dinner for four is $225)

All entrees include a choice of one starter, two side dishes, artisan bread and sea salt butter compound and one dessert.


- Potato Cheddar Soup

- Caesar Salad

Side dishes:

- Lemon & Shallot Roasted Asparagus

- Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto

- Mashed Potatoes

- Potato Vegetable Gratin


- Chocolate Lava Cake

- Key Lime Tarte

A La Carte:

- House-Poached Shrimp Cocktail ($18 per pound)

- Crab Cakes and House-Made Remoulade ($20 for two)

- Bruschetta & Garlic Crostini ($8 each)

✨🍽Jag’s Steak & Seafood

Where: 5980 West Chester Rd., West Chester Township

When: Thursday, Dec. 31 from 4-8:30 p.m.

More info: Website | Facebook

Jag’s Steak & Seafood is saying farewell to 2020 with an elegant three-course dinner menu and live entertainment. The three-course dinner is $75 per person, with an option to pair wine with each course for an additional $25.

To catch a glimpse of the special dinner menu, pay a visit to the restaurant’s website. The regular dinner menu will not be available on New Year’s Eve.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 513-860-5353. Reservations for one to six guests have a strict two-hour limit, while those tables with seven to ten guests have a strict two-and-a-half-hour time limit.

Masks are required to enter and move about the restaurant.

About the Author