Black truffle filet at Jag’s Steak & Seafood. SUBMITTED

Treat yourself to a fancy dinner at a local restaurant this New Year’s Eve

It will be New Year’s Eve before you know it.

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Many Dayton-area restaurants are taking reservations to ring in 2019 right now, and we’re here to make sure you’re not left out in the cold.

New Year’s Eve brunch at Mudlick Tap House

The Bloody Mary Bar at Mudlick Tap House, which launches weekend brunch service this weekend. SUBMITTED
Photo: Staff Writer

Mudlick Tap House gets the party started with a New Year’s Eve “boozy brunch” that includes mimosas and the bar’s epic Bloody Mary Bar.  “Think of this as an all-day pre-game,” the event description says. 

Where: Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., Dayton  

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31  
Cost: Dishes served at brunch vary.  
Reservations: (937) 895-4066

Ringing in the New Year at Mudlick Tap House

Mac's soon to be famous fried chicken at Mudlick Taphouse. CONTRIBUTED

They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year. So, make it one to remember at Mudlick Tap House for an evening of sensational food with our specially crafted Prix Fixe New Year’s Eve menu! 

  • Starters: 
    • Beets Meat Salad 
    • French Onion Soup
  • Shareables: 
    • Seared Scallop in the Shell
    • Parsnip and Yukon Gnocchi
    • Pork and Plant
  • Entrees: 
    • Pan Seared Free Range Chicken Breast
    • Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
    • Petite Filet of beef with Crabcake
    • Pan seared Duarade
  •  Encore: 
    • Tuxedo lava cake 
    • Peanut Butter Cookie Sundae 
    • Gelato flight (gluten-free)

Where: Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., Dayton  

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31  
Reservations: (937) 895-4066

A NOLA New Year’s Eve 5-course special dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Lily's Bistro's General Manager Emily Mendenhall with "The Whistler" Summer Manhattan made with Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet White Vermouth, Amaretto, Bitters, Squeeze of Fresh Orange, Luxardo Cherry Syrup and Luxardo Cherry garnish. JIM WITMER/STAFF

‘A NOLA New Year’s’ will be Lily’s sixth year hosting a premium, 5-course dinner menu made up entirely of festive specials to ring in the new year. They will be offering a more expansive and specially-priced champagne and sparkling wine list for New Year’s Eve as well, and the dinner menu and cocktail menu include nods to owner Emily Mendenhall’s former home of New Orleans.

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

When: Monday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

More info: Reservations are encouraged by calling (937) 723-7637 or at

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✨New Year’s Eve dinner at Jag’s Steak & Seafood

Jag’s Steak and Seafood in West Chester Township has finished a remodel that includes some new food dishes like this Homemade Ricotta Bruschetta with Lemon Marmalade pictured here in the renovated Library room. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

What better way to ring in the New Year than with fine dining, live music, dancing, drinks and friends?  Jag’s Steak and Seafood will offer two specials as part of its annual New Year’s Eve celebration:

  • For $85, guests will receive a complimentary champagne welcome, a four-course meal selected from a special menu, a toast at midnight, and a night full of live music.  
  • For $25 more, guests will receive carefully selected wine pairings to accompany each course (excluding dessert).  

Where: 5980 West Chester Road, West Chester

When: Monday, Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

More info: Reservations will be available online or by calling 513.860.5353. Bar tables can be reserved through Natalie Holbert by calling (513) 860-5353.

New Year's Eve Dinner at The Watermark

Eric and Maria Walusis are preparing to open Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Ring in 2019 over a five-course dinner at the Best Fine Dining winner of Best of Dayton 2017, The Watermark. 

  • CHEF’S AMUSE BOUCHE - house-made beet ravioli filled with Herbes de Provence goat cheese, topped with mint caviar 
  • SALAD - radicchio, cabbage, carrot purée, toasted sesame oil, red wine reduction with cayenne foam 
  • SOUP - cream of celery, red pepper oil, mint foam 
  • ENTRÉE (choice of one)
    • Rosemary Pork Medallions - Beeler Farms pork sous vide, foie gras mashed potatoes, sour apple kimchi, finished with tart cherry jus 
    • Dover Sole - charred Dover Sole, pea and tarragon salad with pea shoots, roasted beets with fennel vinaigrette 
  • DESSERT - buttery tart crust filled with rich hazelnut caramel, topped with chocolate espresso ganache and cocoa nibs

Where: Watermark Restaurant, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

When: Monday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: $89/per person – includes a glass of champagne – Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call (937)802-0891 for reservations.