Raise your glass if you’ve survived the year and the winter holidays, and are now ready to make your plans for New Year's Eve! Whether your year was everything you could have wanted or if things didn’t turn out the way as planned, it’s time to bring your friends and family together and ring in 2019 the right way. Make reservations to one of the best fine dining restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gainesville! 

Embers Wood Grill

Turn the corner of State Road 24 onto 34th Street and enter the of Embers Wood Grill for New Year’s Eve. Serving not only prime steaks, Embers also serves fresh seafood that will make your mouth water from the fall-off-the-fork tenderness. Start your night off with expert wine pairing from their sommelier and clink your glass filled with one of their over 400 wines in stock.

Paramount Grill 

Next to University Avenue, Paramount Grill serves fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere for New Year’s Eve dinner. Only the freshest ingredients are used to make each entrée, most being locally-grown so the menu changes often to keep the quality of the dish as high as possible! Paramount Grille also serves both beer and wine for you to readily salute the past year.

Manuel's Vintage Room

On Main Street, Manuel’s Vintage Room stimulates the innovative creation of world cuisine in a warm and intimate setting in Gainesville. Manuel’s largely Italian cuisine and wine pairings that come from their private cellar is a perfect touch for New Year’s Eve dinner!

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the TOP

The Top on Main Street serves vegan and vegetarian items on their menu sure to please anyone following a strict diet. Your palate will enjoy the sesame crusted tuna served rare with a sweet soy reduction. Those with a vegan diet will love the eggplant rollatini which is made with house-made cashew cheese, marinara, and spaghetti squash. The Top also serves classic American fare too. 

Francesca's Trattoria

On 25th Place, Francesca’s Trattoria is a restaurant for fine Italian dishes for New Year’s Eve. Each dish is made traditionally and with great consideration to the integrity of each ingredient. Start with a fresh Caprese salad and then make your way to a larger entrée like the salmon piccata or spinach and pine nut ravioli. End the night with tiramisu for two—or just you if it’s your favorite dessert!


On 2nd Avenue, Dragonfly is Gainesville’s place for fresh sushi and delivers a unique “izakaya” dining experience for New Year’s Eve which inspires flavorful, savory, and artistic dishes that will bring your close ones around the table. Impress your plus one for New Year’s Eve dinner by ordering the beef tataki and the big boss, your expectations and taste buds won’t be disappointed!


In Tioga Town Center, Sabore serves a little bit of each part of the world with their cuisine! If you’re looking to enjoy something you have never tasted before, go to Sabore for New Year’s Eve and order from their tapas-style menu. The kimchi pork belly ‘n grits will start your meal with a little bit of Asian inspiration while the red curry mahi-mahi will give flavor inspired by Sri Lankan sauce!

Mark's Prime Steakhouse

On 2nd Ave, Mark’s Prime Steakhouse offers a dining experience like no other for New Year’s Eve. Aiming to always produce the most sophisticated plates and serving the best cuts of beef and fresh seafood, Mark’s is the place where you will celebrate and won’t be disappointed in front of a wood-fire grilled steak.

Amelia's Fine Italian Cuisine - Gainesville

Amelia’s downtown on Main Street is one of Gainesville’s best places for Italian fare and dining. Each dish is made fresh, from the sauces to the pasta, and made elegantly. Start off with a shared plate of crispy frittura di calamari, then move your way to the manicotti al Forno, a stuffed pasta sure to bring you back for more! 

Leonardo's 706

You'll find locally sourced ingredients at this art-filled eatery. Family owned and operated, 706 combines California and Mediterranean cuisine. It's the perfect location for fine dining to celebrate New Year's Eve in Gainesville! 

As another year comes to an end, new beginnings start in Gainesville for the upcoming year. These are the best of the fine dining restaurants in Gainesville to commemorate 2019 and  bring in the new year. Make your reservations now! 

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