Want to know where to eat in Rome on New Years 2023/2024?
Most restaurants in Rome do stay open for New Years' Eve. But the options for quality and price vary wildly. Don't worry, I've got a great list for you below!
Here's all you need to know about where to eat in Rome on New Years:
Many Italians like to have dinner at home or at a friend's house. But for those who do go out, there is the cenone, which means "really big dinner." The New Years Eve cenone, also known as the Festa di San Silvestro, refers to a set menu for dinner, with a set price. Sometimes that price includes wine and sometimes it doesn't.
There is not a traditional meal for New Years' Eve dinner, but it's common to ring in the New Year with some bubbly, usually Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine sort of like champagne.
The most important food to eat on New Years in Italy, just after midnight, is lentils. This is a must, as it is said to bring wealth and fortune.
The lentils are often served with cotechino or zampone. Both are spiced sausages, but with different casings. The cotechino looks like a huge fat salami, inside typical sausage pork casing, and the zampone is, literally, stuffed inside a hollowed out pig's foot.
You don't have to eat the cotechino or zampone, but, trust me on this, if you are with Italians at midnight and don't eat even some lentils, even if you are bursting from a huge dinner, you will never hear the end of it.
So pop a spoonful in your mouth and wish yourself luck!
You can eat out for New Years' in Rome without breaking the bank. Or you can go all out and have a posh and special meal to ring in the New Year. Here are your options:
When deciding where to eat in Rome on New Years, it's important to note what's included in the cenone price, particularly wine/drinks. And if you are looking for restaurants with à la carte menus, try to find out what exactly they have that night on their menu, as it's often a reduced menu with higher prices than normal.
If you want to be near fireworks, then you should stay around Piazza del Popolo or the Colosseum.
Once you decide where to eat in Rome on New Years, you should decide if you want to eat a late dinner, and stay in a restaurant until past midnight, enjoying a brindisi (toast) with prosecco, and then having a sampling of lentils.
Or, you can leave the restaurant by 10/10:30pm, and go wandering the streets towards the piazzas mentioned above. Most restaurants have two seatings anyway, so you will have to choose.
There are lots of options for where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve. You may want to visit my other food pages, and find the restaurant you want, and see if they are open New Years Eve (most are). On this page, I just wanted to give you a broad sampling, especially where I can link to an online menu:
For all of these restaurants, reserving a table is crucial, just as it is over the Christmas period. You may be able to walk around and just find someplace with space available, but not at the best places, and not easily.
Of course, I'd eat at any of the restaurants I list here. Otherwise I wouldn't put them on this page! But these are my faves for where to eat in Rome on New Years:
Ditirambo - One of my favorite restaurants in Rome. The menu changes a bit to reflect seasonal, available products, and the food is always fresh and innovative yet very Italian. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially where wine selection is involved.
New Years Eve Menu 2023/2024 - Visit their website.
Why I'd eat here on New Years - I eat here several times a month. I know the quality of the food, and the skill of the chefs, The New Years Eve menu is usually priced at 150€ and wine is included in the price. Also, it's right near Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want excellent quality food and wine at a reasonable price, and be near some nightlife.
Open January 1 2024 for lunch and dinner, normal menu.
Osteria dell'Ingegno - Another of my Rome faves. This restaurant has it all: a great, central location; cozy decor; soothing background music (a rarity in Rome); friendly service, a good selection of affordable wines, but above all, superb cuisine.
The menu changes with the season, and is always full of perfectly balanced, deliciously prepared dishes that reflect various regions of Italy, from Sicily to Rome to Tuscany.
New Years Eve Menu 2023/2024 - For the New Years Eve 2023/2024 they have a special menu with a variety of starters, first and second courses and desserts.
Why I'd eat here on New Years - First and foremost would be the quality of the food, which is always divine.
Second, you could not be more central than this: They are on a gorgeous plaza right near the Pantheon.
You are about the same distance to Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia (on opposite ends of via del Corso), both of which will have music and fireworks. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want delicious food, in a very central location.
Marzapane - I love the location, a bit father away from the chaos of the city center, and more neighborhoody.
At 200€ for dinner (not including drinks), it's barely a splurge for what you get. Marzapane an excellent choice for affordable, elegant, spectacular food.
New Years Eve Menu 2023/2024 - 230 Euros without wine.
Why I'd eat here on New Years - The ambiance is really nice, a bit subdued, so if you are looking for a more tranquil New Year's Eve, this would fit the bill.
If you're looking for where to eat in Rome on New Years on a budget, these restaurants have a set cenone, for under 100€ per person:
i Clementini - one of my go-to restaurants in Rome any time.
It's very easy to find where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve for more than 100€ per person.
These are just among my favorites:
Glass - I've loved this Trastevere restaurant since they first opened over 10 years ago.
Their well-deserved Michelin-star has not changed the amazing quality of the cuisine of chef Cristina Bowerman, the super-friendly service of the helpful and knowledgable staff, or the prices (which were always a bit high but well-worth it, and for a Michelin-star restaurant now, quite reasonable.) 2023/2024 menu is 380€ including a New Years prosecco, but not wine.
Casa Bleve - Another excellent option for a high-quality dinner with fantastic wine. Casa Bleve is known first and foremost for their vast wine cellar, but to me, what makes them special, aside from the excellent food, is the ambiance.
Crispi 19 - an elegant downtown fish restaurant, with wainscoting and whitewashed walls, offers a menu balanced between the curated raw selections and the most popular roman seafood plates. Normally I go to Crispi 19 for the seafood.
But for New Years, they have a gorgeous mixed menu (land and sea). And the price of 250€, not including beverages, is fair considering the quality of the cuisine here.
View the 2023/2024 menu here.
Bistrot 64 - I've had the pleasure of trying this 1-Michelin starred restaurant near the Maxxi museum in the northern part of Rome. A superb experience in every way!
From the modern yet warm decor, to the friendly staff, to the exquisitely prepared and plated dishes. My Roman husband declared their amatriciana one of the best he'd ever eaten!
For a Michelin-star restaurant, I must say their 2023/2024 menu.
Moma - I am a big fan of this restaurant, which is why I eat here often. They have very reasonable prices for such fantastic food, and the ambiance is lovely.
They are near the via Veneto, so if you are looking for someplace serene to eat a little away from all the chaos, this would be a good option.
Considering they have a Michelin star, their 2023/2024 menu of 270€ not including wine is a great deal (+180€ for optional wine pairing).
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Wondering where to eat in Rome on New Years that's super duper fancy and special? Perhaps with a view?
Try some of the 5-star hotels' restaurants, some of which have Michelin stars, as follows:
La Pergola, Rome's only 3* Michelin restaurant also offers some of the best views for fireworks-watching on New Year's Eve. Check back for New Years 2024/25. For 2023/24 La Pergola is under renovations.
Also at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Garden Lobby, you can enjoy brunch on January 1 2024.
Enjoy divine Michelin dining with an amazing view at Imago at the Hassler Hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps. The sumptuous decor and unique setting of this renowned 5* hotel offers a wonderful option for enjoying a luxurious New Year's Eve in Rome. 2023/2024 menu 1,400€. There is also a delightful menu at the hotel's other restaurant, Salon Eve, for 570€ not including drinks.
At the lovely All'Oro 1* Michelin restaurant, not far from Piazza del Popolo, sample delectable dining by executive chef Riccardo di Giacinto. 380€ per person not including beverages.
This years event has not been confirmed check back for more details.
Aroma.* Michelin star. On top of the very elegant Palazzo Manfredi, dining at this special restaurant would offer you some of the best views of the Colosseum and fireworks in Rome. Click here to view their 2023/2024 menu, which includes wine pairings. 1400€ for the terrace with Colosseum views.
San Marco - Wood-burning oven pizza, abundant pasta dishes and meat and fish options to your heart's desire.
Near via Veneto, so a bit away from the chaos if you prefer that. For New Year's 22/23, their normal A La Carte menu is available.
Broccoletti - I love this semi-modern Roman trattoria right in the heart of Monti (near the Coliseum.) It's a small space but warm and cozy, and the food is some of my favorite in the neighborhood. Visit their Facebook page and see the New Years Eve menu.
il Brillo Parlante - A good, casual option for where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want to be right by some action. It's right near Piazza Del Popolo, a lively spot for New Years. A mix of Roman food, from pizza to fried appetizers to pasta. The food is good (not amazing but good), and service is brisk.
il Baccano - I love Baccano because I love the variety of local and international foods, and its fun, cheery ambiance. It's also right near the Trevi Fountain, which makes it central and easy to get to the plazas at either end of via del Corso. Reduced but still varied à la carte menu.
Two seatings for New Years Eve: 19:00/19:30 - 21:00/21:30 and from 22:00/22:30 until after midnight. If you go to the earlier one, you must leave by 22:00. Also, they have a dress-code for the New Year.
Clotilde - A gorgeously decorated restaurant right in the heart of Rome, not far from Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona (perfectly located for pre- or post-dinner walks to enjoy lights, fireworks and holiday atmosphere). But not only is Clotilde beautiful, the food is really excellent. View their New Years 23/24 menu here.
Palazzo Montemartini Rome
Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection offers a New Year menu from chef Alessandro Tognacci.
Altrove offers a New Year dinner. You can find more information on their Facebook page.
Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel
Idylio by Apreda, 1-star Michelin restaurant at the Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel offers a 6-course menu for €480 per person (beverage not included) for New Year dinner 2023/2024. Menu can be found here.
Alternatively, the hotel has Divinity Restaurant & Lounge Bar, that would be open for New Year dinner as well, €350 per person; you can find menu here.
On January 1st they are open all day with a special "all day long" menu.
Casa Coppelle. will be open for New Year dinner with a special 6-course menu.
Eggs will be open every day during the holidays. For the New Year dinner they are offering a special menu for €120. For more information click here.
Special menus have been created for the New Year dinner on December 31st.
Beverages (apart from water and coffee) are not included.
Special New Year menu "La notte delle stelle", €280 not including beverages.
They are open for New Year 2022/2023 with their regular menu and drinks.
Madeiterraneo Terrace Restaurant
They are open for New Year 2023/2024 with a great dinner and party option.
They have 2 special New Year menus, one for those who prefer meat.
Pastificio San Lorenzo are having a party with Dj Set Gigi Romano - and, of course, a special menu.
Vinificio offers dinner and party with Dj Set Guxi – Dance and Claps & Emiliano Robibaro.
Velo Pasticceria celebrates the 2023/2024 New Year with a delicious menu.
Hotel De' Ricci offers a special New Year 2023/2024 dinner menu, (150€ without wine).
Jackie O' invites to a live music party with a special New Year 2023/2024 dinner menu.
MyTale are open for dinner December 31, 2023, and for January 1, 2024 they have prepared special Hangover Lunch menu, 35€.
Meat restaurant Carnosa offers New Year 2023/24 dinner.
DonnaE Bistrot inside the Elizabeth Unique Hotel - 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Rome and close to Via del Corso, welcomes New Year 2023/24 with a special dinner menu. Click here for details.
Bauhaus celebrates the New Year with a menu designed by the young and talented Chef Andrea Castagna.
Grand'Hotel Gianicolo offers a special New Year menu in their restaurant La Corte degli Archi starting at 20:30, December 31, 2023.
Where to eat in Rome on New Years Day is much simpler than for New Years Eve.
Some restaurants are closed but many are open, and it's less important to book at lunch.
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