Celebrate New Year's Eve Marco Style

Party hearty New Year’s Eve at a favorite watering hole or welcome the New Year raising glasses high to celebrate the day while dining at one of Marco Island’s excellent restaurants listed below.

The Marco Eagle sent out emails and/or called around for information about restaurants that will be open holiday weekend with special events and menus to enjoy with friends and family. If your favorite restaurant is not listed please check the Marco Eagle ads to find a restaurant that will be open New Year’s weekend.

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Arturo’s is open New Year’s Eve 4:30 p.m. serving a la carte menu along with Chef Arturo Perez’ signature holiday dishes and closed New Year’s Day. Drive by and admire the island’s most magnificent Christmas tree.

Arturo’s, 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Phone: 239-642-0550.

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Bistro Soleil open New Year’s Eve serving chef Denis Meurgue’s opulent New Year Eve Buffet: First seating 5:30 to 6:30, price $47; Second seating starts at 8:30 p.m. Price $65. (includes Champagne toast) Please make reservations early for your preferred time. Phone: 239-389-0981 or www.bistrosoleil.net Price does not include tax or gratuity.

Bistro Soleil at the Olde Marco Inn, 100 Palm St. Phone: 239-389-0981.

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Cathy O’Clarke’s open New Year’s Eve serving regular menu plus specials includes party favors, live music and dancing with Vince Griffin. Happy hour pricing from 11 p.m. to close and Champagne toast at midnight.

Cathy O’Clarke’s/Fat Pelican, 591 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Phone: 239-642-9709.

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CJ’s on the Bay open New Year’s Eve. Regular menu served 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve fixed menu seating starting at 9 to 10 p.m. with New Year’s Eve toast. Reservations required. Limited bar menu available from 7 to 11:30 p.m., and outside music 7 to 12:30 a.m. Regular hours and regular menu New Year’s Day.

CJ’s on the Bay, The Esplanade, 740 North Collier Blvd., Phone: 239-389-4511; CJs@palsplaces.com

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Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort will be open New Year’s Eve. Chef Asif’s New Year’s Buffet served in the Grand Ballroom, 7 to 9 p.m., Prices: Adults $79. Children (ages 6-12) $24. Children under 3, complimentary.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, 560 S. Collier Blvd. For reservations please call 239-394-5000

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House of Mozart Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 4 to 10 p.m., and serving Chef/owner Alfred Schinagle’s gemutlich German specialties and incomparable holiday a la carte menu selections along with Manuela’s awesome, home-made Apple Strudel, reservations suggested and accepted.

House of Mozart, 151 South Barfield Drive, Shops of Marco. Phone: 239-642-5220; email: info@houseofmozart.com

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Island Café will be open New Year’s Eve and accepting reservations: Early seating 5:30 to 6 p.m., 5-course gourmet dinner — $50 per person. Late seating 8 to 8:30 p.m., 5-course gourmet dinner with champagne toast and party favors, $55 per person.

Island Café, 918 N. Collier Blvd. one block south of Bald Eagle Drive. Phone: 239-394-7578 for reservations.

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The Marco Polo restaurant will open at 7 p.m. until close on New Year’s Eve, serving a 5-course dinner menu with a choice of 5 upscale entrees. Entertainment starts at 9 p.m. Champagne and party favors. Reservations only. Closed New Year’s Day

Marco Polo Restaurant, 30 Marco Lake Drive. Phone: 239-394-5777 .

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Marek’s Old Collier House Bar & Bistro and Main Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. and New Year’s Day from 3 p.m. and will be offering an a la carte menu on both days with some special festive entrees.

Marek’s Old Collier House, 1121 Bald Eagle Drive. Phone: 239-642-9948.

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Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Tropiks Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve and presenting a Holiday Buffet served 6 to 10 p.m., with eight stations, a special children’s station and two adult dining options priced accordingly: Traditional Buffet, adults $75. Enhanced Buffet (includes unlimited wine and champagne) adults $100; Children $15 (5 to 12); $5 (4 and under).

Kurrents Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve 7 to 11 p.m. and offering a 6-course prix fixe dinner, $125 per person (children’s menu will not be available).

Rookery Grill will be open New Year’s Eve and presenting a Holiday buffet served 6 to 10 p.m. and live entertainment, Adults: $65. (Children’s menu will not be available).

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa, 400 S. Collier Blvd. Tropiks, reservations not accepted, phone: 239-394-2511 for information. Rookery, reservations required, 239-642-2793. Kurrents, reservations required, phone: 239-642-2695, Ext. 2695.

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Marco Island Princess: New Year’s Eve – 2 Hour Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Holiday Party Cruise, 8:30 to 12:30 a.m.

For reservations or information call Sunshine Tours/Marco Island Princess, 239-394-4364; info@sunshinetoursmarcoisland.com; www.themarcoislandprincess.com.

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Sale e Pepe will be open New Year’s Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. serving a prix fixe 5-course menu priced $79 and a limited version of executive chef Guiliano Matarese’s a la carte menu. New Year’s Brunch served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. buffett with carving station: Adults $39; child 3-12 years, $19.

Sale e Pepe, Marco Beach Ocean Resort, 480 S. Collier Blvd. Reservations are requested, call 239-393-1600.

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Sasso’s International Cuisine & Seafood Restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve, 5 p.m. until closing, offering special a la carte menu created by chef John Lamendola 5 to 9:30 including complimentary glass of Champagne with entree. Limited menu offered after 9:30 p.m. and entertainment 8 p.m. to midnight. Closed New Year’s Day.

Sasso’s International Cuisine & Seafood, 961 Winterberry Drive. Reservations recommended, 239-393-4960.

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Tara Steak & Lobster House open New Year’s Eve with two seatings: First seating, 5 and 6 p.m. but diners have to be out by 8 p.m. for second seating starting at 8:30 p.m to close with a $25 cover for Champagne toast, entertainment by Moony Man band and party favors. Both New Year’s Eve seating times offer regular menu.

Tara Steak & Lobster House, 740 N. Collier Blvd. The Esplanade. Reservations suggested. Phone: 239-394-0212.

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Verdi’s American Bistro open New Year’s Eve serving regular menu chef’s specials. Only 4:30 and 9:30 seatings available.

Verdi’s American Bistro, 241 N. Collier Blvd. Reservations requested. Phone: 239-394-5533

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Comments » 3

Throat_Yogurt writes:

does this consist of a bloddy mary @3, dinner @4, and bed by 5?

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Yes, and a complimentary ride home for all marco islanders in a wheel chair in case the cane, or walker becomes difficult to use after that bloody mary.

26yearsonmarco writes:

You missed the biggest 2011 news of all, so thank goodness for Wink News reporting on the HUGE MARCO ISLAND CRIME WAVE:
http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida...
All the Folks on Marco who rely on the Tourist, Real Estate and Restaurant business should contact Wink News and thank them for their DELIGENCE IN THIS MATTER, and also thank all those Folks who leave their garage doors open, and Obama for the funds sent us for the New Bridge that is allowing the Perps to come here.
When I first heard this, I was tempted to move to Fort Myers, then, I remembered the fifty (50) rounds fired at the Edison Mall on Black Friday, and decided to continue to risk my life and stay on Marco Island instead.
I’ll just stop watching Wink News.

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