Many restaurants in Kansas City are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
If you are a planning a special evening for New Year’s Eve or are sporting a hangover on New Year’s Day, there are plenty of dining options in Kansas City to keep you out of the kitchen.
Kansas City on the Cheap has a list of local restaurants open for dine-in or takeout on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Follow the links and read carefully. Some of the to-go options have ordering deadlines, many of the dine-in restaurants will require or recommend reservations. Keep in mind, local health and safety regulations require some places to close their dine-in services at 10 p.m. but carry out and delivery can continue later.
We’ve worked hard to get everything correct, but we always recommend that you double check hours, promotions, etc. This is especially important for chain restaurants as many are owned and operated locally by franchisees.
Some of these New Year dining options are outside our usual free and cheap realm, but we’ve included them because many people like to go all out for the holidays.
BONUS TIP: Many of these restaurants are offering holiday gift card bonuses through Dec. 31, 2020. If you’re stopping in to eat or pick up an order, why not get a gift card for an upcoming birthday or other occasion while pocketing the bonus offer for yourself!
Be sure to check out our post for more Kansas City New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fun.
Happy New Year Kansas City!
Kansas City Restaurants Open New Year’s Eve 2020 & New Year’s Day 2021
Whether your New Year’s holiday celebration has moved to home or you plan to go out, you have plenty of holiday dining options in Kansas City.
This listing includes incudes both dine-in and to-go options we’ve found.
Applebee’s: Stop by your nearest location on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to take advantage of their famous 2 for $20 deal: two entrees and a full-size appetizer for $20.
Affare: Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve menu from Affare as dine-in or carry out at $90 per person. Wine pairing and champagne by the glass can be added for an additional charge.
Baskin-Robbins: Most locations will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day so you can get a sweet fix, but call your closest location to check for special hours.
Blue Bird Bistro: You’re covered on Dec. 31 for breakfast, lunch or dinner (dine in or carry out) with Blue Bird Bistro. The bistro is offering its regular menu along with a prix fixe dinner menu for $55 or for $75 with wine pairings.
Bo Ling’s Chinese Restaurant: All locations are open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Border Brewing Company: Comfortable attire is recommended in the taproom on New Year’s Eve from 4 to 9 p.m. and New Year’s Day from noon to 10 p.m.
Bravo Italian Kitchen: Both locations (Town Center Plaza – Leawood and Zona Rosa – Kansas City) are open for dine-in and carry out from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Brew Lab: The downtown Overland Par brewery is open Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to midnight and on Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Don’t forget, they offer growlers to go if you want to continue your celebration at home.
Brio Italian Grille: Dine-in or carry out Italian favorites from this Country Club Plaza restaurant (you can still see the lights!) They will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Charlie Hooper’s: Dine in Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Carry out and delivery is available on both days as well from 11 to 2 a.m.
Cheesecake Factory: Most Cheesecake Factory locations will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and some locations will be offering a complimentary champagne toast. Call your nearest location to verify.
Chick-fil-A: Most locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Hours may vary, so check with your local restaurant.
Chili’s: Celebrate the end of 2020 with a $5 margarita of the month at Chili’s. Or come in on New Year’s Day for chips and salsa and wait for the unveiling of their January Drink of the Month.
Cracker Barrel: The comfort food chain will be open regular hours on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Denny’s: Denny’s is open 365 days a year, so make New Year’s Day breakfast easy with a Grand Slam.
Domino’s: The pizza chain will have most of its locations open New Year’s Day.
Fogo de Chao: The Country Club Plaza is still filled with holiday spirit as the lights stay on until Jan. 10. You can dine-in at Fogo de Chao from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. You can also get a holiday celebration to-go package through Jan. 1, 2021 that comes cooked and ready to reheat at your home. A generous meal serving six people ranges from $130-$160, depending on your choice of meat and includes various sides and dessert. Must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
French Market: Celebrate the arrival of 2021 with a New Year’s Eve Dinner to-go from French Market.
Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse: Head to Harrah’s Casino for dining in at Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse on New Year’s Eve from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On New Year’s Day you can enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.
Grand Street: Both Grand Street locations (Lenexa and Country Club Plaza) are accepting limited reservations for in-house dining on New Year’s Eve from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The three course meal is $49 per person.
Grocery Stores: Don’t forget your local grocers usually have good values for to-go holiday meals and party trays.
- Hen House: Get party trays, sushi, baked goods, brunch and other meals made for groups of all sizes.
- HyVee: Cheers to the New Year. HyVee can help with trays, sides and full meals.
- Price Chopper: Baked goods, cakes and party trays are available from Price Chopper locations around Kansas City.
J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood: Celebrate with dine-in service at J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks and Seafood on New Year’s Eve from 4 to 9 p.m. and from 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Kona Grill: Celebrate the end or start of the year with dine-in, delivery or carry out specials from Kona Grill on the Plaza. Available Dec. 31 through Jan. 3.
Lew’s Grill and Bar: Lew’s in Waldo will take care of your eating and drinking needs during their normal business hours on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. You can dine in on either day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery and carry out is available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Limitless Brewing: The brewery is open from 2 to 8 p.m. with a FREE taco bar from 4 to 6 p.m.
Maloney’s Sports Bar: This downtown establishment is open New Year’s Eve and doing a toast at 11 p.m. with the East coast!
Market at Meadowbrook: Order starters, entrees, desserts and wines to make your New Year’s Eve Dinner at home special.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Dine in or order to go at the Country Club Plaza restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.
The Melting Pot: Enjoy five courses with a champagne toast on New Year’s Eve for $149.5 per couple. Dine earlier from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a four-course meal and champagne toast for $99.95 per couple. Beat the New Year’s Eve crowd by dining on Dec. 30 (Eve of New Year’s Eve) and you’ll get the five-course meal and champagne toast for $129.95 per couple.
Olive Garden: Spend the first day of 2021 filling up on unlimited breadsticks. If you sign up for their e-club, you can get a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two entrees.
Outback Steakhouse: Most locations are open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Call to check hours.
Panda Express: They’ll be open nationwide on New Year’s Day with their normal hours. Many locations are not currently offering dine-in, so call to verify if you want to eat on site.
Panera Bread: Panera Bread is open for business on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Stop in for mitten cookies or warm soup.
Pearl Tavern: Open for dine in on Dec. 31 starting at 11 a.m. The last dinner reservation is at 8:45 p.m. Doors are back open for a full brunch menu on from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.
Q39 (Midtown and Overland Park locations): Both locations are open for dine-in and carry out from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Quiznos: The sandwich chain has a BOGO FREE sub offer on Dec. 31. This might be the perfect (and cheap) option to get something in your stomach before all those New Year’s Eve drinks. See more details here.
Red Door Woodfired Grill: All Red Door Grills are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Stop in at Leawood, Brookside, Overland Park, Liberty or the recently opened location in Lenexa.
Rye (Plaza and Leawood locations): Both locations are offering the regular dinner menu as well as a special menu on New Year’s Eve from 5 to 11 p.m. On New Year’s Day, both locations are open for brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. New Year’s Day Brunch can also be ordered to go from either location.
Story: Dine in from a $1-5 per person prix fixe menu offered on New Year’s Eve. Reservations recommended. The NYE menu is also available for pick up. Closed New Year’s Day.
Subway: Standalone Subway restaurants are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but locations in Walmart stores follow Walmart store hours.
Summit Grill (Gladstone, Lee’s Summit and Waldo locations): Family-sized appetizers and sides to go are available if you’re hosting New Year’s Eve at home. Dine in from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. A full brunch menu is offered New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations accepted. /
Taps on Main: The taps are flowing and food is being served at Taps On Main during normal business hours on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Stop by on either day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Third Street Social: Family-sized appetizers and sides to go are available if you’re hosting New Year’s Eve at home. Dine in from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. There is a full brunch menu offered New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations accepted.
Transport Brewery: Imbibe at the brewery New Year’s Eve from noon to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day from 2 to 11 p.m.
Waffle House: This late night and early morning staple will have most of its locations open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Some may have limited hours, so you might want to call ahead.
The Well: One of Waldo’s favorites is operating on regular hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Dine in from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on either day. Enjoy delivery or carry out from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Wendy’s: Open on New Year’s Day. For a limited time, get two Dave’s Single Spicy Chicken 10-Piece Nuggets, or their new Classic Chicken for $5, or take advantage of one of their 4 for $4 deals. Use the app to get $3 off any mobile order over $15.
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Kansas City Restaurants Open for New Year’s