Thinking of dining out on on of the upcoming holidays? Here's a list of places around Tampa Bay that will be open and offering special menus for Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day or all of the above. Be sure to call ahead to make your reservations and visit their websites for menus and holiday hours. And if all else fails, there's always Village Inn.
AQUAKNOX 7627 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa, 813-281-0000; aquaknox.net. Ring in 2011 at Aquaknox's holiday party and buffet. Includes live music, Champagne toast, and they're even throwing in hats and noisemakers. $75; 7 and 9:30 p.m.
400 BEACH SEAFOOD AND TAP HOUSE 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete, 727-896-2400; 400beachseafood.com. Offering a decadent four-course menu for NYE which includes lobster tails, filet Mignon and a whole list of mouthwatering options. And, you'll be just a hop, skip and a jump from the fireworks spectacle at midnight in Straub Park. $59.95; menu available after 6 p.m. until close.
BELLA BRAVA 204 Beach Dr NE, St. Pete, 727-895-5515; bellabrava.com. If you're in more of a mood for Italian while celebrating on Christmas and New Year's Eves in downtown St. Pete, Bella Brava is serving up holiday specials along with their regular menu.
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-3939; brioitalian.com. After a long day of returning Christmas gifts and redeeming gift cards at the mall, celebrate the end of the holidays at Brio. Offering a seafood- and pasta-filled New Year's Eve menu and complimentary sparkling cider. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
CASSIS AMERICAN BRASSERIE 170 Beach Drive, St. Pete, 727-827-2927; cassisab.com. Indulge in a bistro themed NYE dinner at Cassis. The five-course menu will be served before 7:30 p.m. at $60 per person, and a larger, six-course menu complete with Champagne toast for $90 will be available after 7:30. They're also offering a special New Year's Day brunch with $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT 2117 East 7th Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4961; 800 2nd Avenue N.E. (on the fourth floor of the Pier), St. Pete, 727-822-8000; 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, 727-596-8400; columbiarestaurant.com. You won't worry about having to cook for the holidays as the Columbia is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. On New Year's Eve, they're offering three different dining experiences: dinner with flamenco show, limited a la carte menu and the celebration menu in the Ybor Café. Check locations for hours.
KELLY'S FOR JUST ABOUT...ANYTHING! 319 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-5284; kellyschicaboom.com. Forget a fancy dinner, Kelly's is throwing a whole party for New Year's Eve, featuring the musical stylings of The Black Honkeys, plus a Champagne toast and buffet at midnight. $25 or $125 for a reserved table (incl. a bottle of bubbly); 7 p.m.-?
THE LOBSTER POT BISTRO 731 Bayway Blvd., Clearwater, 727-446-8809; southbeach-grill.com. Living up to their name, the Lobster Pot's NYE feast will include plenty of lobster, as well a lineup of live jazz performances. The 8:30 seating will include a Champagne toast at midnight. $25 admission after 8 p.m. (includes Champagne toast).
MARCHAND'S BAR & GRILLE AT THE RENAISSANCE VINOY 501 5th Ave NE, St Pete, 727-824-8072; marchandsbarandgrill.com. Open for all three occasions, Marchand's will be offering three different holiday menus on each day. Christmas Eve: $50, children $16, 4:30-9 p.m.; Christmas Day: $50, children $16, 1-8 p.m.; New Year's Eve: a la carte dining from 5-6 p.m., celebration dinner seatings between 8-9 p.m., $100 (includes glass of Champagne).
MISE EN PLACE 442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813- 254-5373; miseonline.com. Ring in the new year with Mise's gourmet four-course menu. Seatings before 7:30 p.m: $69; after 7:30 p.m.: $79 (includes Champagne toast).
PALM RESTAURANT 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 813-849-7256; thepalm.com/Tampa. Open Christmas Day and Eve, as well as New Year's Eve with holiday menu specials. Call for more information.
PELAGIA TRATTORIA 2223 N. West Shore Blvd, Tampa (lobby level of the Renaissance International Plaza Tampa Hotel), 813-313-3235; pelagiatrattoria.com. Pelagia is offering two different Italian-inspired, five-course menus for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Christmas Eve: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Christmas Day: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; New Year's Day: 5-10 p.m.
ROY'S 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-873-7697; roysrestaurant.com. If Asian fusion is more to your liking, then you'll definitely want to experience Roy's four-course New Year's Eve menu. It includes old favorites and new creations, including some tasty-looking cocktails.
SAVANNAH'S CAFE 1113 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-388-4371; www.savannahscafe.com. Serving up prime rib and their infamous Turducken, Savannah's will be open on Christmas and New Year's Eves. Call for more information.
SHEPARD'S BEACH RESORT 601 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, 727-441-6875; shephards.com. If it's a holiday, then you know Shepard's will be offering one of their renown buffets. Get the prime rib buffet on Christmas Eve, do the all-day buffet on Christmas Day, or enjoy the New Year's Eve dinner and party package. Call for more information.
SPOTO'S GRILL 131 13079 Park Blvd., Seminole, 727-393-1703; grill131.com. Offering seasonal specials on Christmas and New Year's Eve, and a prixe fixe menu of traditional holiday fare on Christmas Day New Year's Eve. Christmas Eve: 4-10 p.m.; Christmas Day: 1-8 p.m., prixe fixe menus $18.90 and $23.90; New Year's Day: 4-11 p.m., menu $19.90.
TIMPANO ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-254-5870; timpanochophouse.net. What a better way to ring in the New Year than to do so under the stars? Timpano is hosting a red carpet, black and white themed to benefit the Gasparilla International Film Fest. Desserts, bubbly and cigars will be served under the 30 ft. tall, heated tent where you'll be able to dance the night away. Purchase tickets at www.therooftopeve.com. $100; 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
TRADEWINDS ISLAND RESORTS 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; 877-300-5522, tradewindsresort.com. After unwrapping gifts, head over to The Tradewinds to pig out on their Christmas Day buffet. This all-you-can-eat feast will feature traditional holiday fare and a dazzling array of desserts. $39.95, seniors $36.95, children $18.95; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WILDWOOD BBQ AND BURGER AT THE POSTCARD INN 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 800-875-2347; postcardinn.com. If you're wanting a beachside view of the fireworks and a more casual experience on NYE, head to Wildwood BBQ for their three-course menu. What a better way to ring in the new year than with baby back ribs? Call for hours.