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Although some years you may love to party it up until sunrise, other years you might prefer a more relaxing way to ring in the New Year. Escape your routine and visit the small seaport town we call Portsmouth. Stay overnight at a luxury waterfront hotel located in historic Olde Towne,. Even if you’re just across the river or a couple of towns over, a quick little getaway for a perfect night for two might be just the answer. From budget-friendly or high end hotels to quaint Air B&Bs, choose the perfect one for your special night. The Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth offers amazing waterfront views you are sure to remember for years to come., Take a short walk from the hotel or inn and enjoy a laid-back dinner at one of our locally owned restaurants. There’s plenty of other things to do too. Local experts will provide tips on the best local attractions and events should youdecide to “go different” and start your new year off with new experiences!
Check out some of these chill and locally owned restaurants in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, VA. Be sure to make your reservations and enjoy the small town experience.
Get a reservation now at this memorable restaurant with old-world charm! Ranked among Hampton Roads’ finest restaurants, Café Europa has been serving European cuisine and fine wines with a side of elegance and romance for over 30 years. They’ve even been recognized in local newspapers and magazines for their artistry cooking. So its safe to say they know a thing or two about making it perfect, you will remember this place for years to come.
Located: 319 High St.
Thai Basil is a great way to enjoy fresh homemade Thai entrees, appetizers, soups, and watch the Ball drop this New Year’s Eve. Here, you’ll enjoy relaxing music in a chill environment with both Indoor or sidewalk seating. You can even bring your own beverages this year or purchase straight from them! There will be karaoke from 9:30pm until the ball drops.
Located: 606 High St.
It’s in the name! Eclectic tapas chosen fresh – it’s elegant and unforgettable. Probably not unlike your New year’s Eve companion! Look for Southern, Creole, and Cajun influences in the menu items, as well as any number of hand-crafted cocktails. Still is a great place to relax and enjoy your evening. A modern day speakeasy with extensive tapas menu, serving meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian options.
Located: 450 Court St.
Fine dining at an affordable price! A great seafood restaurant with plenty of “Turf” options. Patronize this locally owned family business and enjoy a quiet atmosphere and wonderful service. Lobscouser has been a Portsmouth institution since 1987; a place to enjoy burgers steaks, pasta and fresh seafood. This is a must try place if you fancy seafood, offering the best and freshest in the region!
Located: 337 High St.
Soak up the New Years’ Eve cheers and toasts with some great seafood and beautiful waterfront setting overlooking the Elizabeth River and the Norfolk skyline. Fish and Slips offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a selection of raw seafood items. There’s no reason to not let your taste buds enjoy something great this New Years Eve.
Located: 10 Crawford Pkwy
Then add a twist to it by having dinner at a few restaurants, where each course is at a different place. This gives you the opportunity to experience Portsmouth and a variety of different options at each restaurant. What a great way to end a year by trying something Different coupled with some bubbly! Pair that with a stroll along our seawall and a beautiful night view of the gorgeous Elizabeth River, and you have yourself one great New Years Eve to remember! However you choose to spend your evening, the most important thing you could do is to make it meaningful and safe. Here’s to 2023!