New Year's fare is more festive than ever at the following District establishments, which are serving special menus, including buffets and brunches. Restaurant specialties and price ranges are noted.

AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to serve spirits, wine and beer. "Reservations" indicates that they are required, and "Children" indicates that a reduced-price children's menu is available.

The Courtyard Cafe', in the Sheraton Washington Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. Tel.: 328-2000. Hours for New Year's Eve buffet are 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. New Year's Day hours are 7 a.m. to midnight, with a special dinner served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Street, commercial or valet parking. Full bar. No reservations. Prix fixe is $220 per couple, tax and gratuities inclusive, for the New Year's Eve buffet, which includes a bottle of champagne at midnight, overnight lodging with wine and cheese in the room, overnight parking and a New Year's Day brunch. Prix fixe is $12.50 per adult for the special New Year's Day dinner. No children's menu. New Year's Eve band is The Hubcaps, who'll be performing a '50s Revue.

Foggy Bottom Cafe', 924 25th St. NW. Tel.: 338-8707. New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner, $24.95 per adult with no children's menu, will be served from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. New Year's Day brunch, with entrees ranging from $5.95 to $8.95 will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and New Year's Day dinner with entrees ranging from $7.95 to $14.95 will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Street parking. Full bar. Reservations.

Four Ways Washington Restaurant, 1701 20th St. NW. Tel.: 483-3200. "New Year's Eve Classique" will go from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Street, commercial and valet parking. Full bar. Reservations. Prix fixe is $75 per person, excluding beverage, tax and gratuity. No children's menu. Balloons and music will be provided. The Diamond Strings will provide classical dance music and a Scottish midnight toast will be accompanied by the bagpipes of Pipe Major Charles Glendinnig. Rare vintage champagne will be available for the toast.

Georgetown Bar and Grill, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW (between N and Dumbarton streets). Tel.: 337-7777. Hours for New Year's Eve, 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (seating for dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. on) and New Year's Day brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Street and valet parking. Full bar. Reservations. New Year's Eve dinner is $45 per adult for a five course meal with champagne. New Year's Day prix fixe brunch is $14.95 per adult for a three-course brunch with unlimited champagne. Entrees from the regular or a la carte menu also will be available for $6.95 to $12.95 per person. No children's menu. Live band and dancing on New Year's Eve. A pianist will play during the brunch.

Houlihan's Old Place, 3222 M St. NW. Tel.: 342-2280. New Year's Eve hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., with the lounge open until 2 a.m. New Year's Day hours are noon to 11 p.m., with brunch served from noon to 3 p.m. and the lounge open until 2 a.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Street and commercial parking. Full bar. Reservations. Prix fixe is $46.50 per person for the New Year's Eve gala, which begins at 10 p.m. includes a choice of prime rib or twin lobster tails with vegetables, a bottle of wine, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a complimentary brunch on New Year's Day. New Year's Day a la carte brunch entrees range from $4.95 to $9.95. Children. A disc jockey will work New Year's Eve on the dance floor.

The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tel.: 347-3000. Hours for New Year's Eve dinner will be 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and for New Year's Day brunch will be 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cards: AE, MC, V. Street, commercial and valet parking. Full bar. Reservations. Prix fixe for New Year's Eve is $49 per couple; no children's price. Prix fixe for New Year's Day brunch is $18.50 per adult, $13.50 per child under 12. The New Year's Eve package for couples includes the house's choice of a bottle of wine or champagne, packaged party favors and a five-course dinner. Champagne served with dinner and brunch. A harpist will provide music on both days.