New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and for good reason. Nearly every restaurant, bar, and lounge has something interesting cooked up to ring in the New Year. There are a variety of styles - low key fine dining restaurants offering elegant coursed out menus with a Champagne toast to raucous bars and lounges passing around hor d'oeuvres, popping bottles, or mixing drinks late into the night. As such, Eater has compiled the best available New Year's Eve specials in Los Angeles. Most places require reservations and a credit card to hold tables, so call ahead or check websites to secure a spot.Read More
The Complete Guide to New Year's Eve in Los Angeles
1. Caulfield's Bar & Dining Room
There's a three-course dinner prepared by Chef Stephen Kalt for $105 per person, including Classic Lobster Bisque, Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad, Big-Eye Tuna Tartare, Hand Cut Fettucine Alfredo (with truffle addition upon request), Acorn Fed Spanish Pork, Filet Mignon with Lobster Gnocchi, and more. After dinner guests can head to the hotel’s rooftop bar with a 360 panoramic view of the city. Premium open bar and tray passed mini desserts. Tickets are $150 per person but discounted to $100 per person for guests dining in Caulfield’s beforehand. Also consider the Frozen Milk Chocolate Souffle by pastry chef Kriss Harvey.
2. Shade Hotel
There's a New Year’s Eve Casino Royale-themed New Year’s Celebration at Shade Hotel. Tickets for the evening are $75 per person with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash’s namesake nonprofit foundation (www.stevenash.org) that assists underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. Includes hor d'oeuvres, gaming tables, live DJ & dancing, and a champagne toast.
3. Fig & Olive
There's a Four-course prix-fixe dinner available from 6 - 10 p.m. There's a Gold and White party will take place from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Four-course prix-fixe dinner menu (served with a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne) is $150 per person in upper mezzanine & inside patio; $200 per person in main dining room & lounge (excluding wine pairings, tax, and gratuity) Bottle service begins at $105. Dishes include Grilled Langoustine De San Sebastian, Truffle Risotto, Grilled Filet Mignon, and more.
4. Bar Pintxo
For $35 per person, enjoy endless paella and pintxos with tunes by DJ Matt Cronwell and a Cava toast at midnight. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
5. The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
Table reservations at this Santa Monica restaurant on the Promenade. They're $150 per person and includes a seven course tasting menu, three drinks, and a champagne toast.
Michael Voltaggio is doing a special one-night tasting menu inspired from the pages of Salvador Dali Cookbook, "Les Diners de Gala." Les Diners de Gala was published in honor of Dali's wife and love of gastronomy in 1973. It features recipes from some of the day's top chef's in Europe like Alexander Dumas and restaurants like La Tour d'Argent and Maxim's. 12-course menu re-creating a meal as Dali would have liked, through the lens of Chef Michael Voltaggio and Chef de Cusine Cole Dickinson. These will not be literal translations, rather the book will function as the Surrealist inspiration behind the menu. Seatings from 6-10 p.m. priced at $150 per person with $75 wine pairings.
7. The Churchill
There's a 7:30 p.m. Prix Fixe Dinner for $55 per person that includes champagne toast, amuse-bouche and 3 course meal. From 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. is tickets only, with $95 for first 100 sold and $115 after that. $150 at the door, though VIP packages are available. The 7:30 Dinner includes six courses while the The later ticket-only event has an Open bar, buffet of snacks, and champagne toast at midnight.
8. Mr. C Beverly Hills
The evening starts with a Welcome Bellini, then moves onto a Four Course Dinner that features Poached Lobster, Truffle Egg Ravioli, Filet Mignon, and Chilean Sea Bass. There's dancing with tunes by DJ Bobby French. $125 per person.Midnight Champagne Toast$125/person
9. Susan Feniger's STREET @eatatstreet
At STREET, there's a Mystery Murder New Year's Eve dinner. Guests are invited to dine on delicious global dishes while the staff at STREET leads them through a tasty game of "who done it".
10. Picca Peruvian Cantina
Chef Ricardo Zarate hosts a great NYE party with an eight-course dinner including Grilled Shrimp Tartare with rice crackers, wasabi soy dressing as well as Caugua Rellena with stuffed Pervian cucumber, queso fresco, raisins, and aji amarillo honey. There are two seating options available, the first is at 6:00 p.m ($95 per person for dinner and wine pairing) and the second is at 9:30 p.m ($145 per person for dinner, one cocktail, and wine pairing.) To omit the wine pairing, guests can take $25 off the price per person. After 10:30 p.m, there will also be a DJ, and an open bar for an additional $40 per person. Reservations available by calling the restaurant.
Ricardo Zarate will be preparing an eight-course dinner with signature items including Uni and Scallop Tiradito with diver scallops, Santa Barbara sea urchin, leche de tigre, and cilantro as well as Quinoa Fried Chicken with rocoto aioli. 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. ($75 per person for dinner and wine pairing), 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. ($95 per person for dinner, one cocktail, and wine pairing), and 9:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m. ($105 per person for dinner, one cocktail, and wine pairing). To omit the wine pairing, guests can take $20 off the price per person. After 10:30 p.m, there will also be a DJ, and an open bar for an additional $40 per person. Call the restaurant to make reservations.
12. Slater's 50/50
Ring in the New Year with a bang, burgers, and beer, enjoyed alongside “2012 Trivia” [with prizes!] and games like life-sized Jenga, Connect 4, and more! Cap the night off with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and watch the ball drop on the multiple flat screens. Trivia starts at 9 p.m. sharp, and no reservations required.
13. BLT Steak
There's a custom-built $125 four-course tasting menu available, with choices such as Smoked Asparagus Agnolotti, Wagyu Sirloin, Pan Seared Scallops, Crab Mac & Cheese, and Cheesecake encrusted with 24K gold.
14. Little Next Door
From 6 p.m. to late there are bubbles, wine and brew, with a Prohibition-style jazz band and photobooth available. Reservations required.
STK starts off NYE with Magnum Monday’s with Moet on NYE. The décor will be gold, black, sparkles and bubbles. We will have two DJ’s and will have dancers that are dressed / painted in theme and covered in bubbles. Guests can come for a pre-fixe dinner (three seatings) and then stay for the party, where you can purchase a magnum sized bottle of Moet or Belvedere for the price of a regular bottle. Cost is $180 a person.
16. Superba Snack Bar
Chef Jason Neroni cooks up a celebratory family-style meal will be priced at at $75 per person, featuring signature items from Superba’s dinner menu including Superba Fried Chicken; Gnocchi with Spigarello, Pomegranate, and Crispy Shallots; and Lasagne alla Romana with Three Meats, Parmesan, and Tomato Sugo. Reservations required.
Usher in the New Year with style at Providence. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s sumptuous Market Menu will be a multi-course offering that features luxury ingredients befitting their most discriminating guests. Hand harvested diver scallops, maine lobster with black truffle, wild Norwegian cod, pomelo with white chocolate sorbet, fresh huckleberries, and more. $205 per person and $260 with wine pairings. Early Seating-5:30pm and 6:00pmLate Seating-8:30pm and 9:00pm
This Walt Disney Concert Hall fine dining restaurant is offering a 3 course menu for $80, 4 courses for $100 and 7 courses for $160 on New Year’s Eve. The first seating will begin at 4:30 p.m., Gala seating will begin at 7:30 p.m. and a late night a la carte menu will be served starting at 10:30 p.m. A jazz trio will also be performing from 7:30 to midnight.
19. Koi Restaurant
Chef Robb Lucas will create a few specials for the evening with regular dining menu and NO pre fixed menus. DJ DC Joey spinning in the Lounge, which will be converted into a dance floor. They'll pass out party favors (hats, rattlers, and the blow horns etc.) to all guests who stay until midnight, and will end with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
20. The Abbey Food & Bar
The Abbey Food + Bar celebrates New Years Eve with Havana Nights. Come and enjoy the beats of DJ John Joseph and Dawna Montell all night with no cover, or purchase one of our special packages which include open bar and endless appetizers, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $100 tickets; additional tables and packages available.
For NY Eve, Sotto will be offering an $85 4-course prix fixe menu. Guests will be able to choose their four courses from a limited menu of house favorites as well as special holiday dishes and roasts. They'll also be offering two different levels of wine pairings at $40/per person and $60/per person. Finally, enjoy party favors and a celebratory toast at midnight for those seated later in the evening.
22. Red Medicine
Chef Jordan Kahn will prepare a six-course New Years Eve menu. Offering perfectly plated selections like Indian Eggplant, Pork Pate with crispy chicken skin, Crispy Spring Rolls with Dungeness crab, Nantuckett Bay Scallops cured with kaffir lime, Charred Uni with cauliflower custard, Heritage Pork Belly and more. End your night on a sweet note with Chef Jordan Kahn's elevated desserts, like Coconut Bavarois or a Milk Chocolate Cream served in a crispy devil's food 'cage'. Menu available 6pm-11pm. Restaurant open until 2am.
Scarpetta will have a three course menu including champagne toast starting at 6/6:30 p.m. for $85 per person and second seating is a 5 course menu champagne toast at midnight and party favors 9:00 p.m./9:30 p.m. for $150 per person.
24. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub
Rock & Reilly's will have a nice way to ring in the new year with a Midnight Champagne toast for 5 Dublin time zones (4:00 p.m. Dublin, Ireland; 9:00 p.m. Dublin, Pennsylvania; 10:00 p.m. Dublin, North Dakota; 11:00 p.m. Dublin, Idaho; 12:00 a.m. Rock & Reilly's). No cover, party runs 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
25. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
This Bunker Hill steakhouse will be offering a 3 course menu for $75 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Highlights from the menu include Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Caviar Cream and Grilled Rack of Lamb with Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, Parmesan and Kale Puree.
26. Cafe Pinot
This Financial District restaurant in Downtown will be featuring a jazz trio from 7:30p.m. to midnight and a 3 course menu for $70 or 4 courses for $90. Highlights from the menu include Lobster Risotto with Aborio Rice, Crimini Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese and Chocolate-Caramel Mousse Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce, Peanut Butter Gelato and Peanut Brittle.
27. Ray's & Stark Bar
Ray’s & Stark Bar, located at LACMA, will be featuring a DJ on the patio from 7:30p.m. to midnight. The restaurant will be offering a 4 course menu for $75 on New Year’s Eve.
28. City Tavern
City Tavern will start serving dinner at 4:30 PM until 9 PM (reservations recommended) then starting at 10 PM, they'll have a beer garden for an all-you-can-drink all night open bar with 22 draft beers, selected beer bottles, wine and Champagne. Party favors, DJ, midnight champagne toast all included. Tickets are $58 with dinner tickets, $68 without dinner.
29. Delphine / Living Room at W Hollywood
Starting at 9 PM, a red carpet will welcome 2,000 of LA’s finest to the Hollywood hotspot and offer three levels of entertainment each catering to a different clientele: Delphine will feature house music; Living Room/Station Hollywood will play Top 40; and The Great Room will cater to hip hop and R&B aficionados. Tickets start at $100 for the open bar event which will wrap at 2 a.m. with larger packages available .
30. Rush Street
Dinner service starts at 5 PM until 10 PM. The lounge opens at 8 PM with a DJ. They'll have complimentary NYE party favors for you party people. And best of all, no cover! Come and dance your way to 2013.
31. Inn of the Seventh Ray
This Topanga Canyon restaurant will be serving a choice of two festive menus. The regular menu features dishes such as White Winter Truffle Risotto; Turkdukin with Cornbread Stuffing, Maple Yams, and Cranberry Conserve; and Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate Soil, Espresso Ice Cream, and Banana Cinnamon. The special vegan/vegetarian menu offers dishes including Buckwheat Noodles and Kombu; Crisp Faux Duck with Baby Bok Choy, Sauteed Asparagus, and Piquillo Ginger Emulsion; and Almond Milk Crème Brulee.
32. Red O
This West Hollywood restaurant by Chef Rick Bayless will have a festive four-course meal priced at $85 per person. Reservations for the first seating will be taken 6-6:45 p.m. and guests will enjoy celebratory sounds of a classic Mexican guitar trio while they dine. The second seating, with reservations taken 9-10 p.m. and priced at $135 per person, will feature a live DJ, five courses, party favors, and includes a bottle of champagne served at midnight for a champagne toast.
33. Public Kitchen and Bar at The Roosevelt
This gastropub in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will have a six course prix fixe menu with highlights including a Seafood Tower with jumbo shrimp, oysters, clams, and stone crab as well as Lamb Noisette with grilled artichokes and watermelon goat cheese gremolata. The first seating is at 6:00 p.m ($170 per person) and the second is at 9:00 p.m. ($200 per person, including a wristband for entry into the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Saints & Sinners party.
34. Cafe Del Rey
This Westside resto will offer a special three course prix fixe Cal-Mediterranean inspired menu. Showcasing the bounty of fresh ingredients available in Southern California, guests can expect signature dishes including Black Linguini with lobster and caramelized fennel, tarragon, chili flakes, lobster white wine cream as well as Rack of Lamb with fennel puree, acorn squash, roast garlic & goat cheese mash potato, and brandy gastrique. The first seating is at 5:00 p.m ($65 per person) and the second is at 8:30 p.m ($85 per person inclusive of a complimentary glass of champagne for a midnight toast).
35. The Tasting Kitchen
Chef Casey Lane will put together a six-course feast, including festive selections highlighting his take on old-world traditions such as: Saffron Arancini & Gold Flakes; Buckwheat Tajarin, Caviar, and Crème Fraîche; Beef Brasato with Vin Santo Onions, Gnocchi, Black Truffle, and Breadcrumbs; Prosecco Sundae with Oro Blanco Sorbet, Prosecco Granita, Pomegranate Gelée, and Citrus Zest; and Hot Chocolate Pudding with Toasted Hazelnut Ice Cream and Sherry Eggnog Cream.
36. The Parish
$30 Presale includes 1 drink token, passed apps, midnight toast, and guaranteed access while $15 at the door gets you passed apps and a midnight toast at this Downtown restaurant by Casey Lane. Party goes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
37. Petrossian Paris
Petrossian will have an exclusive five course menu ($150 per person) designed and inspired by good luck traditions from around the world. Featured items include a dessert course featuring Yogurt Panna Cotta with Housemade Grape Syrup, Fresh and Roasted Grapes and Granola; grapes are traditional Mexican gifts said to gage the sweetness for the coming year. The acclaimed caviar house also presents its signature caviar line in dishes such as the first course offering of Oyster and Caviar with Housemade Leek Capellini, Lemon, Beurre Monté. Reservations recommended with seatings available from 5 to 10pm on New Year’s Eve.
For $65, enjoy a five course dinner by chef Dakota Weiss, including Meyer Lemon Ricotta Flan, Smoked Carlsbad Mussel, Radish; Cousa Squash Carpaccio, Yuzu-Pumpkin Oil Vinaigrette, Crispy Padron Peppers; Maine Lobster-Coconut Bisque, Grilled Lobster Tail Brochette, Thai Pepper Oil; Cognac Butter glazed Veal Tenderloin, Green Peppercorn Gremolata, and Roasted Bone Marrow; and finish off with a Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart, Passion Fruit Gelee, Espresso Crumble.
This Beverly Hills hotel restaurant has New Years Eve dinners for $75/person, featuring modern twists on classic Italian cuisine.
40. Trattoria Neapolis
Trattoria Neapolis celebrates the new year with a special six-course tasting menu, two seating and live music by Nina Fetter & the Feds. First seating is 5:00pm - 6:30pm for $95 (plus tax and gratuity) and includes a glass of Vintage Prosecco. Second seating is from 8-9:30 p.m. and costs $125 per person.
41. Manhattan Beach Post
In addition to the regular menu, chef David Lefebvre will preparing the following specials: Jumbo Mexican white shrimp, spicy horseradish cocktail sauce, dill, olive oil; Spicy hamachi tartar, pickled cucumber, tapioca chips, tonburi; Thai coconut shellfish soup with shrimp, mussels, kaffir lime; Saikyo miso black cod, adzuki beans, spiced eggplant, pickled ginger; Steamed atlantic lobster, fennel, pee wee potatoes, pernod butter; Charred octopus, tomato date chutney, cured mustafa olives, mint, lemon; White oak grilled lamb chops, creamy semolina, roasted baby carrots, herb crust.
42. Mohawk Bend
Vegan-centric Mohawk Bend will have family style menu priced at $45 per person, which will include a New Year’s beer toast and keepsake glass; dishes from the “Best of Mohawk, 2012 Edition” menu will also be available a-la-carte (without the glass or beer toast). Additionally, local LA blues band Downtown Train will perform beginning at 10pm. Walk-ins welcome, reservations recommended.
Cecconi's is having a “Midnight Masquerade” featuring an indulgent four-course prix fixe menu available at two seatings throughout the evening. From antipasti like the Duck terrine with brioche, sumptuous pastas like the Spiny lobster tortelli, and nuanced entrees like the Prime beef filet with cream of parsnip, porcini & aged balsamic. There's an early dinner seating at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ($80), or a later steaing in the evening with a reservation from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ($125) that comes with a Champagne toast and live DJ.
44. Rustic Canyon
There's a special New Year's Eve family style sharing menu for $85 per person, with a choice of eight plates. Some of the selection include oysters on the half shell, grilled quail, ricotta gnocchi, prime New York steak, warm chocolate hazelnut torte, and passionfruit kouign amman tart. Wine pairings also available.
45. The Bazaar
The Bazaar is hosting a "Spanish Masquerade" ball, with admission for 1, including dining stations, tray-passed tapas and desserts by José Andrés plus hosted cava, red and white wine, and premium hosted bar. There are other VIP packages available.