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Da Lat Rose tasting menu Crustacean Beverly Hills
Photograph: Courtesy Da Lat Rose Bánh xèo with escargot

Where to have New Year’s Eve dinner in Los Angeles

So long, 2019! Ring in 2020 with a celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner—and a champagne toast, of course.

By Stephanie Breijo
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You know what they say: Out with the old, in with the new. While some of you may be planning to see 2019 off with dancing and drinks at one of the city’s many New Year’s Eve parties around town, others may be looking to chill, sans DJ sets. Thankfully, there’s a happy medium and a dinner out there for everyone at one of L.A.’s best restaurants. From full-on masquerade balls to quiet, low-lit evenings, these spots are offering multicourse meals and New Year’s Eve revelry—many with champagne toasts—that’ll help you welcome 2020 with some of the finest food L.A. has to offer.

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New Year’s Eve dinner options

Alimento

Restaurants Italian Silver Lake

What: Close out the year with a bang and some caviar at one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Zach Pollack’s charming Italian bistro is precisely where to find a caviar-dotted meal in Silver Lake, with a prix fixe that includes the likes of saffron risotto “tots” with caviar ranch dressing; tortellini en brodo with truffles; holiday brisket for two and more. Reserve a seat for the later meal, and you’ll also snag a champagne toast.

Price: $95 per early seating; $125 per late seating

Reservations: 323-928-2888

Stuffed paccheri with bitter greens, béchamel, parmesan and fried sage
Photograph: Courtesy Best Girl/Dylan + Jeni

Best Girl

Restaurants Downtown Historic Core

What: The Ace Hotel is going dramatic—and we do mean that in the strictest sense of the word: This year its restaurant is hosting a NYE dinner on the hotel’s stage. Expect a four-course menu from Best Girl, with options like scallop ceviche with uni, espelette and scallions; prime rib; grilled eggplant with salsa verde and pistachio hummus; truffled arugula salad; and bagna cauda with young winter vegetables. What’s more, every dinner involves cocktail and wine pairings, and even includes access to the Ace’s upstairs dance party (not to be confused with their ballroom dance party).

Price: $200 per person, including party access

Reserve: 213-235-9660

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Bourbon Steak
Photograph: Courtesy Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse Glendale

What: While we head into the future, take a look back at the past with Bourbon Steak’s three-course prix-fixe “Ode to Epicurean Eras” menu, which which features classic dishes from the 18th and 19th centuries, and beyond. Expect oysters Rockefeller with garlic streusel and spinach (1889); aged duck breast and duck-leg confit à l’orange (1960); a 2.5-pound lobster Thermidor (circa 1896, and for a $28 supplement); and family-style sides like cauliflower gratin. And because this is Bourbon Steak, after all, you can find plenty of steakhouse options, such as filet mignon surf and turf, and a 10-ounce wagyu flat-iron steak Diane (both repping 1950). Finish with a way-throwback of cheesecake with winter citrus marmalade (776 B.C.); chocolate cream pie with in the style of “cherries jubilee” (1897); or lemon sorbet (1670). 

Price: $105, with $65 wine pairing available

Reservations: 818-839-4130

Fried cauliflower, laksa and kaya toast at Cassia
Photograph: Rick Poon

Cassia

Restaurants South Asian Santa Monica

What: End 2019 with a bang and a bit of spice thanks to Bryant Ng’s family-style menu of Pan-Asian classics at Cassia. Pick and chooses dishes for the table, includia Ng stalwarts such as the whole grilled sea bass or chickpea curry, and new, festive options like caviar with salted egg-yolk crackers, seaweed crème fraîche and red onions; and spicy duck sesame noodles with scallions. Want to go big? Opt for the meal’s one-night-only beverage pairings, one of which includes sparkling sake.

Price: $95 per person; $20 for beer flight; $45 for wine pairings

Reservations: 310-393-6699 or online

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Da Lat Rose tasting menu Crustacean Beverly Hills
Photograph: Courtesy Da Lat Rose

Crustacean and Dà Lat Rose

Restaurants Seafood Beverly Hills

What: Vietnamese-food legend Helene An and her executive chef, Tony Nguyen, are hosting dinner and a party this New Year’s Eve. The fun begins upstairs in the new Dà Lat Rose, a restaurant whose menu tells the story of the life of An and her childhood in Vietnam, a dangerous escape, and building her culinary empire. Early birds can stop by for a five-course meal between 5 and 6pm, while the night owls can find an eight-course option followed by a party downstairs in the Crustacean space. Whichever you choose, you’ll be enjoying a champagne toast, on the house.

Price: $125 per five-course seating (between 5 and 6pm); $350 per eight-course seating (between 8 and 9pm), which includes entry to the party

Reservations: 310-205-8990 or online

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Bars Wine bars Santa Monica

What: Looking for something a little more casual and wine-centric? Ester’s is opening up its cellar for vintage wine flights, where you can snag three delectable, well-aged pours for $45 with included small-plate and snack pairings. If you’re planning to ring in the New Year at this wine bar—which happens to be one of our faves in town—you’ll get a free champagne toast at midnight with the purchase of any additional food or beverage item. Cheers to that.

Price: $45 per person, with full à la carte menu available

Reservations: 310-899-6900

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Fresh pasta at Jame Enoteca Italian restaurant in El Segundo
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jame Enoteca

Jame Enoteca

Restaurants Italian El Segundo

What: Nothing says end-of-the-year comfort food like plates of pasta, and Jame Enoteca makes some of our favorite noodles in town. On New Year’s Eve, catch a four-course prix fixe—complete with a pre-midnight glass of prosecco—including choices such as macaroni gratin with lobster, gruyere and herbed breadcrumbs; speck tortelli with crispy bresaola, cabbage and poppy seeds; filet mignon with braised short rib and Swiss chard; red snapper with ricotta gnocchetti; and stracciatella with pine nuts, basil purée and Calabrian chilies.

Price: $95 per person

Reservations: 310-648-8554

The NoMad

Restaurants French Downtown Financial District

What: Is there a more luxurious setting to welcome 2020 in L.A.? The lush and velvet-dripping lounge and lobby of the NoMad hotel is the perfect place to spend the whole evening night in style, and your whole evening you shall spend: Begin with a four-course prix-fixe meal in the mezzanine (5–9pm) with dishes including citrus branzino; oysters; carrot tartare; the NoMad’s famed roast chicken breast; and a dramatic baked Alaska. After dinner, for an additional $50 per person, you can join the downstairs party, which involves food, drinks, a live band and a tarot reader all the way until the wee hours of January 1.

Price: $145 per dinner only, with $50 add-on for party access; Party: $185 per person through December 23; $240 per person beginning December 24

Reservations: 213-358-0000 or online

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Josiah Citrin Openaire restaurant at The Line Hotel Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Openaire

Openaire

Restaurants Contemporary American Koreatown

What: Josiah Citrin is celebrating at the LINE with not one but two prix-fixe options. Earlier in the evening, enjoy three courses with dishes such as tuna tartare with avocado and citrus vinaigrette; grilled black cod with sweet soy and wild mushrooms; celeriac tagliatelle with spiced cachew cream; and coffee-crusted New York steak. During the later seating, expect five courses with all of the earlier dishes, plus a few high-end additions. And hey—if you eat too much at either dinner, you can always check in at the hotel and call it a night.

Price: $79 per three-course menu; $165 per five-course menu

Reservations: 213-368-3065

Redbird

Restaurants American creative Downtown Historic Core

What: Chef Neal Fraser’s three-course NYE menu is one we can get behind, with dishes such as cappelletti with pumpkin, brandy molasses and spiced currants; risotto with Maine lobster and uni; and wild boar with red kuri squash, black kale, honey mustard and thyme jus. If you’re in more of a party mood, opt for the $60 second-floor soirée from 9pm to 2am for a DJ set, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast. Better yet, just do both.

Price: $150 per person; wine pairings available for an additional $75 or $95

Reserve: 213-788-1191 or online

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Saddle Peak Lodge
Photograph: Courtesy Saddle Peak Lodge

Saddle Peak Lodge

Restaurants Contemporary American Santa Monica Mountains

What: Ring in 2020 in a classic Hollywood haunt that screams “Old West glamour.” Make like Clark Gable and other industry royalty, past and present, at this rustic lodge where you’ll find a prix-fixe menu of the restaurant’s famous woodsy fare like grilled elk tenderloin; wild-caught fish; and black truffle soup on your white tablecloth. Come for the later seating and enjoy a champagne toast, live music, dancing and other festive fun past midnight.

Price: $95 per early seating (5–7:45pm); $150 per 8:30pm seating, which includes party entry

Reservations: 818-222-3888

WP24 near L.A. Live
Photograph: Courtesy WP24

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

Restaurants Pan-Asian South Park

What: Celebrate the New Year sky-high in Wolfgang Puck’s dim sum den, where you’ll dine on a six-course meal involving some of the finest and fanciest dumplings in the city, followed by an array of desserts—oh, and did we mention the dinner includes bottomless punch? Seatings available from 6 to 10pm.

Price: $169 per person

Reserve: 213-743-8824

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