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

So long, 2017! Ring in 2018 with a celebratory New Year's Eve dinner—and a champagne toast, of course.
Hinoki, Hinoki and the Bird, Hinoki & the Bird New YEar's Eve menu
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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 2017 off with dancing and drinks at one of the city's many NYE 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 NYE revelry—many with champagne toasts—that'll help you welcome 2018 with some of the finest food L.A. has to offer.

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New Year's Eve dinner options

Bars, Cocktail bars

Baldoria

icon-location-pin Little Tokyo

What: As if Baldoria's aces beverage menu didn't make this a great enough NYE pick already, they're offering happy-hour drink prices all night, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and an included buffet from 10pm to 1am, which means you'll be snacking on braised short rib mac and cheese; mini lobster rolls; shrimp skewers with chili-lime butter and other items—hello, foie gras and potato pizza—as you head into 2018. Doesn't sound like a bad start to us.


Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Reserve: 213-947-3329 or buy your tickets online

Baran's 2239
Photograph: Courtesy Baran's 2239
Restaurants, American

Baran's 2239

icon-location-pin Hermosa Beach

What: Hoping to start 2018 in South Bay? From 5 to 11pm, Hermosa Beach's Baran's is offering a five-course prix-fixe menu, complete with champagne toast. How do razor clams in a clam consume with potato-bacon espuma sound? How about black truffle cavatelli with duck confit, black truffles and cured egg yolk? Could we interest you in some persimmon pudding cake with chocolate custard, buttermilk-and-thyme sorbet and mulled persimmon wine sauce? We thought so.


Price: $135; $270 with beverage pairings

Reserve: 424-247-8468 or purchase tickets online

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

Best Girl

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

What: Looking for a NYE menu from one of the city's top chefs, without all the pomp and circumstance? Say no more, fam. Michael Cimarusti—of Providence and Connie & Ted's  fame—is serving up snackable, share-friendly dishes from the regular menu, plus à la carte specials like duck confit poutine or a brisket sandwich from 5 to 11pm at his new restaurant in the Ace Hotel Downtown. Looking for bites closer to the clock's midnight strike? There'll be a late-night menu, too, offered from 11pm til 1am—perfect for those just getting out of the Ace's Dita Von Teese show.


Price: $7-$68

Reserve: 213-235-9660

Bourbon Steak
Photograph: Courtesy Bourbon Steak
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Bourbon Steak

icon-location-pin Glendale

What: Start your year with a bit of luck by way of Bourbon Steak's "Cheers to Luck and Fortune" menu, which whips up globally-inspired dishes that an array of cultures find lucky. Expect chilled soba noodles—which represent long life—served with black truffle dashi and seven-minute "golden" egg;  or caviar parfait with house-cured salmon, crème fraîche, dill, and of course caviar, whose eggs symbolize new life. And because this is Bourbon Steak, after all, find filet mignon with barley risotto—the grains represent abundance—and maitake mushroom.


Price: $95, with $45 wine pairing available

Reservations: 818-839-4130

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Photograph: Courtesy Cal Mare/James Carriere
Restaurants, Italian

Cal Mare

icon-location-pin Beverly

What: The Beverly Center's new California-meets-Italy darling is presenting a special tasting menu for New Year's Eve, where the Adam Sobel-fronted Michael Mina restaurant is whipping up an array of coastal-inspired dishes to end your year on a high note. (We're talking langoustine with persimmon, black walnut and pumpkin; and duck breast with Brussels sprouts, celery root, black truffles and black trumpet mushrooms.) Those not looking to indulge in a full menu can find à la carte options throughout the evening, from 5:30 to 11-ish (with last seating at 10:30).


Price: $150

Reserve: 424-332-4595

E.P. & L.P. Features Prized Australian Wines at 8-Course Pairing Dinner
Photograph: Courtesy E.P. & L.P.
Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

E.P.+ L.P.

icon-location-pin West Hollywood

What: Welcome 2018 in luxury with a decadent, seven-course meal from one of West Hollywood's most vibrant restaurants and nightlife hot spots. On NYE, this Australian-meets-Fijian spin on Asian cuisine includes Calvisus caviar with tapioca crisps, yuzu crème fraîche, chives; kanpachi sashimi with nuoc cham, pickled watermelon, kafir and Fresno chili; lobster in avocado sauce with shrimp "xo" sauce, Thai basil and lime; BBQ duck with warm pancakes, hoisin, scallion and cucumber; Australian Wagyu with kombu butter and lime, and more. 

Want to keep the party going? Say farewell to 2017 with a gorgeous view at E.P. and L.P.'s rooftop masquarade party ($100 per person), complete with appetizers, DJ sets and even an open bar from 8-10pm.

Price: $125

Reservations: 310-855-9955

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Estrella in West Hollywood
Photograph: Courtesy Estrella
Restaurants, American creative

Estrella

icon-location-pin West Hollywood

What: Indoor-outdoor gem Estrella is offering a truly enticing NYE option: an all-you-can-eat, walk-around Italian market and open bar from 8 to 11:30pm, with a dessert station at 12:30........... sorry, we just got lost in thought thinking about its carving station featuring leg of lamb, rotisserie chicken and prosciutto, and an entire section devoted to pasta and risotto. Where were we? Oh right, the $235 VIP ticket ticket that also gains you access to its MA Lounge for a late-night champagne toast.

Price: $195 and $235

Reservations: Buy your tickets online here.

Hinoki, Hinoki and the Bird, Hinoki & the Bird New YEar's Eve menu
Photograph: Courtesy Hinoki & the Bird/ForkedUp
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Hinoki & the Bird

icon-location-pin Century City

What: Hinoki & the Bird's two-seating option is a truly delicious NYE choose-your-own-adventure tale. If you pick the early seating (5-7:30pm, $75), receive four Vietnamese-inspired courses; if you pick the later seating 8-10:30pm, $105), receive five. Whichever you pick, expect items such as buckwheat soba with uni and trout roe; snapper sashimi with sudachi and barrel-aged soy; and American wagyu beef with roasted maitake mushrooms.


Price: $75 and $105

Reservations: 310-552-1200

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Laurel Point
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Randy B. 
Restaurants, Seafood

Laurel Point

icon-location-pin Studio City

What: Looking for a celebration that's seafood-centric? Head to Laurel point for a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes lobster chowder, crab-crusted mahi, braised short ribs and more. Still not sold? What if we told you each ticket also includes a complementary oyster shooter and champagne toast? We'll see you there.


Price: $65

Reservations: 818-769-6336

Restaurants, French

Patina Restaurant

icon-location-pin Downtown

What: Who ever said you can have too much of a good thing? Patina's offering a range of dining options this New Year's Eve,  including a $110 three-course meal, a $125 four-course menu and a $180 eight-course prix-fixe, all including dishes along the lines of Santa Barbara sea urchin, truffle risotto, foie gras, Snake River Farms Wagyu and more. There's also flexible timing: Choose between a 4:15 to 5pm seating, a 7pm seating, and lastly a 10pm seating, which offers an à la carte menu.


Price: $110-$180, à la carte pricing also available

Reservations: 213-972-3331

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Restaurants, American creative

Redbird

icon-location-pin Downtown

What: Chef Neal Fraser knows how to close out the year with a bang, offering not only a dinner but an additional party. Redbird's four-course NYE menu is what dreams are made of: dishes such as risotto with North Sea shrimp, Meyer lemon and sea urchin espuma; oysters with caviar, kohlrabi kraut and sesame crema; sticky toffee pudding with candied kumquat, toffee sauce, vanilla bean ice cream; and beef tenderloin with celery root, marrow flan, escarole and a porcini gremolata. (Pinch us.) If you're in more of a party mood, opt for the second-floor soirée from 8pm to 1am for a DJ set, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast. Better yet, just do both.


Price: Dinner: $125, with optional wine pairings for an additional $75 or $95. Party: $55, inclusive of food and a champagne toast at midnight; additional drinks available for purchase.

Reserve: For dinner, call 213-788-1191 or book your seat online. For the party, purchase tickets on the web.

Photograph: Courtesy RossoBlu
Restaurants, Italian

Rossoblu

icon-location-pin Downtown Fashion District

What: Chef Steve Samson's rustic and artful Arts District pasta haven is serving a four-course, prix-fixe, Bolognese-inspired meal, where meat and seafood dishes come fresh off a grill we suggest you oggle from the chef's table.


Price: $125, with $45 wine pairing option available

Reserve: 213-749-1099

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Saddle Peak Lodge
Photograph: Courtesy Saddle Peak Lodge
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Saddle Peak Lodge

icon-location-pin Santa Monica Mountains

What: Ring in 2018 in an Old Hollywood setting that screams "Old West glamour." Find the restaurant's regular dinner service from 5 to 8pm, or make a reservation for the later seating—8pm, on—where you'll find live music and a prix fixe menu that'll place blinis with caviar; grilled elk tenderloin; seared foie gras; wild tuna; and black truffle soup on your white tablecloth. 


Price: $150

Reservations: 818-222-3888

Restaurants, Italian

Sotto

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

What: Those looking for Steve Samson's cuisine without the trek Downtown should turn to longtime gem Sotto, where chef de cuisine Craig Towe is whipping up a four-course Italian meal that includes cacio e pepe arancini; mushroom risotto with chestnuts, brown butter, sage and Parmigiano Reggiano; and roasted halibut with sunchokes, roasted grapes, pine nuts and rosemary.


Price: $85, with $40 wine pairing option available

Reserve: 310-277-0210

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Restaurants, Californian

Spago of Beverly Hills

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

What: For those who like their world-class meals with a bit of color, Spago is your destination on New Year's Eve, when the storied restaurant will host its first ever masquerade ball—complete with one of the most tantalizing menus you'll find to close out 2017. Between 8 and 10pm—at $285 per person—feast on a three-course meal featuring  sashimi; pan-roasted Jidori chicken with black truffles; and a slow-roasted rack of veal before the party starts. This seating includes party favors, a welcome champagne toast, a DJ set, and of course Spago's traditional 1am breakfast buffet. Wear your finest mask, because the winner of the best-mask contest takes home a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon.

For those simply looking to enjoy a meal, sans fanfare, reserve a spot in the earlier seating—5 to 6:30pm, at $135—for a three-course meal that includes charred-octopus ceviche, Dungeness crab salad, and risotto with Maine lobster.


Price: $135 or $285

Reservations: 310-385-0880

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