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

2022? Already? Ring in the New Year with an excellent meal at one of these amazing restaurants in L.A.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Still processing 2021? You’re not alone, but as this year draws to a close amid all the yearly "best of" awards and plenty of Christmas cheer, it’s time to say hello to 2022! And while the second year of a global pandemic calls for a proper sendoff—perhaps, in person finally, at a New Year’s party or most bars around town—plenty of L.A. restaurants are happy to host if you’re in the mood to sit down for a good meal.

Whether you're looking for a high-energy party atmosphere with a live DJ and sparklers, a classy New Year’s Eve dinner or a pulling out all the stops caviar-and-champagne kind of deal, here's where to have dinner on New Year's Eve.

December 27 update: We've added three new Party Atmosphere listings, including more affordable á la carte dinner options at Melody and De La Nonna, and updated the restaurants and bars whose New Year's packages have since sold out.

RECOMMENDED: Our guide to New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

Party Atmosphere (Price Varies)

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Enjoy a four-course prix-fixe meal at our pick for 2021’s best restaurant for outdoor dining, featuring this Mexico City transplant’s well-heated Arts District patio and access to the New Year’s Eve party thrown by Cha Cha Chá’s newly opened indoor bar, La Barra. Start off with mushroom menudo and a chive tamal or the restaurant’s delectable tuna tostada, then feast on charcoal-grilled fish or their must-order steak pa’taquear. Ticket price includes a wine and cocktail pairing for each course, as well as late-night passed appetizers at La Barra and a champagne toast at midnight.

Price: $170 per person plus tax and gratuity (or $60 per person at La Barra, 11pm–2am).

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: Located in the Arts District, De La Nonna is a newly open pizzeria from the same folks behind the pandemic era pop-up of the same name. For those in search of a low key, fully outdoor New Year's Eve party, De La Nonna is throwing a "Nonna-Style" New Year's Get Down, complete with a live DJ from 8pm to 1am and $55 cocktail packages from 10pm onwards. From 5 to 10pm, the restaurant's usual menu of excellent personal-sized focaccia pizzas, raw seafood, salads and Italian desserts will be available, plus a few celebratory add-ons like truffles and caviar.

Price: A la carte.

Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, but a small number of reservations will be available via Resy.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • West Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: One of the best bars across L.A., West Hollywood’s Employees Only will be offering a vegetarian-friendly five-course prix-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner—which includes access to their ’90s themed dance party and a champagne toast at midnight. Choose from scallop ceviche or a celery root and pomegranate beet carpaccio to start, then dine on endives in a brioche crust and a seasonal chanterelle mushroom ragu. For the main course, there’s short rib, halibut or a unique honeynut squash millefoglie option, then port-laced apple pie for dessert. 

Price: $125 plus tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Easily one of the best dinner and nightlife destinations in town, the team behind E.P. & L.P. are offering a Californian-inspired five-course E.P. set menu that includes access to L.P.'s rooftop party, complete with open bar and passed appetizers from 8pm to 10pm. Diners can choose between a caviar tart or oysters as a snack, before moving onto a poached quince kingfish crudo or farmers' market salad topped with blue cheese. Pregame your main entrée (duck or ribeye) with lobster agnolotti before finishing off with a boozy chocolate rum cake with creme fraiche.

Price: Early: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity; Late: $150 plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Eventbrite.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Bel Air
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Ya like jazz? Channel Bee Movie as you ring in 2022 at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill & Jazz, the upscale jazz club and eatery tucked away in Beverly Glen. Each ticket includes a four-course feast starting between 9 and 10pm, as well as the sounds of local live jazz and ska band Angel Town Combo. There’s also bubbly and party favors at midnight, of course. 

Price: $365 per person plus tax and gratuity (or $150 per person for late show only admission).

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Downtown Historic Core

Menu: No matter the occasion, Downtown's Ace Hotel delivers. In conjunction with the hotel's alfresco ticketed rooftop NYE party, the hotel's lobby restaurant, LOAM, will be extending its hours to 1am and offering its regular vegetable-centric menu plus a handful of NYE dinner specials, including caviar service. 

Price: Varies.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Virgil Village

Menu: From 5pm until late, this sceney, yet laidback Virgil Village wine bar will be hosting Balls 'n Bells, a New Year's Eve "thing-a-ding" at their half-indoor wine bar with large heated outdoor patio. Enjoy fancy seafood dishes from Jewish-Mexican pop-up Malli (of pastrami taco fame, though you won't find their usual tacos and tostadas at this event), cowbell-heavy DJ sets and, of course, an illustrious and ever-changing selection of natural wine.

Price: A la carte.

Reservations: None. 

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: This upscale, scene-y Spanish restaurant in West Hollywood—and one of our best new restaurants this year—will be hosting Soulmate Speakeasy to ring in 2022. Instead of traditional tables, the restaurant’s team is converting the entire indoor-outdoor space into a lounge, complete with Chesterfield sofas, parlor seating and a live DJ. Each ticket includes a multi-course tapas menu with Dungeness crab-stuffed piquillos and a lobster and truffle risotto, as well as the regular menu’s must-order spicy tuna paella bites and croquetas de pollo. They’ll also be doing a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.

Price: Early: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity; Late: $275 plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

Classy Dinners ($75 to $199)

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Fairfax District
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: This consistently excellent Fairfax Italian restaurant by chef Gino Angelini will also be offering a dizzying choose-your-own-adventure prix-fixe meal this New Year’s—each appetizer and main course section includes upwards of 10 options. Chef Angelini starts everyone off on the same foot, however, with a traditional Umbrian pork sausage and lentil dish for good luck in the year to come. 

Price: $115 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: Celebrate the end of 2021 at Cobi’s, a cozy, grandma-chic Southeast Asian Santa Monica eatery that’s also one of the best new restaurants this year. The restaurant’s lush, heated patio and antique-decorated interiors are the perfect setting for a chic, more laidback NYE dinner. Expect a one night-only multi-course seafood tasting menu with early and late seatings—the latter of which includes a champagne toast and caviar bump at midnight. 

Price: 5pm: $90 per person plus tax and gratuity; 8:30pm: $115 plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: While the New Year's Eve dinner is already sold out, Enrique Olvera's Downtown restaurant will be bringing his original Mexico City restaurant, Pujol to life in L.A. on December 30 as well for anyone hoping to say goodbye early to 2021 with an upscale modern Mexican feast. In conjunction with Pujol chef de cuisine Jesús Durón, Damian will host a unique six-course prix-fixe menu with 5 and 8pm seatings with an optional drink pairing. 

Price: $150 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy. (Reservations for December 30 open on December 18)

 

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • West Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: Both Gracias Madre’s West Hollywood and Newport Beach locations will be open late for New Year’s Eve and offering champagne at midnight. While reservations are already booking quickly, there’s still a few tables left for anyone looking for excellent cocktails and plant-based Mexican fare to bid adieu to 2021.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Beverly
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Suzanne Tracht’s iconic Beverly Grove steakhouse will be open late and offering its regular menu in its luxurious, lounge-like dining space, plus a few still to-be-announced holiday specials. If you’re looking for a refined dinner to ring in New Year’s Eve, a meal at Jar will more than hit the spot.

Price: Á la carte.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Mid City
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: From December 29 to 31, n/soto, the sibling concept to high-end kaiseki spot n/naka in Palms, will be offering a unique multi-course take on osechi, the traditional Japanese New Year’s jubako box feast. Currently operating as a pop-up at a Japanese American cultural center in Little Tokyo before it transitions to a Central L.A. brick-and-mortar in 2022, n/soto at JACCC begins taking reservations for this on December 10. 

Price: $160 per person plus tax at gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

Ultra Fine Dining ($200+)

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Leaving any meal in the capable hands of celebrated L.A. chef Curtis Stone is a good idea, but that’s especially true for a splurge-worthy steakhouse meal during the holidays. Stone’s Hollywood steakhouse will be offering both early and late seatings for an eight-course prix-fixe meal that includes, in order of appearance, oysters, caviar, charcuterie, truffle soup, endive salad, seafood, steak and a sablé breton citrus tart (courtesy of pastry chef Tamber Weiersheuser). Gwen’s later seating also includes a champagne toast at midnight.

Price: Early: $150 per person plus tax and gratuity; Late: $225 plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Josiah Citrin’s more casual counterpart to his Michelin-starred Melissé will be offering two different five-course menus for early and late seatings on New Year’s Eve. Both include the restaurant’s famous caviar-topped soft-poached egg, white-wine cooked scallops, mascarpone truffle risotto and options of slow-roasted lamb or Snake River Farms ribeye, as well a chocolate and passionfruit dessert. The later seating, however, adds Citrin’s ahh-inducing lobster bolognese—a big-ticket dish for a big ticket night.

Price: $195 per person for early seating and $325 for late seating.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bistros
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: This European-style brasserie on the Sunset Strip (that’s also one of the best new restaurants this year) is offering a lavish, ’90s-inspired celebration three-course dinner for New Year’s. Each seating features warm French pastry bites, their Spago-inspired smoked salmon lavash bread, and truffle-topped oysters. From there, expect even more decadence in the form of a slow roasted beef rib or a prime beef filet, plus supplemental seafood courses. 

Price: $195 per person for early seating and $235 for late seating.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • West Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: One of our favorite new West Hollywood hotel restaurants is sending off 2021 in style, with glittering city views, a live DJ and a six-course tasting menu that includes champagne, caviar and Wolfgang Puck’s show-stopping dessert. Merois will also be offering its a la carte menu from 5 to 8pm.

Price: $350 per adult and $95 for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Sevenrooms.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Santa Monica
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: This Michelin-starred traditional French eatery in Santa Monica will offer a special prix-fixe menu for both early and late seatings, with the latter including an additional foie de poulet course and champagne toast. This New Year’s, head chef Dave Beran is offering a caviar amuse-bouche, halibut meunière and dry-aged rib eye with a truffle périgueux, among other high-end French delights. Diners will also be able to substitute their red meat course for the restaurant’s famous traditional canard press.

Price: Early: $250 per person plus tax and gratuity; Late: $300 plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: There’s no better day to splurge on champagne and caviar than New Year’s Eve, when this upscale West Hollywood caviar boutique and restaurant knows that it’s time to shine. This year, Petrossian will host a 7pm six-course meal that features Imperial Ossetra caviar, a black truffle spaghetti alla chitarra and a filet mignon and lobster among other decadent plates. A supplemental wine pairing is also available for $150.

Price: $450 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Tock.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: Ever wanted to celebrate a masquerade New Year’s Eve at one of L.A.’s most celebrated fine-dining institutions? Now you can. Wolfgang Puck’s flagship Beverly Hills restaurant is saying sayonara to 2021 with a three-course prix-fixe menu and a live “postmodern jukebox” band. Each ticket price includes a New Year’s Day brunch kit for each pair that includes the fixings to make bloody Marys as well as smoked salmon and creme fraiche bagels topped with caviar. 

Price: $350 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity; $275 for seating without direct views of the stage.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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