Celebrating the New Year in Las Vegas fashion, AOC will have a buffet and an Elvis look-alike. The first seating offers a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes wood-oven-baked cannelloni and petrale sole with caramelized endive. $75, reservations at 6 to 6:30 p.m. The second seating includes a buffet with shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs and charcuterie, along with the four-course menu. $100 (dancing and a Champagne toast are on the house), reservations at 9 to 9:30 p.m.
8022 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 653-6359; http://www.aocwinebar.com.
The four-course dinner features lamb leg and rib chop with polenta and rapini, ravioli with ricotta and stinging nettles and walnuts, and Monterey Bay fish soup with fennel pollen. $85 and $115 with wine pairing. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 467-3293; http://www.ammocafe.com.
The Asian cafe is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu, along with regular a la carte service. Course offerings include miso-braised short rib with kabocha squash, duck with cranberry chutney and pecan red rice, and regular menu choices of both large and small plates. $45 for the four-course meal. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
3280 Helms Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 838-7500; http://www.beacon-la.com.
The Santa Monica and downtown locations will both have a four-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the black Mission fig quesadilla, making room for a seafood paella or Oaxacan strip steak with mole Colorado. $45, with $5 wine pairings. The downtown location has a free shuttle to several entertainment venues.
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-1655; and 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213) 486-5171; http://www.bordergrill.com.
Come in for the four-course prix-fixe and stay for music by Chuck E. Weiss. The menu begins with fennel soup, moving on to choices of goat cheese ravioli or grilled sea scallops with a lobster butter béarnaise. $65. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and live music will start at 9:30 p.m.
624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 938-1447; http://www.campanilerestaurant.com.
Church & State
A five- or six-course prix-fixe menu includes party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start with malpeque oysters and finger limes, sautéed bay scallops with sunchokes and foie gras, and rib-eye with hen of the wood mushrooms and truffle jus. Dessert? Croquembouche. There are two seatings: the five-course prix-fixe from 6 to 8 p.m. for $65, and the six-course at 8:30 to 11 p.m. for $90.
1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434; http://www.churchandstatebistro.com.
Three New Year's Eve seatings for a three-course menu: Main course choices include diver sea scallop with celery root and black truffle or a poached buffalo tenderloin with citrus and hazelnuts. The first and second seating cost $85 and start at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., respectively. The third seating costs $105 and includes a Champagne toast, starting at 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.
10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 279-4180; http://www.craftrestaurant.com.
Chaya rings in the new year with themed menus: French La Fete at Chaya Venice, the roaring '20s at Chaya Beverly Hills, and Shanghai nights at Chaya downtown. Entertainment for the evening reflects the theme. At Chaya Venice, a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 for the first seating, 5 to 7 p.m. and four-course menu and Champagne toast, starting at 9 to 9:30 p.m., for $135. Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills is serving a four-course menu for $75 at its first seating, 6 to 7 p.m. and five courses with Champagne toast at the second seating, 9 to 9:30 p.m., $135. Chaya downtown presents a four-course menu from 5 to 10 p.m. for $75, with lion dancers.
110 Navy St., Venice, (310) 396-1179; 8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 859-8833; and 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577; http://www.thechaya.com.
New Year's Eve at Drago Centro brings five courses with an optional wine pairing: Scallop carpaccio paves the way for Dover sole, followed by duck agnolotti with foie gras foam and more. $70, plus $45 for the wine pairing. Dinner is available Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, starting at 5 p.m.
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles; (213) 228-8998; http://www.dragocentro.com.
First and Hope
Alain Giraud, former chef of Anisette, is making a special appearance, giving diners a taste of things to come at his planned restaurant Maison Giraud. Three prix-fixe menus emphasize French cuisine with egg and caviar, beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and black truffles sauce, and a turbot filet with leeks and Champagne sauce. The first seating takes place at 4:30 to 5 p.m. for $85 and consists of three courses, the second at 7:30 to 8 p.m. for $120 and four courses, and the last seating is at 10:15 p.m. for $95 and three courses. Festivities include party favors, a best cocktail-dress contest and a free Champagne toast.
710 W. 1st St., Los Angeles; (213) 617-8555; http://www.firstandhope.com.
New Year's is celebrated with a masquerade ball and a three-course menu including coffee-dusted New York steak with a bourbon Worcestershire sauce and crawfish beignets with tomato preserve. Live music, masks and beads come with dinner. $75. Dec. 31, from 5 p.m.
555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente; (949) 361-2855; http://www.ivalees.com.
Two dinner options usher in the New Year at Joe's: a three-course meal for $65 until 9 p.m. or a tasting menu with specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast for $110 from 9 p.m. until midnight. Dishes include a tortellini of rabbit with offal gelée, lobster and leek shepherd's pie and a honey date fritter with butterscotch sauce and a chocolate pot de creme.
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 399-5811; http://www.joesrestaurant.com.
La Cachette Bistro
Celebrate New Year's with a tapas-style evening at La Cachette, such as roast beef tartine with horseradish, shrimp-ginger ravioli and "pecan pie" salad with endive and blue cheese, from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Appetizers will be $4 to $13 and main courses $13 to $24. Tapas come with pitchers of mojitos, sangria or margaritas for $24. Dinner service stops at midnight, but dessert and drinks go until 2 a.m.
1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 434-9509; http://www.lacachettebistro.com.
La Grande Orange
Come in your pajamas and bring a big appetite to LGO on New Year's Day to get a gift certificate equal to the price of your meal. For anyone not bold enough to wear their PJs, mimosas and Bloody Marys are still only $5 all day. Brunch on Jan. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2000 Main St., Santa Monica; (310) 396-9145; http://www.lagrandeorangesm.com.
The Little Door
New Year's Eve dinner features duck foie gras with shaved black truffles and lingonberry sauce, lobster with a tangerine and ginger sauce, and croquembouche and nougatine for dessert. Two seatings, starting at 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at 7:45 p.m. Dinner at the seating costs $95 and includes a glass of Cremant de Bourgogne. The second seating costs $135 and comes with a glass of Champagne. Festivities go on all night, starting with the magic and a craps table and finishing with a DJ-saxophonist combo.
8164 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 951-1210; http://www.thelittledoor.com.
Mélisse has two New Year's Eve dinner seatings. The first seating, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., features a three-course menu with options such as lemon-crusted Dover sole and prime rib, for $140. There's a six-course menu for the second seating, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., with choices such as seared foie gras with glazed pineapple and pistachio crumble, for $250. The second seating includes music and dancing.
1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica; (310) 395-0881; http://www.melisse.com.
Featured dishes are seared foie gras with roasted pear and chutney, crispy pork belly with parsnip ravioli, and seasonal oysters with cara cara orange granite. Reservations for the first seating are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; second seating, 8 to 10 p.m. The first seating consists of a five-course tasting with a glass of Champagne for $95. The second seating offers free-flowing Champagne and a six-course tasting menu, $175.
1147 3rd St., Santa Monica; (310) 451-0843; http://www.michaelssantamonica.com.
Pourtal is featuring a special "bottomless" glass of bubbly for $20.11. The bar opens at 4 p.m., and a two-drink minimum is required before 9 p.m. The wine bar closes at midnight.
104 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 393-7693; http://www.pourtal.com.
Providence is showcasing a New Year's Eve eight-course tasting menu, including Wagyu-style beef, agnolotti with porcini and black truffle, and sea scallops with caviar. $180 per person ($250 with wine pairing). First seating, 5:30 and 6 p.m. Late seating, 8:30 and 9 p.m.
5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 460-4170; http://www.providencela.com.
A New Year's Eve family-style menu offers eight small plates for each table and a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Small plate choices include wild albacore crudo with green olives and fennel; lamb meatballs with yogurt, pickled chiles and mint; and apple quince crostata. $75. From 5:30 p.m.
1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 393-7050; http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com.
Chef Paul Shoemaker has put together a special New Year 's Eve menu, with seatings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Think surf-and-turf courses of steelhead with Belgian endive and blood orange and prime sirloin with a potato pavé and bordelaise sauce. The menu costs $55, and wine pairings come at an additional $25. A la carte service is available as well.
29169 Heathercliff Road, Malibu; (310)-589-8997; http://www.savorymalibu.com.
Stefan's at L.A. Farm
A five-course tasting menu includes ballotine of Dover sole with Arctic char and caviar crème fraiche, a sunchoke mash and curry foam with micro arugula, and a trio of chocolate. Two seatings: 5:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to midnight. The first seating costs $55, and the second is $79. DJ and dancing.
3000 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 449-4000; stefansatlafarm.com.
The new Marina del Rey restaurant has prepared a tasting menu to showcase many of its modern preparations. Dishes such as chicken-fried watermelon and pork belly with root beer jello are interspersed with more traditional fare of grilled polenta and asparagus or duck with dried cherries and a red wine reduction. Taking reservations between 5 and 9:30 p.m. $75 and $125 with wine pairings.
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey; (310) 823-5333; http://www.jamaicabayinn.com/dining.
Waterloo & City
New Year's Eve dinner features dishes such as tuna tartare and fried piquillo pepper, sea bass with squash and onion confit or a New York steak with red wine sauce, and a creamed spinach tart. There are two seatings: 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. The first offers a three-course menu for $45, and the second a four-course menu for $65 that includes a Champagne toast and caviar.
2517 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 391-4222; http://www.waterlooandcity.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun