New Year’s Eats


Can you believe it? 2011 is nearly in the books. No need to get weepy-eyed. Plenty of L.A.’s restaurants are toasting to the year that was and looking forward to a tremendous 2012 (assuming that whole end-of-the-world thing is all hype). Free champagne helps the festive mood at most places, as will performers on stilts dazzling the crowd at one downtown rooftop French bistro. May old acquaintance beeeee forgot…. 


*All times December 31 unless noted otherwise



Bali is Chef Akasha Richmond’s inspiration for the New Year’s Eve menu at her Culver City restaurant. A four-course meal will be offered at two times. The latter seating will also include live music humming from the George Gilliam Band. A few menu highlights include lime-grilled prawns with green papaya, cherry tomatoes, and a mango blossom honey dressing; and short ribs rending with sambal potatoes and bok choy. You can nibble on Balinese pickles and kaffir lime cashews while the food cooks. 


First seating

Price: $65 per person (includes glass of champagne)

Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. 

Reservations: Call 310-845-1700


Second seating

Price: $95 per person (includes live music, champagne toast)

Time: 9 – 10:30 p.m. 

Reservations: Call 310-845-1700


9543 Culver Blvd. 

Culver City, 90232

BOA Steakhouse (two locations)


West Hollywood 


The Sunset Boulevard spot offers two seatings, a four-course meal, and live entertainment with a DJ. The menu features goat cheese baklava and 40-day dry-aged New York Strip. 


First seating 

Price: $95 per person 

Time: 6 – 7 p.m. 


Second seating

Price: $165 per person 

Time: 9 – 9:30 p.m.

Reservations: Call 310-278-2050 or visit


Santa Monica 


A three-course “Surf-and-Turf” meal featuring pan-seared scallops with truffle foie gras risotto, and chipotle-coffee braised short ribs will greet diners to the seaside spot. 


Price: $75 per person 

Time: Open seating

Reservations: Call 310-899-4466 or visit



Café del Rey


Diners can choose from two seatings to ring in 2012. Chef Daniel Roberts has crafted a menu that showcases the seaside spot’s seafood focus such as lobster Thermidor and barramundi with Brussels sprouts, cippolini onions, pomme dauphine and pomegranate; but also suits beef aficionados with a Prime center-cut rib eye with braised beef ravioli, garlic spinach and an Amarone béarnaise. 


Price: $65 per person (three courses); $95 per person (three courses, sparkling wine)

Time: 5:30 p.m. early seating; 8:30 p.m. late seating (both on December 31)

Reservations: 310-823-6395 or visit 


4451 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, 90292


Casa del Mar 

The Santa Monica hotel is ready to party like it’s, well, 2012. Executive chef Jason Bowlin has crafted menus for two seatings. What’s more, the group Full Spectrum will perform throughout the night in the Lobby Lounge ($40 admission). The early menu includes oysters on the half shell, foie gras terrine, grilled filet mignon with lobster crushed potatoes, and Maine lobster with pumpkin risotto and Moroccan curry. Diners for the second seating will be treated to black truffle tortellini, maple-roasted game hens with Tuscan  kale, striped bass with melted leeks and a Meyer lemon tart with raspberries and crème fraiche. 


Price: $85 per person for early seating; $185 per person for late seating

Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. (early seating); 8 p.m. (late seating) 

Reservations: Call 310-581-7714


1910 Ocean Way

Santa Monica, 90405


Fig + Olive


Executive chef Pascal Lorange and team will be up to their arms in figs, which will appear in more than a few dishes for the night’s meal. The four-course feast will precede a night of dancing. Guests can fuel up on grilled langoustine with artichoke tapenade and smoked pimenton olive oil; fig foie gras terrine with pear chutney; a roasted butternut squash cappuccino; striped bass with charmoula, cumin and celery root puree emulsion; and grilled filet mignon with sautéed black trumpet mushrooms, gratin dauphinois and fig chutney. Save room for the desserts, which include a champagne mousse with raspberry sorbet. Fig + Olive will also be open New Year’s Day for dinner at 6 p.m.


Price: $150 per person

Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

Reservations: email: [email protected]


Fig + Olive

8490 Melrose Pl.

West Hollywood, 90069





Owner Suzanne Tracht and executive chef Preech Narkthong have come up with a celebratory menu featuring truffled celery root soup with braised celery hearts ($15); gnocchi with chanterelles and lobster ($18); oxtail consommé with oxtail-pumpkin dumplings ($13); and “surf ‘n turf,” a Maine lobster tail with roasted prime rib eye cap and truffle jus ($45). Menu items are a la carte. 


Price: A la carte 

Time: Beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations: Call 323-655-6566 or visit



8225 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90048


Locanda del Lago 

Got plans for New Year’s Eve? Well, if the final day of 2011 is booked but you still want to try Locanda del Lago’s festive meal, don’t fret. The Santa Monica northern Italian spot will offer a five-course feast on both December 31 and January 1, along with plenty of champagne, Prosecco, even dancing and a DJ. Executive chef Gianfranco Minuz’s menu includes  Muscovy duck pâté with white truffles and white asparagus and Fontina fonduta, sea bass tortelli in seafood-tomato bouillabaisse, roast leg of lamb with spiced blueberry compote, and dark chocolate mousse with Guanduja hazelnut cake. After all that food, busting a move on the dance floor would be a good idea. New Year’s Eve will also include $25 bottles of Pommery Pop Splits. Diners can choose off a la carte menus on both days. 

December 31 

Price: $89 per person (includes complementary glass of Prosecco); $139 per person (includes bottomless Pommery Champagne)

Time: 9-11 p.m. (limited a la carte menu available from 4 – 8 p.m.) Cash champagne and sparkling wine bar will also be open 

Reservations: Call 310-451-3525

January 1 

Price: $89 per person (includes complementary glass of Prosecco); $139 per person (includes bottomless Pommery Champagne)

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (limited a la carte menu available)

Reservations. Call 310-451-3525 

Locanda del Lago 

231 Arizona Ave.

Santa Monica, 90401



It’s New Year’s Eve, so you want to have options. In that spirit, Ombra is offering three seatings to raise a glass for the final day of 2011 and first few hours of 2012. The 5 and 7 p.m. seatings will have four-course meals while the 9 p.m. has a six-course dinner. The menu includes cavatelli with Dungeness crab, sweet onions and arugula; cream of cauliflower soup with truffle “caviar”; and branzino filet with roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts with salmoriglio sauce. Reservations are required for all seatings and jackets are preferred. 


Price: $75 ($35 more for wine pairings) 5, 7 p.m.; $95 with champagne toast ($45 more for wine pairings) 

Time: 5, 7, 9 p.m. seatings

Reservations: Call 818-985-7337


Ombra Ristorante

3737 Cahuenga Blvd.

Studio City, 91604


Malibu Café


Barbecue and champagne might not appear like they were meant for one another, but when you pair them with an open-air setting within a 130-acre Malibu ranch, suddenly the two can become best friends. Toast the final day of 2011 with a five-course feast that includes lobster ravioli with a sweet corn sauce, and wild Alaskan salmon with roasted endive and carrot sauce. For New Year’s Day, diners can nosh on a brunch buffet that features a hash brown station for the spud fans, a bellini bar and blueberry French toast to name a few. 


December 31

Price: $55 per person (includes glass of champagne) 

Time: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Reservations: Call 818-540-2400


January 1 

Price: $34 per person (kids 10 and younger are free)

Time: 10 a.m. – close

Reservations: Call 818-540-2400


327 S. Latigo Canyon Rd. 

Malibu, 90265



Manhattan Beach Post 


Toast the New Year with a deep breath of the sea air and perhaps, truffles, at David LeFevre’s (formerly of Water Grill) post. If you’re feeling like splurging, add 3 grams of white truffles for $55 or 6 grams of the black ones for $35 to potato gnocchi or housemade ricotta. Special New Year’s bites include lobster orrecchiette gratin with sea urchin; and lamb chops with herb polenta and tomato-pine nut gremolata.


Price: A la carte

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Reservations: Call 310-545-5405


Manhattan Beach Post

1142 Manhattan Ave.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266




Dinner is only part of the equation at the Mediterranean small plates spot on La Cienega Boulevard. The three-course small plates menu concocted by Chef Micah Wexler includes wood-oven Cornish hen with za’atar and delicata squash with dates and molasses. 

If you want to stay late, there will be an open bar and music to bust a move to. 


Price: $65 per person ($35 extra for wine pairings) 

Time: First seating: 6 – 8:30 p.m.; Second seating: 8:45 – 11 p.m.; Music and open bar ($35) 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Reservations: Call 310-657-4103


401 N. La Cienega Blvd. 

Los Angeles, 90048 





Endless champagne and live music beginning at 9 p.m. should provide ample time to swing into party mode by the time midnight hits. Michael McCarty will offer a prix-fixe six-course menu (two choices per course) beginning at 8 p.m. Options include Manchester Farms quail with cornbread stuffing, arugula, lardons and sweet onion velouté; and dover sole with black truffle potato puree, black trumpet mushrooms, haricots verts and a Parmesan aioli. Reservations are required. A five-course meal beginning at 5 p.m. will also be offered. 


Price: $95 per person (includes one glass of champagne), for 5 p.m.; $175 per person (endless champagne) for 8 p.m. 

Time: See above

Reservations: Call 310-451-0843


1147 Third St. 

Santa Monica, 90403

Il Covo


The ball in New York might drop, but that’s hardly the case at Sean MacPherson and Jared Meisler’s West Hollywood Italian post. The place is ready to welcome diners with a four-course prix-fixe dinner. Customers may also select a la carte from the menu, which includes lobster with sea urchin and porcini mushrooms for an antipasti; scallop ravioli with caviar and pistachio semifreddo to top off the night, along with that glass of bubbly. 


Price: $65 for prix-fixe menu ($40 more with wine pairings)

Time: 5 p.m. to close

Reservations: Call 310-858-0020


Il Covo

8700 W. 3rd St. 

Los Angeles, 90048




Keeping in tune with Perch’s elevated address, “The Stilt Circus” will perform for guests throughout the night’s three seatings. The three-course meal includes a glass of champagne at the French bistro overlooking Bunker Hill. General admission is $60 with a champagne toast.


Price: $75 first seating; $100 second seating; $125 third seating 

Time: 6 – 6:30 p.m.; 8 – 8:30 p.m.; 10 – 10:30 p.m. 

Reservations: Call 213-802-1770


448 Hill St. 

Los Angeles, 90013 





To toast the new year, diners will enjoy a pisco sour shot halfway into their six-course, family-style meal. Ricardo Zarate’s Peruvian spot on Pico Boulevard will be serving traditional shrimp chowder, croqueta de sangrecita (it’s just fun to say), fried morcilla (Spanish blood sausage)) with mustard dressing, octopus tiradito with a citrus-olive dressing and camarones ala parrilla or grilled black tiger prawns with homemade pasta. Dessert is a surprise. A live salsa band will help get your groove on after 10 p.m. So much to toast! A credit card is required for booking.


Price: $95 per person for first seating (includes wine pairings and cava toast); $145 per person for second seating (includes wine pairings, cocktail and cava toast) 

Time: 6 – 7 p.m. (first seating); 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. (second seating)

Reservations: Call 310-277-0133 or e-mail [email protected] 



9575 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90035





A Japanese café serving Mexican food? Whatever the reason, the menu sounds yummy and suitable to fuel up after a night of reveling. The Culver City café will open its doors on New Year’s Day and serve housemade Soju margaritas and Mexican fare such as huevos rancheros, chilaquiles with rib eye, and chiles nogadas (poblanos stuffed with brown rice, peach, pear, tomato, almonds, and raisins) with a walnut sauce. Guests can browse the 10,000 square-foot art exhibit space and retail shop and listen to DJ Kit Kaboom.


Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. January 1 

Reservations: Call 310-559-6300. Walk-ins are welcome. 


8910 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, 90232





Yay, we’re stoked to find a party that includes the kids. Savory restaurant in Malibu will host a fun night of dancing, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a Laser light show, for this semi-formal fêté. A portion of proceeds from admission and childcare will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, which is offering babysitting for $20 per child 5 and older. The kids will be treated to pizza and Martinelli’s sparkling cider. For the adults, there will be a complementary entrance cocktail, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. Dress in your best duds for this one. 


Price: $125 per person 

Time: 9 p.m. December 31 – 2 a.m. January 1

Reservations: Call 310-589-8997 or visit http://[email protected] 


 29169 Heathercliff Rd.

Malibu, 90265


The Six 


The Studio City outlet of the original West L.A. post is keeping it simple, with its standard dinner menu and endless champagne. Nosh on “The Six Burger,” which comes with onion rings, blue cheese and Thousand Island on a brioche bun, or the short rib veggie pot pie. Reservations are required. 


Price: Standard menu ($15-$22) with endless champagne

Time: Open until 2 a.m.

Reservations: Call 818-861-2319


12650 Ventura Blvd. 

Studio City, 91604


Sushi Roku


A jolt of spicy tuna or a kobe beef potsticker might just be the break from heavy comfort food that’s needed this time of year. Whether you find yourself at one of Sushi Roku’s three locations in Hollywood, Pasadena, or Santa Monica, the deal is the same: a $90 prix-fixe menu with a champagne toast and two seatings. The regular menu will be available, as will party favors. 


Price: $90 per person 

Times: 5 – 7:30 p.m. first seating; 9 – 10 p.m. second seating (with champagne toast)

Reservations: Visit for specific location information


Yxta Cocina Mexicana


The downtown L.A. spot will serve up a pre-set meal filled with authentic goodies such as kale salad with jicama, arugula, mango an tequila vinaigrette, grilled rib eye with rajas mashed potatoes and jalapeño-horseradish cream, shrimp skewers with cilantro-pesto glaze and sautéed chayote, and Abuelita chocolate bread pudding. Guests will receive either a complementary glass of champagne or house margarita to toast the New Year. Ole!


Price: $45 per person (regular menu not available)

Time: 5 – 11 p.m.

Reservations: or call 213-596-5579.


601 S. Central Ave. 

Los Angeles, 90021


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