Best Restaurants to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017 in Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ diverse dining scene and neighborhoods offer plenty of choices to celebrate the New Year. Whether you are looking for a lively evening followed by a party, or a quiet night filled with luxurious food, these restaurants offer the best bet for a New Year’s Eve dinner.

Welcome the New Year from high above the city at 71Above in downtown LA. The restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower is offering a five-course menu along with spectacular views. The five-course dinner is $125 per person and includes choices such as sea bream crudo, foie gras terrine, smoked sweetbreads, ribeye steak, and more. Wine pairing is available for an additional $75.

Beauty & Essex
Nightlife group TAO Group is known to throw a good party, and so will a New Year’s Eve dinner at the new Beauty & Essex in Hollywood. There will be a five-course menu with plenty of options, including tuna poke wonton tacos, foie gras toast, Moroccan braised lamb, and lobster ravioli. There will also be a live DJ, entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.

CATCH Hollywood
CATCH Hollywood and its retractable rooftop will be a hotspot for LA’s New Year’s Eve celebration this year. The restaurant will be serving a four course prix-fixe menu with an early and late seatings. The menu includes options such as truffled tuna and Hamachi sashimi, grilled Spanish octopus, roasted branzino, and more.

Georgie Restaurant at The Montage Beverly Hills will be counting down to 2018 with special prix-fixe menus, a DJ, midnight toast, and more. The first seating will be from 5:30-6 p.m. with a three-course dinner for $88 per person. From 8:30 p.m. onwards, the restaurant will serve a five-course tasting menu filled with Dungeness crab, foie gras, black truffles, and other decadence for $188 per person. Wine pairing is available for an additional $100.

Herringbone Santa Monica
Herringbone by Top Chef Finalist Brian Malarkey is offering a four course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person on New Year’s Eve in its renovated 1930s era warehouse space. The special menu for the evening from this seafood-centric restaurant includes tuna poke, grilled squid, seared scallops, and more. Of course, there will also be a champagne toast at midnight.

The new restaurant at the opulent Waldorf Astoria Hotel by celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be offering a three course prix-fixe menu during the first seating and a six-course tasting menu with a champagne toast for the second seating. The first seating will be from 5-6:30 p.m. and the menu runs $165 per person with grilled octopus with black truffles, roaster Maine lobster, lamb chops, and more.

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s stalwart restaurant, Lucques, will be serving a special “A Night in Monte Carlo” tasting menu for New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy egg and caviar, pumpkin ravioli with Maine lobster, grilled veal chop, and more. The dinner costs $110 per person for the early seating and $150 per person for the late seating, which includes a midnight toast.

December 31 marks all manners of special days for Maude. This intimate Curtis Stone restaurant is doing away with their ingredient-of-the-month concept and moving into a wine region focused menu in 2018, so this is the last day diners can partake in the current concept. The ingredient for December also happens to be black truffles, and the menu showcasing the prized ingredient will be served on New Year’s Eve. The menu costs $225 per person for the first seating and $275 for the second seating, which also includes a midnight champagne toast.

Chef Michael Cimarusti’s fine dining restaurant is one of the best bets for food lovers who want to celebrate with a decadent tasting menu in a more subdued and elegant setting. The restaurant will be offering a tasting menu for $250 per person for an early seating from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and a late seating from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Steve Samson’s Bolognese-inspired hotspot in the Fashion District is the way to celebrate with a fancy Italian meal. The restaurant will be serving a prix-fixe menu with course options such as warm lobster salad, lasagna Bolognese, local black cod, dry aged steak. White truffles are also available for a supplementary charge. The four-course menu runs $125 per person with optional wine pairing for $45.

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is offering an experience to take guests through the New Year. There is an early seating from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. with a three-course prix fixe menu for $135 per person. The second seating from 8 – 10:30 p.m. costs $285 per person and in addition to the three-course menu, there will be caviar, a champagne toast, DJ and dancing. There will be a lavish breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. so diners can refuel their energy after the celebration. Purchase tickets here.

This oceanfront resort is turning part of the luxurious space into an Enchanted Forest themed celebration. There will be a three-course surf and turf meal and a flambé dessert bar. The dinner costs $125 per person and there are three different seating times from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. During the evening there will be wine, live entertainment followed by a midnight champagne toast.

The Bazaar by José Andrés
Chef José Andrés’ The Bazaar at SLS Hotel will be offering a luxurious 15-course tasting menu filled with decadence such as foie gras, wagyu beef, and caviar. There will be two seatings dubbed The Saint and The Sinner. The early seating (The Saint) costs $260 per person while the late seating (The Sinner) costs $325 per person and includes a traditional Spanish 12-grapes ceremony at midnight and a DJ to keep the evening lively. Diners can then continue the party at the Garden of Good & Evil for a premium open bar, entertainment, and more for an additional cost.

The Little Door
The Little Door and its enchanting garden will be throwing a special New Year’s Eve Masquerade. Dinner for the first seating will be $95 per person while the second seating will be $165 per person including a midnight toast. The menu will be a four course prix-fixe menu with course options such as oysters, foie gras, roasted Maine lobster with caviar, and a Valrhona chocolate orange molten cake.

Baja Chef Diego Hernandez’s new West Hollywood restaurant, Verlaine, will be throwing a black and white ball on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will be serving a three-course dinner for $100 per person (with an optional $30 wine pairing) during two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. After dinner, guests can join the cocktail party with an open bar for $75. Tickets can be purchased here.