💌✨ The Best New Year’s Eve 2019 Dinners in Los Angeles

Restaurants across Los Angeles are ringing in the new year with masquerade balls, live music, quiet low-lit evenings, lavish feasts, and thousands of flowing bottles of champagne. No matter your neighborhood, choice of cuisine, noise level, budget, or poison, the restaurants on this list will help you welcome 2019 with some of the finest food our culinary destinations have to offer.

Read on for the best places in L.A. to dine on New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019.

Alimento, Silver Lake
Countdown with one of Silver Lake’s very best restaurants. Join Alimento from 5:30pm til the ball drops for bubbly flights, and a special prix-fixe menu! Alimento will host two seatings, one at 5:30pm with four courses for $75 per person and a second seating at 8pm for $95 dollars per person which includes five courses including caviar and champagne. For those without dinner reservations, Alimento will also serve a la carte at the bar first come, first served from 5:30pm until close. Having a party at your place? Allow Alimento to do all the work. Alimento will be serving two packages for pick-up or delivery. “None of the Meats” for $150 and “All of the Meats for $160. Check out their NYE menu here.

a.o.c., Third Street
a.o.c. celebrates the arrival of 2019 with a four course New Year’s Eve Menu of signature dishes and holiday specialties. Choose one from each section. Starters include Dungeness crab, endive, kampachi crudo, focaccia, and a New Year’s Vintner’s Plate for two (cheese, meats, pickled veggies). Second course options include soft polenta, diver scallops, oven-roasted Manila clams, Spanish fried chicken, or potato gnocchi. Main course selections include black cod, grilled salmon, harissa roasted lamb shoulder, pork chop and the “Triple Threat” (farro, cavolo nero, broccoli). Larger platters for two include signature roasted chicken “Ode To Zuni” and 18 oz wagyu ribeye ($48 supplement). Dessert choices include three-cheese plate, butterscotch pot de crème, pomegranate tart and chocolate sable tart. Pricing is $140 per person with an optional $50 wine pairing selected by Caroline Styne.

Best Girl, DTLA
Order à la carte and pay à la carte prices for some of the best dishes being served in Los Angeles right now. Chef 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.

Cassia, Santa Monica
Taking its roots from Bryant and Kim Ng’s culinary heritage, Cassia celebrates the fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia. And for seafood lovers, there may be no better option this NYE. They will be serving a family-style New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu, featuring shared appetizers (Vietnamese “sunbathing” prawns, raw spicy scallops, “Hainan chicken” egg rolls, grilled pig’s tail), salads, and veggies. Main course options include beef cheek rendang, grilled organic flattened half chicken, laksa and Kon Loh Mee. Pricing is $115 per person. Supplemental dishes include a seafood platter ($10 extra per person), half chilled lobster ($40), whole grilled sea bass ($3 per person), and “Typhoon Shelter” (grilled lobster, $12 per person). A vegetarian menu is also available.

E.P. & L.P. Masquerade Ball, West Hollywood
West Hollywood’s modern Asian dining destination, E.P. & L.P.raises the bar, literally, with a New Year’s Eve rooftop party at L.P. Rooftop Bar, featuring a Masquerade Ball with DJ Aaron Colbert, open bar from 8-10pm, and passed apps. Tickets to L.P. are $100 per person, with premium table options available.

Faith & Flower, Downtown
Located at the WaterMarke Tower in the South Park district of Downtown L.A., Faith & Flower is offering two seatings of its New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu, priced at $98 for the first seating and $135 for the second seating. The tasting menu includes osetra caviar, warm salad of roasted young carrots, seared New England sea scallop, duck confit strozzapreti pasta (second seating), mesquite grilled NY steak, whole milk mascarpone cheese (second seating), and Faith & Flower Bananas Foster.

Gwen, Hollywood
Curtis and Luke Stone’s acclaimed Hollywood fine dining restaurant and butcher shop, Gwen is offering three seatings for its New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus. The early seating is 5 to 7pm and priced at $85 per person. The mid-evening seating is 7 to 9pm and priced at $165. The late seating is 9 to 11pm, priced at $195, and includes a champagne toast at midnight. The early seating features house-made charcuterie, New York Strip and dark chocolate cremeux. Mid-evening and late seating courses include Petit Plateau (oysters, Dungeness crab, kampachi), agnolotti with white truffles, Blackmore wagyu, and dark chocolate cremeux.

Hinoki & the Bird, Century City
Hinoki & the Bird’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be centered around osechi ryori, the traditional foods enjoyed on New Year’s Day in Japan. The first seating at 5pm features a four course tasting menu for $75. Highlights include sashimi, New Year’s ozoni, American wagyu beef, and sweet potato mont blanc with hojicha ice cream. Priced at $105, the second seating at 8pm features a five-course tasting menu. Additions include soba noodles with caviar and uni emulsion, and a midnight champagne toast.  Vegetarians should fear not: A meat free menu will also be available.

Laurel Point, Studio City
Crisp whites & nautical blues set the scene for raw-bar specialties, lobster rolls, sushi & more. 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. At $65 per person, the night also includes oyster shooters and a champagne toast.

Luques Sicilian New Year’s Celebration, West Hollywood
The first seating is $157 per person and available at 6:00 and 6:15 p.m. The second seating is $211 and available at 8:00 and 8:15 p.m. Why the odd numbers? You will have to go to find out. Both seatings feature a five course prix fixe menu, costumed staff, and themed decor. Wine pairing available at an additional cost.  The second seating includes a midnight countdown, champagne toast, and party favors. “The Godfather” inspired prix fixe menu includes “Your Last Salad…. (of the Year),” ricciole con le sarde (Sicilian pasta with sardines), pesce spada al salmoriglio (pan-seared swordfish), bistecca alla palermitana (grilled ribeye), and Corleone’s Lemon (whole candied lemon stuffed with lemon sorbetto).

Melisse, Santa Monica
Josiah Citrin’s acclaimed Mélisse in Santa Monica is offering two seatings of its multi-course New Year’s Eve menu. Priced at $160, the first seating is 5:30-6:30 p.m. and includes Maine lobster, Dover sole filet, truffle risotto ($60 supplement), Anderson Ranch lamb, and prime beef ribeye cap. The second seating is 9:00-9:30 p.m. and priced at $325, including music and dancing. Additional courses include egg caviar, foie gras terrine and lobster bolognese. Both seatings include an amuse-bouche and chocolate, passionfruit & strawberry for dessert.

Otium, Downtown
Otium strips away the formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambiance.  It is designed to be a social restaurant with an open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces.  On New Year’s Eve, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth is serving a Chef’s Family Style Tasting Menu with highlights such as foie gras terrine, St. Felicien Tart, castelmagno tortellini, scallops, Snake River Farms Calotte, Creamsicle Float, and chocolate torte. Pricing for the Chef’s Tasting Menu is $175 along with optional wine pairings, a cocktail cart, and a special Dom Pérignon Mezzanine Champagne Bar for the evening.

Providence, Hollywood
Chef Michael Cimarusti’s famed Providence is serving a seven-course New Year’s Eve Supper. Highlights include wild Japanese buri, Nancy’s Down East sea scallops, grilled California spiny lobster, wild French turbot, grilled wage beef, and orange goat’s milk creamsicle. Pricing is $250 per person, or $360 with wine pairing and $445 for premium wine pairing. Early seating 5:30-6:30pm, late seating 8:30-9:30pm.

The Raymond 1866, Pasadena
Ring in 2019 in the historic setting of the famed Craftsman-style restaurant. Priced at $175, tickets to The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball includes tray passed appetizers and buffet stations (9:00 to 11:00 pm), specialty cocktails, wine, beer, champagne, party favors, midnight champagne toast and confetti cannons, and entertainment including Marquis & The Rhythm Howlers, burlesque dancers, and DJ Spinboy. The New Year’s Eve Ball is taking place from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am and is a 21 and over event.

Redbird, Downtown
At the stunning Redbird in Downtown L.A., Chef Neal Fraser is serving a special three-course menu for $130 per person, with optional wine pairings for $75 or $95. After an amuse-bouche, choose from first course options like pumpkin tortelli, cauliflower veloute, oysters, grilled octopus or sweetbreads. Main selections include smoked tofu, risotto, day boat scallops, Rabbitchetta, and Filet of Beef. Finish with persimmon cake, warm flourless chocolate cake, or pomegranate panna. In addition to the prix fixe dinner, Redbird is hosting a party in the second-floor East Room and West Room from 9pm-2am. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Moët Hennessy drinks, DJ and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are on sale for $60 at Eventbrite.

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