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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments.

OC New Year's Eve Dining

The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge.

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MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH

New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu
Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m.
The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise with Kaluga Caviar, enjoy Maine Lobster Carpaccio, then dine on Prime Bone In New York Strip and end with Black Forest Cake. To start the New Year’s countdown with class in a glass, the dinner includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for every two adult guests.
$185 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

New Year’s Eve Five-Course Dinner at Studio
Tuesday, December 31, reception at 8 p.m. and dinner at 9 p.m.
This New Year’s evening merrymaking dinner will be highlighted by a magnificent Five-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu and will feature live music, dancing and party favors, as well as a midnight Dom Perignon Champagne toast. Dinner choices include Shigoku Oyster On The Half Shell, House-Made Ricotta Gnudi, American Wagyu Strip Loin, Arctic Mero Seabass and other delicacies.
$575 per person includes cocktails at the reception and wine pairings with dinner or non-alcoholic beverages, plus tax and gratuity.

New Year’s Eve in the Lobby Lounge
Tuesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
To finish 2019 with a toast and to cheer in 2020, there will be luxurious lounge and table seating for guests featuring Krug, Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot bottle service for the occasion and live entertainment to make the evening a perfect celebration.
$500 for seating and champagne for up to four guests, $750 for seating and champagne for up to six guests; $1,500 for seating and champagne up to eight guests, plus tax and gratuity.

Where: Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6420
www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach

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HOTEL IRVINE

New Year’s Eve at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar ends 2019 on a tasty note with scrumptious à la carte specials including Oysters on the Half Shell, Soft Shell Crab Steamed Buns, Beef Short Rib & Lobster Duo and more!
Reservations available by calling (949) 225-6780.

New Year’s Eve Party at Red Bar and Lounge
Tuesday, December 31, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New Year’s uncorked at Red Bar and Lounge means ringing in 2020 with a lavish New Year’s Eve party complete with champagne, cocktails, party favors and beats by Red Bar’s local DJ. Groups of friends will want to reserve a booth with bottle service, so they can raise toast after toast to those they love the most.
$10 cover charge. Advanced ticket purchase available on Eventbrite. Booth reservations and packages available.

Where: Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
For hotel: (949) 230-4452
For EATS Kitchen & Bar: (949) 225-6780
www.HotelIrvine.com

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FASHION ISLAND HOTEL, NEWPORT BEACH

Oak Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner Party
Tuesday, December 31, from 5 p.m. to midnight; first seating from 5 p.m.; second seating from 8:30 p.m.
At Oak Grill, New Year’s Eve means a delectable multi-course gala dinner and plenty of cork popping for toasts to a happy and healthy 2020. Prepared by Chef Brittany Valles, the first seating will include a prix fixe four-course dinner, and the second seating will include a six-course dinner with a champagne toast.
First seating: $125 per adult, $45 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuity. Second seating: $175 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Second seating includes live entertainment and a champagne toast to cheer in the New Year. Reservations available by calling (949) 706-5466.

New Year’s Eve at Aqua Lounge
Tuesday, December 31, starting at 9 p.m.
It’s a party to ring in the New Year with style, pizazz and good cheer all around – New Year’s Eve at chic and sleek, nightlife destination Aqua Lounge. Music is provided by Aqua Lounge’s talented DJ, and there will be an effervescent champagne toast at the stroke of midnight, party favors provided and more. 3, 2, 1… party!
$50 cover charge includes champagne toast at midnight. $120 cover charge includes unlimited access to an exclusive Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar in a private area. Advanced ticket purchase required. Bottle service and reserved lounge seating available starting at $1,000. Reservations available by calling (949) 760-4920 or visiting www.fashionislandhotel.com.

Where: Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 706-5466
www.fashionislandhotel.com

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Ring in 2020 in Laguna Beach at a New Year’s Eve Party with the Laguna Foundation of the Arts at the award-winning Seven-Degrees (891 Laguna Canyon Road). The evening will a memorable final meal of the year with a special spread from Driftwood Kitchen, The Deck on Laguna, and Hendrix Restaurant & Bar, with an open bar for the first hour featuring beer, wine and champagne! Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment from Common Sense, set to perform on the main stage, as well as Addie Hamilton in a special VIP level.

Tickets prices for New Year’s Eve begin at $159 per person, which a variety of ticket options available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockin-nye-in-laguna-beach-its-common-sense-tickets-83069628495.

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The Ranch
1025 E Ball Rd #101A
Anaheim, CA 92805

“Toast to the finest New Year’s Eve Celebration with Dinner at THE RANCH Restaurant!”
New Year’s Eve Dinner (Tuesday 12/31 from 5:00pm-10:00pm) starts at $115 per person and includes New Zealand Cervena Venison Tartare, Country Fried Texas Quail, Te Mana Lamb Loin, Yuzu Chocolate Mousse and more!
THE RANCH Restaurant is currently accepting reservations for parties of all sizes. To book a reservation, please call (714) 817-4204.

https://www.theranch.com/restaurant/events/new-year-eve-dinner.aspx
“Ring in the New Year at THE RANCH Saloon”
THE RANCH Saloon’s COUNTRY COUNTDOWN featuring live music by Arnie Newman’s Country Club Band. Doors open for General Admission at 9:00PM. Ticket includes a bubbly toast at midnight! Standing room only. All ticket sales are final.
For Seated Dinner Package Reservations please call Victoria at 714.817.4204.
https://www.theranch.com/events/event.aspx

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NEW YEAR’S EVE at Bayside
Ring in the New Year in style at Bayside, and cruise into the new decade artfully. Live music will serenade guests into a new decade. A special prix-fixe menu will be available. Reservations are available and can be made by clicking through to www.baysiderestaurant.com. (Bayside will be closed January 1.)

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NYE at Ocean at Main
Enter into the new decade in style at Ocean at Main. Whether you’re looking for a dining destination to enjoy dinner prior to your NYE festivities or are looking for the ultimate celebration, Ocean at Main has you covered. From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., enjoy an a la carte dinner menu from Michelin-starred Chef Craig Strong. At 10:30 p.m., the restaurant will convert into the ultimate NYE lounge complete with music, dancing, a DJ, and a full bar. Bottle service and private lounge experiences are available. For reservations, please email [email protected]

222 Ocean at Main, Laguna Beach
949.715.3870

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Toast to the New Year at Davio’s Irvine! On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Davio’s will feature two dining events to ring in the New Year. A four-course prix-fixe dinner menu will be available for guests from 5:00pm-7:30pm. At 9:30pm, guests can enjoy the Buon Anno Celebration, featuring a multi-course prix-fixe dinner, welcome cocktail, live entertainment, Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast and the best seat in the house to ring in the New Year! Davio’s New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner at 5:00pm is available for $85 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity), while the Buon Anno Celebration Menu at 9:30pm is $180 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity).

New Years Eve Dinner Menu (5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Zuppa
Maine Lobster Bisque
Crème Fraiche, Cornbread Croutons

Antipasto
A5 Wagyu Tartare
Quail Egg, Truffle Vin, Yuca Chips

Piatto del Giorno
Center Cut Filet Mignon
Potato Gorgonzola Gratin
Pomegranate Barolo

Dolce
Citrus Semifreddo
Olive Oil Cake, Pomegranate Sorbet
Lemon Curd, Citrus Segments
$85*

Supplemento – Add $115*
Freshly Shaved Italian White Truffles
Buon Anno Celebration Menu (9:30pm- 12:30am)

Drink di Benvenuto
Mi Piace
Empress 1908 Gin, Luxardo Maraschino

Formaggi
Humboldt Fog, Manchego, Taleggio
Lavash, Crostini, Lavender Honey

Antipasto
Tuna Carpaccio
Caviar, Crispy Caper Berry, Grated Black Truffle

Farinaceo
Prosciutto Tortellini
Parmigiano Rosemary Brodo

Piatto del Giorno
Beef Wellington
Potato Gorgonzola Gratin
Pomegranate Barolo

Dolce
Citrus Semifreddo
Olive Oil Cake, Pomegranate Sorbet
Lemon Curd, Citrus Segments
$180* per guest
*Beverages, gratuity & tax are additional

Supplementi
Truffles
Black Truffles – Add $45 / White Truffles – Add $95
Caviar
Royal Ossetra – Add $85 / Imperial – Add $65
Bubbles & Bivalves – Add $25
Veuve Clicquot & Kusshi Oysters

TIME:
First seating reservations available from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Buon Anno Celebration reservations available at 9:30 p.m.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
18420 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 477-4810

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NYE at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Ring in the roaring 20’s with En Vouge at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach’s 2019 New Year’s Eve Party. En Vouge will be joined by Michael Lington, Paul Taylor, Erin Stevenson plus DJ Jonathan Phillips and host from 94.7 The Wave, Pat Prescott. VIP Dinner Service will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with music running 8:45 p.m. through midnight to bring in the new year. Tickets are $295 for the VIP dinner, $195 for premium and $165 for standard. All tickets include an evening of music, party favors and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. To book, visit:www.concertsontheshore.tix.com.

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New Year’s Eve at Whitestone Restaurant & Bar
Ring in the new year at one of Orange County’s hottest new restaurants, Whitestone in Dana Point. Enter into 2020 through a culinary journey featuring the flavors of the Americas, France, Italy, Japan, and more. Executive Chef Tony Celeste’s plates highlight familiar, locally-sourced ingredients in unexpected ways. The restaurant will celebrate New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. until midnight with a DJ and complimentary champagne toast!

34212 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point
949.489.8911
https://www.whitestonerestaurant.com

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New Year’s Eve Festivities at Monarch Beach Resort
Orange County’s AAA Five-Diamond award-winning property Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point is hosting a variety of NYE celebrations on its luxurious ocean-view property. Home to award-winning restaurants including Bourbon Steak Orange County, AVEO Table + Bar, and Monarch Bay Beach Club. Guests can enjoy festive prix-fixe dinners from the Mediterranean-inspired AVEO Table + Bar and its ocean-front restaurant Monarch Bay Beach Club, while the critically acclaimed Bourbon Steak Orange County will be offering a celebratory tasting menu. Beginning at 9p.m., a grand celebration and balloon drop will take place in 33N, the resort’s lobby bar where guests can enjoy an a la carte specialty cocktail menu and bites until midnight as well as a beach house DJ and a step and repeat opportunity. The celebration at 33N is complimentary to hotel and dining guests and $50 for locals without reservations. Champagne packages are available and begin at $250.

1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point
800.722.1543
https://www.monarchbeachresort.com/holidays-activities/december-holidays-2019/

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The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
(Yorba Linda & Rancho Santa Margarita)

New year, new theme! The Bling Pig Kitchen + Bar will be celebrating the beginning of the new decade with a Roaring 2020’s themed night! Guests are welcome to dance the night away as they enjoy party favors, dinner specials, and crisp complimentary champagne at midnight. Minimum spend is $50 per seat — reservations are HIGHLY recommended and can be made by calling the preferred location.
31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
4975 Lakeview Ave Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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Old Vine Kitchen & Bar
(THE CAMP in Costa Mesa)

Old Bar celebrates the new year with global cuisine, stellar libations, live music, and friends! Guests can enjoy tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and an endless buffet of Chef Mark’s lauded dishes including chef’s pasta & prime rib carving stations. Dance the night away with live music from Michael Lucas from 7 -10 p.m., followed by DJ Tonix from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. The $85 per person event includes food and complimentary champagne at midnight, while full bar offerings will be available for purchase. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (714)545-1411.
2937 Bristol St Suite A-103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Brunos Italian Kitchen
(Downtown Brea)

Brunos Italian Kitchen is ending the year with a BANG! Invite friends and family for a night of live music, a complimentary glass of prosecco at midnight, party favors, a specialty menu featuring all signature favorites until 11 PM. Happy hour specials will also be available until 7 PM. Reserve your table by visiting Opentable or calling (714) 257-1000.
210 W. Birch Street Brea, CA 92821

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
(Downtown Brea and Irvine)

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is ringing in the new year with a celebration complete with a Latin flair! The full menu will be offered until 11 PM, and guests can enjoy live Latin music, party favors, hand-shaken cocktails, and $20 AsomBroso tequila flights all night long. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting Opentable or by calling the preferred location.
13126 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
110 W Birch St #7, Brea, CA 92821

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LOS ANGELES…

Cantina Frida
252 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT
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INTRODUCING A DECADENT NEW YEARS EVE MENU
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