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Where To Eat & Drink On New Year’s Eve In LA

Whether you want to eat a nice dinner or drop it low in the club, here's a list of great ways to ring in 2024.
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There’s no wrong way to ring in the New Year: you could teach your dog how to tango, or maybe find a new meme to base your entire personality on. But if you want a memorable night out on the dancefloor, or a multi-course dinner at a reliably great place, these are some of our favorite options in LA. Here’s to hoping this New Year’s Eve is better than the one that involved one too many tequila shots on an empty stomach.

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The upscale Korean restaurant in Chinatown is offering a special over-the-top a la carte menu filled with interactive flair. That includes giant seafood towers filled with shrimp, oysters, crabs, plus fancy kimbap rolls, wagyu prepared tableside, and a roving baked potato and caviar cart. The regular menu is available as well.

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The pizza at Ronan is already some of the best in town. For NYE, you can now put caviar on top of it. The casual Italian spot on Melrose is offering its regular menu as well as various caviar specials to ring in 2024. 

Cha Cha Cha has one of the best rooftops in DTLA, making it an easy choice for celebrating NYE. The upscale Mexican spot is hosting an all-night party including DJs, dancing, tarot readings, and signature drinks. Admission is $50 and that includes one complimentary cocktail.

If you're planning a luxe Beverly Hills New Year's Eve, Crustacean should be your top pick. It's an LA legacy restaurant with the dramatic design of a Las Vegas nightclub. Naturally, they're hosting a big NYE bash involving a balloon drop, small bites, and live music. Ticket prices range from $98 for a champagne toast to $800 for VIP Bottle service in a four-person booth. 

$50-$125

Botanica in Silver Lake is serving a "Feast of the Seven Vegetables" this NYE for $110 per person (glass of bubbles, included). The set menu features veggie dishes like beets with horseradish and salted plum, king trumpet mushrooms with pecorino, and a carrot tarte tatin. Also, Botanica is open on New Year's Day for brunch. 

Santa Monica's Southeast Asian standby is a serving New Orleans-inspired, prix fixe, family-style menu on NYE for $110 per person, featuring dishes like a muffuletta turnip cake, spicy crawfish, and scallop étouffée, Sichuan lamb frites with cumin fries and scallion yogurt, and a bananas foster bread pudding. French wines and NOLA-inspired cocktails are also available to pair.

This eclectic Koreatown spot is dipping its toes into the New Year's Eve dinner game for the first time with a special four-course prix fixe for $110 per person. Options include dishes like roasted abalone with lion's mane mushroom, tuna crudo with smoked kombu aioli, lamb porchetta, and champagne jello for dessert. A champagne toast is included, but you can also tack on a bottle of bubbly for $165 or a whole lobster for $75. Reservations are recommended; seatings at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

The upscale Korean-American restaurant in the Arts District is serving New Year's Eve dinner for $125 per person. That price includes a two-course prix fixe menu—with courses like tea leaf salad, prawn toast, and black cod— plus an additional "bite" and amuse bouche.

This Italian staple in Beverly Grove is serving a three-course a la carte menu on NYE for $125 per person (plus an optional $55 wine pairing). You can customize your meal by choosing from a long list of dishes for each course, and, if underground fungi are your idea of a splurge, you can add shaved white Italian truffle to anything (yes, anything) for an additional $80.

$125-$200

Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica is busting out the special hoshigaki (dried permissions) that have been hanging over its dining room for the last month for a special prix fixe dinner on NYE. Look for dishes like a smoked black cod "mosaic," pastina soup with truffles, and gooey Mt. Tam cheese with hoshigaki. Tables can go with a family-style menu of either 6 courses for $125 or 8 courses for $175. Wine pairings are also available for $75 per person. 

If you're in the mood to have a splashy NYE on The Strip that doesn't involve waiting in long lines, grab a reservation at Saltie Girl. The upscale seafood spot is offering a special five-course tasting menu for $150—with surprise amuse-bouche bites and mignardises along the way. There is also a wine pairing as well as add-ons like truffles and, of course, caviar.

If your resolutions involve being more iconic next year, consider starting things off early with Asterid's $165 prix fixe. The five-course menu involves caviar tamales, Dungeness crab, and a big, meaty strip steak. But the real draw of this DTLA restaurant is its location. The moody space-age dining room sits inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall and is the perfect place to show off that new sparkly outfit.

There isn't much info on what to expect on Damian's NYE menu, but we fully trust this Arts District staple (it's one of the best Mexican restaurants in LA). There are three seatings for its four-course, prix fixe menu: the earlier two are $120 per person, and the latest slot at 10pm is $160. Here's what we do know, though: there are beverage pairings, some classic (and new) dishes, live tunes, and some surprises. Book your dinner here. 

For NYE, this mid-city izakaya from the N/Naka team is serving a $165 per person, seven-course tasting inspired by Japanese osechi, elaborate bento-style sets traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. Dishes include toro and caviar tartare, grilled wagyu and shiitake and red bean panna cotta.

This is a very convenient 2-in-1 deal. De La Nonna in the Arts District has three seatings available on New Year's Eve for a four-course, prix fixe meal. For $175 per person, you're getting pizza, oysters, veggies, and dessert, plus a night of drinking and dancing at Let's Go Disco, the Italian disco club next door. Get your tickets here.

$200+

If you want to ring in the New Year with an indulgent meal that doesn't involve a car-payment's-worth of gold flakes, there's Pasjoli in Santa Monica. The French fine dining restaurant is doing two seatings for a 10-course NYE set menu, with options to dine indoors or in their secret outdoor garden. The first seating is $225 per person, while the second seating is $275 (you get two additional dishes). Expect dishes such as gnocchi parisienne topped with white truffle, prime rib au jus, and riz au lait for dessert. 

Gwen is the most consistent high-end dinner spot in Hollywood and a place where spending two bills on a hunk of meat feels worth it. So if you're looking for an epic place to eat juicy ribeye under crystal chandeliers, buy a ticket for their New Year's dinner. The early seating costs $180 per person, and gets you eight courses of dishes like beef tartare, roasted scallops, and baked alaska. If you'd rather stop by after 8pm, tickets will run you $280 for ten courses.

The cozy French bistro on Pico is offering a fancy, four-course tasting menu for $225 per person. There will be plenty of luxurious menu add-ons along the way, plus vegetarian options as well. The last seating is at 11pm with a two-and-a-half-hour dining limit.

Thanks to Dante, Beverly Hills can claim one of LA's best rooftop bars. The skyline views from the top floor of The Maybourne hotel are worth a trip, but the craft cocktails will keep the party going on NYE. For $295 per person, you can ring in the New Year here with an open bar, finger foods, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight—paired with a view of the Hollywood Hills.

Driving two-and-a-half hours for an NYE event might sound extreme, but if there was ever a restaurant to do it for, it's Bell's. This French bistro in Los Alamos is doing a $350 tasting menu, which includes seven courses plus beverage pairings throughout the night. On second thought, it's probably best to just get a hotel room, too.

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Look, it doesn't matter what time of year you dine at Melisse, you're going to spend a good chunk of money. That's especially true during a special occasion like NYE. For $595 a person (!), this French restaurant in Santa Monica is serving a two-and-a-half-hour tasting menu full of "intricate hors d'oeuvres, seafood-forward dishes, and world-renowned meats." Book reservations here. 

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