Ring in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is a three-course menu for $75 from 5 to 7 p.m. (two hour table limit). The Entrée course offers a wide variety of options from lobster tail and petite filet mignon, to pan seared Chilean sea bass, or New Zealand rack of lamb. End the evening with a flourless dark chocolate cake, warm apple tart, or lavender crème brulee. The second seating is between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and includes five courses plus a champagne toast for $145.
Visit 21Oceanfront.com or call (949) 673-2100.
BALBOA BAY RESORT
The Balboa Bay Resort celebrates with New Year with two special dining options. At Waterline from 6 to 9 p.m. for $105 per person, indulge in a decadent six-course gourmet dinner. Or attend the black tie New Year’s Eve celebration in the Grand Ballroom, featuring a decadent five-course dinner perfectly paired with wines, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $215 per person.
For reservations, call (855) 923.8301 or visit BalboaBayResort.com.
BACK BAY BISTRO
Back Bay Bistro’s New Year’s Eve dining features a six-course menu from 8 p.m. to midnight for $105 per person and includes DJ entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast. There is also a first dinner seating from 5 to 7 p.m. for $75 per person for a similar menu with four courses.
For more information or to make reservations, call (949) 729-1144 or visit NewportDunes.com/Back-Bay-Bistro.
FIG & OLIVE
Fig & Olive’s White & Gold New Year’s Eve Party celebrates in style with a four course dinner menu from 9 p.m. to midnight for $150 per person, and a cocktail reception for $100 that includes wine, cocktails, and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. The four-course prix fixe dinner beginning with choice of beef cappuccino, gilled main lobster or seared scallops. The second course is a choice between roasted butternut squash cappuccino or truffle risotto. The entrée selections are Chilean sea bass, roasted lamb rack, or grilled filet mignon. Early seating for an a la carte menu begins at 5 p.m.
Call (949) 877-3005, or visit figandolive.com
Chef Marc will prepare a five course prix fixe meal with a first course of a shared chilled frutti de mare platter, with lobster, prawns, oysters and mignonette; a main course choice of grilled fillet mignon, pan seared sea sass or roasted Jidori chicken. Finish with pink champagne cake or strawberry cake with champagne cream and chocolate fudge sauce. Each meal will be accompanied by a choice of cocktail or a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne. Two seatings are offered: Arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. for $100 per person, or arrive between 9 and 10 p.m. for $150 per person.
You can also celebrate the New Year in style at Aqua Lounge. Enjoy a menu of shareable bites and signature cocktails while the DJ spins an eclectic blend of party music beginning at 8 p.m. Cover charge may apply.
For reservations, call (949) 760-4920 or visit IslandHotel.com.
PELICAN HILL RESORT
Andrea Ristorante has a four-course menu and two dinner seating options: 5 to 7 p.m. ($160) or from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($225). Chef Derek at Pelican Grill creates a California grill four-course prix fixe menu, available from 5 to 10 p.m. ($145). Celebrate in the Lounge with dancing, entertainment by a five-piece band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and a midnight balloon drop marking the New Year, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest. Savor a three-course prix-fixe celebration menu at the Coliseum Pool & Grill from 5 to 10 p.m. ($110), as well as à la carte dinner selections and a festive lounge menu from 10 p.m. to midnight. Celebrate in the Great Room with live music, a midnight balloon drop, a complimentary Prosecco toast and an à la carte New Year’s Eve celebration menu from 6 p.m. to midnight ($35 for non-guests, free for resort guests).
Call (888) 507-6427 or visit pelicanhill.com.
Ring in the New Year Italian-style with a curated prix fixe menu at CUCINA enoteca. The four-course offering include antipasti, prime, second and dolci. Dishes range from scratch made pastas, seasonal catch and inventive California twists on Italian staples. CUCINA enoteca will also host a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The regular menu will also be available. Prix Fixe price is $68 per person with the option to add a wine pairing at an additional $38 per person.
Call (949) 706-1416 or visit cucinaenoteca.com..
Tamarind will be offering a special three-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve from 5 to 10:30 p.m. for $72. Items range from kebabs to tandoori Bihari steak to Australian lamb. Visit TamarindofLondon.com.
On New Year’s Eve, Port celebrates with live music, festive décor, a multi-course dinner, and endless glasses of bubbly. First seating is $59, second seating is $89.
Visit PortCDM.com or call (949) 723-9685.
The new Social restaurant in Costa Mesa has a prix-fixe five-course tasting menu with dishes like Raviolo (fromage blanc, white truffle, and horseradish), 48-hour Short Rib (fingerling potato, Holland sprouts, cognac, roasted shallot demi), and a chocolate tasting for dessert. Each guest will receive a bottle of champagne with their reservation.
The restaurant will open at 7 p.m. Dinner seating is at 8 p.m., with live entertainment all evening. Cost is $85 per person. Call (949) 642-2425 or visit SocialCostaMesa.com.