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New Year’s Eve (and Day) Dining Options in Newport Beach

Still trying to figure out what to do for New Year’s Eve? Want a relaxing spot to enjoy New Year’s Day brunch?

Why not head to Newport Beach, where many local restaurants are gearing up for grand culinary celebrations. Here’s a list of what some of my favorite Newport Beach Restaurants are offering this New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.


Ring in the New Year with a Masquerade Ball at Back Bay Bistro for $85 per person! The waterfront restaurant offers chef attended food stations from around the world. Cuisine includes sushi and seafood, Italian, Mediterraneanand South American selections, Nantucket Oysters, Mussels and Clams, Baked Alaska Dessert, and much more. A live orchestra will play everything from Broadway classics to Rock and Roll. Door open at 7 p.m.


The Balboa Bay Club’s First Cabin Restaurant is serving New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.. The five course prix-fixe meal ($95 per person) created by Chef Josef Lageder includes Fresh Oysters and Shrimp, Classic Lobster Bisque au Cognac, choice of entrees (Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon or Maine Lobster Tail), and choice of Dessert.

In the Balboa Bay Club’s ballroom is a Black Tie Gala ($195 per person) that starts at 8 pm with passed Hors d’Ouevres and champagne, followed at 9 pm by dinner paired with wine. Selections include Crawfish Bisque with Tarragon Chantilly, Smoked Scottish Salmon and Caviar, Duet of Tenderloin of Beef and Baked Lobster Tail, and choice of desserts.

And on New Year’s Day, First Cabin Restaurant serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch includes pastries, breakfast favorites such as artesian cheeses, herring in sour cream, smoked salmon, and other treats, and brunch specials such as eggs benedict, cheese blintzes with fruit and berry compote, and a carving station.

For reservations, call (949) 630-4245 or visit


Chef Pascal Olhats has two menus available on New Year’s Eve: a three-course ($80) and a four-course ($99) dinner. Both menus include choice of appetizers such as Steamed Oysters, Wild Boar Pate and Cured Salmon Tartare, entrees such as Roasted Quail , Beef Tenderloin and Poached Halibut, and a decadent dessert trio. Call (949) 263-9400, ext. 1 or visit


At Chef Pascal’s more casual Brasserie Pascal in Fashion Island, New Year’s Eve dinner is a five course affair for $70 per person. The meal is available 4:30 pm to close, and includes an amuse bouche, Lobster Bisque, Escargot, foie gras, Surf and Turf with Lobster and Filet Mignon, Duck Three Ways, and other delicious delicacies. There’s also a choice of desserts, including Pascal’s famous White Chocolate Souffle. Call (949) 263-9400, ext. 1 or visit


A variety of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day dining options are available at Pelican Hill, starting with Andrea Restaurant. Chef Luca brings an Italian gala to the Resort with a four course menu featuring multiple course choices with two seating options: 5 – 7 p.m. ($120 per adult and $65 per child) and 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. ($160 per adult and $65 per child).

At Coliseum Pool & Grill, Chef Chang creates a California Classic cuisine New Year’s Eve featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu from 5 – 10 p.m. An à la carte menu is available from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., and includes live entertainment plus a glass of Prosecco for a midnight toast.

The New Year’s Day varies from an à la carte brunch in Andrea Restaurant to a Football Bowl-Games menu in Pelican Grill to a traditional breakfast buffet at the Coliseum Pool & Grill. Prices vary.

Call (800) 820-6800 or visit


The Ritz Restaurant in Fashion Island serves a four course prix-fixe ($85) New Year’s Eve starting at 5 p.m. that includes a famous Ritz Egg with Caviar and Vodka, choice of soup or salad (including Lobster Bisque laced with Armagnac), entrées such as the signature Roast Goose with Lingonberry Sauce, Main Lobster Tails, and Osso Buco, and a Chocolate Dessert Melody. Call (949) 720-1800 or visit


Say hello to 2012 at Island Hotel in Fashion Island. Palm Terrace Restaurant serves an elegant five-course menu plus live entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. ($125 per person), while the Palm Terrace Lounge offers Chef Bracken’s signature small bites, live entertainment, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. ($110 per person). On New Year’s Day, breakfast is served 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (does anyone really get up that early on New Year’s Day?). Reservations: (949) 759-0808 or visit  


Bungalow Restaurant has a four course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner menu from 4:30 to close for $55 per person that includes appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Call (949) 673-6585.

Thanks for reading!

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Christopher Trela

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