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Dining Guide for Families in Orange County

2013 Orange County New Years Eve Party Guide


Ready to ring in the New Year? Wondering where to go? We have the hottest places for you to ring in the New Year in Orange County with our New Years Eve Dining Guide. Have a swanky evening out on the town in Orange County celebrating with new friends and old.


The Melting Pot Brea
375 W. Birch Street
(714) 671-6000

The Melting Pot Irvine
2646 Dupont Drive
(949) 955-3242

“Roar into 2014,” a nostalgic and decadent Great Gatsby-style celebration, held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st. “Roar into 2014” will feature a festive evening with a set menu of savory fondues and complimentary sparkling wines that will get toes tapping. For the special occasion, enjoy a sinfully-delicious cocktail menu, including: Speakeasy Smash, Swanky Doll, Bootleg Bramble, Sparkling Sidecar and Debonair Derby. Guests will enjoy complimentary sparkling wine or cider toast with a take-home MP champagne flute, Dip Cards and party favors. Guys & Gals, come dressed in your flapper best as we roar into 2014! Best dressed couple/family will win a $100 MP Gift Certificate; 2nd Prize $50 MP Gift Certificate, and raffle prizes for Melting Pot Goodie Gift Baskets.

Guest may choose from two menus: Guys and Dolls, a prix fixe four-course fondue and choice cuts entrée that includes a glass of sparkling wine for $64.95 per person, or The Gatsby, a prix fixe four-course seafood lover’s entrée that includes a glass of sparkling wine for $69.95 per person.

The “Big Cheese” Appetizer
Your choice of
Black Truffle Cheddar Cheese Fondue or Bacon and Brie Swiss Cheese Fondue
(Served with assorted charcuterie and cornichons)

Cat’s Meow Salad
Your choice of
Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad or Spinach & Mushroom Salad

Your choice of
Guys and Dolls Entrée featuring filet mignon, angus sirloin, whiskey BBQ pork, sundried tomato chicken and wild mushroom sacchetti.

The Gatsby Entrée featuring lobster tail, scallops, roasted garlic shrimp, Atlantic salmon and wild mushroom sacchetti.

Accompanied by a vegetable bowl of asparagus, white mushroom caps, broccoli, fingerling potatoes and sauces for dipping.

Delectable, Delicious & De-Lovely Dessert
Your choice of
Berries and Cream Dark Chocolate or Caramel Toffee Crunch Chocolate
Served with fresh seasonal fruits and cakes for dipping!


The Deck on Laguna Beach
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6700

“A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014” includes:

7-10 p.m. – Cocktail Party & Tasting Dinner at The Bungalows
The Bungalows will hold a highly-fashionable progressive cocktail party dinner. Guests are encouraged to celebrate in style in their finest Gatsby attire. Live acoustical music will be playing as guests experience sophisticated sips and tantalizing tastes before the Soiree begins under the tent at The Deck.

10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. – A Late Night Soiree at The Deck
The Deck will complement the glitz with glamorous appetizers, a live DJ, hats and noise makers, indoor dancing, a broadcast countdown from New York City, and a midnight champagne toast as 2013 comes to an end and 2014 begins.

The Progressive Cocktail Party, Tasting Dinner, & Late Night Soiree is a value at $299 Per Person. The Late Night Soiree only is $150 Per Person. Great Gatsby attire is encouraged. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

For more information on the New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Deck please visit

The Pacific Edge Hotel is extending discounted room rates for guests wishing to stay on property that evening: 12/31 stay only is $199. Two-night stay (12/31 and 12/30 or 1/1) is $349.


Lark Creek Newport Beach
Fashion Island
957 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

On New Year’s Eve, guests can start off their evening of festivities with a decadent three course prix-fixe including Champagne and Kumamoto oysters, Chateaubriand, and Dungeness crab for $59 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.640.6700.

Champagne and Oysters
Half-dozen Kumamoto oysters with American caviar and champagne granita

Land and Sea
Chateaubriand, potato dauphinoise, and Dungeness crab salad

Chocolate Decadence
Hazelnut and espresso


A Restaurant
3334 W Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, A will offer two dining options; the regular menu will be available from 5 to 7 p.m., and a second seating beginning at 9 p.m. will have a five course prix fixe menu for $125, which includes entertainment by a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

The prix fixe menu will begin with Lobster and Caviar (Maine lobster, fennel, blood orange, white sturgeon caviar and avocado); a second course of Black Truffle Gnocchi (ricotta and truffle gnocchi, rapini, hedgehogs, parmesan fondue and a 62° egg); followed by a salad course of Baked Ricotta and Fuyu Persimmon (Pink Lady apple, pomegranate, butter lettuce, nasturtium leaves and a medjool date vinaigrette.)

Guests have a choice of three entrees, including Milk Fed Veal Chop (leek bread pudding, chantarelles, sweet vermouth cream, celeriac and red pearl onions); Roasted Loup de Mer (European sea bass with cauliflower steak, capers, Meyer lemon, sunchoke puree, brussels, and Parisian potatoes); or Private Reserve Wagyu Strip Loin (with potato and kohlrabi galette, shimeji mushrooms, fresh wasabi root, bone marrow espuma and “A” steak sauce. Dessert is a Deconstructed Rocky Road (chocolate malt ice cream, chewy caramel, marshmallow and peanut butter powder.)

To accompany dinner, A offers the expertise of four sommeliers to help select from a recently expanded wine list. The restaurant also features a new menu of signature cocktails and an array of craft beer.


Ways & Means
513 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

Ways & Means in Old Towne Orange will bid farewell to 2013 and celebrate its first New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, December 31 with a festive six-course tasting menu. The specialty meal, featuring a selection of unique dishes, will be priced at $75 per person for the early seating, with a late seating for $99 which includes favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The regular dinner menu will also be offered throughout the evening. Seatings are available from 5-10:30 p.m., and guests are invited to make reservations by calling the restaurant at 714.516.1800, or online at

MENU: Oysters Benedict

Deviled Eggs
Smoked Salmon|Watercress|Lemon Aioli

Classic Shrimp Cocktail
Beetroot|Avocado|Micro Greens|Marie Rose Sauce

Beef Wellington
Mushroom Duxelle|Crispy Pastry|Truffle Jus|Béarnaise Sauce

Sides for the Table
Butternut Puree|Brussels Sprouts|Dauphinoise Potato

Baked Alaska
Exotic Fruits|Vanilla Ice Cream|Meringue

Coffee and Chocolates


11th Annual New Years Eve Yacht Party
2901 W Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style on one of the most elegant and exclusive Yacht’s that Newport Harbor has to offer, The Ambassador. This 130 foot vessel will be popping with 3 levels as it cruises through the harbor bringing in the New Year. This event has sold out 10 years in a row so get your tickets early! The cruise will feature open bar, champagne greeting, appetizer buffet court, party favors and more!


St. Regis Monarch Beach
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, Ca 92629

Dress in your finest Gatsby attire and dance to the popular Flashback Heart Attack band and multiple DJs. Spread over two ballrooms, you will enjoy several delicious culinary stations and get a chance to order a mint julep or gin fizz at one of many full bars. In addition to signature Gatsby-inspired cocktails, raise your glass as the clock strikes midnight.

Full Event Tickets are $175 per person and includes early event access at 8:00pm, full access to savory and sweet culinary stations, and 3 complimentary beverages.

Cocktail Event Tickets are $100 per person and include 10:30pm event entry, 3 complimentary beverages, and DJ, band and dancing all night long.

VIP access and bottle service are available, please call 949-234-3987 or email us at [email protected] space is limited and this highly sought-after event will sell out.

Stay the night with rates from $695 to include luxury room accommodations and two event tickets. Book online or call 1-866-716-8135. Please mention rate plan LXPKG1. Valid on stays December 31, 2013.


Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA
949-729-1144 (Reservations required)

First Seating 5-7pm $75 per person
Plus tax and 18% service charge

Second Seating 8pm-Midnight $95 per person
Plus tax and 18% service charge
Includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight

Come ring in the New Year the right way with the Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes!
New Year’s Eve Menu is a three-course meal. First course choice of Bistro Salad, Lobster Bisque or Seared Ahi. Main Course selections include: Filet Mignon with natural jus, crab stuffed shrimp, twice-stuffed potatoes & baby carrots, Sea Bass on grilled herb polenta & sautéed spinach topped with mild chipotle honey glaze, lamb Chops in a balsamic reduction, Lyonnais potatoes and broccoli & cauliflower. Dessert choices consist of: Crème Brulee, Moulton Chocolate Cake and cheesecake.


Anaheim White House
887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA
714-772-1381 (reservations required)

VIP New Year’s Eve 2013 Menu
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity.
4 seatings available: 4-4:30, 6-6:30, 8-8:30 and 10:30-11pm.

The restaurant opens at 4pm and serves until 11pm. The last seating will include a champagne toast and countdown to midnight with DJ music and dancing until 1:30am. We will be serving from our standard dinner menu along with the following prix fixe VIP menu. Seating is limited and has already sold out at certain times. The four-course menu begins with an appetizer of Tian of salmon, an elegant oak-smoked salmon served with creme fraiche, tomatoes, asparagus and lemon zest. The salad, Insalata Dello Chef, consists of locally farmed greens with fennel, beets and green beans drizzled with a dijon mustard and a Spanish red wine vinegar dressing. The signature entrée, Prime Rib and Lobster Tail, is an oven roasted all natural prime rib served with au jus and horseradish cream paired with Atlantic lobster tail in a Champagne sauce. And for dessert, Tiramisu consisting of a family recipe of Savoiardi sugar biscuits dipped in espresso and topped with marscapone sweet cream cheese sprinkled with cocoa.


Bayside Restaurant
900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA
949-721-1222 (Reservations required)

Restaurant open until 1am.
Dinner served from 5pm until 12:30am

Three-course prix fixe menu
$55 per person

Bayside will feature a special New Year’s Eve limited menu featuring signature dishes from their normal menu as well as a three-course prix fixe menu. The meal starts with a compressed Maine lobster salad and snow crab claws. Guests may enjoy one of the following entrees: 8 oz. prime Black Angus filet mignon or mushroom crusted Chilean see bass. And to top it off, diners may choose any dessert off the Bayside menu.


19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA
949-752-5222 (reservations required)

First seating:
5pm -7:30, done by 8:30pm

Second seating:
7:30pm -1:30am, includes Champagne toast

Those looking to ring in the New Year with an evening of fine dining may consider the prix fixe offerings from one of OC’s most critically acclaimed restaurants. Bistango in Irvine is having live music and dancing from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. The entertainment will be provided by the Larry Fresch quartet.

Executive Chef Javier Montoya has crafted a 3-course dinner for the evening that begins with a first course of your choice of sashimi-grade Yellowfin tuna tartar; green papaya and lobster salad; Tomato “Dashi” with scallions, baby shrimp, Shiitake mushrooms and carrots; or pancetta-wrapped Mexican prawn served with butternut-Kabocha squash risotto, aged balsamic and cranberry compote. Entrée choices include baked Chilean sea bass, grilled prime corn-fed filet mignon, roasted free-range chicken, Bistango’s cioppino and pan-roasted Kurobuta pork tenderloin medallion. Desserts selections include chocolate decadence cake and white chocolate cheesecake. There are differences in the 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. dinners and a Champagne toast is included in the latter seating. Cost is $69 for the first seating and $110 for the second.


Zov’s Bistro
17440 E. 17th Street
Tustin, CA
714-838-8855 ext. 21 (MUST ORDER BY Friday, Dec 20)

Christmas To-Go
Serves 10-12 — $495
Orders must be picked up on Tuesday, Dec 24 by 11am

Best-selling cookbook author, critically acclaimed chef and famed restaurateur Zov Karamardian has announced Christmas dinner to-go for those who usually spend the big day slaving over the stove. With a simple phone call, guests can order a meal that includes: Choice of roasted aged beef prime rib with traditional au jus, rotisserie pork prime rib with sour cherry sauce, or free range Deistel roast turkey, baby green salad topped with blue cheese sprinkles and pears, tossed in balsamic herb vinaigrette, green beans with sautéed mushrooms, glazed baby carrots, creamed corn, and dinner rolls

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