What better way to ring in 2018 than by celebrating beachside in Santa Monica?! View everything from the best Santa Monica New Year’s Eve parties and events to New Year’s Eve dining. Then, continue the holiday weekend with New Year’s Day happenings and start the first day of 2018 – Santa Monica style.

Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Festivities

New Year’s Eve by the Sea at Hotel Casa Del Mar
December 31 at 8:30 p.m.
DANCE INTO 2019 BY THE SEA!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica as we ring in the New Year with SIR DUKE, featuring Vince Walker and Greylyn (from NBC’s the Voice). Move to the grooves of DJ Harmony too!

New Year’s Eve at 41 Ocean
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Join 41 Ocean this New Year’s Eve to ring in 2019 in style! Enjoy complimentary appetizers from 9-11 p.m. along with a champagne toast at midnight. Come watch the ball drop on multiple TV’s while dancing along to music by Mark Chill! For table reservations, contact reservations@41ocean.com. Cost:  $150.

New Year’s Eve at the Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with live music & dancing and drink specials. The event will also include a champagne toast and party favors. Discounted Pre-sale Tickets Available Or Purchase Tickets At The Door

New Year’s Eve at The Room Santa Monica
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Countdown to New Year’s with a live DJ spinning old school classics, top 40 chart hits, hip-hop, R&B, 80/90’s, and pop music all New Year’s Eve. Party favors are also included!

Magicopolis’s “Escape Reality” New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Enjoy a magical New Year’s Eve! Witness Magicopolis’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed magic show ever: ESCAPE REALITY. Inclusions: Midnight Champagne / Sparkling Cider Toast Cheese / Vegetarian / Pepperoni Pizza Souvenir Bag of Tricks Hats / Noisemakers Magic Class Soft Drinks Popcorn Surprises. Cost: $65 per person.

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Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Dining

1 Pico Restaurant
Celebrate the upcoming New Year at 1 Pico Restaurant’s New Year’s Eve Dinner 1st Seating or 2nd Seating!
1st Seating: Choose between Kumamoto Oysters, Roasted Maine Diver Scallops, Burrata Ossetra Caviar, and Comice Pear Salad for an appetizer. Entrées include Roasted Wagyu Filet Mignon Diane, Roasted Wild Mushroom Risotto, and more! For dessert, choose from Bittersweet Chocolate Custard, Slow Roasted Apricot, and Margarita Semifreddo. Cost: $145 per person. View Full Menu.
2nd Seating: Enjoy an amuse of Artichoke Soup as your first course. For an appetizer, choose from Kumamoto Oysters, Roasted Main Diver Scallops, Burrata Ossetra Caviar, and Comice Pear Salad. For the intermezzo of this New Year’s Eve dinner, enjoy Champagne Granite. Entrées include Roasted Wagyu Filet Mignon Diane, Carneroli Risotto of Maine Lobster, Grilled Turbot, and Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Breast. Last but definitely not least, choose from Bittersweet Chocolate Custard, Slow Roasted Apricot, and Margarita Semifreddo for dessert. Also, it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve with out a Midnight Champagne Toast, so say hello to 2019 with Pommery Champagne as Midnight approaches. Cost: $190 per person. View Full Menu.

Cassia
Cassia Chef Bryant Ng is cooking up some fresh takes on beloved Chinese-American fare for New Year’s Eve, alongside signatures like Chickpea Curry and Beef Rendang. The family-style, multi-course menu includes new dishes, such as “Hainan Chicken” Egg Rolls, Egg Drop Soup and a “Typhoon Shelter”—a grilled lobster served with toasted breadcrumbs, lobster roe, garlic, fermented black beans, dried chiles and scallions. There’s a vegetarian option as well and each menu is $115/person plus tax & gratuity, along with $69 for wine pairings or $30 for non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Reservations can be made here via Resy.

Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Casa Del Mar
Catch one of Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s New Year’s Eve dinners. Choose from early seating or late seating.
Early Seating: Start your dinner with Amuse-bouche and a Welcome Glass of Bubbly! Appetizers will follow, choices including Oysters on the Half Shell, Iberico Ham & Manchego Cheese Foam, Prawn Cocktail, and Lobster Frisée Salad. Entrée items include Seared Branzino, Rack of Lamb, Aged Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Main Lobster, and Mushroom Barley Risotto. For dessert, choose from Golden Croquembouche, Chocolate Sparkle, and Citrus Celebration. End the evening with decadent Petit Fours! Cost: $110 per person. View Full Menu.
Late Seating: Begin New Year’s Eve dinner with Amuse-bouche and a Welcome Glass of Bubbly! Appetizers include Oysters on the Half Shell, Iberico Ham & Manchego Cheese Foam, Prawn Cocktail, and Lobster Frisée Salad. For your entrée, choose from Seared Branzino, Rack of Lamb, Aged Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Main Lobster, and Mushroom Barley Risotto. Dessert options include Golden Croquembouche, Chocolate Sparkle, and Citrus Celebration. Complete the evening with truffles! Cost: $275 per person. View Full Menu.

Del Frisco’s Grille
Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 across the street from the ocean at Del Frisco’s Grille. For starters, choose between Cheesesteak Eggrolls, Ahi Tacos, Artichoke Beignets, Deviled Eggs, and more. Entrées include Steakhouse salad, Simply Prepared Salmon, Brick Chicken, and Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff. You can also choose one of Del Frisco’s Grille’s signature entrées, which are served with a choice of side, including Truffled Mac & Cheese, Charred Broccoli with Honey Tahini, Roasted Asparagus, and Hand-Mashed Idaho Russet Potatoes. Signature entrées include Filet Duo, Broiled Lobster Tails, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, Filet Mignon, Prime New York Strip, and Prime Ribeye. For dessert, choose from Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie, Nutella Bread Pudding, and Caramel Pot de Créme.
Also, available on December 31, is a prixe fixe menu for $53 + tax and gratuity. The prixe fixe menu includes three courses with Prosecco Toast. For the three courses, choose a starter, entrée, and dessert. To upgrade to a signature entrée, a $25 charge will be added to the original price. View Full Menu.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters Wine Shop & Bar is taking a more casual route this New Year’s, so no reservations are needed! There will be special flights bubbles and a beautiful raw bar featuring a lush array of freshly-shucked oysters, ceviche, tartare and more. There will be a special New Year’s Day Boozy Brunch on January 1 from 10am-2:30 p.m. Share a Mimosa Trio with friends and enjoy Brioche French Toast with seasonal fruit & Bavarian cream, Bagels & Lox with all the fixings like cucumber dill yogurt, red onion, capers & lemon, plus more.

Locanda del Lago
Welcome 2019 with a five-course dinner with party merriment and, of course, music and dancing at Locanda del Lago. Menu items include Panzanella con Aragosta (Chilled Lobster, Burrata Cheese, Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, Scallions, Black Olives, Basil, Peppers, Meyer Lemon, Ciabatta Croutons), Risotto Con Barbabietole E Gorgonzola (Carnaroli Rice, Farmer’s Market Beets, Gorgonzola Dolcelatte Cheese), Orata Agli Agrumi, Origano Siciliano E Rapini (Mediterranean Seabream Braised with Orange, Lime, Tangerine, Sicilian Oregano, Garlic Rapini), Filetto in Crosta Con Patate Arrosto (All-Natural Creekstone Filet Mignon topped with Roasted Parmesan Russian Fingerling Potatoes Fresh White Truffle Shavings…add $50), and Bigné Alla Vaniglia Con Slasa Al Cioccolato (Housemade Bigné, Vanilla Gelato, Warm Dark Chocolate Sauce) for dessert. Cost: five-course menu, $89/person; Wine pairing, add $42 to five-course menu cost. View full menu.

Lunetta
Join Lunetta during one of their dinner seatings on New Years Eve at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Valid November 30, 2018-February 1, 2019. Call restaurant for reservations.

Milo & Olive
Don’t want to worry about a reservation? Milo & Olive has you covered. You can’t beat toasting the new year with your kids, friends or a date over comforting classics like Chicken Meatballs, Pork Belly Sausage & Kale Pizza and seasonal, handmade pastas. They’ll be open on New Year’s Day too, so stock up on coffee and pastries, or settle in for a hearty Breakfast Pizza or healthy Warm 3-Grain Bowl.

Melisse Restaurant
Ring in the New Year with Melisse. New Year’s Eve dinner takes place Monday, December 31, 2018. Cost: First Seating, $160 | 5:30-6:30pm – Second Seating, $325 | 9:00-9:30pm

Rustic Canyon
Rustic Canyon’s Chef de Cuisine Andy Doubrava and Executive Chef Jeremy Fox are creating a 4-course, family-style tasting feast. Along with the freshest seasonal produce and year-long pickling, preserving and fermentation projects, they’re showcasing various cultural staples culled from traditional New Year’s celebrations. Think an RC-style Hoppin’ John, cabbage, lentils & black-eyed peas, aged New York Steak and fresh, local seafood sausage, plus more. $135/person for dinner and everyone at the table must participate, with a vegetarian menu also available. $65 for wine pairings and $30 per person for non-alcoholic cocktail pairings. Reservations can be made via Resy here.

Stella Barra Pizzeria
Say, “Cheers!” to 2019 with a dinner at Stella Barra Pizzeria. In addition to its already-set Happy Hour specials, Stella Barra is offering a dinner menu, including California-style pizzas, salads and signature “red and white thin sin pizzas.” Stella Barra favorites include its Spicy Salumi & Burrata Pizza and its fitting-for the season Sugar Pumpkin & Sausage Pizza. Children may also get creative by making their own pizzas at Stella Barra’s pizza bar! View full menu. Reserve online or call directly at (310) 396-9250.

The Penthouse Rooftop at Hotel Shangri-La
2018 is coming to a close, and the New Year is anxiously awaiting. Prepare to celebrate and reach this momentous occasion at the The Penthouse Rooftop! Come join The Penthouse for one of the extravagant spectacles below!
1. Rooftop Dinner at The Penthouse (9pm – 1am)
$150 PER PERSON
 + tax & service charge.
TICKET INCLUDES:

  • Complimentary Bottle of House Champagne,
  • A one-hour cocktail reception at 9 p.m., a 5-courses dinner (See full menu here.),
  • Live entertainment
  • A large TV screen
  • A midnight celebration to welcome 2019!

2. ONYX Rooftop Bar Countdown Party (9pm – 1am)
 $90 PER PERSON
 + tax & service charge.
TICKET INCLUDES:

  • A 4-Hour Open Bar Package
  • Live DJ & Entertainment
  • A Glass of Champagne Toast to Welcome 2019!

4. VIP Food Package & Bottle Service
$1000 for 5 people, including tax & service charge
PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Premium Bottle of Liquor
  • 4-Hour Open Premium Bar Package
  • Seafood Tower, Caviar, Tower of Fries, Chocolate Petit Fours (See full menu here.)
  • One Complimentary Parking

5. VIP Food Package & Bottle Service
$2000 for 10 people, including tax & service charge
PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Premium Bottle of Liquor
  • 4-Hour Open Premium Bar Package
  • Seafood Tower, Caviar, Tower of Fries, Chocolate Petit Fours (See full menu here.)
  • One Complimentary Parking

Reservations can be made online: at http://bit.ly/shngrila_nyedinner or by calling (310)394-2791.

Upper West
Upper West is rising in the New Year with a 4 course prix fixe dinner with party favors and champagne toast on Monday, December 31st. A DJ will play music after 11 p.m. Cost: $90 per person. Call restaurant for reservations.

 

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Santa Monica New Year’s Day Happenings

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
On New Year’s Day, join Esters for its “Boozy Brunch” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Brunch includes a mimosa trio to share with friends or family along with Brioche French toast with seasonal fruit & Bavarian cream, bagels & lox with fixings such as cucumber dill yogurt, red onion, capers & lemon, and more!

New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl on Main Street
Ring in 2018 at some Santa Monica’s best bars with the New Year’s Eve 2018 Pub Crawl on Main St.

Milo & Olive
Milo & Olive The restaurant will be open both New Year’s Day, so grab some coffee and pastries, a breakfast pizza or a warm, 3-grain bowl!

Rustic Canyon
Chef de Cuisine Andy Doubrava and Executive Chef Jeremy Fox will create a 4-course, family-style tasting feast for New Years Eve and Day. The feast will include this season’s freshest produce and year-long pickling, preserving and fermentation projects. Rustic Canyon will also be showcasing its cultural staples inspired by traditional New Year’s celebrations. These staples include cabbage, lentils & black-eyed peas, aged New York Steak and fresh, local seafood sausage, and more!A vegetarian menu is also available. Cost: $135 per person for dinner, and everyone at the table must participate in the tasting, in addition to $65 for wine pairings; $30 for non-alcoholic cocktail pairings. Reservations may be made via Resy here.

Stella Barra’s New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch at 2000 Main Events
Start the New Year in your coziest pajamas for a delicious brunch buffet! Dine in your pajamas and receive a Stella Barra gift card EQUAL to the price of your meal (minus tax & gratuity) to use on a future visit. It’s the best way to start 2019! The brunch will take place at 2000 Main Events. Reservations are recommended – click here to book your New Year’s Day brunch or call Stella Barra directly at 310-396-9250!

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