Outrageously Fancy Los Angeles Restaurants for New Year's Eve

Although Los Angeles doesn't have the Times Square Crystal Ball drop, it certainly does have its fair share of extraordinary prix fixe dining options for year-end revelers. Some restaurants celebrate with live music accompaniments, while others rely simply on their incredible food. For those who want that outrageously fancy dining experience to ring in the New Year, here are five scrumptious (and pricey) restaurant experiences you won't soon forget (in alphabetical order).

Located downtown, 950 feet above ground level on the 71st floor, 71Above boasts that they are the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. Naturally on clear days (or nights) you can see gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains surrounding Los Angeles and of course the city itself. Led by Chef Vartan Abgaryan, 71Above's New Year's Eve feast is a black tie event with free-flowing champagne, complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres and food stations serving items like oysters, caviar, spice roasted duck, prime NY steak, squash ravioli, poached lobster and so much more. (Tickets are $250/guest).

The Cannibal Beer and Butcher
A relative newcomer to Culver City's Platform, The Cannibal Beer and Butcher is celebrating New Year's Eve with an "Old School Hip Hop House Party & Open Bar." That means diners can get down on retro hip hop and also choose one of two dining options – a feast with two drink tickets (for $85 per person), or a feast with an open bar ($125 per person). The feast includes passed hor d'oeuvres, charcuterie and pate board, whole animal feast and sides. For serious meat-eaters, The Cannibal is the right way to say hello to the New Year.

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's Lucques restaurant is a favorite among Los Angeles locals and visitors. With their terrific menus and famed Sunday Suppers, it's no surprise that Lucques will celebrate New Year's Eve in style with their "A Night in Sevilla." The prix fixe menu offers tapas for the table like jamon serrano & chorizo iberico, or red wine poached octopus, chickpeas and peppers followed by a course selection of diver scallops with patatas con vanilla, jamon butter, soft greens and sherry glaze; or wood-grilled beef with saffron rice. For dessert there is the special almond torta with pedro ximenez ice cream and Spanish chocolate. Two seatings, but the second offers live music, flamenco dancing, midnight countdown and toast. (First seating $110; second seating $150 per person.)

Santa Monica's Melisse is Josiah Citrin's two-Michelin Star restaurant (one of three in Los Angeles, another is Spago – see below). Melisse is also Zagat's number one-rated restaurant for over a decade for the Los Angeles/Santa Moncia region. For New Year's Eve, Citrin is also offering two seatings – the first being four-course prix fixe menu and the second a six-course menu that includes, egg caviar, Maine Lobster, citrus crusted Dover sole, aged Sonoma lamb loin or a rib eye cap, and dessert. The second seating includes music and dancing. (First seating $150; second seating $295 per person.)

Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff's flagship Spago in Beverly Hills also has received two Michelin stars and various other "Best" accolades, so it's legitimate in its fanciness. For New Year Eve, Spago's will offer two seatings of a three-course prix fixe menu. But the late seating, includes DJ and dancing, caviar, a champagne toast and if you're still hungry a breakfast buffet at 1:00 a.m. (First seating $98; second seating $280 per person.)

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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