New Year's Eve toast

  (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)


Celebrating the New Year in Las Vegas fashion, AOC will have a buffet and an Elvis look-alike. The first seating offers a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes wood-oven-baked cannelloni and petrale sole with caramelized endive. $75, reservations at 6 to 6:30 p.m. The second seating includes a buffet with shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs and charcuterie, along with the four-course menu. $100 (dancing and a Champagne toast are on the house), reservations at 9 to 9:30 p.m.

8022 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 653-6359;


The four-course dinner features lamb leg and rib chop with polenta and rapini, ravioli with ricotta and stinging nettles and walnuts, and Monterey Bay fish soup with fennel pollen. $85 and $115 with wine pairing. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 467-3293;


The Asian cafe is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu, along with regular a la carte service. Course offerings include miso-braised short rib with kabocha squash, duck with cranberry chutney and pecan red rice, and regular menu choices of both large and small plates. $45 for the four-course meal. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

3280 Helms Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 838-7500;

Border Grill

The Santa Monica and downtown locations will both have a four-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the black Mission fig quesadilla, making room for a seafood paella or Oaxacan strip steak with mole Colorado. $45, with $5 wine pairings. The downtown location has a free shuttle to several entertainment venues.

1445 4th St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-1655; and 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213) 486-5171;


Come in for the four-course prix-fixe and stay for music by Chuck E. Weiss. The menu begins with fennel soup, moving on to choices of goat cheese ravioli or grilled sea scallops with a lobster butter béarnaise. $65. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and live music will start at 9:30 p.m.

624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 938-1447;

Church & State

A five- or six-course prix-fixe menu includes party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start with malpeque oysters and finger limes, sautéed bay scallops with sunchokes and foie gras, and rib-eye with hen of the wood mushrooms and truffle jus. Dessert? Croquembouche. There are two seatings: the five-course prix-fixe from 6 to 8 p.m. for $65, and the six-course at 8:30 to 11 p.m. for $90.

1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434;