There are plenty of ways to celebrate the end of the year, and going out to dinner is certainly one of the best. Make a reservation while you can, put on your best party frocks and check out one of these options for your dining pleasure. Please also remember to drink responsibly and that AAA offers a free tow home if you can't drive.
Wind up Laurel Canyon and visit Pace for their four course holiday fete. Dishes you can pick potato and leek soup with smoked oysters; branzino en papillote; fresh pasta with chanterlle mushrooms and artichokes; or oven-roasted quail.The meal is $85 and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 654-8583.
9. Bow & Truss:
Dine and dance at the Valley's of-the- moment hot spot. The Latin-themed menu includes choices such as bacon-wrapped lamb or blackened fish, among others. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 985-8787.
Bestia will have an a la carte menu for early and late diners. They will serve up grilled octopus; steamed mussels; pasta stuffed with braised beef; pizzas and chestnut donuts, along with many other options from their Italian menu. 2121 E. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
7. Akasha will have their casually elegant farm-to-table dinner menu available along with several luck themed dishes for you to choose from. Whole roasted fish, Singapore Good Luck salad and more. They'll also have fortune tellers and palm readers to shine light on the wonderful things in store for the year to come. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City; (310) 845-1700.
6. Church & State :
Ring in the New Year like a Frenchman/woman with confetti and Champagne at one of the two seatings at Church & State. Early revelers will be treated to a $70 four-course meal and at the later seating, that goes up to $95 and six courses, including lobster and chestnut soup and duck a l'orange. 1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434.