No matter the holiday occasion, these hotels and restaurants have you covered. Whether large groups or small, you will find answers here to your Christmas dining options and New Years’ celebrations.
For the entire month, you can cozy up in the Lobby Lounge of Mr. C Beverly Hills and enjoy mugs of Vin Brulè ($14), an Italian version of hot spiced wine, or Spiked Hot Chocolate with Green Chartreuse and orange peel ($15.95), every evening from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Paying homage to the Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes” celebration, the Christmas Eve menu (four-courses, $89 per person) features a variety of seafood dishes. On Christmas Day (four-courses, $89 per person), menu highlights include rich, winter-inspired offerings such as Veal Tortellini and Panettone.
Leatherby’s Café Rouge – Celebrate the holidays at this decadent, family-friendly affair within Orange County’s cultural epicenter, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Menu highlights include Soft Egg Raviolo, Brioche French Toast and a Candy Bar dessert. Cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children 12 years and under. December 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Café Descanso – Located within Descanso Gardens, this al fresco cafe will feature a festive and interactive culinary experience. Menu highlights include Mrs. Clause’s Kitchen Breakfast Spread, Santa’s Pancake Playground Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, and Old Saint Nick’s Holiday “Gingerbread S’more” Workshop where you can build and decorate your own gingerbread s’more. December 20, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Patina at the Los Angeles Music Center – Patina Catering is bringing holiday magic to the L.A. Music Center. Menu highlights include Santa’s Pancake Playground Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen Breakfast Spread and a Wild Berry and Vanilla Yogurt Parfait. $60 for adults, $30 for children, complimentary for children 3 years and under. December 19-20, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Dec 21, 11:30 a.m.
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse – Executive Chef Andreas Roller offers an elegant interpretation of traditional holiday fare at this recently reopened Bunker Hill institution in Downtown Los Angeles. Menu highlights include Crab Waldorf, Oven-Roasted Christmas Duck and Ghana Milk Chocolate Mousse. Cost is $60 for 3 courses, $19 for children 10 years and under; á la carte dining also available. December 24, 5-9:30 p.m.
Patina Restaurant – Under the leadership of Master Chef and Patina Restaurant Group Founder Joachim Splichal, Executive Chef Paul Lee showcases his renowned contemporary French cuisine with international influences with an array of holiday menus in true Patina finesse and style. Cost is $85 for 3 courses, $100 for 4 courses, and $150 for 8 courses. December 24, 5-8:30 p.m.
Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar – Festive and affordable French fare in the heart of downtown LA, featuring classic and contemporary regional favorites selected by Chef Jean Pierre Bosc. Menu highlights include Kabocha Squash Bisque, Escargot Croquettes, Prime Rib and Mini Croquembouche. Cost is $55 for 3 courses, $65 for 4 courses, $19 for children 10 years and under. December 24, 5-9 p.m.
Café Pinot – Executive Chef Megan Logan celebrates the season with a delightful spread of California French cuisine at this Downtown LA garden oasis. Menu highlights include Roasted Candy Cane Beets, Potato Gnocchi, Crispy Duck Breast and Ghana Milk Chocolate Mousse. Cost is $67 for 3 courses, $79 for 4 courses, $19 for children 10 years and under. December 24, 5-8 p.m.
If in the Hermosa Beach area then Abigaile has festive menu additions by Chef David Bartnes at the American brasserie of innovative fare, including White Balsamic Roasted Romesco, Coffee Rubbed Prime Rib, Five Spice Duck Breast and Pan Roasted Cod. Also, Día de Campo has private rooms and events capabilities making it the ideal spot for holiday gatherings. Executive Chef Ken Johnson of the Baja surf lodge-inspired eatery will offer a four-course prix fixe menu, including Wood Grilled Octopus, Scallops, Short Rib Empanada and Churros.
Viviane, the newly opened Beverly Hills restaurant from Executive Chef Michael Hung, is celebrating its first holiday season offering an ode to Christmases past. Hung presents a family-style Chinese feast on Friday, December 25th dubbed “Dinner at Chop Suey Palace”, in honor of Ralphie’s unexpected holiday meal in the film “A Christmas Story.” To ring in 2016, Viviane will offer two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings on Thursday, December 31, from 5-9 p.m. and 9 p.m. until late. Guests will be treated to a six-course prix-fixe at the first seating, highlighting Hung’s take on modern Continental cuisine. The second seating features seven courses along with a Champagne toast at midnight. To continue the festivities and start the New Year off right, Viviane welcomes guests for a Hangover Brunch on Friday, January 1st. To top off the experience, Ryan Wainwright will be pouring “San Francisco Rooster Shots”: a shot each of freshly pressed Wheatgrass Juice, Orange Juice, and Tapatío Tequila (taken in succession).
Need more options for NYE? Cassia’s Executive Chef Bryant Ng will be offering a six-course, prix-fixe, family-style menu for $125 per person, alongside paired wine, beer, and cocktails for each course from Wine Director Kathryn Coker and Beverage Director Kenny Arbuckle for an additional $45 per person. Highlights include Lobster Pan Roast, Grilled Duck Confit and Aberlour A’bunadh.
For more casual gatherings on New Year’s Eve, Esters Wine Shop & Bar will be offering specialty dishes like oysters, foie gras, caviar, truffles and, of course, plenty of champagne! Additionally, the shop is the place to pick up the perfect holiday or hostess/host gift, as well as chilled bottles of bubbly and gourmet snacks to bring to a New Year’s celebration. Both readymade and customized (need 24 hours’ notice) Holiday Gift Baskets ranging from $60-$150 include The Man Basket ($75) or the Large Hostess Basket ($150) with a bottle of Prosecco. Rustic Canyon is still accepting reservations for its eight-course prix-fixe, family-style menu on New Year’s Eve, which can be viewed here and is $125/person. Milo & Olive is also a great spot if you have not made reservations and are looking for a more casual experience.
Valerie Confections – Holiday offerings for catering, parties, and last-minute gifts from beloved, local chocolatier Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections. All three locations (Silverlake, Echo Park, and Grand Central Market) will be offering seasonal sweets and savory baked goods, with December highlights including Gingersnap Cookies, Pear & Gooseberry Hand Pies, and Squash & Bleu D’Auvergine Quiche, with Grand Central Market providing some exclusive items like a Vanilla Bean & Raspberry Panna Cotta and Chocolate Tiramisu.