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Best Restaurants Open On New Year's Eve In O.C.

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Why stay home on New Year's Eve when you can wine, dine and dance at one of Orange County's best eateries? This year, many of the county's finest restaurants and hot spots are offering very special menus where the top chefs in the Southland have prepared menus beyond their usual fare. What could be better than breaking bread on December 31st with the ones you love the most, as you bid fare thee well to 2014 and welcome in 2015 with open arms? And don't forget, it is your night to indulge, so rejoice! Everyone has a hall pass this holiday thanks to new years resolutions. Oh, and reservations are highly recommended.

Oak Grill
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Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-4920

New Year's Eve at Oak Grill promises a memorable dining experience with Chef Marc's specially prepared prix fixe culinary feast. For a first course, the restaurant will be serving up delicious options like a shared chilled Frutti de Mare Platter, with lobster, prawns, oysters and mignonette, while a second course choice of Pepper Crusted Ahi or Spot Prawn Risotto and Cream Corn is on hand. For a third course, a choice of Grilled Fillet Mignon, Pan Seared Sea Bass or Roasted Jidori Chicken will be offered. For the "piece de resistance", try out their Pink Champagne Cake or Strawberry Cake with Champagne Cream and Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Each meal will be accompanied by a choice of cocktail or a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne to help toast to 2015!

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725 Baker St
Costa Mesa CA 92626
(714) 557-6700

Old Hollywood glam meets Costa Mesa hipness at Mesa's annual New Year's Eve Party. Ready to relive an era when "nightlife was raucous, flirty and sophisticated?" At Mesa, guests will dance throughout the night, dine on a special menu offering American cuisine and exquisite cocktails prepared just for the night's occasion, and celebrate the countdown to midnight with a champagne toast and party favors. Not only will there be a roaming photographer to capture all the fantastic moments, but what party is complete without a photo booth?

Fig & Olive
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FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 877-3005

Orange County locals are invited to toast the New Year with French Riviera-inspired cuisine at FIG & OLIVE's White & Gold Dinner Party. The exclusive four-course prix-fixe soiree includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with party favors, music by Saint Tropez DJ Thomas Toccafondi, and a "festive balloon drop and countdown" to midnight. During the fete, guests will dine on Pata Negra 5j & Manchego Emulsion, Grilled Maine Lobster, Seared Scallops & Chanterelle, Roasted Butternut Squash Cappuccino, Truffle Risotto, Chilean Sea Bass, Roasted Lamb Rack, Grilled Filet Mignon and Valrhona Chocolate Brownie to perfectly round out the meal.

Cucina Enoteco
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Cucina Enoteca
951 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 706-1416

Recently voted Best Pasta in Orange County, Cucina Enoteca is preparing a flavorful four-course menu for this year's New Year's Eve festivities with a special wine pairing available. This California inspired Italian kitchen (and wine shop) is proud to announce some superstar favorites ready to shine: Basil Panna Cotta 'Panzanella", Seared Scallop and Cider Braised Pork Cheek, Pumpkin Tortellini with apple, hazelnut, sage and balsamic brown butter, Squid Ink Gnocchi with lump crab, Lobster Picatta, herb potato, lacinto kale, caperberry and chive limoncello beurre blanc, Grilled Muscovy Duck Breast with cocoa spaetzle; and Aerated Chocolate Mousse and Meyer Lemon Cannoli. Gluten-free pasta available upon request.

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Brodard Chateau
9100 Trask Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 899-8273

The upscale fine-dining experience at Brodard Chateau is comfortable, stylish and a must for those in search of the best Vietnamese and Asian fusion around. In addition to the regular menu, for New Year's Eve, guests are invited to dine on a traditional Vietnamese meal with options like Vietnamese Melon Soup with fresh catfish, Vegetable Soup with luffa and shrimp morsels, Garlic Vietnamese Spinach, Vietnamese Squash, Luffa with glass noodles and mushrooms, Bitter Melon & Glass Noodles, Caramelized Catfish, Caramelized Prawns with Tamarind Sauce, Grilled Fresh Salmon with Cilantro Pesto, Caramelized Ribs, Caramelized Silver Fish and Steamed Jasmine Rice.

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SOCIAL Costa Mesa
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-2425

New Year's dinner at SOCIAL Costa Mesa this year will feature Executive Chef Jeffrey Boullt's special five-course tasting menu offering "California cuisine with Southern influences." On the evening's menu: Amuse Bouche; Little Gems Salad, Cauliflower Soup, Lamb Shoulder Empanada, Raviolo with formage blanc, white truffle and horseradish, Beef Tartare Toast served with morelos salsa, confit shallot, smoked farm egg and lime crema, Scallops over carbonara risotto, Spanish chorizo and manchego, 48-hour Short Rib with fingerling potato, holland sprouts as well as cognac and roasted shallots. Guests will also enjoy a bottle of champagne in addition to this very special menu while a DJ spins the latest hits.

Napa Rose
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Napa Rose
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92803
(714) 635-2300

Welcome the new year in style at Napa Rose's New Year's Eve dinner and gala dance party inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. A great option for the whole family, Chef Andrew Sutton has prepared a 5-course wine country feast partnered with live music and champagne. True to farm-to-table culinary practices, guests can expect winter seasonal classics to tantalize taste buds, and arrange for world-class wine pairings with this very special menu created especially for December 31st. What a wonderful way to celebrate the last moments of 2014 ringing in the new year with complimentary hat and party favors while you dance your way into 2015.

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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