RSVP for New Year’s Eve, the First Scene in 2015

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Caviar with a Champagne toast, Maine diver scallops, black truffle-stuffed pheasant and bison striploin are on the New Year’s Eve menu at Selanne Steak Tavern, 1464 S. Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach.

A five-course tasting menu and live entertainment is available at two seatings from $115-$145 for adults and $35 for children under 12. The first seating starts at 5 p.m. and is available until 6:30 p.m., the second seating starts at 9 p.m. and is available until 10:30 p.m. Festivities include party favors, a glass of champagne and live entertainment until 1 a.m. For reservations call 949-715-9881 or visit

Guest artist Addie Hamilton invokes the speakeasy vibe for New Year’s Eve at Driftwood Kitchen.
Guest artist Addie Hamilton invokes the speakeasy vibe for New Year’s Eve at Driftwood Kitchen.

The Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck at the Pacific Edge Hotel will ring in 2015 with a Great Gatsby-like New Year’s party at 9:30 p.m. with Laguna’s own Nick-I Hernandez and his band Common Sense performing at 10 p.m.

The menu includes black winter truffle risotto, New Bedford sea scallops, Mary’s Farm chicken and more. Tickets are $50-$95. VIP tickets grant early access starting at 9 p.m. and exclusive access to the second floor Stateroom Lounge.

In addition, from 9- 9:30 p.m. VIPs will get a special guest performance from Addie Hamilton. Complimentary gourmet desserts will also be available to VIPs. Purchase tickets by visiting: 949-715-7700.

At the Montage Resort, in the Grand Ballroom, a reception takes place from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. featuring stationed hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, a food truck and a Nepresso coffee station with dessert buffet from 12:30- 1:30 a.m. Call 949 -715-6420 for more information and reservations.

In The Loft the first seating for a four-course holiday tasting menu takes place from 5-7 p.m. and is $120 for adults, $35 for children 4-12. The second seating between 8 and 10 p.m. is for a five-course holiday tasting menu with complimentary champagne toast, party favors and live music from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $175/adult, $55/children ages 4-12. 949-715-6420.

In the Studio at Montage, a reception takes place from 8-9 p.m. with a five course dinner from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. including chef’s tasting menu, live music, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast. The $450/person ticket includes cocktails, reception and wine pairings. For more information or to make a reservation, contact 949-715- 6420.

A Little Night Music

Tommy Bahama, opens at 11 a.m. with a three-course prix fixe champagne menu, $60-$65, and serves until 12 a.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. 949-276-6886.

The first seating at Mozambique is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for a three-course meal. Adults $59, children $14. The second seating from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. includes a four -course meal for adults at $99 and children, $14. Live music from 9 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. by Stone Jonez. Cover $20 from 7 p.m. for guests with no reservations, standing room only in bar. Safe ride available, call to make a reservation 949-715-7777.

The Ocean View Bar & Grill party at Hotel Laguna runs from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. with a three- course dinner, petite bottle of champagne, champagne midnight toast, live music from Jason Feddy and his Beatles tribute band, party hats and noise makers. The cost is $175/person; dining will be at shared tables of eight guests; reservations of eight guests are guaranteed their own table. 949-494-1151 or [email protected]

More Choices

At Broadway by Amar Santana a five-course menu is $125-$180 per person. Reservations available at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

At K’ya Bistro Bar the first seating is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a second seating starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 949 505-5088 for reservations.

The White House offers a four-course dinner for $59.95, which includes champagne and party favors at 12 a.m. Seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.

The Nirvana Grille will be open from 5-10 p.m. with a three-course menu for $69 or a four-course menu for $79. Both come with a glass of champagne.

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