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If you did already, you would've gotten our compiled list of NYE specials. Here's just a taste of what I mostly ripped off from there, with a few others I added for good measure.
Reservations are recommended and required for most, so call ahead. And oh yeah, have a safe and happy new year!
Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa. A four-course wine-paired meals. Cost: $65 per person with wine pairings. 2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, (714) 545-1411.
The Dock in Newport Beach. A four-course meal. $65 per person (5:30 p.m. seating) and $75 (second seating); add $35 for wine pairing. 2816 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach,(949) 673-3625.
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Memphis at the Santora in Santa Ana. Three-course chef's menu with wine pairings from 5-10 p.m. Balloon drop at midnight with champagne. 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 564-1064.
Kimera Restaurant in Irvine. Rack of lamb or mustard-crusted salmon. Dinner for the first seating (up to 8 p.m.) is $45, or stay the entire night at your table for $75. 19530 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (949) 261-1222.
Don the Beachcomber at Huntington Beach. Jungle Jetsetters Ball, $75 per person. 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach,(562) 592-1321.
Ambrosia at the OC Pavilion in Santa Ana. Seven-course dinner and a show. Two seatings are available. 801 North Main Street, Santa Ana, (714) 550-0811.