ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Attention, revelers! It’s time to start making brunch and dinner plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — which fall this year on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

Check out our annual, dining guide, and scroll through the images above, for some top dine-in and takeout specials offered at restaurants throughout Orange County.

The list has something for all tastes and budgets.

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ACAPULCO RESTAURANT & CANTINA: One dozen holiday tamales ($24), chicken, carnitas, sweet corn or mix & match in increments of six, can be ordered through Jan. 1. online or in restaurants with 24-hour notice. Website. Location in Costa Mesa.

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APPLEBEE’S: Keep the merry going to New Year with $6 Sleigh Bell Sips — the most festive cocktails of the year. Returning from the North Pole are: “Tipsy Reindeer,” holiday punch of Smirnoff Vodka, Ocean Spray Cranberry, passion fruit, premium lemon sour & topped with Santa gummy candy; and “Berry Merry Colada,” Pina Colada-inspired with Captain Morgan between layers of strawberry & melon liqueur & Santa gummy. Offered through end of year, so don’t miss out. Details. Location finder.

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BALBOA BAY RESORT: The waterfront destination offers NYE dinner (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. $325) with four courses & inclusion to Ballroom Celebration. And Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.) includes performance by The Funky Hippeez, dance floor, party favors, midnight toast & late-night snacks in the Grand Ballroom. At 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. Reservations.

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BAYSIDE RESTAURANT: Book a table & ring in the New Year with NYE seating beginning at 5 p.m., and music 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations & more info here. At 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

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BILLY’S AT THE BEACH: A special, three-course prix-fixe menu puts Hawaiian spin on New Year’s Eve, with such pupus as teriyaki-marinated, beef tenderloin skewers & sesame-crusted ahi, plus blackened or grilled swordfish steak entree. Lobster tails & crab claws can be added. Desserts include chocolate rum cake, Key Lime pie & Hawaiian malasadas. Then return Jan. 1 for a New Year’s Day Pajama Party Brunch served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations/info here. At 2751 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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BISTANGO: New Year’s Eve celebration will include dinner, live music, libations & dancing in the lounge, or intimate dinner on patio or in dining room. Reservations & info here. At 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine.

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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: Dine-in, takeout & family-style to-go meals offered for stress-free holiday dining. Among in-house specials planned through Dec. 31 are prime rib & lobster, filet mignon & lobster and deluxe feasts for two to four. To-go, at-home deals include: prime rib family meal (with potatoes or rice, broccoli, molasses bread & eight cookies); and al la carte prime rib that serves six to eight or 12-14. Find locations here, then click for reservations or menu for ordering details.

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BOSTON MARKET: Heat-and-serve, to-go meals available for New Year fests, serving up to 12 starting at $11.99 per person. Options include turkey, honey-glazed ham or turkey breast & ham combo, plus appetizers, sides, rolls & pies for a complete holiday feast. Individual meals also available. Orders can be picked up through Jan. 1. Order details here. Find locales areawide.

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BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN: Celebrate New Year’s with special, three-course dinner, signature holiday cocktails & party favors. $45/person. The eatery is known for its handmade pasta, seafood & steaks. Info/reservations. Location: 210 W. Birch St., Brea.

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BUCA DI BEPPO: Dine at home with one of four to-go Holiday Catering Packages that serve up to 10 (half pan), or up to 20 (full pan), available for pick-up or delivery. Options include salad choice, pasta choice, bread, and entrees & dessert depending on package selected. Info & ordering here. Locations here in Brea, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove.

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BUTCHER’S HOUSE: The modern-day, O.C. brasserie centered arpund the craft of butchery to host five-course, prix-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner Dec. 31. $120/person. Wine pairings optional. Meal begins with Champagne welcome & features such dishes as foie gras terrine with toasted brioche, seared scallop, wagyu eye of rib-eye with morel sauce, French cheeses with accoutrements & chef’s choice dessert. Info/reservations. At 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.

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CALACA MAMAS CANTINA: The Mexican eatery, across from Disneyland, will mark New Year’s Eve with fiesta of two, prix-fixe menus of limited-edition items & classic favorites. 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Dec. 31. (Basic Menu $75 & Bougie Menu $90). Included: one appetizer; one entree, one dessert; one cocktail; & Champagne toast. Catch glimpse of Disneyland’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from outdoor patio. Reservations highly recommended, but walk-ins welcome if space allows. Info/bookings here. At 1550 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim.

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CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN: Both Latin locales will toast New Year’s Eve with live music, party favors & special menu of classics & award-winning margaritas on Dec. 31. Bookings/details. Locations: 110 W. Birch St., Brea & 13126 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

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CHART HOUSE: Pre-order by Dec. 29 for takeout New Year’s Eve dinner for two ($90). Included: prime rib; clam chowder; coconut shrimp; garlic mashed potatoes & Molten Chocolate Cake. Pick-up is Dec. 31. Ordering info here. Or dine on-site with three-course, all inclusive dinner for NYE. Menu & reservations here. Restaurant in Dana Point.

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COMEDOR & THE ROOFTOP LOUNGE AT LA CASA DEL CAMINO: Ring in 2023 with five-course, pre-fixe NYE dinner at Comedor restaurant. $150/person. Two seatings: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Local musician Grace Walker entertains from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Menu options include: amuse bouche of Lady Edison ham, pear & pesto; winter squash; wild mushroom risotto; octopus paella; lobster fra diavolo with caviar & more. After Party (21+) 9 p.m. – midnight with performances by Happy Rabbit, Spliff Riff & The Grinns. Atop Rooftop Lounge, guests count down to midnight with cocktails & champagne, percussionists & appetizers. At 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Reservations.

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DEL TACO: Before the year ends … fan-favorite tamales are offered through Dec. 28. Wrapped in real corn husks with shredded pork, varieties include: Red & Green smothered with zesty red & tangy green sauces, sour cream & cilantro; and Chili Cheese with beef chili, cheddar cheese & sour cream. Available for two ($5) or four pack ($10). Find locations near you.

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DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT: Ready-to-serve holiday party packs can be ordered for takeout in sizes serving from four up to 12. Picnic Pack (starts at $35.90) feeds six to eight with one choice of meat, two large sides & four slices of Texas toast. Family Pack (starts at $61.60) for four to six with two choices of meats, three large sides & six slices of Texas toast. XL Pack for six to eight (starts at $84) with three choices of meats, four large sides, eight Texas toasts. BYB Wings & Ribs Party Pack (starts at $134.40) is combo of 18 ribs, 24 wings, mac and cheese, coleslaw, rolls, & BBQ sauce. And the BYB Original Party Pack for 10 to 12 (starts at $140) with 2 pounds of pulled pork, 2 pounds chopped brisket, cole slaw, barbecue beans, potato salad, rolls, relish & sauce. Ordering info. Location finder.

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EDDIE V’S: Live it up on New Year’s Eve with dinner & festivities. Guests can mix, mingle and dine with signature cocktails, world-class wine list & artistically prepared dishes. Info/reservations. Location in Newport Beach.

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EL POLLO LOCO: Choose from variety of takeout, family dinners with options for eight, 12 or 16 pieces of chicken, plus sides, churros, chips, salsa & tortillas. Chicken pozole also on menu for limited time. Details for online ordering. Location finder here.

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EL TORITO: One dozen holiday tamales ($24), chicken, carnitas, sweet corn or mix & match in increments of six, can be ordered through Jan. 1. online or in restaurants with 24-hour notice. Website. Find locations throughout O.C.

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EUREKA!: Ring in the New Year with “Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned,” back for limited time at the scratch kitchen & craft bar. The holiday cocktail features Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, house-made Gingerbread Syrup, Douglas Fir Liqueur, chocolate bitters, herbal bitters & candied ginger. Restaurants statewide. Location finder here.

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FLY N FISH: New Year’s Eve dinner specials at the oyster bar include hamachi sashimi (citrus ponzu, fried scallops, nori, wasabi cream & pickled ginger) or surf & turf (filet mignon & choice of Maine lobster tail or king crab legs, plus scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus & drawn butter). For dessert: Fly N Fish’s signature Tiramisu, made with rum, kahlua ladyfingers, espresso, sweet mascarpone & shaved dark chocolate. Service begins 4 p.m. Reservations highly recommended at (949) 673-8400 or here for more info. At 2304 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach.

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FOGO DE CHAO: Reservations underway at the Brazilian restaurant for New Year’s Eve & Day. Prix-fixe feasts offer continual service of meats carved tableside by gaucho chefs, along with salads, soup, vegetables, charcuterie & more. Children 6 & younger dine free with purchase of adult Churrasco meal. Reservation info. Location: Irvine.

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GELSON’S MARKETS: Orders are due Dec. 29 for New Year’s dinners for Dec. 30-Jan. 1 pick-up. Holiday options roasted turkey, prime rib, beef brisket, ham, salmon and plant-based celebration & hazelnut cranberry roasts. Such festive sides as mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, gravy, desserts and butter flake dinner rolls also available. See ordering info here. Find stores near you.

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MACARONI GRILL: A “Premium Feast For Five” ($55) is available for takeout or delivery. Included: entree choice; pasta side; Rosa’s Signature Caesar salad; two loaves of rosemary peasant bread; & six chocolate chip cookies. Dine-in service offered, too. Website here. Find location in Tustin.

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MASTRO’S: The Newport Beach location is offering four-course, New Year’s Eve dinner Dec. 31, that includes seafood tower, soup or salad, sides, entree selection (lobster, scallops, filet, pork chop, sea bass, salmon, NY strip or chicken) & dessert platter. Reservations required. $300/person. Details/bookings. At 8112 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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MIGUEL’S JR.: Tamales, a seasonal favorite from co-founder & Chief Recipe Officer Mary Vasquez’s secret family recipe, are available through Dec. 31. Order a-la-carte or pre-order online by the dozen, while supplies last. The new, savory chicken or tried-and-true, chile rojo pork varieties can be mixed & matched. Locations in Orange County. Website with order links here.

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MIX RESTAURANT AT HILTON ANAHEIM: Executive Chef, Juan Lopez is prepping New Year’s Eve menu for Dec. 31, featuring such showstoppers as lobster bisque, rosemary-crusted rack of lamb, bone-in rib-eye & such desserts as Winter White Torte. Bookings here. At 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim.

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MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH: Mark New Year with three resort events NYE Dec. 31. “Toast to a Roaring 20 Years” Party at Studio (7 p.m. – 1 a.m.) with DJ, entertainment, lounge-style seating, culinary stations, open bar, countdown & midnight champagne toast. ($750/guest, ages 21+). New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Loft (8 p.m.) with four-course tasting menu, featuring Madeira-braised veal cheek, bluefin toro tartar & wagyu New York Strip. And in Lobby Lounge (9 p.m. – 1 a.m.) a lively celebration with entertainment by David Allen Baker & reserved table service & lounge seating packages available. Info/reservations. Location: 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE: A three-course “Chateaubriand Holiday Dinner” for two ($179) is offered through Dec. 31. Included: “Winter Green Salad” to share, with goat cheese, candied walnuts & balsamic vinaigrette; chateaubriand sliced tableside; choice of two sides; and one dessert per guest, either sticky toffee bread pudding, Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake or bruleed cheesecake. For dine-in only. Reservations here. See locations in Anaheim, Santa Ana.

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NORMS: The iconic diner chain is ready to serve diners on NYE & New Year’s Day with its all-day breakfasts, such classics as meatloaf with mashed potatoes, salads, soups, sandwiches & pies, along with takeout options for individual meals or group-size platters. Find locations in Orange County.

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NORTH ITALIA: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with three-course, pre-fixe dinner starring house- favorite Italian cuisine. Among menu selections are lobster ricotta gnocchi, spicy pork ragu, roasted porchetta & pumpkin spice butter cake. $70/person beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 31. Specialty cocktails & regular menu also available. Reservations encouraged, but not required. Info/booking details. Location in Irvine.

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OLIVE GARDEN: Family-style takeout meals could be the New Year way to go. Orders can be placed for to-go meals to serve four to six or up to 12. See meal deals here. Options include such dishes as ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, shrimp alfredo, chicken parmigiana, with salads & breadsticks. Order info. Find locations near you.

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ORANGE HILL: The coastal-view steakhouse plans five-course NYE menu with glass of midnight champagne & hilltop views of fireworks over Orange County skyline. Two seatings: early table at 5:30 p.m. ($125 for patio table & $115 for window seat) or late-night 9 p.m. ($155 patio table & $140 window seat). Menu highlights include chilled oysters, salmon tartare, apricot-glazed Kobe short ribs, crab cake, squid-ink bucatini, sea bass, filet mignon & chocolate fudge cake. Info/reservations. At 6410 East Chapman Ave., Orange.

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OUTER REEF AT LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT: On New Year’s Eve, four-time James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar’s coastal eatery will serve special, limited a la carte menu with seatings Dec. 31 from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Among featured dishes are East & West Coast oysters, diver scallops, toasted potato gnocchi with dungeness crab, lobster agnolotti, swordfish, steak & cod. Reservations/full menu here. At Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point.

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RED LOBSTER: Make it a seafood-forward holiday with new party platters & takeout family meals. Check out catering or “Create Your Own Ultimate Feast” options — starring a new dish, “Cheddar Bay Shrimp,” a mash-up of shrimp & the chain’s popular Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Plus three, limited-time holiday drinks are on menus, including “Snowglobe Sangria,” blend of Barefoot Moscato, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, edible shimmer, white cranberry juice & topped with cranberries. Ordering info. Find sites areawide.

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Prix-fixe menus served in-house New Year’s Day & Eve, with starter, entree choice of steak & shrimp or surf & turf, plus side & dessert. Booking details. See sites in Anaheim, Irvine.

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7-ELEVEN: On New Year’s Day, 7Rewards customers can score a whole cheese or pepperoni pizza for $6 via 7NOW, 7-Eleven’s delivery app, from participating stores. Limit one per order. Rewards info here.

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THE BLIND PIG KITCHEN + BAR: Both locations to host Roaring ’20s-themed, speakeasy-style New Year’s Eve fests Dec. 31. with live music & complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Along with regular menu, a NYE special Lobster Thermidor (whole Maine lobster, toasted brioche rolls, housemade potato chips) will be served. Specialty cocktails include “The Upside Down,” made with hazelnut-infused rye, rum, creme de banane, chocolate liquor, turbinado, cream, egg & bitters. Reservations. Locations: 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita & 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda.

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THE MAYOR’S TABLE AT LIDO HOUSE: Bookings underway for New Year’s Eve Soiree, Dec. 31 – 5 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Festivities includes welcome glass of champagne, four-course menu, hand-selected wine pairing & live music. Reservations. At 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.

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URBAN PLATES: The chain has an $89 Holiday Bundle on its takeout menu through Dec. 31. The special feeds four with: choice of protein, (grilled chicken, chicken tenders, steak or salmon. Chimichurri steak is additional $2) two sides (roasted Brussels sprouts with turkey bacon, creamed spinach, roasted rainbow carrots or golden beets); rustic bread; salad; & cookies. Family-size sides also available. See here for order links. Locales in Orange County.

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