Still looking for ideas on where to ring in 2011? Here are some great local spots celebrating New Year's Eve.


Sol Cocina

Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in true Baja style at Sol Cocina without leaving Orange County. On Friday, dine on Executive Chef Deborah Schneider's regular dinner menu, along with special twists on traditional Baja cuisine, including grilled Maine lobster with creamy green chile mac n' cheese, and Angus short ribs braised with red wine, buttery pureed potatoes, roasted root vegetables and crispy onions.

On New Year's Day, start with a real south of the border spin on breakfast during weekend brunch! Come in for bottomless mimosas and new huevos rancheros: eggs over easy on corn tortillas with refried black beans topped with fresh tomato salsa ranchera, roasted poblano chiles, cheese and avocado.

As always, dinner service begins at 4:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve and brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sol Cocina is at 251 Pacific Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 675-9800 or visit


Palm Terrace Restaurant

Palm Terrace Restaurant at Island Hotel in Newport Beach is offering an elegant five-course menu created by Chef Bill Bracken and live piano music. Price is $125 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), with seatings from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Palm Terrace Lounge will also be a lively spot to toast the New Year in style — with a selection of New Year's Eve bar bites from Bracken, desserts, live entertainment and dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Price is $110 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

The hotel is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 760-4920 or visit


Sundried Tomato

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Sundried Tomato in Laguna Beach on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. There are special New Year's Eve three-course dinners for $50 with a champagne toast at midnight. And you can save 15% on dinner with an early reservation from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

At its San Clemente location, you can dance to the music you love with DJ Frankie Boombox from 10 p.m. until late into the night. The Laguna Beach location is at 361 Forest Ave. #103. For more information, call (949) 494-3312.


Pinot Provence

Pinot Provence is offering three- or four-course prix-fixe menus for $75 beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, and it is open New Year's Day at 8 a.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.

For more information, call (714) 444-5900 or visit