New Year's Eve dining and parties in Marina del Rey Los Angeles

Marina del Rey Holiday Dining Guide

The most wonderful time of year is upon us in L.A.’s Marina. Lights will be on display at Burton Chace Park. The annual holiday boat parade will light up the harbor. And families and friends will gather from near and far. The most important question they’ll ask:  “Where should we eat?” This is where our Marina del Rey holiday dining guide comes into play. Check out the fun, festive dining events taking place in December including dining cruises, Christmas brunches and dinners, as well as New Year’s Eve festivities that will make anyone and everyone rock around the Christmas tree! 

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays in Marina del Rey:

  1. Al fresco dining is available at many dining spots, perfect for California “winter” temperature. 
  2. You can enjoy dining on the water with holiday dining cruises throughout December.
  3. The annual holiday boat parade is one of the most beloved traditions in Marina del Rey. Treat your family and friends to delicious dining with a view of the decorated boats on the harbor. 
  4. The Marina features a variety of restaurants with cuisine that will please all palates. 
  5. The Marina offers some of the most incredible views of the holiday lights and of course, the fireworks show at New Year’s Eve!

Make reservations early, especially those dining in large groups. Families have plenty of options with many restaurants offering kid-friendly menus. Book your table early for New Year’s Eve as many of the restaurants book up quickly! Check out the 2019 Marina del Rey holiday dining guide below. And don’t forget to share this information with your loved ones. They’ll thank you for it! 

THOUGHOUT DECEMBER: Holiday Dining Cruises with Hornblower Cruises

Tis' the season to celebrate the holidays with Hornblower Cruises! Choose from a holiday lunch cruise, Christmas Eve buffet dinner, Christmas Day brunch cruise, Christmas Day buffet dinner cruise or the New Year's Eve brunch, dinner or dessert & cocktail cruise! Make your reservation online today.

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DECEMBER 14: Whiskey Red's Holiday Boat Parade Dinner Buffet

Watch the annual holiday boat parade from Whiskey Red's, a waterfront restaurant featuring some of the best views of the boats! The dinner buffet includes a kids station, assorted desserts and live entertainment. Cost is $80 per adult, $35 per child (ages 5-12) for premium seating (patio and windows). Inside seating is $55 per adult and $25 per child (ages 5-12). Bar seating is $45 per person (21+ only). Ticket is required for entry. Make reservations today by clicking below.

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DECEMBER 24: Cafe del Rey Christmas Eve Dinner

Gift yourself and your loved ones with stunning Marina views paired with a four-course meal by Executive Chef Job Carder, featuring Roasted Chestnut Soup to start, followed by choice of Belgian Endive or Baby Frisée Salad, and main course options such as the Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Honey & Clove Roasted Goose, or Salmon en Croute. Cost is $89 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). Teenagers can receive same menu at a $20 discount, as well as a kids menu for those 12 and under with a turkey plate offering. Call 310-823-6395 for reservations. Dinner will be served between 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 25: Whiskey Red Christmas Day Champagne Buffet

Don't stress over the holidays...relax with family and friends at Whiskey Red's Christmas Eve champagne buffet featuring herb crusted roasted turkey, prime rib, holiday ham, crab legs, traditional sides, live entertainment and special guest appearance by Santa Claus! Cost is $62.95 per adult and $29.95 per child (ages 5-12). Make your reservation online today! Or call 310-823-4522.

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DECEMBER 25: Cast & Plow Christmas Brunch and Dinner

Indulge in a three-course prix fixe brunch at Cast & Plow between 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A three-course prix fixe Christmas dinner is also available between 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call to make reservations: 310-574-4333

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DECEMBER 25: Beachside Christmas Dinner

Head to Beachside at Marina "Mother's" Beach and be delighted with a special Christmas dinner, available from 5:30 p.m. to close. Make sure to try the signature holiday cocktail: Gingerbread Old Fashioned. Reservations are recommended. Call 310-823-5333.

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DECEMBER 31: Cast & Plow New Year's Eve Dinner

Ring in the New Year with a decadent dinner and live music at Cast & Plow in The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Make reservations at one of the following seating times: A four-course prix fixe meal is offered between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The second option is a five-course prix fixe dinner offered between 9:30 and midnight. Reservations are required. Fireplace tables can be reserved for exclusive views of the fireworks display and includes a bottle of sparkling wine. Fireplace tables are $100 each and all other outdoor tables are $50 each. Call to make reservations: 310-574-4333

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DECEMBER 31: Cafe del Rey New Year's Eve Dinner

New Year's Eve gets even more magical at Cafe del Rey, with a four-course dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring Diver Scallop Crudo or Wagyu Steak Carpaccio, housemade Wild Mushroom Soup and entrée choices such as Grilled Westholme Australian Wagyu Ribeye, Roasted Sonoma Lamb Loin or a Cedar Smoked Halibut Filet. Cost is $119 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). Teenagers can receive same menu at $20 off, as well as a kids menu for those 12 and under. Cafe del Rey will also offer two champagne toasts for both the East and West coasts, alongside live music from DJ MAX from 8:30pm to 12:30am. Call 310-823-6395 for reservations.

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DECEMBER 31: Tony P's New Year's Eve

Enjoy music, dancing, and window views of the fireworks at Tony P's Dockside Grill. In the restaurant and patio areas, reserve a table for after 9 p.m. and you get to keep it for the rest of the night! In the Tavern, DJ entertainment will keep you dancing till the wee hours. No cover charge for dinner service patrons, and $20 at the door for those coming just to party. Celebrate 2020 with a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast.

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DECEMBER 31: Whiskey Red's New Year's Eve

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Whiskey Red's and enjoy the best views of the Marina del Rey fireworks! The festivities include hors d’oeuvres, a celebratory three-course dinner, live entertainment and more. First seating (earlybird dinner) is at 5 p.m. and second seating is at 8:30 p.m. Prices vary based on patio, window or indoor seating.

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