New Year's Eve 2020 Dinners To-Go: O.C. Restaurants

Susan C. Schena

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — However you plan to kick 2020 to the curb, chances are you'll be doing it from home. So make it a feast with one of these takeout, dining specials from restaurants throughout Orange County.

We've selected some stand-out offers to fit all tastes and budgets. Peruse the list to see what appeals near you, and don't delay on ordering. Plus, an order from local eateries helps support the coronavirus-battered restaurant industry and staff..

And to all our readers: Happy New Year, from Patch!

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BILLY'S AT THE BEACH: Celebrate with a Billy's to-go prix-fixe, three-course dinner for two ($100) that starts with a choice of Caesar salad, cheese bread or clam chowder. Entree options include: Billy’s signature Pineapple Soy Glazed Pork Chop; salmon; filet mignon (+$10 upgrade); or Surf and Turf (+$25). Dessert is housemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Veuve Clicquot or Mai Tais can be added. Call (949) 722-1100 to preorder for Dec. 31, New Year's Eve pick-up. Details here. Billy's at the Beach is at 2751 West Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach.

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BJ'S RESTAURANT BREWHOUSE: Keep New Year's Eve meal-prep simple with an array of Family Feasts and Family Bundles that serve four to six. Options include prime rib, pork chops, pizza, pasta, chicken, wings or ribs, plus sides and salads. See selections here. Location finder here.

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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: The chain is featuring a "New Year's Eve To-Go Pack" ($99 for two) with two filets, two lobster tails, appetizer, sides, dessert. Also available: a prime rib feast that serves four to six and includes horseradish, au jus, mashed potatoes, broccoli, dessert and molasses bread. Orders can be placed here for take-away or curbside pickup. Click here to find a Black Angus near you.

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BLIND PIG: The Rancho Santa Margarita locale is bringing back its popular DIY Burger Kits if you want to fire up the grill for celebrations. The $30 takeout special includes two 2.5-pound patties, two brioche buns, The Blind Pig’s House Spread, plus all the fixins! To order, call (949) 888-0072. The grill package can be picked up curbside at the restaurant, 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy. in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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BOSTON MARKET: Heat-and-serve meals are on the menu for a hassle-free celebration, featuring entrees, appetizers, sides and pies to feed four to 12 and starting at $10 per person. Options include: rotisserie prime rib; spiral–sliced ham; whole roasted turkey; or a combination of turkey breast & honey-glazed ham. A la carte entrees, sides and whole pies can be pre-ordered for pick-up through Jan. 1. Details here. There are 24 Boston Markets throughout California.

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BUCA DI BEPPO: A four-course, "Holiday Cake Boss" package can be ordered featuring salad, pasta, an entree and for dessert — a six-inch cake from The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro & Carlo's Bakery. While supplies last. Info here. All California locations here.

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CAFE GRATITUDE: Keep it festive with such specials as plant-based, flavor-filled pies and sides as Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash & Garnet Yams ($30), Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($35), Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad ($35), or Executive Chef Dreux Ellis' gluten-free Maple Pecan Spice Cake, Tuscan Apple Cake and Mocha Cheesecake. Also on the takeout menu: DIY Holiday Cookie Kits, plant-based and gluten-free, free of artificial colorings and shortening, with red frosting colored with beet juice, and green frosting made with matcha powder. Place orders online or in-store at Café Gratitudes in San Diego, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Venice.

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CAPITAL GRILLE: For New Year's Eve takeout in Costa Mesa, The Capital Grille is featuring three-course "Holidays at Home" dinners with beef tenderloin and choice of butter-poached lobster tails or scampi-style jumbo shrimp, salad, sides and brûlée-style cheesecake for dessert. Also among menu options: a four-course dinner with selection of whole rack of bone-in filet or Kona crusted bone-in prime rib, clam chowder, salad, sides and dessert; such "Holiday Sides at Home" as Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese and Hoisin-Glazed Brussels Sprouts; or for at-home chefs — two Holiday Grille Boxes. See ordering links here. The Capital Grille is at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate the end of the year the #TacoLife way with $5 burrito combos on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at Chronic Tacos in California. Get a burrito, chips, salsa and drink for $5. The offer excludes fish, shrimp, steak and Beyond Beef. Available only through online ordering and Chronic Tacos App: website and app. At participating locales, so call your nearest eatery to confirm. Details here. Location finder here.

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DEL TACO: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the chain is celebrating "Happy Tamaledays" with a new slate of seasoned, shredded pork tamales and a Tamale Fiesta Pack with 12 tamales for the whole family, Salsa Casera and utensils. Location finder here.

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DESCANO RESTAURANT: The Costa Mesa eatery is featuring holiday favorite pozole through the end of the month. The pozole special includes 32 ounces of pozole rojo (hominy, guajillo chile broth, pulled pork, red onion, chile peron and oregano) and all the fixings to heat and serve. Order online or call (714) 486-3798. Descano is at 1555 Adams Ave. in Costa Mesa.
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DOG HAUS: Hold off until New Year's Day for the "Mr. Miyagi" Chef Collaboration Series special, available Jan. 1 through March. Mr. Miyagi is a deep-fried beef dog topped with mayo, teriyaki sauce, caramelized onions, tempura crumbles and wasabi furikake, served on grilled King's Hawaiian rolls. $1 of purchase price from each benefits national charity partner, No Kid Hungry. Dog Haus locations throughout California can be found here.

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EDDIE V'S: Order from the takeout Holiday Menu, featuring four courses with shrimp-cocktail, starter, salad, dessert and entree choice of tenderloin or sea bass, plus sides. Pick-up dates: Dec. 30–31 and Jan. 1. Find restaurants here (San Diego, Palm Desert, Newport Beach and La Jolla) and call soon if you wish to order.

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EL TORITO: Pick up a "Holiday Feast To-Go," for up to 10 people, through New Year's Day with eight-hour notice. The feast offers: Chile Colorado or carnitas; one dozen tamales; taco bar with fixings; enchiladas; Mexican Caesar salad; and whole pecan pie. Tamale orders can be placed through Jan. 3. Find California locations here.

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FARMER BOYS: Farmer Boys is serving its seasonal, fan-favorite Boston Clam Chowder and Scratch-Made Chili. Made with potatoes and sea clams, the chowder is simmered in broth and seasoned with herbs and spices, while the chili is made with 100% pure beef, a proprietary blend of spices and topped with cheddar cheese and onion. The duo is available for a limited time. Location finder here.

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FRESH BROTHERS: A new, holiday special running through the end of 2020 is a Lasagna Family Meal, which serves six to eight for $39 and includes a tray of lasagna, 12 Fresh Knots and a Caesar or fresh salad. Also new to the menu is a Wings Bundle, ($49.99) with three new sauces – Nashville Hot, Mango Habanero and Korean BBQ, plus 50 baked wings. Fresh Brothers locales are throughout Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and San Diego.

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FUEGO AT HOTEL MAYA: The Long Beach restaurant is offering a three-course, "FueGO ToGO" New Year's Eve dinner special for pick-up Dec. 31. The first course is a choice of Lobster and Corn Bisque or Burrata Tomato Salad. Entrée selections: Filet Mignon; Chilean Sea Bass; Roasted Maple Leaf Duck; or Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail. Dessert is Chocolate Ganache Cake. For ordering, follow this link or call 562-481-3910. Fuego is at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

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GELSON'S: The Southern California markets are offering NYE dinner options with Live North Atlantic Lobsters at $14.99/lb. through Jan. 3 (while supplies last). See all holiday selections here, and do note ordering deadlines. Find your nearest Gelson's here.

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IHOP: The limited-time Holiday Family Feast, a four-serving, pancake-party kit with Sweet Milk Mousse, OREO® Cookie Pieces, glazed strawberries and festive sprinkles, comes with with eight buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage. It is available for delivery or curbside pick-up for $27.99. Details here. Location finder here.

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MACARONI GRILL: All your favorites are available for takeout or delivery for New Year's, along with such specials as Feast for Five, starting at $25 with entree choice, Caesar salad and bread, or Take-and-Bake Lasagna Bolognese ($40 for four to five people or $75 for eight to 10). See info here. See all California locations here.

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MARIE CALLENDER'S: Select from five, take-home feasts with options for ham or turkey, or a combo. Dinners include trimmings and such sides as mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread and pie. See info here. Find your nearest Marie Callender's here.

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MASTRO'S RESTAURANT: A "New Year's Eve To-Go Package" is available for two people with four options from $295 to $575. All come with party hats, noise makers, blow horns and balloons. Call to order. Info here. The offer is at the following locales only: Beverly Hills; Newport Beach; Malibu; Thousand Oaks; Palm Desert; San Francisco; and Costa Mesa.

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MIGUEL'S JR.: The restaurant's famous holiday tamales and homemade pozole are back, with Mary's Tamales available through Dec. 31 and pozole through Feb. 16. Order online for curbside pick-up, drive-thru or delivery. Miguel's Jr. locales are in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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MIIRCH SOCIAL: The holiday special at the Fullerton eatery features two chicken or veggie appetizers and three curries, bread or rice, plus a choice of samosas, tandoori chicken wings, and Prawn Koliwada for starters. Entrees: Pick three curries, such as the Goan Prawn Curry, Bengal Fish Curry, Amritsari Chole or more. This is a limited time offer for up to six people and is only valid for takeout orders placed directly through the restaurant. Ordering info here. Miirch Social is at 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton.

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NORMS: A deal running through Jan. 9 offers patrons, who spend $25 or more, a free individual take-home comfort meal — either Fettucine Alfredo, Roasted Turkey or NORMS' iconic meatloaf. The $25 can be in the form of any purchase whether it's $25 worth of gift cards, family meals, coffee, etc. It all counts! Those who spend $50 or more will receive two, free take-home comfort meals, $75 gets three and so forth. Also at the diner chain: family meals to-go, including steak, burger and breakfast packages. See website here. Find NORMS locations and store phone numbers here.
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OLD VINE KITCHEN & BAR: The acclaimed Costa Mesa restaurant is offering New Year’s Eve Takeout for Two ($150), with Frutti du Mare, Lasagnette and a 6-ounce Filet Mignon. Grandma’s Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis is also included for dessert. And don't miss the heat-and-serve Brunch Menu, plus several retail packages. View the website here. To order, call (714) 545-1411. Old Vine is at 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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OLIVE GARDEN: Celebrate flipping the calendar to 2021 with the chain's Bake-at-Home Family Meals. Choose from Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells (serves five, starting at $39.99) or Classic Lasagna (serves six, starting at $44.99), both served with a jumbo house salad, bottle of signature Italian dressing and one dozen, ready-to-bake breadsticks. Wine to-go can be added, starting at $15 a bottle. Order online here. Find your closest Olive Garden here.

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ORANGE HILL RESTAURANT: This iconic eatery is offering an array of New Year's Eve At Home packages that feature appetizers, premium Surf & Turf and decadent desserts! The meals are available for pick-up Dec. 30- 31 and must be pre-ordered 12 hours in advance. Wine or "bubbles" can be added. Orange Hill is located at 6410 E. Chapman Ave. in Orange. Follow this link for menu and ordering info.

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P.F. CHANG'S: The chain is offering limited-time, takeout holiday family meals to serve four, six, eight or 10, with appetizers, Dim Sum, soup and such entrees as Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, Lo Mein or Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. Prices are approximately $20 per person. See menu here. Find locales here.

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PATXI'S PIZZA: On New Year's Eve throughout California, Patxi's Pizza is offering 20% off takeout orders and any 14-inch, thin-crust specialty pizza for $20. Both offers will be available Dec. 31 only and can be redeemed in-person or via phone, app or online with code BYE2020, and no minimum purchase is required. Follow this link for details. Patxi's Pizza shops are located here.

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PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut is delivering the Triple Treat Box for the holidays, with three courses in one festively wrapped box. Each features a three-in-one meal, with two medium one-topping pizzas, five breadsticks and 10 Cinnabon® Mini Rolls. The meal starts at $20.99 and is for a limited time at traditional Pizza Hut locations. Find your nearest store here.

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RED LOBSTER: Enter the restaurant's sweepstakes by Jan. 6 for a chance to win a year of free Red Lobster. Patrons who download the free loyalty program app, My Red Lobster Rewards, and complete member profiles automatically will be entered. Existing app users will receive an entry in their "My Rewards" wallets. To boost chances of winning, app users can earn an additional entry for each To-Go order placed through Jan. 6, and one more entry for adding four cans of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and/or Mountain Dew to takeout orders. The contest also has runner-up prizes. See details here. Restaurant location finder here.

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RUBIO'S COASTAL GRILL: The long-time holiday tradition, Langostino Lobster, is back on Rubio's menus through Jan. 5. Drizzled in warm, garlic-herb butter, Langostino Lobster this year is featured in the new Puerto Nuevo Burrito, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and a new Puerto Nuevo two-taco plate that includes a Langostino Lobster Taco and Original Fish Taco®. Rubio's locations here.

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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE: "Chef's favorite" prix-fixe meals feature a starter, entrée & a personal side and can be ordered for pick-up or delivery for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Options include a "Celebration Surf & Turf," with two lobster tails and choice of filet. See promo details here. Locations here.

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SAJJ MEDITERRANEAN: This offer is not for New Year's Eve, however ... use code 2021 at checkout and receive a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal on all menu items (excluding family meals) Dec. 30. Or enjoy BOGO deals Jan. 8 to Jan. 10 on Build-Your-Own Entrees with code FUELUP at checkout. SAJJ Irvine serves Mediterreanean-inspired cuisine with customizable options. The discounts only available via SAJJ Mediterranean’s app or website. Locations in Irvine, Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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SEASONS 52: On the menu this year: The Green Box, a complete, takeout dining experience perfect for New Year's Eve. Boxes feature choice of Kona Crusted Wood-Grilled Tenderloin or Whole Side of Cedar Plank Salmon, salad, sides and six mini-indulgence desserts. Dinners serve four to six people and are available for pre-order up to 24 hours in advance, including pickup on New Year's Eve. Additionally, Seasons 52 is offering guests who purchase $100 in gift cards an additional $20 bonus card. See ordering info here. Locations in Costa Mesa, Sacramento and San Diego - UTC.
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SLAPFISH: Ring in the new year with a decadent Lobster Pot Pie, available through Dec. 31 at the flagship Huntington Beach location. The $14 elegant entree, with carrots, celery, peas, potatoes, 8 ounces of lobster meat and topped with a flaky, puff-pastry crust, serves two to four, and is available as a take-and-bake option. The flagship Slapfish is at 19696 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach.

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SLATER'S 50/50: A 24-Karat Burger and a new Peppermint Milkshake are on tap through December at Slater's 50/50 restaurants in Fresno, Pasadena, Valencia and Huntington Beach. The 24-Karat Burger is made with a half-pound, Wagyu beef patty topped with 24-karat gold-dusted "billionaire" bacon, truffle cheese, arugula and bacon jam on a 24-karat gold-dusted brioche bun. The peppermint mocha shake is topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, and garnished with a fudge brownie and peppermint bark candy. See here for restaurant addresses.

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SUSHI ROKU: With locations in Newport Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica, Sushi Roku is rolling out all-new sushi boxes for takeout. The Sushi Fix ($28 and $26 at Pasadena and Newport Beach) includes five-piece nigiri, spicy tuna cut roll or baked crab hand roll, sunomono & edamame; The Deluxe Sushi Fix ($42 - all three sites) offers seven-piece nigiri, toro jalapeno cut roll, baked crab hand roll & edamame; and the Allstar Specialty Roll Pack ($95 and feeds 4 at Pasadena and Santa Monica) features Katana Roll, Gensai Roll, Senshi Roll, White Lotus Roll, Tuna Jalapeno Roll and Baked Crab Roll. Restaurant's website here.

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THE ROOFTOP LOUNGE: The Laguna Beach hotspot is featuring a duo of menus available for takeout and delivery with Rooftop Lounge’s American fare and bottled cocktails by Yamashiro Beverage Co., plus elevated homestyle Chinese cuisine from the restaurant’s new ghost kitchen: Surf Panda. See menu options here. The Rooftop is at 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

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YARD HOUSE: Keep the celebrations going and make the most of this holiday season with a Yard House Tailgate Takeout Pack. Included: chicken nachos; wings (traditional, boneless or Gardein, with choice of sauce); and a choice of two pizzas for $50. Top it off with a 64-ounce growler of such beer as the new Yard House and Stone Brewing collaboration, Southern Pass Texas Lager. For more info and to order online, visit the Yard House site. See locations here.

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If you know of other New Year's Eve dining deals, share with Patch readers in the comments sections.

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ALSO SEE: Restaurant Week 2021: Guide To The Best In California

This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch