December 19th, 2018

Party on the Waterfront: Where to Celebrate Xmas & New Year’s in Marina del Rey

The biggest holidays of the year are coming up fast, and now is the time to start making your plans, booking reservations and preparing for the magic of Marina-style celebrations. When it comes to the quintessential Marina del Rey soirée, there’s one element that is non-negotiable–you have to be on the waterfront. (Especially for New Year’s Eve when a spectacular fireworks show will light up the sky over the main channel!) So we’ve compiled a short list of harborside spots that are doing it up right for the holidays with special menus and breathtaking views that will make you feel downright jolly and bright.

Before we get to your game plan options though, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Be safe, enjoy the fun, and have a happy, healthy 2019!

Café del Rey  •  4451 Admiralty Way

As one of the best, most romantic restaurants in West LA, you can count on incredible, beautifully prepared holiday meals at Café del Rey. For New Year’s, remember to reserve a table outside and you’ll be sure to dazzle your date with those views.

Christmas Menu Highlights: Sweet White Corn and Venus Clam Soup; Slow-Roasted Prime Rib; Chocolate Peppermint Yule Log.
Price: $69 per adult
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New Year’s Menu Highlights: Wild Mushroom & Truffle Soup; Eggplant & Zucchini Gratin; Filet Mignon; Poached Pear.
Price:$90 per adult
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SALT  •  13534 Bali Way

SALT at Marina del Rey Hotel has a scrumptious looking menu (especially for seafood lovers) on the books for the New Year at a cool $125 per person. This chef is always spot-on with the yummies so you’ll know it’ll be amazing. Our advice? Splurge, people!

New Year’s Menu Highlights: Shellfish Plateau (i.e. Maine lobster, Dungeness crab, blue oysters and jumbo shrimp) and Roasted Norwegian Halibut
Price:$125 per person
Make Reservations by calling 424.289.8223


Beachside Restaurant  •  4175 Admiralty Way 

The Jamaica Bay Inn’s restaurant is going seriously all out for New Year’s with a stunner of a menu filled with gourmet goodies. Want to bid a sophisticated farewell to 2018 (with a dollop of Parisian caviar)? Book that table, friend.

New Year’s Menu Highlights: Petrossian Caviar and Champagne; Black Truffle Laced Spaghetti; Chilean Seabass; Chocolate Bomb Cake
Price:Per Dish
Make Reservations by calling 310.439.3033


Whiskey Red’s  •  13813 Fiji Way

When it comes to buffets, I think we can all agree that Whiskey Red’s is king…the spread is never ending, the food is grand and the atmosphere is just plain fun. If you want the full experience on New Year’s, go for the patio seating—it’s $20 extra and totally worth it. Plus, the New Year’s festivities include a DJ, dancing, party favors and champagne (of course).

Christmas Day Champagne Brunch 
Highlights:Bottomless Mimosas, crab legs, prime rib, waffle station and more.
Price:$59.95 per adult
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New Year’s Eve Champagne Buffet 
New Year’s Menu Highlights: Prime rib, raw bar (crab legs, mussels, oysters), salmon, gourmet salads, chocolate fountain, and more.
Price:$95 per adult for patio seating/$85 for window seating/$75 for indoor seating
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Hornblower Cruise • 13755 Fiji Way

If you haven’t been on a Hornblower dining cruise, the holidays are definitely the time to give it a go—they’re festive and fun and offer major Insta moments. If you book for New Year’s, pick an evening cruise because your view of the fireworks will be out of this world. Remember that all prices listed don’t include tax and service fees.



Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise
Cruises: 6 pm to 9 pm
Entertainment: DJ and dancing
Eats: Four-course seated dinner
Price: $95 per person
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Christmas Day Champagne Brunch Cruise
Cruises: 12 pm to 2 pm
Entertainment: Live jazz
Eats: Brunch buffet + free-flowing Champagne
Price: $80.95 per person
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Christmas Day Buffet Dinner Cruise
Cruises: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Entertainment: DJ and dancing
Eats: Four-course seated dinner
Price: $99 per person
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New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise
Cruises: noon to 2 pm
Entertainment: Live jazz
Eats: Brunch buffet + free-flowing Champagne
Price: $75 per person
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New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Cruises: 9 pm to 12:30 am
Entertainment: DJ and dancing
Eats: Five-course seated dinner + open bar
Price: $236.25 per person
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New Year’s Eve Dessert & Cocktail Cruises
Cruise Times: 9 pm to 12:30 am and 10 pm to 1 am
Entertainment: DJ and dancing
Eats: Lots of Appetizers + cash bar
Price: $136.50 per person
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What are your holiday plans? Let us know if you’re celebrating in Marina del Rey this year!