Indulge in the holidays minus the kitchen stress
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 12/20/12 - 11:12 AM | 13171 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cusp’s lush interior provides an inviting space for holiday bites and drinks. 
	Courtesy photo by Amy K. Fellows
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With the holidays just days away, there’s enough to stress to go around with last-minute shopping get done, parties to attend or family members and friends to entertain around the clock. Cooking for get-togethers is not only a massive stressor this time of year; it is also an obligation that can take you away from quality time spent with family and friends over the break. To save precious time in the kitchen that may otherwise be spent with loved ones, several La Jolla restaurants are offering special holiday dining options for everyone to enjoy.

Cusp Dining & Drinks, La Jolla’s hottest new spot for sophisticated craft cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired coast-al cuisine, and a relaxing, friendly atmosphere is celebrating the holidays in style with prix fixe menu offerings on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as normal breakfast hours on both days. Executive Chef Donald Lockhart has compiled a tasteful three-course menu with sumptuous options for just $48.

Cusp is also ringing in the New Year with an indulgent $65 four-course menu with seating options at 5 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., followed by live music and a midnight toast at Hiatus, located just downstairs. Cusp will also be open at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1 for endless mimosas, brunch and live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kick off the New Year right.

To make reservations, call (858) 551-3620 or visit

La Jolla's picturesque coastal eatery Brockton Villa will be open for breakfast and lunch on Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. with a full seasonal menu offering to boot.

New Year’s at Brockton Villa is also a can’t-miss event with a standout $59 prix fixe dining experience with champagne and wine pairings for an additional $20 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. To make reservations, call (858) 454-7393 or visit

Sister restaurant Beaumont’s in Bird Rock will be partying it up late on New Year's Eve with a special four-course dinner offering at 8 p.m. and a post dinner celebration starting at 10 p.m., featuring live music by Johnny Cash cover band, Cash'd Out, and specialty cocktails to celebrate the night in style. For pre-sale tickets, call (858) 459-0474 or visit

Beaumont’s will also serve up sumptuous, made-from-scratch dishes from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The award-winning sushi and Asian fusion restaurant, Café Japengo, is offering an all-inclusive staycation package this New Year’s, including a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner for two, bottle of celebratory champagne, admission to the New Year’s countdown party at Michael’s Lounge inside the Hyatt Regency La Jolla hotel and a one night stay at the hotel for $299. The countdown party will include a DJ, dancing, party favors, a late night dessert buffet and balloon drop at midnight. Following the night’s celebrations, guests at the Hyatt are invited to partake in a complimentary breakfast buffet for two at the Barcino Grill inside the hotel. Smaller package options also available. For more information or to book a New Year’s Eve reservation through Café Japengo, call (858) 450-3355 or visit
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