Hip library-themed spot in downtown Santa Ana offers creative fare—e.g., skirt steak with apple chimichurri sauce and yucca fries—and excellent changing “culinary cocktails.” Open until 2 am. L, D (daily).
Destination offers creative seafood, choice beef, salads, renowned desserts such as the molten chocolate-liqueur Lava Cake and seaside vistas—on a clear day you can see La Jolla! D (nightly).
Classic and creative dishes with bold flavors celebrating seasonal and local foods presented in a four-story atrium amid lush palms, orchids and bamboo trees. B (daily), L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).
Craftsman-style spots offer rotisserie chicken, fresh fish, baby-back ribs, pot pie, salads, Six-Layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake and craft beers. L, D (daily).
Casual sibling to the Crow Bar + Kitchen in Corona del Mar offers Angus and Prime beef burgers in intriguing configurations. Try Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!. L, D (daily).
Cal-Ital plus wine shop amid fun decor. Vasi (filled jars), lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini, house-infused liquors. L, D (daily), Br (Su).
Taiwan icon known for xiao long bao—Shanghai-style soup dumplings—opens venue at South Coast Plaza. New York Times included the original in its world’s top 10; the L.A. Times’ Jonathan Gold…
Hawaiian-inspired seafood, Prime steaks and beach-house ambience. Next to the pier; endless ocean views. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).
Hip spot at the Camp serves up sophisticated wood-fired pizzas, ricotta gnocchi with grilled prawns, sautéed broccoli rabe with garlic and chilies. New at Anaheim Packing House. L, D (daily).
California historical landmark serving traditional Mexican fare is housed in two structures, one a 1797 adobe, the other the 1812 jail. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).