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Late 2013 Openings

The Federal Bar

The Federal Bar

Chianina Steakhouse {5716 East Second Street, Long Beach; 562.434.2333}

2200 years ago, the ancient Romans living in Central Italy began raising Chianina cattle—one of the largest and oldest breeds available today. At Chianina Steakhouse (opened in late-2013) you can try a cut of this time-tested, high-quality beef, butchered in-house and raised on an all-natural/vegetarian diet, which means no steroids, hormones, or antibiotics. Steaks aren’t the only items that surpass expectations; potato sides come in five ways, like Kennebec Frites and Yukon Gratin. Sauces and toppings go the extra mile—would you like bone marrow or a poached egg with that filet? And locally-sourced, seasonal vegetables will freshen up any plate. chianina.com

The Federal Bar {102 Pine Avenue, Long Beach; 562.435.2000}

Having already made a successful splash in North Hollywood, The Federal Bar strikes again with a new location in Long Beach. If you’ve ever held political aspirations, you’ll surely get a kick out of the stately surroundings. Enter through stentorian white columns leading to double wooden doors, cloaked in marble ornamentation with the restaurant’s name in gold lettering overhead. Inside, black leather booths, tall ceilings, and finished hardwood walls evoke the feel of the U.S. Senate floor. The Fed is a great spot for a power brunch or lunch, or for a dinner that pleases everyone, regardless of political affiliation. The diverse menu offers everything from healthy salads and pizzas, to fried chicken and short ribs. It also happens to be a great venue to rent out for a presidential-caliber private affair. thefederalbar.com

Bonefish Grill {3040 El Camino Real, Tustin; 714.368.7613}

This seafood-focused, upscale grill has proved itself in 32 states across the country and, in late-2013, finally made its debut in California. The words “special” and “celebration” are part of Bonefish Grill’s daily vocabulary. They elevate their signature fish by cooking it to flaky perfection in a wood-burning grill, and help you celebrate with a selection of regional craft brews on draught, and “bar-fresh” cocktails. For the landlubbers, Bonefish also offers chicken dishes and steaks, as well as lighter bites in vegetable form. Mandatory appetizer order: the Bang Bang Shrimp, fried and tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce. bonefishgrill.com

Eureka! {7631 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, 310.331.8228}

We’ve found it! The restaurant that has everything has just set up shop in Surf City. Locally-owned? Of course. Innovative, playful takes on delectable classics? Check. Craft beers and California wines? Double check. “EATertainment” in the form of live music, sports on the flatscreens, and weekly events? They wouldn’t have it any other way. If you yearn for variations on your burger, Eureka! will delight you with the likes of fig marmalade, melted goat cheese, and spicy porter mustard. If it’s the family dinner of yesteryear you’re nostalgic for, try Your Mama’s ‘80s Style Taco Salad, ringed with corn chips. If you can believe it, the environs are possibly even hipper than the menu, with vintage Old Growth Douglas fir wood tables and paneling, recycled steel beams, and, of course, an industrial community table. Prepare to jump enthusiastically from your seat as you discover this truly enlightened experience. eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Ways and Means {513 East Chapman Avenue, Orange; 714.516.1800}

Dining at this new spot in historic Old Towne Orange is a way to secure fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and a means to a very sweet end, where “desserts are not an afterthought.” First things first: Chefs de Cuisine Benjamin Wallenbeck and Justin Odegard start you off with fresh seafood in cocktail or tower form with a medley of sauces. Then, fill your plate with Bamboo Steamed Halibut, alongside cumin-spiced savory cabbage, braised oxtail, and baby leeks, or the Roasted Duck Breast with a butternut purée, Puy lentils, and a sunny side-up quail’s egg. Speaking of egg, Ways and Means does brunch too—creatively assembled, affordably priced. And the dessert we mentioned is indeed worth saving room for. Your party may need to adopt a “divide and conquer” strategy to sample each treat, but we’re particularly tempted to have our way with the Cilantro & Chile Mango Cheesecake. wmoysters.com

Boathouse on the Bay {190 North Marina Drive, Long Beach; 562.493.1100}

If you’re fishing for style, class, and romance, you’ll find that and more at this new fine spot for waterfront dining. The menu makes it easy to heed the Boathouse’s call for any occasion—brunch, lunch, a fancy dinner, a simple hankering for a roll or two of sushi, or just a quick bite at the bar. Executive Chef Katsuo Nagasawa is at the ready to serve you the freshest surf, natural turf, and several plates combining the two. Aside from the food, a visit to the Boathouse is the perfect way to perk up any day of the week—even a Monday! With happy hour deals, a fire pit on the outdoor patio, and daily live music and dancing, there’s always something fun on deck. boathouseonthebay.com

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern {25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point; 949.388.8900}

As you walk past the trees, plants, and artfully-placed boulders toward the all-wood outdoor seating area of JFAT’s, you might get the feeling that you’re entering a spa. The setting is relaxing, tranquil, and quite beautiful—a somewhat surprising ambience for a place called JFAT’s. The menu is equally impressive: Americana comfort food with a twist. The owner, Jimmy, learned to cook from his father, an Air Force Colonel, and is dedicated to offering a gathering place with gourmet yet uncomplicated dishes. You’ll find flatbreads, upscale bar food starters, and the not-to-miss Jimmy Burger, made with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and pimento cheese. Local brews pour from the tap and Jimmy’s favorite drinks outdo themselves with mixers like white peach purée, fresh mangoes, and housemade lemonade. j-fat.com/locations/danapoint