Best New Restaurants 2020: Old Brea Chop House Sizzles With Steakhouse Classics

Prime steak Delmonico with roasted garlic. Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Don’t be fooled by its name: Old Brea Chop House is spanking new. This is North County’s swankiest shop in decades. Its November debut caught locals by surprise because construction was hidden inside a downtown building. No one saw it coming—literally.

The menu recalls Morton’s or Mastro’s polished to a 2020 sheen. No more drives south for indulgent splurging on Delmonico steak, sparkling oysters, butter-rich sides, and an opening act by the best warm bread basket for miles. Cushy yet current, the surroundings offer elevated booths, a main floor backlit by the open kitchen, a window-backed island bar with open sight lines, and a charcuterie station that casts a spell over every drinker’s appetite. Terrific acoustics permit conversation under a chic, savvy soundtrack. Everyone gets VIP treatment here. Poised servers supply first-rate hospitality, and owner Tony Fasulo and wife Dani set that bar high. You’ll likely meet him as he checks in with every table. High-glamour orders of tomahawk chops, lamb racks, and lobster tails abound, but insiders know the marinated skirt steak is a delectable sleeper. The word is out on the tempting happy hour. It’s the pro tip for frequent visits.

Old Brea Chop House was an Old Navy store.

180 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714-592-3122


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