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A Restaurant Restaurant Review: Film producer McG ("Charlie’s Angels," "The O.C.") and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath resuscitated The Arches and turned it into an ultra-hip restaurant and bar. Inside what was once OC’s oldest restaurant, the vibe is still intimate and continental cool with high wood-beam ceilings, chestnut-wood wall paneling, half-moon burgundy banquettes and classic black-and-white prints. The darkened ambience sets the mood for executive chef Jon Blackford's refined comfort food. We enjoy the dry-aged beef carpaccio and the spicy yellowfin tuna with crispy eggplant and sweet soy. As for entrées, there’s a fine signature burger that’s worth its high price, as well as seafood, chops and four cuts of all-natural beef. Each weeknight, the kitchen prepares a stand-alone special, such as Jidori fried chicken on Mondays or Prime skirt steak with chimichurri and garlic fries on Wednesdays. Side dishes such as roasted mushrooms and mac ‘n’ cheese are satisfying. Pastry chef Shelly Register, who also oversees the wine, cheese and deli counter at A Market next door, is innovative with modern interpretations of classic desserts, like banana cream pie and butterscotch pudding.