Alegria Cocina Latina
Alegria Cocina Latina

Alegria Cocina Latina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alegriacocinalatina.com/
  • Phone: 5624363388
  • Hours of Operation:
    New Hours While Under Construction: Monday through Thursday: 5:00 pm to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 2:00 am Sunday: 12:30pm to 10:00pm Sorry for the inconvenience!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Walter Cotta
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Chef Walter Cotta and his kitchen staff is ready to transform your next catered event into a culinary experience! His diverse style of cooking will be the perfect setting for any location of your choice. Chef Cotta specializes in cooking table side for your guest's enjoyment! Our professional catering crew is ready to create any style theme to delight your guest. Ask us about our traditional Alegria buffets! A bountiful of delicious dishes that will have your guest talking about for days! We have over 100 different appetizers and tapas for that one of a kind cocktail mixer!
  • Private Party Facilities: Alegria is the perfect place to host a private event! The entire restaurant can accommodate up to 250 guest. Ask us about our special Sunday wedding packages and our Sangria Fountain and our special seafood "wedding cake" ice sculpture cake! A must see! Alegria's menu can be designed just for your groups needs. It will be our pleasure to sit down with you for a personal introduction to all the Alegria Private party services!
  • Private Party Contact: Sonia Gomez 5624363388
  • Entertainment: The L.A Times wrote "Alegria is the place that brought the Latin Salsa scene to Downtown Long Beach! For fifteen years Alegria has featured the top hottest live music acts in Southern California. Alegria is also the original home of Flamenco! Featuring the talented "Alegria Flamenco troop", not only can you experience authentic rumba Flemenco, our guest get the opportunity to join in and show off their own fancy foot work! Ole! Yearly special events by invite only. Make sure you sign up for "Club Exclusivo", this Alegria VIP club has yearly events that are exclusive for our VIP members

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First and Broadway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located in front of restaurant. We also offer a two hour validation in the near by parking lots. These parking lots will have a Pine ave validated ticket sign at entrance of parking structure!
A word from Alegria Cocina Latina
Bienvenidos!Welcome to Alegria Cocina Latina!Let us pour you a glass of our famous homemade Alegria Sangria as we take you on a fascinating tour of "Nouveau Latin" Cuisine. Alegria opened it's colorful doors in April 1994 in downtown Long Beach in a beautiful historical building "The Clock Tower". Alegria, meaning "happiness" in Spanish, was born, soon becoming a destination in Long Beach! Alegria was designed with a rustic flair. Colorful mosaic tiles, old brick walls and beautiful murals set the tone for a fabulous atmosphere, along with an artistic menu! We are proud to feature live entertainment nightly! At our lively bar guests can see every dish coming out of the kitchen. This mouth-watering idea attracts every guest to try at least one bite! Our lively music and old fashion Latin hospitality will bring you back time after time! Chef Walter Cotta was named "Chef Of The Year" 2004 by the Southern California Restaurant Writers We look forward to serving you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Alegria Cocina Latina reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 17, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)vibrant bar scene (14)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (12)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (11)romantic (11)late-night find (11)great for brunch (10)hot spot (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Bottomless Sangria & Mimosa's!!
    dp37
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went to Alegria's for Sunday brunch to catch up with a girlfriend; was able to make a reservation which was awesome, there was no wait, the waiter was fabulous, the Sangria's and Mimosa's just kept coming and the food was amazing. I was a little skeptical about what I was ordering because I am very picky but it was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An excellent dining experience. Great food, great service, entertainment and good value for your dollar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the waitress that helped our table was amazing and made it very convinient for big groups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a great dining experience. Our server, Lily, was fantastic. A great night out with incredible food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner and Party
    Deebo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went here to take my wife out for dinner, drinks, life band and dancing. I knew it was a great place to have a good time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcomed like old friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I felt great to stay and watch the show because the hostess, the bartender and the servers were friendly and made you feel welcomed to be there. There are restaurants that unless you are they regular customer they make you feel like an outside, there I felt like an old friend coming to visit. The food was good but some of the drinks were off the scale in quality and taste. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out for friends
    LRreviews
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We sat on the patio, the weather was wonderful and so was the people watching. The food and service was excellent our server had wonderful recommendations and did not fail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambience
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great time! Flamenco dancers and gujitarist were great! :) food was great and so was the service. Will come again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • place is nice.
    justme
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Drinks the mojito has a lit of mint, to much I think. The gaucho was excellent, the tamal from Chile is amazing, but the Paella was just fine, I went to this place for the Parlla, but I was expecting something better, prices are ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent service and food!!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our server Hilario was GREAT! Very friendly and prompt on getting us our drinks and food . The food was Amazing !! We had a blast !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Came here because i got a living Social. The food was very good, got a steak skirt. Bottomless Mimosas or Sangria. The Sangria was ok not great. Our waiter was great, attentive and made the ambiance great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Show!
    Heri
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful show, food was great! The patio was a bit uncomfortable , too hot . there didn't seem to be any cooling . Even a fan would have helped. Too warm out there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good on most days.
    JosephS
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service is terrible. Food is never the same flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!
    latinfoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I had a great time having lunch here! Great food! The only problem was the flies. Because it was very open (with open doors that connects the front patio and inside seating), the 90 degree weather during the day attracted the flies. But I am sure the atmosphere is amazing at nigh. There was great music playing and, did I mention the food? Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable New Find
    MikeD
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Checked out this place for the dineLA Restaurant Week. Had dinner on a Saturday night. Good service and great food. I enjoyed the flight of 3 different sangrias and my paella was hot and full of flavor. I may have misunderstood the description on the website though. Friday and Saturday flamenco shows. Thought we could watch the show after dinner, but it was in another curtained off area with restricted admission.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food needs alot of work.. I had the ropa vieja plate and was dissapointed because I know what its supossed to taste like. First texture was wrong way to mushy and needed more garlic. Rice and black beans were very plain needed more spices maybe some cumin or something and the platino needed to be a tad softer and sweeter... Adding some butter and sugar
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing, do not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was with a party of 6 when we came in for a late dinner on a Thursday. Unfortunately, the service was abysmal. - At 10pm, very loud hip hop music started playing. Asked if the music could be turned down, and were informed that after 10pm the restaurant becomes a nightclub. Our waiter offered to move us outside. We agreed, but were never reseated. - Asked if an order of calamari could be split: half fried, half sauteed. Waiter said he would check with the chef. Never heard back but received and were charged for 2 full orders. - Requested separate checks and were told that the check could only be split 3 ways because waiter didn't want to run too many credit cards (only one paid by card). - 20% mandatory tip added without notification.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always...
    AllanVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    i go to long beach, ca., every year for a convention and i always come to this restaurant. it is the best spanish tapas restaurant i have eaten at in the US
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    flower
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food excellent, ambiance awsome..a must for a great date night
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had the worse seafood paella I have ever eaten. I was not seasoned at all, totally bland. Drinks were not good either. We won't be coming back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    great sangria service was very good and the show was very entertaining
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Jennifer
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We redeemed our vocher from livingsocial for brunch for Sunday. The deal included unlimited mimosas or sangria. We came here around 1:30pm, made it before their brunch was over. We choose to sit outside, so it was a bit warm BUT it was had the shade. We ordered our food, which came to us pretty quick. Got the salmon dish and boyfriend got the steak. The steak was cooked medium rare, very well done on it. As for the salmon fish, it was a bit dry. Our drinks kept flowing and we had no complains on that. Overall, the food was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    ocdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    mediocre food and spotty service. we were told on open table that the flamenco show would be in the bar at 7:30 and we made a reservation for dinner at 6. the restaurant called us at 5:30 to say they would not seat us until 7. OK. we went for appetizers and wine before and then were told during dinner that there was an 'accident' and there would be no show. disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow, slow, slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It took 2+ hours for us to be seated, order our food, eat our food, get our bill and pay our bill. Not because we were in no hurry, but because it was slow, slow slow. There were plenty of open tables so being packed wasn't an issue. We had 6:30 reservations thinking that would provide plenty of time for us to get to our 8 pm show, but nope, we didn't get out of the restaurant until after 8:40. The manager did apologize and gave us a round of drinks and deserts on the house, which we gladly accepted since we had missed our show.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Latina73
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service is great. Out server was very busy but always made sure we were doing ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food could have been hotter but all in all quite tasty...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cocina Alegria
    Alex
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It's a great restaurant for people that love eating different food. Between my appetizer, entree, and dessert I ate food from three different Latin countries. Definitely recommend it, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 17, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 264 reviews are from the Alegria Cocina Latina reviews archive.
  • Dinner with customers
    Dan1Van
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Thank you for a great evening, we enjoyed the food and everyone had a great time!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD times!!!
    immortal4lb
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I can not rave about this place enough. The food is superb! The ambience rocks! Can not say much about night life or bar scene but it seems like they would fun and exciting especially the live bands.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LindaLuVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    been theresince the 90s.This time,service was NOT good.Young servers who don't know etiquette.I reserved in advance &called.we arrived to be told 5min. then 15min then 30 min!When we sat, ordered with the "hip" server.great.but.after food arrived: he was NO WHERE in site! needed water! Paella was mushy and not with the broiled Crunchiness.Then, the waiters kept squeezing in between me and the other table party. TACKY.really got upset when the HOT Coffee pitcher was over my head. I moved again &they STILL asked me 2push aside.MIND YOU. there was the OTHER entry just other side of table.POOR service/choice.When we ordered dessert & coffee, husband spec asked for coffee WITH The dessert. 15min later the dessert came (coffee now Cold).
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not happy
    Angie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    our reservations where not respected, we showed up for our B-day dinner and were told, sorry they were very busy and no tables available till 1 hour later..... very unprofessional.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waitress
    Goldie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Laura was wonderful. She was very friendly and energetic. The table in front of us had a very enthusiastic waiter as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food was great and that's about it! Service was extremely poor! We were literally ignored and forgotten about. Could of easily walked out and not paid the check.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What a fun place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Went there to celebrate 3 birthdays with my good friends. Had a blast! The gypsy dancers were a sight to behold. Good was very good!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Again
    Tablefortwo
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I did not learn the first time eating here a few years ago ... but learned my lesson this time. Food was BAD ! After being seated... waited as two tables came in after me, and had dinner before my meal (which was ordered before them) came. All items ordered were served COLD. The steak was tuff , sauce had separate. The "crisp plantains" I ordered were mush as well as cold like everything else. I sent it all back and left. I would not go here at any price and I suggest you do not waste your time either. There are plenty of good placed on Pine to go to and only a few steps away.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks!
    CaiterVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Cool place and location! Food was ok, and the server was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Sangria
    Diana
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Yes, they have the best in town. I highly recommend El Gaucho and the filet mignon with mushroom sauce. The ahi was also excellent, but the El Gaucho was my favorite. Service was outstanding! Kevin, our server, was very helpful in describing the dishes we were curious about, and made them sound really appetizing! They have live bands and Latinos (of course) frequent this spot. I felt so strange being the only Asian that Saturday evening. Lol! Will definitely come back. Do order the sangria!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Valentines Day spot
    JBfromHB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Pretty spontaneous reservation- sat outside and people watched on Pine Street. The 3 course special was yummy and wine was a healthy pour! Fun, lively and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Explorer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We arrive and did mot wait too long to be seat, great! I thought but then the waiter took to long to take oue order. Then the drinks offered were not available. I heard the live music, i got up approached the waiter and asked him if i can join the show after dinner as it was ad on the reviews. But his answer was, "you seating on the 29.99 side , this is 70.00 per person. " i wanted to just leave but has not other choise than stay. The food was very good but porcion and service bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Valentine's Day venue
    xRPx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were lucky to find a place down on Pine Ave. that still had availability for Valentine's Day. We enjoyed the three-course prix fixe menu, and the sangria was excellent. Our waiter, Kevin, took excellent care of us, and -- best of all -- didn't rush us, even though we could tell there were plenty of people waiting to get in. We're sorry we didn't book in time to see the show in the upper room, but we'll be back for that.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic