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Alegria Cocina Latina
Alegria Cocina Latina

Alegria Cocina Latina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alegriacocinalatina.com
  • Phone: (562) 436-3388
  • 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 (562) 436-3388
  • 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! Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great time! Flamenco dancers and gujitarist were great! :) food was great and so was the service. Will come again!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our server Hilario was GREAT! Very friendly and prompt on getting us our drinks and food . The food was Amazing !! We had a blast !"
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Service is terrible. Food is never the same flavor."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food excellent, ambiance awsome..a must for a great date night"
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food and service is great. Out server was very busy but always made sure we were doing ok."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food could have been hotter but all in all quite tasty..."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Thank you for a great evening, we enjoyed the food and everyone had a great time!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • " 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)."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Laura was wonderful. She was very friendly and energetic. The table in front of us had a very enthusiastic waiter as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cool place and location! Food was ok, and the server was great!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Alegria Nachos: Delicious with chorizo. Def enough to share with 2-3 people. Humitas Chilenas: This was my favorite dish. Ropa Vieja: The meat was very tender. The rice and beans had good flavor. Being a big fan of plantains, I loved them. The only part of this dish I couldnt eat by itself was the vegetables. We were told wine bottles were 1/2 off, but we opted for the Caipirissima after seeing it on the Happy Hour menu as well. We got a small glass of ice and lime slices with a bit of liquid in it. It tasted like lime water. We were charged full price for the drink and told the Groupon couldnt be combined with any specials. I didnt understand because we were offered the 1/2 off wine bottles specials. It was quite misleading."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "went for New Year's Eve price fixe menu Service was excellent. Loved their signature sangria. Disappointed that they ran out of filet mignon but weren't advised until well after we ordered. Pine ave was lively and admission was included in the price of dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Kevin our server did a good job given our larger group, a 2 year old birthday boy and the fixed menu situation for New Years Eve. Sangria was great as usual. Paella was mediocre. Steaks were cooked perfectly and looked good but I didn't try it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Second time we have eaten here. We wil be doing back as regulars from now on!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "liked the sangria but truly enjoyed the PAELLA fersure! even at it for breakfast the next day!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The staff was super accommodating to our large party. We made reservations for 13 but 25 showed up and the restaurant rearranged our tables and made space for us. Amazing! our waitress kept track of everyone's tab and made it so easy for us! The live music and the DJ were great; everyone had a great time dancing and singing along! I highly recommend Alegria!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "they have loud speakers blaring music into the room, asked to just slighty turn it down, but that didnt happen...our waitress actually disappeared for about 15 minutes...turns out she was outside sitting at a table talking with others...she was nice, but just absent...the food was decent but small portions...I would say it was a "B" restaurant"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I have spent a lot of time in Spain and so I was excited to learn the owner was from Madrid. I ordered the traditional paella and it was nothing like the real thing. It was a very cheap immitation. The rice had no flavor whatsoever and was very soggy and over cooked. We had 2 shrimp and more soggy fish and no calamary, but it was the "seafood" paella. The appetizer we ordered was the jamon serrano and that ok but the selection of cheese was no very good at all and the portion was very small for the price. I would never recomend the food, but the lighting was good they had a live show so it wasnt the worst place I have ever been to but it was not even close to traditional. This place is like the Taco Bell to Mexican food."
    Dined on 11/30/2013