L'Opera
L'Opera

L'Opera

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lopera.com/
  • Phone: 5624910066x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Entertainment: Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Walter Cotta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: L'Opera offers two private dining rooms: The Wine Cellar is a semi- private room with wood floors, mahogony wine cabinets, seating 10 to 60 guests. The La Scala is a private room with travertine floors, black granite bar, seating 15 to 100 guests. From corporate dinners to weddings L'Opera is an ideal location for your event. Please e-mail Nicole Lira at nicole@lopera.com
  • Entertainment: Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on the East and West side of Pine Ave, directly in front of the restaurant, for a $6.00 charge.
A word from L'Opera
Celebrating Over 23 Years of Award Winning Classic & Modern Italian Cuisine! Owners Terry Antonelli and Enzo DeMuro believe in a warm and elegant approach to fine dining. Chef Walter Cotta shops at local farmer's and produce markets throughout the week to insure the best quality ingredients. His menu includes a number of vegan and gluten free items that are sure to please all palates. Our pastas, raviolis, focaccia bread, sauces and desserts are homemade. All of our beef is certified Sterling Silver. For lunch, dinner or a private event, L'Opera is a must!
Zagat Rated L'Opera as one of the top Italian Restaurants in the United States for 2012. Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence since 2005. Southern California Restaurant Writers Golden Scepter, 5 Star Award, Golden Bacchus, Sommelier of the Year 2005, and Restaurateur of the Year Award Winner.
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L'Opera reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)romantic (39)fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (21)great for lunch (15)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not so Great
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Decided to try this restaurant after many years & all the great reviews. We had the Tartara Mediterranea. Layers of Italian flatbread with ahi tuna tarata, white bean hummus, dry cured olives, marinated fennel, harissa aioli and the Gamberi Alla Arancia; Golden brown hazelnut & bread crumb crusted black tiger shrimp, served with a mild citrus sauce. For entrees, the Mezzelune D' Aragosta and the Ravioli Al Tartufo. My husband enjoyed his pasta but mine had a very watery sauce and the appetizers were just average. Our table in the alcove was great but there were too many insects flying to enjoy the food. We brought a lovely Lucia Pinot Noir but the server never brought Pinot glasses, just pouring the wine in tiny table glasses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Karen
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    There were 3 of us and we all ordered something different. The food was excellent but our server was the highlight of the evening. She was friendly, knowledgable and was attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lucky find
    carlsbadlg
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We live in san diego and cwere meeting friends from Detroit who were in town for a convention. Many places were already booked for Saturday night....the mor casual "regular" spots. I kept looking on trip advisor and came across l'opera. Oh so glad I did!! Not inexpensive, but all of us ordered different entrees and all 4 were delicious! Really wonderful flavors. The lone disappointment was the Caesar salad. Over dressed and nothing special to speak of at all. Pretty pricey and a fairly small portion - even for one....and both couples split one which ended up with a very small portion each. Sam, the "house" tenor came by to serenade. BIG voice!! Fun, but a bit "kitschy".
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly service
    LBlocal27
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My wife and I came for our 20th anniversary dinner.My wife is a chef and had heard good things.Made a reservation for 7PM.Our server,Scott was exceptionally friendly and welcomed us promptly.We could tell that they were a bit under staffed and later heard one of the other servers stating that a group of 40 had come in off the street.Appetizer was excellent-frutti del mar.It took about an hour plus for our entrees.We weren't in a rush. Ordered two desserts to go and both were excellent (though the manager took the order and then forgot to notify Scott/bring it out-20 minutes later we got up and asked her for it again).They were no doubt recovering from the busy service. We'll be back, just wasn't planning on staying there for 2.5 hours.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Happy with our choice to dine at L'Opera. Great food at good prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a business dinner
    KCVisitors
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    It was not too loud and we could have a very good conversation. The food was excellent and it seemed there was something to suit everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find
    MHKD
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This restaurant served perhaps the best pasta dish I have ever had - even better than some restaurants in Italy! The staff is friendly and accommodating, the ambiance lovely, and the location close to the convention center. I understand late at night there is live opera. I went on a business dinner and cannot wait to have a romantic dinner with hubby. You won't go wrong with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars
    Satisfied
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have read many great reviews and decided to try L'Opera. The food was incredible both in taste and in presentation. We highly recommend this restaurant to everyone when visiting Long Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining while dieting - a balance
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Dining while watching-one's-weight is easy at L'Opera - consistent quality of service & culinary science. Expectations are always exceeded, so states the palate. It's both the science of cooking & culinary art. Try the Battuta Di Pollo- a grilled chicken breast served over sautéed fingerling potatoes & steamed broccoli, excellent for the calorie conscious and weight watchers, as it is roasted in a garlic, lemon, and white wine sauce and accompanied with sautéed mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    sublimefood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Valet very good, waiter not so, been there a lot. Mostly very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have had good luck in the past but this was a total loss. The service was fine but the good lacked in every way. Filet panini was served in a crumbled mess. Literally. Pastas were average at best. Lamb was very bland. Won't be going back for a long while.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    FarmerTomato
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    L'Opera has stayed at the top for many years, and we always feel confident about booking a meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - lovely interior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great excellent menu - wonderful wine list and service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably fine
    uneven
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have eaten here several times and it's always very good. The variety of raviolis are particularly interesting.
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  • Perfect Treat After a Long Day
    OnTheRoad
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great menu with creative variations on the standard Italian fare, excellent preparation, speedy service, perfect location and walking distance to many hotels. Love the opera singer coming to the individual tables. If you like squid, try the skewers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school dining
    Cmdreats
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had group of six for dinner. Beautiful restaurant, friendly comfortable wait staff. Drinks were good, appetizers excellent. Had a nice dinner. In this day with all the creative dining options around, this place was a very nice, upscale dining experience. Am I dying to go back?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Kobe
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The food was fabulous, and the service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Business Dinner
    jimnader
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The food is great, but the service is the star. In our case, we had a group of 9 for a dinner meeting. The server did a fantastic job making the evening easy on us, making an appetizer selection to suit our needs, recommending excellent entree choices, and being incredibly attentive without interrupting our meeting. I really can't say enough about the quality of service. The food was also excellent. :-)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Dissappointment
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I have eaten at almost all types of italian restaurants in various parts of the world, including Italy. I ordered Cannelloni, and to my surprise your version of it, were far from being the real plate that most of italian restaurants will serve, yours were more like a chinese california roll, deep fried with a salsa on top of it, the pasta was hard, maybe because it was previoously frozen. Anyway that was my dissappointment, the other plates ordered by my wife and my guest couple were okay to them. Sorry for the complaint, but your beautiful restaurant shall inprove this particular dish. Respectfully. Mario
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Dining
    oliveus
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Upon entering L'Opera you notice the friendliness of the maître die and the ambience of the restaurants decor. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine menu which was refreshing. Our entire evening was filled with fabulous food cooked to perfection, delicious wine, and pleasant service. Thank you for a delightful evening at L'Opera.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellutata welcomes diner & palate
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This week I dined on Chef Walter Cotta's "Vellutata". A simple, savvy salad that is difficult to duplicate. It's shave green apple, fennel, celery, tarragon, spinach, arugula, and fresh strawberries lightly tossed in an apple-juice reduction (brilliant!) and shallot vinaigrette dressing. It's a great introduction into a prime paiatti - or fresh pasta, homemade and the best this side of Rome. A favorite of mine ( and calorie conscious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and slow service
    SouthBayMom14
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was toooo salty! I had the risotto and my son had ravioli with Alfredo sauce. Server was sooooo slow. The wine glasses were full of spots that server said they had no control over. It looked awful and they took them off the table. Such a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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  • Great Restaurant!
    drivingfordinner
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is our "go to" spot for anniversaries, birthdays, meeting with friends, etc. The food is ALWAYS amazing, the service is top notch and when we introduce new diners they become dazzled also! We LOVE L'Opera!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • L'Opera-Amazing As Usual
    PotluckVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a party of six for an early dinner. I just can't break away from your squash stuffed pasta in a butter sage sauce (there was some red sauce too). Tina was our server and she as always was terrific. So, I try to get there often, but you changed the recipe. The pasta was smaller and you added the red sauce. Please go back to the straight butter sage with the big tortellini! Thanks for all you do. All dinners were great. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • holly
    Holly
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This restaurant was so good, we ate there twice! We sat at a table, and our server, Andrew, was very knowledgable with a humorous twist. The second night, we sat at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and new how to make a great cocktail. The food both nights was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Exquisite Italian!
    Fap2Food
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The food was delicious with unique flavors, atmosphere was comfortable and pretty, would most definitely return! Only thing, waiter made several mistakes including bringing the wrong dessert and the wrong wine - but he did fix the problem when we caught it and showed him.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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  • Best Italian food
    Foodislife
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This is the best Italian food I've ever had. We have traveled 300+ miles to dine at l'opera, and it's worth it every time! We happened to make reservations and walked right in. Granted, it was early and the restaurant did full up quickly. All of their food, down to the pasta and desserts are made in-house. Being they are in long beach, they need an outdoor dining area!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Markc
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Everytime I am in Long Beach we dine at least once at L'Opera and we have never been disappointed. The lamb, the salmon the Steaks - all perfect. Best Calamari we ever had. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place
    Dan1
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have visited this restaurant every time I have came back to long beach at least twice in the 4/5 days I come here. The food and the service are fantastic. The wine menu has some lovely choices and the food arrives in a timely manor, I would definitely recommend L' Operator anyone going bring friends, family, girlfriend or wife, this is definitely a must if your in long beach
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food both times
    CnT346
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is the second time we ate at L'Opera, and both times the food was great. During the first dinner, the server selected the wine, and it was an excellent choice. This time, the server wasn't familiar with the wines, and that became obvious in her recommendation.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Long Beach Gem
    BigDinLBC
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent from the moment we arrived. We were treated with having a seasoned waitress that has been their since their opening. Nicely paced service of excellently prepared food. Couldn't have asked for a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian
    ClaudiaVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    This Italian Restaurant is very good,the food was perfect, good service!!! I'll really recommend this Italian Restaurant for my friends!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    L'Opera offers an exciting dinner menu where you are certainly able to find a speciality that will meet you desires. However, the desserts are to die for. A memorable evening worthy of a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Return from a 15 Year Absence
    Thegroutman
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I used to visit L'Opera frequently with special clients. They always walked away very impressed with my dining selection. In 1994 I moved my business operation to Bakersfield, California from Wilmington. Just recently I was back in town doing some training seminars for Oxy Petroleum. One of my clients from Overland Park, Kansas was in town and I told him I would treat him to a very special place in Long Beach. You did not let me down after fifteen years of absence. Please trust me, it will not be another fifteen years before I'm back. Your staff was excellent and the food, OMG. Thank You
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious entree and dessert.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Delicious entree and dessert. Nice, personable service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and personal service
    LWANDGLEN
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We loved the menu, the food was fabulous but our waiter was the best! He knew the whole menu, wine, and took the time to explain it all.. Had a great dinner experience!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner with clients
    ChrisinhoustonVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I recently took my wife and a client here for dinner while in Ling Beach on business. We were quickly seated and offered menus and were soon ordering our meals and a nice bottle of wine. The food was all served well by our server and was nicely plated and included ample portions. Would go here again!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Love that there are vegan
    mkatVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Love that there are vegan dishes clearly marked on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    Diane
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had reservations but the place was half empty. Don't think you really need one. I think the reason why is that the food was just okay. Nothing to brag about. You could go to Macconi Grill for this food quality (even may be better).
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  • Great service..really really
    PennypancettaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great service..really really nice staff .. Friendly accommodating. Service great food really good..a great surprise!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.