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 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (40)fit for foodies (37)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (21)great for lunch (14)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS
    Delish
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We went to L'Opera to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday with close friends. We requested Scott, our server, to arrange a special dinner for us. He paired it with some amazing wines. It was incredible. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long Beach Superb!
    BeingVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fabulous flavors! Great service! Opera singer bonus! We dined at a round table for group of 5, pre-marathon. The Canadians loved it as well as the Los Angelenos visiting! Also celebrated a special birthday at same time! Opera singer took requests and also sang happy bday! Fabulous professional voice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. The waiter was very friendly and entertaining. Amazing wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/bad service
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We went there for a birthday dinner. Told our server that it was the person's birthday right away. We were there for an hour before being served our dinner, then they did not even acknowledge the birthday! The manager felt bad (after I mentioned the wait) and brought three desserts to the table on the house. That was nice but when we told them it was a birthday celebration he said, "Oh, you should have told us!". Hopefully, this was just an off night for them. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid gem
    RoJo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It has been years since my last visit. My memory of superb dining will continue. I adore L'Opera.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic italian eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    excellent service with great recommendations on a classic italian menu. Hugh entree portions $25-36. The Cioppino was especially packed with goodies, not just shells. the medallion of beef was medium rare on top of mashed potatoes. too full for dessert. good value on food considering the location downtown and the singing waiter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A High Note...
    Good2ChewVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great Ambiance/Food/Service (particularly Tina!). Ideal for celebrating a special occasion or making a special impression.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    worldlycritic
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    When you are in Long Beach this is a must dine experience.. the food and service are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was fantastic. Our waiter was great, overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a group dinner and enjoyed.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had a group of 10 for dinner that included a big customer and we were all new to LGB. We found the atmosphere and service to be excellent and every course of the dining to be very tasty. Thanks for the wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The meal was delicious. I was there for a business dinner while attending a conference. Dur to the large size of conference attendees in town, the restaurant was a bit crowded and hence, a bit noisy. However, that didn't deter from truly enjoying the evening. The service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buick
    Buick
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was our first visit. The food and service were outstanding. Deserts to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach -- we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and romantic dinners at L'Opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely perfect
    yumtum
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We just moved back to Long Beach and celebrated my birthday at L'Opera Friday night. It really was perfect, from the wine through the dessert...both entree's were absolutely delicious, and my daughter is Gluten Free! The service was delightful, a real professional waiter, so nice for a change! Really lovely, can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional
    JRomantic
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    exceptional service And exceptional food very quaint restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good
    dogbreath
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    People from my company have regularly eaten at L'Opera since 1998. We bring guests from all over the world. Recently, the food has been slipping from very good to fair.There is not much competition in Long Beach, but L'Opera is only marginally the best restaurant in town. Service remains traditional and good but we continue to have higher expectations than delivered recently.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, fantastic!
    Erica
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots in Long Beach. The food was terrific and the service was outstanding. We were celebrating my dad's birthday so we were a group of 8. Our server was super attentive and took great care of us. The food was delicious and the ambiance (including the amazing singer- hence, L'Opera- was the cherry on top!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the Best
    carollVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love L'Opera. The food is excellent. The service is excellent. Our waitperson, Tina, took great care of us. We were celebrating my birthday so a plate of chocolate covered strawberries appeared after our entrees. The manager suggested we take our time tonight since their singer was on his way. He arrived and sang some beautiful Opera and show tunes. He did a beautiful "Happy Birthday" too. It was a special evening with great friends at a restaurant where great service and great food are always served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tina
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food and ambiance were very nice but the service was slow. Our lunch order wasn't taken for 35 minutes. There seemed to be only one server for the roughly 10 occupied tables. She did bring a free dessert and apologize for the slow service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • going downhill
    crispconneseurVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Ive eaten here for many years... usually excellent... but this time the food was very average... my veal was tough and way over cooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Once again our visit to L'Opera was beyond our expectations for outstanding service, food and wine! Our waitress April, met our every need and more. Julia, the manager, reserved the special table we requested and our friends were thrilled as well. Don't neglect this special gem whenever you are in Long Beach or will be meeting someone halfway from LA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Opera = Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The hallmark of any successful restaurant is its consistency. It doesn't have to be the greatest restaurant there ever was, just consistent. People like knowing what they're going to get time after time. That L'Opera is truly an excellent restaurant on top of always being at the top in all categories makes it even better. Go there and have a wonderful time. You won't be disappointed. Bring along a copy of God's Banker to read while you're waiting for your guests. Goes great with a glass of Chianti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    bobmilbldrs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It's been 10 plus years since my last visit. It was again an Outstanding dining experience as reflected above. In particular our food counselor 0015 sorry no name, was double outstanding. His delivery was double outstanding. Keep up the good work As well, the tenor was very special and very impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    eandpVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had dinner at L'Opera a few nights ago and it was very enjoyable. The waitress was attentive, service was quick (we told her we had to leave at a specific time and she made sure we were served quickly - but not rushed), she made helpful and accurate recommendations on the drinks and food. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE place to dine...
    AnniversaryDiners
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    ...when you're celebrating a special occasion. You'll be less likely to be shocked at the cost of your dining experience. Worth every dollar. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service was just perfect. They allowed us to have a long, leisurely lunch but were there when we needed anything. It was quiet enough to really talk and the food was divine. I look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delivers
    Conlone25
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food, service, and experience is always consistent here. We love this place and will continue to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite Revisited
    chowhound
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My friend and I were seated immediately and the waiter attended us promptly. Although a little reserved, he clearly knew the menu after having worked there for 20 years. The restaurant was not busy. We order the ahi tuna tartar which was absolutely amazing. The presentation was composed and the flavors were spot on. The fish was extremely fresh and the components complemented the tuna but did not overwhelm. My friend order the rack of New Zealand lamb which he loved. My osso bucco was not good. The meat was dry and not seasoned well and the polenta was heavy with a thick tomato ragu. Truly disappointing. The dessert was a shared crème brulee, which was good but the top did not have that wonderful "crack".
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fa Bene! Great!
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    L'Opera's week days' Happy Hour is first-rate. And imposing as, an early-eve date. The portions are generous, and generously discounted as "bar menu" fare however, remain just as glorious as, L'Opera's reputation. Known for their freshly-prepared, thoughtfully-added ingredients, and savory-aromas: Try the Vongole Piccanti, Manila young clams sautéed in their juice with white wine, parsley, and chili flakes, and/or the very-tender Carpaccio Classico. Both make a diner very happy and that is before sipping any of their signature
    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.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nicely done. The server was very accommodating and did not bother. The restaurant was reasonably quiet; which was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined restaurant in tourist area
    SPfoodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've been meaning to try this restaurant for years and we're glad we did. Service and food was very, very good! My grouper was delicious and my partner's filet (Filetto Alle Cipolline) was the best he's had in a long time. We finished our generous meal with Sachetto Di Ciocolate, a dark chocolate "sack" filled with fruit and a zabaione cream - delish! It's not a complaint, but the huge mural (painting) on their north wall didn't match the décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Riff
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Was visiting Long Beach and looking for an upscale restaurant. I could not find any in the triple -A guide. I happened to notice this restaurant when I went for a walk. What a surprise. What a gem. Excellent food, good service, and near all the better hotels. Food was well prepared. Presentation was appealing. Enjoyed every bit of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Great
    JonathanGee
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    L'Opera is one of the few restaurants in Long Beach that consistently delivers excellent food, service and atmosphere. I've been coming here for years. Definitely a "go to" spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'opera great Italian
    MatthewVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was spectacular. My wife said her sea bass was the best she's ever had. My guests and I had fillet mignon prepared in different Italian styles--delicious. Wines were great and the desserts were gorgeous. A romantic place, but also great for large groups. It sits on the edge of the happening downtown long beach scene. So after dinner, catch a late night at the clubs and lounges next door v
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    LuvGOODdining
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had not been here to dinner Ina LONG time and it was even better than we remembered. The veal scallopini was to die for and the beef tornedoes were 2 beautiful steaks cooked perfectly. Scott, our waiter was terrific, not rushing us nor pestering. Scott was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    FDLVR
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wanted great Italian food during my vacation and L'Opera delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Chile Ravioli Can't be Beat
    PaulfVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had the red chile ravioli stuffed with black truffles, wild mushrooms and cheese and it was fantastic. My mouth is still watering just thinking about how it tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 884 reviews are from the L'Opera reviews archive.
  • L' Opera Has Great Italian Food
    BobH27513VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    While in Long Beach I ate at L'Opera two times and like the restaurant very much. The front are is more noisy than the back area. Our waiters were very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. The food was prepared very well. I would definitely return to L'Opera if I return to Long Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    steve
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Can always count on the restaurant to be a fun time. Food is slightly above average and service has been all over the place. Never bad but not always good. This last visit the food was good. Good wine and cocktails but service was mediocre. Missing menus missing server and not much of a personality. Love the place and will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We are from Boston and found L'Opera by reading up about fine dining experiences in Long Beach. We were not disappointed; indeed, it was so good we went there on successive nights. The food was excellent and the service incredible; if you have Alex as your server you will be in for an exceptional dining experience. I have certain things I cannot eat and was delighted how easy it was to make substitutions. If we were not nearly 3,000 miles away we would be regulars here.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.