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
57 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)romantic (34)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (21)neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (16)good for groups (14)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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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    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
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    eandp
    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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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite Revisited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
  • A nice place for special occasions
    DavidK
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Most of the dishes were excellent, a few not so good. Service was outstanding. Ambiance was impressive, located in former bank building. Lunch menu has some great pricing. Live opera singers on certain evenings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 875 reviews are from the L'Opera reviews archive.
  • 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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    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.
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    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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  • 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.
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.