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Michael's Pizzeria - Long Beach
Michael's Pizzeria - Long Beach

Michael's Pizzeria - Long Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.michaelspizzeria.com
  • Phone: (562) 491-2100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm


    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria, Italian
  • Executive Chef: David Coleman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Promenade
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 hrs FREE PARKING in Public lot @ 51 East 3rd Street Long Beach, CA 90802. Also 2hr FREE PARKING w/validation @ "The Lofts at Promenade" private lot!
A word from Michael's Pizzeria - Long Beach
Located on the Promenade in the heart of downtown Long Beach, Michael's Pizzeria is where classic and modern meet. Whether you want to enjoy the simple perfection of a Margherita, or something a little out of the ordinary like the Flori di Zucca made with squash blossoms and honey, your pizza will be made with the freshest ingredients possible and cooked just right in their 800°F wood-burning oven. But it’s not all pizza at Michael’s Pizzeria. They also offer delicious appetizers, salads, entrees cooked and served in cast iron skillets, and of course, an excellent selection of beer and wine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Server provided various samples of ale to make sure we were happy with our choice. Took my mother-in-law and her cousin, they enjoyed the scenic view and outdoor dining."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had Sunday brunch for the first time at Michael's Pizzeria on the Long Beach Promenade. The eggs presentations were imaginative and good. The brioche toast and fresh strawberry jam were very good. The fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls were the hit of the meal. What a great dessert for brunch. Service on the front end was slow, but once our order was turned in, the food came quickly."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Fun restaurant- great service and food. Outdoor dining with glass fire pits is fantastic."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We loved everything about our experience. Best ever!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The pizza was fair, but not that great. Fried Calamari appetizer was poorly seasoned. The restaurant was o.k., but I was expecting more."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our Open Table reservation (which I booked last minute) was waiting for us when we arrived and it was outside, exactly as requested! The ingredients used by the restaurant are exceptional. Other reviews mentioned "soggy" pizza - we didn't find it "soggy" at all. Everything was "yummy"."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Late Sunday night gourmet pizza at Michael's was great. So glad they keep late hours. Got to know the manager Chris. He was great for recommendations and generally checking that all the patrons were taken care of. The surprise of the night was how good dessert at Michael's could be. The cannoli and chocolate hazelnut gelato were fabulous. OMGosh. I am going back just for the gelato and chat with manger Chris again. Michael's deserves the high ratings."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "very good food. we tried the duck and clams, both flavorful. only downside is that it's tapas portions but seemed like entree pricing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Michael's pizzeria was one of the best italian restaurants I have ever been to. The service was fantastic with a great staff always there to make your meal delicious. I visited the restaurant twice once for dinner and another time for brunch and found the food delicious I definitely would recommend there pizzas and their cinnamon rolls. There cinnamon rolls were the best I have ever had. There were about five of them and were tiny delicacies. I really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant for it had a great inside and outside vibe. The outside patio gave the restaurant more wingspan yet still allowed it to feel intimate. For anyone visiting Long Beach I would make this restaurant a must."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We are 70-somethings who enjoy good food in a pleasant environment. Our pizzas -- Margherita (highly recommended by a friend), and the Calabrese. The pizza crusts were chewy and tasty, especially the thin center portions, and the toppings were ample and of quality ingredients. Appetizers -- excellent baby artichokes with burrata, and baked mozzarella with speck (the olives were a nice surprise). Desserts -- loved the affogato and the cannoli. Our server (Jessica) was efficient and friendly. The interior was well-designed, but the patrons were seated too close to each other, making private conversations impossible. Parking was in the nearby convenient parking structure. We will recommended Michael's, and most definitely, return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was our 4th time dining @ Michael's. The 2nd for a special occasion (one was Valentine's Day @ the Ristorante). This occasion was for a birthday celebration for my younger brother. He and his wife were uninitiated and there are now fans. The food was great and sitting outside for the Summer kick-off was excellent."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Delicious designer pizzas with yummy salads. We enjoyed the cheese plate. Really good almond torte with rosemary sauce"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Short of getting on a plane and going to Italy. By far the best pizza ever. Great salads, good wine list. We WILL be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "pizza toppings are delicious but the center of the crust is soggy. fennel salad was good but not outstanding this is a very good pizza place, but is not the best in the country which is what it has been touted to be,"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We appreciated Michael's delicious and simple menu, professional friendly service and craft beer."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Trying to find a reputable and tasty place for a party of 12 people with less than 2 hours notice on Father's Day seemed like an impossible task. However, the staff was gracious and accommodating, immediately acknowledging our reservation when we made a follow-up call a few minutes after placing it. Highlights: Insalata di finocchi, Caesar salad, Capricciosa pizza, Squash blossoms, Cannoli, Ciambelle So-so: Rotolino di carciofi (too many tough, inedible artichoke leaves...the cheese and pesto were tasty, though. Farmers Market Veggies...a little too bland, but a nice variety of seasonal offerings. Overall, a solid A. Bonus points given for their willingness to comp one of our entrees due to miscommunication. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "had a reservation for 7:45, arrived early at 7:30 hoping to get lucky. we were seated earlier than our reservation time, but waited at the front desk for over 5 minutes before someone acknowledged us, as well as the growing number of people behind us, while the hostess was in full view the whole time, talking to the manager in the dining room. once we were seated, 20 minutes went by before i had to get up to find the manager to ask if someone could help us, just before i did that, i overheard the couple next to us complaining to their waiter (who had just shown up at their table) about the same thing. the manager apologized and explained that the were short a server, but dont think that one server less should cause that kind of problem."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went for a family celebration. We all shared many dishes (salads, pizzas, entrees) all of them excellent. The service was very good. It has an open feel, but they wisely hung some acoustic panels from the ceiling, so it is not as noisy as many restaurants (pet peeve- cool restaurants that are so noisy you can't have a conversation) We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Go for the traditional brick oven pizza but stay for the skillet dishes. My favorite is the octopus/potatoes. Perfectly tender thin slices of octopus with sliced fingerling potatoes, capers lemon and goodness. It melts in your mouth."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great dining experience!!! Everything we ordered from salads to pizzas were great. The gelato selection was great. The strawberry with chocolate chip gelato was our favorite. The funghi pizza is another popular item, highly recommended!! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great location, easy parking across 3rd, large and popular patio. Pizzas are 12", no slices, with standard and creative toppings. Good selection of vegetarian and no-sauce pizzas. Starters are excellent. But, the real start is the service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had the most beautiful day here at Michaels Pizzeria for Mothers Day 2014. Our experience went beyond my expectations. I found the food Fantastic, Fun and Eventful along with the Wine (I can't remember what I had but the server helped me choose)-they put a lot of love in what they do, in my opinion! It was also the last time my Sister would ever go out to eat like that again. She sadly passed away last week. But because of our happy experience here, I will always cherish this place even more! Thank you for allowing me to make this review. Lisa"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Pizza is always excellent @ Michael's. Enjoyed salads, octopus in the cast iron and the seafood feast on the dough."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was our 4th time visiting from Sourh Orange County and it never disappoints! Best pizza ever and we are pizza junkies. The fennel salad is excellent."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Swiftly greeted and seated. Enjoyed some appetizer flatbread with spinich/artichoke dip and ricotta cheese. For entrees it was the Margherita and Margherita-salame for the kids. Dessert was the pizzetta alla nutella. Everything that touched my lips was divine. The quality is exactly as I've heard. Happy hour is a great time to dine since it's not that busy (picks up at the end) and specials abound. From $2 off glasses of beer/wine to appetizer specials (on the order of half off), you can be wallet savvy. Also, Margherita Monday is a must and well worth it! (Purchase a pizza, receive a free Margherita pizza). A terrific experience that has me a fan!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "our hotel recommended this place and what a find! Wonderful outdoor seating with heaters. The food was amazing from the Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella to artichokes and of course, Pizza was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pizza anywhere else will never live up to Michael's. Outstanding service. We'll be back.."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Michael's Pizzeria on the Long Beach Promenade at 3rd street has been getting a lot of local and national press because Zagat rating it very highly. The oven is an authentic Italian pizza oven and very impressive looking. The menu offers several very good unusual salad choices. The pizza is served unsliced, so be prepared to slice your own or just tear of pieces as you go. The house made hot oil was excellent. The pizza was very good. There is an interesting wine list. I can't say this is the best pizza I have ever eaten in Long Beach. It is very good. It is gourmet. We will go back again."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent pizza, thin crust, European style with fresh mozzarella and ingredients. Fennel salad is delicious, service very attentive. A bit pricey, but worth the treat."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great Pizza, Service and Ambiance. The Eat LBC prix fixe menu offered a good variety at a great price."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The kitchen is not as sharp at the original Michael's Pizzeria in Naples. Pizza was cool, there were not enough servers, it was hard to get the check."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As a transplanted New Yorker, I was excited about having the pizza voted "best in the country" close by in Long Beach. The photos diners placed on Yelp, and the pizza in person looked like the real deal - as in pizza they way it is served in Italy. At the edges, the crust was excellent - truly among the best I've had. But the center of the pizza was soggy. This despite the chef's notes that the pizza wasn't sliced to prevent the dough from getting soggy. To be fair, I did choose a pizza that had parma ham and arugula topping, which I thought may have trapped moisture, but my friend's Pizza Margharita - the true test, was the same. That said, I would try it again if in the area, but probably wouldn't make a special trip again."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "What makes this 5 stars? The service is exceptional. They're not too overbearing, yet perfectly attentive. The food is very good. The braised beef, veal and pork meatballs are delicious, as was the margherita pizza. The night's special pizza was excellent, with a perfect combination of sausage, pesto and artichoke hearts, but the night's special sea bass was underseasoned."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "There was a total of 9 of us including 2 five-year old twins and a 16mth old toddler. The restaurant provided dough to allow the kids "make" their own cheese pizzas (which they loved!). It got a bit chilly (we were seated outside) so they put the heat lamps on for us. Our food was amazing. We all got something different and none of us chose badly. I'd recommend this place to everyone, especially if you have children."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "They must have the best publicist because this is nowhere near the `best pizza' in the country/state/city. Order a margherita and they look strangely at you when you decline to add toppings. We found out why -- the cheese is so sparsely applied most of the pie is just sauced crust - though tasty, we must admit. Better pizza of this style can be had at Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock and even the new 800 Degrees chain."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "If you have a big group I recommend sitting by the fire pit. It gave the perfect ambiance for the night. Perfect for an evening out with friends. Pizza was delicious so we're the calamari."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Nothing tragic but neither was anything "to die for". It was just OK"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our parent's 60th wedding anniversary with the family. They took very good care of us and we had a wonderful lunch."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I love this place ! I've eaten pizza all over the world ,including Naples and New York, and Michael's pizza is as good or better than the best authentic Italian pizza anywhere !! The other me u items are also terrific and meet all tastes. The service is friendly and helpful and the energy is positive and welcoming . It has become my favorite place to meet any friend coming to Long Beach for the first time and they always love it!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went to this place because we saw on tv that it was named the best pizza in the country by Zagat users. What a disappointment! Pizza was not even close to be good. I was zaggy and bland. The wine wasn't good either. Not even close to be the best pizza in the country"
    Dined on 3/8/2014