Padre

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$30 and under
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Latin American

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Located in Downtown Long Beach's up and coming East Village Arts District, Padre is a unique Latin American inspired eatery. Offering innovative dishes, an extensive selection of spirits, local brews, and exciting craft cocktails, Padre is the perfect setting for intimate meals or large-party celebrations.

(We welcome private events!)
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on March 19, 2018
Overall1foodserviceambience

Rude vulgar kind of dirty snooty noisy overpriced stingy portions. it's a great place if by great you mean awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I had an unexpected great experience. The ambiance and decor is lovely

DH
vipDanH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Was my first time at Padre. A few things distracted quite a bit from the experience. The smoke shop a few doors down was blaring their aggravating music, so Padre's outdoor dining area (quite nice) wasn't so pleasant.

I also ordered a Cadillac margarita which was very bland, non-distinctive.

The chips and guacamole as well as their stylized lomo saltado was very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love taco Tuesday. $5 margs & 3 for $5 tacos is so gooood

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td87
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Padre's was supposed to be open at 11am on Monday. We waited outside until 11:25 and no one unlocked the doors. we saw one of the workers walk into the building at 10:50 and double checked with her that doors open at 11am, and she replied yes.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we'll be back. Really terrific, fresh, flavorful food of central Mexico-not your typical "Mexican"food-this is elevated without being pretentious. Great service on top of it all. Note-they call them tapas/shared plates but the portions were very generous-each could have been a meal alone.

JB
vipJenB
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Padre's vibe is extremely cool and fits well into this urban area of Long Beach. I loved the decorations, and the cocktails were well crafted. The food portions are smaller than expected, but still filling and of great quality nevertheless. Although I went for brunch, this would be a great place to hang out on a weekend evening.

LM
LauraM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My husband and I went for the first time, my husband was starving, they will tell you they have tapas style, but they serve a lot of food, we had the tuna tartar for appetizer it was delicious and very good size, we also order fried yucca and it was great, not greasy at all. My husband had the pork and I had 2 tacos, let me tell you that was a lot of fun. I highly recommend this place. They were busy and they had one server, but he had helped, he got busier towards the end. Not his fault, the restaurant needs to hire more servers.

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heatherh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here! One of our favorite places in LB. Thanks for another memorable night.

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vipSpanishteach
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've been to Padre twice in the last three weeks, and enjoyed it both times. Their happy hour is great - $7 for really good and unusual drinks. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgable, and helped us select drinks and food. Three of us shared steak tips, lomo saltado, and grilled broccoli, and all were excellent. The churro bites were a little raw and doughy in the middle, but they tested great, and there were enough for 3 of us. I will definitely go back.

DS
vipDiaS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We waited for one hour for our food and left without eating!

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vipVegasgirl8
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was visiting in Long Beach, saw Padre and made a reservation because it looked fun. What a gem! The lIve DJ played great music while we sat outside and took in the neighborhood. Happy hour is an outstanding value-recommend the Tijuana Pharmacy and rum punch pitchers-but there are 4 or 5 other craft cocktails I will need to try on my next visit. Food was fresh and unique-we loved everything we tried-including crickets in the guacamole! Service was genuine and efficient. This restaurant is highly recommended!

KG
KimberlyG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We sat in the bar area so it was noisy. The food was good and the tapas size were larger than I expected. It's a great place to share several dishes with a group of friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Bartenders are amazing! Johnny is the best I go back just for him, drinks are soooo goood. But the server was AWFUL, she came by only once, I almost left without paying

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks are a little on the pricier side but overall good

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here twice and both times were amazing! The bartenders are super cool and helpful. The servers rock and deliver on point service! The decor makes me feel like I'm at home. The food was bomb af! I thought it was affordable for the quality of food and service. The music selection for their house radio brought it all together for me. Not a bad way to start a Sunday, with eggs Benedict, a michelada and the Smith's Everday day is like Sunday playing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Too noisy, needs a better menu and pricing on the other hand Love the decor, wait staff and hostess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service in the bar and restaurant were impeccable. The food absolutely makes this a 'go-to'. The street corn and brussel sprouts were amazing!!! Also got the fish, duck and chicken tacos that were all prepared perfectly. In the past, I've also had the bacon wrapped hot dog at HH ... WOW!!!

Love this place ....

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time for my husbands birthday and Joshua was a great server!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My boyfriend and I wanted to try a new place in our neighborhood, but ended up regretting our decision in choosing Padre. Our appetizer (Oaxaca wings) was clearly forgotten about and didn't arrive until after our meal was basically done. They were dry and only tasted like chocolate, not like mole. I ordered the cioppino, which had a solid layer of oil just sitting on top. My boyfriend's tacos had no flavor. We also weren't offered water until the HOSTESS walking by noticed that we didn't have any. I'm never one to write a review, but this place was incredibly disappointing, especially considering the price point.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and all the servers worked great as a team to make our dining experience exceptional.

DA
vipDrewA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was a worm in my oyster

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I have visited a few times and enjoyed my time and meal there. This past time, the service was a little slow but since we were dining with friends we don't see often it wasn't too noticeable.

MJ
MrJumbo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Super noisy. They really turn up the music. Glad we weren't trying for an intimate evening. Food was perfectly nice. Apparent at every level: They were seriously understaffed. New kid at the bar, very slow, took forever just to pour two glasses of wine, while his colleague blazed through about a dozen complicated mixed drinks at lightning speed. The waitress was super nice, but a bit overbusy. We asked for outside seating (considering how loud it was inside), and the maitre d' suggested we wait at the bar till something became available. We took our drinks out to sit outside at the bar (considering how loud it was inside), and then the maitre d' came and asked whether that location would be O.K. for us to eat too. Hmmm. First of all, if that's where your "outside" tables are, there were a dozen places available when we first walked up, so why not just seat us there in the first place? Second, the really nicer "outside" areas would be upstairs, away from street traffic and noise, with what would have been a gorgeous view of the full moon rising, Venus setting, and a perfect warm evening, like summer. But that area was closed off. Why? I'm sure they don't have enough staff to serve it. They barely had enough staff to stay attentive to our area. Everyone was really conscientious and tried to do their best and make sure we were happy (and we were—we were not feeling demanding), but I'd judge that this maybe is a better spot for a beer and watching the game than for a really nice occasion with a sit-down meal and a relaxing atmosphere. I suspect that's the crowd they're after anyhow. I enjoyed the food. And I suspect you cannot go wrong with the complicated mixed beverages. I have watched a lot of bartenders, and I can't remember ever seeing one work as fast or as perfectly as this one did. Just not his friend who had to pour a glass of wine three times to get it to the level where he considered it was perfect. Dude: It's a glass of wine. Get over it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The tacos are ok, but I have had way better ones. Enjoyed the cocktails. Service was terrible for happy hour.

DD
DunDunDunLB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my wife and 16 others here for her 25th birthday. Amazing, great food and service.

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Fparish
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was not to my palate are the 10 people I brought with me. we have to return three dishes because the food was overcooked are had no flavor to it. The chicken was like rubber I was extremely disappointed and embarrassed because I brought my friends who where from out of town it's like a high dollar taco stand and the tacos were not that good .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food, superb really. Too loud for groups to speak comfortably, but it's a great place to party.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall3food1service1ambience5

The food really had no flavor and the server was no where to be found

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Crash
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is amazing and the service was fine. But the place is very loud and we felt like we were yelling at each other. But, we'll be returning soon, maybe on a week night and hopefully it will be not as loud.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Ate brunch with my family but my order was forgotten. Had to mention it to our waitress to have my dish prepared. However, I was compensated by our waitress by having the dish removed from our bill. Good food overall with reasonable prices.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good. The cioppino was amazing.
The bar is very noisy but the dining room was nice.
The server was nice and attentive but the kitchen was slow and everything, appetizers and main course, arrived at the same time.
But the cucumber margaritas made it all good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, drinks, and the service. Happy hour is a great deal, everything was absolutely delicious! Our party had the chicken, duck, and octopus tacos; nikkei salad; Peruvian mac n' cheese; guacamole; salsa; sofritos flat bread; Brussel sprouts. We indulged in their Tequila Pharmacy, Something Really Good; holy water; sin nombre; and the sucker that dusted spider. Unbelievable, most of these menu items were $5 until 7pm. I loved our server (shout out to Darwin), the hostess, the vibe, the food, the drinks. 10/10 would go again, and again, and again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for your wonderful service. My family and I were celebrating my graduation from graduate school so this was a perfect spot to bring everyone together, eat, drink, and be merry together. Your staff was so accommodating and always checked in with us, which I appreciate so much. Keep it up, Padre!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already a fan, I hosted a birthday dinner for 9 that was phenomenal! The table and space allowed plenty of room and the food and service were outstanding. Highly recommend for all occasions.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Servers were overwhelmed, kitchen was slow and inconsistent, noise level very high

M
Marlowe
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was excellent, but service was among the worst I've ever seen. I think they were slammed, because they were pretty clearly understaffed for a Saturday night. One of the dishes that we ordered came out pretty quickly, the rest came about 30 minutes later, and the last two never arrived. Our waiter came by and asked if we wanted to cancel our entree since it still hadn't arrived, which struck me as a pretty strange thing to suggest. No apology, no attempt to make it right, and the waiter pretty pointedly ignored our table after that. After an hour, we eventually managed to flag her down and had her cancel the two remaining dishes that still hadn't arrived.

I'd recommend avoiding Padre on Friday/Saturday night based on what I saw, but if you can get there during a less busy hour, it may be worth it. The margaritas were very good, and the sin nombre (rye whiskey-based cocktail) was excellent.

TI
TIAb7
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience at Padre. The staff was friendly and inviting even going out their way for us. The food was excellent and the vibe was energetic. Perfect for 30 somethings who want a little more mature experience. Don't forget to take advantage of the great Happy Hour!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Padre and I was very impressed. They were double booked for the night and so we got to eat on the upstairs balcony which is reserved for events, and it was lovely! Also, even though they were double booked, we only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table and the service we received was excellent. The cocktails were wonderful, it was my first time trying Mezcal (delicious!) and all the food we got was very tasty. I wanted to eat the whole bowl of street corn by myself! I will definitely be coming back and I had a wonderful evening with friends!

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vipDeborah
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well, when we arrived the hostess said we did not have a reservation and tried to seat us in the bar on bar stools! I wasn't having any of that. They then seated us in the empty dining room which didn't seem to have any waiters assigned to us. Eventually we received service and the food came out timely and was enjoyed by all 6 of us.

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