Alegria Cocina Latina

3.6
444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American

Located in trendy Downtown Long Beach, Alegria Cocina Latina serves tasty Latin-American cuisine in warm and colorful surrounds. The menu offers an appealing array of options that include a little of everything, from paellas to chicken in citrus sauce served with plantains. Munch on some tapas plates or dig into a hearty entree. Polish it off with some flan con fresas from the dessert menu. If you're in the mood for an even bigger culinary adventure, stop by on Sunday shortly before noon and indulge in a lavish brunch.

Alegria Cocina Latina hosts occasional events and live acts during the week. Fridays come with salsa dancing while Saturday evenings mark the restaurant�s popular flamenco night. Alegria Cocina Latina�s colorful scenery and lively ambiance make it a great pick for a group outing with friends or a memorable date with loved one. This restaurant is open every day

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

First time there, loved everything until they started moving tables around without telling us anything. I was still finishing my drink, had not paid my tab and they told qe need to get up . I asked what was going and they told me they needed the area for dancing. I sat at another table and told us if we wanted to sit there I needed to buy $150.00 bottle service.or to go outside 😡😡 I had just spent 140.00 in food and drinks. Very rude, will never go back. Shame

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here twice and have not been disappointed. Fun atmosphere, small but diverse Latin menu with a bit of modernity. Large portions. If you come with friends you could order numerous items and feel like you are on whirlwind Latin tour.

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KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here over the years I've lived in the south bay, always a great experience with staff, food and ambiance! Will come back over and over again!

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d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food! a bit crowded and have to push server a bit if you do not want a long, long dinner, but worth it, dave

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 2

Waiter was awesome. Food, wax not that good. But, had a pleasant time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The waiter "forgot"to give the order to the cook and it took forever for the food of the birthday boy after we all had already received our food..then we had to keep on reminding to refill.our drinks mind you we were a table of 4.The food wasnt what is was before i have always highly recommended this place .then you have to pay extra to see the flamenco show which was the reason i chose to go there to celebrate my husband's birthday.. i was extremely disappointed

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Bad choice for us to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Expensive and worst of all, very disappointing food. Paella Valenciana not even remotely a decent paella. Tasteless and uninspired, unfortunate since that was the prime if only three entre choices.

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HD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a good place to celebrate my birthday the only thing that I didn't like it was and the end. We want to stayed for a little bit longer but we were push awayeating because the dancing floor was needed but we couldn't stay...
We were in the VIP zone so we have to leave...
Everything else was good

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JW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Disappointed
We sat at a table outside, too noisy to engage in casual conversation. Food was cold, not very good tasting.
Thank goodness I had a glass of wine. Will not return or recommend.

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TT
Philadelphia
152 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place to dine except it’s more of a nightclub atmosphere. Skirt steaks were great. Soup starter was also great. Just very loud inside so might be better to go during weekdays.

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d
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great evening at Alegria! The vibe was fun, young and energetic. We enjoyed the music from the flamenco dance show. The food was so tasty and good! We shared family style enjoying sangria, nachos & ceviche and then paella with so much delicious seafood. Quite an eclectic crowd. We fit right in and enjoyed our time together. Thanks Alegria for a fun evening!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This rating is provided because despite the fact that Opentable accepted my reservation request and booked me for dinner last Thursday evening, when we arrived at the restaurant, workers there informed us that the restaurant was closed for the evening. It’s not clear to me why the restaurant would allow reservations to be made on Opentable if they were closed. Luckily I was able to find a table at Sevilla across the street.

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was the first time I’ve been there in over a year and I really wanted to like the place. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the food. The steak fajitas were overcooked and corn tortillas weren’t available. The server said, “Sometimes we have them and sometimes we don’t.” My two friends' tacos were served laying in the frijoles- not easy to pick up when drenched. Since both orders of tacos were served this way, we assumed it was the typical plating of the food. Also, no blended margaritas- apparently they don’t have a blender.
It’s too bad, I really wanted to like the place.

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The restaurant decor and ambiance was nice. Did not like the paella Valencia. Also, while I was eating I bit into something hard. Assumed it was a bone from chicken. Nonetheless paella was ok, so we took the uneaten portion home. When eating it the next day, I again bit something hard and upon inspection saw that it was a small piece of silver metal or maybe fiberglass. So, had to throw the food away.

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l
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were celebrating my moms birthday and the waiter seemed very annoyed , made the whole experience awful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was like half cooked but great service

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GM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just a very adequate meal. Nothing special. Very disappointed with the paella dish. Chicken was very dry. There was also beef and not a good variety of seafood.

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DY
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was subpar all around. It was either bland, too salty, or just bad. I felt really bad that I had invited my friend to eat here. It was very overpriced given the poor quality.

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G
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there for a late lunch / early dinner, midweek, so the place was quiet. However, I've been here on a weekend night and it was jumping and a bit loud. I had the whiskey salmon and it was delicious. I've had the paella before and it's definitely on point. Your best bet for a great experience would be to get there early for dinner on a Saturday and stay for the Flamenco.

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Atmosphere, Great Food, geed service and a great time!

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

That have bad customer services. Should have more services

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M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hoping to get Dine Out Long Beach menu but they ran out. I had Ropa Viega, Cuban style braised beef served with black beans, rice, sweet plantains topped with feta cheese and arugula. Yum! Service was awesome and The Flamenco dancing & guitar was great.

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H
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and wine. We ordered the appetizer sampler which was a very large portion of 3 different appetizers.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

La comida y la atención del mesero fue excelente el único mal detalle es que yo había puesto una nota en mi reservación porque que era mi aniversario de bodas y nunca me pidieron ni siquiera mi número de reservación y menos ningún detalle especial por el festejo .

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for Valentine’s Day but they only had a table outdoors by the storefront. We were hesitant about the location because it was cold. The host assured us that the heat lamps were going to be turned on for us, but they forgot about us and they started working on it by the time we were wrapping up the main course. They were having trouble with the lamps because the gas tanks were empty so they had to go find full gas tanks. So what frustrated me was the fact that walk-ins were happening and they were taken inside because tables had opened up, the host nor the manager offered us a change of table or at least an apology for the situation. The heat lamps didn’t get turned on until we were finishing our dessert from a 4 course meal (over an hour and 15 mins) At that point we were just overall disappointed with our reservation experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their Valentine’s Day dinner menu was amazing. The decor and the ambiance was perfect. Overall a great dining experience!

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B
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brought friends who grew up in Spain and they loved the food. Really tasty! Service was very good and attentive without hovering. Prices were reasonable. Plan to go back for sure. Has valet parking but there is a public lot just across the street for a bit less.

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LR
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Two guests had paella, one was seafood and the other vegetarian,which was very good and large portion. I had the fajitas which was very good also large portion. My only disappointment was the red sangria which the menu mentions Apples and oranges which there was a orange slice on top of glass and no apples in the drink. I mentioned this to the waiter and he said all the fruit is at the bottom of the larger container and I would get less drink if it had the fruit in it. I also was not thrilled with the taste of the sangria either.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brought wrong appetizer, no big deal. Didn’t fill up water once during hour plus dinner, starting to get annoying. Only have one bathroom for the entire huge restaurant AND it’s out of toilet paper...not a positive experience. Thank god we had no water at dinner lol! Overall the food is good, and it has a nice atmosphere but the service and facilities aren’t the best. I also don’t recommend sitting on the patio as people will try to panhandle during dinner and no one stops them.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my wife , awesome, thank you

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S
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

It pains me to write a bad review but it would be a shame to keep this to myself. The sad part is that the food was really good but the service... appalling is the only word that comes to mind. Our server, Benjamin, was not only careless with the actual service throughout the meal (forgivable) but he became increasingly rude and eventually ended up arguing with me over an item on the check at the end. Luckily the manager stepped in and knew how to take care of a customer but this did not derail Benjamin from his terrible service even after I cleared things up with the manager. This was a business meeting that I, sadly, suggested and brought a total of 13 other people in that night. Obviously the gratuity was already included otherwise I would have only left some good advice for Benjamin. The next evening, we dined a few doors down with subpar food but excellent service which I will gladly visit again. Unfortunately this bad service was unforgettable and I will never return to or refer anyone to Alegria Cocina Latina.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good, the service not so much. Meals did not arrive, billed too much for drinks and server fought with us and would not correct the error. Manager did remove the overcharge, but check your bill.

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GF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blackened fish was very good. Try the vegetarian paella as well.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not a big fan of Long Beach, but this place was worth the drive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was bustling and lively with attentive waitstaff and excellent food. We did not have to wait too long for our meal and the live music, mostly in Spanish, was a nice touch. Sitting outside was good because it was less noisy and actually more romantic. Definitely worth the splurge.

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R
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I made reservations here to celebrate an anniversary and the service wasn't up to par. I walked in and the host was very rude when asking if I made reservations. After I explained that I did indeed have reservations, she asked us to wait for the table since they had a folkloric dance. Once our table was away she from afar waived her hand instead of coming to us. We walked to our seats and waiting almost 25, which felt like an hour, to get our order taken. I totally understand that restaurants are busy, but I would of appreciated if someone would've came to our table and informed us that it was going to be a while. After wasting all this time, we finally ordered food. The Paella was not very good and ordering a drink seemed nearly impossible. We finally left and by that time, we missed our show. I wouldn't go back but I wish the experience ended a lot better. A lot of my friends have been so it is quite disappointing to of have had such a dull dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food except the paella. Great service in dining. Highly recommended as a restaurant. Live music was very good as well. The place converts to a club later at night and we stayed and got bottle service. Very expensive (like everywhere) and the service was great to start but after the first hour the service was almost non-existent, which was disappointing. They also have some staff on the club side who don't seem to have any people skills.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious but the waitress didnt take care of our table that good and after a big table showed up he even forgot that we existed. Music was a great and so was the food but tge service is laking a lot.

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It had been about a year or so since I last visited Alegrias in Long Beach. I was there with another couple celebrating our September birth dates. I was so dissapointed overall with this place. We decided as a group to get the 3 course meal which included the show. The show was great. However, everything else was downhill from there. We sat on a couch that was covered in filth. The Sangria was brought to us in a small picture in which our wine glasses had a piece of fruit in it. The food was good , that I'll admit but the service was terrible! Then to top it off, after paying $250 (including tip) for our meals, we were asked to leave our table because table service started at 10pm. I was appalled! What a downgrade this place taken, including the crowd. This place has lost all it's class. Regretably, I will not be returning nor recommending this place to clients, family nor friends again. Thank you for your time.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Was recommended to me as a place for good food and a lounge for dancing. Paella was bland but the calamari was spot on. Service was not up to par and some menu items not available (1 of 3 sides, 1 of 4 bottles beer). Nevertheless, I had a great time with friend!

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