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
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.
Their Valentine’s Day dinner menu was amazing. The decor and the ambiance was perfect. Overall a great dining experience!
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.
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.
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.
Birthday for my wife , awesome, thank you
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. 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.
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.
Blackened fish was very good. Try the vegetarian paella as well.
Not a big fan of Long Beach, but this place was worth the drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The food was fantastic! Our server was polite and took care of us. Never felt ignored. This place is a treat to me and anyone I bring :)
Understaff and waiver never brought me my drink. By the time i finished my meal i told him, "i asked you twice to bring me a coke, i already finished my meal so i won't needed it anymore." When i asked for the bill, i waited 20 mins before going up to the front to pay." I didn't even left a tip.
We love coming here! The drinks are great, especially the sangria. The food is always wonderful. The servers are always very attentive. Live music on the weekends, and the location is great if you want to go somewhere else afterwards!
They were very accommodating when our group of 6 became a group of 4 and then we asked for a quieter location, as well as for the regular menu although we were sitting in a fixed price area.
Great Restaurant! Wonderful Food & Excellent Service!
Didn't like the service. AC wasn't working and temperature was up to the 80 degrees that afternoon. I asked to leave the door open for air circulation twice and waitress kept forgetting to do so. I also asked for other stuff while eating, such as paper napkins, sauce, and silverware and didn't arrived until the our food was cold.
Great place to hang out and have fun!
They made my daughter's birthday extra special and our waiter Benjamin made the night complete!
To go here for Mother's Day dinner with my husband and kids was the worst decision, food was horrible flavor less and the camarones al ajillo that I ordered was so bad had no garlic and not right sauce when ask server he said he knows was not always ajillo like the menu said but that they had just change recipe even thou that's what I order from menu, came with rice and beans that was not hot and had no flavor, my husband got the wrong plate, and my kids dinner was impossible to eat chicken not fresh and totally burned, we ask for check and left so disappointed that my Mother's Day was spent on a place like this. They totally ruined my Mother's Day dinner.
Manager was not at the restaurant when we ask to talk to him
I do not recommend for dinner
But drinks and dancing maybe
Terrible experience. Reservations for Mother's Day was done. We arrived on time and waited over two hours and didn't receive our meal. Management was poor and shouldn't be open as a restaurant. They should focus on their nightlife bar business.
Bar staff was helpful but it seems there was trouble in the kitchen.
My feedback is our waiter took his break after the meal was served and his backup who was to cover him basically left us alone to the point we had to get someone's attention to assist us. The backup waiter proceeded to bring the bill when we advised him we told him we wanted desert. If the waiter change had not happened the overall experience would have been much better.
We invited customers from out of state and Northern California for drinks, appetizers, dinner and good conversation. We were able to do all of them!
Everyone enjoyed the evening, thanks for making that possible!
it's good to hear your planning to open for lunch this summer. We've been enjoying Alegria's for over 10 yrs.
Absolute disappointment, Agaves across the street is a better option.
I love this place. I used to come to dance and eat here with girlfriends when I was single. I came her for my bachelorette party. Months later, I brought my husband here to have a nice romantic dinner. It has everything you would want. I had more interaction with the employees than any other restaurant. They were very friendly. This place just has a special charm if you want to get out and try something different.