Alegria Cocina Latina

3.9
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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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3.9
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3.8
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DW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Birthday , sat outside patio. Music was super loud

m
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The place is too small and the servers are not helpful

f
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

great paella 🥘; however they were out of alot of wines & the serve struggled on a Tuesday night. I recommend it, but you need to be flexible. 😎

MB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Red wine was warm. Did not seem to have a cellar in house. Did not seem as clean and utensils where cheap. Fork bent.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything is perfect except once it's 10PM on Saturday, they ask you to get up and wrap up your dinner because they take away the tables and make them VIP seats for people that buy bottles. I literally had to throw away my food even though I wasn't done.

D
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was really good and well priced, but didn’t realize the “show” is only for people who pay $50. I’m guessing it was flamenco dancers, as I wasn’t willing to pay $50 to find out. Quite loud inside, so recommend the sidewalk seating. I’d go back.

GG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great. The waiter was terrific. He had worked all day but went out of his way to accommodate our every need and was cheerful.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Terrible experience. They advertised that they would have Flamenco dancers...but didn’t advertise that they were only dancing at noon in a small section of the restaurant. There were plenty of tables available but due to poor planning they were spaced out and could not be pushed together to seat us. This was Mother’s Day and they asked if we would be ok sitting at separate tables. The final straw was that on the open table site the restaurant said there was a special Mother’s Day menu but that the regular menu would also be available. Well...it wasn’t and they forced you to order off the special brunch menu that was $50 per person. We walked out and went down the street to Rockbottom brewery and had a great lunch. I wonder how they stay in business with such poor service and their bait and switch tactics. We won’t be going to Alegria ever again

GR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time there and my wife, Mom and Mother in law were all very happy and impressed. The food was great, ambiance with live music awesome and we can’t wait to go back.

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Mother’s Day brunch was a disaster. Maybe because we were the first ones ? Idk. Server didn’t know the menu. No kid
Options. Horrible customer service. Not attentive and yet very quick to charge a $100
Gratitude fee.

AC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was wonderful and service was good. Music made it VERY difficult to talk.

DI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Alegria is a great place! But this time I seated by the patio, and the hosstess took forver 10 minutes or more to send a waiter, i had to tell her myself, even after that it took another 5 minutes. Waiter was good ,but he said he was very busy , after that he did great , but making any customer wait to offer some water or make them welcome is very important ,and more when i am bringing a new friend and new to alegria. I really recomend you to give more attention to customer upon arriving and make them feel comfortable and welcome. Because i felt left alone out there . I was about to call for the supervisor to talk , because last time i was there ,the wa I ter took long to come to our table also and i was seating inside. Thank you! I trued some good food here before, this time my friend got salmon with brocoli his plate was good. I got chicken breast with beans& rice and plantains. Chicken waa good, but beans with the mix rice was cold and dry ,also plantains were very dry, not good looking.... that night i felt dissapointed.... a happy customer will always come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

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

DB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience2

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

HD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

JW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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.

TT
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

d
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience1

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.

l
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was like half cooked but great service

GM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

DY
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience3

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.

G
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

RM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience1

That have bad customer services. Should have more services

M
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

H
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

LR
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.