La Traviata in Long Beach offers patrons a fantastic dining experience and fine entertainment. The chefs there take pride in each and every meal they create, and diners can enjoy delicacies like Chilean sea bass in a mizo glaze in a comforting atmosphere alongside stellar service.
La Traviata is located in the Wilmore Building at Cedar and 3rd, and is once again under Mario's capable operation. La Traviata offers an outstanding menu along with banquet facilities. If guests would like a tour before they book, Mario will be happy to show them around. It is also a perfect location to host a wedding, holiday event or dinner party.
This was my first visit, but I have to say that I was very impressed. The ambiance was great, service could be better, the location made it a gem, the menu was a little simple, but I liked it. The wine list was pretty good as well. I'm from Chicago where we have Italian gems all over the city so I'm tough to impress, but I definitely recommend checking La Traviata out. Oh and the bartender that night was FANTASTIC!
The owner met us at the door, The room was beautiful, romantic and quiet (friday night at 7pm). We started with the mushroom strudel appetizer with raspberry sauce. It was magnificient! For dinner my wife had the lasagna, which she said was the best she had ever eaten, and I laughed because I had the salmon with champagne basil sauce, which was truely the best salmon I have ever eaten! We cannot say enough about this romantic treasure in downtown long beach.
Our party was the only one in the dining room (it was a holiday period) so the service was excellent; quick, smiling, very pleasant. This is a charming little neighborhood gem which is a plus and a nice alternative to the usual Pine Street scene.
The food was amazing. The service was spot on without being bothersome. A great meal for our first night in Long Beach.
La Traviata represent's La Dolce Vita during the Spring/Summer months with a dining special: $39.00 for a 3-course dinner. It offers a gratifying Della Casa Salad ( mixed greens, feta cheese, carrots & cranberries combined with an ambrosial raspberry balsamic vinaigrette); a choice of lasagna - Chicken Violetta ( a sumptuous breast stuffed with feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and a porcini sauce); or Salmon with champagne basil sauce. And dessert.
Executive Chef José Trinidad has composed an applaudable menù di piatti with several stand-outs. Mario, the Proprietor is such a likable guy & gracious Host, and Tina, at-the-bar, is just the cameo needed on this La Traviata stage. Fa bene.
The Lasagna is really quite delicious. The dish is very different than an others I have experienced.
From the valet curbside opening to valet curbside farewell it was a night that will be hardpressed to duplicate. A greeting from the owner that was geniune, enthusiastic, and welcoming. Cheryl Smith provided songs that inspired dancing all night for us. Service was provided around us, our quiet intimate moments, our dancing, and our lounge visit. We chose the difficult dish, Chicken Breast Violetta. As a connoisseur of fine dining I was pleasantly surprised to have a perfectly cooked breast with appropiate stuffing and a sauce that was sublimly enchancing. It was an enamored experience, the most inexpensive I have ever experienced. We can and will make biweekly reservation due to the most underpriced for the value Fine Dining Experience.
It was really nice to be greeted by the owner of the restaurant. It made us feel special. The singer was great and the food was as well. We enjoyed the gorgeous paintings and loved finding an Italian restaurant that doesn't rely on pasta for every dish. They had very limited pasta, and instead showcased their talents.
And you really have to try their house made tiramasu for dessert. The best I have ever had.
Menu seemed dated, as did our reception where only the man in the party was welcomed. Cream sauces were not described as such on the menu -- too bad that we are trying to cut back on rich sauces. We hadn't realized that we would share our dinner with live operatic music but it sounded good and wasn't too intrusive.
We went there for a birthday celebration and were not disappointed.
The restaurant exudes style in its decor and has impeccable service. We loved our food as well as the dessert we were offered for the birthday girl.
Mario we wish you all the success you so much deserve.
Check out the room for private parties, it is STYLE.