La Traviata - Long Beach

4.3
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the historic Willmore Building, La Traviata is one of the best kept secrets in Long Beach! La Trav not only offers exquisite food in our Dining Room, but also the friendliest Bar in town! Every weekday 5 - 7pm is Social Hour except Saturday and we also provide great entertainment at the Piano Bar and host events in our Spectacular Lounge. La Traviata offers a Bar, Lounge, and Gourmet Dining to meet all of your night life needs in one location.

Bring your significant other, or bring out a group of friends and show them you know the best place in town to catch a drink, feast on great food, and enjoy live music at the Piano Bar or in our beautiful lounge.

Discover La Traviata. We personally invite you to come take a personal tour with our beloved owner Mario. Let us show you how easy and inexpensive it can be to host your next holiday event, wedding, dinner party, or any social occasional to meet your needs.
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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and beverage. Nice restaurant and feel. Greeted by Mario at the table who was very engaging and offered suggestions on the menu.
The piano player was good but a bit too loud to have conversation at the dining room table. Fortunately, he stopped playing by 7:30 pm or so and we were able to converse without shouting.
Overall, very pleased and will go back soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Three of us went to La Traviata for Christmas dinner. When we arrived, there was no hostess, and the phone at the front desk was ringing off the hook. After waiting several minutes in the crowded bar area, we were finally shown to our table. Our server was very friendly and took our drink orders and appetizer orders right away. We ordered pumpkin soup, calamari and Brussels sprouts as appetizers. All were good, but the Brussels sprouts were unnecessarily spicy. For entrees, we ordered lasagna, rack of lamb and a traditional turkey dinner. The lamb and lasagna we're fine, but the turkey was inedible. There were three thick slices on the plate. When I cut into the first piece, I discovered it was mostly fat and skin. In fact, all if the turkey was mostly fat. I took one bite and spit it out. It made me sick. I've never seen such fatty turkey before. There was no breast meat at all, it looked like they served me the cast-off's from the bird. I called our server back to the table and said I couldn't eat what I was served. She asked if I wanted another plate, but I said I didn't trust the turkey, and decided to order spaghetti and meatballs instead. It is an Italian restaurant, so I thought it would be a safer bet. Well, my dinner companions finished their meals while I waited for spaghetti. And I waited and waited. The spaghetti never came. So, we paid our bill and left. The manager, who visited our table before any food was served, never returned to apologise or make any consolations for us. Our server was very apologetic, and comped our drinks. Unfortunately, that wasn't sufficient to encourage me to ever return.

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were dining with a 5-month old baby and were made to feel extremely welcome. We were also happy to find such a good place open on Christmas Day.

M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was our first visit to La Traviata though I had wanted to try it for a long time. So when I saw they were open for Christmas I decided to bring a party of six for Christmas dinner. First the good news. We were seated promptly, the restaurant was pretty, the service was good and they even acceded to my request that we not have a round table because I hate round tables. For starters, we had brussels sprouts, lobster Mac and cheese and salad all of which were excellent. We had a bottle of Chianti which was a good value at $38. We would’ve liked to have cocktails but we asked twice for the cocktail menu and never got it. Water was refilled often. Food was good but not memorable. I had a turkey special menu which was OK but it had a slightly odd sweetness to the sauce that I didn’t like. My niece had branzino she liked and other people liked the pasta. The main reason I am not rating this restaurant higher is because of my sons filet mignon. He ordered it medium rare and it came out well done. We flagged down the server and sent it back I will say that she immediately took it off the bill without us asking her. A few minutes later a new plate came out but this time the filet was blue. It looked like it had only been waved over the flame. My son would not eat it. But he also refused to let me send it back as well. So he basically had no Christmas dinner. After our meal we were not offered any coffee or anything and it took us a while to flag down the server to get the check. Again no aperitifs. So I wouldn’t say it was a terrible meal but it was definitely disappointing after years of walking by and looking in and thinking how pretty the restaurant was. I probably would not be back. Oh I might mention that they did have someone playing the piano which was very nice during the service. And I saw someone who I presume was the owner walking around talking to people but he never came over to our table.

KR
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked in and the owner, Mario, introduced himself. We were seated immediately at a table by a window. The waitress was very polite and attentive. The food was superb and very reasonably priced.

MB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, friendly and delicious - I will go again.

FG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time celebrating our wedding anniversary, Hope, our server was just wonderful and so warm. Really enjoyed the food and the hospitality, we will be back. 🥳

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. I felt like I went back to Italy. The wine was superb, the ambiance great and the food great

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from drinks at the bar to dessert. I’ve been wanting to go back since I ate there several years ago and it was a great experience. Highly recommended to everyone.

B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never leave reviews but our experience was outstanding! This was our first visit. The service, food and ambiance was superb! Very comfortable we were able to have a conversation because the noise level was low. The food was fabulous! Mario, the proprietor, sang Happy Birthday in Italian to the birthday girl. It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Beautiful location, easy parking, great cocktails and wine. Will definitely be returning!

r
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday dinner for two friends. Fun night enjoyable music.

ML
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a birthday dinner and the interior of the restaurant was classic and beautiful. The atmosphere was elegant with white table cloth, large windows to a garden, soft lighting and low music playing in the background. We started off with the house Cabernet which was smooth and oaky. We felt as if we were transported far from home and being pampered by gracious hosts.

We ordered the lasagna and the stuffed crab pasta with a mushroom cream sauce. I ordered the crab pasta with cream sauce and it was one of the best at pasta dishes I have ever had. The cream sauce complimented the crab and the pasta was cooked to perfection. The lasagna was made with a beef base, it reminded me of almost an osso buco, which is delicious. The lasagna was rich with deep flavors of a stewed meat. It was excellent.

I will come back as soon as I can. This was a high end authentic Italian restaurant just like in Italy. Well done!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing friendly staff. Hidden little gem

VG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood risotto was fantastic!

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thanks Vincent. Much appreciated. Hope see you again soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Just mediocre-not an upscale place just ok
Service so-so a little unprofessional
Food good but nothing special
I will not go back

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thanks for the frank review. Sorry that we did not meet your expectations but we are working on our menu and hospitality all the time. Fortunately we have a lot of good reviews but we always strive to do better.

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P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food! And waiter was great! Try the pistachio cheesecake, amazing!

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thanks Pudegirl. Glad you could come by. We like that ... "neighborhood gem". Hope to see you again soon.

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MH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not really an Italian restaurant. The food tasted blunt and needed serious additions of salt, pepper and herbs. The server was trying his best but seem to be overworked at some points. The pasta was good but not outstanding. Overall, nothing to write home about.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great everything

DP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was really warm and welcoming when we arrived. We were quickly seated, and the service was really attentive and timely, during our stay. I had the carbonara, and it was delicious. The only downside was that they ran out of the short ribs, otherwise the visit was great!

MM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Love the live piano music.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was very hospitable and the food was amazing!

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on May 18, 2019

Thank you for joining us at La Traviata and for the positive feed-back. Cheers!

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AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch was a huge success. Food was delicious and well priced, service was amazing. The owner’s warm personality made our experience extra special. We will be back for Father’s Day.

RB
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants: Great food, great atmosphere, great service and great live jazz.

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on May 18, 2019

Thank you for coming by La Traviata and joining us on Jazz night. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Class Italian
We were welcomed with a smile followed with great service, excellent food and a nice selection of wines. A comfortable and charming ambience.
Will definitely return

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner was the Chilean SeaBass. The BEST I have ever had. The service, people and owner were welcoming and wonderful. Made our 24th Wedding Anniversary wonderful. Thank you again.




Mr. & Mrs. William A. Ewing (Tony)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sisters birthday

DM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Live Music was terrific but far too loud. I could do without the Tambourine

T
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a theater afterwards and the waiter accommodated us so we were able to be on time for the show. Great service. The foods were excellent.

LG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh ahi salad for lunch. Server was amazing and helpful! Nice to go back after 20 years!!

G
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The owner tries hard to create a fun and inviting experience. I just wish everyone else on staff did the same. We showed up to our reservation early and as I was telling the host, we were interested in hanging out at the bar for happy hour, he stopped me short and showed us to our table. No happy hour for us I guess. After we were sat, the server came by tried to answer some questions about the drink menu, and it seemed like he was new. No biggie, we found something we liked. Bread was offered, but when it came there was no butter or saucer of oil and vinegar. There were bottles of oil and vinegar on the table, so we just used the bread plates. That might just be how they do it there, not sure. When it came time to order, we were surprised that we were not offered any speciala. We were even more surprised when the table next to us was let in on that little secret. Some of which sounded pretty good. I we just weren't cool enough. I mean, the food was good, the drinks were good the atmosphere was good, but it just didn't seem special, and if you're willing to spend a worker's day salary on a night out, you kinda want it to be special. We were out for our anniversary, even had it on our reservation, but it just felt like we went to Olive Garden, if Olive Garden had a good food.. Speaking of of food, I guess I should talk a little bit about it. We had the Chilean Seabass and the Risotto Mare. The Seabass was good but it seemed to rely too heavily on the teriyaki sauce for flavor. The saphron cream sauce on the Risotto was good but was a bit too light on the saphron. Over all our experience good, but not great. We went for a special occasion but it didn't seem too special.

l
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Mario

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place made you feel like home and the service was awesome.

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hello Eric. Many thanks for the positive review. Hope to see you again in future.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The perfect late Valentine’s Day dinner spot. Food and ambiance were great. Service was a bit slow.

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank You for the positive review. Valentines Day was a little challenging as La Trav is very popular on that day. Appreciate your patience with us. Cheers.

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B
Orange County
97 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entering, we were greeted by the owner Mario himself, who typified the gracious Old World charm and manners. One can't fake that. One either possesses it or not. Over our appetizer course with our wine, Mario came and sat with us for about 10 minutes and chatted about a variety of subjects. He was equally engaging and courteous to all his guests. He circulated among the tables throughout the evening and gauged each's response and requests.

The service was on cue, on target and expertly delivered throughout our meal by our serving team.
Highly recommend the expertly cooked Chilean Sea Bass-- this is the real Chilean Sea Bass and not Tilapia disguised as CSB. Because of the thickness of the portion, it took a bit more time but was well worth the wait.
The wine list was very respectable and paired well with the menu selections.
Highly recommend this restaurant for everyday dining, special occasions or pre-theater. One won't be disappointed.
We went on a wet and windy weeknight and found the place surprisingly lively and reasonably filled, which itself speaks volumes.

La Traviata - Long Beach
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hello and thanks for your detailed and thoughtful review. Mario revels in the spirit of old world hospitality. We are most appreciative that you noted that in your comments. We live for that! And yes, as you also noted that is REAL Chilean Sea Bass. No shortcuts here! Cheers to the next wet and windy night... or the next bright and sunny spring evening when we hope to see you again.

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YZ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2014
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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!

DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

H
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was spot on without being bothersome. A great meal for our first night in Long Beach.

D
Los Angeles
185 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

GA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lasagna is really quite delicious. The dish is very different than an others I have experienced.