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About L'Opera

Celebrating over 27 years of award winning classic & modern Italian cuisine! Owner Terry Antonelli believes in a warm and elegant approach to fine dining. Chef Walter Cotta shops at local farmer's and produce markets throughout the week to insure the best quality ingredients. Our pastas, raviolis, bread, sauces and desserts are homemade. His menu also includes a number of vegan and gluten free items that are sure to please all palates.All of our beef is certified Sterling Silver. For lunch, dinner or a private event, L'Opera is a must!
Zagat rated L'Opera as one of the top Italian Restaurants in the United States for 2012. Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence since 2005. Southern California Restaurant Writers Golden Scepter, 5 Star Award, Golden Bacchus, Sommelier of the Year 2005 & 2016, Server of the Year, and Restaurateur of the Year Award Winner.

101 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Entertainment: Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
First Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(562) 491-0066

Website:
http://www.lopera.com/

Entertainment:
Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Catering:
L'Opera offers two private dining rooms: The Wine Cellar is a semi- private room with wood floors, mahogony wine cabinets, seating 10 to 60 guests. The La Scala is a private room with travertine floors, black granite bar, seating 15 to 100 guests. From corporate dinners to weddings L'Opera is an ideal location for your event. Please e-mail Justine Nevarez at lopera.justine@gmail.com or loperaristorante@gmail.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on the East and West side of Pine Ave, directly in front of the restaurant, for a $7.00 charge.

Public Transit:
Metro

Executive Chef:
Walter Cotta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

L'Opera Ristorante...you can sit back & relax knowing that everything will run like clockwork in our Wine Cellar, La Scala & Aldo Luongo Dining Room; thanks to our creative approach & attention to detail. Chef Walter Cotta is ready to prepare a menu to delight all of your guests.

L'Opera Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Business Meals (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Groups (21)
Authentic (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (12)
Fun (12)
People Watching (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Live Music (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Scenic View (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vegan (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

A really wonderful restaurant that is above average in every way but is more approachable than a 5 star dining experience. I wish the ambiance was a little more memorable but by no means is it bad. The serving staff is very friendly and NOT pretentious. If you do visit, ask for a seat by the windows because it's fun to people watch and the windows, which are very large, open up the feeling while dining. Great place!!!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Now my favorite Italian restaurant in Long Beach. Just the right amount of attention for fine dining in a casual and comfortable setting without being overly stuffy.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had a business meeting at the restaurant. It was the perfect location. The service and food was excellent If you need to have a quiet conversation with a few business associates or just going for a relaxing meal. This restaurant would be perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was excellent. Service was amazing. This is one of the best restaurants. Just loved it

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of my all time favorite restaurants since it opened! I live in Pasadena now, but totally worth the drive. I have never had a bad meal at L'Opera and continue to be impressed with both the menu and service! Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates quality food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Slow start but great food made up for initial slow service

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

My wife and I went on New Year’s evening. It was relatively quiet. Our server was great. The restaurant was nicely decorated. I was somewhat disappointed in the food. The marinara sauce was lackluster and the pasta a bit over-cooked. The chicken parm was good. We have traveled extensively and eaten some great Italian food. This was good...not great

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Ambience was great and having opera singer go around to tables was cool. Little lacking in sevice but on new years eve it was pretty busy. Food was delicious but not huge portions so I recommend an appetizer or dessert. A little pricey so I recommend coming for a special date or maybe birthday dinner. Overall would eat there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went New Year's Eve so the noise level was probably higher than usual. The chef's menu was amazing. Husband ordered off the regular menu and ended up eating half of mine also (except my filet mignon, I wouldn't share). Will definitely return!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

L'Opera was a delight to visit. It is a very cozy restaurant. The food was very good. The strolling opera singer was nice...not annoying or overbearing. Very classy touch. I think the only thing I would say to anyone thinking about dining here is to watch out for being seated facing the south windows toward 1st Street. You will only be watching people waiting for, getting on and off the Metrolink. It really compromised my dining experience. So make sure if the hostess is taking you that direction, either request to face inward toward the restaurant or find another cozy place somewhere else in the restaurant...just don't leave! You will enjoy L'Opera otherwise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a special time at L'Opera celebrating my sister and mother's birthdays. We were pleased with the ambiance, the food, the service and the noise level. We would definitely come back! The food arrived in a timely fashion. We were there in the early afternoon and my parents thoroughly enjoyed the meal. It was festive, clean, and perfect for a celebration! My seafood pasta dish was tasty. The chocolate dessert or "Maria" was delicious. Thank You L'Opera for your great service and for making this a memorable event!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The polenta appetizer was quite nice. The main meal, Lasagna al ragu, was just so-so. Excellent service, informative waiter, friendly and knowledgeable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was excellent, the ambiance very nice. A bit pricey but we had a great evening

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was amazing and excellent wait staff. Friday - Sunday they have a performer singing opera.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I've been going to L'Opera for decades. Kinda my designated destination for my wife's b'day because it's her fav. Good memories from the past but my recent (12/24/17) experience was not up to the standard I've been accustomed to. OK food, ok service, no special attention to the details (b'day). Larger portios then last time, more expensive (it's OK) but something not-tangible was missing. I will probably come back again but I am seriously considering other options.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Been going here for years and is always a treat when friends and or family are in town. We tried one of the newer deserts on the menu “Paradiso” it was so good I would have had more but was already stuffed from our fabulous dinner.
The lamb was so tender it actually pelted in my mouth.
Staff where incredible and extremely helpful.
Love it! Will be back again and again!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were last minute looking for something festive for Christmas Eve near the convention center post performance. They had a perfect time for us and after dining here previously I knew the food would be terrific. I was not disappointed and with the added decorations to an already lovely restaurant it felt like a very special occasion. The manager, Nicole, was another added benefit to the evening as her polite check on us was genuine and the conversation pleasantly easy. This will be a first choice again! Bravo!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is my 3rd time at this restaurant over the past 18yrs. The first 2 were Birthday parties, so we've always had a group of 10 or more. Every time we've been, the food and service was top shelf. The pricing is a bit higher than we usually spend, but we're never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were a party of 7! Our waiter was non existent the first 10 t0 15 minutes after we sat down. Took forever to get water. For this caliber of restaurant waiter was simply unqualified. Food was only average especially at $25 for a bowl of pasta. Other than a festive atmosphere this restaurant is by no means more than a 2. Star.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely ambiance, attentive and delightful service, and delicious flavorful food!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Tried their plate with raw meat, something I never eat, and it was delightful. They treated my husband and I wonderfully. I appreciated the live opera.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The staff is very professional, knowledgeable & friendly. Whether you like traditional Italian meals (lasagna, veal scallopine) or prefer more creative (butternut squash ravioli, ahi mediterranea- with hummus, bread crisps & olives) the menu has a lot to offer. If you are a chocolate lover, order the Maria dessert with Gianduja chocolate.
The holiday decorations are beautiful & it is situated on a corner with glass windows so you get to enjoy the view.
Best overall restaurant in Long Beach.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing shrimp cocktail, almost a meal. Lovely entree's although sauces are a bit on the heavy side. Food quality and taste was excellent. The restaurant has the feel of New York or Chicago. Located in the downtown area of Long Beach. Valet parking is available. Reservations a must.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Authentic Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list. If you order red wine, ask for one stored in the cellar. The ones in the restaurant are too warm.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Tina our server was wonderful. WOW white a glamours evening. L’Opera is our Holiday go to place.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always my first choice when dining in Long Beach and has been for more than 20 years. I have never had a less than stellar experience there.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was great...good italian food...a nice time with family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Scott never disappoints. He arranged for a special menu to celebrate our anniversary. It was amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Still strong after all these years. Homemade pasta's that remind me of Italy. Beautiful space manned by very sharp staff.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food, good service. We’ll definately come back

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent service. Always delicious food, prepared in most flavorful way.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Superb as always!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, interesting menu, good food and good service...just try it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

L’Opera was recommended to us through the Schwag app via the Long Beach Holiday Inn. It was spot on in giving us a great place to dine for a special evening. The food was fabulous and the serve was first rate!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Staff very accommodating for our celebration of my wife's birthday.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our party had a wonderful time! The food and service was exceptional! My husband enjoyed his birthday dinner very much!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

When I worked in Long Beach a few years ago, my wife and I would dine at L'Opera on special occasions, such as Valentines Day. We had not been there in a few years. When they announced a Veterans Day special, we thought it was time to return. The place remains an excellent restaurant. Our orders were well prepared and visual delights. We both commented that we should not have waited so long to return.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We took our Colorado, Canadian and Australian business associates out for a team meeting. We have been to L’Opera before and knew it would be terrific. It lived up to our expectations. Thank you, L’Opera.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Scott went above and beyond to make our evening absolutely perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Have considered this a Long Beach gem for many decades and it was my first choice for "meals to impress". Recent visit may have been with 3rd chair chef on a Monday night--nothing that wow'd my taste buds and plated presentation was not crisp (almost "sloppy"). My cannelloni was dried out and dense--after a long wait for the arrival of the entrees did not want to send back and delay/distract the course of business conversation. Many more vegan choices than in past. Guest's lasagna was atypical--with fresh tomatoes on side & not in layers of pasta. Wine list and choices were exceptional. Continue to Love the art deco setting and corner table that impress guests as well as the Perfect ambience and cleanliness.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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