L'Opera

4.7
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1998 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Celebrating over 29 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; 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place. Staff was awesome, food was fantastic, and the Italian singer blew me away! Worth every penny to visit!! Can’t wait to go back!

j
Los Angeles
142 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even after almost 30 yrs, this restaurant delivers on quality and atmosphere. We had a delightful server that enhanced our visit catering to our individual needs and tastes. A few years back we had a less than stellar experience, but it seems the mgmt has self-corrected and. The restaurant is as good as it once was when it opened. We’ll be back as the location in downtown Long Beach is easily accessible

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food was awful and flavorless

E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were great. The food was delicious. The alcohol beverages were effective. We had an outstanding experience.

CB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

L'Opera is always a delightful treat! The food is delicious and our regular waiter Alfredo is the best. The only reason I didn't rate the ambiance higher is because there were workers there taking down decorations and it was very distracting. We were nervous about stuff falling and the giant ladder hitting something. Nothing happened while we were there, but we were riveted on that action.

G
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It seems the Restaurant keeping his images,and everything else, the food was good and the waiters are very good trained, I been in this restaurant 30 years ago, I use to work in Long Beach and every Friday night I use to visit the restaurant

JR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Although it was New Years eve with high occupancy we were treated warmly with exceptional service. The party was great fun well hosted.

MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We went on New Year's eve and had a delicious meal. It was an understandably busy night so our dishes took a while to come out. Our server was ok, not very personable. The busser was great and attentive though. Our meals were flavorful and great quality. For the food alone, we will return.

KD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve early dinner. It was excellent although even with a reservation we waited 25 minutes to be seated. The volume was difficult but understandable it was a special evening.

P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed L"Opera for dinner on New Year's Eve. We didn't attend the party, but we enjoyed all the decorations, balloons, etc. And the singer! Wow, what a voice!
Food was delicious.
The restaurant was a short walk from our hotel, very convenient.

CW
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing dining experience ever!!

G
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in Long Beach. Never disappoints. Pricy but worth it. There's a new dish on the menu. Don't remember the Italian name but it's veal cheek meat that's cooked for 24 hours and smothered with a chunky tomato sauce. It cuts with a fork and melts in your mouth. A winner! A nice touch at dinner is the fantastic strolling opera singer.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience starting with the prosciutto appetizer to the filets and pasta dishes. Paired well with an Italian red recommended by our outstanding server Scott. Their Happy Hour is also one of the best in LB.

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our initial greeting from the host was very welcoming. She had wished the guest of honor happy birthday as we were walking to our table. Our server, who had never given her name to us, nor asked us how were doing thiat evening, nor wished a happy birthday, comes to our table and simply asks if she could get us anything to drink. Dinner progresses and food is ok. For being a higher end Italian restaurant I expected the flavors to really wow us. The homemade ravioli with gorgonzola cream sauce was your only winner on the table. Dessert comes a long and we get nothing to represent the guests Birthday. No comp for the dessert not even a candle. Mind you, we were only a two top. Our server gets busy with the typical dinner rush and a manager drops off our bill. We pay and head out the door and our only thank you and have a good night was from where it all began. The hostess.

TH
Omaha
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and our waiter was excellent!! What more can one ask for?

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waiter helped us pick out a great chardonnay to go with it. Our favorite restaurant.

j
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, go there every year Christmas Eve

RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception in all ways. Had no idea Long Beach had such a gem.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the dining experience, food and staff were all wonderful. Thank you! Love this place!! It’s “Cheers” if you’re a regular, everybody knows your name and makes you feel at home.

O
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The experience and atmosphere was beautiful. The wait time was not to long. The food was delicious and the lady who served us was very sweet!

JW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 out to celebrate an early Christmas. The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Our food was outstanding. We just had an overall great experience and we will definitely be returning.

E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Will definitely be back.

DD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great Christmas ambience and stellar service. I can’t wait to go back!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for anniversary!

DC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Food was amazing, service was great, and the restaurant is just beautiful. Highly recommend!

MW
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. Great atmosphere, quiet enough to talk and we were not rushed. We enjoyed a 2+ hour lunch. The food is delicious, portions, generous and prices are in line with a finer dining establishment. Will go back. Highly recommend

JS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a truly memorable experience -starting with the warm greeting from the Hostess ( who remembered us, even though it had been some time since our last visit -she made it feel like a homecoming ) our server, Alex,was upbeat , personable , and added a joyful tone to the meal -the cuisine was delicious (as was the artful presentation of the appetizer , entree and dessert ) All in all a night of fine dining in a magic envirnment-(loved our window seat -it was like our special alcove )

CH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and fabulous food presentation. Our server was so pleasant, funny and help with meal suggestions. Our meal was FABULOUS and never have had such a meal. Thank you L'Opera.

CB
Houston
98 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food -- better than I expected in Long Beach. Carpaccio, tuna tartare, salsiccia, risotto, ragu... everything was really nice. For a good wine that won't break the bank, choose the Côtes du Rhône. Great service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and wine were delicous. Service was excellent and ambience was festive! A bit pricey but well worth it.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli. Beautiful presentation and wonderful taste.

R
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful ambience and very good food. Just don’t get any of the specials I got a small piece of halibut and it was $48! Never imagined it would be that much but they don’t tell you the prices when they offer the specials. It was good but nothing exceptional. Perhaps go there for lunch and have their pasta. I have been there before and the pasta is a much better value.

BD
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was exceptional..... he made the amazing food more enjoyable

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband's birthday and the food and service were fantastic. Will be back soon.

B
Orange County
97 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and sommelier Scott was at his usual wonderful self — courteous, efficient, knowledgeable and seamless in his service.
The scallopini piccata and rack of lamb were impeccable in taste and presentation.
The wine list was robust and Scott’s recommendations of wine pairing were spot on.
L’Opera keeps its perennial lofty perch for a very good reason.
We’ll be back repeatedly
Highly recommend this venue.

L
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was exceptional. Dishes were hit and miss; my risotto was missing salt and overall bland.
Seems like food was overpriced for what it was.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and listening to the opera singer was really special

LL
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have not been there for a couple of years. It was better than we remembered. The rack of lamb, butternut squash ravioli, filet with capers.........everything was perfect! The opera singer had an amazing voice, too. We will definitely return. It would be nice if they lowered their corkage fee from $15, their competition 555 Steak House across the street does not charge any corkage fee.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Fresh and good quality. My server made the experience even better! Will def come back

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! Delicious food and wonderful service.