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L'Opera, Long Beach, CA

L'Opera

4.8
4.8
2570 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Celebrating over 30 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. For 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (562) 491-0066
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Walter Cotta
  • Catering
    L'Opera's catering options are endless - from take away trays, drop off catering, or full service catering events, we have a way to bring the heart & soul of L'Opera into your home! Please e-mail lopera.nicolelira@gmail.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    You can sit back & relax knowing that everything will run like clockwork in our Wine Cellar, La Scala, Aldo Luongo Room, or Main Dining Room thanks to our creative approach & attention to detail. Chef Walter Cota is ready to prepare a menu to delight all of your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Tiffany Williams: (562) 491-0066
  • Neighborhood
    Long Beach
  • Cross street
    First Street
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available on First Street for a $10 fee. From Ocean Blvd turn North on Pine Ave. Valet is located on both the East & West side of Pine Ave. From the 710 FWY exit Broadway. Make a Right on Pine Ave. Valet is located on both the East & West side of Pine Ave.
  • Public transit
    Metro
  • Entertainment
    Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,570 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Overall

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Service

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Ambiance

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Value

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Good for business meals

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Healthy

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Great for fine wines

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Romantic

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Good for special occasions

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Most Booked

2,570 Reviews
  1. janetl

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, the food is delicious, excellent service. no Negative comments at all.

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  2. MBFoodie

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a very nice dinner with my nephew who was visiting from Phila., but a couple of things made me, shall we say, less than happy. First, they said they were out of the Osso Buco (my favorite dish there, about which I had raved to my nephew in advance) at 6:10 p.m. When I asked how that could be, they said they were removing it from the menu. Ok, but if you don't have it, take it off of the menu now. Second, I'm an avid wine collector (with a 7,000 bottle cellar and a side Internet wine business). I brought a 98 point very rare wine ('18 Alban Reva Syrah) that is unobtainable other than from the mailing list and shared it with my waitress, the GM of the restaurant and the Sommelier, but still got charged corkage. The amount of wine I shared was worth well more than the corkage fee (which in all fairness was reasonable at $25). Admittedly they're not required to waive the corkage fee, but I obviously didn't bring that bottle of wine to "beat their list," (nothing remotely similar was on their list) so it would have been "appropriate" for them to have waived the fee.

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  3. Howard

    Los Angeles

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We save this restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent, the service is just as good and the prices are reasonable. We will be back.

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  4. DonaldT

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was just so so tonight. But we also really enjoyed the date!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location in downtown Long Beach. Nice, clean area. The restaurant itself was also clean and well-kept. Loved the atmosphere and great for an intimate dining experience. Great service and food and would definitely go back again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great decor for Valentine’s Day

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  7. Unhappy

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I never leave reviews due to my busy schedule, but I just had to take the time to leave a review. Dinner was wonderful. Service was phenomenal, for it being Valentines Day and very busy not one table was empty. My waiter was on top of things. Not once did we have to wait. I wish I remembered his name. Also the bus boys were on top of things. I’m a foodie and very critical about where I dine. I usually dine out in the OC or Brentwood area due to the ambiance and service. This restaurant is close to home so I thought I would try it out. This restaurant will now be my go too. Love the ambiance, service, food presentation and delicious food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, drinks were good, dessert was amazing, service was superb. I can not wait to come back.

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  9. paulz

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere for a Valentine's dinner. Great food, and very nice decor, and our server, Riley, was outstanding.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Thank you for serving us Alfredo

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines dinner was top-drawer, as every time is, spent at L’Opera. Menu specials won both our hearts. We frequent L’Opera and will continue to do so.

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  12. RickF

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our 33rd Valentine's Day at L'Opera in Long Beach and had a fantastic time. It was our first time trying this restaurant and will definitely be back. It was a bit pricy, but was worth every penny. We split a pasta course, Capellacci Di Zucca, which is homemade ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and ricotta in a spicy marinara and butter sauce, which was absolutely delicious. We followed with Fillet Mignon and Veal chops. Also enjoyed a bottle of Felsina Chianti Classico. Even better than the food was the service! Our main server Josh was a pleasure the entire time and Mark kept our table clean and glasses full. The place was packed which kept both guys hopping but they remained attentive and kept smiling through it all. They made our night very special!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Old school, elegant place with great service. Highly recommend if you want upscale Italian.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have heard wonderful things about this place but just never went always ended up at a steakhouse near by. But the food is Excellent the ambience is great service was even better waiter was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and has his favorites as well. I will be back again soon and will be talking about how good the food is here for days to come. Cheers!!! Thanks

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and cocktail selections. Service was okay, we had a very rude older gentlemen serving us. He was making me and my partner uncomfortable like we didn’t belong there. Host was great,bus boys were very attentive. Overall great wouldn’t go back there though.

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  16. JohnG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, great service, and the food was phenomenal. Easily accommodated our need for gluten-free food.

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  17. PeterC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was absolutely fantastic from the warm reception, kind and helpful staff to the delicious entrees, drinks and desserts. There was an added treat of being serenaded by a wonderful Italian tenor. The ambience felt like pausing and stepping into Italy for an evening. Thank you.

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  18. MitziM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, great service. It was an early dinner. Despite the dinning room being nearly empty, the bar was very noisy.

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  19. GregC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was prepared well, very tasty. Atmosphere was elegant.

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  20. rlkinLB

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience. A bit pricey but very delicious. Main courses were very generous.

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  21. Steve

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with old friends. Will come back for sure!

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  22. ElizabethN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience with excellent drinks, food and service!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We fully enjoyed everything!! Food was delicious and service was excellent!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent customer service. Food was outstanding!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was fine but the food was really substandard, especially for the price. It was a Tuesday night so maybe they had the second string kitchen staff working, but the two dishes we ordered were just not good. Had a Caesar salad to start and the romaine didn’t have one green leaf on the entire plate. Pasta was oversalted and the sauces were bland. I wouldn’t go again.

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  26. Marvin

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was extremely nice and welcoming, even accomodated for last minute changes in my group's plan. The restaurant itself has a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, which also adds to the welcoming vibe. The food is also really well made and the cheesecake is amazing :)

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  27. RyanS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal. The food was great and the recommendations from the staff were spot on. We will be back to enjoy again.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food as always , service was great! Bring your wine or champagne , they charge 25.00 corkage fee, which is fair. We always love dining here. Be back soon.

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  29. Ruebezahl

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with great Italian vibe and food. Service was wonderful. Highly recommendable.

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  30. ChasityN

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. I feel bad that I live so close and have totally been missing out on this amazing Italian food. Great ambiance, fantastic food, tons of drink options as well as nice portions for the appetizers and entrees. Will be back for sure.

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  31. AMcD

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful restaurant in Long Beach serving up delicious dishes! They start you off with a variety bread basket with pesto to dip into. We had the Ragu di Lasagne and the Striped Bass fish special. The Lasagne was excellent, packed full of meat and the noodles were perfect. The fish was delicious and I loved the fresh vegetables. Both my husband & I really liked the Fried Polenta Sticks! Yum! Service was really good, but a bit awkward at the same time. We would not hesitate to return!

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  32. DateNightDuo

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The penne arrabiata was fresh and tasty and the Tuscan red blend paired perfectly with it.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have great food. Wish I could have tried more but I’m on a no meat fast

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  34. erica

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very average with below average pasta dishes. Ora sort of the go to Italian spot but not great.

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  35. JanetW

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and loved it. Friendly staff, amazing food and ambiance

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  36. MelinDel

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and amazing server/som!!! Highly recommend

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great meal, I’m returning for a second night.

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  38. JanetS

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently well prepared food. Our server, Scott, Is the very very best at making guests feel welcome and cared for. Reasonable prices, elegant ambience, this is a winner in downtown Long Beach.

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  39. RobertT

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Italian food. Deserts were wonderful. Great find in Long Beach!

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  40. JasonF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely nice evening with my family. Josh was outstanding as our server. Highly recommend anyone going to this restaurant for a great meal.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

L'Opera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (562) 491-0066.

L'Opera is rated 4.8 stars by 2570 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for L'Opera

101 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Additional information

  • Cross street
    First Street
  • Neighborhood
    Long Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available on First Street for a $10 fee. From Ocean Blvd turn North on Pine Ave. Valet is located on both the East & West side of Pine Ave. From the 710 FWY exit Broadway. Make a Right on Pine Ave. Valet is located on both the East & West side of Pine Ave.
  • Public transit
    Metro
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Walter Cotta
  • Entertainment
    Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (562) 491-0066
  • Catering
    L'Opera's catering options are endless - from take away trays, drop off catering, or full service catering events, we have a way to bring the heart & soul of L'Opera into your home! Please e-mail lopera.nicolelira@gmail.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    You can sit back & relax knowing that everything will run like clockwork in our Wine Cellar, La Scala, Aldo Luongo Room, or Main Dining Room thanks to our creative approach & attention to detail. Chef Walter Cota is ready to prepare a menu to delight all of your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Tiffany Williams: (562) 491-0066
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