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L'Opera, Long Beach, CA

L'Opera

4.7
4.7
2254 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 22 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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: (866) 944-0629

  • 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

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What 2,254 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Overall

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Food

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Service

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Best Ambiance

  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Long Beach / Catalina

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  • Long Beach / Catalina

    Special Occasion

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  1. FP

    FlavioP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    All dishes were good. The homemade spaghetti where quite outstanding while the focaccia, graciously offered, was a bit too dry, probably from the previous day. The dessert, also graciously offered, was served without the adequate silverware. Overall it was a nice experience. Perhaps next time we will try to combine our visit with the presence of the tenor.
  2. A

    Amame

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time, the service was amazing, the staff are very polite and professional, they took care of us and we will certainly go back to try the other items on the menu.
  3. BF

    BeachFoodie

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They called me because I left my credit card and they gave it back to me when I visited in 10 minutes.
  4. T

    Trentino

    Tampa

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beef Carpaccio was excellent, dressing was perfect Fried Calamari clean however over cooked 2-pasta dishes, at best pizzeria quality desert delish expresso martini well made
  5. D

    Dino

    Los Angeles

    211 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    211 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Veal Saltimbocca is so tender & tasty. There is no better dining in Long Beach - the Lombardi short rib ravioli are created to perfection, in house.
  6. GM

    GregM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    An overall great dinner experience the food is a little over priced compared to other really good Italian restaurants.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience! Thank you Tiffany
  8. RG

    RetiredGal

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter, very friendly and personable. He handled my husband's dissatisfaction with his veal entree very professionally. Tiramisu was wonderful!
  9. WM

    WenM

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner! One of our favorite spots. We’ve been going here for decades. Food and service are always incredible.
  10. GS

    GuyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was decent, however not commensurate with the price. CAUTION! waiter asked us if we wanted still or sparkling water, we said still thinking / assuming TAP water, NO it was still bottled water. To add insult to injury I asked for a glass of ice and for some reason they brought over an Ice bucket with another bottle of still water, DID NOT Order the 2nd bottle. It disturbs me when restaurants do this. When the bill came we were charged for two bottles of water @$7.00 per bottle. I did not want to make a big deal over it as it was my daughter's birthday. I won't go back.
  11. F

    Foodie

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh ingredients, waiters were amazing making sure we had what we needed. Will be coming here again!
  12. G

    Gary

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always some of the best Italian cuisine in Southern California, and although always very good, the service and the staff yesterday evening were exceptional.
  13. T

    Texinca

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always!!! We celebrate all our special occasions at La Opera because we know after many years that we will always be treated like VIP's. Food and service will be the best anywhere in Long Beach. Javier & Mary Ellen Gonzalez
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the rigatoni with mushrooms... Amazing. Tiramisu could be better
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Excellent food.
  16. LC

    LCFoodie

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my friend to celebrate her birthday. Needless to say she was surprised (in a good way) and impressed by the excellent service an delicious food. Our server Alfredo was very attentive and the opera singer Sammy was the icing on the (birthday) cake, with his rendition of Happy Birthday. I highly recommend the Butternut Squash and Ricotta Ravioli. If it weren't for the lady sitting two tables down talking very loud and obnoxiously the entire time to her friend and Facetiming on her phone which kind of ruined the ambiance (the couple at the table next to us were equally irritated), we're still coming back.
  17. C

    Cashin

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing dinner here. Riley was great as ever. Food was tasty and fresh.
  18. FL

    FredL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. One of my favorite all-around restaurants. The quality of the food is exceptional.
  19. JG

    JayGee

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Italian cuisine, beautiful decor, great service!
  20. NS

    NathanS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience with excellent service! Beyond what I had hoped for... that has been my experience with this great restaurant. A perfect evening we will remember. Thank you L'Opera!
  21. LD

    LindaD

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this beautiful restaurant. It is the perfect place for a special dinner. We were celebrating a BD and it was just lovely. Great food and service! Can’t wait to go back!
  22. SE

    StephenE

    Orange County

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for our wedding anniversary. I hadn't been to L'Opera in more than 25 years, but I was happy to see that it was as good as it was back then. We enjoyed carpaccio for an appetizer, split a dinner salad, and our entrees were the filet mignon medallions and a lobster ravioli special. Dessert was creme brulee. We received excellent attentive service, and everything was delicious.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come to La Opera quite a bit and impressed with the food, service and ambience. It’s a great Long Beach gem.
  24. FA

    FrancescaA

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are prior to attending an event locally. Every part of the meal was delicious! The bruschetta, the meals of ravioli and Ragu lasagna. But the dessert “Maria” was incredible!! The server was professional and friendly and we could see he took the same care with everyone seated in his area. Food so good we forgot to take pictures! A first!! Highly recommend.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Love L’opera!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Always one of the best in Long Beach.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Arrived 30 mins early for our reservation on a busy Saturday night and it was no problem for L’Opera! We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary, and they acknowledged it from the very first contact at the hostess stand through to dessert! We were seated at a lovely window table and our server was amazing. Wish I could recall his name. When I couldn’t decide between two pasta entrees, he quickly told me which one he recommended (butternut sage ravioli) but also offered to do halves of each dish I was considering. Very impressive and rare! I took him up on it, and selected the vodka penne and the butternut ravioli… he was exactly right, the ravioli is something special indeed! Bread service and salads were very good; however, dessert missed the mark a bit for us. We ordered crème brûlée and they also brought out complimentary chocolate covered strawberries for our anniversary. The highly gifted gentleman who sings as he strolls through the restaurant was a wonderful touch to the whole experience. We hope to return soon! Bravo!!
  28. PY

    PeterY

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been going here for years. Truly grateful L'Opera weathered the pandemic and kept the staff (mostly) intact. Always great food and wonderful service. Many thanks to Riley and Jose!!!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice ambiance, nice service
  30. N

    Nacho

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exquisite and delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and very attentive. He made us feel like we were visiting an old friend. I don't remember his name but he said he was from Mexico City and has cat green eyes. I spoke to him in Italian and he seemed to understand everything...
  31. H

    Howard

    Los Angeles

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to ‘Opera for our special occasions. Great Italian food with outstanding service that isn’t priced out of the world. Will be back,
  32. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is impeccable. Food was very delicious and not too heavy. Excellent overall.
  33. e

    efrenr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and friendly service and food recommendation at Table. Tina and Claire exceptionally friendly and inviting.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience, the food was delicious and the service was excellent.
  35. n

    ncto

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was sub par, the place was noisy, my lasagna was just microwaved
  36. SH

    StillHungry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Friendly service, poor technical proficiency (FOH), and bad execution (BOH). Our server was friendly and smiling which was great. He helped my girlfriend select a nice wine which paired well with her entree. I immediately noticed (upon being seated) that the area surrounding my table didn’t look clean. The window was smudged, there were remnants of food crumbs on the window sill from previous diners, the empty wine glass on the table when we arrived was dirty, and the walls looked filthy like they hadn’t been attended to in years. My entree (pollo parmigiana) was a mess. The sauce was broken and the plate was an oily disaster. I took two bites before I threw in the towel. Neither the server nor the busboy noticed that I hadn’t eaten my food. They didn’t bother to inquire why I didn’t eat my food or to get a manager involved, they just cleared my plate when my date was done with her food (her entree (butternut squash ravioli) was amazing!). In fact, I didn’t observe a manager on the floor at all. They may have been around, but they never conducted a table call. I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation, but nobody made mention of that when we were there. I didn’t want to ruin the evening since it was a birthday dinner so I didn’t ask to speak to a manager. I paid the bill, left a 20% tip, and that was that. I spent years working in upscale and fine dining (mostly FOH and management). I know what great food and excellent service looks like, and my experience left a lot to be desired.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff except the hostes she was very rude
  38. BN

    BonnieN

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have our birthday and anniversary celebrations are L’Opera every year. We love the food, service, and the atmosphere. A very special place
  39. BS

    BillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I do wish you - and all nice restaurants could encourage a dress code. I'll never know, when a man goes to his closet to dress for the evening and dinner at a very nice place, why he picks a t-shirt to wear to dinner. Add a backwards ball cap and you have Carl's Jr. I know it's difficult, and you did put those guys out in the far section which is good. Next time I'll be sure to ask for the other area.
  40. PW

    PatW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very high-class restaurant and very pleasurable experience except towards the end of the meal they sat a group of 8 noisy young people. (Mid-20s) At least half of them were stoned.

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 4.7 stars by 2254 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 22 times today
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

  • 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: (866) 944-0629

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