L'Opera

4.8
2064 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Good and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good customer service from our waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Delicious food. Lovely chocolate strawberries to celebrate a birthday gal.

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PaulD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Our server Josh was outstanding and took really good care of us. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous everything. Love everything here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. What more could you ask for. All our dishes were made custom by their exemplary chefs. The wait staff was on point and knowledgeable. I would give Them 6 Stars if I could.

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ocmommy333
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated an anniversary and appreciate the special dessert treat! Food was delicious and service superb! Still going strong 20+ years later...Highly recommend!

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vipJKSoCal
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Freshly made pasta, good appetizers, cocktails, and dessert. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening, excellent food and great service.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and made for a wonderful date night! We’ll try and come back if we’re ever in town again.

DP
DennisP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Renewal of this fine restaurant is a great success. Well trained staff provided seamless but unobtrusive service. Food tasty and attractively presented. Highly recommended

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ChrisG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, food was incredible and the great service was personal. My favorite restaurant in Southern California

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. The staff are all amazing and remember us and our names as soon as we walk through the door, we even get hugs. This place is like “Cheers”. The hostess is a delight! Riley at the bar is top notch! The owner is also wonderful. So glad you have reopened after a tough and very long year. Thank you for all the years of excellent service and superb food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They need better ventilation for the grill.
The entire restaurant was smoked

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Josh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, great food decent portions, nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, we enjoyed everything. The chicken lasagna was outstanding !

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Molly
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my first time and definitely I will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food took over 1 hour. The lamb was extremely over cooked despite the fact we asked for medium rare. But we were extremely hungry we didn’t feel like waiting another hour for new lamb. Place was nice and service was good, just extremely slow.

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Franco22
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is awesome!!! Nice relaxing dinner. Even though the restaurant was full with patrons the service was excellent. The food was to die for. Definitely recommend!!!!!

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vipChristinaS
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant was wonderful. We couldn’t eat the calamari due to the texture, but other than that the osso bucco and lasagna were great. Server was attentive and friendly and the ambiance was amazing.

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vipJulieW
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every bite was a delight. Very authentic Italian. My husband had the lasagna and it was outstanding! Beautiful occasion to have a reunion with old friends we had not seen in a long time.

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Hawkeye
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is wonderful to have L'Opera open again. It is one of our city's jewels. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. That said, they are a little understaffed. By the last couple of courses the service was slow. Didn't get an ordered glass of wine with the pasta course until the course was three quarters eaten. The salad was overdressed and the dessert to forever to arrive. At the same time we sat where we could see how hard our waiter was working. Still we love L'Opera and know they will work out the kinks.

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fineplace2dine
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Opera has been a Long Beach staple for 30 years. It is wonderful that they were able to rebound and rebuild from the past year affects of covid19. As well as the unfortunate destruction by the worst people during the protests.
The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We’re happy to see they have a new happy hour menu but would be nice if they extend the time. Currently it’s only 4pm-5:30 pm.
Life music would be nice as well. And since this was a soft reopening perhaps those are things in the works.

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KathrynL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful welcome back! Friendly service, wonderful dinner! Will be back regularly for certain. You all are amazing!

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vipGaryD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The City of Long Beach is fortunate to have L'Opera back in our city. The restaurant is better than ever. And we will be back again, and again, and . . .

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STEVEC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there, as we have in the past, for a special occasion. In this case, we both had our 75th birthday within a few days. Everything was up to the standard we expected, so it was a special evening.

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PETERH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We found L"Opera to be a oasis of great food, served by a friendly staff and the whole experience made our evening a fantastic success.

JA
vipJohnA
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of the food is excellent, the service is professional and timely and it has that upscale Italian appearance and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for dinner with family before walking to the Terrace theater.

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DeeK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! My daughter is a vegan and their selection of vegan options was amazing for an Italian restaurant. The food was fresh, the flavors intense, and the presentation and service impeccable.

A definite must in Long Beach!

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vipbabs824
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Sisters, Cousin and I were in town for a conference on Saturday. I recommended La Opera for our dinner on Friday night. It was a of theit first night there. We arrived and were seated at a perfect table. Our waitperson was spot on with her service. We all ordered different entrees. I sent a note to my group about our experience. All voted 10 out of 10. We ordered the lemon dessert which was perfection

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vipHarryKarna
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance, good location and great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great food and service. A gentleman singing in Italian was ads a very nice touch!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our friend told us it was an amazing place, and it was very good, but just not “all that.”

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SandyD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at L'Opera about once a year for the last 30 years. We always ask our server for his/her food recommendations and have yet to be disappointed. Trust them for a wine pairing and order wine for each course. It's worth it! (Share a glass as we always do!) You will be served in the leisurely and unhurried Italian-style, so let them know if you're on a schedule.

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vipJohnF
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine. Our server April was outstanding and made our day for us. Highly recommend this restaurant!!👍🏿👍🏿

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vipJeffS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mom's 85th birthday and it was a memorable evening. The food and service were exceptional. There was an opera singer in the restaurant who was kind enough to sing happy birthday in Italian to my mom, which she loved. The whole evening was very special and we look forward to returning soon.

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Spanner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time eating here and the night went off without a hitch. Service was top notch! The food was prepared with excellence. We were even given a table that presented as more of a private booth. As this was a special occasion, they were nice enough to present us with a couple little dessert extras as a gift. Nicely played!! To be honest, this isn't a cheap night out but with it being a special occasion for us, there wasn't an unexpected bill at the end of the evening. We will be back.

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viplongbeachlove
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great location with charming atmosphere

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ChristopherY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It had been many years since my wife and I had been to L'Opera, maybe about 12 years ago. I've been wanting to go back but I couldn't remember if we liked the place or not. Below is a brief explanation of our meal.

My wife had the beef medallions and roasted potatoes and I had the ragu lasagna. My lasagna was good and it came out sufficiently hot. My wife's plate on the other hand looked like it had sat under a heat lamp for an hour. The potatoes on my wife's plate were not warm and they looked soggy. Her meat was cooked to her liking, and despite the good flavor, the steak was luke warm. I don't think we will be going back.

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 2064 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.