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L'Opera, Long Beach, CA

L'Opera

4.7
4.7
2268 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 23 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 2,268 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food and drinks were wonderful. Service started out fantastic, until we were midway through our meal. The waiter become forgetful and extremely unattentive. 20 min for bill then 20 min for the check to come back. Politely told the waiter and his response was....well we got busy and had to choose to pay attention to you or get others food out....well not what I expected from pretty nice dining. The busboy was fantastic! Lots of water.
  2. T

    Tara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly the ambiance + service + food are an amazing combination. Love to go here and bring those who are visiting from out of town.
  3. MG

    MGT12

    Naples

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, food and people. Quality and consistent food. Just st a great well run restaurant all around.
  4. t

    tjlars

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible !! Thank you !!
  5. HA

    HAL1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing and the service was fanominal!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husbands birthday. Everything was excellent. Wonderful service. The bartender was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner
  7. JW

    JoyceW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family birthday celebration for my son and I.
  8. DC

    DaveC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Worst service in 20 years going here. From bar to table...hige fail
  9. GM

    GlennM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from out of town. I used to dine here on business trips to Long Beach. I miss dining here and was happy to make a reservation here with my wife during vacation to Southern California.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing.
  11. CF

    CherylF

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and team was super accommodating to a special request I had made for my friend whose birthday it was.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were seated for dinner in the bar area during “happy hour”. It was quite noisy. With an 8:00 PM show to catch we did not want to take time to move. Great restaurant we will choose to be seated in main restaurant in the future.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fun place and the service was excellent…
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! Scott was a perfect server, chose a wine bottle in our price range that was fantastic! We’ll be back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great service and an awesome evening.
  16. D

    Disappointing

    Palm Springs

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a dairy allergy and the made us a dish that wasn't even on the menu! It was far and away the best marsala I have ever had!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere
  18. F

    Faus

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Overall, L’Opera is a nice spot to go to for a birthday/anniversary. The ambiance is nice and the food is decent. The reason for the lower review is primarily due to the value/cost of the food. It’s pretty expensive for the standard pasta options and the quality doesn’t quite reflect the price. You can find finer dining in this price range.
  19. LP

    LauraP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    The food was average, which would've been fine if it was inexpensive, but with a bottle of wine and a 20% tip (the service was very good) our bill for 2 people was $200 which just wasn't worth it. The couple at the table next to us were very unhappy with their food, and told us the lamb was overdone. Maybe the kitchen had an off night, but we won't be back.
  20. FP

    FlavioP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    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.
  21. A

    Amame

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    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.
  22. BF

    BeachFoodie

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

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

    Trentino

    Tampa

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    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
  24. D

    Dino

    Los Angeles

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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.
  25. GM

    GregM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience! Thank you Tiffany
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Excellent food.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. JG

    JayGee

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Italian cuisine, beautiful decor, great service!
  39. 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!
  40. 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!

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 2268 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 23 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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