L'Opera

4.7
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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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ST
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.

PE
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
Los Angeles
14 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.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DK
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!

b
San Francisco
80 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

h
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance, good location and great food

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.”

SD
Los Angeles
1 review
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.

JF
Los Angeles
20 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!!👍🏿👍🏿

JS
Los Angeles
3 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.

S
Los Angeles
11 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.

l
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great location with charming atmosphere

CY
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a late Valentine’s dinner date and was absolutely amazed by the service and overall experience! Thank you guys!

B
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server had too many table to take care of so our service was very slow.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants, we travel from the Antelope Valley to have dinner at else once or twice a year, Outstanding service, the food is excellent, looking forward till the next time.

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always worth the experience! Great food, great service, great place overall!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only reason for giving the ambiance a 3 score was the singer they used to give the place a little atmosphere for Valentine's Day. I'm sure she meant well but she sang loud enough for a 50,000 seat stadium. It was un-nerving to say the least. We were actually tempted to tip her NOT to sing. A roving guitarist would have been much more appropriate.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had our wedding reception here 22 years ago. So my husband took me here for Valentine’s Day. Food was fantastic. Hostess was very friendly. Our waiter was not the best but it was a very busy night. Just think he was overwhelmed

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food never disappoints!! I look forward to it all year too! The service is always very professional as well. One of the best places to dine.

PB
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Opera is one of our favorite restaurants. Location on old bank building is beautiful. Food always is excellent.

FF
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Valentine’s Day

When we arrived they tried to seat us in basement. When we requested seats on main floor they resisted saying all othe tables on main floor were reserved. We made reservation more than 2 months in advance and were not notified we had to reserve seats in main dining hall. Finally they accommodated us. Our server was nice enough and took our orders. The server described the swordfish special and one member of our party was told they ran out of the order bringing a different selection,red snapper to the table attempting to substitute without asking first. Our guest changed orders and and tha dish was brought out quickly so we could eat together.

The special meal was comped as it should have been for all the hassle. It’s doubtful we would choose L’opera again for ant occasion.

TP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seated on time. Good room between tables. Noise level was quite good. Food was very good.

AT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It’s been one of my favorite places to go ! Love the menu selection, vibe, and the energy. A great place to go on Friday and Saturday nights and actually hear Sam sing opera from table to table.

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was good
We ordered wine, recommended by waiter, he comes back 15 min later out of stock, then he recommended another one so we ordered it, and again came back 10 min later it was out of stock too
So finally got a bottle, it took a while to get food it was good....never said oh free dessert or something else

I think just that waiter, everything was just fine

d
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

To sum it up, CREATIVE Italian Fine dining. Menu appears to have the usual suspects, but in reality many are prepared with a unique twist. Service was friendly and efficient.

P
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch and will always return. The server was terrific!

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff. Good wine. Only drawback- seated right next to another couple in a relatively empty room. Very nice overall.

m
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gastronomic experience with a stunning ambiance that gave the feel of being in Italy. The Carpaccio and the Fresh Pastas were exceptional! We will be back to visit again when in Long Beach.

IF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was our first time here. The ambiance is lovely. Reminds of New York restaurants, where I'm originally from. The waiter was attentive until the crowd starting arriving. We were all there because we were going to the same event at the Long Beach Terrace Theater on a Sunday. I even saw people at the next table who were waiting a very long time for their waiter to take their order. We started with a Caesar salad. It was OK and very small for $14! I had their version of Eggplant Rollatini. It was OK, but not what I am accustomed to. Instead of Riccotta cheese stuffing, they called it Tofu "Riccotta". There was literally 1 small square piece of Tofu in each rollatini. So insignificant that you wouldn't know it was there! Dessert was the best part of the meal...profiteroles! I would go back again to try other choices they offer.

L
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was very dismal, we arrived at 5.45 for dinner left at 7.30 with no time for desert as we were going to the theater. Waiter had no time for our table, a bit rude at times.

A
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This was our 1st time dining at L'Opera. Very ambiance was very good and the food also was very good.
Our only complaint was the service of lack thereof. Part of our pre dinner drink was a coke. A cocktail arrived and iced teas but when after 30' we asked for the coke the server appoligised and stated the had to replace the soda machine. 30' after ordering our meals the waiter came back and informed us that they were out of one of our entre's. When we recieved our check we waited 15' for the waiter to return and pick it up. Probably will not return since we are rarely in that area.

JP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night and the food was delicious!

BC
Denver
83 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals, supplemented by live opera. Very nice evening for an exceptional experience

OT
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Opera is one of my favorite for many reasons. The ambiance, service and food are just over the top. The never miss an opportunity to exceed your expectations. Thanks a million for a great celebration and dinner with friends.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Classic ambiance and decor with an updated menu. Lot's of options for healthy eating, too. Service is extremely traditional and superb. Very professional waiter.

DN
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I usually receive excellent service and good food at L'Opera, but Sunday was an exception. The food was way off the mark--I ordered the special, the halibut ($37), which was cooked beyond recognition. It was hard, touch and honestly, difficult to eat. The service was attentive, but the evening was marred by the overcooked (pre-cooked?) fish. There were several large parties there that night, so perhaps that influenced the cooking schedules. Even though the food was sub-par, I'll probably go there again at least once since I've had good experiences there before.