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L'Opera

4.7
1563 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Celebrating over 27 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 for 2012. 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Entertainment: Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
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Phone number
(562) 491-0066
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Walter Cotta
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Catering
L'Opera offers two private dining rooms: The Wine Cellar is a semi- private room with wood floors, mahogony wine cabinets, seating 10 to 60 guests. The La Scala is a private room with travertine floors, black granite bar, seating 15 to 100 guests. From corporate dinners to weddings L'Opera is an ideal location for your event. Please e-mail Justine Nevarez at lopera.justine@gmail.com or loperaristorante@gmail.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
First Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on the East and West side of Pine Ave, directly in front of the restaurant, for a $7 per car charge.
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Public transit
Metro
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Entertainment
Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

L'Opera Ristorante... you can sit back & relax knowing that everything will run like clockwork in our Wine Cellar, La Scala & Aldo Luongo Dining Room thanks to our creative approach & attention to detail. Chef Walter Cotta is ready to prepare a menu to delight all of your guests.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for a special Mother's Day Brunch with a special menu and cocktail for Mom!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1563 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Lovely ambiance, attentive and delightful service, and delicious flavorful food!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Tried their plate with raw meat, something I never eat, and it was delightful. They treated my husband and I wonderfully. I appreciated the live opera.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The staff is very professional, knowledgeable & friendly. Whether you like traditional Italian meals (lasagna, veal scallopine) or prefer more creative (butternut squash ravioli, ahi mediterranea- with hummus, bread crisps & olives) the menu has a lot to offer. If you are a chocolate lover, order the Maria dessert with Gianduja chocolate.
The holiday decorations are beautiful & it is situated on a corner with glass windows so you get to enjoy the view.
Best overall restaurant in Long Beach.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing shrimp cocktail, almost a meal. Lovely entree's although sauces are a bit on the heavy side. Food quality and taste was excellent. The restaurant has the feel of New York or Chicago. Located in the downtown area of Long Beach. Valet parking is available. Reservations a must.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Authentic Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list. If you order red wine, ask for one stored in the cellar. The ones in the restaurant are too warm.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Tina our server was wonderful. WOW white a glamours evening. L’Opera is our Holiday go to place.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Always my first choice when dining in Long Beach and has been for more than 20 years. I have never had a less than stellar experience there.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was great...good italian food...a nice time with family.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Scott never disappoints. He arranged for a special menu to celebrate our anniversary. It was amazing!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Still strong after all these years. Homemade pasta's that remind me of Italy. Beautiful space manned by very sharp staff.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Good food, good service. We’ll definately come back

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent service. Always delicious food, prepared in most flavorful way.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Superb as always!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, interesting menu, good food and good service...just try it!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

L’Opera was recommended to us through the Schwag app via the Long Beach Holiday Inn. It was spot on in giving us a great place to dine for a special evening. The food was fabulous and the serve was first rate!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Staff very accommodating for our celebration of my wife's birthday.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Our party had a wonderful time! The food and service was exceptional! My husband enjoyed his birthday dinner very much!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

When I worked in Long Beach a few years ago, my wife and I would dine at L'Opera on special occasions, such as Valentines Day. We had not been there in a few years. When they announced a Veterans Day special, we thought it was time to return. The place remains an excellent restaurant. Our orders were well prepared and visual delights. We both commented that we should not have waited so long to return.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

We took our Colorado, Canadian and Australian business associates out for a team meeting. We have been to L’Opera before and knew it would be terrific. It lived up to our expectations. Thank you, L’Opera.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Scott went above and beyond to make our evening absolutely perfect!

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Have considered this a Long Beach gem for many decades and it was my first choice for "meals to impress". Recent visit may have been with 3rd chair chef on a Monday night--nothing that wow'd my taste buds and plated presentation was not crisp (almost "sloppy"). My cannelloni was dried out and dense--after a long wait for the arrival of the entrees did not want to send back and delay/distract the course of business conversation. Many more vegan choices than in past. Guest's lasagna was atypical--with fresh tomatoes on side & not in layers of pasta. Wine list and choices were exceptional. Continue to Love the art deco setting and corner table that impress guests as well as the Perfect ambience and cleanliness.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was fantastic. Atmosphere was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

L’Opera’s chicken lasagna is outrageously good! The shrimp cocktail to start, succulent and fresh. This diner’s favorites

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

I love this place and try to visit often. I have never been disappointed and usually they exceed my expectations!

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

I made a reservation within 15 minutes of arriving at the resturant. I don't often dine alone, but the minute I walkied in, the waiter appeared and said has anyone said hello to you yet? Turned out the waiter Scott served me for dinner and offered exceptional service, plus guided me in a selection between two entres. The dinner was delicious. It isn't inexpensive, but for a special dinner or occasion I would highly recommend it. I could hear other diners raving about their choices as well.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Always our go-to restaurant for special occasions but this time it was not made as special as in the past. It may just have been a quiet Sunday evening but ‘our’ waiter in the past, John, added to the wonderful experience. John was not there that night. Maybe our expectations were simply too high.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

This is the kind of restaurant you go to again no questions asked because there is so much more you want to taste and experience.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Outstanding food. We were impressed. Food was just to die for. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Every bite was exquisite. I will definitely return. Tiramisu is made in house and is divine.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

The service was outstanding and the food excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice restaurant. Decor good. service good. Food good - except I swear the pasta served with my escallopine was tinned spaghetti! If I'm wrong, please correct me, as the rest of the meal was excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

This was not my first time dining here, but it had been a while. The food was wonderful. Our server was friendly. The ambiance is lovely. One of my dinner companions said it was the best lasagna he had ever had. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

We very much enjoyed our evening with friends. The lasagne Ragu was excellent! Super fresh ingredients made for a dish with homemade quality. The dessert made with pineapple was super yummy, and the Fresh squeezed lemon drop martinis were the icing on the cake

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The dinner was fine. We expected it to be a little pricey and it was but not too bad. My wife had a glass of wine (I had a sip) that was excellent. She had the risotto and I had the veal. They were both very good. The waiter was very good. The dessert was very good. We had a nice time. But we are not part of the 1% so for us it has to be a very special occasion for us to spend this much.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

L'Opera has become my "go to restaurant" whenever I am in Long Beach. This time I was there on a weekend and found out why it is named L'Opera. There was a lovely opera singer who dazzled the patrons with both classic opera and Broadway standards. The food was superb as always, but the extra effect of the opera singer made the night very special.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

We love L'Opera! The lasagna is the best! We just went for our anniversary celebration and we really enjoyed ourselves. The staff is friendly 👍and very accommodating. Thank you L'Opera, we will be back!

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing experience. Servers were great. Food was amazing. 10:10

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food as always and the service was very good too!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

This restaurant is amazing. From your first step in the door, it is ALL about the customer.
Great food; great service; reasonable price (for Long Beach).
Tops on my list!

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