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L'Opera

4.7
1558 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 1558 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Birthday! L’Opera is amazing! Great consistent service, food, and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food and perfect setting

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I loved the Insalata Tritata!!! Totally refreshing.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was a great food was amazing and out waiter was awesome

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Was a nice romantic restaurant. Would definitely return. Friendly staff , great staff and attention
to detail.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I took my wife to dinner as a date. We treated this opportunity as an event not just a meal. We have found that intentionally having a date night only enriches our marriage. Tonight was our first patronage to L’Opera. We were greeted at our table by a manger who seemed to have an invested interest in making sure we felt a welcome spirit.The timing of service was perfect during the complete meal. We had a cocktail before ordering and never felt rushed.
We had two antipasti. The Carpaccio Classico was truly a classic with a flavor of nostalgia. The seared scallops were caramelized to a golden brown. My wife stated after her second bite “This tastes heavenly”. I indulged in a New York Strip cooked to the satisfying temperature of medium rare. My wife enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli that she loved.
Don’t miss out on this Italian gem.Book a reservation soon!

To our surprise we were treated to a special vocalization of superb opera singer twice during our meal. Our dinner event was truly an Italian experience . We highly recommend L’Opera and plan on returning soon!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Scott, was our server and he was fantastic. I was with a group of very close friends and my best friend from Napa and he brought some wine from his cellar. Scott recommended pairings for us and basically brought us what he thought was best. The food was all amazing and the service was impeccable. It was one of the best dinners I've ever had! Thank you Scott!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a great experience at L Opera. Friendly greeting, very nice table, excellent service and food and a nice surprise at the end of a great evening: a very reasonable check.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The eggplant special for the day was chewy and hard. I had just eaten the same item at another Italian rest. the day prior and was hoping for better eggplant. It must be pre-soaked so that it's tender. Very disappointed as I've had great meals there prior..The waiter was attentive but not intrusive as I was doing a work project.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Dining at L'Opera is always a treat. Our waiter was outstanding as was the food.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We've been to L'Opera many times and have taken friends with us there as well... for dinner with friends, and even special birthday occasions. The service is always without parallel. Polite, attentive, and prompt. They are even starting to reserve "our table" for us when we make reservations with never a problem.
We'll definitely be returning, with yet another group of friends. One of Southern California's Best, and not just in the city of Long Beach.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Have always enjoyed a visit L'Opera. Excellent ambiance, food, and service.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was very good and the atmosphere was really nice. The service was very slow. Almost nonexistent. There did not seem to be enough help

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was our first visit to L’Opera. I and my son had dinner there before Long Beach Symphony concert. Our waiter, Tina, showed us an excellent service and we definitely come back soon and would like to request a table of hers.
Food was delicious. I had cioppino and my son had spaghetti clam.
Their bartender did a great job. I had lemon drop and Campari with orange juice. Very simple classic cocktails, so skillful ness of bartenders are shown clearly.
It was Friday night and a tenor singer was there to sing some arias table side. Not sure it’s only for weekends night or everyday service. Such a beautiful voice and enthusiastic.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Lunch at L'Opera was our favorite meal while in Long Beach. We shared the L'Opera Salad which had a fantastic dressing. The butternut squash ravioli was outstanding in both taste and presentation. The chocolate dessert our attentive server recommended was the perfect end to our meal. We will return the next time we are in Long Beach.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food was not what I thought it should be. Not NY that’s for sure

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

An amazing and classy location with fabulous food, elegant setting and superb service.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food, ambiance, service, drinks and dessert were excellent. We will definitely go back and try more things on the menu. Truly enjoyed this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Perfect. Josh was a great server with a smile and conducted himself professionally. The food was deliciously with wine pairing.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were in town for a trade show and popped in for a late night glass of wine and an app. The bartender was outstanding and knowledgeable... the wine list and selection of light bites was impressive. The next day we were so impressed, we made reservations for the following night. They did not disappoint! Live Opera music sung table side... exquisite food, wonderful wine, The best Burrata cheese I've ever tasted. A must try when visiting Long Beach!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I thought the food tasted amazing, props to the chef.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We had a wonderful evening. Service was top notch and the food was delicious. We also had a great deal thanks to Long Beach Restaurant Week. Portions were surpisinggly generous and we left satisfied. Lovely ambiance in the dining room as well!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Delicious food and wine and good, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our waiters were very friendly and i loved how they were so attentive with us! Every time he saw my glass almost empty he was quick to refill it and also kept making sure we were enjoying our meal and asking if we needee anything! This is our new anniversary spot !

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A+ for atmosphere. Food was very good. Service ok. Felt waiter was rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This was our second time at L'Opera. Even though we arrived a little later than our reservation, they were most kind and seated our friends until we got there. The server was very friendly and quick to come to the table to see if we needed anything. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was absolutely delicious. We even splurged and got the creme brulee - a great choice if I do say so. Large enough to share and it had fresh fruit on top.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

L'Opera never disappoints. The service is great and the food is excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The food was amazing! Excellent wine list and impeccable service!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Good food and nice service. I would go back.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

They gave us a slow start due to more customers than expected for a Sunday night, but it was all made up for in the food!! Absolutely outstanding!!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great opera singer!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great time and food dessert was wonderful and server was very good nice and fun

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful vegetarian options and accommodate diet restrictions - overall best dining experience

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had Alex (with long hair) as our waiter, on Valentine's Day. He took care of business, to say the least. The wine he recommened paired very well with our Ravioli (braised beef). He took the time to get to know us, but never neglected his other tables. He introduced the head cook to us, who deserved our "thank yous". The Raviolis were light, as a fresh Ravioli should be, and the Bruschetta was tastefully balanced.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect as always! This place is always our go to spot for any occasion

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Sat in the wine cellar for Valentine’s Day. Not as nice as upstairs dining room. Main course took a really long time getting to us. It was pretty good food once it arrived though. Our server was apologetic and tried hard.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day meal at this beautiful restaurant. From walking in to find the ceiling covered in Valentine balloons to being serenaded by the virtuoso, the night was very romantic and enjoyable. I had the Stracceti Manzo and my beautiful girl friend choose the Pollo Parmigiano. Both were cooked to perfection and the Dell' Opera and Tritata salads were nice lead-ins while Tiramisu was an excellent way to end this special evening.

Dining here is always enjoyable. The fact that they are able to pull it off on the busiest restaurant night of the year is nothing less than passion for excellent food and exceptional service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great time for Valentine's date lunch. The bill was about $350 with tip for two appetizers, 2 main courses, 3 glasses of red wine, 1 desert shared, 1 cognac (1738), and 2 expressos so for some this could be pricey. The low was we ordered medium New York strips that were not the best cut of meat and were not cooked to the standards of this scale of restaurant. Everything else was great. Hope this is helpful 🤓.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great place to meet for lunch. Food is awesome. Service is great. Parking is easy.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

My wife requests her birthday dinner to be at L’Opera every year. They never disappoint. The food was exceptional and the service was fantastic. We love coming here.

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