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About L'Opera

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.

101 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

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.

Cross Street:
First Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(562) 491-0066

Website:
http://www.lopera.com/

Entertainment:
Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

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

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.

Public Transit:
Metro

Executive Chef:
Walter Cotta

Additional:
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

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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.

L'Opera Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (45)
Romantic (45)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Business Meals (29)
Notable Wine List (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Authentic (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Bar Seating (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Fun (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (13)
People Watching (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Scenic View (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Live Music (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vegan (4)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Organic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Organic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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 🤓.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service and food was awesome and tasty! I had the Favorito, well seasoned!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food here is solid, but very old fashioned. The menu and cooking seem stuck in the 80"s. Grandma may like it, but it's pretty dull and uninspired.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this incredible place! MUST GO!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We've been to L'Opera many times and it is a solid "special occasion" place. Three of our four entrees were delicious (short rib ravioli, filet mignon, and chicken lasagna). One person had the New York Strip and it was overcooked. I'm sure the chef would have redone it but he didn't send it back. I thought the appetizers (fried calamari and steak tartare) were both just OK. I used to really love their fried calamari but it was not as good as I recall.

The server must have had too many tables, as she did not check on us much at all. I wanted to get more lemon wedges and marinara with the calamari, as I'm sure that would have improved it, but she never stopped by and asked how they were and I couldn't even catch her eye across the dining room. When she did stop by, she was pleasant and helpful, but service at a restaurant of this caliber should be attentive and it wasn't.

They did comp our desserts and corkage, which was very nice and not expected. Overall, we had a nice but not awesome experience. I'd go back again, but probably because I know they can do better from past experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful meal and service. Opera singer a nice bonus

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding it was our 49 Anniversary our server was outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I hate the fact that "Happy Hour" is only at the bar.....

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Originally had reservation for six, had to adjust it due to others changing plans. Hostess was kind over the phone, two of us headed to the restaurant. We knew exactly what we wanted from their amazing menu. This is why we weren't swayed by the others in our party...
This is also why we didn't walk out when the hostess was snarky in person. Checked in approximately ten minutes early and was told that we would have to wait b/c we were early. She then referenced the earlier reservation for six...this was odd b/c she was so accommodating over the phone. Table after table was seated before us, some having reservations - others not having reservations. We were seated six minutes after our original reservation at an entertaining window seat. It was over a vent which she said would keep us warm. It did not, it blew cold air on us all dinner and we shivered. Didn't want to bother the hostess b/c who knows when we would be seated again and I desperately wanted my mushroom rigatoni entree and caprese appetizer. As I mentioned the seat was entertaining b/c of the multiple emergency vehicles during our meal, drunk downtown revelers and wedding reception guests.
We knew what we wanted and ordered once the server came to our table the first of five total times. 1) she took our order 2) she delivered red wine (friend said it was fantastic). 3) she delivered entrée 4) she delivered incorrect bill and 5) she delivered correct bill.
There was no 'table touch', we had more contact w/the bussers than our server. The busser would nod and smile but continued to refer to our server whom we did not see.
Both good and bad - I really wanted their Burrata and was disappointed to not get it but the bread is AMAZING. So good, I actually took some back to the lobby of my hotel to share w/the ladies that selected another restaurant to dine! I blamed them for the poor experience we had, perhaps if the six of us had showed up as originally planned - the staff would have valued us.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I don’t get to Long Beach often, but whenever I’m there I stop into L’Opera. Our party of six had to rush a little to make a show and the server did an excellent job of accommodating us. Our food orders spanned the menu, from pastas to seafood to pork...all excellent. Sorry we couldn’t stay longer.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Staff ---from the receptionists to the Bartenders to the servers. All top drawer and they know their craft! Bespoke menu choices that never fail to please!

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently fine food and excellent service in a classy setting. You will never be disappointed

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was awesome, service, not so much. We brought a nice bottle of wine with us. Our server asked us "Did you bring this?" in an add way. Then she assured us she'd decant it, which actually did not happen for 45 minutes, right before our dinner arrived. No one ever poured our wine for us, we poured it ourselves every time. Our salads were served to the table next to us. Server did not come to check in on us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had an incredible dinner to celebrate a friend birthday. The whole evening and experience was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food is excellent and our service was absolutely amazing! They have some items that are not on the menu, I was hoping for gnocchi and didn't see it on the menu, asked our waiter and they had it, requested the creamy basil-pesto and it was incredible! Our waiter Alex had extensive knowledge of the wine list and made great recommendations to the table! I ordered an Old Fashioned from the bar and it was well made very authentic!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Dead for lunch. Food was below average. Ambiance is old and tired. Windows were so dirty that could not see outside. Waiter ruined my shirt by bringing me bleached water to take care of a stain. Did not even offer any complimentary food to compensate!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A really wonderful restaurant that is above average in every way but is more approachable than a 5 star dining experience. I wish the ambiance was a little more memorable but by no means is it bad. The serving staff is very friendly and NOT pretentious. If you do visit, ask for a seat by the windows because it's fun to people watch and the windows, which are very large, open up the feeling while dining. Great place!!!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Now my favorite Italian restaurant in Long Beach. Just the right amount of attention for fine dining in a casual and comfortable setting without being overly stuffy.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had a business meeting at the restaurant. It was the perfect location. The service and food was excellent If you need to have a quiet conversation with a few business associates or just going for a relaxing meal. This restaurant would be perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was excellent. Service was amazing. This is one of the best restaurants. Just loved it

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of my all time favorite restaurants since it opened! I live in Pasadena now, but totally worth the drive. I have never had a bad meal at L'Opera and continue to be impressed with both the menu and service! Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates quality food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Slow start but great food made up for initial slow service

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Walked from our Hotel and had a wonderful food and service in a restaurant with fantastic ambience, waiter couldn't have been more attentive and our food was well above average.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I went on New Year’s evening. It was relatively quiet. Our server was great. The restaurant was nicely decorated. I was somewhat disappointed in the food. The marinara sauce was lackluster and the pasta a bit over-cooked. The chicken parm was good. We have traveled extensively and eaten some great Italian food. This was good...not great

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ambience was great and having opera singer go around to tables was cool. Little lacking in sevice but on new years eve it was pretty busy. Food was delicious but not huge portions so I recommend an appetizer or dessert. A little pricey so I recommend coming for a special date or maybe birthday dinner. Overall would eat there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went New Year's Eve so the noise level was probably higher than usual. The chef's menu was amazing. Husband ordered off the regular menu and ended up eating half of mine also (except my filet mignon, I wouldn't share). Will definitely return!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

L'Opera was a delight to visit. It is a very cozy restaurant. The food was very good. The strolling opera singer was nice...not annoying or overbearing. Very classy touch. I think the only thing I would say to anyone thinking about dining here is to watch out for being seated facing the south windows toward 1st Street. You will only be watching people waiting for, getting on and off the Metrolink. It really compromised my dining experience. So make sure if the hostess is taking you that direction, either request to face inward toward the restaurant or find another cozy place somewhere else in the restaurant...just don't leave! You will enjoy L'Opera otherwise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a special time at L'Opera celebrating my sister and mother's birthdays. We were pleased with the ambiance, the food, the service and the noise level. We would definitely come back! The food arrived in a timely fashion. We were there in the early afternoon and my parents thoroughly enjoyed the meal. It was festive, clean, and perfect for a celebration! My seafood pasta dish was tasty. The chocolate dessert or "Maria" was delicious. Thank You L'Opera for your great service and for making this a memorable event!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The polenta appetizer was quite nice. The main meal, Lasagna al ragu, was just so-so. Excellent service, informative waiter, friendly and knowledgeable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was excellent, the ambiance very nice. A bit pricey but we had a great evening

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was amazing and excellent wait staff. Friday - Sunday they have a performer singing opera.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I've been going to L'Opera for decades. Kinda my designated destination for my wife's b'day because it's her fav. Good memories from the past but my recent (12/24/17) experience was not up to the standard I've been accustomed to. OK food, ok service, no special attention to the details (b'day). Larger portios then last time, more expensive (it's OK) but something not-tangible was missing. I will probably come back again but I am seriously considering other options.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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