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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.
Long Beach, CA 90802
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.
$31 to $50
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Live Opera on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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 🤓.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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