Michael's Downtown

4.5
286 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Located on the Promenade in the heart of downtown Long Beach, Michael's Pizzeria is where classic and modern meet. Whether you want to enjoy the simple perfection of a Margherita, or something a little out of the ordinary like the Flori di Zucca made with squash blossoms and honey, your pizza will be made with the freshest ingredients possible and cooked just right in their 800°F wood-burning oven. But it’s not all pizza at Michael’s Pizzeria. They also offer delicious appetizers, salads, entrees cooked and served in cast iron skillets, and of course, an excellent selection of beer and wine.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(562) 491-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giuseppe A Musso
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Promenade
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Parking details
2 hrs FREE PARKING in Public lot @ 51 East 3rd Street Long Beach, CA 90802. Also 2hr FREE PARKING w/validation @ "The Lofts at Promenade" private lot!
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 286 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I had the chicken caesar salad. The chicken was very good; the salad itself was pretty standard. My son had the prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich. He liked it. The bread was a bit crusty for my taste, and I thought the amount of meat was insufficient. The service was very slow, but the staff was apologetic.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Lovely as always.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Overall a very nice experience. We were dining pre-theater, and became a little concerned that our server was slow to get to us. And the salad was hand carried by the chef, but came prior to the appetizer. We will go again.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great establishment all the way around. We sat outside and that made for some good people watching. Our waiter was friendly and accommodating and had a great sense of humor. We shared the sausage and mushroom pizza and a caesar salad. Both were equally delicious and served efficiently and at the perfect temperature. We'll be back...

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great place with great food. Staff is awesome!! One of my favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This is as close to authentic Italian Pizza as you can get. This is because they don't cut their pizzas (same in Italy) and they are always handmade. They will however ask you if you would like it cut since they get so many requests. The ingredients are always fresh, simple, and delicious.You can see them making every pizza to order. The service is always really great. My entire family loves this place and we have celebrated various birthdays here. Highly recommend this for anyone who loves Italian food.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Been to other Michael's restaurant, first time here dinner with friends. Read pastas were hand made, ordered the Bolognese it was perfect. My husband had their special rack of lamb it was delicious. Our server was friendly and attentive. Will definitely come back

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Had the special lobster pasta, truffle pizza, and pasta bolognese. The lobster was extremely small by my standards and a bit dry but overall the pasta and lobster combination tasted quite good. My husband enjoyed his truffle pizza and our 17-year-old picky daughter inhaled her bolognese so I think she was very pleased! We enjoyed the vibe of this downtown Italian restaurant and look forward to visiting again.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Michael's Downtown has recently changed it's name, but the food and service are as great as ever. The homemade pasta with bolognese sauce was to die for, as were the pizzas. And, the service is always friendly and prompt. You can't go wrong with a meal here, either for everyday dining or a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Everyday dining - new menu items - but some negative change too, staff is slow, forgetful. This fine eatery is sliding in service - customer service but not food. #ChefGiuseppe is a genius in the kitchen

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I had a great dinner with my aunt and uncle who recently moved into the area. They loved the linguini with mussels and chicken parmigiano. I enjoyed a pizza. Everything was wonderful including the bottle of wine. We'll definitely be back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Had a lovely night at Michaels. The Brussels sprouts with spicy sausage was delightful as an appetizer. All of the salads looked amazing. We will definitely try one next time. For the pasta, I had the bolognese and my husband had the new spinach ricotta ravioli. Both were amazing, but I am still dreaming of the ravioli.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Outstanding pizza, very authentic! Location great and parking structure across the street convenient. I was only disappointed my favorite dish (polpette w/pasta) was no longer on the menu, thankfully, the meatball appetizer was still an option. Consistently delicious food and good service! Keep it up!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I’m your biggest fan. Been there several times... the pasta wasn’t at par as it usually is.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were seated immediately upon arrival which is always nice. Our friends were already at our table with drinks. The service this time was average, drinks came very slow and the restaurant wasnt busy, especially for a holiday weekend. We had the flat bread appetizer with Prosciutto, the flavor was good however the meat was just a large pile on the bread which made it a little difficult to eat. We asked that the salad be served first and it came within a minute of the pizza.

Overall, this is still some of the best pizza in Los Angeles. Consistent and the crust is good to perfection. Just this night the service was under par and there was plenty of help on hand for a restaurant that was only half full.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Unfortunately our experiences at Michael's Downtown have really gone downhill. We made a special visit for the monthly pasta dinner. The food was midocre at best, the service was spotting and the value of price versus experience sadly just isn't there. Chianina, Michael's on Naples, and Michael's Pizzeria all three are such great experiences - even Working Class Kitchen was far superior to the experiences we've had at Michael's Downtown. Hopefully the rebranding will include a menu makeover and staff revitalization.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Love this place! I see why the reviews are SO good! A quick word of advice: the restaurant front is not visible from the street, as it faces the courtyard. So don’t doubt your GPS when it says you are there, you really are there. Just find parking and walk into the courtyard past the other restaurant and you’ll see it! Enjoy it! And if you’re lucky to be there on a Monday, make sure you ask about margarita Mondays because you get a free pizza with every pizza you order ... such a great perk!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Giuseppe is the best, food is always wonderful.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I usually love going to Michael's Pizzeria. However, this last visit mt boyfriend got really sick from the meatballs, the kitchen never informed the servers they were out of burgers, and they brought us a different pizza than the one that was ordered.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We were here for the Pasta Tasting Prix Fix Menu. The servings were small, but adequate and the wine parings went well with the food. After being served four courses, we were still hungry. We ordered an EXCELLENT pizza! It's a good thing we ordered a pizza because the Dessert was an exceptionally small serving. It was tasty, but small. As mentioned earlier, the wine parings went will with the food and the pours were large. I felt the pacing was rather fast. All-in-all...a great dinner with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We have been going to Michael’s downtown for years and love it. The new gluten free crust is so delicious. It’s by far the beat pizza in Los Angeles and now the best gluten free option.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

After attending the Grand Prix, we were looking for great food and wine. Michael’s made our night. The delicious food hit the spot. The wine made everything better. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Really good food, took a while to get sat and the food took quite a long time to arrive.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our young facial pierced server, seemed to be pleasant enough. She Never questioned if our meal of salads and entrees was OK, good or otherwise. My Pasta was overcooked and WARM, not hot. Clams were few and far between. Sauce almost none. I told our server, she didn't care, just made excuses. Pizza is never well-done enough for my husband. Tried it twice, won't be going back. Eating out is expensive, we'll take our money where we get better food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything amazing never a bad dining experience. The fooded phenomenal. Giuseppe never disappoints! Favorite place on the planet

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We stopped by Michael’s pizzeria after March for our lives. The restaurant was very overwhelmed with the sudden onslaught of March attendees. However, we did have a reservation, so we were a little peeved. We sat at our table for 20+ minutes before we even had menus delivered. There were two hard-working waiters hustling like crazy, while a man, who was presumably the manager, sat at the bar drinking wine with a buddy, completely unconcerned with the restaurant’s state of chaos. I have seen from other reviews that this may be his M.O. (#Notateamplayer). Maybe he is Michaels’s son and that is why he hasn’t been fired...When a blond woman showed up later, maybe the managers wife?, she started to pitch in and that helped somewhat.

I ordered Caesar with grilled shrimp, which came with chicken instead. When my order was righted, the shrimp was cold. My husband got a margarita pizza which was a little tepid but tasty. Kids got lasagna, which was a B+, and chicken parm, which was also very good. The chef created delicious meals, but the timing was off due to atrocious understaffing and so the food was cold. Our server could not have been nicer. I felt bad for the guy. He was placed in an impossible situation. He offered free drinks, but at the same time, our water was never refilled and we all left parched. We didn’t order dessert because we didn’t have another 30 minutes of patience left in us. They gave us to-go cups of ice cream on the house, but for the adults it was too little too late.

Perhaps I could have been more understanding if this was my first bad experience. But a month earlier, we had made a reservation for brunch based on their online menu only to discover after we arrived that they only served lunch.

Overall, Michael’s Pizzeria has great food and friendly but understaffed employees, but very poor management. If you want to try it, get take out and prepared to nuke your food in the microwave.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Come for the pizza, stay for the chili oil to put on the pizza.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Always great, excellent pizzas. Had forest mushroom with sausage this visit. Also recommend starter of oven roast vegetables

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Hostess was really frazzled at accommodating specific seating even with reservation. While she ended up helping us out, it definitely wasn’t a pleasant experience upon walking in. She seemed she might not be best with stress of busy situations.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great service, would come back again!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

everything was really mediocre. not worth going back

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and excellent service!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We sat on the patio by the fire pit. It was romantic for 2 and would also be fun for 8. If you have a good-sized party I would definitely recommend the fire pit. We shared the sausage and brussel sprouts, arugula salad and a pizza. The service was discretely attentive. All in all a very nice evening.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Some of the best Italian food and pizza in Southern California! I love the prosciutto and arugula pizza. They and have a solid beer selection

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Made a reservation via Open Table for a table for 2 prior to going to a show @ Carpenter Center. The January evening was a bit chilly, so sitting outside wasn't an option. In spite of showing up on time for a 6:30 reservation, we were seated at the bar. It's a noisy place, so this wasn't conducive to conversation. To their credit, the place found us a table after 20 minutes. Food was OK, nothing special. If the area around Carpenter Center wasn't such a food desert, I wouldn't have gone here. Too bad.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Food is great, service is painfully slow (but nice). Plan on a 90 minute lunch.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Great salads, amazing pizza sauce, delicious even cold the next morning!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great for families. Very good pizza & pasta, good beer selection and wines by the glass.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent pizza and pasta. Tasted just like the ones we had in Italy.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was very good. Service was very good, too. The menu had a lot of options - not “just” a pizza place. The pizza was great- and they had a vegan option. Michael’s house salad used tiny baby arugula that was succulent. Good place.

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