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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Long Beach / Catalina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Long Beach / Catalina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (2504)
$30 and under
American
Long Beach
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.
Top review
dineoutQueenvip
Dined 1 day ago
Nicks Never fails to meet all expectations!!! Love!!!!
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4.8
4.8 (6291)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Long Beach
About the restaurant
With an ambiance from yesteryear, an award-winning wine list and a menu built around hand-cut and dry-aged steak, 555 East has been one of Southern California’s most talked about steakhouses since 1984. Discover the flagship American steakhouse in Long Beach that makes any occasion special. Private dining capabilities also available.
Top review
BrookeJ
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful place with great ambiance, great service and great food!
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4.8
4.8 (1608)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Long Beach
About the restaurant
Queensview Steakhouse, located on the third floor of Parkers' Lighthouse, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-10 p.m.

The Queensview Steakhouse serves upscale Southern California cuisine and features Prime steaks, chops, lobster, and fresh grilled seafood.

Listen to the sounds of local jazz artists --nightly-- This venue offers a 360 degree view and is arguably one of the most romantic rooms in Southern California.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The team made our anniversary very special. Table with a stunning view of the Queen Mary, complimentary champagne, excellent service. Food was comparable to Larsens but your paying for the scenery at this restaurant.
A photo of J. Trani's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (755)
$31 to $50
Italian
San Pedro
About the restaurant
On a typical Friday night at J. Trani's Ristorante, a visit to the dining room reveals a host of family and friends and the bar is bustling with a crowd that can only be described as enthusiastic.
Top review
RobertG
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was excellent! My mother who is 99 years young loved the short rib dish so much she order a second one to take home.
A photo of Gaslamp - Music + Bar + Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (550)
$30 and under
American
Long Beach
About the restaurant
IF YOU CAN'T FIND A TABLE HERE...PLEASE CALL THE VENUE DIRECTLY! (562)596-4718...

LONG BEACH'S PREMIER LIVE MUSIC VENUE and RESTAURANT
THURSDAY - COUNTRY NIGHT with LINE DANCING
FRIDAY - 80's with KNYGHT RYDER
SATURDAY - CONCERTS featuring the TOP TRIBUTE BANDS and TOURING NATIONAL ACTS
SUNDAY - BRUNCH with LIVE MUSIC


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It's been a while since we've been here but had some special friends that we wanted to share an extra special evening with. Something different than the usual "dinner". Gaslamp DID NOT disappoint!!! From the moment we entered until we left everything was amazing. Service, staff, ambiance, food, cocktails, and music! It was a perfect evening!! We won’t wait so long to go back and our friends said they’ll be coming back too!!
A photo of Heritage restaurant
4.8
4.8 (615)
$50 and over
Californian
Long Beach
About the restaurant
Tasting menu only. We politely decline modifications. Please specify all dietary restrictions/allergies when booking your reservation. We require a 48-hour notice for gluten-free & pescatarian requests. We can *not* accommodate vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or seafood-free diets. Our most recent menu can be viewed on our website. Our menu is seasonal, and subject to *daily* changes.
Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. We are certified blue, green, and maintain a zero-waste kitchen. Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty. Our lively indoor dining room was built in 1922 as a craftsman house. Walk inside to an open kitchen, request bar seating to watch us cook over a live fire Santa Maria grill. Located in the Rose Park neighborhood of Long Beach on the corner of 7th & Saint Louis Ave. Newly awarded Michelin Star and green star in 2023. Just doin our own thing out in Long Beach.
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camappervip
Dined 2 days ago
Mid week and parking was a bear. $25 valet was busy, but I'm cheap, we walked. (Right, cheap...dinner for 2 with tip $600) That was worth it.
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4.5
4.5 (106)
$31 to $50
Italian
Catalina Island
About the restaurant
Enjoy a memorable island dinner or event on our oceanfront patio, elegant dining room, or charming courtyard. Waterfront dining with an Italian flair featuring fresh seasonal ingredients and local seafood, we offer a selection of unique appetizers, pastas and desserts with wine pairings and signature cocktails.
Top review
PeterFvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
The server Freddy was very attentive. The Food was prepared extremely well . The music was appealing and not overpowering, It was easy to converse.
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4.3
4.3 (2022)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Long Beach
About the restaurant
At the heart of our culinary philosophy is an unwavering commitment to make every meal an extraordinary experience. Fuego-which is Spanish for fire-is a spirited celebration of the coastal cuisines of Mexico, Latin America and South America.

With a vibrantly colored indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking panoramic views of downtown Long Beach and the historic Queen Mary, Fuego is an amazing restaurant in Long Beach CA that specializes in mariscos (fresh seafood). Also featured is a generous array of antojitos (appetizers), as well as tacos, tortas and entrées by award winning Chef Victor Juarez.

The bar serves premium tequilas-the largest selection in the region-that may be sampled at the bar along with handcrafted margaritas and other signature cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Beautiful location, amazing views of Long Beach and the water
A photo of Kalaveras - Bellflower restaurant
4.3
4.3 (39)
$30 and under
Mexican
Lakewood / Bellflower
About the restaurant
Kalaveras is a unique fast-casual concept with vibrant colors, art, music, and culture of a time-honored tradition – El Dia de Los Muertos. A blend of innovative urban mixology, Latin American culinary classics, tribute to well-known Hispanic artists, and nothing but buenas vibras!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Juanito served my family of 15+ he did an amazing job. I will be returning real soon. We appreciate your service!
A photo of Agaves Kitchen & Tequila restaurant
3.8
3.8 (103)
$30 and under
Mexican
Long Beach
About the restaurant
Agaves Kitchen & Tequila is Long Beach a unique Mexican restaurant featuring modern cuisine from all regions of Mexico, hand crafted margaritas and the best tequila and mezcal selection.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Always a good time! Food is amazing and the music is always loud and bumping
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