Michael's Downtown holiday dining near The Crest apartments in downtown Long Beach

Holiday Dining Goes Eclectic in Long Beach

Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are right around the corner. Need some last minute ideas for your holiday spread? This season, think eclectic. Long Beach is renowned for its vibrant dining scene, and local eateries near The Crest are pulling out all the stops. From elegant prime rib dinners and gourmet menus, to authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, savory tamales, smoky BBQ, and scrumptious desserts, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for the perfect feast when holiday dining goes eclectic in Long Beach. Check websites for pick up & delivery.

RISÜ Wine + Bar  207 E Seaside Way Suite A Long Beach, CA 90802

RISÜ has a great new food and alcohol menu you can order for take out. Choices includes gourmet salads, small plates, pasta dishes, and delicious desserts. Complement your meal with their hand-picked selection of wines and RISÜ Classic Cocktails. RISÜ s a stylish wine + bar on ground floor of The Crest residences, located in the center of the Rainbow Bridge which connects the Long Beach Terrace Theater and the Convention Center in the heart of Downtown Long Beach. The 605-foot Rainbow Bridge is illuminated with 3,500 LED lights, 100 downlights, and 70 floodlights, so the bridge lights up like a Disneyland show.

Miracle at The Ordinarie  210 The Promenade N. Long Beach, CA 90802

Miracle at The Ordinarie returns this year. Classic Holiday Meals and Cocktails are available for pick up and delivery. All Holiday include your choice of protein, along with mashed potatoes, cranberry compote, sourdough sage stuffing, Brussel sprouts with bacon, choice of dessert, and more. Meals are designed to be reheated at home and are priced per person. They also have Christmas glassware for sale, along with cookie gift b oxes and gift cards. Take a socially distanced stroll through their outdoor winter wonderland while waiting for your order.

The Pie Bar  450 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

Every wanted to make your own pie? The Pie Bars gives you all the dry ingredients, pie tin and recipe to make the most delicious homemade holiday concoction. And because dogs love pie too, pick up a pack of Pet Pie Bies – all natural pumpkin (no sugar, spice or salt) baked in a pie crust. The Pie Bar specializes in whole pies and pies by the slice, all handmade from scratch, with tempting flavors like Key Lime, Marionberry, Banana Cream, and Cherry Amaretto. They also offer savory pies, quiches, vegan pies, and gluten-free options.

Saint & Second  4828 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803

Saint & Second is offering some festive Holiday Specials to-go for Christmas and New Years. The Christmas Family Pack (serves 4) features a delicious homemade meal with all the trimmings including spice-rubbed Diestel “range grown” turkey, molasses and brown sugar Duroc ham, creme fraiche mashed potatoes, stuffing, and chocolate hazelnut bread pudding. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Pack offers a three course feast for two including salad or lobster bisque; pan-roasted chicken, salmon or bison short rib; and a choice of two desserts. To round out your celebration, choose rom their list of bubblies, wines, and Holiday Cocktails.

Michael’s Downtown  210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802

A Long Beach favorite since 2013, Michael’s Downtown transforms the freshest locally sourced ingredients into crave-worthy Italian food for guests to enjoy. The menu ranges from hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza to wholesome salads, grass fed flat iron steak, pan-seared salmon, and scrumptious desserts. All of regular menu items are available for curbside pick up and delivery. Giuseppe’s Family Market is open with grab & go items, fresh pasta, sauces, bread, and more.

Nick’s on 2nd  4901 E 2nd St.Long Beach, CA 90803

Make your holiday extra special this year with Nick’s Prime Rib Holiday Dinner. This elegant menu, which feeds 6-8 people, includes herb crusted prime rib, whipped potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, truffle mac and cheese, butternut squash soup, San Francisco sourdough bread, and Nick’s Original Butter Cake. Nick’s is a modern taverna located in the heart of Belmont Shores, serving Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, unique cocktails, and an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Pre-order for pick up.

Q Smokehouse  300 S Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 

Celebrate the season with some grilled goodness – The Holiday Pitmaster is here. This smokin’ menu (feeds 4-5 people) includes full slab of ribs, half pound brisket, half pound pork, pint of mashed potatoes, pint of beans, and cornbread. They also offer whole smoked turkeys. Inspired by the BBQ flavors of the South, Q Smokehouse brings flavorful, quality BBQ with a healthy flair to Long Beach, while adding a fun, energetic destination to The Pike.

Utopia Good Food & Fine Art  445 E 1st St. Long Beach, CA 90802

Utopia is open for take out. Situated at the epicenter of both the culinary and artistic worlds of Long Beach’s Arts District, Utopia Restaurant features delicious continental cuisine and great wines. Whether you’re craving their lovely lamb chops, succulent salmon, wonderful scallops, or a scrumptious desert, Utopia Restaurant offers the perfect menu for your holiday celebration. Call 562-432-6888 for pick-up or order online with Grubhub and DoorDash.

Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites  285 E Third St. Long Beach, CA 90802

Your favorite Mediterranean restaurant is open for pick up and delivery. Ammatoli features modern cuisine from The Levant, a region rich in food culture, encompassing Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Ammatoli uses only the finest quality ingredients, and all produce and bread is delivered daily. Choose from a wide selection of kebabs, falafel, shawarma, grilled meats, soups and salads.

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine  2030 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814

It’s tamale time! Order Lola’s famous holiday tamales now through January 3rd. Get them by the 1/2 or full dozen for the whole crew, or enjoy them all for yourself by the plate when you order takeout. Established in 2007, Lola’s family has always had a love affair with Mexican food, with recipes passed down to Lola herself by her grandmother. Everything is made from scratch, serving quality farm to table ingredients, using only the most choice organic local meats, poultry, and sustainable seafood.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Michael’s Downtown

Photo #2: RISÜ Wine + Bar

Photo #3: The Ordinarie

Photo #4: The Pie Bar

Photo #5: Saint & Second

Photo #6: Michael’s Downtown

Photo #7: Nick’s on 2nd

Photo #8: Q Smokehouse

Photo #9: Utopia Good Food & Fine Art

Photo #10: AMMATOLI Mediterranean Bites

Photo #11: Lola’s Mexican Cuisine