Let’s Eat in Long Beach! Restaurants to Try Now!

Over the past decade, Long Beach restaurants have really come into their own! As the city’s population continues to grow, local chefs and restauranteurs are pushing the envelope to please these discerning new residents. Downtown Long Beach and nearby neighborhoods are hotbeds of innovation, attracting the attention of locals and visitors like. From elegant establishments, to classic American tavernas, hip eateries, and sleek modern bistros, you’ll find plenty of great places to eat in Long Beach!

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

Nick’s is a modern taverna serving Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, unique cocktails, and an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Located in the heart of Belmont Shores on 2nd Street, this intimate spot features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. The exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of the passionate culinary team, who are dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation and impeccable standards of hospitality.

James Republic  500 E 1st Street Long Beach, CA 90802

James Republic is a chef driven and farm to table restaurant that serves modern American cuisine and an evolving bar program. The daily changing menu represents the best of what our local markets have to offer. Their philosophy is to begin with a simple passion for food at its very best, then refine and combine traditional flavors, fresh ingredients and all naturally raised meats, poultry and seafood.

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

Established in 2007, Lola’s family has always had a love affair with Mexican food. The recipes were passed down to Lola by her grandmother when she was just a little girl growing up in Guadalajara Mexico. Everything is made from scratch, serving quality farm to table ingredients, using only the most choice organic local meats, poultry, and sustainable seafood. Chef Luis Navarro has dedicated his career to learning and traveling through all of Mexico’s enchanting regions, from Veracruz, Mexico City, Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca studying the craft of the local cuisine, and indigenous products.

L’Opera Ristorante  101 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

If you’re looking for an elegant Downtown Long Beach dining experience, L’Opera fits the bill. This iconic establishment opened in 1990 on Pine Avenue in one of Long Beach’s most famous historical landmarks, that began life in 1906 as the First National Bank of Long Beach. The building is regarded as one of the most beautiful structures in Long Beach and is called by locals the “L’Opera Building.” The award winning design features a complete restoration of the original ceilings accented by a series of marble columns. etched beveled glass and granite throughout, and a modern exhibition kitchen. 

The 4th Horseman  121 W. Fourth St. Long Beach, CA 90802

Bringing the aesthetic of horrorcore mixed with high-brow-to-low-brow offerings, The 4th Horseman is craft beer and wine bar with an apocalyptic pizza kitchen. Voted Best Pizza in Long Beach 2019, not only did this relative newcomer score as the best restaurant in Downtown, it nudged out plenty of fair competition in this category – and for good reason! Chef Adam Schmalz’s style is wonderfully distinct. Not Neapolitan-style, not New York-style – his pizzas are odes to the Californian culture of fusion. The chewy, not-too-thick-not-too-thin crust comes with an abundance of options. A real community-driven hangout!

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

Ammatoli features modern cuisine from The Levant, a region rich in food culture, encompassing Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. The Mediterranean-influenced kitchen gains inspiration from the best cuisine the Levant has to offer, presenting food that is distinctive, fresh and healthy. 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.

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

The Ordinarie is an American Tavern that combines traditional tastes with modern flare, offering fine food without fuss though a delicious limited core menu of classic American entrees and rotating chef-inspired specials. The bar presents a unique imbibing experience – timeless, warm and welcoming – a place where customers come back, time and again for convivial hospitality and a memorable time. The Ordinarie also hosts a weekly lineup of talented musicians who serve-up a warm and inviting ambiance for guests to enjoy.

Seabirds Kitchen  975 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802

Since 2010, Seabirds has been on a mission to push the boundaries of vegan cuisine. As they’ve grown from a food truck into their current restaurants, Seabird’s artisan approach has remained true. All sauces and condiments are made from scratch, and the menu is based around seasonal produce, unique flavor combinations, and creative techniques, using top-notch ingredients and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The menu is about bringing the flavors of these wonderful fruits and vegetables to life and letting them shine, constantly experimenting with new ingredients and techniques to create dishes that elevate plant-based food beyond the standard.

La Traviata  301 N Cedar Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

Located in the historic French-revival Willmore Building, La Traviata is one of the best kept secrets in Long Beach! La Traviata serves an award winning Nuevo Italian menu in the dining room and boasts the friendliest bar in town! La Traviata is named for the famous Italian opera of the same name that tells the story of found and lost love – quite scandalous in its day. Come to La Traviata and create some excitement of your own!