L'Opera

4.6
1897 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Celebrating over 29 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; 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.
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MP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butternut squash filled pasta was particularly delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not a regular post person but I am a regular Diner at L’Opera.
After reading a very hateful Yelp from an obviously angry and troubled human being, I decided I wanted to share my 30 year dining experiences at L’Opera.
I have had the benefit of traveling the world and have eaten at some of the Best Rated Restaurant and I would put L’Opera at the very top.
From the moment you walk in the front doors, the ambiance immediately makes you feel like you are in a 5 Star Establishment.
With no exceptions I have never had a bad meal here.
From the Valet to the greeter, to waiters and waitresses and Bar Tenders, everyone always has a smile on their faces and makes me feel special.
Pricey, yes but trust me, worth every penny.
You could always hit their happy hour, prices are ridiculously low and you will still get the quality food product.
The menu is very Italian, constantly being updated with new and creative dishes depending on the seasons.
The wine list is award winning.
You have to try this place, it is classy and top notch.
You will not be disappointed.

A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was clean and nice waiter at restaurant was kind of weird and was trying to joke around with us overall we had a great time at this restaurant food was not bad. I would go to this restraunt again in the future.

KM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner here. The staff was friendly and welcoming, the food was delicious and the drinks were quite tasty. They also had plenty of vegan options which was a plus!

R
Houston
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 5

They did not honor my Open Table reservation until I complained to Open Table. They claimed I did not show which was incorrect but appears to be a pattern with this restaurant. I recognize that the food and service was excellent but they are doing themselves a disservice by lying about their customers commitment to their reservation. Will not be dining here again due to this unacceptable experience.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I ordered chicken Marsala. It was too thick and impossible to cut. They did offer to get me a new one but at this point all the other guests had their food and I didn’t want them to wait and I also didn’t want to be eating after everyone was done. They ended up paying for our desserts but I feel they should have removed the charge for the meal. The service was also very poor. We had to ask for our wine. He very seldom came to our table to see if there was anything we needed.

KH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinning experience. We went for our anniversary, had a wonderful evening and will be back. Superior food and service.

ML
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Coming from a chef: under executed, it was like the cooks werent trained by the chef walter cotta. Everything was awful. Highly Under seasoned and just not thought out well. I dont think ive ever had food this bad. Went to taco bell after was pretty happy about consistency.

OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service
Delicious Food
Great Service
Thanks

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great service. Amazing food!!

DL
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s always a delight to go to L’Opera. It’s a lovely restaurant with good food and excellent service.

CH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience for mom’s birthday was great.

AE
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great but cost was far above average for food similar to ordinary chain style restaurants. Loved the table side singer which I always think of when it comes to a high end Italian place! Loud bar area which distracts from the romantic feel and dirty restrooms. No parking except valet which we used but valet rep didn't know how to drive my car (manual) and had an attitude once we drove up and saw I wasn't driving the creme'de-la-creme car, worst of all he EXPECTED a tip making things awkward! I would recommend but may possibly reconsider another place personally.

PG
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The homemade spaghetti had a strange taste to it...a misplaced spice perhaps. the spaghetti itself was rather doughy, not flavorful. We requested Martini's with vermouth as I drink enough to determine if there was any in the drink......did not detect however they remedied by providing some. Not really
impressed overall. Sorry but the Chef might have had night off...the Puttanesca was not good. People were friendly and willing to please but really, it comes down to the food!!!!!!

M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in South Bay/Long Beach. Food always excellent. Excellent wine list.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and our server was wonderful he recommended a great bottle of wine with our meal. It was a wonderful evening

SL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is a cut above most comparable eateries, truly gourmet. Mouth-watering!
The venue is lovely and the location is great... But the most fun and the most unique is the opera singer who launches into an area as you eat!

D
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu had many great options, each one very tasty. My friend and I had the special and we were not disappointed.

BO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was excellent...the service was outstanding....and it was great way to celebrate my wifes 70th birthday....for her it was special...I gave her a surprise 50th birthday party ...20 years ago downstairs in the vault room...Thank you all

DT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner for 9. It was early evening on a Sunday, so the restaurant was not busy. This provided our waiter and his assistant more than ample time to serve our table and all our guests. The food was magnificent. The wine list is extensive. The variety and quality of the menu is superb.

OT
New England
50 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambience.

b
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved, loved it! Everything was impeccable.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary’s

OT
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome with everything!

MS
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience here was very good. The food was excellent, wait staff as well. Waiter even picked up on a comment that it was a special celebration and surprised us with a dessert. If you want authentic Italian food, coming from an Italian family, we are picky as nothing is as good as mom’s cooking, but this was definitely competition for mom!

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The caprese appetizer was outstanding and Alfredo, our waiter was wonderful!

K
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

So my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to come back to the place we celebrated our engagement. Romantic right? Not so much. The food was mediocre at best. Seemed like poor quality ingredients, not enough sauce on the pasta dishes, and way to high of price for a meal that tasted like the restaurant let me into the kitchen to cook it. The place was loud with a party going on downstairs (band and all) and the opera singer going full blast in the dining area. Needless to say, this wasn’t the best experience we’ve had there and we likely won’t be going back.

S
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals were wonderful and service was great. Staff made the 4th of July dining experience worth the trip to Long Beach.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great meal! Love the old school atmosphere and solid service. Food was great, as usual!

D
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredibly helpful and very friendly. Made us gnocchi which wasn't on the menu. Delicious osso bucco in great wine

RW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find in Long Beach. Northern Italian quisine prepared to perfection. My wife ordered an off-menu item that had been replaced. This was not a problem to the chef and we enjoyed one of the best meals we have had in recent times. Five stars in all categories.

SB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant...food, ambiance, service...all impeccable. Our server, April, was the best. Every time we are there it just gets better and better!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I had a party of 9 and all of our food was bland. Possibly the worst Italian food I have had. I ordered a steak that was tasteless and comparable to a steak at dennys.

MV
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food with outstanding service.
Tina and Luca, they’re the best. Going back soon.

W
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some flashes of excellence: the opera singer going table to table was a funny but endearing touch, the wine list extensive and well priced (a steal on the DRCs!!!), and the service very attentive. However, the food did not quite reach excellent status. The Favorito Pasta was overwhelmed by truffle oil and the crab completely obscured. The Oso Bucco was very good, however, if a little plain.

EJ
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and great service! Will go back next time I'm in long beach!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First class food.

S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous , melt in your mouth, fresh pasta! Great service with knowledgeable wait staff. One of my favorite restaurants and I have never been disappointed !

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good.

R
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitstaff. Excellent Food

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