In this “Best of Long Beach Restaurants” I wanted to look at Long Beach’s favorite sit down / full-service restaurants. Specifically for this list, those who are established and loved by many. This list isn’t about the hip or trendy (that list is coming). This list is about; great food, being well run, friendly service and most importantly, the test of time. That years later, they are going strong, busy, and popular destinations. Restaurants that will most likely still be Long Beach favorites in ten years.
One of the best parts of Long Beach is the loyalty we show to our local and small businesses. Once Long Beach loves you, you become a built-in part of our community and culture. There are so many restaurants and business I support today, that my grandparents also frequented in their youth, hence why we are probably the littlest, a big city in California. Here is the list of my Top 15 favorite full-service restaurants, in no particular order.
I mean really, who has not eaten here? When I think of Long Beach staples, not many restaurants can compare to the traditional Mexican cuisine, ambiance, and staff, that might as well be family. This place is so good, I often hear non-Long Beach residents, saying they drive in just for them. With two locations here in Long Beach, this is a place my future grandkids will no doubt enjoy.
This place is so good, plus it’s the only restaurant so nice, we asked for it twice on the same block and it still kills it. A phenomenon you won’t see often. Open Sesame, a Lebanese / Mediterranean restaurant that once you’ve been, you’ll understand exactly how they have two restaurants only doors apart.
Michael’s on Naples Ristorante
Michael has redefined fine dining in Long Beach, so much so, that this Italian restaurant has jump-started a whole organization, that is not only making a huge splash throughout the entire restaurant community, but has even acquired food sourcing, and grows produce on site. These are those details Michael’s views as necessities, not extras, to ensure a consistent, high-quality product.
Hats off to these guys. This one was an absolute no-brainer. Talk about striking restaurant gold! What can I say that the huge wait and crowds of people there aren’t already saying? If you haven’t been here, I question what you’ve been doing with your life.
At Last Café
Another hidden gem. I won’t hold it against you if you never knew this place was there, it’s tucked away, off all by itself. But, I will definitely judge, if you don’t go now that you know. Watching their growth and progression over the last 8-9 years has been awesome! Phenomenal traditional American lunch and dinner, a true local neighborhood restaurant.
Another solid Long Beach staple. Admittedly, as much as I have always loved Tantalum, I originally questioned if they could make it, primarily because it’s a hidden and tough location. However, since JD took the role of executive chef, there has been no looking back for them. This American cuisine kills it, and their view is undeniably one of the best of any Long Beach restaurants.
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