With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, Long Beach offers a diverse selection of dishes to satisfy any palette. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant that will be good for the kids, a romantic dinner with a view, or the perfect spot for brunch, Long Beach offers visitors an array of flavors, venues, and price ranges.
With 11 miles of shoreline and more than two dozen waterfront restaurants, there are lots of ways to enjoy upscale waterfront dining in Long Beach. Head down to Shoreline Village for mesquite-grilled seafood, sushi, steaks, and more at Parkers’ Lighthouse, including its award-winning, two-story wine cellar. Or stop by the east bank of Alamitos Bay to enjoy the open-view kitchen and bayside views of the Boathouse on the Bay. Don’t want to break the bank for a water view? Grab breakfast or lunch at Plunge or lobster bisque and a cold brew at Belmont Brewing Company. After a long day of exploring, enjoy a walk down the Pine Avenue Pier and dinner at Gladstone’s. Or, try Padre and its rooftop bar, Mezcalero.
Families with young kids will find plenty of options to keep young visitors happy and best of all, full. For delicious chips and salsa, and an array of Mexican favorites, head to Lola’s Mexican Cuisine in the Bixby area or on 4th Street for kids’ menus and available high chairs. Or for kid-friendly atmosphere head to The Hangar, an indoor/outdoor food hall with room to roam. Families will also enjoy kid-friendly chains like Famous Dave’s BBQ and Bubba Gump Shrimp, both conveniently located near the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Second Street eats
Eating your way down Second Street is the perfect way to spend a Long Beach day. In between bites, you can browse boutiques, catch some live street corner music, people watch, and soak in some Southern California culture. Start with a quick breakfast burrito from Sacho’s Tacos and a cup of Joe from Polly’s Gourmet Coffee, or enjoy a leisurely brunch of Surf & Turf Benedict or a Ratatouille Omelet at The Attic. Then finish off your Second Street eating extravaganza with homey Italian dishes at Domenico's, Long Beach's oldest restaurant, or a seasonally inspired dish from Saint & Second, including creative cocktails like the Chipotle Pineapple Collins.
With a nod to the city’s shipping industry, try out SteelCraft, an urban outdoor eatery in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, or sample the innovative vegan eats at Seabirds Kitchen on 4th Street. Constructed out of 40-foot shipping containers, SteelCraft has three area locations offering artisan burgers, pizza, Hawaiian shaved ice, handmade chocolate, Japanese ramen, Steelhead Coffee, Smog City Brewery, and even gourmet waffles.
Wine bar scene
Like other port cities around the world, Long Beach has a long history as being home to many establishments dedicated to imbibing. Where in decades past the streets were lined with taverns and bars packed with sailors and longshoremen, today one can also choose from wine tasting rooms serving local pours and delectable kitchen offerings as well. To experience it, go on this wine-focused itinerary—no driving required—which will lead you to some of the best places to taste wine, have a meal (or just a bite), sometimes accompanied by live music. At one of the stops you can even take an art class.