With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, Long Beach offers a diverse selection of dishes to satisfy any palate. 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 flavours, venues and price ranges.
With 11 miles of shoreline and more than two dozen waterfront restaurants, there are lots of ways to enjoy upmarket dining with a view in Long Beach. Head down to Shoreline Village for mesquite-wood-barbecued seafood, sushi, steaks and more at Parkers’ Lighthouse, and admire its award-winning, two-storey wine cellar. Stop on the east bank of Alamitos Bay to enjoy the open kitchen and bayside views of the Boathouse on the Bay. Don’t want to break the bank for an ocean 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 dine at Gladstone’s. Splurge on fine dining aboard the Queen Mary at Sir Winston's, or head 14 storeys above the city to The Sky Room atop the Breakers Hotel for a romantic dinner or a cocktail on the rooftop UP Lounge to catch the sunset.
Families with young children will find plenty of options to keep young visitors happy and, best of all, full. For delicious tortilla chips and salsa and a range of Mexican favourites, head to Lola’s Mexican Cuisine in the Bixby area or on 4th Street for children's menus and high chairs. Or try brunch on the outdoor patio at Restauration on 4th Street, where there's room for kids to roam. Families will also enjoy child-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 along 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 up some Southern California culture. Start with a quick breakfast burrito from Sacho’s Tacos and a cuppa from Polly’s Gourmet Coffee, or enjoy a leisurely brunch of Surf & Turf Benedict or a Ratatouille Omelette at The Attic. At noon, call in at Tavern on 2 for craft beers and a bowl of their famous spicy chicken tortilla soup. Then finish off your Second Street eating extravaganza with homely Italian dishes at La Strada or a seasonally inspired dish from Saint & Second, including creative cocktails such as the Chipotle Pineapple Collins.
With a nod to the city’s shipping industry, try out SteelCraft, an urban outdoor restaurant in the Bixby Knolls area, or sample the innovative vegan eats at Seabirds Kitchen on 4th Street. Constructed out of 12-metre shipping containers, SteelCraft has restaurants offering artisan burgers, pizza, Hawaiian shaved ice, handmade chocolate, Japanese ramen, Steelhead Coffee, Smog City Brewery beers and even gourmet waffles.
Just half an hour from Los Angeles, Long Beach is a beachfront gem you’ll want to add to your California itinerary. It offers beautiful beaches and marinas along with a busy dining and shopping scene that perfectly blends big city sophistication with beach town fun.
Tour the Queen Mary, the legendary, permanently docked ocean liner or relax with a drink in the ship’s Observation Bar—for truly unique accommodations, you can even stay overnight in one of the ship’s staterooms or suites. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, Southern California’s largest aquarium and home to playful sea otters, Magellanic penguins, and a 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat, which holds thousands of colourful fish, coral, sea turtles and sharks.
Looking for some retail therapy instead? Shop designer favourites at Pike Outlets or search for the perfect retro finds at the vintage boutiques along Long Beach’s Fourth Street. Or try your hand at kitesurfing on Long Beach’s Belmont Shores, one of the best places in the state for beginners to learn the sport thanks to the protective breakwater that blocks major waves.
Above all, enjoy eating your way through the city’s culinary delights from the classic waterfront Parkers’ Lighthouse in Shoreline Village to the modern SteelCraft, an urban eatery in Bixby Knolls, to the rooftop Sky Room, an Art Deco bar and dining room, 14 stories atop the Breakers Hotel in downtown Long Beach. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a family reunion destination, or just a getaway with the kids, Long Beach has the food, fun and sun for your perfect next Southern California trip.