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Tasting California: The 10 Best Places to Eat In Long Beach

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2020)

best places to eat in long beach

With a population of 462,628 people in Long Beach, California, you know there’s got to be a massive array of restaurants catering to several different tastebuds.

Do you want American, Filipino, or Cambodian tonight? Perhaps you’re in the mood for street tacos or a classic burger joint. Maybe you and your spouse want to go somewhere fancy and have yourself a date night.

Regardless of tonight’s cravings, there’s sure to be a spot for you in the neighborhood. Try one, or try them all. We’ve considered the menu, drink selection, location, prices, testimonials, and more to bring you a list of the ten best places to eat in Long Beach!

1. Beer Belly

Long Beach’s Beer Belly restaurant has everything you need to give yourself a, well, beer belly.

From local craft beers to fried foods (and more fried foods), you’ll never leave feeling anything but stuffed. 

Their menu is small and straightforward—catfish and chips, buttermilk fried chicken, duck fat fries. Try their homemade pickles or signature grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t expect anything too healthy!

Located at 255 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

2. Roe Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for seafood, you have to check out Roe’s.

They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner so that you can satisfy your cravings at any time of the day. 

From sushi to sashimi to scallops, shrimp, and crab, and mussels, every seafood you can imagine is on their extensive menu. Pair your meal with one of their many craft cocktails, and perhaps you can plan your evening around their live music nights.

Located at 5374 2nd St, Long Beach, CA, 90803.

3. Sophy’s 

Comfort food never goes out of style, and that’s why Sophy’s has made its way onto our list of the best places to eat in Long Beach.

The kicker? Sophy’s comfort food is Thai- and Cambodian-specific—so although it’s classic, it’s got a spin on it you may not have expected. Go here for mouthwatering cuisine ranging from noodle soups to world-famous Pad Thai.

Located at 3240 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA, 90804.

4. Sura

For the only Korean food in town, head to Sura’s Korean BBQ joint.

From bulgogi to soondubu jjigae (that’s soft tofu soup to you), it doesn’t get much more authentic than here. Find vegetarian and vegan options, too, with a particular emphasis on tofu, or get all the meat your heart desires. There’s something for everyone at Sura.

Located at 621 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

5. Nick’s on 2nd

Nick’s on 2nd is a go-to spot for many locals, whether because of the homemade, daily-changing soup, the house-filleted fish, or the hearty sandwiches and burgers—to name a few.

Go here for lunch after a day with the kids, or dinner, or even a pre-game cocktail before a night on the town. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere, simple yet elegant menu, and innovative dishes.

Located at 4901 2nd St, Long Beach, CA, 90803.

6. The Attic

Have you always wanted to enjoy a meal in a 1920s bungalow? If so, now’s your chance!

The Attic is a Southern-style restaurant that features an all-day menu. If you’re not hungry, don’t worry—you can have their signature Bloody Mary that features a tiny slider as a garnish! But if you are hungry, you’re in luck, as The Attic has no lack of chef-curated dishes.

Try housemade pasta topped with crumbled Hot Cheetos (yes, really); go for the fried chicken and waffles (even for dinner!); or enjoy their shrimp and grits, pastrami sandwich, or perfectly-executed cheeseburger. If you can imagine it, you’re likely to find it—or some variation of it—on this inventive, delicious menu.

Located at 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA, 90803.

7. Playa Amor

Thomas Ortega is a critically-acclaimed chef, and Playa Amor is his baby.

This Mexican Cocino tops many lists of the best places to eat in Long Beach, CA, and it’s easy to see why. This elevated Mexican cuisine is equal parts traditional and fresh, classic and refined. They’re famous for several dishes—including, but not limited to, Mole Tots, a Chile Relleno Burger, and plenty of menu items featuring lobster.

Additionally, their bar is nothing to scoff at, with Mezcal Mules, margaritas, sangrias, and more. Enjoy!

Located at 6527 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA, 90803.

8. The Breakfast Bar

Welcome to The Breakfast Bar, which is conveniently open every day from 6 AM-12 AM. That’s right—you can have breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for dinner!

Their food is modeled after recipes that have been passed down for generations, from their grandmothers to their aunts and finally, to them. Co-owned by a long-time Long Beach couple, their menu is homey and comforting as can be.

Pair your go-to meal with a signature cocktail, so curated after the owners’ extensive experience in the bar industry.

Located at 70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

9. The Ordinarie

The Ordinarie is an American tavern featuring everything you’d ever expect from an American inn—tasty food paired with beer, wine, or spirits. Rest assured, their production is anything but ordinary, too.

Whether you want a simple salad, a patty melt, or a stuffed quail, you’ll find it here. Their menu satisfies those with both adventurous and classic tastebuds, meaning that everyone in your party is sure to enjoy it. 

Located at 210 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

10. James Republic

If you couldn’t tell, Long Beach has a thing for craft beer, which you’ll also find at this delicious American restaurant.

James Republic focuses on ‘sustainable dining,’ something we can all get behind. They’re also incredibly local-focused, with a daily-changing menu that reflects the freshest ingredients currently available. They buy from local artisans and farmers and cook only grass-fed beach.

Look for the Courtyard Marriott hotel, as that’s where you’ll find them.

Located at 500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

These Are the Best Places to Eat in Long Beach: Where Will You Dine Tonight?

These local-approved spots are fantastic, whether you’re a long-time resident or a newbie to the area. 

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