The dining scene in Long Beach has been influenced by the city’s diverse culture, with Latin, Asian, and Caribbean populations all showing their influence here. Beyond all-American favourites like burgers and fries, you'll find inspired California cuisine, classic Cambodian dishes, and even Peruvian fare. Venture into the city's eclectic neighbourhoods and experience a culinary adventure all your own.

    Long Beach is on the Pacific Ocean, so seafood is a must. Try fresh oysters or an Asian-influenced dish like miso-glazed sea bass. You'll find both on the menu at many seafood restaurants in Long Beach. Read on as we guide you on where to find Long Beach’s best local food scenes. 

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    Downtown Long Beach

    Fantastic restaurants with ocean views

    • Food

    Downtown Long Beach is home to more than 100 restaurants. Here, you can find familiar chains along with speciality Latin and Greek eateries as well as steakhouses with unbeatable views. Options run the gamut from Greek and French to barbecue and pizza, so there's something to tempt any palate.

    You can enjoy a prime steak dinner, complete with sides like scalloped potatoes, at 555 East Steakhouse. If you're in town on a Friday, don't miss the downtown Long Beach Farmers Market on W. 3rd Street, where you can stroll the stands and sample tamales, Korean barbecue, and fresh local fruit.

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    Café Sevilla

    Dining and dancing in Downtown Long Beach

    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Café Sevilla offers traditional Spanish food and live entertainment for an up-tempo evening of dining and dancing. This restaurant and bar has a traditional dining room, as well as a tapas bar and a nightclub. There's salsa dancing on select evenings, rumba-style guitar on the weekends, and renowned flamenco dance shows, complete with a full meal, on Saturday evenings.

    One of 3 Café Sevilla restaurants found in California, this Long Beach outlet is walking distance from the waterfront, close to Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Centre.

    Location: 140 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

    Phone: +1 562-495-1111

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    Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge on The Queen Mary

    Fine dining with a touch of nostalgia

    • Food
    • Couples
    • History
    • Luxury

    Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge is the flagship restaurant on the Queen Mary, a historic retired ocean liner. This elegant restaurant has stunning views over the Long Beach promenade and a menu of luxury seafood. This restaurant ranks highly for romantic dates, birthdays and anniversaries. A highlight of the restaurant takes place every Sunday, when you can treat yourself to a luxury brunch complete with lobster, oysters, roast meats and all the Champagne you can handle.

    Launched in 1936, the Queen Mary was the instant vessel of choice for Hollywood stars and British royalty alike. During World War II, she was converted to a troopship. There are rumours she’s still haunted. And yes, there’s a tour for that.

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    Location: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

    Phone: +1 877-342-0738

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    Cambodia Town

    An Asian food hot spot in Long Beach

    • Food
    • Budget

    Long Beach is nicknamed "the Cambodian capital of the United States", and if you're looking for authentic Asian-style dining, this is the place to find it. Along this stretch of Anaheim Street, you'll find numerous restaurants serving traditional dishes like nom banh chok, a breakfast dish made of rice noodles, green curry, lemongrass, and kaffir lime.

    Standout restaurants in Cambodia Town include Monorom Cambodian Restaurant and Phnom Penh Noodle Shack. This dining hotspot in Long Beach is not only budget-friendly, it’s a fascinating cultural adventure into this Asian enclave a few miles inland from Downtown.

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    Belmont Shore

    2nd Street has a fantastic range of restaurants

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    The dining scene in Belmont Shore, like the rest of Long Beach, is home to an eclectic assortment of restaurants. The main thoroughfare of 2nd Street runs straight through Belmont Shore and is lined on both sides with esteemed dining spots. Options here include Greek food at George's Greek Café and Italian fare at La Strada and Michael's on Naples Ristorante.

    For a fusion dining experience, you can try Mediterranean dishes with a California twist at Boubouffe Mediterranean Grille, where menu items include fried sticky sesame salmon and Algerian chicken tajine.

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    4th Street Retro Row

    Come here for breakfast and brunch favourites

    • Food

    The 4th Street Retro Row runs between Cherry and Junipero Avenues. You'll find a host of unique shops and the 1920s Art Theatre, plus an assortment of locally-owned restaurants here. This is the best area in Long Beach to find breakfast and brunch. You can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at cafés like the charming Wide Eyes Open Palms, or enjoy a touch of nostalgia at Jerry’s Place, an old-school diner with incredible pancakes and waffles.

    If a full meal is in order, try modern takes on American classics at Restauration or gourmet sausages and small plates at The Social List, a European-style tavern.

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