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16 Essential Restaurants in Long Beach’s Diverse Dining Scene

From Cambodian to outstanding breads and a Soulful daytime joint, where to eat well in Long Beach

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While the D-O-double-G may have rapped about all the drama in the LBC (Long Beach, California), we think the restaurants deserve special attention. The Los Angeles-bordering city offers so much to Southern California, whether innovative breweries, arguably the region’s best Cambodian fare, and adjacency to the Pacific Ocean. Here now, the 16 essential Long Beach restaurants, presented from west to east.

Added: A&J Seafood, Fluffy’s Sno-Balls, Gusto Bread, Little Coyote, The Nest, Tacos La Carreta

Removed: Beer Belly (closed), Gus’s, La Bodega Saguichería (closed), Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, Michael’s On Naples, PowWow Pizza Company (closed), Roe’s Seafood

A number of LA restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns for all involved. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Edna's Filipino Cuisine

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2540 Santa Fe Ave
Long Beach, CA 90810
(562) 424-3177
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From pork cracklin’s to Filipino spaghetti to fried rice, Edna’s Filipino Cuisine is a casual stop with serious options, including a whole lechon. Just a note, Edna’s crew needs a week’s notice to roast a whole roast pig to eat at home.

2. The Ordinarie

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210 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 676-4261
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Taverns work well in any city, and Long Beach’s Ordinarie is a perfect fit in Downtown’s Promenade. It’s the spot to find comfort food like the pot roast plate, lobster roll, or a pot pie. Behind the bar, cocktails were recently given a revamp to accompany the quality beer selection.

3. Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites

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285 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 435-0808
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Owners Dima and Sam Habibeh’s Downtown LB restaurant Ammatoli has a menu straight from the Levant region that encompasses Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, with dishes that have a familiar and delicious Mediterranean ring.

4. Fluffy's Sno-Balls

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1208 Long Beach Blvd Ste. B
Long Beach, CA 90813
(424) 206-0333
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Owner and New Orleans-native Kevyn Lee moved to Southern California after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. One thing he missed dearly: sno-balls. They’re ubiquitous in Lee’s hometown, so he opened his shop adjacent to Long Beach’s Cambodia Town with 35 sno-ball flavors, gourmet pralines, cheesecake, and even ice cream-filled sno-balls.

Fluffy’s Sno-Balls in Long Beach, California.
Fluffy’s Sno-Balls: A New Orleans Original
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5. Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House

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621 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA
(562) 495-7872
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While Sura may not compete with some of Koreatown’s finest dining gems, one of Long Beach’s only Korean restaurant does just fine, introducing the community to bubbling tofu soups, bibimbap, and even Korean tacos and sopes. Anything to save a trip up north to K-Town (or south to Garden Grove).

6. Seabirds Kitchen

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975 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 317-5545
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Seabirds Kitchen is a pleasant spot inside and out. With a cheery staff and beach decor, they’ve been cranking out avocado tacos and jackfruit sliders since the early food truck days, and fits nicely into this eastern part of Fourth Street (as well as the Lab in Costa Mesa).

Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official photo]

7. La Esperanza Restaurant

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1626 Orange Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 269-0486
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Adriana Moran opened Torrance’s La Esperanza Bakery in 1994, with a second right in the center of Long Beach in 2017. Moran continues to serve Guatemalan and Salvadoran dishes in a cozy setting.

8. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

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1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 433-0032
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Phnom Penh Noodle Shack started out as a five-seat restaurant in 1985, and eventually worked up to being a neighborhood favorite. The family-operated restaurant is right in the heart of Long Beach’s Cambodia Town where Phnom Penh offers some of cities best rice porridge, stir fry noodles, noodles in soup, and the classic Cambodian ba-bong.

9. Little Coyote

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2118 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 434-2009
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Right after opening in 2020, Little Coyote’s Casual New York-style pizza regularly sold out of pies. The operation proved so popular, a second location is on the way, so that means more pizzas, salads, pasta, and well-priced beer for Long Beach.

10. Gusto Bread

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2710 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 343-1881
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Head baker Arturo Enciso prepares far more than just bread at Gusto. Long before moving into in a larger space last year, the Long Beach bakery garnered national attention for its pastries, boules, baguettes, and cookies. Stop by to take a look at the day’s inventory, or head to the website for pre-orders.

Baguettes at Gusto Bread in Long Beach, California
Gusto Bread
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11. Joe Jost's

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2803 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA
(562) 439-5446
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This dive bar mainstay has a place in the hearts of many, both old and young. The bar dates to 1924, making it one of the oldest continuously-operating hospitality spaces in Los Angeles County, and to this day plenty of newcomers arrive for cheap beer, sausages, and a well-worn ambiance.

12. A&J Seafood Shack

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3201 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 386-2000
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A&J Seafood Shack owner Vannak Tan’s 280-square-foot stall produces a slew of fantastic dishes including family Cambodian recipes, along with traditional from Phnom Penh to Oahu’s North Shore.

A&J Seafood Shack, Long Beach
A&J Seafood Shack
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13. Sophy's Fine Thai & Cambodian Restaurant

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3240 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA
(562) 494-1763
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Dubbed the Cambodian capital of the United States, Long Beach is home to one of the largest populations of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. As such, it is quite the place to get a taste of the herbaceous, curry-heavy cuisine. Sophy’s is widely considered to be the standout restaurant, with everything from morning breakfast soup to evening lok lak.

14. Tacos La Carreta

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3401 E 69th St
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 377-2819
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José Morales Jr. and Sr. opened their taco cart (la carreta) in a Compton tire shop six years ago. The father and son ugraded to a truck last year where they produce some of Southern California’s best Mazatlán-style tacos. The truck is typically parked on the northernmost border of Long Beach, where they serve chorreadas, vampiros, tacos de carne asada, and papas locas. Check the Instagram for hours and availability.

Tacos La Carreta truck
Tacos La Carreta truck
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15. The Nest: A Breakfast Joint

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9260 Alondra Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 804-5097
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The vibes are impeccable at the Nest. Owner Antonio Appling is all about breakfast, and channels an undeniably Black Southern menu. But the food is also distinctly Southern California. Biscuits and gravy are incredible, but don’t skip on the breakfast torta with roasted pork.

16. Sushi Kinoya

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5521 E Stearns St
Long Beach, CA
(562) 598-8169

This unfussy strip mall gem is a solid standby for maki rolls and cheap-as-heck lunch specials. 

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1. Edna's Filipino Cuisine

2540 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810

From pork cracklin’s to Filipino spaghetti to fried rice, Edna’s Filipino Cuisine is a casual stop with serious options, including a whole lechon. Just a note, Edna’s crew needs a week’s notice to roast a whole roast pig to eat at home.

2540 Santa Fe Ave
Long Beach, CA 90810

2. The Ordinarie

210 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802

Taverns work well in any city, and Long Beach’s Ordinarie is a perfect fit in Downtown’s Promenade. It’s the spot to find comfort food like the pot roast plate, lobster roll, or a pot pie. Behind the bar, cocktails were recently given a revamp to accompany the quality beer selection.

210 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802

3. Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites

285 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Owners Dima and Sam Habibeh’s Downtown LB restaurant Ammatoli has a menu straight from the Levant region that encompasses Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, with dishes that have a familiar and delicious Mediterranean ring.

285 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

4. Fluffy's Sno-Balls

1208 Long Beach Blvd Ste. B, Long Beach, CA 90813
Fluffy’s Sno-Balls in Long Beach, California.
Fluffy’s Sno-Balls: A New Orleans Original
Courtesy of Fluffy’s Sno-Balls

Owner and New Orleans-native Kevyn Lee moved to Southern California after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. One thing he missed dearly: sno-balls. They’re ubiquitous in Lee’s hometown, so he opened his shop adjacent to Long Beach’s Cambodia Town with 35 sno-ball flavors, gourmet pralines, cheesecake, and even ice cream-filled sno-balls.

1208 Long Beach Blvd Ste. B
Long Beach, CA 90813

5. Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House

621 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA

While Sura may not compete with some of Koreatown’s finest dining gems, one of Long Beach’s only Korean restaurant does just fine, introducing the community to bubbling tofu soups, bibimbap, and even Korean tacos and sopes. Anything to save a trip up north to K-Town (or south to Garden Grove).

621 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA

6. Seabirds Kitchen

975 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official photo]

Seabirds Kitchen is a pleasant spot inside and out. With a cheery staff and beach decor, they’ve been cranking out avocado tacos and jackfruit sliders since the early food truck days, and fits nicely into this eastern part of Fourth Street (as well as the Lab in Costa Mesa).

975 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802

7. La Esperanza Restaurant

1626 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Adriana Moran opened Torrance’s La Esperanza Bakery in 1994, with a second right in the center of Long Beach in 2017. Moran continues to serve Guatemalan and Salvadoran dishes in a cozy setting.

1626 Orange Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

8. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

1644 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Phnom Penh Noodle Shack started out as a five-seat restaurant in 1985, and eventually worked up to being a neighborhood favorite. The family-operated restaurant is right in the heart of Long Beach’s Cambodia Town where Phnom Penh offers some of cities best rice porridge, stir fry noodles, noodles in soup, and the classic Cambodian ba-bong.

1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

9. Little Coyote

2118 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Right after opening in 2020, Little Coyote’s Casual New York-style pizza regularly sold out of pies. The operation proved so popular, a second location is on the way, so that means more pizzas, salads, pasta, and well-priced beer for Long Beach.

2118 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

10. Gusto Bread

2710 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Baguettes at Gusto Bread in Long Beach, California
Gusto Bread
Farley Elliott

Head baker Arturo Enciso prepares far more than just bread at Gusto. Long before moving into in a larger space last year, the Long Beach bakery garnered national attention for its pastries, boules, baguettes, and cookies. Stop by to take a look at the day’s inventory, or head to the website for pre-orders.

2710 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

11. Joe Jost's

2803 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA

This dive bar mainstay has a place in the hearts of many, both old and young. The bar dates to 1924, making it one of the oldest continuously-operating hospitality spaces in Los Angeles County, and to this day plenty of newcomers arrive for cheap beer, sausages, and a well-worn ambiance.

2803 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA

12. A&J Seafood Shack

3201 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
A&J Seafood Shack, Long Beach
A&J Seafood Shack
Cathy Chaplin

A&J Seafood Shack owner Vannak Tan’s 280-square-foot stall produces a slew of fantastic dishes including family Cambodian recipes, along with traditional from Phnom Penh to Oahu’s North Shore.

3201 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

13. Sophy's Fine Thai & Cambodian Restaurant

3240 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA

Dubbed the Cambodian capital of the United States, Long Beach is home to one of the largest populations of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. As such, it is quite the place to get a taste of the herbaceous, curry-heavy cuisine. Sophy’s is widely considered to be the standout restaurant, with everything from morning breakfast soup to evening lok lak.

3240 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA

14. Tacos La Carreta

3401 E 69th St, Long Beach, CA 90805
Tacos La Carreta truck
Tacos La Carreta truck
Matthew Kang

José Morales Jr. and Sr. opened their taco cart (la carreta) in a Compton tire shop six years ago. The father and son ugraded to a truck last year where they produce some of Southern California’s best Mazatlán-style tacos. The truck is typically parked on the northernmost border of Long Beach, where they serve chorreadas, vampiros, tacos de carne asada, and papas locas. Check the Instagram for hours and availability.

3401 E 69th St
Long Beach, CA 90805

15. The Nest: A Breakfast Joint

9260 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

The vibes are impeccable at the Nest. Owner Antonio Appling is all about breakfast, and channels an undeniably Black Southern menu. But the food is also distinctly Southern California. Biscuits and gravy are incredible, but don’t skip on the breakfast torta with roasted pork.

9260 Alondra Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706

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16. Sushi Kinoya

5521 E Stearns St, Long Beach, CA

This unfussy strip mall gem is a solid standby for maki rolls and cheap-as-heck lunch specials. 

5521 E Stearns St
Long Beach, CA

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