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Seafood and Beyond - What and Where to Eat in Long Beach

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Long Beach has a diverse culture with Latin, Asian, and Caribbean populations, and they all influence its dining scene. Beyond all-American favorites like burgers and fries, you'll find inspired California cuisine, classic Cambodian dishes, and even Peruvian fare. Venture into the city's eclectic neighborhoods and experience a culinary adventure all your own.

Typical dishes

 

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 of the city's seafood restaurants.

Downtown Long Beach

 

The heart and soul of Long Beach, downtown offers a plethora of dining options near the waterfront. Options here 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.

 

  • 555 East Steakhouse, 555 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802; Tel: +1 562 437 0626; Website: 555 East Steakhouse
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  • Long Beach farmers market, W. 3rd St between Pacific Av and Cedar Av, Long Beach, CA; Website: Long Beach farmers market

 

Belmont Shore

 

Like the rest of Long Beach, Belmont Shore is home to an eclectic assortment of restaurants. Dining 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, where menu items include fried sticky sesame salmon and Algerian chicken tajine.

 

  • George's Greek Café, 5316 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803; Tel: +1 562 433 1755; Website: George's Greek Café
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  • Michael's on Naples Ristorante, 5620 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803; Tel: +1 562 439 7080; Website: Michael's on Naples Ristorante

 

4th Street Retro Row

 

This area 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. You can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at cafés like the Flea. 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.

 

  • Restauration, 2708 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814; Tel: +1 562 439 8822; Website: Restauration
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  • Social List, 2105 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814; Tel: +1 562 433 5478; Website: Social List

 

Cambodia Town

 

Long Beach is nicknamed "the Cambodian capital of the United States," and if you're looking for authentic 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. Standouts include Monorom Cambodian Restaurant and Phnom Penh Noodle Shack.

 

  • Monorom Cambodian Restaurant, 2150 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804; Tel: +1 562 434 1919; Website: Monorom Cambodian Restaurant
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  • Phnom Penh Noodle Shack, 1644 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813; Tel: +1 562 433 0032; Website: Phnom Penh Noodle Shack