Food/Wine

La Traviata

When

Ongoing

Mondays–Fridays (11:30am–2pm & 5–9pm)

Saturdays–Sundays (5pm)

Where

La Traviata

301 Cedar Ave

562.432.8022

Price

Various prices

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La Traviata is an elegant but unstuffy restaurant in downtown Long Beach presided over by Mario, the gregarious long-time restaurant owner for whom attentive service is a point of pride. Among the menu highlights are the ravioli trio appetizer: one with lobster and mascarpone, one stuffed with duck, and another with veal and porcini mushrooms. Their miso-glazed sea bass entrée is stellar, as are their lamb chop and Angus filet mignon. The desserts are an unusually strong point, with selections including an amazing fig gelato, a classic tiramisu, and a superior Italian cheesecake. La Traviata looks like a special-occasion restaurant, with its glamorous décor modeled on a 19th century opera house, but it's also a charming venue for early-evening cocktails and nibbles, with ten well-priced appetizers and two-for-one drinks at happy hour.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

Note:

Closing hours on Saturdays and Sundays vary according to the owner's discretion.

La Traviata says…

Welcome to La Traviata, the only restaurant in Long Beach providing the best of the city's operatic singers and pianists for your entertainment. We offer live singers with piano accompaniment on Friday and Saturday evenings, with solo piano every weekday night but Monday. The ambiance is not only felt in sight and feel, but through the sense of hearing as well. Our cuisine is Nouveau Italian. Traditional fare with a Californian twist, we like to say. Our wine list has been awarded by Wine Spectator Magazine as one of the only six establishments in the city to hold their honor of distinction. We pride ourselves in the successful endeavor of making our food as good.