Upscale Restaurant in Long Beach, CA
Help... I have a first date and need a nice upscale restaurant in Long Beach.. or somewhere else half way between LA and Irvine.
By Upscale, do you mean atmosphere and price along with great food?
There are many in Long Beach. To name a few...
Delius...pre fiaux and menu
Sevilia...tapas and a regualr menu. They also have a dinner show
Papadakis in San Pedro
There is a restaurant called 555 East in Long Beach on Ocean. Great steak house, nice bar, excellent food and service. I've been going there for years, probably since it opened and have never had a bad meal/experience.
"nice upscale" is kind of vague. depends on what your date wants. If he/she is not a foodie, they'll probably like Lasher's, which has really terrific service and food that's OK but seems more sophisticated than it is. If they're hard-core French foodie, they'll like Frenchie's just fine. If they're more hipster, try Number 9 Noodle on Fourth Street. If they're more conservative, try 555 for steaks. Or if it's a bit more hang-loose date, try King's Fish House, which is noisy enough to provide cover if conversation stumbles.
I had a really good experience at Utopia in Long Beach...recommended it to another chow foodie and they were really pleased with it as well.
Utopia Good Food & Fine Art
445 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Can highly recommend Cafe Piccolo on Broadway, Long Beach. Have been there several times and the food is always fantastic. Very romantic and the prices are even not that bad.
East 555 in Downtown LB is also very good, but little bit more pricier. Much cheaper to go there for lunch.