If you’re looking to impress somebody or finally wear that dress you bought for a wedding and never used, head to Michael’s. This Long Beach staple located on the mostly-residential Naples Island has been around for years, but is still the standard for special occasion dining in the area. Are they doing anything particularly different with their food? No. But sometimes it’s just nice to sit on an open-air rooftop patio, drink martinis, eat a whole branzino, and pretend you own one of those yachts down on the water.
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Thai District is a very good Thai restaurant in downtown Long Beach with affordable prices and an upscale atmosphere ideal for a casual date night.
Enrique’s is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Long Beach, and home to a pork shank that will temporarily solve all of your life’s problems.
James Republic is one the more reliable brunch spots in downtown Long Beach and a great place to catch the game too.
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Margot is a rooftop Mediterranean restaurant in Culver City with beautiful views, great cocktails, and OK food.
Franco On Melrose
Franco On Melrose serves very solid Italian food and a whole lot of it. Why is no one ever here?
Orsa & Winston
Orsa & Winston is an Italian-Japanese restaurant in DTLA that’s just as good for a casual lunch as it is for a special occasion dinner.
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The Attic is one of the most popular brunch spots in Long Beach, and home to the Mac N’ Cheetos, a dish that tastes much better than it sounds.
Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
The Bake N Broil is a Long Beach institution for diner classics and incredible pies and cakes.
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