After a day full of sunshine and ocean air in Long Beach, California, where do you go to relax and have a bite to eat? There are plenty of fine restaurants throughout this seaside town, but with so many options, it’s tough to decide. Here are five places you must try during your stay.
The Sky Room
Located in the Downtown area, this restaurant sits up 15 floors overlooking the city and shoreline. Surrounded by quality Long Beach hotels, you won’t have to go far to find this romantic spot. The Sky Room boasts a wine list with over 1,800 choices available and a martini bar with house-infused spirits. Share a charcuterie board and artisan cheeses with someone special while taking in the view. End your meal on a sweet note with their chocolate therapy dessert featuring hand-crafted dark chocolate ganache, Maracaibo Grand Cru truffle, and chocolate mousse, paired with a vintage port.
Offering fresh fish and delicious rolls, Sushi Kinoya will leave your mouth watering. Try the crazy spicy tuna roll for an extra kick, or the Las Vegas roll for deep-fried goodness. To continue your Japanese experience, you can take a post-dinner stroll through the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden just down the street.
Beer Belly is the perfect place to satisfy your guiltiest cravings, and it’s open late for after-hours snacks. Named the Best New Craft Beer Bar in LA, this place always has the newest beers from breweries all over the U.S. If the distinct brews weren’t enough to draw you in, the chef has a way with comfort food. Try the death by duck appetizer, featuring fries tossed in duck fat with duck skin crackling topped with duck confit. Finish off with a deep-fried Pop-Tart topped with ice-cream and Nutella.
For a chance to try dishes that bring together two of the most mouth-watering types of fare, check out Seoulmate and its Korean-Mexican cuisine. Kimchi in a burrito? Yes, they did. Their spicy chicken burrito wraps chicken thighs, cilantro-lime rice, house sauce, sriracha, and kimchi all together in a flour tortilla. Find them on 7th Street near the Recreation 9 Park Golf Course.
Ballast Point Tasting Room
Looking out at the ocean from Alamitos Bay, Ballast Point has breathtaking views. The Tasting Room located there features beers from Ballast Point brewery and a menu full of goodies that will complement your brew of choice. The menu changes with the season so they can always offer fresh dishes like Alaskan Wild King Salmon and Lobster Roll. Find a beer you like? Purchase a growler to take home and enjoy even after your visit. If you’re interested in brewing your own beer, grab a starter kit from their Home Brew Mart.
Long Beach, California, is home to beautiful ocean views, famous historical sites, and stunning beaches. While you enjoy your visit, also be sure to treat yourself to dinner and drinks at any of these eclectic restaurants.