Long Beach Restaurants for Celebrations

Long Beach restaurants make excellent venues for celebrations; weddings, retirements, birthdays, graduations, reunions, or any excuse to get together for a great time. If you’re looking to party large, Long Beach has a wide array of restaurants uniquely capable of welcoming big parties with Big Fun.



Able to accommodate large parties in its spacious dining room – 30 for a seated meal, 60 for a non-private reception–Bo-beau’s (144 Pine Ave.) lavish, eye-catching decor radiates a salon-meets-loungey vibe. Its equally spacious second story deck – 30 and 160 non-private – the “rooftap,” allows patrons to take in the surrounding skyline and street scene below while enjoying a drink from a bar that features 50 taps, 50-plus vodkas as well as hand crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine selection. In keeping with the spectacularly appointed restaurant and view, the California-French menu is delicious and comforting – Beef Tartare meets Vegan Mushroom Scallops – with its “Famous Brussel Sprouts” being a veritable must.



Ficklewood Ciderworks has an inviting vibe that is all at once urban and chic. The cidery regularly hosts comedy, magic and drag shows as well as karaoke nights and open mics. The place, which can accommodate up to 98 in its main room, another 20 on its patio, has a den-like feel with velvet armchairs and conversation spots offset against stylish wood barrels and shiny metal cidering machines. Ficklewood’s (720 E. Broadway) fruity brews are delicious without being sweet, and though they don’t make food, they offer select snacks from local vendors – and they have no problem with you bringing some in. By the way, because Ficklewood is designated as a winery, people of all ages are permitted.

Credit: Ficklewood Ciderworks



If you’re looking for a reaction when announcing the location of your party/celebration/event, you’d have a hard time finding a place that’ll get a wider-eyed reaction than L’Opera (101 Pine Ave.) The iconic eatery, established in 1990, is a Downtown landmark and has won numerous awards including being named one of North America’s top Italian restaurants by both Zagat and Epicurean magazine, and taking home the Golden Bachus Award for its wine selection. Parties of all kinds – from retirement to wedding receptions – are regularly held there, many in the semi-private Wine Cellar, which seats 60, and the private La Scala space which accommodates 90 people.



District Wine (144 Linden Ave) is a cozy wine bar and lounge in the historic Lafayette Building in the East Village Arts District. Its dark interior with a mix of tables, booths, and upholstered leather armchairs makes for an intimate space where people can comfortably mingle and enjoy boutique wines and tapas. District Wine can comfortably host 120 guests, 75 indoors and 45 outdoors, and their lounge space is ideal for small groups of 10 to 15. They provide custom menus for private wine tasting dinners or happy hours up to a large cocktail party with tray service and buffet style dining options.

CREDIT: District Wine


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