Top 10 Long Beach Restaurants to Dine Outdoors
The right mix of summer weather, a table by the beach, and a few plates of outstanding food is one of the truly great combinations in life. Luckily for us, it's not too hard to find the right spot to soak up the sun and some culinary creativity right here in Long Beach! With no shortage of waterfront restaurants, beachfront breweries, and cafe patios, we've put together a list of some of our favorite local hangouts to kick back, grab a bite, and enjoy the al fresco dining experience in Socal style.
Boathouse on the Bay
Located on Alamitos Bay, Boathouse on the Bay serves up fine steak and seafood with an outstanding view of the water. Their wraparound outdoor patio is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail, tuck into some freshly shucked oysters and hand rolled sushi, and watch the yachts drift by.
Belmont Brewing Co
Schooner or Later
If you love brunch as much as we do, Schooner is a must on your outdoor dining tour of Long Beach. Serving a combination of griddled goodies, diner classics, and beach fare favorites alongside their schooner sized beers and mimosas, there's a reason it's a Long Beach weekend staple among locals. The view of the boats moored in the bay doesn't hurt either.
A recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Parkers’ Lighthouse is known for its mesquite grilled fresh seafood and breathtaking views of Long Beach Harbor. With a menu driven by fresh Southern California seafood and local ingredients, an extensive sushi and sashimi selection, and a two story wine cellar, you'll be sure to find the perfect dish and libation to pair with the outdoor waterfront view.
While it may be a break from our waterfront theme, Restauration's beautifully planted patio space with vertical gardens featuring fresh herbs and seasonal produce more than makes up for its distance from the beach. Their adventurous and creative menu with standouts like duck confit and waffles, chili spiced octopus, and oxtail doughnuts are the perfect accompaniment to the garden atmosphere.
Specializing in grass fed beef, sustainable seafood, and dishes made from naturally grown and raised ingredients, James Republic is a great spot to indulge your inner foodie, guilt free. With a daily changing menu reflecting the best available ingredients on the market, you can enjoy the best weather of the season on the patio while sampling seasonally inspired dishes.
Another Long Beach favorite offering fantastic views of Long Beach Harbor, the lighthouse, and the Queen Mary, Gladstone's serves American steakhouse classics, a large selection of fresh fish, and a wide array of libation friendly appetizers to share while you take in the scenery from the patio.
The Attic on Broadway
Another detour from the waterfront, the indulgent Southern inspired menu and relaxed patio atmosphere at the Attic is reason enough to skip the beach. Don't miss out on their creative spin on regional classics like shrimp and grits, short rib poutine, and chicken fried steak benedict while you sip one of their house made sparkling lemonades.
Specializing in California surf and turf cuisine with a Polynesian twist, The Reef's patio is an ideal spot to soak up a dramatic view of the harbor and the Long Beach skyline by day, and watch the twinkling harbor and city lights dance across the water by night. With an extensive classic cocktail menu and extravagant dishes like filet oscar— a fillet topped with crab, asparagus tips, and bearnaise sauce— you'll have a meal to match the view.