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Alegria Cocina Latina

115 Pine Ave. Send to Phone
562-436-3388 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Downtown Long Beach destination for potent sangría, live music and traditional tapas.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
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Alegria Cocina Latina Restaurant Review

: At night, downtown Long Beach is a happening place, in part because of Alegria, a sister restaurant to adjacent L'Opera. Walk into the bar, with its murals of Spanish haciendas, pitchers of potent sangría and hot and cold tapas, and you're likely to be pulled up on stage, where a live band plays music for flamenco dancing. In the quieter dining room, sample chef Walter Cotta’s small plates, such as 'hole mole' (tortilla chips topped with shredded chicken and homemade Oaxacan mole sauce), shrimp ceviche with mango and jalapeños, and meatballs with roasted bell peppers and saffron. A sweet corn tamale soufflé with shrimp in a cayenne cream sauce makes for a hearty middle course. For your entrée, consider the paella Valenciana, layered with Spanish sausage, beef, chicken breast, sweet ham, clams and mussels. Finish strong with a silken flan or bread pudding with apples and bananas. The wine list has several Spanish varietals from different regions of the country. The tempo heats up as the night progresses.

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