Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Michael's on Naples Ristorante

5620 E. 2nd St. Send to Phone
562-439-7080 | Menu
Sophisticated Italian restaurant a stone's throw from the pretty canals of Naples.


Dinner Wed.-Sun., Brunch Sun.

* Click here for rating key

Michael's on Naples Ristorante, Long Beach, CA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Michael's on Naples Ristorante Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Along the romantic canals of the picturesque Naples neighborhood of Long Beach, you can ride in a gondola serenaded by real Italian gondoliers. Michael's on Naples Ristorante offers an authentic Italian culinary experience to match the environs. This is a busy restaurant with plenty of hustle and bustle. The elegant two-story venue's downstairs is awash in whites and golds, sensuous Murano glass lamps, and crisp linens. There's also a bar, a "Chef's Gallery" room decorated with art that's for sale, and a table near the kitchen known as the "Chef's Table." Upstairs, a rooftop terrace with a dining area and bar beneath a retractable roof and an open-air lounge with fire pits hosts a well-heeled local crowd that knows how to enjoy wine and lively conversation. Owner Michael Dene warmly greets his guests tableside.

Food & Drinks: Farm-fresh ingredients are sourced for the kitchen. Start with the spinach salad with pancetta dressing, poached duck egg, pickled red onions and Pecorino, then continue with house-made pastas like orecchiette with pork sausage, rapini and garlic. Secondi may range from Mediterranean sea bass with fagiolini and kumquats to roasted half chicken, potatoes and baby zucchini. Italian donuts with orange glaze are a standout among the desserts. Five-course pasta or chef's tasting menus are also available, with the option of wine pairings. The wine list features a great selection of Italian wines, including Super Tuscans, as well as Champagnes and a decent range of California wines. If it's earlier in the day --- or you're just in the mood for pizza --- stop by the casual sister spot Michael's Pizzeria two doors down. (There's a second location in downtown Long Beach.)

Halloween food and parties in Los Angeles

Check out the Halloween happenings taking place in the LA area throughout October. Find spooky dishes, cocktails and festivities in Los Angeles on GAYOT's list.

Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.