Ellie's

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Ellie's is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant by chef & owner Jason Witzl located in the Alamitos Beach district of Long Beach. Understanding the value of curating ingredients grown and handled with care, Ellie’s features the products of an assortment of farmers, fisherman, and butchers unique in their methods.

In his first independent effort Chef Jason hopes to fill guests with a warm familial feeling. He extends a full heart to the dining room and his energy is palpable, bouncing from kitchen to table describing the food and his love of all things it encompasses. Playfulness, authenticity, and unrestrained laughter pour through the kitchen and onto your plate.
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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this cute restaurant in Long Beach. I've been here multiple times and failed to enjoy my food. Love the outside dining during summer time.

g
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nicely prepared dishes with interesting mix of ingredients and flavors. We had a roasted baby eggplant dish to start, which was excellent, and then a handmade pasta with scallops & crab in a delicious lemony tomato sauce. Baby rack of lamb was tasty (smallish portion with not much meat) but pricey at $60, especially since it was overcooked. Dessert was excellent, service was superior, even though the kitchen seemed a bit overwhelmed and there was too long a wait in between first and second courses. Overall, we love finding small, honest, neighborhood places like this that focus on providing thoughtful, handcrafted dishes that are obviously prepared with pride and care.

KN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Ellie’s never disappoints. While we were waiting for our table, the hostess, I believe her name was Evelyn let us taste some wines before committing to ordering a bottle. By the time we were done with our wine tasting our table was ready. The pasta and salads that our group ordered were tremendously good and a little unusual. That is what is nice about Ellie’s, they think outside the box when preparing their dishes. Cannot wait to go back.
The service is consistently good, the food tremendously good and you just cannot beat sitting outside on a warm September evening enjoying a nice Italian meal with friends.

m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the restaurant and we were happy we chose to come. We arrived right on time for our reservation and were seated shortly after on the patio. The service was fantastic, including the hosts, bussers, and waitstaff. All were attentive, polite, helpful, and quick. We ordered a bit too much food, but so much of the menu looked delicious. The grilled bread and bone marrow were tasty, and a good deal for the price. The tomato salad similarly was delicious, and a good size. We had two different pasta dishes...while good, we both felt they were a bit over salted and had perhaps too much sauce relative to the amount of pasta. However, both were flavorful and we were happy with our choices. The bread pudding at the end was nice, although my wife was wanting a bit more ice cream (or was it gelato?) to go with it. Overall, it was a very nice night out and we definitely plan on returning to try more of the menu.

R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect early evening dinner

VC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Underwhelming. I had the chopped salad which appeared not to be chopped and it was disappointing overall.
Also had the lasagne which was layer upon layer of pasta with only a suggestion of other ingredients. Shortcuts were obvious. I will not return.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food, service and a very creative menu all leads to a very happy palate. HOWEVER... The location leaves much to be desired as there is no parking whatsoever. Both Indoor/outdoor seating is super cramped and a real nasty issue with flies. I wouldn’t normally comment on the flies but this has been an issue in multiple visits. At some point they’re going to have to stop banking on the great food being the only draw. They need to up their game... great food will only go so far. It’s a “dining experience”.. not an “eating experience” we all desire. If just filling our belly is all we wanted we can stay home. PLEASE, move to a better, cleaner, parkable... diners who will pay for $40-$65 entrees, will not forgive nor overlook these glaring shortfalls forever... love to see them move and make this the great place it has the potential to be.

ND
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this neighborhood restaurant! Parking sucks so either walk or Uber/Lyft. Italian cuisine done up uniquely and deliciously. Wine list is not extensive but sufficient.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we arrived the service was exceptional.
The hostess was delightful, funny and helpful.
Sean, our waiter, was very knowledgeable of the menu and couldn’t have been more attentive to our needs.
The food was spectacular, the combination of spices was like nothing I have ever had. The Calabrian Jam in the Agnolotti was incredible.
We sat outside on a pleasant night and the ambiance was warm and accepting.
I can not say Mor

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dining experience at Ellie’s! The food is always wonderful, flavors exploding in your mouth! The service is the best, always making us feel like we are their only priority. A must go!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything worked out perfectly. The food offered everyone something they liked. The flavor profiles and textures were awesome. We loved the creativity and whimsical fun of the food!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We eat at Eliies a lot but we feel as outstanding as the food is the service and ambiance are just not there. The music was loud and the staff was dancing and joking. It’s unfortunate because our bill is always over $200. The food is absolutely worth it but the experience should be too. One night the service was exceptional but this time we brought new neighbors and it was just bad. They also have got to figure out the fly problem. Shut the door or something but when your eating a fine meal you don’t want flies.
Not for these prices. Best Italian in LB!!!

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely outstanding food and wine selections with a charming neighborhood feel. Please take a ride-share service because parking is totally impossible. The 30 minutes (no joke) you will be late to your reservation finding a spot will dampen your mood. The food is too good for that!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Ellie’s! Delicious food & fabulous service. Excellent wine choices! We sat outside and had a wonderful experience! Will definitely be back❤️👏🏻

SP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Food. Really friendly staff! Will definitely go back!

OT
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Glacial kitchen grinding out good food.

TT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, and Adam (our server) made it exceptionally awesome!

KA
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Everyone is so hot on this place. It's just OK.
Décor - gray
Outside dining - off dirty sidewalk with cars driving by
Food - ok, but nothing to fight for parking over

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fun sitting outside but one of the pa

ED
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was EVERYTHING and more, then what was expected.
As it had gotten a bit cooler, I opted to sit indoors. I enjoyed it-the energy was amazing and just electrifying. My Mom did not enjoy it was much. Though as the meal progressed the volume lowered, and she could hear herself-again.
So from the appetizer- a flavorful corn & risotto arancini - the salad of green & wax beans -sugar snap peas, shallots, pean tendrils - Our pasta entries a tagliatelle with shrimp and my orecchiette with sausage to the shut the barn door and paint it red - AMAZING roasted bread which was in theory to dip into the pasta sauce though did not make it as it was served with this delightful pork butter and pickled veggies. Everything was just bursting with flavor.

WB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I loved the food. The lamb chops were superb. The wine is overpriced and $25 for corkage is exorbitant.

l
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was okay. The prices were way too high. The server was very kind. The restaurant was crowded and much too loud. The bathroom was clean.

i
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my all time fav restaurant in the area. I live for the brunch and we go every weekend. The pasta is all homemade with creative dishes. The service is second to none. I have been coming here for a year plus and I love it more and more each time I go. They are very accommodating with menu items as in leaving things out for dietary needs. The outdoor seating area is amazing in the summer! Just a really amazing spot! Highly recommended by a very fussy eater!

AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

The staples I always get were great. Bone Marrow, Oysters were great, The actual pasta dishes were alright. Not as good as they have been before. The dish with the beef tongue has cold and hard peas. Not sure if they were suppose to be like that. I've been here a handful of times, probably my least favorite experience.

Trying not to give up on it yet.

L
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing I can say but kudos for our experience at Ellies! The food service and atmosphere was energetic and wonderful! The lasagna, cauliflower, and vegetable salad were all outstanding! A must except-leave the car at home and take Uber or Lyft!

AY
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is yummy..want to try a lot more things so I'll be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

4th time here in 6 weeks. Always great.

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth visit in last six weeks, fantastic....looking forward to the 5th

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Food was exceptional. I do wish they had more vegan choices. We told our neighbors and they went the next night and also loved it!

MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times for dinner and finally had a chance to try the brunch. It did not disappoint. Hannah was a great server!

P
Los Angeles
132 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our delicious dinner on the outdoor patio. Evelyn was particularly helpful in helping us figure out where to park and modifying our reservation.
We would definitely return!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Debated on going somewhere else when I had my best friend visiting from out of town, since I took her to Ellie's last time she was here, but we all agreed that Ellie's is consistently good so there was no need for further discussion. Love this place. Go here!

AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and flavorful food, wonderful service. Highly recommend.

JP
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

An improvement over my last visit. Although we only ordered couple pasta dishes (pappardelle and gnocchi) and dessert, we still enjoyed the food.
Corkage a bit steep for this place.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

food was fantasic, adam was a great server but you could tell he was a little slammed. we were seated by the kitchen so it was pretty loud with lots of movement. wish we had booked a table in a corner or on the patio, but overall we had a fun time!

LI
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Ellie's. It was our first time and we had such a wonderful evening. The food was truly excellent and plentiful. We started with meatballs and several exquisite pastas. Every dish was an array of complex flavors and All were DELICIOUS!!
Our waiter and all the staff were professional, knowledgeable about the food and efficient. We will be back!!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously. Amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal layering of flavors. Already a favorite dinner destination, now a new favorite brunch spot. Don’t miss the habanero sauce!

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ellie's has become my favorite restaurant in Long Beach and is great for either brunch or dinner. Amazing quality and the service is consistently above par.

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