Signal Hill Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Signal Hill

April 15, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Signal Hill is a city (2.2 mi², 5.7 km²) in Los Angeles County, California located in the Greater Los Angeles area. Situated on a hill, the city is an enclave completely surrounded by the city of Long Beach. Signal Hill was incorporated on April 22, 1924, roughly three years after oil was discovered there. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,465.
Things to do in Signal Hill

1. Jongewaard's Bake N' Broil

3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807-3417 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 562-595-0396
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

Jongewaard's Bake N' Broil

Reviewed By Max G - Los Angeles, California

This place is always great, especially for pies and other baked goods. Their burgers are also delicious. Every time we get to Long Beach we make sure to stop by. The portions are large and the prices are small.

I think they make the best pies in the Los Angeles area. I'm partial to coconut cream, unless they have fresh peach or strawberry pie.

We also love to bring home some of their frozen chicken pot pies.

2. Nick's on 2nd

4901 E 2nd St, At corner of St. Joseph, Long Beach, CA 90803-5319 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 41 +1 562-856-9000
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 549 reviews

Nick's on 2nd

Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Nick's is located in the heart of Belmont Shore on 2nd st. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Reviewed By Lynn F - Parkland, FL

This small, unassuming place takes reservations and you definitely need them!! They have indoor and outside patio seating. We went here on a chilly evening so we opted for an inside booth. Good choice!! The waitress was delightful and helped us with suggestions. The tuna tartar was recommended and we surely see why. It was fabulous and a generous portion. Next time, I might make that my main meal. Speaking of main meals, we ordered the Hake and the Salmon. Both were tasty and cooked to perfection. The sides were good. I'm not sure I can come up with a word to best describe the warm butter cake for dessert. WOW!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!! SCRUMPTIOUS!! It was one of the best desserts we have ever had!! Simple, yet textures and taste that left us talking about this dessert for weeks!! My husband has even tried to find out how to make it, all to no avail. We ate here almost 3 weeks ago and we will forever remeber Nick's for the dessert. Maybe we'll have to come all the way from South Florida again just for the dessert!!

3. Black Bear Diner

1898 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755-1938 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 562-513-7001
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Black Bear Diner

Reviewed By TkOeUeCpH - Long Beach, California

The best pancakes i've had in a long time I ordered the pineapple upside down pancakes and a banana cream pie for delivery. Both were super delicious pancakes for superman waist with a good amount of both pineapple and cherry as well as whip cream. The banana cream pie was a mini personal pie that tasted really fresh ripe bananas cream was really light but so good. I would absolutely order both of those things again.

4. Creme De La Crepe

400 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802-4903 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 562-437-2222
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Creme De La Crepe

French Cuisine, Family Dinning, Creperie, Wine Bar

Reviewed By Huntani1 - Henderson, Nevada

We were attracted to the restaurant from the image and ambiance we saw on a nice spring night and the servers were fairly polite and recommended various dishes and people seated nearby also were happy to offer us suggestions. We shared a salad and the girls split the fish tacos. They were very generous with the portions with the split order but the girls did not like the flavor very much. I ate some of what was left and thought it was comparable to an average Rubio's fish taco but at a much higher price. Our salad was lacking in flavor and was reminiscent of a bagged salad but with a greater variety of greens. The dressing was forgettable and sparse. The dessert crepe was the best part of the meal but the crepes seemed over priced for what was provided. But that was a consistent theme throughout our experience. Overall we felt like we could have made a similar salad in our hotel room after a quick and cheap trip to Ralph's or Von's. It was a big letdown from the expectations.

5. Open Sesame

5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803-5316 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 34 +1 562-621-1698
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 385 reviews

Open Sesame

Reviewed By Kenneth Q - Long Beach

My co-workers and I tried the lunch special for take out.....everyone was quite happy with the flavors and quality of the food and service. Sydney helped us as we picked up everything, explaining all the add ins and sides, she was a delight......the fried potatoes are delicious along with our pita sandwiches. The chicken shwarma is fantastic.

6. Big E Pizza

3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Signal Hill, CA 90755-1807 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 562-498-8788
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Big E Pizza

Reviewed By Wirunaways

Stopped in for a late lunch. Was great. Packers were playing in the playoff game, place was full of Packer fans. Kids had pizzas, my wife had Fettuccine Alfredo, and I had The Beast, a four meat toasted hero sandwich. Everything was very good, serving sizes were huge. Plenty of leftovers for dinner. Place was neat and clean and the service was remarkable.

7. Utopia

445 E 1st St, East Village Art District, Long Beach, CA 90802-4905 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 562-432-6888
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Utopia

Utopia Good Food & Fine Art is an oasis in downtown&apos;s East Village of Long Beach, California. It is a gathering place where busy people can find a casual, comfortable and creative environment. Utopia&apos;s good food feeds your body. Its&apos; fine art feeds your soul. Utopia Good Food & Fine Art is fully committed to engage our customers with renewed energy, an enhanced personal standard of service, and a menu that reflects our cultural diversity. Utopia Good Food & Fine Art strives to be a first choice destination for residents and visitors who appreciate value for the price without sacrificing standards of taste, atmosphere and service. The restaurant has enjoyed the overwhelming support of the artist, gay & Lesbian community, as well as deep loyalty from countless neighborhood customers.<br><br>For reservations, go to our Yelp page!

Reviewed By LouisvilleGuy

We four chanced upon Utopia on an otherwise busy Saturday night. Although we had no reservations, our table was well-situated. The Japanese eggplant got us off to a fine beginning with four thumbs up. Our entrees included beef risotto, penne arabiata, with two of our...MoreThank you for your feedback. We appreciate your input. Thank you trying J. Eggplant. This is one of our popular appetizers. Happy holiday!

8. George's Greek Cafe

135 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-4415 Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 21 +1 562-437-1184
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 809 reviews

George's Greek Cafe

George&apos;s Greek Cafe welcomes you to "a little piece of Greece in Southern California." Our family-owned business is here to provide you with high quality food, craft cocktails, and an authentic Greek dining experience. Our restaurant has remained a favorite among the locals for one reason: we never compromise on our promise to provide fresh and delicious meals in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We continue to follow Mama Rodou&apos;s recipes, which were passed down to her from her grandmother. We use only the finest imported ingredients, such as first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Greece and premium, hormone-free, grass-fed lamb from New Zealand. We want to extend an open invitation to you to dine at one of our restaurants. Whether you&apos;re looking to impress a date with an intimate wine tasting, reconnecting with family over Saganaki Flaming Cheese and lamb chops, or planning the perfect wedding reception for 500 of your closest friends, we are here for you. Come in, and feel like part of the family. OPA!

Reviewed By Hugh S

Saw George’s on Trip Advisor while on a visit to the Queen and the Aquarium. We often consider the sources when reading reviews, but let us tell you, this restaurant has excellent food and service. After wonderful appetizers of saganaki and dolmathis (and of course a glass of wine along with).

Two of us each ordered the lamb chops (4 per plate...see pic..are more than enough), and the third ordered shrimp souvlaki. Just wow on all of it; loaded with veggies, rice pilaf, pita with tsadziki sauce, all entrees had to be eaten slowly to relish the flavor. The management and the cooks obviously pay much attention to detail. We topped it off with galaktoboureko (delicious traditional custard dish), and a small plate with a more delicious melomakarona, a kourambiethes, and a koulourakia. We ended with coffee that was not run-of-the-mill at all, and what a perfect evening on the heated patio. The bill was very reasonable for all we received, and we were thanked as we left. Beat that.

9. L'Opera Ristorante

101 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-4415 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 562-491-0066
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

L'Opera Ristorante

Reviewed By KEH1953 - Ottawa, Canada

Attended a business function with 12 people and treated to a wonderful meal at L'Opera. Very personable staff, nice atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their food choices and appetizers. My sea bass was very tasty; the risotto looked really good too.

10. The Sky Room

The Breakers Building 15th Floor, 40 S Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 31 - SGD 59 +1 562-983-2703
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

The Sky Room

The Sky Room is located on the 15th floor of the Historic Breakers building (built in 1926). The Sky Room is considered one of the best restaurants in Long Beach. W have been awarded the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the nation. The Sky Room boasts and art deco dinning room with scenic ocean and city views. The Sky Room is a restaurant meant for seafood and steak lovers, sourcing all natural meat products, fresh wild seafood, and farm to table organic produce. You will find live music on the weekends, a craft cocktail bar with mixologists on staff, an extensive award winning wine list with sommelier service, and a rooftop lounge (The Up Lounge) and wine bar (Wine Down Lounge) located on the lobby level. The Sky Room offers private and semi-private dining for: large parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, social and corporate functions. Please come join us for an unforgettable dining experience.

Reviewed By LRosemary1

Friends and I had our annual Christmas/Holiday dinner here. The view was ok where we sat, other areas have a much better view. We were a group of 5 and were sat next to a wall not a window . The window tables are for parties of two. The service was great. The food was good. Overall we had a good time. Nice historic 1920’s Long Beach Building. The lobby has pictures from the 20’s.

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