Ellie's

4.7
225 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a bit breezy and cool so we sat indoors. The kitchen was loud, otherwise it was fine. Our food was very good though my pork hash which tasted great, hardly had any pork in it. Even so, I've been there before and will go again. The service is excellent.

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IS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute "neighborhood" restaurant (literally in a residential neighborhood). I went with my Italian friend to try it out. All of the their pasta is made from scratch, but the are very small portions of pasta. My friend had the chittara promodoro (basically thin spaghetti) [$14], with meatballs [+$5]. It came with three good sized meatballs, but not enough pasta. My friend said "the meatballs, as an addition, is supposed to accompany the pasta, not the other was around." I ordered lasagna [$18] and it was a good size portion, but it was served lukewarm, not hot. Our waitress asked if we wanted black truffle "oil" (that's what we both head) but it turns out to be very thinly sliced black truffle, which, surprisingly added no flavor. That was an additional $11/plate. We asked for table bread, which they don't serve. Our waitress said she could order sliced sourdough bread with butter if we like (isn't that table bread?). The bread came out after our meals and was toasted with a garlic butter and served with "pork butter" and a small portion of vegetables. There was two slices of sourdough cut in half - four small pieces of bread [$5]. We asked for additional bread to finish the butter and specifically ask for just sliced bread, not toasted. The 2nd order of bread came much quicker, however it was toasted and there were three small pieces [additional $2]. Both of our dishes were on the bland side - they were good but not bursting with flavor. After our server came to check if our order came out correctly, we never saw her again until we flagged her down for the check. For $140 dinner for two (before tip), I was a little disappointed in the service and food. We left feeling up charged on all the food items, which may have been part of the "bad taste" left with us.

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PF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Parking (lack thereof) was a major issue, but we endured for the fantastic food!

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dinner

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Z
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veggies at this restaurant introduced my mouth to new flavors. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Highly recommend!

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NC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was overbooked. We didn't get a table outside even with reservation. Too noisy inside and look cheap. Parking is a nightmare. We left to another place

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Will be returning

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic happy hour menu

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S
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, fresh and innovative! I would highly recommend this wonderful gem in Long Beach.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ellie’s has become our new go to place for brunch, happy hour and dinner.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

you won’t be disappointed. I’ve been here twice now, and each time we’ve gotten a number of dishes—everything is absolutely delicious.

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TP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is amazing...food and staff were fantastic...the parking, however, was a nightmare. My husband spent over half an hour circling looking for a place to park. We will be back, but will taking an Uber next time.

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was loud inside but very authentic. If you want a quiet atmosphere sit on the patio. Amazing food!!

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V
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The only reason I say this, is we tried to express we were running tight due to our 2 year old daughter. We admit, this was not the best option on a hectic week to bring her. However, we felt as though because we had her with us, we didn’t get the service that would have warranted a higher rating.
The food is exceptional, no doubt about it. However, the service made us seem like we were a nuisance to them.
We will be back, and without our little one. Only to enjoy the food and hope it was a one night thing.

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious. Love this spot for both Brunch and Dinner. I really appreciate the thought that has gone into their wine list as well as the rest of the menu, I had an awesome Grenache Blanc, my friend ordered a really tasty Californian Albarino. Some days I dream of their bread and pork butter. It's a required stop when i'm in Long Beach.

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GI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Ellies'. I was so happy to see they had outdoor seating for our brunch. It was a beautiful Sunday morning.
We were seated immediately and given menus. The selections were great. Some usual standards and a really creative selection of additional dishes.
But the best part was our server, Heather. Gracious, helpful and full of life she guided us through the menu making perfect suggestions for our terrific brunch.
Thanks Heather, you made our day.

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DB
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. One of the best new restaurants I've been to recently

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been hearing of Ellie's for a while but had not made it there until this past weekend for brunch. From what I hear they are quite busy for dinner but brunch was absolutely dead - we got their when they opened at 10:30a and left a little before noon and it was barely starting to fill in. Food was AMAZING. I don't know of anywhere in LB where you can get this quality of food for this price. It's not cheap but only a few bucks more than a run of the mill breakfast joint but the food is worlds better. Best chilaquiles I've ever had, our other dishes were fantastic and everything on the menu sounded fantastic. $15 bottomless mimosas. Why there isn't a line around the block for brunch I have no idea. Will be our go-to brunch, not even a question.

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BB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was tasty but very small portions. The Raviolo was just one big ravioli while the lasagna was 3" high and enough for 2! Fish special was small too. Best dishes were the Cesar salad (filled with veggies) and roasted cauliflower with eggplant puree! Had a reservation and the only table was outside - not too close to heaters. Finally moved inside which was so noisy, when we ordered the waiter couldn't hear us! Wine drinkers beware - $25 corkage fee!

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I had the butternut squash raviolo. It was very flavorful.

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CC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Unusual combinations drive an amazing take on Italian Food. Wished the ambiance matched the Chef’s artistry with food. Corkage pricey for such a modest wine list

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

once we found parking, food and service were fantastic.
the room got warm, once the place filled up, but we'll definitely go back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZINGGGGGG

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Their menu is very um, gluten-heavy? You can’t find much on the menu that doesn’t have bread or pasta. No brunch options that included fruit or anything light. The eggs i had were runny and the salad was drenched in dressing. :(

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They do not honor reservations if you requested an inside table. The hostess was rude and unprofessional to everyone like we owed her an apology. More organization, less drama.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Ellie’s with a couple of friends for my wife’s birthday on Friday night. When we got there, there was a bit of a wait for an inside table, but the staff was wonderful about keeping us up to date about the status of our table. While we waited, we had a bottle of wine. The wine list is fantastic and they were really nice about letting us sample a wine we didn’t know about before we ordered a bottle.

When we were seated, we ordered a LOT of food. It was hard to pick which thing to try, so we just tried it all. The risotto balls were out of this world. The gnocchi was to die for. Even the grilled bread was something g special. I can’t stress this enough: this was some of the best Italian food I have ever had in a restaurant. I have eaten a lot of high end Italian food, but this was on that level where you just never want to stop eating.

The service was just as good as the food. The staff seemed to genuinely enjoy being there and were happy to help us out. Sometimes when the food is really good, the service drops off because they know you’ll be back no matter what. Not here. They made us feel welcome and excited to come back.

Overall, I can’t say enough about this place or our experience. We will surely be back!

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AR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and delicious food. The staff was wonderful as well.

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F
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were extraordinary. Friendly and professional staff, and not patronizing. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Reserved a table using open table and it was confirmed for 9:30 Pm. Upon arrive they told me there was theee parties in front of me and one had been waiting for 45 minutes!!! Since this was the only restaurant available we said fine and were instructed to wait. Well we waited at a dive bar across the way because it was super cold. We were texted to come back yet we waiting again in the cold for 10 minutes before being seated. After we were seated the place was completely busy with horrible seating with no cushions. The server wasn’t great but the food was not all that! Overall I wish the food would have saved the day but not really. Would not recommend. They need to figure out their reservations or comp a drink or something.

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RT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this could be the best food in Long Beach. Sooo wonderful to have an awesome restauranteur in the city in a great neighborhood restaurant!

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic neighborhood Italian restaurant. The pasta are amazing and the salads are enough for two. Short ribs were outstanding.
Service is impeccable every time.

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s
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the Valentine's Prix fixe with my fiancee. The meal started out strong with really good amuses and crudo, but everything after that fell flat. Was excited to try such a highly rated restaurant, esp the pastas, but left disappointed. The dining room was loud but not personally an issue. Service was good.

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ES
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

High prices for a place whose interior and seating comfort are rustic to say the least. $25 corkage excessive for such ordinary ambiance, with crappy stemless glasses. Food was good, much better than its predecessor, At Last Cafe, but a bit overpriced. Nice neighborhood place with impossible parking (take Uber/Lyft) which charges like a high-end restaurant. Lower your corkage fee!

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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great new chef, in an unassuming spot in LB. We went there for brunch and liked it so much we made dinner res for the following wkend!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, that I will eventually try every item on the menu. Yum!!

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MI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

i love this place usually but went on a friday nite and the service was awful, way too long and just not good

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New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food but the noise level is absolutely deafening. The background music is so loud you can barely hear the waiter ask for your order. I had a headache at the end of the meal. No one on the staff would take any steps to fix the problem.

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DT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Ellies's! Great service, wonderful creative recipes, such delicious combinations, friendly staff.

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