15 Long Beach Restaurants Recognized with Critics Award

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Fifteen Long Beach restaurants were honored with special awards from the prestigious Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Two restaurants earned double gold, winning the coveted Golden Sceptre—5 star and Golden Bacchus Wine awards, with an additional restaurant earning the Golden Bacchus Wine award.

L’Opera and the Madison won the Golden Sceptre—5 star award, the association’s highest honor. Chosen by a special vote of the association membership, a restaurant must receive an accumulative 95 points or above to be considered. Only seven restaurants in Southern California received this highest honor. The Madison, L’Opera and Sir Winston’s also received the Golden Bacchus Wine award.

Members of the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association review more than 600 restaurants and hotel eateries from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. The awards are
presented annually based on scores for food, service, ambiance and beverages. The
association was formed in 1975 as a California nonprofit corporation that seeks to improve the
quality of the restaurant industry in this region. To further this objective, the organization
bestows awards upon restaurants and individuals whose standards of quality and service have been found to be of special merit. The association’s 35th annual awards dinner was held at the Nixon Library and Birthplace.

The Southern California Restaurant Writers Association also awarded four stars—gold, three stars—sterling silver and two stars—silver awards, as well as recommendations, to restaurants in a variety of categories. Other Long Beach restaurants that received awards in their respective categories include:

Four Stars—Gold
Awarded to restaurants that score an average of 90 or more points

  • Tracht’s—American
  • Alegria—Ethnic (Spanish)
  • George’s Greek Deli—Ethnic
  • Sky Room—Continental
  • Sir Winston’s, Queen Mary—Continental
  • Chelsea, the Queen Mary—Seafood
  • Parker’s Lighthouse—Seafood
  • Grand Salon, Queen Mary—Sunday Brunch

Three Stars—Sterling silver
Awarded to restaurants scoring between 85 and 89 points

  • Sevilla—Ethnic (Spanish)
  • Michael’s On Naples—Promising New

Two Stars—silver
Awarded to restaurants with scores between 80 and 84 points

  • Utopia—Contemporary
  • Claire’s at the Museum—Before Five
  • La Creperie Café—French

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