Delius Restaurant – Long Beach, CA

Let’s Make A Delius

P1030604Delius Restaurant – Long Beach, CA

Visited: July 18th, 2015
Restaurant Type: Modern American

What a pleasant surprise!  We lived in Long Beach for many years and never made it to Delius. So of course now that we live 40 minutes away, it was time to give it a try.  We met our friends friends Rob & Barbara and Tom & Carol from Huntington Beach for dinner, since Long Beach (sort) of falls in the middle.

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In 2007, the restaurant moved from its previous Bixby Knolls location to Signal Hill. It’s now situated in Signal Hill, just off the freeway in a modern, nondescript building in Signal Hill’s Automobile Row. If you don’t look closely, you might miss it and come away with a BMW instead of short ribs.

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We arrived early, and the super-friendly hostess gave us a tour of the restaurant, including the private dining room with a window onto the kitchen.

P1030593This room is reserved for the 10-course prix fixe ($95) dinners and seats six people.  There is also a private dining area for the 5-course prix fixe menu which changes monthly (in the old days, they only had prix-fixe menus).

P1030594We thought the private dining room for six would be fun to try one night.  The room where they serve the prix fixe meals did not, in our opinion, have a very appealing ambiance.

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Speaking to that issue, the look and feel of the main dining room of the restaurant seemed a little stark (lighting, no linens and no background music).  Perhaps with the water shortage, restaurants will go the “no linens route.” I did like the huge wine cave, however.

P1030599What we were “wowed” about was the food at Delius, and really that’s what’s most important.

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Tracy and I started with a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar (very nice bartender) while we waited for our friends.  They have monthly cocktail specials.  July (when we visited) featured the Pimms Cup (shades of London).

We were seated in the main dining room.  Warm bread with three different butters was brought to the table while we explored the menu.   Four of us ordered the Delius house salad to start.  It was excellent, filled with European greens, candied walnuts, red onion, red grapes, cherry tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese and a rosemary infused balsamic vinaigrette ($11 and can be shared).

P1030600Rob started with a roasted carrot soup, which he proclaimed outstanding ($4.50 for cup).  It was so good that he claimed he was able to see better after eating it.

P1030601For her main course, Tracy ordered a duck breast with dried cherries, potato gnocchi and broccolini in a stone fruit demi-glace ($34).  She said it’s the best duck she has ever had…and that includes the Dordogne!  Of course with the duck’s expensive bill, it should have been.

Tom (me) and Carol enjoyed the boneless beef short rib special ($38).

P1030604Rob and Tom-Squared fished the menu and were hooked on the salmon with shimenji mushrooms, banana peppers, Brussels sprouts, red wine reduction ($26). Yes, it was becoming salmon chanted evening.

P1030605Rounding out our group, Barbara tried the lobster ravioli with asparagus, tomatoes, baby spinach, in a white wine cream sauce ($21), and now she has a lobster tale to tell.

Everyone proclaimed they loved their dinners, and this is a very honest group.

For dessert, all of us shared a sticky toffee pudding (memories of England once again) and blackberry apple crumble with ice cream.

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Corkage was a steep $25.  We’ve noticed a sharp increase in corkage fees recently, perhaps due to a better economy with more people dining out more often.  Delius does have an award winning wine list and a helpful sommelier.  For some reason an 18% gratuity was included on the bill.  We actually would have tipped more.

We very much enjoyed our trip to Delius and hopefully someday will be back for more of their excellent cuisine.  So many restaurants to try!  It’s also open for lunch and happy hour.

Maitaitom Rating…4.7 maitais out of 5 for food…3.9 maitais out of 5 for ambiance.

FACTS:
Delius Restaurant
2951 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90755
Phone: 562.426.0694
Website: deliusrestaurant.com
Hours: Monday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Parking: Free Lot

 

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