Los Alamitos Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Los Alamitos

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Los Alamitos ("The Little Cottonwoods" in Spanish) is a small city in Orange County, California. The city was incorporated in March 1960. The population was 11,449 at the 2010 census, down from 11,536 at the 2000 census. It is often mistakenly thought to include the adjacent but unincorporated community of Rossmoor (population just under 11,000), which uses Los Alamitos as its mailing address. The Los Alamitos Race Course is also widely believed to be in the city; although it does have a Los Alamitos postal address and zip code, it actually lies in the neighboring city of Cypress.
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1. Polly's Bakery Cafe

3464 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2334 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 562-430-4541
Excellent
13%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Polly's Bakery Cafe

Reviewed By MonaOrangeCountyCA - Garden Grove, California

Portions are large and food is tasty; but menu tends to be repetitious as they stick to their best sellers. Pies are made on the premises and are worth saving a spot for dessert.

2. Dominic's Ristorante Italiano

9921 Walker St, Cypress, CA 90630-3827 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 714-821-8080
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Dominic's Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By Kelly W - Cypress, California

We love the food at Dominic's! They have a very varied menu, and there is something for everyone's taste. The price is moderate for such delicious food. I think they are planning to expand, and that will help with waiting times. We go early, as it is very popular after about 6 p.m.

3. Great Dane Baking Co

11196 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-3621 Takeout Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 562-493-6899
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Great Dane Baking Co

Reviewed By Yukonpuppy

I hosted my husband's 50th birthday party at The Grand and the cake was part of the package. We chose Great Dane from their list of preferred vendors and everything seemed like it was going to be fantastic, until the night of the party...

I took a picture of the cake I wanted and paid extra because the package price wouldn't cover the cost. No problem, you only turn 50 once, right?

I was told that I wouldn't get the roulette base and the bottom layer would be covered in poker chips. No problem. That would be fine.

Arrived at the venue to a little chaos and did not inspect the cake. As my guests arrived, a few apologized that they bought the wrong birthday card. They thought it was his 50th birthday, not his 40th, and they pointed to the cake, which read, Happy 40th Birthday Michael. And my paperwork said 50th. Geesh!

The cards and dice looked like paper cut outs and the poker chips were airbrushed on, nothing like the fondant cards, dice and chips on the picture I supplied to them.

Of the three layers, the largest, chocolate, layer was extreme dry. My guests didn't eat it. Thank goodness the remaining layers were moist and we had a chocolate fountain, so there were enough desserts to go around.

Highly doubt I will use this bakery in the future.

4. The Original Fish Company

11061 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-3201 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 33 +1 562-594-4553
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

The Original Fish Company

Reviewed By swimdiva

My favorite place. Go early and still expect to wait. The food and the service are worth the wait. Some of my favorites are swordfish with capers, halibut, Seabass, and lobster tail. I happen to love the rice pilaf because it’s brown rice with raisins in it -it is wonderful.

If it’s an anniversary or birthday make sure you order a dessert because it comes with a chocolate fish on top .

5. 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!!

6. Spaghettini Italian Grill and Lounge

3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740-2749 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 33 - SGD 79 +1 562-596-2199
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Spaghettini Italian Grill and Lounge

Looking for an exceptional experience to complement your getaway? Indulge your tastebuds at the legendary Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California. Located just off the 405 Freeway at Seal Beach Blvd., Spaghettini is the perfect meeting spot between Los Angeles and Orange County. Spaghettini is open for lunch and dinner, and is also the home of the legendary Sunday Brunch.In addition to outstanding food and service, Spaghettini is committed to excellence in the entertainment side of the business. Having built the Spaghettini Performance Lounge into one of the top venues in Southern California, Spaghettini attracts top name artists from across the country. Go to spaghettini.com to make a reservation for dinner or to check the Entertainment Calendar for upcoming events.

Reviewed By TravelRobs

I brought a date here to dine & watch a performance. The staff were friendly and attentive. I had the Chilean Sea Bass & my date ate the Spaghetti and meatballs and both were delicious. The tiramisu was scrumptious, too. The acoustics in the Entertainment lounge were extraordinary! I loved the entire experience of being there.

7. Katella Deli Bakery and Restaurant

4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-3515 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 562-594-8611
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Katella Deli Bakery and Restaurant

Reviewed By swimdiva

I forgot about Katella deli and a friend suggested we go for breakfast. I have the eggs Benedict and a Brian potatoes. She had something with lox and spinach and egg and toast. whatever it was she really liked it so I’ve posted a copy of the menu

8. El Zarape

4197 Ball Rd, Cypress, CA 90630-3465 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 714-952-0562
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

El Zarape

El Zarape is a family operated authentic Mexican restaurant serving Cypress and its surrounding areas since 1990. For the past 23 years, we have been dedicated to serving our guests with the freshest and finest Mexican cuisine. Our “home-style” reputation roots from our friendly service, relaxed ambience, and made-from-scratch creations. So bring your family and friends and come grab one of our popular Zarape Grand Margaritas alongside our exquisite dishes. Mi casa es su casa. Buenprovecho!- The Martin Family

Reviewed By SFOglobetrotter - San Francisco, California

The best indicator of a good ethnic restaurant is walking in and seeing natives there - The Margaritas were DELICIOUS - great chips and guacamole - I had enchiladas which reminded me of the ones a friends grandmother used to make when we were kids - A friend had a salad which she loved. Wait staff is super friendly.

The restaurant is in a strip mall (as is seemingly everything in the area) but don't be fooled - it is not a chain and the food is great!

9. Shenandoah Cafe

10631 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2137 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Cajun & Creole, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 562-431-1990
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Shenandoah Cafe

Reviewed By Karin W - Los Angeles, California

I hadn't been to Shenandoah in a few years, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Happily, I can report that it is just as good as it's always been. I would have given five stars, but the indoor seating area was uncomfortably warm - not sure why there was no a/c. Also, the 1/2 sandwich is no longer available due to slow sales. Otherwise, Shenandoah is a charming spot to have lunch or dinner. There is a wonderful patio with lots of shade trees, potted flowers and plants, and a koi fish pond. The service is excellent. Although we had one waiter, all of the wait staff and hostess were helpful in providing extra napkins, water, to-go containers. The complimentary warm apple fritters are reason enough to come to the Shenandoah! For lunch, I ordered the seasonal heirloom tomato sandwich, and my dining companion ordered the Chilean sea bass with a pistachio crust and grilled asparagus. Everything came out with very little wait time, and it was all delicious. Right next to the restaurant is a little shop with unique items and another shop that sells garden flags and whatnots. So, you can browse a little before or after your meal. Clean restrooms. Wheelchair accessible.

10. Gourmet Cafe & Pie Company

5350 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2808 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 714-995-8530
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Gourmet Cafe & Pie Company

Reviewed By MominOC - Orange County, Ca

Food is average to good. Some of the wait staff are curt and shouldn't be in food service at all. Dining room is clean with loud music blaring making a conversation difficult.

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