Long Beach: 555 East Steakhouse


A couple of weekends back, I was having a very intense meat craving. I ended up having steak several times and once was at 555 East, a steakhouse in Long Beach. I had had lunch there before and remembered liking the classic steakhouse. With it being a few blocks from the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, it made an idea stop before a show at the Terrace Theater.

lobster bisque

I asked for a stirred Manhattan when I got there and eyeballed this foamy creation suspiciously. Sure, it wasn’t as bad as other shaken Manhattans I’ve had but still, this is a steakhouse! Stir your martinis and Manhattans, please.

I was much happier with the food. The lobster bisque was very flavorful. I would have liked actual chunks of lobster but then it wouldn’t be a bisque.

rib eye with backed potato


16 oz rib eye? Yes, please! Medium rare, thanks! And a baked potato! The tater was enormous and came with a more than generous amount of sour cream. I also added some butter from the delicious butter on the table for the crusty bread (what is it about steakhouses that have the best bread?).

baked potato

When I called the restaurant, they were fully booked so I thought I should just go to the bar. However, the bar was busy and there were a few unoccupied tables on the patio. If you can’t get reservations, don’t give up hope.

We didn’t have time for dessert with the show starting imminently so I look forward to a classic dessert next time.

555 East

555 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802 — (562) 437-0626