Monterey is a welcome dining resource in the Long Beach community. The dining room is beautiful, if a little loud. The food and service do not stand up to the investment that was made in updating the dining room and bar. Our server was pleasant but did not accurately describe specials. The staff wandered around seemingly without purpose, while the manager charged around the room. But the low point was clearly the food and the reality show "celebrity" chef that has taken charge of the kitchen has not impressed with this meal. Poorly seasoned, poorly cooked and poorly conceived dishes made me wonder if anyone was tasting the food before it left the kitchen. To add insult to injury, our meals arrived 90 minutes after we were seated.
Great looking restaurant. Not worth the money though. Very expensive for Long Beach. Not going to be returning. Certainly NOT the Californian type restaurant that they lead you to believe it is.
Bottom line: The restaurant visually is very beautiful and inviting. The food was nothing exceptional.