Guy Fieri – Diners, Drive In’s & Dives: Schooner or Later in Long Beach, California

Schooner or Later

Welcome to Schooner or Later

Living in Long Beach, California was probably one of the places I enjoyed most. Everytime I come back to Southern California to visit my parents, I always try to hit some of my favorite restaurants. My all time favorite for casual outdoor dining on the waterfront is Schooner or Later.

One thing about this place though is it’s always busy on the weekends. On a recent trip, I decided to take my parents since the weather was just gorgeous in the South Bay.  Even arriving at 2pm, we were met with a 45 minute wait.  It’s obviously a long time to wait but the food is worth it.  Thankfully, they have an outside bar so you can enjoy a cocktail while you wait. :-) People often bring the Sunday paper and hang out on the benches overlooking the water, sipping on a mimosa.

My favorite....the bloody mary

My favorite....the bloody mary

For me, the bloody mary is the way to go. I think they have the best bloody mary I’ve tried. Extra spicy, salt on the rim please! I will say their Madras is good too (champagne, orange juice, and cranberry juice). And for beer lovers (which I definitely am too), they have beers in the schooners! I don’t believe they will serve the schooners while you are waiting (plastic only) but I could be wrong.

So, after about 20 minutes we were called and lucked out with the perfectly sunny spot overlooking the marina. For me, no need to even look at the menu – I always get their speciality dish, originally called “Schultzie’s Mess”, now just called, “The Mess”. No changes allowed to The Mess – chopped ham, bell pepper, onion, grilled with hash browns and eggs. You have the option of the half mess, $7.75 or the full mess, $9.25. The half mess is pretty big but I opted for the full so I have breakfast in the morning before I was leaving again! My parents both ordered their mushroom and swiss burger, topped with sour cream, $8.55.


Full order of "The Mess" add avocado

Full order of "The Mess" add avocado


Mushroom burger with onion rings
One thing I love about this restaurant is it’s family owned and the family presence is known. Some of the girls who work there are local friends of the family and the place just has that cozy neighborhood cafe feel. It’s mostly regulars who go and I even recognized faces from when I lived there 4 years ago. The family(Denny and Denise Lund) who purchased the restaurant from the Schultz’s are born and raised in Long Beach and have worked hard to keep this place an original.

Even have public mooring!

Even have public mooring!

If you happen to be in Long Beach, I definitely recommend checking it out. It’s on the fringe of Long Beach in Alamitos Harbor, right at the border of Seal Beach. It’s somewhat hidden behind the Seal Beach Yacht Club but in the same plaza as Joe’s Crab Shack. Weekdays are usually a bit less crowded but note they are only open daily for breakfast and lunch.

Note:  Schooner or Later was featured on the Food Network so the wait time tends to increase whenever the episode is aired again.  Guy Fieri hosts one of my favorite shows called Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and stopped by Schooner or Later on the episode, Off the Hook Specials. 

Off the Hook Specials, Episode DV0211

Schooner or Later
241 N. Marina Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Tel: (562) 430-3495

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  1. John says

    THEY SUCK…. 4 hour wait while owner got tables for his “toys” If your a women and show cleavage you might get a table in 2 hours…. food is OK not worth the wait & SKY HIGH PRICES


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