The next two weeks will be the time to eat out in the city as the sixth annual Dine Out Long Beach event returns April 1 -15.

Over 60 restaurants and breweries across the city are crafting their own food and drink menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, highlighting some of their best offerings or new items entirely.

The specialty menus range from multi-course meals and chef tasting menus to small plates paired with cocktails and wine. There are even a few shared meals—1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert—to devour at the restaurant or for take-out.

A selection of seafood appetizers and entrees including scallops and a seafood paella from Cafe Sevilla. Image courtesy Dine Out Long Beach.

There are no registration fees, all you need to do is visit the participating restaurant and request the Dine Out Long Beach menu.

Traditionally Dine Out Long Beach has been held the last week of February for only one week, but was pushed back due to citywide dining restrictions and expanded this year to allow patrons the chance to take part in the promotion, founder and organizer Elizabeth Borsting said.

Over half of the participating restaurants are dog-friendly, with dining opportunities both on land and on the water. London Boat Rentals, at Alamitos Bay Landing, invites guests to rent one of their electric Duffy boats and motor around the bay, dogs in tow, with food and drink from a participating Dine Out Long Beach restaurant.

A new element to this year’s celebration is the “Imaginary Menu Items,” where guests can donate $3 or more toward their bill for imaginary food items that will directly benefit Restaurants Care, a non-profit organization of the California Restaurant Association that provides financial relief to restaurant owners and/or workers in need. Restaurants Care often helps support restaurant industry workers dealing with illness, injury, house disaster, natural disaster or a death in the family.

For more information and to view the specialty menus, visit the Dine Out Long Beach website, here.