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General Info
The Prospector, located on 7th St. and Junipero Avenue and now an icon in Long Beach, is one of the most interesting restaurants you'll ever go to. Like most everyone who goes there for the first time says, "I know I'll be back soon. What an interesting place. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere unique." With separate bar and entertainment area the Prospector was founded in 1965. The decor, an 1849 Gold Rush theme, is well-worth the visit itself. The Prospector is not a pretentious place ; but rather a pleasant, cozy, comfortable and extremely reasonably priced one. New customers are always very pleasantly surprised when they see any Prospector meal placed in front of them. All include a huge colorful tray of chilled vegetable and relish appetizers AND fresh salad AND ( their famous ) soup AND entree WITH baked potato, fresh hot garlic toast AND a delightful dessert with whipped topping. As Luis Lemus, the beloved owner and head chef for many years, says, " The Prospector hasn't changed much in all the years it's been around simply because the customers love it the way it is." Luis has worked at The Prospector since 1978 and progressed his way from the kitchen to owner through hard work, a pleasant personality, and desire to please the customers. He claims it was a lot of "luck" too. But when you experience The Prospector's unique, down-home atmosphere you'll realize why "Luis' dream" has nothing to do with luck. Luis has musical entertainment three nights a week at The Prospector, including karaoke two nights in the separate entertainment and bar area. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4-6pm.
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Payment method
amex, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Long Beach, Eastside
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Categories
Bars, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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barmosca

11/03/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best Kept Secret....

Welcome to one of the best kept secrets in Long Beach, for dinning and and entertainment. Owners Luis and Candi Lemus have taken extreme steps to make sure the Prospector has maintained the atmosphere of yesteryear. Diversity is key, from menu selections, which includes daily and monthly specials to the entertainment oppertunities daily and most evenings.

There have been few changes from the menu that has been offered now for a few generations. In fact, that's some of the beauty of the Prospector. It's not uncommon to see families that include three or more generations dinning together regularly. Luis also offers accomodations for you special events, group dinner parties for special occasions and special arrangements for any occasion a.

Diversity ! From the daytime there is sports or soaps from several locations, or if inclined, lively conversation with friends and maybe with some of the well informed locals. The evenings always provide an array of entertainment ranging from live entertainment presented by and for Long Beach's renowned "" Swanky "" crowd to the "" Old School "" Karaoke groups which are always complemented by an enthusiastic LB State infusion. Rated a Must Try.

crt

05/14/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
A Long Beach (LB) Landmark!!!

Forget my 'Average Ambience' rating. That's only because the owners don't know the meaning of remodling or refurbishing. But who really cares. Haskell's Prospector is a throw back to the times of dark, smoke filled lounge & restaurant era, now, of course, minus the smoke! Wow, times and prices may have changed, but what has not changed at Haskell's Prospector is the quality and quantity of the food, and the great service! Use to eat here years ago when I lived in LB. Well, my mother wanted to go there for her Mother's Day dinner. I'm like, 'Well, okay Mom??"" But, all it took was moment to realize nothin's changed. And believe me, that was a good thing. You still get a relish tray with pickles, peppers, veggies...and with any 'dinner' item you get soup AND salad...bread...vegetable and a little desert!!!

seanb

08/22/2002

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Swanky

After 10:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Prospector turns into a great place to hear live music, or the hottest up and coming DJ's from all over Southern Ca. Cheap and strong drinks are poured by the coolest bartenders that have ever opened a bottle. The Prospector, located at 7th & Junipero, in Long Beach, is the place to be!!!