A foodies dream!
What a surprise! Way beyond expectations. We were looking for nice dinner and reserved a meal that left our taste buds jumping with joy. The waiter was perfect. He understood that we were not in rush and treated us as though we were his only guests. The menu leaves you breathless. Everything on the menu wants you to order it. The best that you can order the whole menu on small or large plates. Mix and match as they say.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We both ordered fish dishes,
We both ordered fish dishes, and they both came out looking appetizing and tasting delicious. Cafe Pierre's wine cellar is quite impressive, but I would like to see the wine list contain more moderately priced options, because every meal does not require an ultra-fine wine.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice. Much quieter than
Very nice. Much quieter than other local establishments.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant has been around
Restaurant has been around for years! I wish that they would go back to where they were a number of years ago vs. trying to compete with MB Post! Their menu has become VERY confusing with even the wait staff not knowing what is a "small" plate vs. a main course. AND....what French bistro/restaurant does not serve escargot is beyond belief (and their excargot was some of the best I have ever had). I would suggest they review their menu, compare to some of their old standards, and get back to an outstanding review.
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
On the spur of the moment,
On the spur of the moment, we chose Café Pierre for dinner the other night. We were in a bit of a rush, as we had an event later that evening. We dined on the early side, so the restaurant was not crowded. It had been a while since I'd been there, and I was quite impressed with the remodel! The restaurant looked sparkly and suitably fresh. Our waitress was delightful and promised to get us out in time to make our event. She did not disappoint! The food was delicious. I especially loved the octopus small plate - sooooo good! We are definitely going back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of my fav .I look forward every time I am in this area to go for dinner.THE STAFF amazing is like coming to a friends for dinner.The food always one step above what you expect ,I have tried always what it has been suggested by Michael have not been wrong yet.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had fun sharing small plates
We had fun sharing small plates Highlights were Farro Risotto and Mushroom Risotto.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome French-Mediterranean Restau
Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant that has continued to evolve over the years. It is now a French-Mediterranean Restaurant so besides the classic French main courses, there are a multitude of small plates to have a more tapas style meal. We had mostly the small plates this time and I loved the variety of flavors. It was the first time at the restaurant for the rest of may party and they were really impressed with the food and the very reasonably priced extensive wine list. Cafe Pierre is definitely staying on my list of places to go regularly!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food near the beach!
The service was outstanding and the food excellent - the best we have had in the LA beach areas south of LAX! The restaurant had some interesting cocktails, a very solid wine list, and very tasty food - the chevre salad and the hangar steak were especially notable!
A great break from our beach vacation, with memorable food and excellent service!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Café Pierre is always a great place for dinner. Wine by the glass menu is very good with a varied selection of good quality wines. Food is always well prepared and delicious. The filet with cognac sauce is so delicious and tender ... it melts in your mouth. Well worth a visit.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food; great variety;
Great food; great variety; excellent service, spectacular wine list.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service, great food.
i've gone to cafe pierre periodically over the years since ... 1997. wait staff's changed over the year, but the food is always pretty darn good. date got salmon, i got scallop/lobster risotto, we got the starter special to share - prosciutto wrapped balsamic marinated greens, pears topped w/ fresh goat cheese. it was good but the pears were REALLY unripe, like hard as rocks and not juicy at all. anyway other than that the food was pretty good. next time i'll stick to the default i usually get: steak au poivre @ medium, it's never ever been anything but perfection. our waiter was very professional and friendly, checked on us regularly and always had perfect timing. wouldn't have known the place was PACKED given his attentiveness to us.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rather Unique in the Best of Ways
Come on, where else can you find rabbit, raw steak (beef tartare) lamb sausage and bone marrow, let alone a variety of international wines and tapas-esque small plates in one pretty cool Manhattan Beach location? With a few exceptions the prices are more than reasonable for a fancy shmancy French din din, the service was superb and the food beyond superb. In fact, I had no next to no interest in tasting anything after the gnochhi of the rabbit entree. Long story short, it's darn good food and very much not pretentious...a couple had their silenced baby and baby stroller with them in the early evening, and a cacophony of loud ladies imbibing on some serious spirits augmented the later evening.
If you have some dollars lying around, do it
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has always been one of my favorites. The food is consistently wonderful and the staff is always attentive. It makes for a pleasurable evening of fine food, wine and conversation. I continue to come back time and time again. Be sure to try the Papperdelle with Wild Boar sauce! Amazing!
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine dining near the beach
The food is very good, though some items miss the mark. The restaurant is comfortable. Alive, though not too energetic. The wine list has great variety at very reasonable prices. This is one of the better places to dine in the South Bay.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always fantastic and we had the wild mushroom risotto with a poached egg, bone marrow, 8 hour slow cooked beef short ribs etc and all was great. They have been there for 67 years and the owner was so nice.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occasion go-to
Ahi tuna tartar, frisée salad with a soft egg, and bread pudding. The rest of our order varies per visit, but these are the three mainstays. Another delicious meal, friendly service, topped off with a special birthday dessert. Our favorite neighborhood "special occasion" restaurant.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food-- imaginative and tasty. Enjoyed the possibility of having "small plates" so we could try more things. Highly recommended.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, simple, easy place
Quiet, simple, easy place to talk and get acquainted or re-acquainted. Food was delicious with great presentation. Made for a wonderful evening.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice local french fare
Good bistro type french food, good portions with average prices. Impressive wine list, a bit pricey. Nice ambience, not too boisterous. Decent steak au poivre.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant
Always good. Always able to hear my friends. GREAT French onion soup. Great steak. "Mushroom Cigars" are fabulous. I'm always glad that Cafe Pierre is a pleasing constant in Manhattan Beach.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wild boar ragu was amazing,
The wild boar ragu was amazing, but the brussel sprouts were slightly bland and the short ribs were over cooked. The service was great though!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was wonderful and the service was top notch! Highly recommend
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
All courses excellently prepared.
All courses excellently prepared. Chocolate Mousse dessert "to die for". This was our 5th visit.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently excellent french food
This was our second visit to this restaurant and again we were very pleased!
Prior to arrival, I called in advance to confirm our reservations were set as the host called prior and left a message. I also called to confirm the desert was given for the wife's special birthday occasion, the host who picked up reassured it was.
Upon arrival the host greeting us and we were seated promptly.
The waitress was friendly and her recommendations of the wine and specials we decided on were delicious and awesome suggestions! Also note she did not over serve us which is a positive thing!
The birthday desert gift was delicious as well capping off a wonderful night and experience!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience. Food was outstanding (order shrimp toast to start). Pepper steak fantastic. As we went above and beyond ordering few bottles of great wine!! All and all very memorable dining!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treat for Foodies
I have been going here for years and the food has never been THIS GOOD! I'm so pleased that the menu has expanded and tastes great. Octopus and Farro risotto exquisite!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time and delicious
Always a good time and delicious food. never disappoints.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything is Fabulous!
This was my second visit to Cafe a Pierre and I will definitely be back! we ordered lots of small plates and entrees and shared so we sampled most of the menu. Everything was so yummy! Lamb, mushroom cigars, scallops,filet, mac and cheese,tuna sashimi,to name a few. Well worth the drive from Newport Beach!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM