Love and Salt
Love and Salt
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  • Address:
    317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    Neighborhood:
    Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $31 to $50

Love and Salt

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafepierre.com/
  • Phone: 3105455252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Guy Gabriele
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Ave.
  • Parking: No
A word from Love and Salt
For 30 successful years, Love and Salt has been the benchmark for innovative cuisine and exceptional service in Manhattan Beach, establishing a timeless reputation as the premier dining destination for locals and visitors alike.
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Love and Salt reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Consistently excellent french food
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All courses excellently prepared.
    Bobx
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    All courses excellently prepared. Chocolate Mousse dessert "to die for". This was our 5th visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    julesndakota
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was wonderful and the service was top notch! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wild boar ragu was amazing,
    FoodAddict33
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant
    LLinNYCoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LadydiVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Expected better quality menu/cooking. Brought a large party for a business dinner & food was just ok. Best part was a grilled octopus appetizer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice local french fare
    1foodie
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, simple, easy place
    Norrob
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Quiet, simple, easy place to talk and get acquainted or re-acquainted. Food was delicious with great presentation. Made for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    anonymous33
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Terrific food-- imaginative and tasty. Enjoyed the possibility of having "small plates" so we could try more things. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion go-to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Pierre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining near the beach
    MKPASA
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pure Happiness
    ExploramaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather Unique in the Best of Ways
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service, great food.
    lapinlapin
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great!
    CalWineGirl
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; great variety;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Great food; great variety; excellent service, spectacular wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had to wait 30 min after our
    Bizzy
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Had to wait 30 min after our reservation time to be seated. Food was a bit bland...LA prices, but not LA quality. Drinks were good. Waitress was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Maybe our waitress had too many tables but she seemed behind all night and stressed. Cocktails were slow, wine was delivered halfway through the meal. Not great. The food was good though. The gazpacho was great, corn soup and duck risotto very good. There are too many good choices in MB for this level of service though. I'm not coming back. Total bill $450.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food near the beach!
    MichaelDVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i don't recommend this restaurant.
    EatsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    i don't recommend this restaurant. we drove to manhattan beach from santa monica on the recommendation of friends. it wasn't worth it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome French-Mediterranean Restau
    HermosaFoodie
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had fun sharing small plates
    luveditVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    We had fun sharing small plates Highlights were Farro Risotto and Mushroom Risotto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food, dated inside, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Given the reviews I had read, I thought the food would have been much better. Some dishes were good: grilled octopus, seared scallops. Others were not good: seafood risotto. I guess I am spoiled living in Hancock Park and having so many great restaurants nearby. The southbay just doesn't compare.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome spot
    2DELMAR
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the spur of the moment,
    roundtheworlddiner
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant has been around
    ddddVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was generally good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food was generally good. But the restaurant charges an outrageous $25 corkage fee. For wine collectors who enjoy bringing a special bottle to a restaurant, beware!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice. Much quieter than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Very nice. Much quieter than other local establishments.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was among the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The service was among the poorest I've experienced. Waitress not able to handle a table of 8 adults. She took off the bread and butter plates, failed to pour champagne until asked (also didn't see to it that glasses were filled after pouring once, and when two wines were opened, it was pretty much do it yourself. Entire service was without friendliness.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We both ordered fish dishes,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a great experience.
    Pat1VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Tables packed together like sardines--made it difficult for the server to s-q-u-e-e-z-e between the tables; too close for comfort wrt the chairs behind us, table next to us. Extremely loud and "cold"--ambience NOT warm and cozy. Bar is wonderful! Bar is spacious and set aside from the rest of the room, really nice! My food was good, my husband's was very poor (pulled pork sandwich); our guests hated the ambience. Server was efficient, pleasant. We used to go to this restaurant frequently, but we haven't been there in about 5 years. It has taken a turn for the worse and we will not return, except, perhaps, for a drink at the bar...
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  • A foodies dream!
    GRIZZLYVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the noise was unbearable which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    the noise was unbearable which really almost ruined our evening..the waitress could not hear us when she took our order and she seemed tired and somewhat stressed as the place got busier and noisier.....the saving grace was the food....creative and delicious......never will return on a weekend.....not recommend to anyone who is in the least bit noise sensitive...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very loud ! Slow service
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Very loud ! Slow service and mediocre food. Unlikely to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We make it to LA once a year
    benhere
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    We make it to LA once a year from San Diego for a weekend of Porsche car events. For the last 5 years my wife and I have have always gone to Cafe Pierre for dinner when here. One of those special places that never disappoints! We will be back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Cafe Pierre is a Manhattan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Cafe Pierre is a Manhattan Beach icon of dining. Many restaurants come and go in this modestly-sized town. Cafe Pierre has thrived by regularly updating and staying current visually while maintaining its core, fine cuisine. I had the arugula salad which was fresh, abundant and delicious followed by the Ahi Crudo, an amazing dish that defies description. The squash ravioli is always yummy, and the wine list is superb. The scene and size is lively enough to feel the fun of being out on the town. Yet, you can hear each other speak comfortably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service here
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The food and service here were amazing. The only downside is that the tables are very close together and it was very crowded on Saturday night. Otherwise, this is one of the best dining experiences in the South Bay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a solid bet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Cafe Pierre always delivers! They have the best host in the South Bay and a knowledgeable caring wait staff to ensure your dining experience is first class. The menu is large and has something from everyone. The kitchen accommodated our children's request for plain pasta. Our meals were all spectacular. There is not enough space to detail the gourmet delights we were served but it is worth a visit. The only drawback is their $25 corkage fee.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bistro in Manhattan Beach
    Catosaurus
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I've been dining at Cafe Pierre for more than 30 years. In all of that time they've redecorated and updated their menus, but the quality and friendliness have never varied. It's still owned by the same people, although the owner's daughter is now managing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate