Love and Salt

4.6
921 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Love and Salt is a story that begins with Cafe Pierre, a restaurant birthed by Guy Gabriele in 1977 to bring a taste of France to Los Angeles’ South Bay. While Cafe Pierre was a beloved part of the community for nearly 37 years, in 2014, Guy and his daughter Sylvie Gabriele, now the owner of Love & Salt, closed the restaurant to bring new life to the iconic space.

Love and Salt is a philosophy: that food needs only two ingredients to be great. It’s a sensibility that informs the feeling in the restaurant and the dishes on the menu — Italian-inspired with Southern California soul. An approachable wine list and classic cocktail program similarly reflect the vibrant SoCal setting of the restaurant, located just steps from the Manhattan Beach pier.

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7.7

Love & Salt is the upscale, but cool, Italian spot Manhattan Beach needed.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Risotto special was bland . The 5 grain salad was good .

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U
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This used to be my favorite restaurant ever!! Over the past few months, they have made a lot of changes to the menu (apparently there is a new chef) and I'm not a fan. My favorite dish was the old skirt steak with creme fraiche, fingerling potatoes, and wilted escarole. It was so so good! The sides that come with the new skirt steak dish are not good. I'm also missing the fennel salad!!!! It was so light and tasty (shaved fennel, lemon, parmesan) and they did away with it completely. The "substitute" is a kale salad with olives and a few other thins (totally different). We also tried the daily special 20-layer lasagna and it was terrible -- super dry and not flavorful at all. I will no longer be visiting this restaurant if things don't change...

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all of the food with the exception of the marmalade pancakes, they were way too bitter for me. Service was great. Will definitely be returning!

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JN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I arrived for reservation we had to wait awhile because the previous guest was taking too long to leave. The General Manager, Nash, was very accomodating. He personally came over to appologize and bought my wife and I a glass of wine. He even brought over an appetizer right when we sat down and came over during our meal to make sure we were happy. Nash treated us very well. As a business owner myself I was very happy with the service provided to us by Nash. It turned out to be a great night. I will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant.

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LA
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a nice table for 2 in a row in the middle of the room. It felt really private, but got the vibrant feeling.

The duck egg pizza was excellent as was the papparadelle. Excellent food. The cocktails were good as well.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bone marrow pasta! Fun atmosphere, but I did lose my voice b/c it was so loud! Friendly service.

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d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I was so exceedingly excited. Food was extremely disappointing. The service was excellent. The crowd was rowdy. It was thanksgiving and I spent first 20 minutes next to a man and women yelling at each other drunkenly at the bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Not the place if one of your friends is vegan, server not helpful with possible options

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NF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food and the portions. I can always find something yummy on the menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible as always and the music is always on point! Will be back no doubt.

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B
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food preparation! So happy this restaurant is in our neighborhood!

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b
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant serves items tapas style. The server was incredible. The glasses were never empty and the food came out as it was ready. She was very friendly and helpful. The place is really cool and on the romantic side. The food (flatbread in particular) was fantastic. My only reservation in giving 5 stars was the cost. While we thoroughly enjoyed it, and will most likely return, I think the dishes and cocktails were 10 to 20% overpriced. I understand it’s a very high end area, it’s just that a tapas portion of rigatoni shouldn’t be $20.

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J
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to this place for the first time for brunch with a friend and it was delicious! We got a great seat by the windows so we could people watch, but the space is really cute and cozy. The star is really the food though, it is taking a lot of traditional American-fusion fare up to the next level. Their drinks are also wonderful (#ineedcoffee!) and they have a great deal on bottomless brunch drinks!

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food but REALLY REALLY loud! (Saturday night, 9pm)

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D
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Love and Salt is an interesting place with an interesting menu. I love their Kale salad. the pizza is great too. we tried some pasta that was just ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner on 2/7/19...this is one of the best restaurants we've been to in Manhattan Beach. We each ordered the Castelfranco Radicchio Salad, Grilled Skirt Steak and shared the Brown Sugar Pudding...... all super delicious!!!

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With chef Feldmeier, they are now firing on all cylinders. The components of the Calbrian sausage pizza were in perfect harmony as they should be and the dough was as close to Naples as you can get in Los Angeles. The short rib ragu pasta was also a big step above the previous ragus which were good. Everything seems improved over what was previously very good. And that is not mentioning the outstanding roast chicken which will hold it’s own with the Zuni Cafe version. Live with the noise and enjoy your dinner along with lots of South Bay food lovers. I ‘ve already made my next reservation!

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b
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Limited and strange menu

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were a group of 6 so luckily we got to order so many delicious menu items. We loved the delicate squash, Branzino, mushroom pizza and short rib pasta to name a few.

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L
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Do. Not go here if you want to talk!

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AY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza was fantastic. My husband said it was possibly the best pizza he has ever had (he got the meat lovers). I loved the duck egg pizza. Saltiness of the prosciutto with the creaminess of the egg was a great combo. The crust was thin and had that perfect chewiness and crunch. It was all delicious and I surprised myself by finishing the whole pizza which I don't usually ever do.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall terrific restaurant and service. In my small opinion, there are too many tables for the space. It is cramped.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall. Shares starters and got our own mains. Waitress was very knowledgeable!

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

They need acoustics improvement. My Beet Tortolle was great, but the vegetarian choices were limited and my wife’s spaghetti looked like it came off a Kids Menu

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Z
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Although Your restaurant had been recommended, I found the octopus tasteless, the kale was a 10/10, and the pasta in the bone marrow dish was undercooked and hard, and the service was poor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm yet modern atmosphere to the cozy “local” feel - the beautiful deco-style rendering of an aubergine colored dahlia climbing up the corner wall (deserves more of a spotlight imho)... An obviously well-stocked bar and even mock tails for us non-drinkers... a little Clippers action on a tv that is there if you are interested but not intrusive or distracting from the main draw here which is...THE FOOD. Yummmmm. From the Freakalicious salad 6 grains 5 herbs and slivers of fresh radish - a salad my friends and I marveled over while we ate it and long after we left - all professing it “the BEST salad we ever ate”. Then there is the PIZZA. Made to order it is perfection no matter which one you order. Perfect mixes of sausage, cheeses & herbs it comes to you piping hot set up high on a raised serving dish that encourages sharing. I have to say it’s the most completely divine dining experience I’ve had in YEARS. Not to mention the charm of the beach town boutiques nestled up and down Manhattan Beach Blvd. Gelato up the street after a stroll. It’s a destination I will return to often.
J.Goldy

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GG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant several times and while I always like it, I wasn't blown away this time, especially for the price. We had several small plates but the waiter recommended that we also get a pasta but that ended up being more than the two of us could eat. The pear and prosciutto was a bit bland and, I know this may seem like an odd complaint, but too large for a small plate for two to share. I was happy that the restaurant wasn't too noisy -- a complaint I have with many restaurants these days. Again, I like this place and would recommend it but we found it overpriced for the things we got this time. So I gave it a 4 star.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the food is good and it’s nice. High top chairs could be more comfortable. I think food is pricey for what you get. We had pizza, salads and desert.

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LB
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday! Host was accommodating, wait staff engaged, bartender doing the most! Will return!

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MK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the food was very good, service was friendly and professional. Our table was so close to the party next to us that we felt we were part of a group. I personally would like a little more space so that conversations are private and there is a little more elbow room.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, fun, and lively evening out. Chef Juan was simply fantastic, and we had a fantastic meal. Do yourself a favor and take the recommendations from the staff to heart, they will guide you on a culinary journey if you let them!

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GG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is insanely delish and creative!
Love this place!

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JS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Freekalishious salad is the bomb! The food here is always good - never had anything that I didn't like! Only strange thing that happended is the our group changed from 5 to 4 people at the last minute when we arrived and the hostess had to check with manager to see if it was ok to still seat us.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We are never disappointed...

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WG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. Poor service except for the food runner- he was great. Food and service were adequate, at best.

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KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If someone has a reservation for 2, don't make the spouse wait at the door ... just seat them, especially if the spouse is right outside parking the car. Server lacked rapport and treated the order taking super transactional ... won't be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the wait staff was on point!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife enjoyed the pasta and collectively the prosciutto and pears as an appetizer but I was really disappointed with the porchetta..very chewy and overly seasoned.

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