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Love and Salt

4.8
1339 Reviews
$30 and under
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 and 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.

Support Love and Salt during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1339 people are saying
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Kim6973
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in downtown MB! I love the Cacio de Pepe so much. As usual, our whole dinner was delicious .

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CharlieW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, good drinks and lovely staff. Loves the apps.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from beginning to ending!🙏

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vipKarenD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love and Salt never disappoints. We especially appreciated their adherence to social distance protocol with their outdoor tables. We felt very safe and comfortable. Food was fantastic as always. Fresh ingredients, simply prepared and delicious! Service was excellent...attentive and engaging. Such a treat after being stuck at home for a year!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Drinks! Great Service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service was disappointing, they were more focused on “turning tables” than proving great experience. This is A new problem, as we have been going regularly since the opened, likely lack of manager training and experience. Hope they figure it out, or MB will turn to its many options.

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vipEricB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think the food is good, the pizzas looked great, I just think we picked the wrong thing on this evening. Overall it was very good.

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vipGeeyogini
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love and Salt never disappoints. Never.

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vipSamiL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good service with nice views of the ocean from outdoor seating area.

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SavannahB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the best night! Our server MJ was amazing!!!!!

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vipDissapointed
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Always solid

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, not cheap but that shows

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NicoleL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was perfect. It was our first dinner out in a very long time and it didn’t disappoint at all. The cocktails were delicious and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

RK
vipRachelK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious, inspiring food! Best restaurant for foodies in MB right now. Yum....

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Bella
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great, the food experience and atmosphere was very good. My only comment was when we finished paying our bill the waitress told us we had to leave because another party was waiting for our table. It was a little rude especially since we were halfway getting up after we signed for the tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First of all let me start by saying I normally love this place but my last experience was very poor. One of the things they do that doesn’t make sense and you never see in a restaurant of this quality is bring out the food plate by plate. I actually got my food 5 minutes before the next plate came out for another person in my party. So I had two choices which were to eat by my self or let the food get cold. Then about 5 minutes after the second dish came out the third dish finally arrived so we all basically ate while other people in our party watched. The server was very friendly and the food just ok that night. A very disappointing experience in a normally good restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipLaura
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I've been to Love & Salt and it was delicious as usual. We were celebrating a birthday with a party of 5 so we ordered several different dishes and ate family style. My favorites for the evening were the shaved fennel salad, freekehlicious salad, spaghetti al limone, and the spicy soppressata pizza. The service was excellent and the cocktails were delicious. I will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and great service!

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chateaulee
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy bronzino ! Our pasta dish with bone marrow was dreamy too

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and drinks. Great location too.

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vipGolfdoc911
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were very good considering the circumstances. It will be nice to get back indoors once it is safe. But we really had a nice time.

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vipLAfoodie
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I’ve been here about a dozen times now. Every time it’s been a wonderful experience. Their Kirkorian South is probably the best pizza I’ve ever had (and I’ve been to Italy quite a few times)! Love their freekehlicious salad, grilled broccolini, and burrata from the appetizers. My favorite pasta is by far the gnocchi - that mushroom sauce is incredible! For the mains, I like their branzino (have to admit I liked it pre-covid better), the steak was slightly above average, but the reason I’m giving them 4 stars is the lamb. It’s actually delicious and has an Indian spice to it, but my husband got very ill after eating it. It’s meant to be cooked rare - and some pieces were. But when we were all done with our food, I went to try one of the pieces he left. I told him that it looked straight up raw. He didn’t notice bc it had so many spices that it covered up the issue. I ended up just having a few pieces of the beans that were left and the sauce was actually really good. The next morning, my husband felt sick to his stomach and it lasted almost 3 days. So if you do order the lamb, just make sure to check if all the pieces are cooked prior to eating.

Service is always great as well.

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vipNCDiner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Every single time we go to Love & Salt we have an absolutely amazing evening. Everyone who works there is incredible and the atmosphere is always up!

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MKandDR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad they made it through this Pandemic, the food and service is always great.

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vipMBseniorfoodie
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the grilled octopus salad, a favorite of ours, but was disappointed that it was over salted. The pasta dishes were great as usual. I was debating on two different wines and the server was nice enough to bring me tastes of both.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous quality!!!!
Great service!
Outdoor dining!!!

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KrisK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we ended up eating indoors.. first time in more than a year! Love and Salt did a great job of separating the tables, limiting the number of customers and making everyone feel welcome and safe.

The staff were all super friendly. I think everyone happy to be able to start moving back to normal dining.

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LauraH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside and had plenty of safe space around us. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was terrific.

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Peej
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice outdoor seating. Nice waitress. Very good overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It was great to finally share a meal with friends even if outdoors. Have eaten at L&S pre-COVID and loved it. This experience was a little more challenging.

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JuneP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Overall, good service, good food. For this level of restaurant, outdoor dining on the street is not ideal, but it was enjoyable to eat out, and feel some degree of normality again.

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JacquelynG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great time at Love & Salt! The food is delicious and drinks are great. Old fashioned is one of the best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and great drinks ! Our waiter was very helpful at helping us with the menu

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vipfluffydog
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the grilled octopus salad, spicy soppresata pizza, Branzino & lamb chops. Everything was delicious. The extra 4% extra kitchen charge (not the gratuity) seems to be a practice nowadays.

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NancyF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food and ambiance of Love & Salt! The staff is very friendly, attentive and helpful. I would have given this five stars all around but outside dining was a bit of an issue since it was windy and a bit cold. No fault of the restaurant's! But my husband, daughter and I still had a great meal!

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GersonQ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the energy, very positive, food is amazing loved their pasta and pizza and they’re garlic bread is stunning.

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IveteC
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner here last weekend. We ordered the grilled octopus and the shaved fennel salads to start. Both were delicious, but the if I had to choose just one, I would do the shaved fennel. Trust. Dinner was the half roasted chicken which was really juicy and flavorful, and the Krikorian South pizza which was amazing. Paired all this with a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (one of our faves) and we walked away happy campers. Definitely going back here soon. I recommend.

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vip8There
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Venturing to eat outside with friends when things opened up for outdoor dining, we started with drinks and appetizers: the Wood Oven Meatballs and Winter Citrus, Beets & Burrata. Great to share while we ordered Mussels, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Margherita pizza and a Spicy Soppressata pizza. All were delicious but the Tagliatelle Bolognese was fabulous! We ended with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch and the Buttered Rum Pudding. Don’t miss ending your meal with Buttered Rum Pudding - smooth and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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You can order delivery directly from Love and Salt using the Order Online button. Love and Salt also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Love and Salt also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 545-5252.

Love and Salt is rated 4.8 stars by 1339 OpenTable diners.

Love and Salt does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/love-salt/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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