Love and Salt

4.7
756 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Love & Salt is a neighborhood Italian inspired restaurant. We blend accessibility and innovation with a menu that celebrates the soul of Italian cuisine reflected through a distinctly SoCal personality
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:30-10pm
Friday: Dinner 5:30-11:00pm

Saturday -
Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Mid-day Snack: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-11pm

Sunday
Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Mid-day Snack: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-10pm
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Phone number
(310) 545-5252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Fiorelli
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Cross street
Highland Ave.
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Parking details
Meter parking is available in the public lot directly behind the restaurant, along the streets or in the Metlox public lot. Parking is plentiful, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking as various local events can make parking more limited.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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.
What 756 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

I’ve never been in a louder restaurant.

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R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Chef, loved the food and loved the ambiance.

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v
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was not great for what the price was but the service was good .

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AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great, but the place is too noisy.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and a the food was amazing!

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, warm and friendly service and a fun atmosphere. We absolutely loved every single dish we had - the skirt steak (AMAZING) was perfectly cooked and seasoned; our sausage and green onion pizza was so flavorful and the brown sugar pudding....dangerously good. Great selection of wines and amari. Highly recommend.

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LC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been trying to go to this beach front restaurant for the past couple of years. When I walked in to this small, but well design place it was a little busy, not over crazy for a Saturday night. We started with their English Muffins, I recommend them highly. The pizza along with their house made pasta hit you with such flavors that it will tickle your palette.
This is a must for all diners to eat at.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Small plates for the most part, but they were filling.

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Noise was horrible and the food came all at once. Slow to being the cocktails

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Adelaide / SA
59 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff were all very professional. I’ll go back again

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i
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! Lamb bolognese, bone marrow dish, salads!! Everything was great from the service to ambience and all!

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SM
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is an amazing restaurant. Totally impressed with the Burrata with fresh peaches, grilled octopus (very tender), and the bone marrow pasta. All delicious! It’s a lively, high energy spot which is fun but also makes conversation in a normal voice difficult. I was hoarse after dinner. As long as you know this going on, you won’t be disappointed!

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EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the waiter was not the most friendly person. Not personable.

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AH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cucumber salad with plum with pesto sauce was excellent

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K
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

WAitress was rude while serving the food. Food was ok not worth the price.

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GO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Manager, Stephan, was extremely helpful and knowledgablr about food. I can’t wait until our next meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From appetizer, to entree, to desert. Everything was amazing! MJ is a great server.

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CT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, except I dislike having to pay for bread. And the two pieces of ciabatta cost $6, not worth it. Our main server was unfriendly without a smile and talk so quickly we could barely understand her. She didn't come around to ask how I'd owner was until it was time for the check. Those servers who actually brought the food were lovely.

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KK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent - 5 stars. Bolognese and brown sugar pudding were standouts. Server was very friendly and accommodating-my friend sent back her drink and she was very good about getting it replaced without asking any questions. She just said yes.

The downside--I asked for a Manhattan up with Bulleit rye. When I received the bill, I was charged $14 for a Bulleit rye on the rocks, an additional $3 for it to be "up", and an additional $3 to make it a Manhattan. This is the strangest way I've ever seen a Manhattan charged. It came to $20!??? A Bulleit Manhattan should be about $14, maybe $15. I told the server and she was good about getting the price back to $14. That said, look at your bill closely.

Service was super slow. The couple next to us got their food and left before they even took our order. Maybe they were mad because my friend sent her drink back? Good thing we were not in a rush.

Somehow our bill was $225 for 2 people. We ordered one salad, one app, one pasta and one dessert. Oh, and we had 3 drinks each :). Still though...I'm always shocked when I get the bill here. You never think it's going to be that expensive and it sneaks up on you.

Overall, worth it for the food and the friendly hospitality.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place!! Great service, atmosphere and delicious food!! Will definitely return and try the pizza and a few of the salads. So many amazing dishes! Definitely try the Burrata and peaches !

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d
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been to Love and Salt may five times, the menu used to be better. Can't say that I would recommend going back at this time. It's OK but for the price there are better options for sure! Too bad, Love and Salt was outstanding at one time.

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Q
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Wonderful nice people. Yummy awesome food. Great atmosphere

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here. We came for brunch on our anniversary and it was great! The baked eggs and tomatoes were outstanding. The fingerling potatoes and sauce was so good. Then they surprised us with a caramel pudding (since it was our anniversary) and even though we were full we still tried it. Then it was gone. That was fantastic! We will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All around fantastic experience. Food was excellent and perfectly seasoned. We had....peas & burrata, grilled octopus, shaved fennel salad, delta asparagus and the trottole. We loved every bite. It’s all about the wonderful ingredients and allowing them to shine. Chef does that here. Service was knowledgeable and friendly. We experienced friendly hospitality from everyone we came in contact with. Wonderful team! And thank you for a good wine selection too!
Overall, well done team! You provided a wonderful setting for us to enjoy a wonderful meal. Thank you.
A very special thank you to Chef and the culinary team, we LOVED every bite.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I had dinner on a Saturday evening. I would recommend this restaurant to a diner wanting a unique spin on Italian cuisine and one who enjoys small serving sizes and a loud noise level (also known as energetic). Service and wine were outstanding.

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F
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Carefully prepared innovative dishes. Recommend the octopus and the sushi of the day.

Bartender makes a great margarita!

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AL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was well executed but not fantastic which was their reputation
Service was weak

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Carbonara and it was average at best. Everything else was really good.

English muffins were good. The ciabatta was fantastic. The pizza was great.

I'm not sure what happened with my dish, whether it was a fluke or not, but I overall enjoyed the experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as always. Keep up the good work. Definitely recommend

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey for breakfast but the service was very good.

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MB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful dining experience. Tried the grilled octopus and Bolognese for the first time, both were excellent. Love the pizza and meatballs as well. I'll be back very soon.

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O
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and cocktails. Our group particularly enjoyed the grilled octopus appetizer. The atmosphere is hip and busy but extremely loud. Our party of 4 spent the meal yelling at each to be heard. Had no clue what our waitress was saying because the crazy noise level drowned her out.

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B
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal at Love & Salt. This place is the best restaurant in MB!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always an excellent time and meal at Love & Salt. English muffins never disappoint and the cocktails are divine!

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RF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On the loud side, but that's typical for Downtown MB. Food is exceptional and shows modern Italian inspiration to showcase top quality ingredients.

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DZ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a lovely atmosphere. Go there and enjoy.

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E
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is fantastic and the atmosphere very fun. Wish it was much less loud.

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MV
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I was so excited to come here after drooling over Instagram posts. It was unfortunately a bit of a let down. I came with a friend in town who is vegan, so we scoped the menu in advance. Her plan was to order avocado toast, a classic brunch staple, especially in LA. Turns out the menu on open table was not updated and despite avocados being in stores here everywhere, they have none at the restaurant. She modified another dish that they said they could make with extra potatoes in it. It came with zero potatoes, instead of extra. The server did not notice. We let him know and he brought a side of potatoes. Zero salt or seasoning of any kind. They also brought my entree maybe 5 minutes before bringing hers, which is a poor experience for diners. I had the cacio e pepe eggs on ciabatta toast and it was good but nothing good enough to come back for again. The mimosas were good; and the server was quite pleasant - but I don’t intend to return. Would be great if restaurants made it a point to update their menu on apps like open table, as it can really impact the dining experience when dealing with someone’s dietary limitations.

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KC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not impressed

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