Love and Salt

4.7
1008 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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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful meal here at Love and Salt. Menu different this visit. The mussels were beyond delicious. Signature cocktails creative. You cannot miss this dining experience.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nash was incredible. We had to wait a few extra minutes because our table was taking longer to get up. He took care of us and made us feel so warm and important while we had to wait. He comp’d is with 2 glasses of champagne since it was my husbands bday and when we sat, between him checking on us and our server, service was impeccable. Food couldn’t have been more top notch. Our favorite place!! Highly recommend!!!

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OG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional matched only by the service

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

Always great

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AZ
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Corey was the best!!!

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food server was fantastic as was the food. Exceeded our expectations!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most incredible time here for our anniversary and were so well looked after. The best pasta I’ve ever had in my life (try the bone marrow Mac and cheese type dish, it will blow your mind,) incredible cocktails and mock tails, and they brought us a special anniversary dessert. I’m already making a reservation to come back in a few weeks. THANK YOU!!! EAT HERE!

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k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. Salt Spring Mussels, Castelfranco Radicchio salad, Pappardelle Costolette, Fett’unta grilled bread, Freekehlicious salad all excellent. Great place for special occasion or everyday depending on your budget. The reason for 4 stars for ambience is that seating is a bit more awkward than we like. Relationship of the tables to each other and the height of the tall tables relative to the seats is off. Otherwise excellent place.

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MD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! They have a new chef so there are some new things on the menu and some other things no longer available, but the food is still outstanding!!

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AA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute place, good food - but the restaurant is not good for conversation - its acoustics make it really loud and was hard to hear my dinner guest across a small table.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fennel sausage and duck egg pizza all day.

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RD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It’s overrated for the value and wouldn’t recommend it to our friends. It’s a nice restaurant for lunch but tables are too small for dinner, they didn’t even light the candles.

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New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and for some reason I’m not sure I understand, offered us a very nice cheese plate at no charge!

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JB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for the delicious cheese board night. Loved all our food and great service.

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P
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. We love sitting at the counter watching the chefs! And the complimentary cheese board was wonderful. That is what caused us to make a reservation! Well done!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and amazing service. VERY LOUD for conversation past 7PM

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SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. But I need to put in 50 characters, and awesome is my complete comment.

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B
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner as always. Love the menu, quality of food and service. Our go to place in MB for a nice evening out.

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RB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent ... but a little noisy.

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GB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish is an amazing treat !!!!

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PV
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to love and salt . We where not disappointed we began our dinner with broccoli di cicco and salt spring mussels with Calabrian sausage. For the main course mi wife had the whole branzino with Umbrian lentils and my daughters ordered the whole roasted free-range chicken. They said it was the best chicken they've had in a long time. I had the cresta de gallo pasta with bone marrow. We ended our dinner with a tiramisu and a brown sugar pudding which was absolutely exquisite! Special thanks to our great server Celina and her bus boy Ramon both very attentive and knowledgeable.

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maybe I’m getting old but I’d wished it was brighter and quieter. Our waitress, service, food, and everything was greeeeattttt!!! One of my fave in MB now.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner at Love and Salt and were so impressed! Not only was the food incredible, but the service was awesome! Our server surprised us with a dessert with a candle on top. We felt very celebrated and loved the extra touch from our server! 10/10 for this gem in Manhattan Beach!

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San Francisco
236 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great Sunday brunch! Their thick bacon with maple syrup is extremely addictive. The ham omelette with spinach sauce and their shakshuka are hard to resist also. Great service to go along. Will have to try their dinner next.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh made pasta dishes are divine!
Must have tiramisu.. hands down best ever!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch at love & salt!

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PD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, drink and wine as well. It's a neighborhood gem.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the Italian cooking that you crave. Food that moves you. Exciting but familiar. I will for sure be back. The pizza dough alone is worth it, but the menu has so much more to offer.

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place! Perfect for date night

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

For an Italian restaurant that claims to be family style, their portions sizes are way too small. We ordered the bolognese which was a few ribbons of pasta with some sauce. For 20 dollars, I'd expect it to feed at least one person. It was basically tapas sized. Better off going to North. Same price and menu type, but the portions are better. Service was also really slow. It took our server 15 minutes to take a drink order and at that point we just ordered everything. She dropped a dessert menu and we never saw her again. We waited for another 10 minutes, and the manager came by and we just said screw it, give us the check. Way overrated.

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RH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and drink

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was a little rich this time. Not how I remember it. Would give it another try though.

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KA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love & Salt never disappoints! Amazing food, great service and overall always a great experience. For sure one of our favorite places.

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MC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun night! Great food! Easy, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect sport for catching up with friends.

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SE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal - everything is so fresh and delicious! :)

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food just very very noisy.

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mussels I’ve ever had! Our waitress was terrific and let us eat at a leisurely pace.

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Had our staff retreat dinner there and the service and food were amazing. Afterward, we walked to the beach since its only two blocks away.

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