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Love and Salt

4.8
1467 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.

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 1467 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was great, the service could’ve been a bit better, and those chairs are the worst to sit in. If it’s one thing I could change, it’s so chairs that are incredibly uncomfortable.

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MikeG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. They really do it well here!

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vipMonicaL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with our family ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Bad service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Elliquinn
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely little place on the Blvd with excellent food! The service was a bit slow in terms of getting our drinks and food, however the server checked in on us regularly and our dinner was really nice.

Make sure you make a reservation and the inside is a bit tight so be prepared to be bumped at least once during your meal. They did have outside dining as well.

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SusanJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great time. Waitress was the best ever. Recognized us from prior visits and went out of her way for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellant Desert - pudding was so so

LM
vipLisaM
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and it was just as delicious!!

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docdcg
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience . Only 1 hiccup , got charged for a more expensive wine than we ordered but Bill was promptly corrected .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We were seated nearly 45 minutes late because the table before us would not leave. We were comped a free appetizer

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

MJ
MJjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is good but maybe tries too hard to be different. Very loud but fun.

MB
vipMBseniorfoodie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been to Love & Salt many times and loved it. This time the bread was overly greasy. The service was slow even with forgiving being short of help. The fennel sausage pasta was slow to come out but was great as usual. Then we waited a long time for the short rib pasta to come. When it did, the pasta was chewy, not just al dente but chewy. Overall not as good of an experience as usual. I was there with a friend visiting from Florida.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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MagdaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink however, limited dinner menu. Service is friendly and attentive. And nice music for dining, not to loud or energetic!

LM
vipLisaM
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Delicious!! I had prosciutto and summer melon appetizer AND the tomato, peaches and burrata! FANTASTIC. For dinner we had the hanger steak, Rigatoni, and the krikorian south pizza. Amazing!! and for dessert we had the tiramisu and the buttered rum pudding. Perfection! Service was great!! I will definitely be back.

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vipMichaelF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Great ambience. Good food. Would return for sure!

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LisaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! We sat outside and it was a really nice evening. There are heaters for cooler evenings but wasn't needed for us. Could maybe add a little more plants or something to make it nicer as you're basically sitting in the street. But not complaining. Would definitely recommend! You do have to plan ahead as reservations are not easy to come by.

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vipdorisc
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As soon as the bill was paid I was rushed to finish my drink. There was no warning that we had 90 min to eat and drink. Otherwise I would have ordered another drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! I highly recommend Love & Salt!

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Beth
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

My daughter and I were able to get an early evening reservation for Saturday. We were seated outside ( street adjacent), which I understood when I booked, but it just can’t compare to the ambiance of their indoor space. Regardless, the food was perfect. We ordered everything to split, starting with the octopus salad. Finished our meal off with a pudding that was so good I even used my finger to swipe a last taste off the inside of the tea cup it was served in. They adorned our cocktails with a fresh thyme sprig attached to the glass by a miniature wooden clothes pin, and an aromatic dried lemon slice. We ordered seconds
and grooved through our meal satisfied and relaxed.

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DustinM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was a total sweetheart. We’ll definitely be back!

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FrankC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went fir our anniversary as we would be in the area.
Outstanding experience. Accommodating hostess and wait staff. Bar tender was personable, knowledgeable and informative. Was seated on time.
If I had one little gripe it was that the food was slightly salty… still delicious and creative.
Great place and I would go again.
Hats off to Love & Salt for giving a quality experience without being pretentious or over priced!

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bizzbobb
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to come here when I was traveling a lot for work, but hadn't been in a few years. I recently moved to Long Beach and was excited to try it again. It's still amazing. The service, wine selection, and food are best in class. Highly recommended.

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vipleahnyc
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We loved it and will return- thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good ambiance.

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vipEricS
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here about once a month since they've opened. Food is consistently prepared and servings are well proportioned. While I have some favorites, you can't go wrong with any of the pastas or pizzas. My go-to app has always been the black kale salad. Make sure you sample their cocktails too as they rotate seasonally. My favorite among the regulars - Jimmy Conway. If you enjoy Manhattans you'll like that one.

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viprinni
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive staff. Delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and super delicious food. The gnocchi can be turned into a sublime gluten free pasta as the sauce and mushrooms are crazy flavorful. And the dessert below was epic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing waitress and good food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cresto di Gallo was delicious. Same as the duck egg pizza. Highly recommend!

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RobertM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous concentrated menu with extraordinary results. wonderful service that was poised, efficient and engaging. one of the best restaurants in South Bay period!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, service and ambiance! Will definitely be back

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Ashley
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing we ate was fantastic… from the drinks to the food to the dessert. Highly recommend!

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Christian
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

We arrived 7 minutes after our rescheduled time slot (5 got there at 5:07) only to be told we were too late and would either have to wait another hour or do sidewalk seating. We would have no issue with doing either, however the host had a sharp tone to her voice that was almost condescending. It ruined our experience from the get go. Our food arrived and the pasta was undercooked, quite disappointed in that as well since we thought it would be the one redeeming quality. The one positive thing was our waitress, we didn’t get her name but she had purple hair. She was really helpful and kind. Overall upset at our experience, as we were really looking forward to it.

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vipCSB2010
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service and ambience, however the food was disappointing

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vipLky1
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience start to finish. Great service. Every dish was delicious! Thank you for being there for us, and thank you for being one of our favorite in-town restaurants. Always a sure bet when friends and family come to visit.

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You can order delivery directly from Love and Salt using the Order Online button. 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 1467 OpenTable diners.

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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