Slay Italian Kitchen

4.8
140 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Owner and Chef David Slay brings a “Rustic” Italian Menu to his beachside restaurant located in Manhattan Beach, CA. Slay Italian emphasizes a rotating menu with seasonally inspired stone fired pizzas, fresh and dried pastas, roasts, and seafood. Slay also offers fresh ingredients, vegetables, and his very own wine from his Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara … Slay Estate & Vineyard.

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
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
What 140 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner. My favorite place in Manhattan beach.

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Heyday
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Nice setting and highly recommend for a special night out.

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vipbabs
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Beautiful evening.

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vipbeachgirl
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always so delicious. Great service!

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vipCatD
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So appreciate a casual spot with great eats. Service was awesome - definitely going back again and next time saving room for dessert. Keep it up guys! This place is a winner

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vipfoodee
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Average food at high prices. We ordered sparkling wine and the glass they brought us was flat with no bubbles - server probably should have noticed that. They replaced it promptly with no fuss though. Squash blossoms were very good. Bucatini was good. Osso buco was not so good - luke warm with a bland broth - it was missing the deep rich flavor and unctuous sauce that is characteristic of osso buco. Finally, I have to note the manager was not wearing a mask at all even though he was mostly indoors and going into the kitchen. Not a great value, and there are at least 3 better Italian restaurants in the South Bay.

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vipLarryS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Atmosphere and service we’re both amazing. Unfortunately food was subpar, at best. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Food was heavy on the salt, which over powered and masked the taste.

JB
vipJaniceB
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, service, food! Cioppino was delicious! Pricey but worth it. No cocktails but they do have a great selection of wines.

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McDinner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seated outside nice Food great. Server was very busy. A little expensive for pasta.

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viptpbohli
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid environment great service and outstanding food quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I really wanted to love this place. I eat pasta once every 6 months so I was looking forward to an extremely satisfying cheat meal. Food was mediocre at best. At its price point I expected to be blown away. They obviously do not have enough staff as no one offered me another glass of wine and there were piles of dirty dishes stacked on the divider for the outdoor patio and the road. Won't be back.

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vipAlison612
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner outside. Nice variety on the menu, something for everybody. All the staff is very friendly. This is a popular neighborhood place. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on the weekends.

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vipClojangles
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went a while ago when they opened and wasn’t wowed. We tried it again and had a great night. Good food, wine and great staff. We’ll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality, great servuce

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KathleenK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible. There were six of us and each dish was excellent. The ambience made us feel like we were in a small town in Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and all the staff were amazing. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan was superb. He was attentive and his attention to detail was impressive. Jordan made us feel welcome and made sure we were comfortable. He has a good sense of humor, which is essential for a front-line worker. Overall, the restaurant has made sure that it has a culture of politeness and friendliness. That is a sign of a restaurant that truly cares for its customers. Keep up the good work. Would like to see some more wine selections, especially reds. It can only enhance the experience. May want to add more vegan or vegetarian selections too, to the appetizer and main course. With a health conscious populace, more vegetarian dishes are welcome.

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vipMojo
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, food was delicious, presentation was excellent! It was a very enjoyable dining experience..

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viprobertL
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Italian - high end quality, feel and service

DR
vipDavidR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a neighborhood go-to for us. Always very good.

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NatalieA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now my second time at Stay within the last two weeks and, every time it does not disappoint. The past two visits I have had Katie as our server and she's the kindest waitress ever. Besides the good food, her service was a big reason why we came back. Would definitely recommend someone to go to Stay.

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EmadB
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Staff is amazing.
Excellent food specially the Branzino fish.
I’ll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Excellent! Wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides fantastic specials and menu there is always warm and friendly service

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vipShannonF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner- we had Chicken Piccata- loved it, Farm Fresh Tomatoes, Prosciutto & Melon - so delicious! It was a beautiful evening outside dining was fabulous- highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff! Food was authentic Italian. Beautiful evening !

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vipBretH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

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PatriciaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great - food, ambiance, service (although the waitress' assistant, spilled water on one of my guests). We were glad it wasn't another beverage.

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vipMBMom
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was great on a beautiful evening outside. We had a great time.
Food was good.
Only complaint-the Slay Chardonnay was almost undrinkable at $18 a glass!

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Dizzy
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Every item we ordered was very good. My party of 3 shared everything.

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vipdennisw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a fabulous experience. The server was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend it!

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KelleyH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, airy, lovely local Italian restaurant. Excellent food and nicely crafted wine list. Always great service, especially server Jose.

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FaithFamilyFood
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

From Michelle the host, to Jacob the Mgr and especially our server Katy were fabulous and the food was on point!

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AndyR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setting adjacent to a Manhattan Beach walk street, wonderful food and service. What's not to like about Slay Italian Kitchen?

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CalvinM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food and service in the south bay

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Had the cioppino - terrific broth and chock full of tasty morsels. A little on the pricey side (90, including a couple Peroni and my share if a couple apps + dessert). The apple / cherry pie with vanilla ice cream was terrific.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Slay Italian Kitchen using the Order Online button. Slay Italian Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 257-8301.

Slay Italian Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 140 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.