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Slay Italian Kitchen, Manhattan Beach, CA

Slay Italian Kitchen

4.6
4.6
581 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (424) 257-8301
  • Payment options
    Cash not accepted
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    David Slay
  • Catering
    Please email for more information
  • Private party facilities
    Please email for more information
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Cross street
    Manhattan Ave
  • Parking details
    Street parking and parking lots are available. Please review parking enforcement signs.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 581 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

581 Reviews
  1. PAULD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    St. Louis fav: toasted ravioli ***** Came for the St Louis classic but absolutely loved the staff and pizza. Wish it was a little more roomy and bigger tables but everything else is perfect.

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  2. lesliec

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The noise level, sitting in the middle of this small restaurant, caused the 5 of us to eat fast, skip dessert and get out. The server and the expediter were wonderful. The service itself, with people reaching across you on the table and not coming from behind was fairly awful. There apparently hasn't been good training about how to serve a meal. The food was good but not great. I was happy they had tender pork vs beef osso buco, however it was fairly tasteless with a gooey brown gravy. The salads were good.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit too oily but good overall! Thank you for the excellent service!

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  4. Kellyi

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most charming Italian restaurant in the Southbay! Chef David Slay always gets the best ingredients for freshness and flavors of Italy. The made daily focaccia bread to start is a must! We love the lasagna, chicken piccata and mushroom and fennel pizza!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing local owned restaurant! Chef David has created the perfect ambience paired with fresh delicious recipes. Highly recommend the Salmon special and a glass of Peju Sav Blanc! We enjoyed a family meal with an ocean view, epic. Staff made our experience feel relaxed and special. Thank you team Slay

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  6. Doug

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sole milanese was mushy and disappointing. Difficult to find anything that is not a carb overdose!

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  7. Muud

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night a bit of a lively crowd. Great service, appies, and food!

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  8. Kris

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought the pizza was undercooked and the vongole with linguine has too much broth and not enough flavor. Focaccia was so-so.

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  9. melaniep

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thought the 4 cheese pizza, meatballs and pasta were excellent. Restaurant was way too loud though. Would not come back on weekend because of noise level

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent little expensive. The day we were there there was a big party and not much place to sit.

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  11. JakeS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful menu top to bottom. Great service. Definitely recommend.

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  12. Chlorine

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Location is excellent. Food is a mixed bag. They oversalted two of the four dished we orderd to point of it being very marginal. Service was great but the quality of the dishes is a crap shoot

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and great service The specials are always top notch, but the menu is excellent too

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  14. GabyM1

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good Service, great food and good wine selection. A little too noise for conversation but still a nice ambiance.

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  15. MichaelT

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Service Fantastic Food Very Good Ambience Good Value Highly Recommended

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  16. maryamm

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A neighborhood gem!! Very friendly service & good food!

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  17. barbiec

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a joy to share a meal at the Slay Italian restaurant. Food is sumptious and plentiful and the service is outstanding. thank you for being there!

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  18. BryanA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. The Tuna Poke was a surprise and must get! Incredible flavor and a great night!

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  19. DLSM

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was welcoming and comfortable. Food was fantastic and the service was over the top!!! A fabulous experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend!!

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  20. EmilyNader

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was so delicious! had a great time sitting at the counter. their Slay Vineyard wine is delicious.

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  21. Maggie

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent. Everything was tasty! Service was great. I would definitely go back!

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  22. NickM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a 5 hour layover at LAX and decided to go to a local restaurant. I had the fettuccine with shrimp which was delicious and my wife had Osso Bucco which she also enjoyed.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the customer service is always so good!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Literally mall food. So many better options in town.

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  25. NicoleH

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. The food and staff are wonderful!! We had a fantastic evening.

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  26. ScottL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent italian cuisine with the beach and ocean nearby.

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  27. ErinM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything! So nice to dine outside. Fungi pizza was insane!

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  28. FaribaT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    nice restaurant, food was ok, expected more from an authentic Italian restaurant

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  29. Kate

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Samantha was as always so friendly and so thoughtful. Professional and kind. Great experience. Food delicious of course.

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  30. ValerieA

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always top notch. It's definitely one of our favorite places to go!

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  31. JoeM

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding! We had the Sole entree, sausage pizza, ravioli app and bread pudding and all were excellent. The Slay Pinot Noir was good as well.

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  32. AnnetteA

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, great service - small so a little loud.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    felt extremely rushed for dinner was pushed to take a different wine than one we selected asked why we are not ordering bottles,

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  34. Maureen

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Slay Italian Kitchen. I am an Italian-American from the East Coast & our meals were delicious:) warm & inviting atmosphere! Will return :)

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  35. Tnzmn

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a slow Tuesday night, so take this with a grain of salt, but the lasagna was terrible. My wife loved the cioppino, and the Caesar salad was good.

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  36. Kate

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What happened to the other hostess This new one was not kind…not sure we will go back n/c of her

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  37. KathyaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    "All the people who work there are very friendly; our waitress was incredible. We sat outside, but they didn't have heat lamps. It was a bit cold, and our food cooled down quickly. That's the only downside, but the food was delicious."

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  38. NatalieA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible sunset view sitting outside. Lovely staff and delicious house made pasta. What a treat!

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  39. MollyW

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience as usual ! The food and service was amazing as usual.

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  40. TroyK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Slay offers a consistently wonderful experience. The menu offers a decent selection and everything is top notch. I’ve never had a bad experience here!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.6 stars by 581 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Slay Italian Kitchen

1001 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Manhattan Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking and parking lots are available. Please review parking enforcement signs.
  • Payment options
    Cash not accepted
  • Executive chef
    David Slay
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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