Slay Italian Kitchen

4.8
159 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 159 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had our first date night in what seemed forever. Having been a fan of David Slay for years (Park Ave. in Stanton), we decided to go up to my wife’s childhood neighborhood and try the Italian Kitchen. We were greeted like old friends and shown to our table. Colin and Sabrina offered some excellent suggestions for dinner. We ended up sharing everything (as we usually do). We started with the Bibb salad, then decided to try the fungi pizza as an appetizer (we took most of it home and enjoyed it for lunch). The pizza was as good as any we have ever had! We then shared the butternut squash raviolis… OMG! Even better than what I remembered from il Garage. We complemented all this with a bottle of Slayer Cabernet Sauvignon (any of the Slay wines would have sufficed but, that night was special). We finished off dinner with the eggnog bread pudding dessert. Perfection! We decided right then and there that we will be making the drive from Orange County on a regular basis!

KD
KimberlyD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dressed warmly and sat outside by choice. Our server Jeff was very warm & helpful. We shared the beet salad & the flash fried ravioli. Both were delicious. I had the butternut squash tortelloni with the Gorgonzola sauce. It was rich & delicious. My boyfriend had a salmon entree & enjoyed it. We both enjoyed Slayer Pinot Noir & he had the Slayer Chardonnay, too. All in all it was a delicious & enjoyable birthday celebration.

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DougR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The team at Slay was excellent. Our servers were prompt and helpful. The rest of the staff was very friendly. We were given an excellent outdoor table. The food was fantastic and I would recommend Slay Italian Kitchen.

PJ
vipPeggyJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Funghi & Fennel pizza. It was excellent, especially the crust.
Everything was perfect. So happy to have this restaurant walking distance from my home!
Thank you Slay Italian!

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vipsonisf
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed another great dinner at Slay's! Our server was utterly delightful and super attentive, food was delicious and was a nice night on outdoor patio. And my daughter loved her olive oil birthday cake! :)

EB
vipEmadB
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & excellent service. I’ve been here before & I keep coming back. Manager is very attentive to details & pleasing customers.
Great place for every occasion.
Thank you.

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vipPamela
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good energy, great service and food. Love the Holiday decorations!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!!

RD
vipRosalieD
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I have never been to an Italian restaurant where they do not offer bread other than garlic...I asked to purchase it but nothing available...They make pizza why not bread?
It will not be a repeat!

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vip8There
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sitting outside with friends in the parklette on an unseasonably warm evening, we were looking forward to a great meal. Starting with a Chianti, a charcuterie board and Calamari and Zucchini Fritti (a bit greasy for my taste), our server was attentive, patient and helpful. The Beet Salad (would definitely order again) was the beginning of the main meal: Osso Bucco, a side of Cacio e Pepe (too salty), the Pork Ragu and a Margherita Pizza (the crust is so tasty). A nice evening and too full to attempt dessert, we called for the check.

DC
DonCoreLeon
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local in Manhattan Beach and have eaten at Slay Italian Kitchen about 7 times now and it has been excellent each time. We've had great food and service every time so I'm really appreciative for this place in the South Bay.

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Patrick
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner.Music is a bit loud for conversation. But we love your food so all is good!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu, food, service, all so good!

SF
vipSeeFoodDiet
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, amazing staff. Consistently a great experience and atmosphere. Please fight hard to keep the patio dining available year around.

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vipSuzette
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian cuisine in the Southbay

SF
vipSeeFoodDiet
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food, staff, atmosphere all amazing.

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vipExplorer
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna, excellent Osso bucco, beef skewer, beet salad. Nothing to complain about. Best food and ambiance. Will be back many times

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jennifers
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Location and atmosphere was good. Food was just so so. Chicken Piccata was average. Pizza was tasty! Cake for dessert was dry. A bit over priced. Wait staff was busy. During a pandemic I guess this is the new normal. Was great to see friends and catch up, regardless.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner. My favorite place in Manhattan beach.

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Heyday
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipbabs
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Beautiful evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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vipbeachgirl
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always so delicious. Great service!

CD
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

OT
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
116 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.

MD
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.

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

Great food great service

OT
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!

OT
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

KK
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.

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

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

OT
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.

M
vipMojo
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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 159 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.