Cafe Pierre

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317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Send to Phone
Popular California-French-Italian cuisine in a bustling room, accompanied by an encyclopedic and reasonably priced wine list.


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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Pierre, Manhattan Beach, CA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Pierre Restaurant Review

: CAFE PIERRE HAS CLOSED AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS, BUT OWNERS GUY GABRIELE AND HIS DAUGHTER, SYLVIE, ARE PARTNERING WITH CHEF MICHAEL FIORELLI ON A NEW RESTAURANT CALLED LOVE AND SALT. IT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN THE FORMER CAFE PIERRE SPACE IN JULY 2014. This Manhattan Beach restaurant's origin dates back to the 1960s when owner Guy Gabriele first opened Crêpière, which later became the more easily pronounced Café Pierre. The main dining room décor features a dome painted in sky-blue tones that contrasts with the red tablecloths and ceiling in the bar area. Upstairs is a private dining room for up to a dozen guests. Gabriele's father was a French charcutier who married an Italian cook, so he is pleased to offer dishes inspired by both of his parents. Much of the charcuterie is prepared in-house, including the jars of duck rillettes and pigs' trotters. Start with crisp pork belly or red and yellow beets accompanied by goat cheese and pickled red onions before enjoying heartier dishes such as the filet with pepper sauce or loup de mer with oven-dried tomatoes, herbs and potatoes. The apple tart will provide a sweet ending to your meal, and don't forget about the signature bread pudding. A $35 three-course prix-fixe menu featuring market-inspired dishes is available Sunday through Wednesday. A great wine will likely be found within the rather interesting choices that include some lesser known wines from various origins throughout the world.

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