Chef Melba's Bistro
Chef Melba's Bistro

Chef Melba's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chefmelbasbistro.com/
  • Phone: (310) 376-2084
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Melba
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for menu options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street(metered) parking.
A word from Chef Melba's Bistro
At Chef Melba’s Bistro, we use the freshest of ingredients to create your meals, and our menu changes with the seasons. As such there may be slight differences between what is posted on this website and what is available on the day you dine with us. We may also add daily specials utilizing fresh ingredients found at the local farmer's market. This menu has been put together with the goal of healthy life and healthy living in mind; to that end, Chef Melba uses organic natural products and wild seafood to the greatest extent possible.

We have a delightful selection of premium wines and beers to accompany your meal - see our wine menu for some of our current selections. You may bring your own bottle for a modest corkage fee.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Chef Melba's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (17)romantic (10)good for groups (6)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Favorite South Bay Restaurant
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our party of 4 all had different entres ( Petrale sole, sea scallops, terres major streak, and butterfish) all of which were great. Both couples had the ahi tuna starter and a nice red. A wonderful dining experience with Chef Melba presiding over the open kitchen. What could be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The experience at Chef Melba's is like being in Melba's dining room, elegant but homey. The menu is creative with a diversity of tastes and choices. I enjoyed the swordfish in Pipian sauce. It was a nice combination of spicy and flavorful. Maybe a little pricey for a local dining experience, but overall worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with W&E
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We LOVE Chef Melbas! I especially enjoy her treasures from the sea. She does a beautiful job with shellfish. I adore her Peruvian bay scallop starter.Something about the pico de gallo kick just works w/the sweet ponzu! This time I had the Fish stew and enjoyed it but would have preferred more scallops/shrimp vs. fish. It was fish heavy BUT to be fair, if it had been a fish I like I wouldn't complain. I think it was branzino. My friends had the Swordfish special which was JUST PERFECT...not the least bit dry. Another friend had the Loup de Mer. Just beautiful! Service is always good. I had the lava of heirloom tomatoes on a prior visit...a little overdressed. This time I asked for light dressing...perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    LAWoman
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a great meal! I found the portions a little small (and I am not a big eater!) but everything was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Food
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Live in area and Return often to this very good local restaurant. This weekend I wanted to lick the plate of Mushroom appetizer. Salads were perfect. Loup de mer was delicious. Steak just ok. Desserts average (need to bring on a creative dessert maker). Overall excellent and reliable local place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Southbay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As good as the best LA has to offer. By far the best in Redondo/Hermosa/MB area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Welcome Surprise
    NupeSugarRayVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I went to the restaurant after driving by it numerous times since we live in the area. Food was fantastic. Service was friendly and great. Wine selection is amazing. Only issue the entire night is that we asked for a few dishes and the kitchen was out of the dish. That was a downer and got to the point of just wanting to ask "What do you have available on the menu?"...But the food that did come was great. Highly recommended. Quaint bistro. Small intimate, romantic setting. A bit pricey, but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Shannon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great mushroom pasta. The bread is grilled with butter...extra bonus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    TheBrits
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There are so many restaurants in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach but this little gem is quite a find. We loved it. I hate to say it but for the quality of food and service, the price is very good. I'd recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in South Bay
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A great menu and inventive specials, this restaurant has something for everyone! Chef Melba greats everyone from her open kitchen. I have been there many times and am always impressed with the freshness of ingredients and the wide range of choices from appetizers, salads, entrees, and deserts. It is truly a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem
    GmnjVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The favors in each dish stood out. Starting with the mango ceviche and the scallops to the fish stew and lamb with chorizo. The fresh and clean food worked really well for the people in our group who are gluten allergic and vegetarian. The chef took care to check in and share her culinary journey and philosophy. Every part of the meal including desserts were amazing. One of the best seafood restaurants in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 90 reviews are from the Chef Melba's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Love Melba's in Hermosa!
    valentinevegas
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a very small gourmet restaurant near Hermosa Beach Pier. If you like quality food...this is the place for you. I had the butter dish which was absolutely delicious. My daughter ordered the braised short rib. Both dished were beautifully plated. The salad produce is local organic. Get ready.. desert was a delectable chocolate box filled with fresh berries and passion fruit cream and raspberry purée. I love restaurants where you get a chance to meet the chef. Melba comes out a mingles with her patrons. This is a small restaurant and the noise level is high. I would definitely return to Melba's Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    willwonka
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A very enjoyable and fun evening. The exposed kitchen tells it all - just good ol' honest cooking with flair. The smells and dining experience permeate through the quaint digs to excite the spirit. We had a delicious meal, friendly and accommodating service that enhanced our evening experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, a very nice experience
    meannie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Chef Melba greeted us as, & asked about our experience as we left. Waitstaff attentive/knowledgeable. A bit cozy, quite noisy. Kitchen is open view with a homey feel. A bit of bumping chairs/elbows (no one seemed to mind). Bread is grilled & delicious. Popcorn Conch (a tad bready). The Lamb Shank was tasty served in a large bowl, swimming in Chorizo Chili. The shank continued to submerge in a sea of chili so I blindly tried to locate & cut it while trying not to cause a tidal wave. The Apple Cobbler was phenomenal! It was out of this world. The waiter was kind enough to offer more quarters for parking so we could an additional cobbler at my daughter's request. Overall, the food was good, Chef Melba warm & friendly & waitstaff was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    malcivVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I travel to the area for business multiple times a year. Lately I've been in the habit of going to the same restaurants over and over again. This trip I made it a point to find someplace new and I couldn't have been more impressed. The food and the service were fantastic. So much so I had to go back a few days later to try more things on the menu. Over the course of my two meals I experienced 5 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 desserts. I had my favorites but everything was impressive. You really can't go wrong. I wouldn't hesitate to go back again with coworkers, clients, or by myself. This is my new favorite restaurant in the area. Darren's just lost a lot of business!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite food
    KlovesS
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Everything we ate was exquisite. Food prices were inexpensive, but the wines were slightly overpriced. The restaurant is built like a neighborhood diner with a small dining area surrounded by windows. Our early evening experience was bright and airy with plenty of beach people watching in the funky neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in South Bay
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent menu with inventive specials make Chef Melba's a great choice for everyone. Appetizers are incredible, especially the Ahi Tuna Tataki! Warm grilled bread, excellent wine selection, and great service with owner/chef's open kitchen make this bistro the place to be. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Dallasgreek
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food quality was below average. Cigars good. Clam broth was watery and unsalted. Sashimi was over sauced. After meals Main dishes continued with mistakes. Desserts were average too. Chocolate box ok, apple crumble was less than average. Not the best. Overall, food looks good but lacks flavor. Seating is only good thing about this place, as you can interact. Service low too, waiter tried to hit on my date when I went to the lavatory. Not recommended, we both agreed we will not go back and said good to try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Justus
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Amazing good presentation! From appetizers, to dinner & dessert ..delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    FromLeawoodVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We loved it. The food and the setting was really good. Raviolis, fresh fish, farm to table quality, pretty presentation. Melba's has it all. We will be back. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    RPinHB
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love Melba's. It's fantastic and every time we go she blows us away with something new.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    drjoe
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    another wonderful meal at Chef Melba's. the people and the food could not be better. it is such a pleasure to be able to chat with the Chef who always males us feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    L0723VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The Chef always comes up with new ways to prepare various foods with a flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Neighborhood Gem
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Chef Melba is a great Hermosa Bistro with a great menu and always inventive specials. Had the lobster roll app and it was incredible also the clams. Mushroom ravioli with shrimp was also great. I have never been to Melba's and not been enticed with a special. What a fun place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    RocketmanVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Took family members here for dinner and everything was very good, got a table off the side so no complaints here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    FoodieinLAVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great restaurant. Have already recommended it to numerous friends in Hermosa Beach and even the Valley. The fish was great. One of the best I've had in LA. Service was spot on as they were very helpful and not over-bearing. The only minor issue was the noise level. After 8ish it got busy and very noisy (even noisier than Bestia). Still, the food was so good I was too busy eating to do any talking. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, and we will be back!
    DanielleVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Thank you Chef Melba for a wonderful Friday night date night! Excellent fresh dishes, quality service and a perfect ambiance. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Truly a great find. If you are looking for personalized service and fantastic food this is the place to go. On top of that, after dinner you can walk along the strand and enjoy Hermosa and Manhattan beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yes, it is a Gem!
    dj1601
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have always enjoyed our dinners at the Bistro. I brought my foodie east coast cousins to experience Chef Melba's culinary delights. They were quite happy with their choices and enjoyed meeting her!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Vinonawine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Deliciously cooked, well seasoned meals. Just the right place for a romantic dinner and prob a walk on the beach thereafter. Not ideal for large groups, but an excellent choice nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dining experience
    MalloryJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We absolutely love Chef Melba's! Every time we come here we always have great food and great service. Definitely a great find in Hermosa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensational Dining
    BrianTan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Chef Melba's is absolutely one of my most favorite restaurants in all of Los Angeles and THE place to go for seafood. High praise, I know, but I have had seafood around the world in over four different continents, and this still tops my list. Not only are the ingredients incredibly fresh, but the flavors that Melba sears in are just downright sensational. I have not had squid, scallops and halibut as amazing as this. On par with the quality food is the customer service. The staff is extremely friendly, quick, and above all - Unpretentious. Melba herself is a charismatic, effervescent, and gracious host who treats each customer as if they were coming to her house for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Melbas was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food is amazing. Like you have your own private chef! Brought our parents and we all loved it. The service is excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A jewel
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Delicious food. And no corkage for the first bottle on Sundays. That was a lovely surprise. We had a wonderful server who made great recommendations but the kitchen's timing was off. All the plates for each course did not come out simultaneously. And it could be up to a 5 minute delay. But I would still highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Melba' Bistro Review
    Dorn
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My first time experience at Chef Melba's Bistro was very delightful. Good food, great service, and a very pleasant dining experience. Everything was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Hermosa's Gems
    luveditVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Chef Melba consistently puts out great fresh and flavorful cuisine with an ever changing of menu of seasonal ingredients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    HardToImpress
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I loved every single thing about this restaurant, the food, the workers and most of all the chef, chef Melba. If you're looking for high quality food this is the place for you. As you walk in the environment feels stress free and you are greeted by the wonderful staff. I tried this plate called the casino, and the taste was beyond this world. I enjoyed the freshly made pico de Gallo , the richness in the meat , absolutely everything . For dessert I had a chocolate box served with chocolate mousse and a fresh strawberry to top it off. I've never seen this any place else and I definitely fell in love with it . This was my first time here and I'm looking toward to bringing my friends. Once again thank you for your service chef Melba.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Dinner by Chef Melba
    Larry
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our dinners on Sunday evening at Chef Melba's, feasting on sea bass, ahi tuna, halibut and prime rib. All were exceptionally prepared and delivered hot to our table. All the seafood was wonderful, but the prime rib was particularly good. Done medium rare with a sauce that was more than just au jus. The spices in the sauce rounded out that dish to make it one of the best prime rib dinners I've every had. We will be back, and we highly recommend Chef Melba's for anyone looking for a great dinner in a relaxing atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently superb
    Xeena
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We've eaten here numerous times and the food is always delicious. While we missed our ahi tuna tower, they had a different ahi tuna appetizer that was equally delicious. We appreciate that Melba offers different items without deleting the essence of the dish. My husband's lamb was tender and superbly prepared. I had the fish stew in coconut broth - superb, and the third person had fish - a large portion (which is not always true for fish in other restaurants), and he said it was delicious. The crowning event was the chocolate bag...mmmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious,Chef Melba’s amazes!
    FineDineDiva
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Heavenly,started w/ Ahi Rice Cups,fresh ahi topped rich avocado served in crisp rice cups w/ habanero sauce on side so can control how hot.Clams, a plentiful dish w/ a wonderful wine sauce.Nice wine choices, reasonably priced, can start white switch to red w/ dinner.Speaking of dinner, Melba cooks everything herself including my Seabass which melted in my mouth,so great!Served steaming hot w/ delightful tropical salsa,vegs cooked perfectly.Everything sounded so good, shortribs,scallops,halibut, friend got day boat,a whole roast Loup de mar fish,I almost got jealous over.Equally delicious. Server had impeccable timing, she was helpful &friendly.Signature dessert is dark chocolale filled with wonderful mousse & fresh berries. Amazing Place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.