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Melisse Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.melisse.com
  • Phone: (310) 395-0881
  • Hours of Operation: Melisse is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday Evenings.

    OUR SEATINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    TUESDAY – THURSDAY: 6:00PM -9:30PM

    FRIDAY: 6:00PM - 9:45PM

    SATURDAY: 5:45PM – 9:45PM

    SUNDAY and MONDAY:Closed

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Josiah Citrin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Plan your Special Event today! Please call Aranka Smith at 310.395.0881 or events@melisse.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.
  • Entertainment: Melisse's Wine Service Policy:
    $30.00 per bottle for first 2 bottles, $50.00 per bottle for each additional bottle. If a bottle is purchased from our wine list we will waive the wine service charge, 1 service charge for 1 bottle purchased.
  • Special Events & Promotions: *Melisse Gift Cards and our cook book, "In Pursuit of Excellence" are available to purchase on our website! A 2-star Michelin dinner is a perfect gift for any occasion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Melisse is located on the south-east corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica. Our valet parking is located on 11th street behind the restaurant. The cost is $8.50.
A word from Melisse
From the intriguing season-driven menu to the world-class wine list, Melisse is both a two Michelin Star Award winning restaurant and the recipient of Zagats highly coveted top rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003. Situated in Santa Monica, Melisse inspires all of the senses with its chic ambiance, superb, contemporary French cuisine and gracious service. The Olivia and Augustin Rooms offer privacy for intimate gatherings or business entertaining. For an unparalleled dining experience, Melisse is an exquisite culinary destination that should not be missed. Allow us to inspire you.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Came away with buyer's remorse and the feeling that this was not an $800 experience for two though it did cost that much. Admittedly, we had some caviar and some pasta with black truffles but still... The service was excellent. Food was good but not at the level it once was. We were particularly underwhelmed by the waiter-recommended sole. The fish was coated by a nondescript nut-based concoction that simply distracted from the subtle flavor of this delicate fish. Spooned on top was a mixture of various vegetables that did not belong together, bound by a nondescript sauce. While the fish and the vegetables had a soft texture, there were also some hard nuts mixed in that resulted in a jarring experience on every fourth bite."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "This amazing restaurant never disappoints. The food was incredible, the ingredients the best and the preparation perfect. The food is creative and interesting without being too heavy and overly spiced. The service is impeccable without being stuffy. Melisse is dining perfection on every level."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Considering the stellar reviews and staggering price, our experience at Melisse should have been impeccable but it was not. The decor could use updating, there is some deferred maintenance, staff is attentive and friendly but aside from our primary waiter, they are not polished. Food is very good but not to the caliber of similar restaurants such as Per Se, French Laundry or even Studio in Laguna Beach. It seems like with a little more attention to every detail, Melisse would be worthy of the hype."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "This was our first time here, and we had an amazing time. We had the 10 course meal along with the wine pairing. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was fantastic. So good. :)"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Mélisse continues to provide top notch fine dining and service. There is a reason why it's a 2-star Michelin rated restaurant. If you want to treat yourself to an ultimate epicurean experience, spend a long evening at Mélisse. Just sit back and relax. By all means, do not dine in a rush. They will take care of you."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Consistently rated as one of the best, frequently THE best, restaurants in Los Angeles. Now I know why. The experience is creative, entertaining, deeply satisfying and, of course, delicious. And, boy, will your wallet feel lighter. Be prepared. Then let go of the notion of budget and go with your instincts. Our waiter, Douglas, was charming, incredibly well-informed, opinionated and confident without being unaccommodating. He was our guide through an evening of explosive tastes and subtle fragrances, untried wines, surprising gems (Tomato soup? Really?? Answer: Yes. Really. You will see The Light. No, not that one. The other one.) The only thing I can fault is that the two sets of chocolate desserts were redundant. One is plenty."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "What an Amazing Culinary Journey we were taken on. Bravo! Thank you! Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Not quite sure how this place managed to get two michelin stars. We have been to a number of foreign and domestic michelin-starred restaurants and Melisse was the first time we were really disappointed. Make no mistake, the food is indeed very good. We did the four course tasting menu along with an added course of tableside dover sole. Nonetheless, there were some irritating issues: 1. menu is full of upcharges 2. had a course where there was literally a clump of salt and pepper on the plate so that I could season my own entree. Are you kidding? At this price point I need to season my own food? The desert was the best part. It was a fun night with good food. Nonetheless, it is grossly over-rated and over-priced. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Corn soup was great, salmon was great, lobster bolognese was surprisingly undistinguished - a somewhat boring red sauce. But everything else was SO good...."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals I have had in the USA , The service rivals Caprice in Hong Kong. We had the 10 course menu . Each item was more exquisite then the next . Everything was intricately explained for us , and they were extremely accommodating to our specific dietary needs. Bravo . I would highly recommend Melisse for a special occasion"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Nearly perfect gourmet experience. We ordered the ten course menu, which was outstanding. The staff was very professional, but still very nice and human. Chef went by the table, which do make a difference."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The excellent food and outstanding service will certainly be the perfect compliment for a special occasion or business dinner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fantastic meal although very expensive! The chocolate dessert was fabulous. Be ready for a whole lot of food."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I'm not sure how to decribe my experience here but I'm a fan & I definitely to come back & try the regular tasting. I came on a friend's recommendation because they had an anniversary special $85 for 4courses? Anyway, if you have been to Providence then you should come here & try. I love the intimate reaction with Chef Josiah Citrin when he comes out and greet the diners. This is a must try everything was delicious & cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Shout outs to Eric, Brian, and Keegan who showed us a wonderful time. I will go back over and over again. This place was probably one of the best I have ever gone too."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I brought friends who were never here before. It was a hit! Memorable dining experience in every way."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We were located into a completely segregated room, as inmates. We did not feel the atmosphere. And we paid the same prices."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent service. Food was only good. Nothing really stands out. Cooked with competence but nothing more."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Flawless! There us no other word to describe this dining experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It's the best restaurant in the world to have a proper dinner, the food could not be better, the ambience as well, the service efficient, discrete, friendly, not pushy at all, as if you were the only guest at the place, nothing to regret only celebrate that We went there"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and I have been blessed to eat at some of the best restaurants in the World. The service on the other hand while not bad was not up to par. The courses came out without any flow. I had to ask to have the dishes cleared between courses. I requested coffee at the end and it never came. I ordered and after dinner drink and they came back and said they could not find it though it was a full paragraph in the menu. That being said I would give it another go just because of the food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Outrageously expensive, pretentious and unpleasant staff."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Easily the best restaurant in LA - that I know of..."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I've taken my husband here several times for his birthday. The service and cuisine are always exceptional. This is a very special restaurant. Our favorite in Los Angeles."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Melisse was more than a restaurant to enjoy a one of a kind meal. The staff were next to none in their friendly attitude, excitement for their jobs and knowledge about the food they so adeptly served. I am spoiled forever more by our delightful experience there."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Melisse is the perfect setting for any memorable occasion. Just close your eyes to the bill."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Unlike most major cities, Los Angeles has only two fine dining restaurants...white tablecloths, fine crystal and tableware, quiet environment, professional service, combined with exceptional food. For anniversaries we rotate between Melisse and Valentino. This time was Melisse where we were welcomed graciously, and proceeded to enjoy an exceptional fine dining experience provided by the excellent professional service staff, along with a great bottle of wine from my cellar. Two amuse bouche proceeded the multiple course meal. My favorite was the 21-day dry-aged (in house) duck breast. Everything was spectacular and made our anniversary truly a special event. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Having had many tasting menus in the past, Melisse did not disappoint. From the moment we sat down Douglas our captain made us feel at home. He provided thoughtful suggestions and we really appreciated that he was not pushy with the beverages as you will find in similar establishments. The beef tartar was some of the best I have had in my life, the Dover sole outstanding, and everything else just blended perfectly. One of the best meals we have had not just in LA but in all of our dining experiences. Well done!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. The wait staff is highly professional; the Sommelier is a great guy who gave us great advice and was very sensitive to our needs and value. The food is exceptional and the staff was great in explaining each of the items that we ordered. We were celebrating a business success and they made it a memorable evening for us."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This place has the whole package with service and dining. I've been to a few Michelin rated restaurants and this was easily near the top. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Really special food. A few of the meat dishes were disappointing and we sent back and they remedied. Otherwise, EXTRAORDINARY."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "After seven visits to Melisse over a decade, usually for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, my wife and I had a recent stinker of a visit. We had the ten-course prix fixe, which lasted four hours – not however due to the extensiveness of the menu, but rather the utter collapse of service for the last five to six courses. 20 to 25 minutes passed between courses, and there were 15 minute periods when we didn't see a single waiter at all, while they bustled around at other tables. At a restaurant where the prix fixe with wine costs $300-350 a person at night's end, one can simply not take risks like this. Had we been testers for Michelin, we would have removed not one, but both stars."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We chose Melisse to celebrate our 28 wedding anniversary. After reviewing the menu we chose the 10 for our meal. Every course was awesome and delicious from the egg caviar to dessert."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We booked this for my wife's birthday. It was an amazing experience. The food was better than many similar rated restaurants. The service was exemplary . The ambiance perfect. This is not a budget experience but worth every dollar. The staff were dedicated to ensuring you had a wonderful evening. The wine is worth exploring,great choice and advice on hand."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was at a different level and the service was second to none. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Melissa is in my estimation the finest restaurant in Los Angeles and continues to get better! I have had intimate dinners, business dinners and large groups of people there and everyone who dines there wants to come back. The staff treats you like you own the place and makes you part of the "Melisse family". Once you have been there you'll be back....."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Definition of 5 star achieved here. Amazing food & service experience was well worth the drive from OC."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It is at the upper end of the price spectrum, but for the most part you get what you pay for. The tasting menu was great, but the extra $95 for a very small dish of truffle risotto was a bit of a rip-off."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our tasting menus, one veg, one regular, included some truly exquisite dishes, and our wine was wonderful. But the service was rather crass instead of class (too many greetings, too many explanations of each dish and how to eat it, and our waiter kept putting his arm on the female server, who ignored him). Overall experience was not up to our expectations of a Michelin restaurant. We suggest they work on less obtrusive service, more relaxed pacing of the meal, and less salt in the food."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Melisse continues to be a classy, high end (and expensive) dining experience. This is where to go when you want to celebrate with great food and outstanding service. Every course was creative and excellent. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014