Melisse
Melisse

Melisse

  • 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: American, French
  • 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: *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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Melisse reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)fit for foodies (81)romantic (74)notable wine list (61)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (7)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Extremely expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    There is a reason Melisse was rated the #1 restaurant in the Los Angeles area. The service was outstanding, the food presentation was beautiful, and the chairs were comfortable. Try the clams for course 1, the lobster for course two, and just about anything else for the other courses, all the items we ordered were wonderful!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plan on Expensive
    handyjim
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is truly an excellent restaurant. Creativity and execution of the dishes is flawless. The incidental "extras" made for an even nicer experience. We chose the five course dinner, and did a substitution on the prix fixe to get around a garlic problem. The sommelier was helpful in selecting a wine in the price range we desired. Service was flawless. Our only complaint was too much of a good thing. We overindulged!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was good. Not spectacular. Extremely overpriced.
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  • out standing service
    AmaroVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    service was excellent, details oriented. Food well presented, tasty sufficient small dishes to fill you up. It is pricy but worth it for very special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melisse malaise
    SoCalerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food tastes, as in the multi-star Michelin restaurants we have dined in in France. However, my wife's lamb was 3/4 fat and 1/4 lamb (undercooked from the way she ordered it.) From the bored, grouchy receptionist who never welcomed us but kept punching computer keys, to our being seated at the worst table in the throat of the service corridor, to nobody being there for us to pick up our leftover wine bottle; the service was intrusive, abrupt, haughty, curt and the sommelier insulting. The waiter kept shoving his finger in my wife's menu to tell her what to order. As I was am gluten free, rather than substitute a missing portion of my dessert, I was just shortchanged. My wife and I are in a Wine Guild and have often traveled all over the world tasting great wines...from all over Europe and America to New Zealand. We attend major international wine events yearly. We have been to the major Champagne wine caves, the great port caves in Portugal and several times to the Chevalier du Tastevin in Beaune. Since we were having lamb and venison , I ordered a Bordeaux. They were out of it (great restaurants keep their wine lists up to date.) We were guided to another, "off the list." As the Somm got out his Tastevin, he explained what it was for!! He then said, "I see you folks drink red wine. You ought to think about trying white sometime. Most folks don't like it but it's good. It goes good with fish. Give it some thought. Some folks even have white first and red later. I'll show you some when your fish course comes." (Mercifully he didn't.) We have never been so insulted in a restaurant. We looked at each other aghast, speechless. We simply could not believe it. How dare he? We've dined with some of the great Somm's there are, from Maxim's, 21, and more. They are quite the opposite. Unpresuming and helpful. He was supposed to have gassed our leftover half bottle, but didn't. It was "gone" by the time we got home the next day.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very costly with mediocre food
    hungry
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    big disappoint from previous dinners there. prefix menu with limited choices. service was adequate . would not return without an alacarte menu. .New York steak was tough and uneatable . No one asked at the end of our meal ,after leaving most of my final course , if we enjoyed our meal.
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    special occasion
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  • Amazing food and service
    gracefVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. Went with our adult son and husband to celebrate a birthday. Everything we had heard about the food was true. The tasting menu was amazing. Such diverse tastes and textures, and each dish as delicious as the ones that preceded it. Extensive wine list and delicious cocktails. The service was impeccable. Although the evening for the 3 of us came out to $800.00 +, it was well worth it and we will go back again to celebrate another special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    CJStavertVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Given their Michelin recognition, it seems that my review is insignificant by comparison. However, they are clearly worthy of the accolades. The menu and preparation are impressive, and the service is outstanding. And, the Lobster Bolognese is one of the best dishes that you will ever have - a can't miss! Highly recommend!!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Michael
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Menu seasonable and excellent. Many choices without being overwhelming. Servings were sophisticated but not so complex as to be baffling. A relatively relaxing ambiance. Service is good although some of the various staff (we were aided during the visit by a dozen people, some falling over each other) got confused about who among the 3 of us ordered what. Perhaps they were in training. No one person seemed overall in charge. Much less snooty than Daniel, less formal than The Fat Duck, less sterile than The Modern.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding culinary adventure
    red1204
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Speciality dishes of the caviar egg and especially the lobster bolognaise have to be tasted to be believed... and even then the bolognaise will be surprising just how delicious it is! The food here is beautifully presented and the ambience/decor delightful. The staff are all very friendly too and their light hearted but professional attitude was appreciated. Also must try their pesto brioche and 'chocolate chocolate chocolate' dessert. Would recommend the pre fixe menu for an evening worth every penny. Would love to return. Many thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Memorable Evening
    toycarlady
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Dinner at Melisse was a celebration of my son and his wife's twenty-one years of marriage. To say it was a memorable evening is an understatement. We had just spent two weeks in France (in September) where we ate well. The outstanding service and the food at Melisse took us right back to Paris. It was an amazing dinner and the wine was the best. Our sommelier was very helpful and charming, as were all the other servers, and we were able to spend close to four hours enjoying our evening. We never felt rushed, and always had a course or an extra on the table. We'll return for the next special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as always
    revbull
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our second time coming to Melisse for our anniversary and as usual it did not disappoint. We got the 10 course meal this time and we were wowed with every course. From the egg caviar to the truffle risotto to the duck to the dessert every bite was bliss. Can't wait to do it again!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • LAfine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Came to LA to celebrate my daughters birthday with a couple of her friends. The table was elegant, with a special card and chocolate ready for my daughters arrival. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is a culinary experience. Plan on the meal being the event of the evening. The beauty of the service, the food and the ambiance should be expected because the amount of the bill was shocking! I do not think I have ever spent so much at a restaurant. They add a health tax which I was unfamiliar with but the host explained it was to help pay health insurance. Not sure how I feel about that one! If you have the time, and are open to the price, it is an exquisite experience not to be forgotten!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    Fred
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Melisse was a really good, high-end dining experience. Food was impeccable. Service was attentive and informative, but not pretentious. We had the four course meal. Our favorites were the egg caviar and lobster bolognese. My only complaint is price. I expect to pay a lot for a meal this well prepared and served. That said, our bill was close to $500 (tip included) for two meals, minimal extras and a bottle of wine. This is a spot for special occasions only.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Great!!!!
    ashan723
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food and service was absolutely great from start to finish!!! It's everything you can expect from a Michelin 2 star restaurant!!! Definitely going there again!!!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    theophilos
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The carte blanche was an amazing culinary experience. Chef was even able to accommodate my wife's gluten allergy and the alternative he provided was a wonderful dish that ended up being her favorite of the evening. Amazing!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Classic splurge!
    Smak
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is our go-to spot to splurge,and to wow guests from out of town and have never been disappointed. 4 of us did the 5 course(more than enough food, especially when I can't resist the never ending brioche basket). Highlights: Caviar egg, tagliatelle w/Truffles, Parmesan, Brown Butter(delicate light pasta) , & Black Bass “En Ecailles” Smoked Jerusalem Artichoke (skin was like rice crispies in a delicious smoky nage), my favourite dish of the night! White truffles were in season & they were generous with mounds of shavings (at a price, mind you). My only "gripe", our server "talked me out" of wine pairing with"it's not the best "value"-I am not a connoisseur & appreciate the skill that comes from a good pairing. Felt a bit talked down to..
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • wait longer between courses
    andymagicbird
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had 10 curses prefix, kinda sit there too long, its better to speed up, especially during the main course section
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in the West
    Foodieandwino
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Melisse ranks with the French Laundry in Napa and Robichon in Vegas as one of the three best restaurants in the West. Skip the a la carte menu and go right to the paired tasting menu for a memorable gastronomic evening. Pricey but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Dissapointing...
    epoplive
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I went to Melisse to finish off eating at all the spots that used to have 2 Michelin stars in LA. Unfortunately the tasting menu and overall experience was disappointing. Almost every dish had the same flavor profile (mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms), and the portions were extremely small. Don't get me wrong, I know fine dining (especially french) portions tend to be smaller...but I've never been so hungry after eating a tasting menu. There were some issues with the service as well...things really started lagging a couple courses in, it seemed like we were waiting 20-30 minutes between courses much of the time, and the explanations of the dishes were poor at best. Unless you need to cross off a list like me, go elsewhere.
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  • Spectacular
    MikeBVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Exquisite service. We had the "10". Ten courses of food. Professional in every way. Clientele was civilized and well dressed. World class food. Special occasion dinner. Very expensive.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always a wonderful experience
    FiddleDeeDeeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food--always amazing; service--fabulous (they take notes on your visits: "would you like a pillow this time as well?"); ambiance and noise level--conducive to an extended and enjoyable conversation. Can't wait to go back. Just need to invent a special occasion--or not. Just go!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 Course Dinner
    RaymondChan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Worth a visit and a taste if it's your first time. Allot 2-3 hrs for 10-course dinner. Let Douglas take care of your wine pairings.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASATIC!!!!
    ADER2
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD- YOU CAN CHOSE FORM A 17 COURSE 4 1/2 EXPERIENCE, 10 COURSE 3 HR. EXERIENCE OR A 4 COURSE MENUE. EVERYONE IS SUPERB. A MUST.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • cardonVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A really great dining experience on all fronts. We've been going there for 9 years and it was by far the best this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Melisse continues to be the best restaurant in the city. Josiah Citrin does not sit on his laurels with 2 ** from Michelin but keeps evolving in his desire to bring the best food and to innovate what he creates as well. The service is first class and the ambiance is lovely with delightful plate ware. Certainly it is expensive, but you're receiving value for that expense.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too many stars to fit here
    Terry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Best restaurant in LA for sure. Impeccable service, excellent food, amazing wine list and sommelier, truly a wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hard To Beat
    krai
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not much to elaborate on.... other than it is one of the best Restaurants you can it in. Don't go there looking for a deal. Just bath your pallet. Imaginative...explosive....served by a staff that cares !
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  • Unforgettable Night
    dinnerdate
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We treated my mom to a very special birthday dinner and could not have been more impressed with the entire evening, from the valet staff, to the servers, to the experience..this place is truly magical and Josiah and Diane (owners and chef) are incredible people. Thank you so much for giving my mom a birthday she will never forget!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Good Restaurant
    newby
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is the third time that my wife and I have dined here on or anniversary. This restaurant is the top of the line in every respect. Even though it is expensive it is well the experience.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Melisse is an outstanding restaurant, it has a superb staff, and delicious food. I would recommend the restaurant to celebrate any special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Highly Recommend
    nycfoodcritic
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was our 10th Anniversary and we were attending a family event in Santa Monica. I searched for the best restaurant in LA and found one of the best dining experiences we ever had. The entire staff, especially our waiter, Ryan, couldn't have be more knowledgeable about the food and wine and more enthusiastic about providing my wife and I with a special evening that we'll never forget. The food was delicious, the wine was amazing and the way in which all the courses were presented was outstanding. It was by far the most I ever paid for a meal but it was well worth it!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • used to be better
    ConstructiveCriticismVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond Delicious
    DinerDVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Just misses
    Gsommcan
    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.
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  • Amazing.
    Remymoto
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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. :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong
    McChungVIP
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How can you go wrong?
    pierpartier
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Culinary Journey!
    TheBlueDragon
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What an Amazing Culinary Journey we were taken on. Bravo! Thank you! Thank you!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    munchtaki
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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