Hidden Gem in South Bay
This is the third or fourth time we have been to Melba's over the last two years, and as usual the food and presentation was outstanding. The menu changes seasonally, and is always fresh and relevant to the season. Watching Melba work in the open kitchen is fascinating - Each dish is individually hand prepared. Although service has been spotty in the past, this time it was much improved as was the wine list. The petrale sole is the best fish dish that I have had anywhere and the other seafood dishes are as imaginable as they are expertly prepared.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Melba's Bistro is a fave!!!
Chef Melba does magic in her tiny little but open kitchen. Check her menu out on-line. The grilled bread is beyond delish and everything else on the menu won't disappoint. Make reservations as its a small place which makes you feel like you are one of the lucky ones who managed to snag a table.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent menu with inventive specials! Had the Hummus and green salad for starters! Both were great! Swordfish special and Petrale sole were out of this world! If you haven't been to Melba's you are missing out on one of the frat restaurants in the SouthBay!
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef Melba Shines
A perfect dated night dinner! Great food, service, wine and friendly Chef to boot!
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef Melba's: a gem
Updated decor and attentive friendly service top off an evening of delightful taste surprises. Melba has a range of cuisines that she taps into with an emphasis on seafood and fish. Definitely worth finding that elusive parking space to enjoy an evening here.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef very envolved
Great little restaurant for this vistor. And in my opinion the locals love it as well. In my short time there overheard many friendly exchanges between the chef and local patrons. Very personal setting allows the Chef to watch and interact with her diners. Service is good to very good depends on the traffic of the restaurant. But, because of the set-up and the chefs evolvement it flows very well. Dishes are served almost immediately after the Chef prepares them, you are able to see this from any spot in the restaurant, which she directs her staff to immediately deliver to your table. The Staff has knowledge of the menu and differ questions they cannot answer to the Chef. The Chef will offer advice and ask for feedback on dishes.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never a bad meal
We found Melba's Bistro a couple of years ago while staying at the nearby Beach House hotel in Hermosa Beach. We've since returned several times and have always been pleased with our meals. Chef Melba always has interesting entre items that are delicious.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine temperature and quality
Would be nice if the restaurant could upgrade their wine list and store the wines at 55 degrees, Fahrenheit. Our Pinot (second best on your list but only okay) was served way too warm, and I needed to ask for it to be chilled. I'm sure your wine is going bad in that heat, even if the space is air-conditioned to room temperature.
Otherwise, the food and server were great.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed a
My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner. We were lucky to get a same day reservation because this restaurant is small and very popular. The place is very noisy but the food was fantastic. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Our server was friendly and attentive and the overall atmosphere is cheerful and energetic. The wine list was good but somewhat limited. We will definitely be back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfection and the Beach
After reviewing the Internet to experience unique cuisine, the establishment exceeded all expectations. The size of this place is very relevant to the incredible preparation of the food and the service. After allowing the server to recommend the entire dinner, we had an excellent time relaxing to a zen of explosive yet gossamer flavours. Seated in a way that encouraged cross-table conversation as if you are having s family gathering. I fully recommend this for a great opportunity to surprise and impress both intimate and professional alike.
~Rick, Denver, CO
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite place
Absolutely amazing food! Our favorite in the Southbay. We bring our most foody friends here. We found Chef Melba's Bistro about 5 years ago and fell in love with Melba and her unique incredible dishes, everything from starters to desserts.The kitchen is open to the restaurant, which seats 46-50 people at the most, you can see Melba creating her beautiful dishes. The saucy Melba has a loyal following who frequent this intimate friendly neighborhood gem. We love it so much we bought out the place and had our rehearsal dinner there. It was a HUGE success everyone raved about the amazing food, the wonderful service, the darling place, which has recently been beautifully redecorated and has a wonderful hip vibe. A not-to-be-missed one of a kind!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, great experience!
We really enjoyed Chef Melba's Bistro. The lamb and spare ribs were incredible and we highly recommend them to anyone visiting the restaurant. Bonus was when the Chef and Owner met us at the end of the meal and we were able to chat for a few moments. It is the small things that count. Great place and a gem for any special occasion or weekend out.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of our favorites
Melba's Bistro is a special restaurant. Fantastic seafood. Our favorite place in Hermosa Beach.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Toast To Melba's
You cannot go wrong if you dine here. The menu changes frequently, so the specific selections our party had at dinner may not be available next visit. No matter. I have been there a half-dozen times, and each meal was superb. Appetizers are fresh and unique. Salads are varied and satisfying. Melba does fish and seafood better than anyone. Desserts are worth enjoying. Wine list is small but satisfying. Definately one of my favorite bistros in the South Bay.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous on all levels! Being a foodie I generally make the drive to the Westside for my exquisite meals however Im actually looking forward to a return visit to try what is sure to be some other amazing entrees on her menu. Brava!!!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hadn't been to Melba's in
Hadn't been to Melba's in a while and really enjoyed everything, new menu items especially.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Melba! Better make reservation
If you haven't visited Chef Melba's in a while better make a reservation as its more popular than ever! Melba's inventive menu and friendly style has brought a whole host of new diners adding to her long list of loyal followers! This place continues to outdo itself! I've placed so many reviews people will start thinking I'm related or addicted!
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Suprisingly good ambiance.
Suprisingly good ambiance. Small area, but well designed. Comfortable and the food was excellent. We are looking forward to trying other items on the menu at another time.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Chef Melba
Great food and Chef Melba is very personable to all of the guests.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, great service
We really enjoyed our meal at Chef Melba's, having returned again after having a great experience before. The food was delicious, and the service was very attentive and helpful.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great choice for a special occasion
We visited on a Sunday night to celebrate an anniversary. Our table was ready and waiting when we got there and were immediately greeted and seated. The menu always offer good variety with interesting choices. They were even able to accommodate kids with pasta choices. I ordered the short ribs and was very happy I did. It was a very great tasting choice. My wife got the Ahi on sticky rice, but wasn't quite as happy. She's a little particular about her sticky rice and it didn't quite meet her standards. The ahi though was very good and she enjoyed that none the less.
The one major con we had was the wait for the food. It took a really long time to get both our entrees and desert. Chef Melba could use some extra help with the prep.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went there to celebrate a birthday and we were really pleased with the whole experience! The food was fantastic - Braised short ribs, the Sole and the Paella were all fabulous as were the seasonal veggies. All 3 meals came steaming hot to the table which is an additional plus in my book! The ONLY down side was a large party next to us was very noisy (the restaurant is on the smaller side). We will definitely come back!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great chef owned restaurant!
This is a small chef owned place with creative dishes. Very reasonably priced, friendly and delicious!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
top local spot
ALways great food with personal attention. Melba does an excellent job.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I normally don't write reviews,
I normally don't write reviews, but Chef Melba's was something special. I took my mother & sister there after a long weekend of dining out at some of the highest rated restaurants, and we all agreed Chef Melba's was the best. The service was attentive without being overbearing, and the servers were extremely knowledgable. The food was excellent. It was artfully plated & so fun to look at before we dove in. Everything was delicious. We all ended up passing plates around so we could eat some of everything. You could tell most of the guests were regulars, and the chef made a point to speak to everyone & always had a smile on her face. It was an overall great dining experience, and I can see myself going back again and again.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, especially the seafood
We always have great food here and almost always order seafood, which is the specialty. Our party of three was very happy once again, although the Petrale Sole only had one caper on it and the guest would have liked more. The meal started with grilled bread as always, and it was fantastic. We will continue to eat here.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM