Taste on Melrose
Taste on Melrose

Taste on Melrose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilovetaste.com/
  • Phone: 3238526888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:30pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Cathy Halter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Small or Large parties - in house or off site full catering available.

    Please contact: Richard Baker P: 323.630.3340
    or email: catering@ilovetaste.com

    You can also get more information and see pictures of our previous events on our Facebook page : ilovetasteEvents


  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of 10 and more, please contact Richard Baker for details.
    Richard@ilovetaste.com or P: 323.630.3340
  • Private Party Contact: Richard Baker 3236303340x
  • Special Events: Wine Discovery Mondays with Half off Bottles of Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Cienega Blvd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking also valet parking at $4.50
A word from Taste on Melrose
Taste on Melrose is Melrose Avenue friendliest neighbor, homey yet sophisticated. With its relaxed setting, updated American comfort cuisine and eminently moderate prices, Taste on Melrose offers everything that people are looking for in a neighborhood restaurant. Located in the mids of the swanky stretch of trend setting Melrose Avenue with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenburg. Taste on Melrose is a neighborhood favorite for stylish Angelinos with a preference for elegant surroundings and a comforting, laid-back dining experience. NOW FULL BAR.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Taste on Melrose reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (106)neighborhood gem (105)fit for foodies (90)romantic (56)special occasion (55)great for brunch (53)great for lunch (44)hot spot (35)good for groups (26)notable wine list (11)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Sit inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was good. Our waitress was very knowledgable, but it felt like she was rushing through food and wine descriptions because she had too many tables. We sat next to the sidewalk, and the traffic was off-putting. I recommend sitting inside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was eh...
    KZYKZVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had the panini sandwich and shared the pork belly Benedict. Sandwhich was a bit dry and the Benedict was ok. Still would like to try dinner though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer Service Training 101
    AbandonedVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    When a restaurant host is on the phone...all one needs to do is 1) smile at customer 2) put hand over phone and whisper "I'll be right with you". What not to do: 1) Not smile 2) Make guest stand and listen to your conversation and not feel acknowledged. whatEVER! I guess it's Melrose, so DEAL with it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool spot
    bktate
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great food and nice ambiance. The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Hugo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I highly recommend this place. Great food and awesome staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    Onthetown
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I met a couple for dinner there not knowing what to expect, though it was recommended by a friend of ours. Well...the food and the atmosphere were outstanding. Unusual entrees in a good way. Excellent wait staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A casual evening
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The ambience was lively, the waitstaff friendly, and the food good. I had a crispy fresh salad and yummy grilled cheese with short ribs sandwich. We shared a great key lime pie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood staple
    foodiepieVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I live walking distance but haven't been here for a while. Not sure why but every time I do come I ask myself why don't I come more often. It is a very reliable restaurant. Food is generally good and staff is pretty good most of the time. ( strange this time as a manager, I think, spent a considerable amount of time adjusting the lights when the place was full. Probably should have been doing something else) I would recommend TASTE given their price point. Not many other places at this price and quality. It's good people watching too. They get a good crowd every night.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and good vibes
    FoodieHunter
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I went here with a group of friends for my birthday. They were able to seat us earlier. The drinks and food were amazing! The waiter catered to us as needed and the ambiance was nice but not loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    ItaliandelightVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a ton and the service and ambience is amazing. However do not order the crab and corn risotto...it was tasteless. The jalapeño mango margaritas are to die for. I just was disappointed with my entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • champagne for days
    alunnfoodleVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Taste is my go to for bottomless brunch! Amazing all around and great location to walk around after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Last Minute Dinner
    finickyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We weren't planning on eating out tonight but changed our minds at the last minute. Was able to get a reservation here with not much other information. Had a great meal, super service and reasonable prices. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Taste on Melrose is always solid. Good food, great service and a quiet place to enjoy a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it
    foodaholic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    tried this place for the first time and fell in love. I ordered the short rib cheese sandwich and it tasted great! my boyfriend ordered the kobe beef burger and that was delicious too! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and would definitely be coming back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Comfort Food
    Lbw123
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A good variety of dishes and everything we had was delicious. There seems to be an emphasis on comfort foods (Mac & cheese, Kobe meat balls, fancy grilled cheese) but there is something for everyone. I had a pasta with sugar snap peas and asparagus that was amazing. Had an ahi tuna special last visit that had me cleaning my plate! Cocktails are also definitely worth a try. Tables are very close together so you can't mind everyone hearing your business!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Taste restaurant was amazingly awesome!! The service was empeccable! Highly recommendable..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Loved it so much, we went back the next night. First night, I had the kobe meatballs with spaghetti and it was outstanding. The next night I had the pork chop special and it was one of the best pork chops I have ever had. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great space and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great overall. Food was amazing and staff was friendly and made the experience all the better. Great find!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    EatingInLA
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great location and cute setup. Food was great. I got a special salmon tartar and the beet salad- both very good though I preferred the beet salad. My girlfriend got the blackened salmon salad and loved it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing time!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Came from our of town and have never eatten in this area of LA. Made RSVP with open table asking for the best table available. our experience was amazing. Drinks where SO GOOD! Sangria + cucumber lavender margarita. We all had a prefix of 3 courses, All was amazing. We had the best time + our server was great!!!! I will be going back for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    LAFoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The service is top notch and the good is great. Always consistent. One of my top 5 places in LA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great girls night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My best friend and I had a great meal and very friendly service at Taste and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    aminlaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took a friend to Taste for his bday because I've had great meals there & wanted it to be special; Taste came through with flying colors. Fantastic meal & attentive, friendly service; everything was perfect. I love that Taste presents a birthday card & a gift card to the bday celebrant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Wine Very Good
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Quinoa salad was delicious. Mac & Chees w/ truffle oil was wonderful. Chocolate Brioche was great and very satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always!
    Barcapnett
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Yummy food, accommodating staff, pleasant atmosphere. One of our neighborhood favorites !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic !!!
    Dbombx
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, reasonable prices , excellent service. Definitively recommended .
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food/Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Loved trying this restaurant for the first time. Food is inventive and delicious. Excellent service. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Wonderful!
    CleanGreenShirt
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went to Taste for the first time with friends and what an absolutely wonderful experience we had! The wait staff was perfect, totally friendly, and on top of their game. We had a party of 6 for our dear friend's birthday and they we're not only very accommodating with our reservation but also sincere & generous to our guest of the hour. The food is friggin' out of this world good. I had the pork chop & it was by far the best I've ever had in my life. Their mac & cheese lives up to it's fame & the risotto was very flavorful. Great deal on wine on Monday nights and the ambience/atmosphere is perfect, equal parts romantic and hip. Will definitely be returning, hear they have a great brunch too. THANK YOU TASTE for making it a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rocoffort
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Why are they carrying Rose chateau des Valentines ? It is the best in town ... And at the bar at the glass chateau Jeannette by the glass ?? Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wont seat till ALL your party shows
    sillyrule
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    So I eat here all the time but I arrived on Tuesday for a 7pm reservation and was told I couldn't be seated until my bf arrived. The place was empty! Not sure when you started this annoying current trendy LA restaurant rule but after driving in rush hour traffic for an hour im ready to sit relax & drink & check emails till he shows up. As I turned to leave and cross the street to Comme Ca the host grabbed me and told me he would make an exception. Other than that, the place is awesome, food is great, waiters are extremely knowledgeable about the food and specials, drinks are good, good ambiance & service the prix fix menu is a great idea but when there are 3 other amazing restaurants within 100 yards you have to be careful with your rules
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just love it
    kiska
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I habe been to this place many times. Always good tasty food, friendly waiters and great people. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    aminlaVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to Taste to celebrate my birthday (I received a "complimentary bday entree" email) and it was the 2nd time we've visited there. The food and service were excellent. The meal was well prepared and delicious; the service, quick, friendly, and efficient. To top it off, at the end of the meal they presented me with a $20 gift card for my birthday. Overall we were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Couldn't believe it's been there for 9 years and this was our first visit, thank you Open Table. Very tasty food, reasonable prices and Key Lime Pie to die for. The Chicken tortilla soup was extremely good, many tastes blended into each delicious spoonful. I would have liked a bucket of it Almost forgot to mention the outstanding Mango Mojito.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    EmEatsTooMuch
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I came here with my family on a Friday night. Even tho it's a small venue, the loud atmosphere made it feel like we could catch up and talk about personal things without strangers overhearing us. The server was patient with all the food allergies and modifications, and the chopped salad was TO DIE FOR! I've also been for brunch and that was equally fabulous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste Restaurant
    Micki21
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great dining experience. Whether it's lunch with a client, after - theatre dinner with the girls or just dessert by myself, the food and service are always great. I live 35 miles away and it's always worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!!!!
    Suzanne
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful salad but the Bread Pudding dessert and Onion Rings were the stars!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great great place!!
    Charchar063
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place was beyond my expectations! I read the reviews and it was even better. The service was professional, yet easy going, which was perfect for our group! We all enjoyed our meal and especially enjoyed the bread pudding desert. Would love to visit again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh what a lovely evening it was!
    mgfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I came here to dinner with my mom to celebrate my birthday. My mom and I took a seat at the cozy bar, where Mark, the bartender served us. My mom had a classic martini and I had the lychee martini (so refreshing). We were seated and Nina was our waitress with a such a great vibe. We both ordered delicious pasta dishes. When it was time for dessert, my mom let Nina know it was my birthday. Nina points to Mark the bartender to show that he had told her! So not only did they bring out the gelato I ordered, but also a slice of cake with a candle in it! Nina hands me an envelope says, "For next time, and bring your mom with you." It was a gift card to use at the restaurant!! Who does that?? Only classy people who make a joint classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Ourfav
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    As always great service and excellent food. Everyone working there is always smiling and happy. Staff very attentive and accommodating. One of those places you never have to worry what you will get. You can count on great service, great food and relaxing friendly atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I miss this place.
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After moving from West Hollywood to Pasadena, I forgot how wonderful the food was at this little gem. Whatever you order from the menu excites the palette. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.