Chef Melba's Bistro

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$31 to $50
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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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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience

d
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One more time great service and appropriate attention in service. Food choice outstanding and food taste wonderful. Great Chef Melba’s special restaurant

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with my family. The food was freshly cooked and was delicious. Just a lovely place to have a nice dinner. And Chef Melba came to visit us at our table and was delightful. Thank you

CW
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We've narrowed down our favorite places in the South Bay to a hand full of restaurants. Chef Melba's is most definitely on the list. Our last visit pushed it into the top! We decided on two dishes, both were special recommendations. Both were over-the-top spectacular! Chef Melba's personal attention to her guests is also spectacular. Please pounce on Chef Melba's, except on Saturday nights.

That's when we go there.

LO
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please support this wonderful restaurant everyone. It is a gem by the beach with an amazingly creative hands in chef.

MS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If i could give this place more than 5 stars I would! The staff and owner are incredibly sweet. I told my waiter I have an allergy so they just made me a custom dish and I was ready to die of happiness it was so yummy.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this restaurant! Amazing food, personal service, and lovely ambiance! We were not hurried through dinner so they could seat another table, rather we sat and made an evening of it. My husband has food allergies and the Chef prepared a seafood dish specially for him. Had a lovely chat with Chef Melba as well. We will be back soon!

CF
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Chef Melba's for a cozy evening with intimate conversation or to share with a group of friends knowing she will have excellent choices on her regular menu as well as wonderful specials. I have grown to trust her skill and imagination with the day's special and have never been disappointed.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We had a reservation for 7:30 and they didn’t have a table for us. We waited an hour for our table. I only waited because they kept saying our table was going to be ready and my kids were hungry. The waitress was unprofessional and abrasive. She said she would compensate us with desserts. I told her we don’t eat desserts and nothing else was done. We will never go back again! Horrible experience!

JH
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went Friday night for Lobster night. It was excellent as always. Carolyn had the Salmon special. It was excellent as well. Service was perfect as well. Chef Melba was there to greet from her open kitchen!

f
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife was not feeling well and the staff went out of their way to make something that she was able to eat. My meal was excellent as was the Pinot Noir served by the glass. The appetizer of mushroom cooked in a marvelous sauce was outstanding. The seafood paella, although a bit too moist had a wonderful taste. The ambiance was very friendly

HI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AGAIN we brought friends and Chef Melba WOW'd them - we love to bring new people to Chef Melba's Bistro- the best kept secret in LA. Everyone was blown away with how good each dish was! my sea bass was insane it was so good...plus incredible wine! everyone was blown away with how good the food was and what a beautiful quaint friendly vibe and only one block from the beach in Hermosa! LOVE YOU CHEF MELBA!!

M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We go every time we are in the Hermosa Beach area. The food is delicious- fresh, flavorful, interesting. The salads (especially the heirloom tomato) and fish dishes are particularly good. Melba is truly an amazing chef, and she'll often come around later in the evening to say hello to diners. The service is professional and friendly. The ambiance is warm, welcoming, and relaxing. The prices are very fair given the high quality of the food. Can't say enough good things about this place- it's really special.

k
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and quiet atomosphere.
Very good food. Very nice and friendly.

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Melba creates dishes that are 'art' from a taste perspective (and visually was well). This place is such a gem!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mit Sicherheit eines der besten Restaurants in Hermosa Beach. Wir waren bei unserem 4-tägigen Aufenthalt drei mal bei Melba und es war jedes Mal perfekt. Schon alleine zuzusehen, wie Chef Melba in der Küche mit einem Lächeln im Gesicht mit den Pfannen jongliert, ist eine wahre Freude. Wir können das Melba wirklich nur empfehlen.

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MS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very good service; everything was very fresh and delicious; next time we are back in town we'll be there;

CW
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of our top "go to" places in the South Bay. This visit was one of our best. A delightful, surprisingly different tuna tartar and a superb lamb shank were two of our best experiences.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner! It was a special occasion and John’s service was just as superb as Melba’s fantastic food. We loved meeting and chatting with both of them after dinner. It was a very special and memorable night!

EP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, as always! John, our server, was very helpful and fun. I can't imagine a better dining experience.

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great wine! Chef Melba even came out and told us her story - love a great story... a must when in Hermosa!

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the South Bay. BUT, bring quarters for parking as many of the meters don’t take cards.

b
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good but out of ribeye special before 7pm. Food server should never had mentioned it to us. One minute it was the special the next minute it was sold out. Only one food server for an almost full restaurant. Chef was fantastic

DH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was excellent, but we were extremely disappointed with our waiter. He was not very friendly, appeared stand offish and bordered on rudeness. And the paying if the bill was the final thing which contributed to our disappointment. We were dining with a friend who gave us some cash for her meal which we added to our credit card to pay. He used the cash for his tip and put the remainder on our card, without asking us if that was what we wanted to. He gave himself a tip which was greater than what we would have given him. We do not think that we will return, even though we thought the food was very good. The manner in which you are treated by your server truly affects whether you return to a restaurant or not.

CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba never disappoints!
We brought friends from our of town and they loved it.

SK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous sea food.

M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chef Melba is our go-to place locally when we want an outstanding meal. Everything was delicious, from the Ahi Tuna appetizer, avocado toast appetizer (more than avocado and seasoned perfectly), to the 4 main courses: lobster, Thai Coconut "stew" with lots of seafood (a variation on Cioppino), leg of lamb, and fish n chips. Lots of flavor; all dishes prepared properly. And the crowning conclusion - Melba's sumptuous chocolate bag, filled with fresh fruit and a not too sweet custard (satisfying for all 4 of us. Another memorable evening.

D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba wins you over right away with her personalized attention and big smile. Then you taste her food. And fall in love. From the Carneros Chardonnay to the Peruvian sea scallops to the Mediterranean whole branzino, the meal was one of the best I have had in decades of dining out. The flavor profiles are perfect. Everything is beautifully presented also. And the chocolate bag for dessert - amazing. I don’t usually order dessert, trying to avoid the calories and it’s not usually worth it...but this one is worth every bite. Even if you have to go to the gym in the morning. Worth it. And her daughter Melanie, who helps manage the front of the house, is a pleasure. What a discovery this was! We will be back often.

t
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Melba never fails to deliver a beautiful dish which is memorable! The flavors are paired to tantalize your taste buds. The portions are generous. The restaurant is small and intimate. Chef Melba greets you like a friend and will be sure you are happy with your food. Sample many appetizers as they are all wonderful and have some unusual additions.

w
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to Chef Melba’s when we are in the area visiting our father. The food is outstanding and Chef Melba is the best. This restaurant is fabulous. The fish specials and the Thai coconut soup is my favorite. We are always pleased with anything on the menu. This time we tried the bread pudding and it was very flavorful. I highly recommend this restaurant because You won’t be disappointed. Excellent wines as well.

JR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh Chilean sea bass and petroleum sole. Chef Melba was gracious, talking to her guests and serving food. We will be back.

GD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always refreshing and creative use of surprising ingredients. Melba's personal attention is warm and feels like home. Great dinner!

TG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great experience at Melba’s. The food is first quality, prepared with creative vegetable and sauce pairings. Our appetizer, the octopus, was outstanding with tender slices of octopus and tomatoes and other delicious stuff. We shared a marvelous salad made with Persian cucumbers and tomatoes in an elegant lettuce cup. Our entrees, Chilean sea bass, were cooled well with asparagus and a light sauce. Highest rating!

NV
Tahoe
55 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I thought the crab cake and prawns over linguini was fabulous and my husband said the branzini was the best he'd ever had. We both had the persian salad to start which was also delicious. Go and enjoy!

K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a favorite of ours; the food is wonderful and the service highly personalized! They make us feel like we are special every time we dine there. I love being able to watch her cook!

ST
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Chef Melba’s, but my date’s third. What a wonderful experience. Chef Melba and her lovely daughter greeted us and proceeded to fill us with delicious food. We shared the poke, lamb shank, and “chocolate bag” and every bite was great. We live up in the Bay Area but we’ll definitely come back and eat here again.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was just alright. Nothing to write home about - sea bass was average at best. Czech server was entertaining

JH
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the South Bay! Always great. The signature chocolate box for dessert is still a classic!

l
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went to Mother’s Day brunch, they advertised and we reserved a 3 course brunch 48$. Waiter (only after we asked)told us they were too busy and the 3 course brunch wasn’t available. No apologies, nothing, we arrived at 10:00 when they opened. They delivered entrees over the course of 25 minutes one person at a time (party of 4) first person was almost finished by the time the last person was served !!!! Very disappointing!!!!! Except for food, everything we ate was wonderful as always but the experience wasn’t, won’t be back

NV
Tahoe
55 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner at Chef Melba's was delicious. I enjoyed the lobster and seafood pasta special. The seafood was all fabulously fresh. At our table we also had the soul which was wonderful and the Coconut Thai seafood soup, always a winner! We finished off with the yummy bread pudding. It's always a delight dining at Chef Melba's!

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