Chef Melba's Bistro

4.5
780 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipShastabell1
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb! From the moment we walked in until we left everything was perfect. Meeting the owner/chef, service, food, ambiance! Amazing

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vipCaliforniaWriter
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We're regulars at Chef Melba's. Her menu never disappoints. This time, John, the master of the dining room, was the star. He came close to running from kitchen to tables. His one assistant, a pleasant young man who was trying very hard to please on his first night on the job, had a terrible problem with English. Instead of two assistants, John had less than one.

As we were leaving, John told us they are having a terrible time trying to hire people.

Nevertheless, we had an outstanding dinner with no serious lapses in service, thanks to John.

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BonnieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab birthday dinner! Chef Melba is lovely and her food was gorgeous!

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vipJoannC
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It is a cute small restaurant and maybe good for dessert. The service was not attentive and dinner was not amazing.

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ZenaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a bit overpriced for what we got. A $68 filet was chewy. The burratta was delicious.

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AnnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!

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CharlesG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday; food, service and ambiance were excellent! Thanks to Melba and John!

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vip10snancy
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Chef Melba provided an excellent meal. It’s top of our list whenever we’re in Hermosa Beach!

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vipCheriKS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Chef Melbas. I always order the Thai Curry Seafood dish and it’s always amazing.

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GratefulDonZ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice chat with Melba and she freely shared the recipe for the dish we were enjoying. Love the no nonsense, great food here. We’ve never had a disappointing dish and some have been off the charts yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I wouldn’t bother. Mediocre food — slimy octopus starter— overdone seafood - out of 4 dishes only one was edible. The owner/server is surly and a complainer — not a chance I’d go back or recommend. Oh— the location is fine. I understand now why he can’t find help and people don’t come (his complaints) that he was blaming on Biden. Dude— it’s you and the poor ingredients and cooking!

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carolf
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service slow. No choice of veg or potato or any garnish. Good cold, even given being outdoors.

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vipPopparak
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melba does a fantastic job creating beautiful, tasty food that is outstanding. I drive from Beverly Hills to Hermosa to enjoy the meals she prepares. Her bistro is the best.

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vipHILARYC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again another incredible meal at Chef Melba's... I'm now addicted to the Petrale Sole! (and it's GF friendly!!) It was a tough decision between the Sole and the Sea Bass... Hubby loved his Branzino! Love our local 'Best of South Bay'!! Thank you Chef!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We started with a wedge & beet salads. Both very good. Entrees of lamb shank & branzino were very good. For dessert we shared a slice of lemoncello(?) cake. Very light & tasty.
Service was a little slow but we weren’t in a hurry. Ambiance hasn’t changed since we started coming here over 10 years ago. Pleasant but not overdone or tacky. It was not a busy night so we were able to talk to Chef Melba a little. She is so pleasant & humble. A very nice night out for my wife & I.

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RickRips
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Please let me start off by stating the presentation, food and service were the best. My concern is based solely on the fact that the table behind us chaired 3 men who acted like absolute classless fools. They weee drunk boisterous and flinging loudly heated epithets without regard for the face that others were attempting to enjoy a nice evening with the special guests. I could barely converse with my date over their noise. The fact that they were not tended for their behavior, by staff, really blew the ambiance the bistro normally has given me on prior occasions. The staff really needed to address this. Other were bothered as well. This was an experience I would normally find elsewhere in a bar not in an establishment of this nature. Otherwise I hope it was an isolated incident though it just happened on an evening I was hoping to enjoy better!

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vipwalkycat
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always great at Melba’s! Excellent salmon and steak. A great wine list and we had a nice dinner.

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FrederickP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent and service fairly good throughout night; enjoyed patio seating on a quieter night relative to busy, touristy Hermosa weekend buisness. Only issue is pricing has really crept up - not sure ambiance and location warrant the price relative to other restaurants in area or MBeach

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vipLarry
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Introduced some friends to Chef Melba's and they loved. I had the Sea Bass (an off-menu special), and it was awesome! The Chocolate Bag dessert is a "must do". Service was attentive but not overwhelming. We highly recommend Chef Melba's!

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vipJanH
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always superb! One of our favorites!

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vipKatl
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVE this local place! Melba is such a gift to South Bay!

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vipCWBoss
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely amazing meal! Great location by Hermosa Beach. Food was phenomenal- try the Octopus and fresh catch. Chef Melba stopped by table to chat and was welcoming & engaging. Can’t say enough good things about this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Chef Melba’s. The food is always exceptional. The service is personal and special.

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AnissaS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had another wonderful dining experience! The recent sea bass special was my all time favorite item ever on the menu. Food is always fresh, artfully presented and delicious! So nice to be greeted by Chef Melba too.

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Seafoodfan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spanish octopus. Fantastic thai seafood soup. Affordable wine selection. Location is great for a stroll on the beach afterwards.

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vipJenniferM
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal celebrating a 21st and 70th birthday. Everything was delicious - cheese board, grilled octopus, limoncello cake. But the sole was out of this world. John was wonderful server. They have a premium wine list but also allow to bring own bottles for modest corkage fee.

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vipSharonB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It appeared that there was only none

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vipMJOY
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic return visit w great food and service! Corkage fee added to our Uncorked bottle (wish they had a relationship to avoid that) but did not detract from the experience

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vipharlemo25
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I eat at Chef Melba's the food is delicious and the sauces innovative.
This time around we ordered the specials - a fantastic rack of lamb and steak special. For an appetizer we ordered a lovely fresh, clam ceviche appetizer. Service was excellent as usual.

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vipDKNJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed dining outside at Chef Melba’s with my husband. The server was quite helpful, Answering questions and making suggestions. Each course we ordered was perfection! Looking forward to dining there again when we are in the neighborhood.

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vipBetty
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, reliable and knowledgable staff, personal touch from Chef Melba herself. The location is excellent.

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ToughGraderBob
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at Melba's for as long as she's been open -- pushing twenty years.

Each time I visit, I leave impressed and happy. Impressed with the quality of the food and the skill in its preparation. Happy because I have eaten well.

Last night, I had dinner with a friend. Like me, my friend likes to eat. We split two appetizers to start, octopus from Spain and Peruvian scallops The octopus came in a tomatoey sauce that was just delicious. The octopus, a regular on the menu, was tender and flavorful. It was a delightful dish. Next came the scallops. They were still attached to their shell and were prepared ceviche style with a sauce of lime juice, peppers and fresh tomato. The scallops were amazingly fresh and tasted like the sea. It was a good a dish as I have ever eaten in a restaurant.

Our main dishes were good too. I had the Chilean sea bass, a fish that isn't my first choice, but it was marvelously prepared, grilled so that it was done but still deliciously moist. My friend had the cioppino. He thought it was great.

Cheers to Melba. This is one great restaurant.

MJ
vipMalloryJ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful prefix menu for Fathers Day brunch. Would return for another special occasion or nice dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We wanted to go to Chef Melba’s for sometime. Finally got to go there the other night. My husband was a bit disappointed in his meal and the waiter was rather abrupt. It was a special occasion, which was my birthday. They didn’t do or make any attempt to do anything special for that.

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vipJackOnWestside
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the flavorful menu and artistic presentation of the foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting Hermosa Beach and had an amazing dinner and excellent service Chef Melba’s Bistro. The entire meal (we enjoyed the day’s fresh catch with summer vegetables and grilled polenta) was superbly prepared and very fresh. It really was the perfect summertime meal, eaten on their outdoor patio with a beautifully chilled bottle of rosé.

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MLA1
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

CHEF MELBA IS ROARING BACK! Creative menu , as always, executed flawlessly. Never disappoints.

Thanks again CHEF for a fun evening out.

If you have not experienced Chef Melba, come out of lockdown & treat yourself!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!

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vipalan
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba is amazing as always. She comes and talks to the guests and checks on everyone. Can accommodate special requests. John took great care of us and his suggestions are always on point. We had the whole Branzino and the octopus appetizer along with some great wine.

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TeenaM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The sole was amazing- the best my husband and I have ever had. Chef Melba's food is always delicious. The herb-oil grilled bread whets the appetite and I liked the "deconstructed" wedge salad. I had the branzino in an exquisite sauce - but I liked the sole even more! Be ready for a relaxed pace, which we were, celebrating our anniversary with a delicious complimentary cheese cake. Chef Melba never disappoints us.

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Chef Melba's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 376-2084.

Chef Melba's Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 780 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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