Chef Melba's Bistro

4.6
709 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
What 709 people are saying
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vipdavidr
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in these tough times , hope it survives today’s challenges

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KeliM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our server had an attitude. Food was great! Server may need to find another occupation.

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vipMB49er
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personalized service great cuisine. Best restaurant in Hermosa Bech.

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vipHBDiner
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continued excellence in cuisine and service! Overall dining experience is better outside, frankly, with more comfortable and quieter setting.

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vipBetty
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gourmet food, very prompt and helpful service, nice outside tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great tasting and well presented food.

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CherylG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lamb shank...so delicious it just melted off the bone. John the waiter help pair this was an excellent glass of red wine. My favorite restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Chef Melba and her wait staff are the BEST!! 5 Stars!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! This quaint little bistro, which corners the residential portion of Hermosa Beach, is delightfully low-key. It is along Hermosa Ave, across from the new boutique hotel- H20- and directly up from the beach. Perfect location. The “new normal” outdoor set up is very romantic, since this area is on the quieter side of Hermosa, and with the ocean a stone throw away, it makes for a memorable evening. But, ambiance is not the only reason to dine here, the cuisine is impeccable! Chef Melba is a true artiste, with well studied culinary skills from the late, great, Julia Child, as displayed by a huge poster on the wall of the outside seating. She even comes personally to each table to greet her guests, and find out how your experience is. That just simply isn’t done these days, and should be what every owner should do for a successful restaurant! The display of food to the table is very well presented and taste even better than it looks. Gourmet anyone? The waiter- John- is a true professional, and caters to your dining experience. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my aunts birthday who was visiting the area for the first time.
Chef Melba and the staff made us feel right at home.
Very special place. Definitely a must try in the South Bay.

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vipSeth
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cioppino was delicious! Service was fast and efficient. Highly recommend giving this place a try!

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vipBetty
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely experience great good service

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HeatherT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The food was absolutely Delicious. From the wine to our appetizers and the main entrees, we were so happy. It was a terrific experience.

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vipKeithW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food all seemed to have a bit too much salt...otherwise, outstanding.

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SidneyeA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After living in the beach cities forever and mainly dinning in LA because I think the restaurants are better there Covid drove to dine locally at a restaurant I have been wanting to try forever. I loved Melba's Bistro. Menu varied to suit everyone and food was creative and delicious. It won't be forever until I go back.

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DeniseR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba’s is always awesome in every way. Denise

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was different but not that great for the price.

Chef Melba's Bistro
Responded on September 29, 2020

Hello Anonymous, Sorry you feel as if the prices were not at your standard, but our local farmers have been going through a difficult time because of the pandemic, which result in prices going up. Thank you for your business! - Chef Melba

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LisaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba is delightful and she cares about her patrons who visit her restaurant.
The food was delicious!

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vipPickyEater
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

As always, the food was amazing at Chef Melba’s. We enjoyed the eggplant appetizer and our meals. We had the Chilean Seabass which was cooked to perfection and the amazing Seafood Adobo. (Pictured).
The flavors and presentation were perfect. Dinner was fabulous.

We were, however, quite disappointed with the service as they were very understaffed. The Chef Owner, Chef Melba came to the table and she was delightful. I didn’t want to say anything to her about the service at that time. Perhaps it was an off- night?

I highly recommend the food, and hope to return with better service.

Chef Melba's Bistro
Responded on September 29, 2020

Hello PickyEater, Thank you for supporting Chef Melba's! During this pandemic, as a business establishment it has been been a challenge to replace employees. However, It would be greatly appreciated if you know anyone with fine-dining experience to join our team. Hope to see you next time with better service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding. The ambiance is romantic and the service is top notch.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and the Frittata was amazing--perfectly cooked.
The glass of champagne delicious
and the chocolate box fabulous.

I recommend Sunday brunch there!!!

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vipSueA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Chef Melba's. It's always delicious and freshly made.

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vipbruth
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is outstanding although they were understaffed for the service.

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vipharlemo25
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and wine list. It is festive eating outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice spot by the beach, food was Delilsh! The Chef is lovely. Just keep an eye on the specials: specia turned out to be pricey

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m staying at the beach for a couple of weeks and my friend and I wanted to celebrate our birthdays by treating each other to a special meal. Boy, did we find the right place. Chef Melba’s had been recommended to us by another dear friend who says it’s her favorite restaurant in Hermosa Beach and I can see why. Not only was the food magnificent and the wine list superb, but we received such a gracious and hospitable welcome from the waiter AND from Chef Melba herself. Delightful! Highly recommended and reservations a must.

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vipSharon716
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been a Hermosa resident for 20 years and I can't believe this was my first time dining here. It will NOT be my last. Lovely service... Chef Melba herself, sat us! Our waiter was fantastic! The food was really delicious... best Chicken Piccata I've ever had. Truly homemade and amazing. The Chef came out at the end and she is absolutely delightful. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Looking forward to coming back again soon!

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TheManAboutTown
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I've eaten at Melba's several times before - it is out go-to for special occasions. This time was not "fantastic" which is what I want it to be, when I am spending $200 for two for dinner, a bottle of wine, dessert and a shared salad.

This could be a "pandemic" thing, but it was less than stellar.

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Jamieg
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and amazing food. Chelf Melba was present to answer any questions!

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vipbruth
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, best in the South Bay!

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Robertv
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is terrific. The octopus starter. The sole filet. The Persian salad. The bouillabaisse-like stew. The chocolate box dessert. All these items are excellent. And the service is very good too. A pleasure always.

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vipClaireS
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband got the tomato basil bisque which was delicious. I got the beet salad which was also great. We both then had the Sea Bass special and it was absolutely amazing. A huge slice of Seabass with sautéed vegetables. I’ve been thinking about it ever since!! NY cheesecake with fruit to finish. Yum! Another wonderful dining experience at Chef Melbas. I do miss the cozy atmosphere of being inside the restaurant but I am also loving the sidewalk dining.

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vipGaryB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great friendly service. The wild Alaskan Salmon special was fantastic

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AlexL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food & service
Octopus app was superb.
Corkage $25

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Chef Melba!! Please make a reservation , we need to support this little gem in Hermosa Beach.

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CherylG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melba's is by far the best Beach City restaurant I've had the pleasure to experience! I highly recommend the lunch and the dinner menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Good food but bad attitude. We keep going back thinking the attitude and service will improve however it does not. That was our last visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I loved chef melbas in the past. I feel others were enjoying it. But our food was drenched in sauce and not enjoyable. We would not go back. We ordered the sole and it was supposed to be lemon capers and butter. We could not taste any lemon and when we bit in, butter squirted our if my mouth. The flank steak was so so and should really not be on the menu. At least a filet. Beer and wine only. Veggies were so so.

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HayleyH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have heard if Chef Melba, and rode my bike past her restaurant many times, glimpsing at the photograph of her with Julia Child. I am a local patron at all of the most expensive and trendy restaurants in the South Bah and cannot believe I had waited 7 years to taste Chef Melba’s food and be greeted by her warm personality and passion for food!

We ordered the octopus as an appetizer that melted in your mouth. Most restaurants char and over cook octopus leaving it rubbery and unpleasant to eat. I do it know how she created the tenderness and flavor, but I have a new benchmark for any future octopus dishes! For the main course we ordered the special; salmon and scallops. I have never experienced the crunchy texture she created with the fish skin without over cooking the fillet. Again, new standard!

I could go on and on about the food, but what made the evening most special was the greeting from Chef Melba at our table. He warm and passionate personality brought to life her food. I understand why the food was so different and elevated from the other restaurants in town. She goes to the farmers market and the fish markets to select her foods for the day and she diligently protects her dishes by prepping and cooking them herself.

If you want a truly unique and unforgettable culinary experience in the South Bay, find Chef Melba’s. You won’t be disappointed!

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SteveO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food super friendly service

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vippeterc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb!

FAQs

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

Chef Melba's Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 709 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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