Chef Melba's Bistro
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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!
Food and service is always superb! One of our favorites!
LOVE this local place! Melba is such a gift to South Bay!
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!
We love Chef Melba’s. The food is always exceptional. The service is personal and special.
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.
Great Spanish octopus. Fantastic thai seafood soup. Affordable wine selection. Location is great for a stroll on the beach afterwards.
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.
It appeared that there was only none
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
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.
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.
Always delicious, reliable and knowledgable staff, personal touch from Chef Melba herself. The location is excellent.
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.
Wonderful prefix menu for Fathers Day brunch. Would return for another special occasion or nice dinner.
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.
Enjoyed the flavorful menu and artistic presentation of the foods.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We always have a great meal - from the Octopus appetizer to the scallops and lamb shank entrees
Really bad experience the owner super rude to us . Everything we order he decided was not a good option and he bring what he thought was better even tho we didn’t want it
Delicious food! Calming atmosphere and friendly service.
Great atmosphere, amazing food and exceptional service.
The service was wonderful. Food was amazing! It was our family dinner outing and we all enjoyed our dishes and wine.
Chef Melba’s artistry with food is extraordinary!
The experience was good overall. The staff was as attentive as I’m used to.
Enjoying dinner at Chef Melba's Bistro is fine dining at its best. It's a cute little restaurant with Melba providing a wonderful meal.
Mother’s Day - first trip to a restaurant in more than a year!
The food was absolutely incredible! Service was very lacking. Our waiter was frequently just standing around with his back to the room, he was slow, and he made us feel like our every request was a huge burden on him. If not for the sheer excellence of the food, I would not consider going back here.
We went for Mother’s Day dinner and it was so wonderful to be back and see them doing so well. Great food as always!
As always Chef Melba did not disappoint. We live in Oakland and try to make it down once a year on our way flying four of LAX to Mexico. Since that has been curtailed the last year we created a weekend in Hermosa Beach and kicked it off at Chef Melba. Was so lovely to see Melba. Food was as delicious as always. Lesson learned - we don’t have to be heading to Mexico to just enjoy a weekend in sunny Souther CA and eat amazing food. Halibut and wine and pasta amazing .See you all again soon.
Had another memorable meal at Chef Melba’s Bistro. This time we were celebrating my sister’s birthday. We ordered the sea bass special and it was exceptional! It was cooked to perfection, tasted delicious and was artfully presented. Chef Melba stopped by our table as always, to greet us and check if our meal was to our liking. This personal touch is what keeps us returning along with the food of course. A delicious complimentary slice of cheesecake with berries and tasty coulees was a sweet end to a wonderful meal. They are taking all covid precautions and we felt very comfortable dining here. I would encourage anyone wanting an evening out with great food and ambiance to visit. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be helping to keep gems like Chef Melba’s Bistro in business.
Lousy service and food was average
We were in transit and were meeting a friend for dinner. Not knowing the area at all, we relied on others’ comments and chose Chef Melbas Bistro because it was in the walking distance to our hotel. We were seated immediately and while the service was slow, our friends and I had lots to catch up on. Loved the garlic toast! You don’t often see that on a menu these days! The choice of meals was good overall.
This is my favorite restaurant in LA county. Great food and friendly staff, my parent’s look forward to going every time they’re in town.
Staff was awesome, owner/chef came to everyones table and chatted with the customers...great food and great experience!
Delicious flavorful food , friendly, attentive service !
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 763 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.