Chef Melba's Bistro

4.6
763 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 763 people are saying
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vipLarry
Los Angeles
31 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
51 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.

JM
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
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It appeared that there was only none

MJ
vipMJOY
Los Angeles
26 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
5 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
33 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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ChrisS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always have a great meal - from the Octopus appetizer to the scallops and lamb shank entrees

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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

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vipNathalieB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Calming atmosphere and friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing food and exceptional service.

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vipDianaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful. Food was amazing! It was our family dinner outing and we all enjoyed our dishes and wine.

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Llyrical
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Melba’s artistry with food is extraordinary!

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rnbiii
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The experience was good overall. The staff was as attentive as I’m used to.

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vipPopparak
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day - first trip to a restaurant in more than a year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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.

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vipClaireS
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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vipSusanT
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AnissaS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Lousy service and food was average

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vipAregulartraveler
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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NathanC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was awesome, owner/chef came to everyones table and chatted with the customers...great food and great experience!

LB
vipLindaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flavorful food , friendly, attentive service !

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 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.

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