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Melisse

4.6
4.6
1984 Reviews
$50 and over
French

As of March 2nd, we have closed our doors for renovation and will be reopening later this year.

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From the intriguing season-driven menu to the world-class wine list, Melisse is both a two Michelin Star Award winning restaurant and the recipient of Zagats highly coveted top rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003. Situated in Santa Monica, Melisse inspires all of the senses with its chic ambiance, superb, contemporary French cuisine and gracious service. The Olivia and Augustin Rooms offer privacy for intimate gatherings or business entertaining. For an unparalleled dining experience, Melisse is an exquisite culinary destination that should not be missed.

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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    As of March 2nd, 2019, we have closed our doors for renovation and to re-concept. We will be reopening later this year. If you are interested in private events, please reach out directly to our Director of Private Events, Lynda Atri, at events@melisse.com. We are excited for the next chapter of Mélisse and look forward to having you join us in the future.

  • Phone number

    (310) 395-0881

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Josiah Citrin

  • Catering

    Plan your Special Event today! Please call Lynda Atri at events@melisse.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.

  • Private party facilities

    Melisse offers a dining experience that excites the senses: a chic ambiance, gracious service and delectable menu in the heart of Santa Monica.

  • Private party contact

    Lynda Butler: (310) 395-0881

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Melisse is located on the south-east corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica. Our valet parking is located on 11th street behind the restaurant. The cost is $8.50.

  • Entertainment

    Melisse's Wine Service Policy:$50.00 per bottle for first 2 bottles, $75.00 per bottle for each additional bottle. If a bottle is purchased from our wine list we will waive the wine service charge, 1 service charge for 1 bottle purchased.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

$145; Excluding noted items with supplements. A vegetarian "4" menu is also available

Course 1

Choice of:

  • Truffle Egg

    Apricot Lane Farms Hen Egg, Shaved Australian Périgord Truffles; $75 supplement

    • Corn Soup

      Lemon Cucumber, Italian Pepper, Whipped Black Truffle

      • Spot Prawn

        Pole Beans, Scallion, Ginger And Nasturtium

        • Egg Caviar

          Soft Poached Egg, Whipped Smoked Sturgeon, Golden Osetra Caviar; $25 supplement

          Course 2

          Choice of:

          • Truffle Pasta

            Tagliatelle Pasta, Shaved Australian Périgord Truffles; $75 supplement

            • Lobster Bolognese

              Fresh Capellini, Sweet Basil, Truffle Froth

              • California King Salmon

                Crayfish, Green Asparagus, Montana Grey Morels, Garlic Scapes

                Course 3

                Choice of:

                • Lamb "Persillade"

                  Courgettes, Charred Eggplant, Chanterelles, Smoked Tomato

                  • Australian Wagyu Strip Loin

                    Potato Galette, Parisian Carrot, Oregon Porcini, Swiss Chard

                    Fromage

                    • Fromage

                      A tableside presentation of fine cheeses; $25 supplement

                      Course 5

                      Choice of:

                      • Snickers

                        Chocolate, Caramel And Peanuts

                        • Grand Marnier Soufflé

                          Blood Orange, Heilala Vanilla Ice Cream

                          What 1,984 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          4.6
                          4.6 based on all time ratings
                          • 4.6Food
                          • 4.6Service
                          • 4.4Ambience
                          • 4Value

                          NoiseModerate

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                          1. SC

                            StephanieC

                            San Francisco

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Reviewed on December 29, 2019

                            overall5foodserviceambience

                            Thank goodness for an excellent seafood restaurant with great service

                          2. TP

                            TonyP

                            Los Angeles

                            215 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            215 reviews

                            Reviewed on December 17, 2019

                            overall5foodserviceambience

                            Excellent family restaurant all around! Will be back

                          3. CW

                            ChrisW

                            Los Angeles

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Reviewed on December 1, 2019

                            overall4foodserviceambience

                            Fine dining, very stately and formal. Artful food, but not stick to your ribs kind.

                          4. AM

                            AmyM

                            Los Angeles

                            4 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Reviewed on November 17, 2019

                            overall5foodserviceambience

                            I have been here twice and both times the dining experience was wonderful. This is classic fine french dining.

                          5. KB

                            KBB2

                            Los Angeles

                            7 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            7 reviews

                            Reviewed on November 8, 2019

                            overall4foodserviceambience

                            This is an outstanding restaurant in terms of food, ambience, and service. My only complaint is the "supplement" prices. Just give a price without add ons. It VERY annoying

                          6. P

                            Phedellee

                            Los Angeles

                            8 reviews

                            5.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on March 2, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Wonderful meal with a good service experience! Will be back when it reopens. Thank you!!

                          7. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on March 1, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            One of a kind experience with exceptional service and great food.

                          8. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            8 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on March 1, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            A fantastic experience, the service and ambiance are top notch and the food here is spectacular!! Can't wait to see what they do with the remodel!

                          9. DH

                            DianaH

                            Los Angeles

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on February 28, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The creativity of the dishes Is unique and wonderful only to be surpassed by the flavor of all the food. Every time I visit I am always amazed and in love with the food.

                          10. BR

                            BR1871

                            Los Angeles

                            21 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            21 reviews

                            Dined on February 27, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We just had to go one more time before the restaurant closes for renovations. We have celebrated numerous special occasions at Melisse. The fix price menu of the chef’s signature dishes was wonderful. In whatever new direction they decide to take Melisse, I know we will return.

                          11. N

                            Nancteby

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 24, 2019

                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                            The food was delicious and the presentation was amazing. The service was superb. What an experience! I would've given Melisse a 5 star rating but I was a little disappointed when I noticed the chef stopped by each table to greet guests, but skipped our table. We are paying customers. The only reason I'd assume he skipped our table was because my friend was wearing a Hijab. Oh well - it was still a lovely night!

                          12. CT

                            ClaytonT

                            Los Angeles

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 17, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great Valentine’s Day dinner! Only complaint would be prices are really high

                          13. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            San Francisco

                            4 reviews

                            4.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 17, 2019

                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                            Great ambiance and decoration. Food was great. Service was lacking, probably too busy a night; Saturday after Valentines with first seating at 5:30. Even though they had a champagne cart, server never asked if we cared for a glass of champagne. Champagne cart never arrived at our table, even though we were sitting right at the center of the main dining room. I requested a wine menu and the server forgot to bring it. Chef’s welcome oyster dish arrived without a hint of wine on the way, to the point that one of the servers asked us if we didn’t like oysters, to which we replied: “still waiting for the wine to arrive.” Evening improved as restaurant and service settled into the evening.

                          14. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Las Vegas

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on February 13, 2019

                            overall3food2service2ambience2

                            Eh. Not as good as I would have hoped.

                          15. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            vip
                            2.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 9, 2019

                            overall2food5service1ambience1

                            Waiters looked very stressed and chaotic, bumping into each other and also not attentive to us. We waited 25 minutes for a basic appetizer and kept noticing how distracted the wait staff looked. One waiter got into a fight with a guest over a photograph he tried to take with his family (the restaurant oddly has a no flash photography policy - frankly it was not worth the resulting fight for the waiter to call out the guest given the loud fight and cursing that ensued. Later that same waiter tried to enlist us in his support by telling us how obnoxious the other guest was after he and his family left. Unprofessional and unnecessary.). Then when we were served a complementary dessert on a nice plate we remarked to him how nice the plate was and he answered - “Yeah it doesn’t matter if the food tastes like crap as long as the presentation is good.” We laughed but not because we found his comment funny - it was awkward. Never again.

                          16. j

                            jasona

                            Los Angeles

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 6, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            There was no detail that was overlooked. Every item of food that we had was unbelievable. The uni panna cotta was crazy good along with the truffle risotto. Our waiter Ryan and his team amplified the whole dining experience. To be able to enjoy a dining experience that cost around $700 for two with one wine paring and still consider it a good deal says a lot!!!

                          17. AF

                            AFoxEH

                            New York Area

                            11 reviews

                            5.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on February 3, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Flew in from CT to try the truffle egg as I saw on Buzzfeed’s worth it. Absolutely amazing tasting menu, cannot wait for them to reopen in the fall!

                          18. GM

                            GaryM

                            Houston

                            42 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            42 reviews

                            Dined on January 31, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            My wife and I have eaten at Melisse numerous times and have had parties for 20 or more on three occasions and the staff and quality and presentation of the food always exceeds my expectation. Finest restaurant in Los Angeles!

                          19. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            6 reviews

                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on January 25, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Unbelievably delicious, sumptuous dining experience. Very formal dining room belies the modern approach to food. Some of the best seafood courses I’ve enjoyed, ever, with precision-focused service. Really, really incredible food. Take the time to treat yourself to these thoughtful approaches to well-sourced plates. Cheese course is NOT to be missed!!! Definitely worth the add on. We were taken care of and looked after every step of the way. We had to be rolled out of the restaurant but it couldn’t have been more worth it. We left with special copies of the menu from the night as mementos, which was so thoughtful and very telling of the pride the staff has in their restaurant.

                          20. k

                            kiki

                            Los Angeles

                            9 reviews

                            5.0

                            9 reviews

                            Dined on January 20, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Spectacular meal which was completed by the amazing staff.

                          21. HT

                            HowardT

                            Los Angeles

                            23 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            23 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Anniversary

                          22. KD

                            KoDK

                            Los Angeles

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2019

                            overall4food4service2ambience4

                            Visit Melisse to celebrate my friend's birthday, and I had Dine LA Menu. The food was a very good value. I spent extra $50 for Truffle Risotto, and It was very worth it. Seafood was cooked very well and rich in flavor. Meet was cooked exactly as I asked for medium rare. Scotch was over priced, and it was not even that good. The waiter was not so friendly, and did not explain the food very well. He made us feel very small and talked down to us. They added 3% charge in the bill for health insurance benefits for their employees. You can ask to remove the charge, but I do not think the restaurant should be asking for something like that.

                          23. J

                            Jguemes

                            Los Angeles

                            58 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            58 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2019

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            Overrated but still good. Several of the courses I didn't find them out of this world or surprising, not bad for any means but my expectations where higher. Overpriced to be honest. Service is impecable but unfortunately they make us wait 40 minutes for the main entrance due a confusion in our order. The chef was kind enough to come to the table an apologize and bring us a delicious lobster. I found out the ambience to be really quite and the music selection was completely off. The decor is kind of theatrical but outdated, so is way to stiff. The service is very choreographed but since this was a 7 courses dinner, by the 4 time of all this coordination and explanation started to be a bit too much.

                          24. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2019

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Excellent service and wine service

                          25. G

                            Georgio

                            Los Angeles

                            36 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            36 reviews

                            Dined on January 12, 2019

                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                            The DineLA Menu was a great value and the Skate was lovely.

                          26. j

                            jwilhelm3

                            Chicago

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on January 11, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great dining experience. Melisse is an ideal spot for a very special occasion.

                          27. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on January 1, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Did not like the DJ

                          28. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on January 1, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fabulous food and wine, definitely recommend this place.

                          29. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on January 1, 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great environment to celebrate New Years eves.

                          30. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on December 29, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            My favorite restaurant in LA area. Been there couple of times. White truffle risotto/ pasta is to die for.

                          31. S

                            Sandra

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on December 29, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            I've been trying to hit the late Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in Los Angeles. I've been to most of the fine-dining ones and so far, my favorite is Melisse. Jean-Francois has been extremely accommodating as the manager. Matt, the sommelier, has the perfect wine-pairing palette. I could not have been more satiated and happy.

                          32. W

                            Wendy

                            Los Angeles

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on December 27, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            went there to celebrate BD, staff very attentive & knowledgeable, every course was on point, always love their standard egg caviar, now sunchok ( potato &sunflower hash & black truffle) soup, truffle risotto are my new favorite,red velvet -red beet dessert, foie gras terrine, I can go on & on.. love the little change in the egg caviar served with brioche.. truely perfect meal.. usually 7 course tasty menu, you get couple misses, but not 12-26-2018. I didn't even make it to cheese course! It is that good!! miss the bacon bread, but glad you serve the bread after the soup.. Thank you for an unforgettable meal!

                          33. GI

                            GunelI

                            Los Angeles

                            11 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on December 14, 2018

                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                            Not what I expected. The food was ok. Very disappointed in main course. But what I really didn’t like was the added 3% charge in the bill for health insurance benefits for their employees. I have bever ever heard or seen anything like this. You can ask to remove the charge, but only if you notice it. The restaurant like this should not be asking for something like that.

                          34. BH

                            BethH

                            Los Angeles

                            34 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            34 reviews

                            Dined on December 8, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Melisse is an amazing dinner experience across the board. Our server extraordinaire, Douglas, was informative, professional, funny and a perfect addition to our celebration. The food was incomparable and presented with knowledge and pride. The restaurant is expensive but rather worth it.

                          35. A

                            Andrew

                            Los Angeles

                            8 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on December 3, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great evening with first class chefs and experience

                          36. m

                            mytee888

                            Los Angeles

                            14 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            14 reviews

                            Dined on December 3, 2018

                            overall3food4service2ambience4

                            We dined during the Road to Lyon night and I think the staff was overwhelmed by the full house. Our first course was served and we had to wait for 15-20 mins to get the wine pairing started since I think the waiter forgot about us. It got to the point that the second wait staff asked us if we were done with our first course and noticed that we didn't touch it yet since we were still waiting for the wine to come. Otherwise, everything was back to normal and the food was excellent. I have been coming to Melisse for years and sad to see that they will be closing soon.

                          37. m

                            macbones

                            Los Angeles

                            38 reviews

                            5.0

                            38 reviews

                            Dined on December 3, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            I was wowed - from start to finish our experience was impeccable. Definitely, an experience to try at least once. The price was more than a typical restaurant but so was the service, food, wine, creativity. Well worth it. The food was excellent but the service is really what I noticed. Every single person was friendly, warm, and efficient. I look forward to my next dinner at Melisse!

                          38. a

                            alanm

                            Los Angeles

                            31 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            31 reviews

                            Dined on December 2, 2018

                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                            Food was outstanding, we dine very often at Providence and had heard about Melisse so we tried the restaurant. Two completely different experiences. I think the prices are very high at Melisse

                          39. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            1 review

                            vip
                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on December 1, 2018

                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                            The wine pairing was seriously lacking. Too many champagnes/sparkling whites and no whites with one red

                          40. SR

                            SalsaRedPrius

                            Los Angeles

                            4 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on November 24, 2018

                            overall3food4service2ambience4

                            Unfortunately, the service doesn't match the quality of the food.

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                          Melisse is rated 4.6 stars by 1984 OpenTable diners.

                          Not available on OpenTable

                          Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                          If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


                          Is this your restaurant?
                          Claim this listing

                          Order delivery or takeout

                          Delivery

                          • Order online

                          Additional information

                          • Cross street

                            11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.

                          • Neighborhood

                            Santa Monica

                          • Hours of operation

                            As of March 2nd, 2019, we have closed our doors for renovation and to re-concept. We will be reopening later this year. If you are interested in private events, please reach out directly to our Director of Private Events, Lynda Atri, at events@melisse.com. We are excited for the next chapter of Mélisse and look forward to having you join us in the future.

                          • Cuisines

                            French, American

                          • Dining style

                            Fine Dining

                          • Dress code

                            Business Casual

                          • Parking details

                            Melisse is located on the south-east corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica. Our valet parking is located on 11th street behind the restaurant. The cost is $8.50.

                          • Payment options

                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive chef

                            Josiah Citrin

                          • Entertainment

                            Melisse's Wine Service Policy:$50.00 per bottle for first 2 bottles, $75.00 per bottle for each additional bottle. If a bottle is purchased from our wine list we will waive the wine service charge, 1 service charge for 1 bottle purchased.

                          • Additional

                            Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                          • Phone number

                            (310) 395-0881

                          • Catering

                            Plan your Special Event today! Please call Lynda Atri at events@melisse.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.

                          • Private party facilities

                            Melisse offers a dining experience that excites the senses: a chic ambiance, gracious service and delectable menu in the heart of Santa Monica.

                          • Private party contact

                            Lynda Butler: (310) 395-0881

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