Melisse

4.6
2110 reviews
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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. Allow us to inspire you.

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Melisse is the original Santa Monica fine diner, and it's still pretty wonderful.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Eh. Not as good as I would have hoped.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

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.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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GM
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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k
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal which was completed by the amazing staff.

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HT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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J
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wine service

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A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not like the DJ

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine, definitely recommend this place.

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1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment to celebrate New Years eves.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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W
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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GI
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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BH
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with first class chefs and experience

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m
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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m
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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a
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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SR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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

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O
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold, service was subpar, food wasn’t that tasty. Was better on prior visits last year, not sure what changed though it’s a lot worse and not worth the price point.

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SB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Came here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We heard great things about this place for years and it is most famous for being a Michelin Star restaurant, which is hard to come by in LA. We each ordered from the 7-course fixed menu, which is very pricey. Knowing that the portion sizes were small, I was expecting to be blown away with the flavor and creativity. While there were some dishes that my wife and I enjoyed, there were a few that we didn’t, including our main dishes (the steak and partridge). As a tasting experience, we prefer The Bazaar. Much better food and variety for the money.

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LK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable as soon as we arrived and introduced himself.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Big birthday!! Very well done by the staff!

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K
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Honestly, we were so disappointed. I had been wanting to dine here for years, so for our anniversary, we decided to check it out. We ordered everything on their 19th anniversary menu, including a $95 upcharge for truffle rissotto. Of the 5 courses, the rissotto was the only course,- besides the miniature (cold) hours de oeuvre and the bite sized crab with uni Panna that was actually great- served at an acceptable temperature. Everything else (the warm courses) were cold, lobster ravioli, COLD. quail stuffed with foie may have been good, but it was cold the entire way thru, gross. I almost spit out the one bite i took of my $275 entree. The steak my husband was served was not even close to warm, making it disgustingly tough for such an expensive slice of beef. Everything was played beautifully, no doubt, art. Yet, disappointing for $575 for what could have been such a delicious experience. The ideas here are great, it's clear Josiah has heart, however the execution ruined this message with COLD fine dining.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Melisse made a special occasion remarkable. I appreciated their willingness to accommodate my friend's needs. While the tables were a little big for private conversation, my family enjoyed the server's explanations of the dishes. The attention to detail and unique plating made this a singular event and a highlight of our weekend in the city.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not impressed by the food. The service was outstanding, and the ambiance was wonderful.

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YF
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were taken on a culinary journey. Highlights were Partridge prepared two ways and the Lobster Bolognese.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal we’ve ever had. Perfect!!!!

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This place is no longer surprising. Still good... but it's the same good every time.

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CP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been away from Melisse for some time and decided to introduce some friends to the restaurant.

I was not disappointed nor were they.

Everything about the evening was pitch perfect. The restaurant has improved over the years and is well worth a pilgrimage there for a sublime dining experience.

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PF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, Melisse is a special experience. The flavors in each dish are so well crafted that there was no one outstanding dish. Each one was perfect in itself. Really a wonderful dining evening!

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HK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Did the 4 course tasting menu. It took 40 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd course. We saw our food being delivered to the wrong table and picked up and sent back to the kitchen. Our waiter offered no apology or explanation for the wait or ever even checked in on us. I remember the service being much better. Food was great though.

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MG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant. Delicious. Inventive. True fine dining. Ideal for celebrations.

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