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About Melisse

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.

1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Melisse is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday Evenings, unless noted below.

OUR SEATINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
TUESDAY – THURSDAY: 6:00PM -9:30PM

FRIDAY: 6:00PM - 9:45PM

SATURDAY: 5:45PM – 9:45PM

SUNDAY and MONDAY: Closed



VALENTINE'S DAY INFORMATION:
We will celebrating this year's Valentine's Day February 9th-14th, excluding the 12th. We will only be offering our special Valentine's Day menus on these dates. Please see our website for more details regarding the menus. Melisse's reservation policy requires all cancellations to be made by calling the restaurant directly 7 days before your reservation to avoid late fees.

Cross Street:
11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 395-0881

Website:
http://www.melisse.com/

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.

Catering:
Plan your Special Event today! Please call Lynda Butler at 310.395.0881 or events@melisse.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.

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.

Executive Chef:
Josiah Citrin

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

Special Events & Promotions:
*Melisse Gift Cards and our cook book, "In Pursuit of Excellence" are available to purchase on our website! A 2-star Michelin dinner is a perfect gift for any occasion.

Winter DineLA 2018 - January 12th-26th
We will be open every day excluding Monday during dineLA. Please note that we will only offer the dineLA menu on Sundays.

Valentine's Day at Mélisse
We will celebrating this year's Valentine's Day February 9th-14th, excluding the 12th. We will only be offering our special Valentine's Day menus on these dates. Please see our website for more details regarding the menus.

Private Dining

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

Melisse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
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Worth the Drive (6)
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Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (2)
Authentic (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing! The service was just as mind blowing as the food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding service and food! We were pleasantly surprised with the wine pairing in that the order wasn’t the standard champagne, white, red, dessert. The sommelier spent a good deal of time explaining his choice for order of the wines as well as the choice of glassware for each selection. It’s an expensive dinner but if you aren’t phased by that the experience is worth it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant is very quiet, love the ambiance, everyone is attentive to your needs. The chef comes out and deliver your food to your table and explain what your getting. However, due to artistic presentation of your food it was kinda hard to pay attention. The food is delicately prepared. The size is just right, we went for a 4 course meal. I ended my meal with a bang with the vanilla souffle and cara cara ice cream. It definitely hit the spot!

On the side note:Went to celebrate my birthday with my bf... made the reservation under open table and specifically gave instructions when I called melisse to confirm that I will use my open tab however when paying our server brought the bill and my bf insisting on paying. I was informed by our server that open table is down for the night and that I need to pay with my card. I didn't get any points for my reservation and emailed opentable but they claimed that I didn't book it thru them.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Truly a real treat

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great level of fine cuisine ! Everything was good from beginning to the end !

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Superb! Fantastic and well worth it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything is good there, I like the way they serve and good food!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was a pretty nice dinner

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Have been several times over the past 15 years. Consistently excellent nouvelle french cuisine. Very attentive service. Absolutely top 5 restaurant in LA

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The appetizers were amazing, but the rockfish and American wagyu beef were average. Utensils, glasses, decor were not up to normal fine dining standard. Came here for the dineLA menu but hopefully the regular set menus are much better

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience; amazing food and impeccable service. Can’t wait to dine here again.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

So disappointed with our 2nd visit to Melisse. We ordered dinner with wine pairing and were told wine would start after amuse bouche. Never in a million years did we think it would be 45 minutes before we got drinks. We would have ordered martinis to start, but we weren't even asked if we'd like cocktails, and then we couldn't get anyone's attention.

The food presentation was stunning but the meal was underwhelming. The oyster with veal tartare amuse bouche is not for everyone, and we wondered what happened to the old school cuisine. It seems like Melisse is going for trendy and that wasn't what we were expecting!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Melisse has lost their Michelin status mentality. The service was not on par, there were children literally running around screaming. They have no dress code enforcement, so it’s no longer a place for a romantic dinner. They have become a high price Mc Donald’s with the kids screaming. Sadly disappointing. I’ve been to Melisse at least 5 tImes in the last 5years.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We went to Melisse for the DineLA event. Our first time and it was spectacular. Fine dining at its best. There are so many great options I would just sit back and enjoy everything that comes your way. Wine list impeccable, presentation, taste and ambience was amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went in for Dine-LA and recieved what I can only describe as a true dining experience. From the food all the way down to the direction our silverware was placed in front of us, everything was impeccable. Without a doubt, will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinela was a fantastic tasting menu!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always amazing. Food never disappoints. Service and staff are impeccable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Creative dishes and nice presentation on the 10, but not as tasty as I thought. Risotto rice was undercooked.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Overall it was good. Some dishes were absolutely fantastic and I liked how various chefs came out to explain the dishes. We did the largest menu. I will say roughly 30% of the dishes were not that great to average (Endive, Scallop compared to Providence yikes, and the fish). I would rate Melisse clearly behind Providence but still good. We liked the variety of dishes and wish that the level of each was consistent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

For an European, Michelin starred restaurants in the USA often seem overvalued in respect to Italian or French standards, but Melisse is worth the two stars. Excellent quality ingredients treated with care and love.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Exceeded expectations. Fantastic dinner in all aspects - fantastic meal, highly-attentive service and beautiful environment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

An exceptional dining experience with every aspect of the meal perfectly executed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Exceptional food and exceptional service. The only suggestion I have is that they clarify their corkage policy somewhere on their website (I could not find it there, and upon searching on Google, I found a policy that seems outdated; that is, we were still charged a corkage fee of $50 for bringing a bottle, even after ordering one of their finer Burgundy wines).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Babymoon. Celebrating.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Everything about our dining experience was fantastic. Everyone we interacted with was kind and helpful and every dish on the menu (as well as the little surprises along the way) was beyond delicious. I'm so happy we chose to go here for our anniversary!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We did the ten course menu and it was fantastic. Food allergies accommodated with care.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My worse experience of restaurant. Hard to digest. Food quality worse:

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We came here for my birthday dinner, and had an excellent experience. The wine specialist was very knowledgeable and nice, making you feel you are warmly welcomed. We opt for seven course tastings, every dish was plated like an art work and the portion size were just right to make you full at the end. I would love to come here again for another special occasion if I’m in LA area.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had the 7 course meal, which from start to finish was fantastic. The creativity of each dish and the flavors were excellent. Every dish that came to the table was presented to us by the chef that made the dish. The chef tells you what the best way to eat the dish and how it’s prepared.
The service was par excellent and the decor and amblience was quiet and very elegant.
I think the best dish was the soft poached egg with caviar.
I would highly recommend Melisse for special occasions. It’s pricey, but definitely worth the experience.
We also got a tour of the kitchen.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went for our anniversary. Delightful meal.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

perfectly paced, the 7 course prix fixe was excellent. Loved that each chef came out to explain the course. Wine service of Matthew was exemplary. Super venue, very elegant, top notch cuisine and several amuse bouche. Only weak spot was desserts—but the restaurant sets a high standard.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Seriously - melisse was wonderful. I took my lovely girlfriend there for her birthday and everything was spectacular. I would whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone. Especially if you enjoy high end dining.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything a two star Michelin restaurant should be and more! I was so so impressed when I went. All the food was on point and if I wasn’t excited about a dish, it was more due to previous dislike of that ingredient than the dish itself. I would actually go so far to say that I loved every dish that they served (a rarity!). The standouts for me were the venison and the rock fish. Improvements could be made for the bathrooms (which looked more like they should belong in a diner, not a high end restaurant) and pacing of the meal. There were times where we waited an inordinate amount of time compared to those around us. Also, servers tended to change a lot so there was no way to build a rapport with any of them. However, that does not mean service was lacking. They were very cognizant of water refills and meticulous about whisking the plates away (done at the same time by 2 different servers!). Definitely recommend Melisse for any special occasion!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This place always impresses. The food is sublime , creative and near perfect every time we've been here. The wine list is also a must as it's nothing short of outstanding. I've had some of the best and most unique red burgundy I've ever tasted here. Definitely worth it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Just as good as it gets. Everything was exceptional

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Outstanding in almost every respect. For another Michelin star, upgrade the bread...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was very well prepared and presented. Truffle reign supreme here. Wine list was excellent. Our sommelier was exceptional. The price can add up real quick though and the Open dining room can get noisy.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Over priced for the food quality and service. Can not believe it was on the top 50 restaurants in LA. I expected 5 star food and service got 2.5 stars and 5 star price. The egg course was amazing then just crashed! Very disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

A lovely experience with new foods and tastes and beautiful presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fantastic service from all the staff, especially the chefs that came out to introduce each course.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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