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.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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.
11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Plan your Special Event today! Please call Lynda Butler at 310.395.0881 or email@example.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.
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.
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.
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
The hosts at the front were very helpful, but seemed a little stressed. Things were running just a little late, but we didn’t mind.
Once we were seated, all of the servers and wait staff were very friendly and informative. Only twice were things taken before we were quite ready. Would return!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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