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Melisse

4.6
2013 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, American
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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
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Phone number
(310) 395-0881
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Josiah Citrin
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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What 2013 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I think for this price what they propose the design of the restaurant no good , toilets look chip, they don't have open window , it is dark , no fashion or style , it doesn't look luxury restaurant , all from outside of the building and inside , Service was good they do the best but also I feel like I'm in the prison I don't have my choice they just propose what they want we to order , it not what I want to order , for example choice between two different kind of meat and if you don't eat mammals meat, but I'm not vegetarian, i like to have a fish you don't have it separate , so I don't visit this restaurant again for these Price it's a lot of better restaurants in Los Angeles

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It a very good restaurant but over priced. $33 for a scotch you can get anywhere in town for at worst for 18 is silly and is over reaching. Staff was excellent food was very good

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I do believe it's over price.

You're forced to get a menu. We got the 7 courses which was $165/person. You need to choose between risotto w/truffle and Claims fettuccine (some like that). We got one each. At the end of the meal we were charged $45 extra because we decided we wanted the one risotto. No indication about that.

Also I did NOT see any French.... isn't this supposed the best French restaurant in LA?

Also I think they should change the menu. I went 5 years ago and looked the same.

Overall GOOD but if they make me pay premium, I want PREMIUM FOOD and I did not get it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. Pricey, but well worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Outstanding! Best meal ever.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food, service, menu all great except TOO MUCH SALT!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Best restaurant in LA. Period.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had the 7 course tasting menu which was superb. The egg and caviar was a highlight as was the superb wine paring. Expensive, but worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

It was my wife’s Birthday

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fine dinning !
Vaut un étoilé

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Beside being misgendered the entire evening, the fact dessert was replaced by a freaking bowl of berries made me very disappointed considering I had told them I was severely gluten intolerant.
Not mentioning they did not bring us the cannelés at the end while other table had gotten some.
Overall the food was good ... But overall I would say it was definitely not worth the price.
I do not expect to be disappointed in anyway when I pay that price.
We ended up paying $576

I would also discourage any person who support transgenders to go there.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wow! What a fantastic restaurant that is a no miss on the Los Angeles food scene. Going strong at a level unparalleled to most Josiah Citrin is an amazing Chef who drives this restaurant to the level of perfection they are at. From your first sip of the melisse infused rhubarb drink to the final sip of tea you are in another world entirely. Can’t wait to return next year!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I did the 7 course dinner and requested a vegetarian meal. It was simply outstanding.
Delicious beautiful and healthy combined with excellent service and an incredible wine list.
Great quiet environment and super relaxing evening with the amazing art and craft of fine dining at its very best.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We have dined at Melisse several times and they never disappoint. It is not a restaurant for a quick meal - they truly understand the art of fine dining which requires time and appreciation of how the food is presented and served. All of that does not take away from incredible taste! We are looking forward to the next time.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It was home run after home run with each course. Nice touch to have a different chef come introduce each course. All the flavors were great. Hit of the night was the truffle risotto.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday dinner. Good experience. Everything good here but not very good or exceptional. Bit expensive but service totally justified that.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Haven’t been there for a while ,good as always

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day...Loved everything but the price. $375 per person??
With wine i& tip it was over $1000 for just two of us.
Felt like gouging.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was mediocre and at $550/person with wine pairing, I believe it should be amazing. I won’t go back

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 9, 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Truly a real treat

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Superb! Fantastic and well worth it!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

It was a pretty nice dinner

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5.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinela was a fantastic tasting menu!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 4, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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