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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 8 times today


1993 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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French, American
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Hours of operation
Melisse is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday Evenings, unless noted below.


FRIDAY: 6:00PM - 9:45PM

SATURDAY: 5:45PM – 9:45PM


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

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

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.

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What 1993 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Raymond (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipScott (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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.

3plusone (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Truly a real treat

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Superb! Fantastic and well worth it!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

It was a pretty nice dinner

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

vipfoodfanatic (Los Angeles)
3.0  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!

MAR1960 (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

vipLisaV (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinela was a fantastic tasting menu!

DavidP (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

vipAdam (Columbus)
4.0  Dined 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.