Melisse

4.6
2092 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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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: 5:45PM - 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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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

The only menu offered that evening is a 5 course menu at $175 per guest. Tax, gratuity, and beverages not included. A cancellation notice of 5 or more days in advance is required to avoid a cancellation fee of $175 per guest.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

The only menus offered that evening are:
4 courses at $150 per guest from 5:30-6:30pm.
6 courses at $295 per person from 8:30-9:30pm. Tax, gratuity, and beverages not included. A cancellation notice of 5 or more days is required to avoid a cancellation fee for the value of the menu.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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

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GI
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
18 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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m
Los Angeles
7 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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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
34 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
23 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
2 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
3 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
18 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
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and impeccable service makes this a bucket list must. Very pricey so for most it is for special occasions.

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MT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Los Angeles area. The service and food is always excellent. And there is nothing to compare to the dining experience .

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MT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT! I can’t decide what was our favorite out of the four course meal. But the corn soup was absolutely delicious. Service was impeccable.

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C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the very special birthday dinner! Amazing as always

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s
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was disappointing all around. Maybe my expectations were too high going in

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m
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, perfect food, gorgeous decor, top notch from beginning to end.

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S
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences in my life! The preparation was exquisite, the service amazing with the chef of each course delivering the food; amazing drink/wine menu. Would give this three Michelin stars instead of the two they have now. And we have dined all over the world in some of the best restaurants in Paris, London and New York. And I was a former executive in the luxury hotel industry and appreciate what it takes to deliver a meal of this quality and consistency.

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DK
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Melisse would have received a much better rating from us but for the fact that our bill was padded without our knowledge. An already expensive restaurant, they included an additional 3% employee health care charge without notifying us. In addition, my husband ordered a risotto which was offered with or without black truffles. He didn’t request the truffles, but when his dish arrived, a server immediately began to shave them atop the rice, even as he was saying aloud “I didn’t order the truffles.” Truffles were listed at an additional $85 on the menu, but they apparently charged us a market price of $115 for them. It was only after I asked my husband what the meal cost, and he told me it was over $1000, that I went back to see exactly what we’d payed for. Just because someone is willing to splurge on a special occasion meal, doesn’t mean the restaurant should push their advantage with excess charges. We didn’t bicker over the bill, rather, it simply cast an unpleasant light on what would have otherwise been an extraordinary anniversary meal. I would suggest careful examination of this restaurant’s bill. Who knows what you may be paying for that wasn’t on your plate.

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C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale, fine dining experience. Perfect for an elegant night out

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Way overpriced. Restaurants in Paris which are better cost less. Some of the food was wonderful, some just fine. Again, at this price point it needs to be better

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n
Orange County
136 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined here on numerous occasions and have enjoyed it each tome. There is no equal to this restaurant in the area. The tasting menus are exquisite. I recommend this place to anyone who appreciates great food and outstanding service.

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W
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and exquisite food with a complexity of flavors. Service was impeccable. The wine pairing was unique and awesomely surprising. Yes it is expensive but it was an experience I will not forget; I hope to return soon.

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Creative! The best restaurant in Los Angeles!

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I attended for their 19th anniversary meal, which consisted of six courses plus several small things, like bread and petit-fours. Everything was excellent and interesting, and the service was incredible.

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LE
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

there are lots of delicious menue. especially i enjoy the main course and they kindly explain what they served. actually i changed the coursd during the course but they accepted my request. the food is more delicious then 3stars and serve was woundeful too

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing

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m
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

in my 14 years of annual dining here, it never disappoints, always pleasantly surprises, and is a real special treat. Favorites include the caviar egg ..wow; foie gras in whatever form they prepare it; perfectly served seasonal fruits and vegetables. Service is as impeccable as the cuisine. Dining in its true form. Pleases the eye and mind with colorful gorgeous presentation of each and every morsel.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is amazing!!! It is worth it!

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