Melrose Station

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
MELROSE STATION -
LA's newest craft cocktail speakeasy also serving a global menu of tapas
A hidden gem of the Melrose Art District

THE SETTING -
Picture this.. A minimalistic style speakeasy hidden away somewhere within a train station in Prohibition era.. With modern contemporary touches.

We are not a typical restaurant where guests are in & out after their appetizers, entrées & desserts.

We are a craft cocktail venue serving a global menu of tapas.

We accept limited reservations and also welcome walk-ins.

We are open 7 days a week from 5pm til late

We accept parties of 6 or less due to our intimate quaint atmosphere - space is limited.

We are open to discuss buyouts, private events, and/or parties of up to 50ppl.

We prefer a fashion forward, casual chic and/or even business attire.

We DO NOT allow shorts, tank tops, sweat pants/track suits or flip-flops
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RR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hidden cocktail lounge. Great to start any night. Service is impeccable. Every drink is amazing you'll want to try them all. Light bites are perfect.

JW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Not your typical space for the area. Nice for drinks... FOOD, NOT SO MUCH!!!!!

MM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool place. We liked the confusing entrance situation. :)

VC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice people, good cocktails and the food was delicious. First time after a long while that I ate a really fresh salad!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Valentine’s Day, Melrose Station did a Prix Fixe menu that seemed really good. My partner and I were there for dessert and a drink a piece and luckily the restaurant was able to accommodate our request.

Drinks are great, food was fabulous, our waitress was attendant but not overbearing and was great for answering our questions. The vibe is excellent and they set out (fake) roses for the day in question. Only negative is it’s definitely pricey (their speciality cocktails start at $14 and go up) but their prix fixe (which includes a glass of wine) was quite reasonable.

Love it here, this is the second year in a row we’ve done Valentine’s Day and we’ll likely do it again next year!

JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was perfeft for our special night. The staff was on point, from the hookah entrance all the way inside The Melrose Station. Our waitress was very attentive and her drink recommendations became our new favorite. Will definitely be returning.

VB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite speakeasies in the city. Love the ambiance and service is always attentive and kind. Also appreciate inventive cocktails, like the fogged drink served in an orb/sphere! Such a fun place to bring friends, co-workers, a date, or out-of-towners. Love it!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and service were great. A fun date spot!

SS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I visited this place along with two others this past weekend based upon Yelp Reviews. Although I had reservations for a specific day and time, we were asked to wait outside for about 10 minutes before being allowed in. Not a huge deal, but when I mentioned that we had reservations to the bouncer guy- he rolled his eyes and said, "Yeah, well it's full in there so doesn't really matter if you do." The cocktails we ordered were ok. Maybe my expectations for their cocktails was set far too high. It's a neat little spot, just wish they weren't blasting the music so loud and had better cocktails.

EV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fantastic drinks!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great! Fun experience.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

menu is extremely limited - don't go there expecting a lot of choices - they have a few appetizers and that is it!

DW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a promotion

OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the hidden entrance! Food was spectacular

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant no longer exists and needs to be removed from your site.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were from out of town so we used gps to direct us to the restaurant location which was very confusing. We called the restaurant to clarify the directions but got a voicemail which sounded liked a game of Clue which sent us to another location where a host would take us to a secret door to lead us there. With so much mystery built up behind this secret restaurant that promised exotic menu items from around the world, we were let down very hard with mediocre food and worse service by a server that couldn’t remember our order, missing items and at the same time adding other things that we didn’t order in the first place. The bar decor was the best part of the experience which we involuntarily stayed to enjoy while waiting an extremely long time for the server to bring us the bill.

SD
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Environment and drinks were perfect! We ordered food, flat bread. Unfortunately, it took a really long time to heat some bread and cheese. Tasted great when it came, but didn't seem very well prioritized. I would return again despite this, however, as the drinks were worth the time.

BP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Highly confused and surprised about the secretive speakeasy nature of melrose station. Rolled up to a hooka lounge and told the host where we intended to go and he quietly hurried us to the back chamber like we were jay z and beyonce meeting with al capone. The mystery was both parts confusing and cool. The melrose station has beautiful design elements which attracted me the most. Decent music playing and not too loud. My only gripe: the liquor collection is horribly basic and pricey. Note to owners: please invest in interesting booze and interesting cocktails. Overall: awesome!

AS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Came here for birthday drinks and was happily surprised to actually have to find the place (people often throw around the word ‘speakeasy’ without putting any effort to actually hide it) and loved the close atmosphere. It was smaller than the pictures made it seem, but not at all crowded. Food was great, service was kinda spotty but nothing specific to complain about— it was just weirdly hard to find someone once or twice when we needed refills etc.

I’d come here again!

TS
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serious cocktails. Great bartenders. If you don't like this, then check yourself.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great drinks, fun and good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surprise. Truffle flatbread was really yummy

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great place for cocktails

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The cocktails are expertly made (sloe gin fizz is incredible) but the whole business of finding the place, in addition to the absent service and bad food makes it someplace I don’t think I will return to.

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was no restaurant there. The address was wrong.

MG
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience5

If you've ever watched the movie John Wick, this place was very much The International. Smokey lounge, hidden doorways, secret passageways, chic backroom conversations. Very cool. It's a very small venue. Food was very good, I expected the prices to be a bit higher than you would normally find at a bar/lounge but it was worth the experience. Drinks were fine and also a tad bit pricey. The one small thing that irked me was that we were there for hours and the plates of food kept piling up and the waitress/hostess never once came by to pick them up. But that won't stop me from returning again. Like I said, it's a cool experience just to enter the venue. I won't post pics because I don't want to ruin it for other people.

CG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The doorman was awesome & professional. The staff inside was clueless & slow. They kept forgetting to bring drinks. I ordered the same drink 3 times & got something different each time. Speakeasy means Speak. Easy. That means quietly. This place was as loud as a club & nothing like what I was looking for. Despite noting it was for a birthday on the reservation only the doorman wished us happy birthday. The staff inside didn't acknowledge it was a special occasion at any time.

MP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Though there are a few issues: the music tended to be rather loud and "club-y", instead of more subdued, which is usually the case in a "speakeasy". The original idea behind the renaissance of the speakeasy was to have a place that you could have an intimate conversation, an antidote to the usually lord bars and clubs. That said, the food was very good, the staff attentive and friendly - and the bartenders were spot on terrific. These were some of the best classic cocktails we have EVER had in Los Angeles. And the bartenders were very gregarious and excellent at their work. Outstanding.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience3

This was my second visit to Melrose Station. The first time I went the server acted as if she was bored out of her mind. Upset we only ordered two Hendricks on the rocks (which totaled out to be $34)... I thought the ambiance was cool and the bartender was friend when I left so I decided to give it a second try. Knowing this time to order the specialty cocktails , as they are cheaper than straight liquor on the rocks. Brought in my guy for his birthday. Loved the entrance but again the waitress was leaning on the wall bored out of her mind. It was a different girl. The suggestions she gave were ok but not knowledgeable. Everytime she was not at our table she was kicked back on the wall by the P.o.s station. Food came out quick but never again would I order it. My 5year old niece could’ve made me the same thing in her easy bake oven. Will never recommend this place to anyone. The only fun part of this experience is the bouncer and entrance to bar. Ps... I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks this. As both times it has been dead. Reservations not even needed.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The door man did an amazing birthday dance for me and I felt very special 10/10

C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The sliders were terrible. Could not even bite into the bun. Told the waiter and still had to pay for them.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I’ve been to this spot many times and it’s usually a great experience. However, last night, it was terrible. The bouncer that stands outside was beyond rude and refused to let us in for no reason. I had to ask for a manager for them to honor my reservation. I’ve never been treated so poorly at a restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall4food1service3ambience3

Go for cocktails and the novelty experience.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Melrose station!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved Melrose Station. From the experience of finding the door to the selection of liquors to the very chill vibe. Will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Made a reservation for three pals at 830 after reading reviews that it was a polished, new place on Melrose. Getting into the bar is interesting, I'll give them that. Once inside, I was one of about 5 people in the bar. The decor is nice!
I was the only one at the bar. the bartender was not interested in me being there. In fact, the entire staff was on their cellphones. Even people who came out of the kitchen were on their cell phone. No biggie, but if I'm waiting for friends at a bar... perhaps put down the phone and strike up a conversation with your customer? I might have bought another drink. The lighting pouring in from the kitchen was offputting and a bright ipad camera booth things was bright as hell. To make up for the lack of energy, they had loud reggaton-electronic-pop - which made the place feel more empty.
Cannot comment on their food or drinks, as I had one basic cocktail and did not eat.
With my party running late, I redirected them to other parts.
I really wanted to like the place. Admittedly, I went on a Tuesday, so crowds are more tame (that said, Umbrella co and Village Idiot which are within eyeshot of Melrose station were packed). Perhaps it's better during weekends?

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I Love it and would come again

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Very cool venue. Service was terrible...we specifically asked if we should order 1-2 things at a time so it didn’t all come out at once. Our waitress assured us that she would handle it. Well...our food still all came out at once so we couldn’t even enjoy it while it was warm. Cool spot to catch up but not to eat.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really neat experience with the secret entrance. Good decor with a modern feel.

SB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The secret door is actually a very good and very original idea,we have enjoyed all the stuff we tried from the cocktail menu and the kitchen,I do recommend this spot but maybe in the weekend cause it was very quiet and empty on Monday night.