Taste on Melrose

4.6
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$30 and under
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Taste on Melrose is Melrose Avenue friendliest neighbor, homey yet sophisticated. With its relaxed setting, updated clean American comfort cuisine and eminently moderate prices, Taste on Melrose offers everything that people are looking for in a neighborhood restaurant. Located in the mids of the swanky stretch of trend setting Melrose Avenue with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenburg. Taste on Melrose is a neighborhood favorite for stylish Angelinos with a preference for elegant surroundings and a comforting, laid-back dining experience. Now with new large bar and al fresco courtyard seating.

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Aley
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I went here for my birthday brunch and was really excited for the date. However, it took a very long time for my table to be served. The waiter was super kind, he was just a bit neglectful, maybe because it was understaffed? I'm not sure. But it just seemed like it was he would only come back to us every 30mins. So we got our mimosas, he made sure they were filled regularly, but there's only so long that we can survive off of liquor before you start to get graggy from hunger. Overall, I'm pretty sure we were there for an hour before we got our food and that really declined the overall experience.

Now, was the food good when it finally came? ABSOLUTELY. And the overall ambiance was really beautiful. And the portions were great. But man, that wait was a killer.

I'll go back tho, just hope the service improved.

JK
JanK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Good food and not overpriced. Elegant without being scene-y.

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FaithM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, really cute atmosphere & great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, and overall really enjoyable time

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vipParkerGreen
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday brunch here!! The service was very friendly and helpful and they wrote a lovely note for me!
Loved my food and the bottomless. The patio was also lovely. A wonderful time!

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EmilyH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is fantastic! But it was super cramped and LOUD. Apparently, there is a DJ that performs on the weekends in the atrium. Would love to eat here again, but probably would not go on Friday night.

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claudiam
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey but the food was good, the service was excellent, ambiance was bright and cheery, not too noisy.

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I got sick. My burger was served with a salad that looked old and had bugs. The waiter was not very attentive, and the noise made it almost impossible to have a conversation. It was very disappointing.

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vipTheAnonymousDiner
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place — and have to say, I always feel the management is largely responsible for it. They are always very attentive & accommodating. It’s no wonder the food and service are consistently fantastic. Please keep up the excellent work.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a very good experience and the door Gal Jennie is truly amazing and made my experience more lovely and our waiter was on point, but the food this time around was way to salty and I kinda didn’t eat it much and kinda didn’t do anything about it.

I J’aDore TASTE and thank you for the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Really want to love this place. I love the location, the layout, the menu choices. But the quality of food or should I say the chef have a long way to go. Sauces don’t really go well with the food, many items are blend and I can name a location I’ve tasted a better one for each of the items within a few blocks radius. Had a chicken sandwich - sauce is too sweet to go with it, chicken was dry and the sandwich itself, mostly buns, was very soggy. Our waiter forgot to bring us a menu when requested, which isn’t a big deal, but it left us feeling I welcomed and not a priority for the stuff. Not the first time I’ve been, but probably the last, have this spot too many chances to improve and every time it comes of as mediocre.

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Badexperience
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The appetizers were great but they brought out our main course shortly after we received our appetizers. My guess is that they then put the main course under a heat lamp until we finished our appetizers and my steak was over cooked and dry.

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Ron2
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience1

For the first time ever, welcome/check in was less than stellar. As a long time repeat customer, I was astonished. I was dismayed by the experience. So much so, that I’m not sure I’ll continue to think of TASTE as one of my go to choices. Our waitstaff were exemplary. But, otherwise, I’m very disappointed.

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vipRobert
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Favorite neighborhood restaurant -always a good meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Slow service. Only one waiter managing the entire patio at dinner rush. Ordered prix fixe menu and each course came out before we even finished. Dessert came out 2minutes after our main entrees were served. Waiter was not an expert with menu. We asked if the chicken was fried and he said no and it was. I suggested the place to a friend I was meeting that was in town and I was embarrassed for our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very relaxed atmosphere, great for business or catching up w/ friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They badly need a sommelier. Their wine list is not expansive and the servers are unable to make recommendations to pair with the food selections. For the prices they charge (we spent ~$150 for 2) the quality of our experience was lacking. While we were still trying to find the right flavor of wine for the dinner specials they had, our orders weren't put in. So after 20 minutes and 3 tries of wines that were not even close to the flavor profiles we were looking for, our server said the manager would be over to help because they were too busy to help us. The manager never came. I made a selection based on my best guess of what the typical flavor would be for the particular grape, and asked them to put in our food order. Not fine dining in my mind (especially since I've been to some phenomenal haute cuisine in LA). At least some consultation with a sommelier to teach servers what is recommended for pairing with the dishes offered on the menu...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, limited vegan menu

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vipJoel
Miami
130 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

EG
vipElianeG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all... food was great, Bradley the manager did everything to make us feel special. Andre treated like Royalty as well. Delicious and creative dishes. Don't forget to order the Home Made Truffles--WOW

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vipSb773
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This place used to be my go to, but the last few times the food has been really sub par.
This was the second time in a row where my food was cold. My girlfriends salad was barely dressed and it wasn't made as described on the menu. We were also seated at a table in the back patio that is near the door where the crew throws the trash out, so trash bags were walked by our table a few times during our meal.

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vipBradford
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Taste on Melrose. We tried the smart hearts menu and it was fantastic. Wish we would have had our Valentine’s Day here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day to sit outside and they reserved us an outdoor seat! The Lobster Benedict was the most delicious Benedict I’ve ever had. Service was great. Food was hot and delicious.

DB
DrBaby
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute brunch spot with New-American/California style menu options and a pleasant ambiance. Early seating is recommended for weekends as it tends to become quite busy after 12-12:30pm. There is no parking lot but free local street parking is available south of Melrose. The breakfast croissant and chilaquiles sandwich were both delicious though the shoestring fries were a bit limp and dry. I am definitely coming back to try the cocktails and other menu items!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom out for Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a last minute reservation, everything worked out perfectly. From the moment we walked in the door to when we were leaving the building, everyone and I mean everyone was polite and warm and welcoming. The food was excellent, our server was on point and made a perfect recommendation from the wine list. Most importantly, Mom had a great experience and that was the goal.

My sincere thanks,

Josh Tarlow

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall sub par

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Took too long to order and get our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day, set menu. Everything cold, lobster soup had old rubbery lobster. Maybe rest of the year they serve good food, but not on Valentines

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was it really necessary to point out that we were a little late to our reservation if you were going to give us a table anyway?

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MDS4
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would have given 5 stars if we had an outside table. We were squished between two inside tables (with a 2pm reservation at table 23). I heard every word of the business lunch next to us. On the positive side, the food and service were top-notch. Our server, Nahum went above and beyond to accommodate my daughter’s food allergies / restrictions. I’ll request a table in front next time.

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Jenniferalmeida
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good place to enjoou a happy hour and have some spirits! I loved the atmosphere and the service. In a next trip to LA, I would like to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible, the restaurant was basically empty as we arrived at an off time…but it still took the hostess 5 minutes to come to the stand and seat us. Our server was super complacent and inattentive, the bus person was the saving grace of this whole operation and I wish I could p them only lol. I’ve been here before and it wasn’t terrible but this was downright unacceptable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday Brunch. Fun atmosphere with great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Had the filet minion and the chocolate brioche! Both were full of flavor!

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ap2mbm
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! I have been going to this place since they opened, but as i have moved away from the neighborhood i havent been for a hot minute. They’ve grown and was so packed!! We had a reservation but got their a 1/2 hour early...nevertheless the Manager handled the situation adeptly. It was a super special occasion (like big LA/ Hollywood stuff) so it was truly fantastic to have a nice, yummy, but also utterly relaxed beginning to a long night. I cant thank the whole team enough.

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Sactosally
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Server never returned

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vipKatie
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this meal! The vegan gnocchi what’s the most amazing I have ever had. Good wine list and great staff. Easy to talk to your table mates too!

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CathyB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Visit family member from LA. We in town from Seattle. Phone recording explained parking however the valet was not at his stand and charged us double what they said on the recording.
The good was disappointing.

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Taste on Melrose does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Taste on Melrose also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 852-6888.

Taste on Melrose is rated 4.6 stars by 2897 OpenTable diners.

Taste on Melrose does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/gift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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