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Melisse, Santa Monica, CA

Melisse

4.8
4.8
1969 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Chef & Owner Josiah Citrin has revived his Michelin 2-Star institution with an intimate, 14-seat restaurant with Chef/Partner Ken Takayama. In a setting that blurs the line between kitchen and dining room, Chefs and service staff guide guests through a 2.5-hour culinary experience.

Collaborating with California farmers from San Diego to Napa Valley, Chef Josiah sources the most unique and exclusive ingredients available. An 8-course tasting menu is bookended by canapés, amuse-bouches and mignardise, all of which showcase global flavors using both modern and classic techniques.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary French / American, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 395-0881
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Josiah Citrin
  • Private party facilities
    Mélisse offers full buyout options for parties. Citrin is available for other private and semi-private events. To inquire, please reach out to us via our online form.https://www.citrinandmelisse.com/large-party-inquiries
  • Private party contact
    Lynda Butler: (310) 395-0881
  • Area
    Santa Monica
  • Cross Street
    11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu, May- $399

    USD 150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    1 May - 31 May 2024
    $399 TASTING MENU (excluding applicable sales tax) Your deposit will be applied to the final bill. Chef's Tasting Menu is a 2.5-hour experience showcasing refined culinary techniques, classic wines, and welcoming hospitality. The menu features seasonal ingredients spanning intricate hors d'oeuvres, seafood-forward dishes, and world-renowned meats. We offer 1 seating on Wed at 6:30pm and 2 seatings at 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Thurs-Sat. *Limited changes & modifications to the menu can be accommodated. For example, we are able to accommodate pescatarian and no shellfish requests. We cannot accommodate vegetarian and vegan menus. Please reach out if you have any questions prior to booking.*
    Chef's Tasting Menu, May- $399 photo
  • Chef's Tasting Menu, June- $399

    USD 150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    1 June - 30 June 2024
    $399 TASTING MENU (excluding applicable sales tax) Your deposit will be applied to the final bill. Chef's Tasting Menu is a 2.5-hour experience showcasing refined culinary techniques, classic wines, and welcoming hospitality. The menu features seasonal ingredients spanning intricate hors d'oeuvres, seafood-forward dishes, and world-renowned meats. We offer 1 seating on Wed at 6:30pm and 2 seatings at 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Thurs-Sat. *Limited changes & modifications to the menu can be accommodated. For example, we are able to accommodate pescatarian and no shellfish requests. We cannot accommodate vegetarian and vegan menus. Please reach out if you have any questions prior to booking.*
    Chef's Tasting Menu, June- $399 photo

What 1,969 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Best Service

  • Los Angeles

    Californian

  • Westside

    Best Food

  • Westside

    Best Service

  • Westside

    Best Ambience

  • Westside

    Best Value

  • Westside

    Innovative

  • Westside

    Great for fine wines

  • Westside

    Romantic

  • Westside

    Californian

1,969 Reviews
  1. JeffH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good quality for the food. Limited items in the wine list especially for those California wines. The table service is prefect but other service such as front desk representative or bartenders, might not good enough as Michelin 2 stars level, by those services provided by another busy restaurant Citrin, which always be busy by lots customers.

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  2. deaddoc

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a totally unique experience. Each course was exquisitely crafted and the staff were very knowledgeable about our preferences. Given the elegance and intricacy of the courses, I was surprised by what I thought was an overly casual vibe. No carpet and coaster plates like black vinyl records. Still, it was the food we came for, and we were NOT disappointed!

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  3. JoanS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Truly outstanding dining experience. Food was remarkable, delicious and a beautiful presentation, service could not hav been better. I truly enjoyable event.

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  4. DanielK

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Possibly the best upscale restaurant and dining experience in L.A. area. Can’t wait to return.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience from start to finish was amazing! We were blown away by each course. The service was impeccable. It was one of the best dinners we have ever enjoyed and a great way to celebrate my birthday!

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  6. JonR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for our anniversary. It was a special day and wanted to ensure we spend it at a very special place. Kudos to all the chefs and staff. Amazing work!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mélisse is the best kept secret in Los Angeles County!

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  8. Foodie4Ever

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    My wife and I are foodies and have visited numerous Michelin-starred restaurants across the world and many 2 stars. Melisse was a giant disappointment. Below are my thoughts comparing Melisse to other 2-star Michelin restaurants. Pros 1. Outstanding service. 2. It's fun being in a room within a restaurant. Only 10 people were part of the service. 3. Very good wine pairings. Cons 1. Food creativity is poor compared to Ever, Oriole, Providence, etc. 2. Food presentation was poor, as was the dinnerware. 3. The taste wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic either. For the incredible cost, every bite should be an amazing experience. 4. Fine dining should also be healthy. None of the courses had any fermented elements and there were very few vegetables. 4 - 5 items were fried. In our last 10 Michelin visits, there was a total of one fried item. 5. The owner was eating in the room and didn't bother to stop at the other tables. There were only 4 to visit. 6. The room is an embarrassment. Plain floor and Crate & Barrel style tables and chairs. 7. No professional designer worked on this room. 8. I was joking that Melisse must have paid off Michelin.

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  9. LenG

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful creative tasty delicious with attentive service. The best food/restaurant in Los Aneles, expensive yes but for that special occasion or just the need to get the best food Melisse is perfect

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  10. JaaSal

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The absolute best. Start to finish the best fine dining experience in LA. I would be staging just to learn that croissant desert recipe

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Melisse using the Order Online button.

Melisse is rated 4.8 stars by 1969 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Melisse

1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
  • Area
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary French / American, American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • 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.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Josiah Citrin
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 395-0881
  • Private party facilities
    Mélisse offers full buyout options for parties. Citrin is available for other private and semi-private events. To inquire, please reach out to us via our online form.https://www.citrinandmelisse.com/large-party-inquiries
  • Private party contact
    Lynda Butler: (310) 395-0881
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