About Melisse

1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Melisse is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday Evenings.

OUR SEATINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
TUESDAY – THURSDAY: 6:00PM -9:30PM

FRIDAY: 6:00PM - 9:45PM

SATURDAY: 5:45PM – 9:45PM

SUNDAY and MONDAY:Closed

Cross Street:
11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 395-0881

Website:
http://www.melisse.com/

Entertainment:
Melisse's Wine Service Policy:
$30.00 per bottle for first 2 bottles, $50.00 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.

Catering:
Plan your Special Event today! Please call Aranka Smith at 310.395.0881 or events@melisse.com, to discuss our various options for an event here at Melisse or at your location.

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.

Executive Chef:
Josiah Citrin

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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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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4.7

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4.5

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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The food was good but one would expect t ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

The food was good but one would expect that of a 2 Michelin starred restaurant. What really impressed was the attentive service. The tables are not cramped together. So the room felt very spacious. The Egg Caviar and the lobster bolognaise are their signature dishes and they live up to the hype.

food5
ambience5
service5

Lobster bolognese is the most delicious ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Lobster bolognese is the most delicious pasta dish! Foie gras, prime rib eye, duck and wagyu beef are also excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great as always

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Great food. Always impressed with Chef Citrin's menu. Wish we lived closer so we could come more often.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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ambience5
service5
value4

Perfection

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Great meal on my first visit there. Had the Carte Blanche option and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Lived up to the expectations, which is sometimes difficult. Service was impeccable, attentive but not overbearing. Wine list was fantastic, great recommendations from sommelier (stay French, long list, went with bottle of Chablis and a bottle from Cote Rotie). A very balanced, exciting meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Memorable Melisse

Dined on April 14, 2016

This restaurant well deserves its two star rating and clearly caters to people who enjoy . exquisite food, exquisitely prepared, served by well- informed, but unpretentious staff. Unlike most of LA's restaurants, we were able to enjoy our 4 course dinner without shouting. What a novelty. Thank you for the elegance.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic

Dined on April 2, 2016

Fantastic food, we were really impressed. Everything was so tasty, specially caviar egg. It was one of the best dishes I ever tried. Surely worth a few Michelin stars.

Tags: group bookings, special occasions, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

For Something and /Or Someone Special !

Dined on March 24, 2016

It was a BIG birthday for the Mrs., to be shared only with her Brother and Partner and me- we opted for the 10 Course tasting menu- it was fabulous! What creative foods- and flavors. It was beautifully presented by an excellent and attentive staff- yet never overbearing or intrusive. I have heard otherwise, and some reviews complained about lengthy delays between courses. Perhaps it was a night when the restaurant was full or too many arrived at the same time- or a weekend. For us- we came early on a Wed. night, 3 hours later is was 75% occupied- perfect service all night. Its expensive- but for a big occasion, well worth it !

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Bliss at Melisse

Dined on March 23, 2016

Our 20th anniversary dinner at Melisse was all good. The deconstructed grape amuse bouches, amused. The basil brioche was very clever, and the French rolls were á point, with excellent Beurre de Barratte. The Stonington scallops with perigourdine were nicely sweet, and the truffle crust on the asparagus was as agreeable as it was clever. Still, we had to go for a fish course, and the lemon-crusted Dover sole was too hard to resist. What a classic presentation, what a tasty dish. Meuniére was superior, boning was well done, little gnocchi were a nice touch. And then the superb roast chicken, truffle-stuffed and in two services, with the excellent sauce Albufera and the morilles (my favorites) and the potato mousseline. This was already a lot of food, but since Melisse has a proper chariot de fromages, we had to! We finished with a souffle of chocolate, and one of tangerine. We brought a couple of special bottles, but the wine list is quite thoughtfully chosen, and we added some half bottles of Champagne Jose Dhondt and of a very good Savennieres from Baumard, as well as glasses of Quarts de Chaume and Bual. (Corkage is a bit steep at $100 per, but the restaurant kindly forgave the charges.) Kitchen, waitstaff & sommelier were all on their game. Could not have asked for a better celebration! LA is lucky to have a restaurant of the caliber of Melisse.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service2
value1

Not happy

Dined on March 20, 2016

Service was very marginal, absolutely not close to Michelin star restaurant.

food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Too expensive. The food was mediocre. Di ...

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

Too expensive. The food was mediocre. Dinner lasted 3 whole hours for no reason.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing Fine Dining Experience

Dined on March 18, 2016

Melisse was a very refreshing experience from the usual LA restaurants. The food was unique, fresh, and very tasty. The wine selection was great and our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients and had a great recommendations. The desserts were just amazing! I did the vegetarian tasting menu and I was delighted that they had great food that I could feel happy about. My friends did the regular tasting menu and they said it was some of the best foods they have ever had. But is it definitely expensive so something to consider...

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4

Amazing fare. Knowledgeable staff. Only ...

Dined on March 16, 2016

Amazing fare. Knowledgeable staff. Only comments: tempo of service was off. Too fast then delays. Then, wine should not be removed when the bottle is not quite finished! Great experience overall.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Incredible restaurant, best food I have ever eaten

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

I've eaten at some high-end restaurants, plenty of one and two star Michelin restaurants and Melisse has the best food I’ve ever tasted. My fiancé and I opted for the four course tasting menu and brought our own bottle of wine (they’ll waive the corkage fee if you buy a half bottle from their restaurant). The service and our waiter were also incredible and had great suggestions and descriptions of the food. The food plus the incredible service made this one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, if you don’t mind spending some coin (our bill was still $450 before tip), this is a must-do for your list.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Very good but not excellent

Dined on March 3, 2016

Our first courses were excellent. Our second commercials were only average. Our entrées were excellent. The champagne selection was excellent. Service was superb

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Premier Dining

Dined on February 27, 2016

This is the place to go if you wish to ruin every other dining experience you ever had. Outstanding food beat only by the service. If it is not the best restaurant in LA, I don's know what is. The only downer will come when the check arrives but you will still leave feeling really great about the experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

An exquisite dining experience

Dined on February 24, 2016

From the moment we walked through the front door, we felt pampered and special. The service was impeccable, with teams of waitstaff delivering interesting, delicious food. The dishes were creative takes on classics, and were absolutely divine. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions and to treat oneself. Be prepared ahead of time to spend a lot of money, so you can forget about the cost for a couple of hours and just order what you want. It was the most expensive meal I had ever had, but the experience was worth it! The cheese plate was a fun experience in itself.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

PRICEY BUT PHENOMENAL

Dined on February 24, 2016

It was without doubt the most amazing food and wine and experience. Josiah Citrin menu and Ken Takayama are great chefs and culinary artists. Fresh Ingredients and exquisite presentation. I look forward to taking the love of my life soon to a great culinary adventure. It was too expensive unfortunately but it was really worth every penny. Save up on a night to remember.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Ten

Dined on February 20, 2016

I was hesitant at first to make a reservation due to the notable costs associated with the meal, but when thinking of this meal as a dining experience as opposed to just another date night it definitely was worth the cost. Having been lucky enough to have eaten at Momofuku Ko and Per Se I was impressed with how well balanced each course turned out as well as how the meal read like a NYT bestseller. By the end of the night you are not overly full and your experience definitely should prepare you for a quiet trip home to reminisce about the wonderful dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing experience our server was extrem ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Amazing experience our server was extremely knowledgeable about the food

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

A very special diner

Dined on February 14, 2016

I went here with my husband for a special night out. The service was outstanding. We did the wine pairing with the food and it was definitely a highlight. The food was very good. We had a great time and very much enjoyed our dinner here. We was definitely pricey but we were expecting it to be based on previous research.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

OMG -- You must go there!

Dined on February 13, 2016

Absolutely wonderful!! If you have that special occasion you want to be memorable, bring your loved one(s) here. Though there may be set menus, Chef de Cuisine, Ken Takayama is open to and up to the challenge of any dietary restrictions.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Two Michelin stars earned

Dined on February 6, 2016

Melisse is a longtime French restaurant in Los Angeles with a reputation for upscale French dining a la Paris. All aspects of my experience lived up to its sterling reputation. Beautiful, romantic venue, great team service, exceptionally tasty dishes and extras. As most Michelin starred restaurants it is VERY expensive. Recommended for very special occasions unless your budget can afford multi-hundred dollar dinners.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4

We really like the old Melisse before th ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

We really like the old Melisse before the remodel. New interior was too dark and tables are too close together and noisy. New menu was limited.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Predictable not creative

Dined on January 30, 2016

The food was quite enjoyable as it was well executed and cooked perfectly. However, I did hope for more creative and unique choices. Further, some of the dishes did not have full flavors but instead left me wanting more intense flavor. This was especially true for the lamb entre that had accompanying beans on the dish without any flavor or enhancement of the dish. The food was well done, but the dessert was quite typical rather than any unique flavors or textures or particular decadence. Also, we did have to request water and bread on more than one occasion. Because of these reasons, I would not return based on the value of the experience, as it is a high end and expensive meal, I would want to feel that it was a perfect experience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

good

Dined on January 30, 2016

food is just soso and the environment is great . Had a great time there with my friend, worth trying

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

We got seated right away even if we were ...

Dined on January 29, 2016

We got seated right away even if we were 15 minutes early for our reservation. Attentive staff, awesome food and service!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Exquisite

Dined on January 28, 2016

The staff there were very friendly and enjoyable. Every crumb was quickly swiped away and every morsel of food was explained with such beauty and excitement. The food was beautiful and the taste was even better. I enjoyed the ambiance and the aesthetics of the area from the food down to the plates themselves. Truly more than just eating a meal but also an experience that one must partake in life.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Elegant fare

vip
Dined on January 27, 2016

The ten multi course dinner was delicious but pricey. Perfect for a very special occasion. Was surprised that the delicious looking bread wasn't served war. Like they do at capo, tavern, etc.....

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

amazing food.

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

food is superb. Prices are high, wine bottles start well over $100. very goiod choice if you have the money

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A great dining place for couples enjoy ...

Dined on January 23, 2016

A great dining place for couples enjoy the delish Italian food and romantic time in the late night.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Many pricey tastes

Dined on January 23, 2016

Although there were many well refined tastes, each serving was small though elegantly plated. If one prefers such an array of different tasty bites, this would be a good choice. The breads were a highlight. Service immaculate. Very pricey however

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

My wife and I celebrated our one year we ...

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

My wife and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at Melisse and everything was perfect. When we first walked in my wife mentioned it felt like a spa, and it was a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere with impeccable staff and absolutely no pretense at all. The food was superb with precise wine pairings that spanned the globe indicating a lot of care and thought, while the pours were perfect. It exceeds the French Laundry in our opinion. We left wanting for nothing (except for another dinner at Melisse).

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing restaurant for a special occasion

vip
Dined on January 9, 2016

The food was amazing. We did the Ten and each course was filled with texture and flavors that were absolutely delightful. It was pricy but we sat near the fireplace and had the room to ourselves for over an hour. The staff was attentive and informed. The wine they suggested was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value2

Take your whole bonus check!

vip
Dined on January 6, 2016

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Great for a special occasion if you're ready to spend a LOT of money.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Refined yet easy

vip
Dined on January 6, 2016

By far the best meal I have had in Los Angeles. We went several years ago to function with a set menu and loved it then promising to return to sample the items on the menu. What can I say, outstanding in all aspects. Food, service and decor were excellent and we loved the fact that you could actually converse with your diner partner without having to shout. Highly recommend a visit. It is not inexpensive, yet fully worth the tab. Bravo!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

SUPERB!

Dined on January 3, 2016

My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary and I must say, we made a great choice! First off, valet is $8.50. We arrived at 6:15, the early the better unless you are a late eater. We were greeted with 2 small boxes of chocolate truffles. Our waiter was J Francios, he was amazing! He did a great job explaining every dish (he could tell it was our first time). We ended up getting the 10... it is about a 3-hour meal, people aren't joking, but it sure didn't seem like it, which I loved! They really think about the timing of each meal. You may think you will be hungry after seeing the portion sizes, but I can tell you my boyfriend and I definitely were not. The food served can be light but used with quite rich ingredients. If you are a fan of wanting to try a bit of everything this is the place to be! One of my favorite dishes was the Truffle Risotto; it was not as heavy or rich as expected (it's a good thing). Another favorite was the Egg, Caviar and Creme Fraiche... perfection of all three combined! To end the night we were surprised by a dish of small sweets, the macaroon was the most amazing thing I have ever had. I have had my fair share of macaroons and this by far is the best! Overall, fantastic service, food and experience; one for the books.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

The overall experience was excellent.

Dined on January 3, 2016

The overall experience was excelleng. The food was 8 out of 10. The service was extremely attentive, all the courses served was thoroughly explained in great detail. One thing that I was dissappointed about was 1 of the dessert course that had a slice of tangerine in it, first bite I took had a pit in it. Not what I expected from a 2 Michelin star rated restaurant. Not a big deal for me but it might be for others.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Melisse missed the mark on NYE

Dined on January 1, 2016

NYE was my second dining experience at Melisse; however, unlike my first visit, the courses weren't memorable, some of the food tasted under seasoned and even stale, and entrees like lobster were tough and over cooked. Further, our party of 4 was at the first of two seatings and the service seemed clunky (two courses served without an explanation of what we were eating), and when we didn't exit immediately following dessert, all wait staff eyes were on us to a point where we felt rushed and uncomfortable. Next time I want to drop $1,500 on a meal, I'll get a reservation at Providence.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

The dinner was superb, with many interes ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

The dinner was superb, with many interesting and succulent courses. While we are not necessarily dessert people, our dessert was extraordinary. Strong service, great dining experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Consistently excellent!

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

We celebrated our birthdays at Melisse and were pleased by 5 course prix fix and wine paring. The fois gras was to die for!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list

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