About Taste on Melrose

8454 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Taste on Melrose is Melrose Avenue friendliest neighbor, homey yet sophisticated. With its relaxed setting, updated 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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:30pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
La Cienega Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 852-6888

Website:
http://www.ilovetaste.com/

Catering:
Small or Large parties - in house or off site full catering available.

Please contact: Richard Baker P: 323.630.3340
or email: catering@ilovetaste.com

You can also get more information and see pictures of our previous events on our Facebook page : ilovetasteEvents


Parking Details:
Street Parking also valet parking at $6.50

Executive Chef:
Sergio Juarez

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Discovery Mondays with Half off Bottles of Wine
Grilled Cheese Tuesdays
Farmers Market Thursday Dinner
Monthly Full Moon Aphrodisiac Nights


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Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Treat Mom to Sunday brunch with our three course prix fixe ($33/pp), including the Indulgent Dessert Buffet. Enjoy patio, courtyard, or dining room seating beginning at 10am.

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Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Taste on Melrose can accommodate all of your special event needs.

Taste on Melrose Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Loved For

Contemporary American
West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
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neighborhood gem (86)
fit for foodies (82)
great for outdoor dining (76)
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romantic (50)
great for brunch (48)
special occasion (43)
good for groups (42)
great for lunch (41)
hot spot (36)
vibrant bar scene (16)
late-night find (14)
notable wine list (13)
kid-friendly (3)
scenic view (2)
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food5
ambience5
service5

Nothing special on their pizzas, flat br ...

Dined 5 days ago

Nothing special on their pizzas, flat breads. Loved their sandwich and fries. Definitely, coming back and Can't wait to try their brunch menus.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great staff, great food. Very accommodat ...

Dined 6 days ago

Great staff, great food. Very accommodating and helpful. Great place for lunch or dinner.

food4
ambience5
service5

Delicious! I really loved the menu and a ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Delicious! I really loved the menu and appetizers.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Good Food Good Service Good Value

Dined on April 26, 2016

Enjoyed our experience at Taste on Melrose. Celebrated a birthday. Monday nights is 1/2 off wine bottles. This and their Prix Fixe menu make this a good value for the quality food. Service of wait staff and manager was very good. Ambience good for a romantic evening. However we arrived with six of us, including two children and all enjoyed the experience.

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

Great service

Dined on April 25, 2016

The host and server were very friendly. When we walked up the host addressed me by name, simply because I was on time for my reservation. I saw him signal to the server that he saw I was carrying a gift bag for my birthday. The server said that they would be giving me a complimentary dessert since I was there for my birthday without either of us mentioning it. Just very observant and very great customer service.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value4

Great brunch prix-fixe menu!

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

They have a fantastic $19 brunch prix-fixe menu option! Easy place, with decent food and great for a casual get together.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food3
ambience1
service3
value1

Not happy

Dined on April 22, 2016

There was ongoing extremely loud construction going on 5 feet from our table. The restaurant didn't warn us prior to coming. Nor did management even knock off a few dollars from our check for this. Very disappointed.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Absolutely amazing time! Will be back!

Dined on April 19, 2016

We were treated exceptionally well by the wait staff despite some miscommunication. I love this place, and love it now even more after the way they handled hiccups with our huge party the other day. Thanks so much!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

I had a wonderful birthday lunch. The se ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

I had a wonderful birthday lunch. The service was great. Loved the burger & fries!

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Need to understand Opentable tab better

Dined on April 19, 2016

Meal was great. Open table tab confused them. Pork chop and meatballs were perfection

food3
ambience4
service2
value4

Fun, but make sure you have time

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

went there for dinner before a show. They had a pre fixe menu which was great and what we had chosen. The portions are generous. But the service was ok. Our waitress was busy doing double duty of bar and our table, so coming to check on us was not a top priority for us. In the end, we were running out of time for dessert and when it finally came out, we only had time for a couple of bites. We had asked that our leftover food be boxed up. it never returned and we asked several people about it. Finding it didn't seem to be a priority for the restaurant and we eventually just walked out. Otherwise, if you have time for a relaxed dinner, TASTE is good and you will enjoy it.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

The Chef is creative with the menu, ingr ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

The Chef is creative with the menu, ingredients and produces amazing dishes.

food4
ambience4
service5

Great casual place for lunch or dinner ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Great casual place for lunch or dinner with excellent variety of menu choices. Great salads. Service was excellent; our waitress was great - she kept bringing ice tea refills without being asked. Definitely will go back.

food5
ambience5
service1
value4

bad waiter

Dined on April 8, 2016

This is my 2nd time there. First time, I loved it. We had a very thorough waitress with a 7 person group. Great service. This 2nd visit was with only a 4 person party, the service was horrible. Waiter didn't even refill our glasses when ordered a second bottle of mineral water. Never read specials ,etc. Horrible water.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Good food

Dined on April 3, 2016

Good food - ordered the fixed price menu. Place was quiet, but we were there early - catching dinner before a show. Food could have been hotter, but was delicious. Had to ask for the bread and they brought it at the end of the meal. Our waitress was excellent - very good service without being overbearing.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Always a treat

Dined on April 2, 2016

I really like Taste. The food is very good and the atmosphere very charming. I've alway gotten very good service. There's lots of patio seating and cozy seating in the bungalow. Now, they've opened up a new area that is large and beautifuly decorated with a really beautiful bar. I've had everything from the burger to the pork chop and it's all be very good.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Love the new expanded back patio the foo ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Love the new expanded back patio the food is terrific the prices are fair and the service is outstanding of rare gem in Los Angeles

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Is your party all here?

Dined on April 2, 2016

They had NO problem with me sitting for 15 minutes alone while I waited for my friend to arrive. THAT is one of my favorite things. I understand with a big party the thinking, but when waiting for ONE person, it makes no sense to make me stand outside and wait. Let me sit down and get a glass of wine. I had a LOVELY experience.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent as always-& service was just o ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Excellent as always-& service was just outstanding, as was the food!

food5
ambience5
service5

I have been going here for years and abs ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

I have been going here for years and absolutely love it!

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We had a great time at Taste.

Dined on March 30, 2016

The food was delicious. The service was consistent and considerate. It was not too noisy and the ambiance was lovely. We found it a good value for money too.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

It used to be a reliable experience.

Dined on March 30, 2016

I always loved going to Taste on Melrose, the food was great, the service outstanding and drinks were usually mixed very well. Ever since they expanded and opened up the patio, it's become less reliable and less enjoyable. The patio actually adds a nice ambiance, but something got screwed up since they opened it. I've been 5 times since the patio opening and every time something went wrong, really wrong. The problem was usually with poor service, but probably 35-40% of the time the cocktail was made improperly and had to be sent back. Two of the 5 visits we waited over 25 minutes for our first beverage!!! The food was still really good, but took REALLY long to get! Taste on Melrose has been one of my favorite "go to" places. I'm still going to go, but unfortunately I'm going to lower my expectations a little so I'm not disappointed like I have been recently. I hope they're just suffering a little in the way of growing pains, but if the bad service, bad cocktails and excessive wait times continue, I'll just move a little further east on Melrose and pick a new favorite restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

I never write reviews

Dined on March 27, 2016

I went for easter brunch. My lobster benedict was okay. My brother got a chicken sandwhich that was below average. When you pay $33 brunch set menu for the chicken sandwhich you expect it to be excellent. The other person got green eggs and ham, which was the best, but still a 3 out of 5. My brothers food was forgotten to be rung up. It came out about 25 minutes after everyone elses. They gave us a $20 coupon for being late.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Taste NEVER disappoints. Always top notch!!!

vip
Dined on March 24, 2016

I didn't think Taste could get any better .... until the new back area opened. My favorite neighborhood restaurant managed to get even more incredible!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Happy Accident

Dined on March 20, 2016

We were visiting from DC and wanted to find some fun date-night dinner spots. We typically go to places that are recommended by the locals, but we had already bugged our friends for some lunch spots, so I pulled out my trusty iPhone and pulled up google maps. I hit the "food" icon and looked within walking distance from our hotel. I had three places that not only had great reviews but also had a decent menu that had something unique. This place is such a gem! The modern flare is so cute and the place is so much bigger than it appears to be from the front. The menu has a ravioli of the day (fantastic idea, and it is absolutely to die for - it's what I had). My fiance got the KOBE burger and that was so mouth-wateringly juicy and tasty! There is a reason this place is called Taste of Melrose and it's because they care how everything tastes, from their drink to the food! The dessert was also to die for. Best place we ate our entire trip!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful brunch.

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Wonderful brunch.

food4
ambience4
service2

Service very slow. Management is at faul ...

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

Service very slow. Management is at fault

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome new design and menu! Great brunc ...

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

Awesome new design and menu! Great brunch too and don't forget dessert!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Whole staff was incredibly accommodating ...

Dined on March 10, 2016

Whole staff was incredibly accommodating. Excellent service. Love the new back room!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Since this is our third visit it is obvi ...

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

Since this is our third visit it is obviously a perfect choice for very good food to suit all tastes wonderful ambience and very comfortable surroundings

food1
ambience4
service2
value1

Past its prime

Dined on March 9, 2016

Fail. Used to love this place, but no longer. Major changes were not reflected on outdated menu, so it took a laughably large amount of time from the transparently overwhelmed server to explain which of the many dishes weren't available and which had changed. Calamari was over-breaded and greasy, as was the chicken parmesan. Random items we didn't order showed up at our table more than once. Will not go back.

food4
ambience4
service3
value5

Solid value, very tasty

vip
Dined on March 7, 2016

Contrary to several negative reviews, I found the service average or better than average and the wait for the food short. The cauliflower was very good, if not as spicy as advertised. The Thai lettuce cups were long on taste but suffered from a problem that too many L.A. chefs create: modifying a dish to make it fancier but losing the point of the ingredient. The lettuce in this dish is a carrier, like bread on a sandwich. Traditionally, the lettuce was the outer leaves of iceberg as it makes the best carrier. Taste uses romaine which is OK, but not as efficient for the job. The noise level was tolerable, the space pretty, the bill very reasonable, though the wine mark up on the wines I know was pretty high.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Happy lunch

Dined on March 6, 2016

We took a friend here for a birthday lunch. The staff was very friendly and moved us to a quieter table at our request. Since they didn't have a tiny caviar appetizer, they gave her some flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Too sweet, but nice gesture. The fries are good, but skip the potatoes that accompany an egg dish.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best meal!! Service was fantastic. Setti ...

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

Best meal!! Service was fantastic. Setting delightful. All dishes were to-die-for delicious!

food3
ambience5
service1

Nice atmosphere. Reasonable price. Porti ...

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

Nice atmosphere. Reasonable price. Portion is little too much.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Exceeded Expectations

Dined on February 28, 2016

From the moment we walked in, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We ordered a lot of appetizers and meals to share. Everything we ordered was fantastic. Service was perfect.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Really liked this place. All the items w ...

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

Really liked this place. All the items we ordered were good. Good efficient service. Table ready at the reserved time v

food5
ambience5
service3

Great atmosphere and food!

Dined on February 28, 2016

Great atmosphere and food!

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Too dark; staff disorganized. Waited too long!

Dined on February 27, 2016

Took way too long to get drinks. Ordered a cheeseburger rare and it came out without cheese and well done. I was given a new one which was great.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

:(

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

I've been Taste fan for many years. This is the first review that I've written about them that isn't stellar. Lately, Taste has gone through a make over with the atrium expansion and new staff. Their atrium is actually very nice with its tall ceiling and glass wall facing the new patio. The service has taken a turn. It's sterile and more corporate. In fact, everything about Taste has gone from warm, fuzzy, and cozy to colder, deliberate, and corporate. I also had a disappointing experience with an attempt to use this new "opentable pay" option. Opentable sent me an email encouraging me to use their opentable process and gave me a special code to discount my meal. The manager didn't really know how to use the new process and for some reason, the discount was not processed or honored. In all, Taste customer service needs some examination.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene

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