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Chef Melba's Bistro

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1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545 (15th street)
310-376-2084
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Husband and I dined here twice last summer and fall, second time with another couple. I just read through the reviews and am very surprised at the negative comments about service or less-than-satisfactory dishes. All of our dishes, from appetizers to main courses (mostly fish/seafood) to desserts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Husband and I dined here twice last summer and fall, second time with another couple. I just read through the reviews and am very surprised at the negative comments about service or less-than-satisfactory dishes. All of our dishes, from appetizers to main courses (mostly fish/seafood) to desserts were very good to excellent. The preparation and the presentation flawless; and we... More 

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Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just a block from the beach, Chef Melba's has consistently good food. Loupe de Mer was fantastic and a special of seafood paella was pretty good. Nice appetizers and salads, but we didn't try desserts. The wine list, which included some Spanish finds, was reasonably priced. Close quarters, so don't gossip too much. The service was impeccable.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I dined at Chef Melba's last night. She serves the best seafood around. One of the specials was paella. I asked our marvelous waiter if I could have it with fish that was lower in mercury since I had high mercury problems in the past. (It was a nightmare and took a year of detoxifying heavy metals to get back... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This little neighborhood restaurant serves delicious food, cooked in the open kitchen by Chef Melba herself. The menu offers a nice variety of dishes and all our meals were prepared perfectly with interesting flavors and seasoning. She stopped by every table to thank the guests. (And it just happened to be her birthday, so cakes were shared with all!) Will... More 

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Arriving on this winter night, we had high expectations. But we learned quickly this restaurant is as if friends got together to open a restaurant and did not have the slightest idea what they are doing. The very tiny restaurant was packed, so if you must dine here, please have a reservation. Tables are on top of each other and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been here twice. The first time we loved it so much (great food, great service, lovely ambience for a neighborhood bistro) we returned a month later. Sadly, our second time there the food was uninspired, and the service was lousy. We were SO disappointed. I would like to say we would return to give it another try, but... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

What a find-- Great service & Excellent food, will be returning. Last minute date night; surprised that it was not crowded on a weekday. Small restaurant with genuinely nice service. Wine bottle is so reasonably priced. The quality of the ingredients is excellent. I like that there is no excessive use of butter and salt on all the dishes. All... More 

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Located within 50 yards of the Pier Plaza, the restaurant is very conveniently placed. This small bistro appears to have a staff of only three - Chef Melba and an assistant in the open-to-view kitchen and a waitress and they work as a well coordinated team. Kristy who took our orders offered helpful explanations of several of the dishes. Hermosa... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have heard about this restaurant for awhile. I am glad I was finally able to eat there. My poached pear salad was very good. Also our main course was yummy. Topping it off with the chocolate bag dessert made for a memorable evening.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Small, friendly unpretentious with excellent cooking. You van chitter-chatter away with the other diners. A very mellowing experience.

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Additional Information about Chef Melba's Bistro

Address: 1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
Phone Number: 310-376-2084
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Californian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
    (15th street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
  • Phone Number: 310-376-2084

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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