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Chef Melba's Bistro

1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
310-376-2084
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Ranked #31 of 121 Restaurants in Hermosa Beach
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th street
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English first
San Diego, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Singapore
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240 reviews 240 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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146 reviews 146 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Boulder, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We visited with our adult son in late September. We had a delicious meal, even splurged on appetizers. Two of us are gluten- and dairy-free, and Chef Melba made it very easy for us to eat without any worries. This is a small, intimate restaurant; you can see Chef Melba at work! While service was very good, because of the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

From the moment we walked and our rather brusque waitress introduced herself we got a bad feeling about the night ahead. This was a real shame because the quality of the service really let it down. I appreciate life in the fast lane but when you are out for dinner on a Saturday night you want to enjoy the evening.... More 

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Los Angeles
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57 reviews 57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Saw some great reviews so we decided to try this bistro. We said yes to bread and were given two small pieces that were thrown on the grill and flavored with very little butter; followed by salads that were overpowered by the dressing. It was like eating textured dressing. My wife's choice was scallops and you would think for that... More 

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Torrance, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I would've given 4 stars because I've frequented this establishment several times over the course of several years, but the last experience I had was under par in terms of service and food, but mostly rude service. 5 minutes BEFORE our 8:30pm reservation, Chef Melba called us to see if we would be arriving and to inform us that we... More 

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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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