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Chef Melba's Bistro

1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
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Ranked #24 of 121 Restaurants in Hermosa Beach
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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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th street
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Top Contributor
230 reviews 230 reviews
152 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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58 reviews 58 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had originally been here several years ago and loved it and I had given it a very high rating. This time was a far different experience--far different, both in terms of food quality and service. The kale / quinoa salad had only one taste--pure vinegar. We pushed it aside and hoped for better. The petrale sole, stated to have... 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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