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Chef Melba's Bistro

1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
310-376-2084
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Ranked #10 of 117 restaurants in Hermosa Beach
Cuisines: Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th street
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English first
Hermosa Beach, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Celebrated Father's Day weekend Saturday & Sunday nights with Chef Melba. Saturday night apps were Stuffed squash blossoms and Ahi Tuna Tataki both unbelievable. My wife had the Scallops and I had whole roasted fish. Both incredible. Sunday we both had the Squash Blossoms again as they were so good. On Saturday I noticed the special was grilled lobster so... More

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LA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This small local reastaurant has wonderuld food - a little loud (as seems to be every restaurant these days)...but worth the noise...Chef Melba is cooking up a storn in the open kitchen. great if you have an opportnity to watch her...get a reservation at the corner window table if you can, next to the kitchen..Love it, and she seems to... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We had visited this restaurant when they first opened a few years ago and had never been back. A friend persuaded us to give it a second try and both my husband and I thought it was not worth the price. The place is small and well located but extremelly noisy and not appropriate for good conversation. We began with... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had been to Chef Melba's a few years ago when visiting SoCal and had enjoyed it quite a bit. So we were very pleased to see that it's still open and going strong when we visited last weekend. The only downside to this restaurant is that parking can be a free-for-all with the beach and Strand action. However, once... More

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Glencoe IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Chef Melba's is a small bistro (perhaps 15 tables) that is located a the fringe of downtown Hermosa. We visited on a weekend night and is was quite crowded with what, almost certainly, were locals. There was a lively atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. Chef Melba is in the kitchen. The menu is not extensive,... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We've been going to Chef Melba's since it opened and it's our choice for this year's Valentine's Day dinner even though we went here with friends last week. As 12-year residents of Hermosa Beach, I know our town pretty well and this little hole in the wall has by far the best food. It's built in a converted hamburger stand... More

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Seattle
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This bistro is a little gem in lovely Hermosa Beach. The menu changes weekly, and there were so many choices, that well, it was difficult to decide. The menu emphasizes seafood, but there were other choices like lamb and chicken. Also, I noticed some vegetarian appetizers and at least one vegie entrée. We started with the grilled sword squid appetizer,... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Other reviewers are right, what a great little spot. The restaurant is small without feeling crowded. Greeting and seating are friendly and low key. The menu is not large, but does reflect locally grown or procured whenever possible. We looked at the dessert menu first and based our entrée orders on that. Plate presentation is lovely, and you are not... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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249 reviews 249 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is a lovely Hermosa Haunt. It's been there quite a while, which is a testament to it's success. The food is a delicious and unpretentious. Service is just like the food.

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Wayne, PA
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106 reviews 106 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

and I was not disappointed. This is a small bistro in size but this makes up in ambiance, food, and service. White tablecloths and blue napkins set the scene. My husband had the Thresher Shark, our son had the rib special and I had the paella. First time I had paella prepared with basmati rice but it was good. There... More

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