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Chef Melba's Bistro

1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
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Ranked #24 of 118 restaurants in Hermosa Beach
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 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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34 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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Torrance, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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Los Angeles
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Chef Melba is lovely and greeted us from the kitchen as we walked in. She asked how our experience was as we left. As they say on their website, the "menu has been put together with the goal of healthy life and healthy living in mind; to that end, Chef Melba uses organic natural products and wild seafood to the... More

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Hermosa Beach, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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