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Melisse

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1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.)
(310) 395-0881
Website
Today
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Just not worth it....

Our expectations were high considering the many awards won be this restaurant. Unassuming outside but beautifully adorn inside. I must say the wait staff were well mannered and service excellent although I felt we were rushed along a bit too much. The food... Well there's the rub. Ingenious... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
robertjk520
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Temecula, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Temecula, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Our expectations were high considering the many awards won be this restaurant. Unassuming outside but beautifully adorn inside. I must say the wait staff were well mannered and service excellent although I felt we were rushed along a bit too much. The food... Well there's the rub. Ingenious presentations but just not that good. We left a little disappointed. So... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We went there with friends to celebrate a birthday. We all chose the prix fixe menu with wine pairings. The food was imginative, beautifully prepared and the wine pairings did an excellent job of complementing each course. The pacing of the courses was managed well and our servers were friendly and engaging. It was a great celebration dinner.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Melisse is a hidden treasure in Santa Monica - we were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed a perfect evening. The dining room is nicely arranged, decor is relaxing, with comfortable chairs and (in our case) a large round table with plenty of space. The restaurant was fully booked on a Saturday night but the entire meal was perfectly paced. There... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Let me start by saying it was a good meal. Now the problem. Bad attitude from the minute you walk in. Service is beyond slow. Took 3.5 hours for the quick menu. Decor is boring. Prices are outrageous. If you want to endure the torture the food is good.

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tahiti
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Melissa does not look great from outside but this restaurant is GOOD, not only the best french restaurant in Los Angeles area but THE best. Excellent service, excellent food. Downside now : EXPENSIVE.... Wines are more than expensive, they are at outrageous prices. Better be invited there !!!!

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south florida
Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We were celebrating a special day and we decided to check out this 2 starred Michelin restaurant with all of the accolades. ....well it passed with flying colors. We chose the 10 course tasting menu and we decided to order 2 half bottles of wine to pair with our courses. Can I say just about perfect....only one dish wasn't worthy... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

For years I have complained that Los Angeles has not had many in the way of Spectacular restaurants. Yes some Five Star but not five star plus any Diamonds. Now LA does. My wife and four of our friends had dinner at Melisse. Now LA does have a restaurant with five stars and two Diamonds! I had not been to... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I will not eat here again as Josiah Citrin, the chef and owner of this restaurant is happy to get foie gras back on his customers’ plates. Cycling thousands of tonnes of grain through suffering animals in order to produce a tiny amount of snob-munch is a practice as backward as any I can think of. Decent people everywhere agree... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

We came here for Thanksgiving Dinner and everything was so spectacular that we had to come back again the next evening as well. Very extensive and impressive wine list. Make sure you order the chicken for two it was by the far the best we have ever had anywhere in the world. If your fortunate enough to be there during... More 

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Metuchen, NJ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We selected a tasting menu here (the middle one, with 10 courses, which was plenty of food) with matching wines. All too frequently, we find that matching fines do not reach the level of the food, even in the best restaurants. This is one of the best restaurant meals we've had, the the wines were on par. The wines -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 395-0881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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