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1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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Ranked #24 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
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83% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I rarely like giving out 5-star reviews because there's usually room for improvement at every establishment. Melisse, however, exceeded my expectations when I made the decision to bring my wife to dine here. We each went with the 4-course menu and made sure to order different things. 4 courses may not sound like a lot but it's more like 8... More

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Vancouver, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Service and food were well above par. Likely the best French restaurant in the LA area. Tried their $135 set menu 4 four course menu, it was excellent. Here are the choices: MENU ~$135~ Excluding Noted Items with SUPPLEMENTS The Ten and Carte Blanche Menus are for the entire table, please. FIRST COURSE Sweet Onion and Parmesan Soup Peeky Toe... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Took my girl our for dinner on her birthday. Tried to see which restaurants in LA had good reviews and saw it had been ranked by michelin in past, so figured maybe its worth the visit and the price Went and sat down around 6pm, ordered from their degustation menu. Had few items including wagyu beef, came away unimpressed. Pricy... More

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Westlake Village, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have dined at Melisse 3 times in the last year. Every time it never ceases to delight and amaze. The food is creative, flavorful, visually enticing, and thoughtful. Chef Citron uses local, seasonal ingredients and the menus change, but they always have some continuity. We always get the "Ten" menu, which includes 10 small tasting courses, plus amuse bouche... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Melisse, though a bit pricey - it's an enjoyable and mouthwatering experience that you must try for yourself. If you must splurge on anything involving a night out on the town coupled with food - then you MUST try this place. Each meal was spectacular, and the wine pairings always hit the mark! The caviar w/cream, Kobe beef, fish (not... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great location but the place is not really fine dining. I had the 10 items set menu and out all entries I like three. The sommelier was nice but sometimes extra-friendly. They really try to be fine dining but the ambiance was cheap. The mid 50's restaurant manager flirting with one of the guests (very nice young lady), he didn't... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had read about and looked forward to dining at Melisse. Our table of 4 selected the tasting menu. Proportions were perfect for our three hour dining experience and the pacing of the courses was unrushed. We arrived at 7:30 on a Saturday night with the restaurant 3/4 full. Tables are set in a common area with plenty of space... More

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Los Angeles, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

great food, service and price! Highly recommend! It deserves its Michelin two star rating. What a treat!

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Dined here for business with clients that like me greatly appreciate really good dining and wine. We had been told to try Melisse by several people so when the chance came we took it. While we were not disappointed we were not over whelmed either. The menu depending on how you approach it is wide and varied, a bit over... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The most expensive meal I ever had! The bill (incl. tax & tips) was over $1,000 for two. Just because we ordered a bottle of Opus One, which was itself $550. This is way overpriced, should be about $300 - $350... but guess it is Melisse. Then $150 course per person, which is called "Ten" meaning it offers ten dishes,... More

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