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Chef Melba's Bistro

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1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545 (15th street)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Redondo Beach, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say Chef Melba's Bistro is one of the best restaurant in the South Bay and I want to keep that a secret! It is a small restaurant, which is very smart since restaurants nowadays have a short shelf life. Reservations required but my husband and I were always lucky to get in at 6:30 pm. From wine... More 

Thank TravellingEye0402
hermosa beach california
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Great restaurant, warm reception, no TV blaring. Highly sophisticated food preparation by a great chef. We go to Chef Melba's for celebrations and other occasions, and never miss it when my son is in town. In fact, this is one of his destination places that we must visit when he comes home.from the appetizers to the desserts, it is all... More 

Thank asharp77
Manhattan Beach, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Chef Melba's Bistro is a special place. It's a neighborhood restaurant with amazing food. It is also nice and intimate where you can dine with guests or clients and actually have a conversation. The food is fantastic!

Thank vacationkw511
Montrose, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Chef Melba's Mother's day brunch was fantastic. Melba is not just talented, but she is also an excellent host. She made us comfortable, and our tummies super happy. She makes sure the food looks beautiful, and that it tastes delicious. It is small, but not as loud as some have stated. Melba will start offering Sunday brunch next yr. I... More 

1 Thank Marie M
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Four of us ate here for my birthday and things started out well. Our server wished me a happy birthday and poured water with a promise to return for our drink order. Fifteen minutes later and no server. We asked another server what happened to our server and he said he would check. Shortly after we saw our server but... More 

Thank Yahtzee66
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

I can't believe I'm the first to review this place; then again, if I lived nearby, I'd want to keep it to myself. After all, on a Tuesday night it was PACKED. So, I think the "natives" are keeping this secret to keep out the tourists. If you love fresh seafood, this is the place for you, although there were... More 

1 Thank lovebeaches08
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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140 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

The food was great, we had salmon and sea bass (is it ok to eat this?). The service on this super busy day was pretty good. The only real negative that you would not know unless someone goes into the bathroom that the door is right there in the corner of the dining room. Small place that can get a... More 

Thank C T
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Award winning Chef Melba has a quaint little restaurant in Hermosa Beach one block from the ocean. We live in the area so we tried it out. Outstanding food, good service. Menu isn't large but food was very good and there were enough choices. Friendly service. Steps from shopping and the beach.. Not open everyday so check for open times... More 

1 Thank Jud J
Los Angeles, California
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203 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

We returned to Chef Melbas after awhile. The food was good but I have to say that my paella was more like a cioppino with rice rather than a paella. My wife had the butterfish which was also tasty but it really did not come with anything else like a starch or some veges which seemed odd to us. We... More 

Thank Shawn M
Sebastopol, California
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171 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

After being seated I realized I was unable to hear my friend across the very small table, so he checked the other areas and they all were way too loud. So we asked our waitress if she could turn the sound a bit lower and she said "Not likely, the chef likes it loud" So if you want to talk... More 

Thank Michel D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
    (15th street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
  • Phone Number: 310-376-2084

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?