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Chef Melba's Bistro

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1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545 (15th street)
+1 310-376-2084
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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New Richmond, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Chef Melba's in Hermosa Beach. Our first visit (Jan 2014) was absolutely perfect. My then fiancé (now wife) and I were amazed at the size of the scallops, and Chef Melba prepared a special dessert to acknowledge our engagement. Our second visit (Jan 2017) was no less memorable - and Chef Melba even remembered... More 

Thank mikefedockfriends
La Quinta, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

We were just walking by and saw this little jewel......it's small and a little noisy (as all Hermosa Beach cafes are) but the food was incredibly tasty...my lady had sole and I had the pork chop.. we agreed it was the best tasting food we had in 6 days of dining in Hermosa ..and the service was great

Thank 11moose
San Clemente, CA
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

This is a one room restaurant that can get loud if you are not in a corner. However, I would go again and again and again. Delicious food and perfectly prepared. This Chef knows how to cook seafood. The salads and appetizers were perfection as was, the: butterfish, swordfish, and scallops. Reservations are recommended. It's a neighborhood gem for sure.

Thank tjbeaches
Redcar, United Kingdom
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368 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 704 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

It's two years since we last visited. The food is just as good, the service is just as good, and the music is still too loud. A good meal with good wine and good conversation should be a perfect evening. The music tracks were ggreat just too loud. Other than that we enjoyed a good meal, albeit expensive at USD75... More 

Thank Steve M
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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Seriously impressive Ms Melba. Our eagerly awaited return to HB and Chef Melba's did not disappoint. 4 of us had very different entrees. My Thai Cocunut broth with seafood was fragrant with lemongrass and perfectly balanced. Sole in almond crust; paella and 18 oz steak all devoured with relish. Appetisers and desserts just as good. Lovely small restaurant with views... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

You get a sense that things aren’t going to go well when you arrive on time for the reservation that you made two weeks ago to have dinner with you wife on her birthday and your table is not ready. The expression of the greeter made it obvious that the restaurant was not expecting us. My wife and I waited... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Melba is I think from Argentina. The food is just amazing. Would recommend it for any time, whether it be a celebration,.good friends going out, or just you! it's the best in Hermosa Beach but you must make a reservation. The mushrooms are amazing. Everything here is absolutely fantastic

Thank pryan310
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

We had dinner for four including my 6 year old granddaughter in this small Bistro. The service was fantastic. The food was artistically prepared. We had the Ahi Tartar starter prepared with avocado and mango. The heirloom tomato salad was outstanding. The main courses of halibut, petrale sole and steak were great. Each course exceeded expectations. Don't miss this gem... More 

Thank psalamon
Nashville, Tennessee
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Last night we tried Chef Melba's for the first time. I am ashamed to say that we have had a place here since the '70's and she has been there for 11 years and it took so long for us to go there. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is charming. We started with a dozen Kumamoto oysters. They... More 

Thank Martikafo
Redondo Beach, California
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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: +1 310-376-2084

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