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“Fresh new Menu at Melba's”

Chef Melba's Bistro
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Ranked #21 of 134 Restaurants in Hermosa Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th street
Hermosa Beach, CA
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh new Menu at Melba's”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Chef Melba is always welcoming her guests with a smile. The food is fresh, expertly done, and always inventive! A great place for couples and groups alike. One of our South Bay favorites!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank JayHermosaBeach_CA
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Sunnyvale, California
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice Find Close to the Beach”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

This bistro is a real gem, a block off the beach (no view) and close to the heart of Hermosa Beach so it's convenient to walk around before or after dinner.

Melba's strikes a nice balance between being a casual restaurant and also being a sophisticated restaurant. It feels retro with the original design of the restaurant being maintained, and the large windows provide a nice open feeling to the space.

The entrees were excellent and the dessert (chocolate bag with passion fruit mousse and fresh berries) was one of the best I have ever tried. I had a hard time prying it away from my wife (in theory we were sharing it).

Will definitely go back the next time we visit LA.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank Marc K
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Took my wife & parents there to celebrate my mother's birthday. First time there & it turned out to be a lovely place to celebrate a special occasion.

It took an hour for our entrees to reach the table after they were ordered. That is the only beef & reason why I can't give 5-stars.

Otherwise, it was all smiles all around. The angel hair pasta dish was outstanding, & my father loved the spicy seafood stew/soup. We all really enjoyed our meals.

Strong recommendation.

Visited May 2012
Thank grescity
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Food but a little bit loud”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Great little restaurant. Looks like a pancake house transformed into a bistro. Food was excellent, we went on a Saturday night and it was very loud inside. Next time I think we might try on a Sunday night. The only negative is there isn't any parking so bring plenty of quarters for the parking meters.

  • Visited February 2012
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1 Thank Dusty M
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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic food...”
Reviewed November 15, 2011

Melba prepares her dishes with a great deal of care. This place is absolutely under appreciated. She should be packed every night with people wanting to eat fresh and flavorful creations.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Frank W
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