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“Fabulous!”
Review of Melisse

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Ranked #53 of 682 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: 11th Street and Wilshire Blvd.
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Melisse unequivocally deserves its Michelin two star rating. The service was attentive, but unobtrusive as it should be at a fine restaurant. The food was beyond exceptional particularly the lobster bolognese. The room was beautifully lit. What a treat!

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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best culinary experience I've ever had !”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Melisse was more than just a meal, it was a true culinary experience. We went with my boyfriend for our anniversary last year. The service was great, the staff was nice. We took the 10 courses tasting menu, it was absolutely fantastic. The wine pairings were perfect! It is the kind of meal you will never forget !

  • Visited May 2013
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Tarzana, CA
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

having to been many of the best restaurants in the world, and having never been to Melisse, which is literally in our backyard, I had great expectations.

Additionally, I've only written one negative review on TA.

The service was not what you'd expect from a two star restaurant. The food was mediocre. I had the Rack of lamb, which was literally two sliced pieces. (A rack normal includes the bones?) Even though the presentation was always two people for the two of us, we were never quite sure who our "server" was. Not only that, but no one ever asked how our meal was.

A big surprise was at table next to us, when they got the chocolate sundae dessert, which isn't even on the menu. It was a beautiful presentation, and looked amazing!

For $350, I'm not sure we'll be back.

Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A World Class Experience”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Even though Michelin only rated LA once Melisse got two stars. It still merits them.

The entire experience was as polished, elegant and intoxicatingly delicious as only the best restaurants can manage.

Dress up a bit, enjoy the wine list and luxuriate in deep quality.

  • Visited February 2014
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3 Thank JFK44
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just a little door...to heaven!”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Last October we went to California to celebrate our 15th anniversary and we dined at Melisse! What a treat! We had the ten course menu and every bite was heavenly! Certainly one of the best meals I ever had in my life!

  • Visited October 2013
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