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Top 40 Time

on January 18th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot

Our team of writers and editors are working hard to compile the 2012 edition of the Restaurant Issue, which includes’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US, to be published soon. Subscribe now to be among the first to learn about the latest culinary trends, rising chefs, the restaurateur of the year, and much more.

Mélisse in Santa Monica has been on our Top 40 list since 2006. Take a look at the video interview above with chef/owner Josiah Citrin to see what it takes to rank consistently as one of the best restaurants in the country. Then join our community and post your ideas for what restaurants you believe should be on this select list.

You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from the Melisse restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.

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  1. […] restaurant of Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin. Voted one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 1996 by Gayot, Mélisse is equally proud to be  the voted Zagat’s  number one rated restaurant in Los Angeles […]

    Pingback by Melisse Restaurant 1104 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 | travelandrestaurantreview — February 5, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  2. I just learned that Melisse was named one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the US for 2013! Congrats to Josiah Citrin & the whole team at Melisse!

    Comment by Lucille Timberlake — March 21, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

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