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1104 Wilshire Blvd. (11th St.) Send to Phone
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The epitome of Los Angeles fine dining, Mélisse fluently bridges French sophistication with style.  Watch our exclusive video interview with chef Josiah Citrin to learn more about his new cookbook, In Pursuit of Excellence on's blog.
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4.5 rating over 4 reviews
Dining room at Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

Mélisse Restaurant Review

: Mélisse has distinguished itself as the sole top-end French gastronomic experience in Los Angeles. The elegant dining room is filled with beautiful white chairs, and a purplish-smoke tone shades the walls. Everything achieves a high level of quality, from the service to the food presented by chef Josiah Citrin and his culinary team, including chef de cuisine Ken Takayama. Being half French (on his father's side), born and raised in Venice (California) and partially trained in Paris, Citrin has integrated the two cultures to create his own modern melody with the choicest produce and herbs from the famous Santa Monica farmers market. A meal might start with a carefully crafted amuse-bouche, followed up with a first course of Alaskan king crab, Fuyu persimmon, matsutake mushrooms, pistachios and yuzu-scented honey. Wild Scottish partridge pairs with roasted sunchoke, white wood ear, yuba and black quinoa. Meanwhile, the great French restaurant tradition of tableside carving is carried on with dishes like the côte de boeuf for two. The format is prix-fixe, with menus of four courses ($125) or ten courses ($150), plus the chef's "carte blanche" menu ($250) and a special tasting designed for vegetarians ($125). Wines can be paired for an additional cost. You'd be remiss to pass on the wonderfully well-stocked cheese cart. Desserts may include caramelized date pudding, salted coffee, ricotta and cranberry. Your voyage through the comprehensive wine list will be made easier by sommelier Brian Kalliel, who will not only pour a Grand Cru Classé but also suggest something that's fun and a good value.

User Ratings & Reviews for Mélisse
Average rating    5
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The best restaurant in town
by Lisahj on Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:59 am
So I ate at Melisse about 2 months ago and it was fantastic! On Wednesday there is a deal that I’m really excited for – I love a good deal at a restaurant that I had a good experience with.
by car on Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:29 pm
Outstanding! The entire experience was fantastic.
Great wine list and friendly, knowledgeable sommelier. Staff is great,
We opted for their traditional tasting menu. Each dish was like a little work of art, and the flavors were so well matched and amazing.
The chocolate,chocolate,chocolate dessert was fabulous!!!
Can't wait to come back again soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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