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Santa Monica's Gem -- Melisse

Who would have known that lemon balm could inspire something so Elegant


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  • Chef Citrin's classical French technique, coupled with his masterful use of the treasures he finds at the farmers market, ensure a uniquely delightful dining experience.
  • With a well deserved Mobil four stars Melisse is of the highest culinary level
  • The bar and main dining room are decorated with vases holding tall, dramatic floral arrangements
  • An exquisite chandelier is suspended from a simulated dome in the dining room
  • Melisse has two distinctive private dining areas, the Olivia and the Burgundy
  • Along with the booth seating, banquette seating and regular seating, there is even a small stand for ladies' purses

  • Executive Chef/Owner: Josiah Citrin
  • Classic French with seasonal fresh farmer's market highlights
  • Sample Dishes: Maine Lobster Thermidor/Imported Dover Sole with Truffles/Dry Aged Cote De Boeuf for Two
  • Glass of Wine $17- $30/Appetizer $15 - $150/Entree $36 - $53/Dessert $14/Vegetarian Tasting Menu, $75/Tasting Menu $95/Wine pairings are available
  • Reservations strongly recommended


Service: Professional, attentive and helpful
Acoustics: Reasonable sound levels encourage private conversation
Lighting: Muted small spot lighting, sconces, and a impressive chandelier
Table Proximity: Generously spaced


1104 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Reservations: (310) 395-0881
Hours: Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Tues - Thurs), 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Fri), 5:45 pm - 10:00 pm (Sat), closed Sunday and Monday, hours vary, but the last reservation taken is normally around 9:30 p.m.
Dress Code: Jackets are suggested for men, but not required

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