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MICHELIN Guide California

Mélisse

  • 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401, United States
  • 295 USD • French
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MICHELIN Guide California

Mélisse

  • 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401, United States
  • 295 USD • French
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Chef Josiah Citrin's iconic dining room is back up and running—even thriving—as it continues to bring old-world charm to this on-trend neighborhood. His expertise lies in delivering a certain fine-dining experience that never goes out of style. It's a lovely change of pace for anyone looking to slow down and be pampered by the highly capable staff.

The room is hidden within Citrin and kept out of site by a door. Once inside, the space reveals itself as a luxurious box with pale beige brick, dark wood, and bright artwork. A gentle hum fills the room, ensuring that the ambience is more celebratory than stuffy. Comfort is at the heart of the setting.

The open kitchen, with a duck press front and center, oozes with warmth and turns out a contemporary tasting rooted in French tradition. Begin with fried uni cromesquis with kombu honey and black truffle or king crab with yogurt served en chaudfroid. A sense of whimsy and decadence abound in the likes of a French onion dip-inspired custard with crème fraîche and caviar; as well as steamed black bass atop delicate cubes of eggplant with green tomato in a beurre noisette. A pitch-perfect peach tart rounds things off on a brilliantly high note.

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  • n Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Facilities & Services

  • T Air conditioning
  • Booking essential - dinner
  • E Non-smoking restaurant
  • N Particularly interesting wine list
  • { Private dining room
  • K Valet parking
  • a Wheelchair access

Information

+1 310-395-0881
Opening hours
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, lunch: Wednesday-Saturday, Sunday

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