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Photograph: Courtesy Mélisse


Photograph: Courtesy Melisse

Egg cavier with cauliflower moussiine at Mélisse

Photograph: Courtesy Melisse

Kanpachi, red miso and agrumes at Mélisse

Santa Monica
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Nothing signifies fine dining more than crisp white tablecloths and servers in suits. Mélisse has both. Hidden in plain sight in Santa Monica, this French-inspired gem offers tasting menus only ($125-$250/person), highlighting quality seasonal ingredients selected by Chef Josiah Citrin. Featured dishes include Elysian Farms lamb served three ways and wild Japanese yellowtail dressed up with ground coffee and finger limes. The beautifully plated fare is enhanced by the warm ambience of the purple-hued dining room, lending an entirely elegant dining experience. Don't miss Citrin's "Egg Caviar ($25 supplement)," a soft poached egg served in an egg shell with lemon crème fraîche and topped with American Osetra caviar. "Fine" doesn't even begin to describe it.

Venue name: Mélisse
Address: 1104 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6-9:30pm; Fri 6-10pm; Sat 5:45-10pm
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