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  1. Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
  2. A steak dish at Melisse in Santa Monica.
    Photograph: Courtesy Wonho Frank Lee
  3. Melisse Santa Monica new
    Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
  4. The lobster pasta with brown butter truffle froth at Citrin.
    Photograph: Courtesy Jeff Couch
  5. Melisse restaurant Santa Monica reopened
    Photograph: Courtesy Melisse/Wonho Frank Lee

Time Out says

When Josiah Citrin reimagined his stalwart tasting-menu concept, the menu wasn't the only thing that changed. By carving out a smaller corner of his Mélisse space for a more intimate experience, he created room for Citrin: an all-new and more casual restaurant. This is the kind of place with comforting but wholly gourmet takes on classics we could eat every night: pitch-perfect roast chicken coated in garlic and breadcrumbs; refreshing oysters under sorrel and cucumber; and, of course, Josiah Citrin's cult-classic lobster bolognese under truffle foam, which can also be found at the bar during happy hour (note: now one of the best happy hours on the Westside).


1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica
Opening hours:
Tue-Sat 5:30-10pm
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