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  1. A steak dish at Melisse in Santa Monica.
    Photograph: Courtesy Wonho Frank Lee
  2. Melisse tasting menu Santa Monica
    Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
  3. Melisse
    Photograph: Courtesy MelisseMelisse

Time Out says

Josiah Citrin's Santa Monica stalwart—a long-time high watermark in L.A. tasting menus—underwent a rebrand, and gone is the more formal white-tablecloth experience. That doesn't mean this is no longer one of the city's top tasting menus; we’re pleased to report that it feels just as special as the original Mélisse, but with entirely new flavor. There’s also a new setting, a more private vibe and that entirely new menu (don’t worry, you can still find some of the chef’s trademarks next door at the adjoining spot, Citrin), giving us a familiar experience with a little freshening up. Now cordoned off in a near-hidden alcove within the greater Citrin space, Mélisse seats only 14 and delivers exquisite and detail-oriented dishes: caviar in chawanamushi with Hokkaido uni; spiny lobster whose sauce has been pressed via antique contraption; delicate wagyu strip loin with anchovy and shallots; a rich chestnut soup with even richer truffle foam. It’s good to have you back, Mélisse, and you were more than worth the wait.


1104 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours:
Tue-Thu 6-9:30pm; Fri 6-10pm; Sat 5:45-10pm
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