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French Restaurant$$$$
West Los Angeles, Santa Monica
  • Has a stamp of approval from Los Angeles Times and Eater
    • Los Angeles Times
    • Eater
  • Glarence Z.
    "Egg caviar"(6 Tips)
    "prix fixe menus"(9 Tips)
    "Chef Josiah Citron is a master in the kitchen"(2 Tips)
    Nate T.
    "Lobster Bolognese"(2 Tips)
46 Tips and reviews
  • tasting menu
  • egg caviar
  • chef josiah citron
  • lobster bolognese
  • wine
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  • Glarence Z.
    Glarence ZhaoFebruary 21, 2016
    Egg caviar was probably the best, lobster bolognese and the scallops were well made, prime rib was cooked perfectly but the sides were a tad too bitter, nutella dessert was and I recommend the cheese
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    The luxury ingredients and luxury prices seem not to dissuade diners who are happy to face down $175 asparagus dinners, showers of truffles and caviar, and even the standard $125 prix fixe. Read more
  • Arnold
    ArnoldAugust 17, 2013
    Food was excellent. Our faves were the prawns, egg caviar and wagyu beef. Our server, Ryan, with his entree and wine pairing suggestions + personality was the cherry on top.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cAugust 21, 2016
    Michelin star level service, I messed up the egg crust of the caviar dish and they immediately replaced it for me. Highly recommended for special occasion and someone!
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    If you want to swim in the luxury of caviar and truffles, Mélisse is just the place. Josiah Citrin's French restaurant is the epitome of dining for when you have a hunkering to be treated like royalty Read more
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 22, 2014
    Simple elegant fusion French cuisine. The plates are well balanced and the food is fresh. A must try for anyone who enjoys French food. Great spot for dates.
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 28, 2016
    Seasonally driven prix fixe menus are available, along with a vegetarian tasting menu and a curated French wine list. Read more
  • Esra Seren O.
    Esra Seren OdemisAugust 3, 2014
    Very delicious food and good service.. But as a michelin rest, we expected to be served the champagne without asking. also napkins had to be given by the headwaiter.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel ElnarMay 1, 2011
    Fresh and complex ingredients, beautiful presentation. One of the few places that does a variety of foie gras, and does it right. Citrin's style is strong - lacking a bit of subtlety and surprise.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 9, 2013
    Allow yourself to give in to temptation and pair your tastings with the wine flight. It adds a dynamic of flavor that's not to be missed.
  • CarrotMiku
    CarrotMikuAugust 12, 2013
    Not going to lie - it's pricey, but worth it. We ordered their tasting menu and couldn't even finish dessert. Everything was fresh and just beyond delicious.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauAugust 21, 2016
    Came here for a birthday dinner. We went for the $185 Ten menu. As a previously 2 star Michelin restaurant it was just ok - no surprising dishes and they did not pay attention to the smallest details.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Chef Josiah Citron is a master in the kitchen and has earned Top Chef in LA for some years with very well deserved accolades. Josiah shows his professionalism with all his local ingredients, French co
  • Marc-alain S.
    Marc-alain SpruchAugust 24, 2016
    Very Cozy and nicely decorated restaurant. Good service, I would recommand the toro, the salmon and the wagyu steak
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KOctober 3, 2010
    Whatever you order, do the cheese tasting before dessert. They wheel out a huge cart with a fancy blocks of cheese and help you pick a few from each category (blue, sheep, cow).
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    The tasting menus are truly a special occasion experience, including the all vegetarian with Santa Monica farmers market, fresh, local ingredients.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 18, 2013
    Tasting menu: Very hit & miss, though they have high standards. They try way too hard and you see lots of short comings. Keep it simple! You should expect more for the $$$$.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    There is an opulent vegetarian tasting menu these days, but the customers at Mélisse still look like the parents of the people who go to Animal. Read more
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 5, 2011
    market inspired elevated french cuisine. Be adventurous and order the 4-course!
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    It's all about the tasting menus at Josiah Citrin's consistent high quality French eatery. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Bonnie T.
    Bonnie TJanuary 9, 2011
    The venison is completely amazing and delicious and the chocolate, chocolate, chocolate dessert is scrumptious!
  • David S.
    David SternlightAugust 7, 2014
    All surface, no depth. Over-salted main course food, inattentive waiters operating from scripts. Mostly great soups, desserts, amuse bouches. Citrin perfunctory. Vastly overpriced for the food quality
  • Godiva L.
    Godiva LiuNovember 12, 2013
    Delicious food with fabulous service. Can't wait to return!
  • Julian
    JulianApril 14, 2011
    Top 5 restaurants in LA for sure- also always ask for Ryan to serve you- you'll thank me later.
  • Wade A.
    Wade ArmstrongJuly 22, 2011
    Definitely take advantage of the excellent sommelier to get outside of your usual suspects!
  • Joy
    JoyDecember 13, 2010
    The egg caviar and the truffles...O.M.G. Everything was excellent here. We had an amazing time!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 2, 2015
    Named Best Wine List in our Best of 2015 issue! Read more
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 10, 2014
    Very hit & miss. It's more "Fusion" French. It's a great example of "less is more" - they try way too hard and outcome fell short, tho some components are good.. Disappointed.
  • JD M.
    JD MaloneOctober 9, 2015
    Service is wonderful and the tasting menu is always the best way to go here.
  • Bengu T.
    Bengu TurkAugust 25, 2017
    Tomato soup, Egg plant and lamp rip were great
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy DiazMay 25, 2010
    Boy, was this restaurant a knockout or what. Had the Carte Blanche menu and was blown away. Worth every single damn cent I spent.
  • Max C.
    Max ClarkJanuary 17, 2014
    Everything you'd hope from a Michelin restaurant.
  • Terry L.
    Terry LinSeptember 16, 2011
    very classical French cuisine. The one and only in Los Angeles
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 5, 2011
    The truffled corn ravioli is a revelation! Read more
  • Alexis
    AlexisNovember 16, 2009
    since their menu changes, i can't really recommend what to order, though from my experience, i have a feeling there is no going wrong at this place ^_~ Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Joachim Splichal, chef of Cafe Pinot, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tasting menu. Read more
  • Marcella C.
    Marcella CuonzoNovember 28, 2014
    Amazing food and service!
  • Semra T.
    Semra TorosJune 14, 2011
    Chef Josiah Citron is awesome! :)
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 30, 2010
    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Nate T.
    Nate TharpMay 15, 2017
    Lobster Bolognese
  • Scott A.
    Scott ArchambaultFebruary 25, 2010
    10 year anniversary tasting menu is a must for anyone who appreciates food.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BoudreauFebruary 3, 2012
    Average check size: $576 (Source: Wired Magazine, February 2012)
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    The menu can be a bit pricey but the food is well worth every penny at this French eatery. Most of the produce comes from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, so it is sure to be fresh.
  • Tracy G.
    Tracy GebhardMarch 12, 2010
    One of the best restaurants I've ever been to.
  • ja c.
    ja calliApril 26, 2010
    Chef Josiah is a food GOD!
  • Vladimir A.
    Vladimir AnatolyFebruary 21, 2010
    Foie GRas FTW
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