M��lisse

★★★★★
  • 1104 Wilshire Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-395-0881

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Just hung up with the restaurant and they could not accommodate my wife's garlic allergy. All their food is pre-made and it all contains garlic. At their prices they should be able to cook something to serve when someone has an allergy,

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Just hung up with the restaurant and they could not accommodate my wife's garlic allergy. All their food is pre-made and it all contains garlic. At their prices they should be able to cook something to serve when someone has an allergy,

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We had a devastating experience here last night. This was my second visit to Melisse; the first was in 2007, and every morsel that came out of the kitchen blew my mind. When we left for the restaurant I was actually clapping my hands with

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We had a devastating experience here last night. This was my second visit to Melisse; the first was in 2007, and every morsel that came out of the kitchen blew my mind. When we left for the restaurant I was actually clapping my hands with

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fancy restaurant ever,great service ,great environment,I would come by oftenly, if i got money.

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fancy restaurant ever,great service ,great environment,I would come by oftenly, if i got money.

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So I ate at Melisse about, 2 months ago and it was fantastic! On Wednesday there is a deal going on on Preferdine(dot)com ($50 for $100 at Malisse) that Im really excited for I love a good deal at a restaurant that I had a good

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So I ate at Melisse about, 2 months ago and it was fantastic! On Wednesday there is a deal going on on Preferdine(dot)com ($50 for $100 at Malisse) that Im really excited for I love a good deal at a restaurant that I had a good

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I'm a really lucky girl. Really. I always think to myself I live the best life ever. Jesus and I aren't even tight like that but he never fails to hook me up like crazy. If you believe in karma, don't. cuz truthfully. I kinda suck as a

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I'm a really lucky girl. Really. I always think to myself I live the best life ever. Jesus and I aren't even tight like that but he never fails to hook me up like crazy. If you believe in karma, don't. cuz truthfully. I kinda suck as a

Pros: 2 Michelin star experience.

Cons: none.

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I had one of the best dates at Melisse last Valentine's Day. Our table was super cozy and tasting all the little courses was a romantic treat.

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I had one of the best dates at Melisse last Valentine's Day. Our table was super cozy and tasting all the little courses was a romantic treat.

Pros: Great Valentine's Day Menu

Cons: Too expensive to go all the time

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Even though it's pricey--my business collegue suggested this place for lunch--apparently the restaurant just had a nice remodel--so the decor was beautiful and made me feel like I was on vacation having lunch.
The food was superb...

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Even though it's pricey--my business collegue suggested this place for lunch--apparently the restaurant just had a nice remodel--so the decor was beautiful and made me feel like I was on vacation having lunch.
The food was superb...

Pros: excellent service--staff is very friendly

Cons: prices

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what a disappointment!

After hearing the rave reviews, I had high expectations of this Michelin 2 star restaurant.

The sommelier was next to awful. Usually not one to note these things, but his appearance is as unprofessional as his

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what a disappointment!

After hearing the rave reviews, I had high expectations of this Michelin 2 star restaurant.

The sommelier was next to awful. Usually not one to note these things, but his appearance is as unprofessional as his

Pros: one or two standouts

Cons: sommelier, service, ambience

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Like some other reviewers. I did once have a less than stellar evening at Melisse. Fortunately this was after several other flawless dinners enjoyed there. I now compare all other restaurants to Melisse and no other food has measured up.

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Like some other reviewers. I did once have a less than stellar evening at Melisse. Fortunately this was after several other flawless dinners enjoyed there. I now compare all other restaurants to Melisse and no other food has measured up.

Pros: exquisite tasting menu; usually great service

Cons: occasionally off night for service

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I had been looking forward to trying Melisse for months. I mean, they have 2 Michelin stars AND a vegetarian tasting menu. Thats my kind of place! Sadly, Melisse really didnt meet my expectations. Reading the reviews and seeing people

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I had been looking forward to trying Melisse for months. I mean, they have 2 Michelin stars AND a vegetarian tasting menu. Thats my kind of place! Sadly, Melisse really didnt meet my expectations. Reading the reviews and seeing people

Pros: cheese cart, black truffles

Cons: salty food, mediocre preparation

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Melisse is the most amazing restaurant I have ever walked into! The atmosphere is comfortable, the service is exceptional the food presentation is just as amazing as good as it looks... I have worked in restaurants and I have had tasted

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Melisse is the most amazing restaurant I have ever walked into! The atmosphere is comfortable, the service is exceptional the food presentation is just as amazing as good as it looks... I have worked in restaurants and I have had tasted

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We arrived for dinner at Melisse after hearing about the 2 star michelin rating. We had the Maine Lobster Thermidor, rib eye, duck breast, wild mushroom ravioli, duo of foie grais and Jamon Iberico Pata Negra. That's 2 appetizers, 2

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We arrived for dinner at Melisse after hearing about the 2 star michelin rating. We had the Maine Lobster Thermidor, rib eye, duck breast, wild mushroom ravioli, duo of foie grais and Jamon Iberico Pata Negra. That's 2 appetizers, 2

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I gave them my credit card number because this dinner was a gift for 2 friends of mine.\r
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They took 704$ instead of 600$ as I told on the form.\r
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They refuse to refund the difference and I've asked to my legal protection to

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I gave them my credit card number because this dinner was a gift for 2 friends of mine.\r
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They took 704$ instead of 600$ as I told on the form.\r
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I know why Melisse received Michelin 2 stars. The food is excellent. On our first wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided to try the restaurant. The service is very uneven ? I would implore Michelin to try to the restaurant on multiple

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I know why Melisse received Michelin 2 stars. The food is excellent. On our first wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided to try the restaurant. The service is very uneven ? I would implore Michelin to try to the restaurant on multiple

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The food and service here are unbelievable -- we had so many people waiting on us -- everything was delicious -- perfect anniversary spot -- very expensive -- the farmers market salad is truly amazing -- very very fresh, baby vegetables -- sliced thin -- great dressing -- really good --

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The food and service here are unbelievable -- we had so many people waiting on us -- everything was delicious -- perfect anniversary spot -- very expensive -- the farmers market salad is truly amazing -- very very fresh, baby vegetables -- sliced thin -- great dressing -- really good --

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Authentic French recipes are what this place is made of. The menu is regularly updated and there are some speciality items, which you must get a bite of. My fiance and I always enjoy a nice quiet and share my favorite dessert is their Crme Brule. Prices are reasonable.

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Authentic French recipes are what this place is made of. The menu is regularly updated and there are some speciality items, which you must get a bite of. My fiance and I always enjoy a nice quiet and share my favorite dessert is their Crme Brule. Prices are reasonable.

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This is a special occasion restaurant with excellent service and great food. Be prepared to pay for it! The food is lovely and carefully prepared. The desserts are tasty and the coffee is also very good.

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This is a special occasion restaurant with excellent service and great food. Be prepared to pay for it! The food is lovely and carefully prepared. The desserts are tasty and the coffee is also very good.

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We arrived with teenagers in tow and did not receive a table in Siberia. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly at a prime table and visited by chef Citrin.\r
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Evertything else I might say has been said by another reviewer, so I will

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We arrived with teenagers in tow and did not receive a table in Siberia. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly at a prime table and visited by chef Citrin.\r
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Evertything else I might say has been said by another reviewer, so I will

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: Spolis You For Other Restaurants.

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Outstanding! The entire experience was fantastic. The food, the environment, the service, the pacing - all first class.\r
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We were served sweet red grapes encrusted with goat cheese and pistachios. Light and fun. We were also served

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Outstanding! The entire experience was fantastic. The food, the environment, the service, the pacing - all first class.\r
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We were served sweet red grapes encrusted with goat cheese and pistachios. Light and fun. We were also served

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Only great place in L.A.! We're there every week. Keep up the good work. We wish there were more great restaurants like this in L.A.

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Only great place in L.A.! We're there every week. Keep up the good work. We wish there were more great restaurants like this in L.A.

Pros: Amazing food and service

Cons: Location

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I almost did not go after reading the comment about the chef yelling, but decided to take a chance. First, like the review earlier, the tasting menu is confusing. It looks like the tasting menu are the items listed on a page by itself,

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I almost did not go after reading the comment about the chef yelling, but decided to take a chance. First, like the review earlier, the tasting menu is confusing. It looks like the tasting menu are the items listed on a page by itself,

Pros: One of the best westside restaurants

Cons: One of the most expensive westside restaurants

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One of my favorite restaurants in L.A. Definitely a special-occasion place. The food is fabulous, service great (even a footstool for your purse, so you don't have to put it on the - plushly carpeted - floor!) Knowledgeable staff, tranquil atmosphere (one of the few QUIET restaurants still remaining in L.A., apparently!). Highly recommended if you don't mind splurging.

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One of my favorite restaurants in L.A. Definitely a special-occasion place. The food is fabulous, service great (even a footstool for your purse, so you don't have to put it on the - plushly carpeted - floor!) Knowledgeable staff, tranquil atmosphere (one of the few QUIET restaurants still remaining in L.A., apparently!). Highly recommended if you don't mind splurging.

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Accosted by Melisse chef/owner Josiah Citrin. We started out by having a lovely evening.\r
Once we got to the third course, I took a bite and immediately felt terrible. The chef took offense to this. Upon receiving our large check we

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Accosted by Melisse chef/owner Josiah Citrin. We started out by having a lovely evening.\r
Once we got to the third course, I took a bite and immediately felt terrible. The chef took offense to this. Upon receiving our large check we

Pros: Excellent servers

Cons: Extremely verbally aggressive, violent and egotistic chef

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I made an 8:30 reservation on Thursday in October at Melissa after reading it was declared the #1 restaurant in los angeles. Reading a few reviews, we decided to take on the tasting menu for $95. First, the menu is quite confusing with a

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I made an 8:30 reservation on Thursday in October at Melissa after reading it was declared the #1 restaurant in los angeles. Reading a few reviews, we decided to take on the tasting menu for $95. First, the menu is quite confusing with a

Pros: Exquisite Dessert, Superb Service

Cons: Overpriced, More Presentation than Taste

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Our expectations were high, considering all that we'd read about Melisse. The dining room, while nice enough, wasn't particularly spectacular, however, their service and cuisine are off the charts. The service staff was impeccably

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Our expectations were high, considering all that we'd read about Melisse. The dining room, while nice enough, wasn't particularly spectacular, however, their service and cuisine are off the charts. The service staff was impeccably

Pros: Inventive, beautiful food; perfect service

Cons: Wish I could dine there more often

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We love Melisse. I work very nearby and I only wish I could afford to go there everyday! It is always a good experience, and without fail, your tastebuds will be thrilled. Oddly, I have especially grown addicted to the excitement of

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We love Melisse. I work very nearby and I only wish I could afford to go there everyday! It is always a good experience, and without fail, your tastebuds will be thrilled. Oddly, I have especially grown addicted to the excitement of

Pros: amazing everything, pleasant, comfy ambience, good service

Cons: too expensive (and fattening!) for everyday

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Be prepared to have a fine dining experience. Our favorite is the Carte Blanche Menu ($140- ea) but an amazing experience.

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Be prepared to have a fine dining experience. Our favorite is the Carte Blanche Menu ($140- ea) but an amazing experience.

Pros: Outstanding Food

Cons: Dining Room can get very busy

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I didn't have such a great experience at this restaurant. I wrote some other more detailed reviews on some other sites, you can find them on Whizler

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I didn't have such a great experience at this restaurant. I wrote some other more detailed reviews on some other sites, you can find them on Whizler

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Honestly, if this place did not cost and arm and a leg to eat there I would be there every night. I went there for my birthday and it was spectacular. This is definitely a special event place i.e. birthday, anniversary ect. It was actually

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Honestly, if this place did not cost and arm and a leg to eat there I would be there every night. I went there for my birthday and it was spectacular. This is definitely a special event place i.e. birthday, anniversary ect. It was actually

Pros: Food is great

Cons: Cost

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Me and my wife have been to melisse twice - both times on valentine's day... I would say that our trips there were some of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had. Each dish was like a little work of art, and the flavors

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Me and my wife have been to melisse twice - both times on valentine's day... I would say that our trips there were some of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had. Each dish was like a little work of art, and the flavors

Pros: Amazing dishes, great service, nice ambiance

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My family and I went to Melisse just before leaving town on a trip to France and we still agree Melisse is the best French restaurant we have ever experienced! The interiors are rather plain, but the food and service make up for it. We all

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My family and I went to Melisse just before leaving town on a trip to France and we still agree Melisse is the best French restaurant we have ever experienced! The interiors are rather plain, but the food and service make up for it. We all

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Interiors

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This restaurant is top notch for the service and dining experience. They do fulfill your request if you have questions or inquires; my servant was able to get me the label for the wine bottle, which was great - both red and white wine.

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This restaurant is top notch for the service and dining experience. They do fulfill your request if you have questions or inquires; my servant was able to get me the label for the wine bottle, which was great - both red and white wine.

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Melisse is the best restaurant that I have ever eaten at. The place is beautiful, the service is perfect, and the food is the best. It is expensive, but worth it!.

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Melisse is the best restaurant that I have ever eaten at. The place is beautiful, the service is perfect, and the food is the best. It is expensive, but worth it!.

Pros: The best food ever, and great service and ambience

Cons: Expensive

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I dined at the Melisse with friends on a Saturday night. The atmosphere was very romantic and relaxing. We decided to order our own food instead of doing the 3 1/2 hour, 9 course meal. The fish dishes were fresh and cooked, but yet as

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I dined at the Melisse with friends on a Saturday night. The atmosphere was very romantic and relaxing. We decided to order our own food instead of doing the 3 1/2 hour, 9 course meal. The fish dishes were fresh and cooked, but yet as

Pros: Great service, good food and wine, easy valet parking

Cons: Takes a long time, you can't go there too hungry

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This place is superb! The service is impeccable, the food delicious, and the ambience is to die for!! I dined here with my family for Mother's Day and let me tell you, it was worth EVERY penny!! The chocolate,chocolate,chocolate dessert

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This place is superb! The service is impeccable, the food delicious, and the ambience is to die for!! I dined here with my family for Mother's Day and let me tell you, it was worth EVERY penny!! The chocolate,chocolate,chocolate dessert

Pros: waiters(know everything when it comes to food or the wine list) food, ambience, everything!

Cons: nothing i can think of

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Every visit to Melisse has been a delightful and memorable experience. I've never been disappointed. The food is incredibly inventive, flavorful and visually stunning. The service is fantastic, especially David. The atmosphere is

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Every visit to Melisse has been a delightful and memorable experience. I've never been disappointed. The food is incredibly inventive, flavorful and visually stunning. The service is fantastic, especially David. The atmosphere is

Pros: Superb food, impeccable service

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My wife and I went for the tasting menu (appetizer, fish, main course, dessert) - her choices were better than mine. Each dish was a work of art and impressive to see, but the flavor was truly missing. My appetizer (scallops) and dessert

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My wife and I went for the tasting menu (appetizer, fish, main course, dessert) - her choices were better than mine. Each dish was a work of art and impressive to see, but the flavor was truly missing. My appetizer (scallops) and dessert

Pros: Service, Ambience

Cons: Food, Price

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My husband and I went here for my birthday and I was blown away. This is, by far, the best food I have ever had. The flavors were amazing and the service was impeccable, as well. The tables are spaced far enough apart to allow for

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My husband and I went here for my birthday and I was blown away. This is, by far, the best food I have ever had. The flavors were amazing and the service was impeccable, as well. The tables are spaced far enough apart to allow for

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This will be my second trip to Melisse in the past few months. I am a bona fide "foodie", as is my husband. Everything about this restaurant spells "success". From the wine, to the truffles to the OH SO SUPERB cheese cart. As a European

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This will be my second trip to Melisse in the past few months. I am a bona fide "foodie", as is my husband. Everything about this restaurant spells "success". From the wine, to the truffles to the OH SO SUPERB cheese cart. As a European

Pros: Knowledgeable Staff, Beautiful decor, Relaxing atmosphere

Cons: NONE!!!!!

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WHat can I say about Melisse that hasn't already been said? I have been to pretty much all the top rated restaurants in LA. And although Melisse isn't ranked #1 in any dining guide (but it's always in the top 10), I can say without a

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WHat can I say about Melisse that hasn't already been said? I have been to pretty much all the top rated restaurants in LA. And although Melisse isn't ranked #1 in any dining guide (but it's always in the top 10), I can say without a

Pros: Best in Los Angeles, Cheese cart!!, Incredible experience

Cons: Expensive

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Worth every penny -- and that's a lot of pennies. This is a place for special occassions, romantic getaways and to enjoy the best French food in LA.

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Worth every penny -- and that's a lot of pennies. This is a place for special occassions, romantic getaways and to enjoy the best French food in LA.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

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I am compelled to write this review because I was a bit disappointed with the all rave about this restaurant. Food presentation was excellent. Ambience (the small room) is nice but tries too hard to be quaint. Tries to be stiff and snooty

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I am compelled to write this review because I was a bit disappointed with the all rave about this restaurant. Food presentation was excellent. Ambience (the small room) is nice but tries too hard to be quaint. Tries to be stiff and snooty

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We liek to eat at 6pm so we have the full attention of the staff. had the $125 "Carte Blanche" tasting menu were the Chef Citrin chooses your courses. started with the incredible Poached egg w/caviar,lemon fraiche, great little trio of

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We liek to eat at 6pm so we have the full attention of the staff. had the $125 "Carte Blanche" tasting menu were the Chef Citrin chooses your courses. started with the incredible Poached egg w/caviar,lemon fraiche, great little trio of

Pros: Great food

Cons: average desert, bad service

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This is by far hands down the best restaurant in LA. The food is incredible. I have been here ten times and never had a bad dish. the best waiter at the restaurant is David. he is the best waiter I have ever seen. He is so excited

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This is by far hands down the best restaurant in LA. The food is incredible. I have been here ten times and never had a bad dish. the best waiter at the restaurant is David. he is the best waiter I have ever seen. He is so excited

Pros: everything

Cons: decor

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Josiah, the chef, is an amazing talent. His food is terrific. Never miss the truffle menu when it's in season. It's sublime!

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Josiah, the chef, is an amazing talent. His food is terrific. Never miss the truffle menu when it's in season. It's sublime!

Pros: Best food

Cons: Decor ... eh

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If you eat at Melisse, I would recommend David be your waiter. He is one of the best, most knowledgeable, and most accommodating waiters I have experienced. He worked hard to individualize our experience. We all had the prix fixe menu

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If you eat at Melisse, I would recommend David be your waiter. He is one of the best, most knowledgeable, and most accommodating waiters I have experienced. He worked hard to individualize our experience. We all had the prix fixe menu

Pros: service, wine list, ambiance

Cons: price, some food

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I went here for my anniversary after Spago had lost my reservation. What a fortuitous accident. When we walked in, they had our table set with two tiny, delicate gold boxes - inside, homemade truffles - and a card from the restaurant.

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I went here for my anniversary after Spago had lost my reservation. What a fortuitous accident. When we walked in, they had our table set with two tiny, delicate gold boxes - inside, homemade truffles - and a card from the restaurant.

Pros: excellent service, personal attention, amazing food & wine

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Everything I had was great from the scallops to the sweet potato ravioli to the pot-au-feu with black truffles, lobster, and foie gras. Chef Citrin's techniques really shine though. The service is impeccable. The decor also makes for the

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Everything I had was great from the scallops to the sweet potato ravioli to the pot-au-feu with black truffles, lobster, and foie gras. Chef Citrin's techniques really shine though. The service is impeccable. The decor also makes for the

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

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I had been wanting to try this for a long time, and found an opportunity to do so last month. Had lunch with a friend and found the service impeccable, but the food a bit bland. We got a complimentary cold cucumber soup, which I liked,

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I had been wanting to try this for a long time, and found an opportunity to do so last month. Had lunch with a friend and found the service impeccable, but the food a bit bland. We got a complimentary cold cucumber soup, which I liked,

Pros: Beautiful interiors, Excellent Service, Easy Parking

Cons: Bland Food

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Between the dark green-suited waiters and the hosts, the staff's food knowledge is staggering. Perhaps this is because Chef Josiah Citrin makes frequent appearances in the dining room to chat. Every meal is carefully…

 

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