Chef Melba's Bistro
We have a delightful selection of premium wines and beers to accompany your meal - see our wine menu for some of our current selections. You may bring your own bottle for a modest corkage fee.
My fiancée and I went here on Valentine’s Day, so naturally it was quite busy. The lady in charge of seating was clearly overwhelmed but was doing her best given the busier than normal circumstances. That being said, I’m sure it wouldn’t be an issue on a normal night. The food was incredibly good. The server was friendly even though he was clearly overwhelmed. Great experience! Highly recommend it!
Valentine's Day is always tough. The food here is outstanding, but it seemed they had squeezed a couple extra table into this small space so servers were bumping into each other And the noise level was annoying. But the food was terrific, sole and trout were each great. My salad of beets and eggplant was very good but served on a board which looked great but made it hard to eat with out spilling things on he table. All in, we will be back
Excellent Blazing Mushrooms and Beet Board; amazing Wagyu steak - much better than we've had anywhere else! The Chocolate Bag providing a wonderful finish to another wholly satisfying dinner night at Chef Melba's. Thank you!
Desserts AMAZING!!! Food was delicious and outstanding as always.
I had one of the specials for the night, osso bucco. It was so tender and delicious! It came with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. We also had the eggplant & beet board which was very good as well. The best was the chocolate bag dessert...I would go back just for dessert and I don't think I will share next time!
Wonderful menu, very accommodating, such an intimate and wonderful experience
It was nice to see Melba’s jumping on. Wintery Friday night
She works hard makes great food and didn’t disappoint
Simply amazing cuisine!
I choose Chef Melba’s because it was always delicious food. We have lived in North Hermosa for 26 years and my husband and I loved the intimate dining experience there-with farm to table selections. We ordered an appetizer with grilled fuji apples and burrata. The apples were not grilled but raw and was put together haphazardly, not by the wonderful chef. Our steak was medium well after we asked for it to be medium rare. The waiter’s offer was for a free dessert. I was sooooo disappointed and won’t continue complaining but will not be returning.
Everything made fresh. Attentive service. Warm ambience
Lovely ambiance with friendly, attentive service. The food is a definite cut above. We shared 2 appetizers, grilled octopus, and roasted eggplant and veggie plate, followed by the Thai coconut broth with fresh seafood. Portions were very generous and everything was gorgeous and absolutely delicious. Chef Melba came out and chatted with us.Highly recommended!
Always a good meal at Chef Melba's! Wonderful neighborhood gem.
My wife and I adore restaurant. The food is always incredible. Chef Melba is so kind and classy and John is terrific!
Always fresh food, cooked to exacting standards. Chef Melba is right there in the kitchen making her wonderfully-flavored food herself. If you have dietary restrictions, she is happy to accommodate. From the first piece of warm grilled bread to the chocolate box dessert at the end, the food is lovely and interesting. Favorites: any branzino or sea bass, shellfish in thai broth, steaks, fish and chips!, and we love all the appetizers and salads. Really wonderful meals served here!
1) Chilean Sea Bass absolutely delicious. A little pricey at $45
2) Whole fish Branzino was good too at $39
3) Chef Melba came by at the end of our meal.
Food is fresh and delicious will definitely go back
Excellent as usual. Oyster popcorn is delicious. Took my daughter from New Jersey and she and her friend loved it. The paella is the best. Our favorite restaurant in the South Bay. Veal shank was incredible
Perhaps it’s because Melba does all the cooking but the food is always great at her restaurant. Good service, nice ambiance and a nice group of customers. Great joint!
We have been to Chef Melba’s many times. Every time is special and memorable. Not only is the food simply incredible, but Chef and her staff are truly friendly and attentive.
Excellent cuisine - full flavors all fresh ingredients
Never a bad dish on the menu. The presentation, ingredients, and flavors are exceptional. Were this a larger space on the Westside, the prices would be double and reservations would be impossible. Truly a great dining experience for anyone that treasures good- and innovative- food.
Service was also excellent, BTW.
We dine out a lot in many countries. Chef Melba's is a class act. Not cheap but definitely worth it. We haven't had a better meal in quite a while. Service was attentive and impeccable.
An elegant, lively, friendly place where the chef greets you right there in the restaurant where she cooks the food - a space separated from the dining room by plate glass. which she can see over.
We felt right at home almost immediately.
Go early if you want a quieter time. There was a rowdy (but fun) group celebrating a birthday next to us. But this added to the general merriment. We look forward to returning.
We had a great birthday dinner for friend last weekend, the latest in a long line of excellent dinners. Melba's is consistently excellent, with wide variety of styles and flavors.
Chef Melba doesn’t disappoint! She has a new app. Crispy popcorn oysters. They were excellent. So crispy and delicious. We had two specials. Veal osso bucco and linguini with lobster chunks and hanger steak. Hanger steak was so tender it melted in your mouth. Topped off with a bottle of red made for an excellent night
THE SEAFOOD STEW WAS FANTASTIC! EVERYTHING COOKED AND WAS SEASONED TO PERFECTION! Chef and her workers were so nice.
Nowhere in your list is “delicious food”. That’s the most important aspect, yes?
Chef Melba abs Chef Melba’s Bistro are simply amazing! We try to eat there every time we are in town! She accommodates every need and her food is always impeccable. She has the best staff to serve your every need!
This restaurant never dissapoints! The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Chef Melba is extremly personable. During our meal she came to our table to make sure everything was good. You must try her scallops and all the fish she cooks is to die for.
We go there for date night, with friends or with our 8 year old son, we love this place ! Always fresh and high quality ingredients and best of all for us almost everything on the menu is naturally gluten free :) Every person we have brought there has loved it.
She never fails to disappoint. The food is superb. You take the first bite and you can't believe how good this meal is going to be AGAIN and the prices are really reasonable for fine food. Quiet mellow atmosphere. No shouting to have a conversation. We love it.
Very disappointing. Interesting menu, but poor execution. My clams were huge and tough. The salad was drenched in dressing. Bread portions were skimpy. This restaurant used to be better. Also too dark to see the food or the bill.
Our favorite restaurant! Chef Melba didn’t disappoint! She even remembered my favorite Fried Oysters! Also had the soft shell crabs whic were incredible. If that wasn’t enough I had to have the lamb shank. Delicious. Incredible menu and very creative specials. Service by John was great!
Excellent as always! The food is amazing and Melba and her staff are awesome. Our server John was a pro and helped us select great wine and appetizers. We take my dad every year for his his birthday and he loves it. Melba’s seafood, steak, and lamb dishes are fabulous!
When I need a “special” place to experience a great meal ... I always think of Melba’s Bistro. I have never had a bad experience here. The food is always consistent
and very good. The personalized service and attention is something hard to find. Please keep this restaurant a secret and only tell your favorite friends and family. We will keep them full and be able to continue enjoying one of the best little white table cloth restaurants in the LA area. (Located in the downtown area of Hermosa Beach)
We love Chef Melba's. The menu always has a few go to offerings but they also add new dishes depending on what Chef finds at the market. We are always torn as to order the favorites - scallop appetizer and Thai fish main dish or try the new item on the menu. We did both this time. I believe this is the best restruant in the South Bay!
Some flavor combinations are great and some combinations are odd.
Have NEVER had a bad visit here. Food is always impeccable, Melba’s is a real hidden treasure in the South Bay. Portions are. Not too large, but also not too small!! The only thing to remember is that this is not a place for kids, the palette is too complex for lost young people! For a night out with friends, be sure to make a reservation
The food here is always sublime - I don't know how she does it. It is clear that she loves her craft. Everytime I bring friends they just rave about what they are eating. Thank you!
Chef Melba’s is absolutely marvelous! My husband had a great tomahawk steak dinner and I had branzino that was absolutely perfectly prepared. Bill had a very neat birthday dessert. He said it was wonderful!