Chef Melba's Bistro

4.6
514 reviews
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At Chef Melba’s Bistro, we use the freshest of ingredients to create your meals, and our menu changes with the seasons. As such there may be slight differences between what is posted on this website and what is available on the day you dine with us. We may also add daily specials utilizing fresh ingredients found at the local farmer's market. This menu has been put together with the goal of healthy life and healthy living in mind; to that end, Chef Melba uses organic natural products and wild seafood to the greatest extent possible.

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.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

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SS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Valentines day

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Desserts AMAZING!!! Food was delicious and outstanding as always.

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a
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu, very accommodating, such an intimate and wonderful experience

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GT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice to see Melba’s jumping on. Wintery Friday night
She works hard makes great food and didn’t disappoint

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing cuisine!

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AF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything made fresh. Attentive service. Warm ambience

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a good meal at Chef Melba's! Wonderful neighborhood gem.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I adore restaurant. The food is always incredible. Chef Melba is so kind and classy and John is terrific!

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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O
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and delicious will definitely go back

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JH
Los Angeles
164 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TG
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent cuisine - full flavors all fresh ingredients

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JR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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JH
Los Angeles
164 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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VS
San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE SEAFOOD STEW WAS FANTASTIC! EVERYTHING COOKED AND WAS SEASONED TO PERFECTION! Chef and her workers were so nice.

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nowhere in your list is “delicious food”. That’s the most important aspect, yes?

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ES
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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JH
Los Angeles
164 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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w
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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)

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PS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Some flavor combinations are great and some combinations are odd.

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S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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RC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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VS
San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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