French Fine Dining

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  • 2015 Best French
  • 2015 Best Wine List

This elegant, two-Michelin starred Santa Monica mainstay is LA’s quintessential special occasion restaurant, featuring chef Josiah Citrin’s season-driven French-New American fare along with an award-winning world class wine list.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Mélisse has distinguished itself as the sole top-end French gastronomic experience in Los Angeles.” – Gayot

“The dishes are artfully presented and innovative but not overly intellectual, and ingredients are always fresh, as [chef Josiah] Citrin takes advantage of southern California’s year-round growing season and frequents local farmers’ markets to find the best produce to soothe those Westside foodies’ ravenous appetites. Five stars.” – Forbes Travel Guide

“Mélisse remains one of the few special-occasion restaurants that feels truly special.” – LA Weekly

From the Chef

“My vision has always been to have a celebratory restaurant where people go to create a memory. We provide a service to make them feel like kings and queens, like it’s the best evening of their lives. It’s an experience that lasts forever.” – Chef Josiah Citrin


Modern, elegant, and chic, the setting is a fitting backdrop for the flourish-filled presentations of haute menu offerings, attracting neighborhood diners and distinguished celebrities alike.

On the Side

Mélisse is named after an aromatic, calming Mediterranean herb also known as lemon balm.


  • Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2014, 2016 — Los Angeles Times
  • Top 10 Best LA Restaurants 2015 — Gayot
  • Two Michelin stars 2014
  • Five stars from Forbes Travel Guide 2013
  • 50 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles 2014 – Zagat
  • 75 Best Restaurants 2014 — Los Angeles Magazine
  • Essential 99 Restaurants 2014 — LA Weekly
  • Top 100 Restaurants in the World 2013 — Elite Traveler
  • Zagat rating of 4.8 out of 5

Menu for Mélisse

1104 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • Price Range: $$$$$
    Atmosphere: Intimate, Refined, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (310) 395-0881
  • Private Dining Room: Yes