Chef Melba's Bistro

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535 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, as always. Fish dishes were superb.
Jan was a great host.

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N
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From the clams to the scallops and the whole roasted fish and dessert, we had an outstanding meal. Highly recommended.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

a little bit too loud for my taste but love the place

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, delicious and beautifully presented

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VS
San Francisco
189 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Chef Melba's for our anniversary. Our meal was fabulous! We started with a delicious kale saiad. i had Thai Coconut Seafood dish thst wss so delicious. My husband had the delicious salmon.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were not able to attend that evening but our new friends visiting from Mexico went in our place. They said it was the best restaurant and food they experienced on their visit.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite you take explodes with flavor in your mouth. Every meal we have had here, results in wonderful memories.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and delicious

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The grilled octopus was amazing ! Lamb shank and fish tacos! Loved the passion fruit chocolate ganache

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L
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Superfood Salad not as described on menu - came with spinach and no kale and cucumbers and no avocado which turned out sort of blah. Fish tacos were just ok. Cioppino was good. Waiter seemed to not care if we liked it or not but he was friendly although rushed. Many wines on list not available so bring your own bottle. Paid $175 for 2 and could have had a better meal at home.

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such amazing food and service!! We were treated so amazing and the food was incredible! So excited to go back!

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JH
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. Chef Melba always greets you with a hearty welcome! Had a new appetizer the shrimp Scampi Martini that was delicious. Fish and chips are the best.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. It was so nice that Chef Melba came out to meet us. I highly recommend the eggplant board. We had fish and chips and the shrimp and scallop pasta. Both were amazing. We shared the chocolate bag and the pavlova. Both of those were really nice. Next time I would probably take my own wine and pay the corkage fee.

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great seafood as always

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MR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

they said they were short handed
first coarse took almost an hour to arrive at the table.
the two orders of filet were not filet cuts and were sent back
brussel sprouts were not cooked

very poor meal
had been here before and everything was very good
3 out of the four meals were not edible
they removed one

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b
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very small space so when all tables are full it is very loud.

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CK
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Chef Melba's. The food, service, and ambiance are all top notch. My favorite dish is their chocolate bag for dessert. Don't miss it!

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KY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic! One person in our party ordered the cioppino and specifically requested the nonspicy version, and it was very spicy. However, she was quickly served a new bowl and was very happy with it. The waiter was somewhat off-putting.

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C
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcomed by Chef Melba. Amazing food, attentive service,
cozy place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a great dining experience. They have a nice wine list and the food was fantastic. Well done!

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H
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Chose the restaurant due to its reputation and location. The place is small so you expect to get very personalized service, but honestly we felt like just another table to serve. Perhaps it’s because the servers have been there forever and have simply just lost that desire to truly give the patrons the best experience. The food was good, but nothing to shout about. Decent serving sizes and quality product, but the food left me feeling underwhelmed. Especially at the prices. It’s wonderful that Chef Melba is there to prepare the meals but it would have been fantastic if she actually came out around the divider and greeted her guests. I just felt let down by the whole experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Valentines day

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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a
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 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 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GT
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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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AD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing cuisine!

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AF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything made fresh. Attentive service. Warm ambience

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 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 11, 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 8, 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 4, 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 4, 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 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and delicious will definitely go back

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JH
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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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