Chef Melba's Bistro

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565 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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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Melba creates dishes that are 'art' from a taste perspective (and visually was well). This place is such a gem!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mit Sicherheit eines der besten Restaurants in Hermosa Beach. Wir waren bei unserem 4-tägigen Aufenthalt drei mal bei Melba und es war jedes Mal perfekt. Schon alleine zuzusehen, wie Chef Melba in der Küche mit einem Lächeln im Gesicht mit den Pfannen jongliert, ist eine wahre Freude. Wir können das Melba wirklich nur empfehlen.

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MS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and very good service; everything was very fresh and delicious; next time we are back in town we'll be there;

CW
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our top "go to" places in the South Bay. This visit was one of our best. A delightful, surprisingly different tuna tartar and a superb lamb shank were two of our best experiences.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner! It was a special occasion and John’s service was just as superb as Melba’s fantastic food. We loved meeting and chatting with both of them after dinner. It was a very special and memorable night!

EP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, as always! John, our server, was very helpful and fun. I can't imagine a better dining experience.

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great wine! Chef Melba even came out and told us her story - love a great story... a must when in Hermosa!

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the South Bay. BUT, bring quarters for parking as many of the meters don’t take cards.

b
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good but out of ribeye special before 7pm. Food server should never had mentioned it to us. One minute it was the special the next minute it was sold out. Only one food server for an almost full restaurant. Chef was fantastic

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent, but we were extremely disappointed with our waiter. He was not very friendly, appeared stand offish and bordered on rudeness. And the paying if the bill was the final thing which contributed to our disappointment. We were dining with a friend who gave us some cash for her meal which we added to our credit card to pay. He used the cash for his tip and put the remainder on our card, without asking us if that was what we wanted to. He gave himself a tip which was greater than what we would have given him. We do not think that we will return, even though we thought the food was very good. The manner in which you are treated by your server truly affects whether you return to a restaurant or not.

CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Melba never disappoints!
We brought friends from our of town and they loved it.

SK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous sea food.

M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Melba is our go-to place locally when we want an outstanding meal. Everything was delicious, from the Ahi Tuna appetizer, avocado toast appetizer (more than avocado and seasoned perfectly), to the 4 main courses: lobster, Thai Coconut "stew" with lots of seafood (a variation on Cioppino), leg of lamb, and fish n chips. Lots of flavor; all dishes prepared properly. And the crowning conclusion - Melba's sumptuous chocolate bag, filled with fresh fruit and a not too sweet custard (satisfying for all 4 of us. Another memorable evening.

D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Melba wins you over right away with her personalized attention and big smile. Then you taste her food. And fall in love. From the Carneros Chardonnay to the Peruvian sea scallops to the Mediterranean whole branzino, the meal was one of the best I have had in decades of dining out. The flavor profiles are perfect. Everything is beautifully presented also. And the chocolate bag for dessert - amazing. I don’t usually order dessert, trying to avoid the calories and it’s not usually worth it...but this one is worth every bite. Even if you have to go to the gym in the morning. Worth it. And her daughter Melanie, who helps manage the front of the house, is a pleasure. What a discovery this was! We will be back often.

t
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Melba never fails to deliver a beautiful dish which is memorable! The flavors are paired to tantalize your taste buds. The portions are generous. The restaurant is small and intimate. Chef Melba greets you like a friend and will be sure you are happy with your food. Sample many appetizers as they are all wonderful and have some unusual additions.

w
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Chef Melba’s when we are in the area visiting our father. The food is outstanding and Chef Melba is the best. This restaurant is fabulous. The fish specials and the Thai coconut soup is my favorite. We are always pleased with anything on the menu. This time we tried the bread pudding and it was very flavorful. I highly recommend this restaurant because You won’t be disappointed. Excellent wines as well.

JR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh Chilean sea bass and petroleum sole. Chef Melba was gracious, talking to her guests and serving food. We will be back.

GD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always refreshing and creative use of surprising ingredients. Melba's personal attention is warm and feels like home. Great dinner!

TG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great experience at Melba’s. The food is first quality, prepared with creative vegetable and sauce pairings. Our appetizer, the octopus, was outstanding with tender slices of octopus and tomatoes and other delicious stuff. We shared a marvelous salad made with Persian cucumbers and tomatoes in an elegant lettuce cup. Our entrees, Chilean sea bass, were cooled well with asparagus and a light sauce. Highest rating!

NV
Tahoe
55 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought the crab cake and prawns over linguini was fabulous and my husband said the branzini was the best he'd ever had. We both had the persian salad to start which was also delicious. Go and enjoy!

K
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a favorite of ours; the food is wonderful and the service highly personalized! They make us feel like we are special every time we dine there. I love being able to watch her cook!

ST
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Chef Melba’s, but my date’s third. What a wonderful experience. Chef Melba and her lovely daughter greeted us and proceeded to fill us with delicious food. We shared the poke, lamb shank, and “chocolate bag” and every bite was great. We live up in the Bay Area but we’ll definitely come back and eat here again.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was just alright. Nothing to write home about - sea bass was average at best. Czech server was entertaining

JH
Los Angeles
172 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the South Bay! Always great. The signature chocolate box for dessert is still a classic!

l
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went to Mother’s Day brunch, they advertised and we reserved a 3 course brunch 48$. Waiter (only after we asked)told us they were too busy and the 3 course brunch wasn’t available. No apologies, nothing, we arrived at 10:00 when they opened. They delivered entrees over the course of 25 minutes one person at a time (party of 4) first person was almost finished by the time the last person was served !!!! Very disappointing!!!!! Except for food, everything we ate was wonderful as always but the experience wasn’t, won’t be back

NV
Tahoe
55 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our dinner at Chef Melba's was delicious. I enjoyed the lobster and seafood pasta special. The seafood was all fabulously fresh. At our table we also had the soul which was wonderful and the Coconut Thai seafood soup, always a winner! We finished off with the yummy bread pudding. It's always a delight dining at Chef Melba's!

l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly neighborhood service. We enjoyed healthy and delicious salads and pasta, fish, mussels. Melba is there in the kitchen with her small staff and fresh and hand picked ingredients. I lost my earring and not only did Melba look under the table the following day.....She actually found it and called me to come back and get it. It' a labor of love and the food and wine and service all reflect that. We look forward to going back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best!

RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with local neighborhood feel. Chef Melba is a great chef and warm and friendly host. We keep coming back and never disappointed!

Y
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.

N
Los Angeles
36 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.

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

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

Always fresh, delicious and beautifully presented

VS
San Francisco
190 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.

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.

M
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.

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

Lovely and delicious

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

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.

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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