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Map & Directions 1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • French
  • Tue-Thu 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Banquet Facilities, Business Dining, Catering, Coat Check, Private Party, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

If you've been around the Los Angeles restaurant scene for long enough to remember Josiah Citrin as a surfer dude in the kitchens of Joachim Splichal, it may have seemed as if he was trying to create Mélisse as a Michelin-worthy restaurant by force of will alone, imposing luxury ingredients and luxury prices on a local public that seemed happy enough to eat its seared venison without the benefit of Christofle silver, velvet purse stools or airy sauces inflected with fresh black truffle. The cooking was always fine, but the effect was faintly ridiculous, like a teenager trying on his father's best sports jacket when he thinks nobody is looking. And the prices, now $105 for an all-but-mandatory four-course menu, would be high even in Paris. But Citrin grew into Mélisse; he wears it like a custom-fitted suit. His two Michelin stars are real. The truffled corn ravioli is a revelation. And his ­cuisine, which uses farmers-market produce and modern kitchen techniques without calling attention to itself, has shed most of its baby fat - the cassoulet of white asparagus with morels, the melting Copper River ­salmon and the ­butter-soft duck breast at a spring dinner all brought out the soulful essence of the ingredients in the least showy way imaginable.

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  • Eater on 12/01/10

    It's all about the tasting menus at Josiah Citrin's consistent high quality French eatery. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    Chef Josiah Citron is a master in the kitchen and has earned Top Chef in LA for some years with very well deserved accolades. Josiah shows his professionalism with all his local ingredients, French co

  • LA Weekly on 10/04/11

    The truffled corn ravioli is a revelation!

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/06/13

    The luxury ingredients and luxury prices seem not to dissuade diners who are happy to face down $175 asparagus dinners, showers of truffles and caviar, and even the standard $125 prix fixe.

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

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