Melisse

Melisse

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1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States

Santa Monica native Josiah Citrin opened Mélisse in 1999, and it remains one of the city’s last bastions for fine dining. The space is decorated wtih violet and white walls, a central chandelier with a black-linen shade, and hand-blown crystal sculptures from France. Chef Citrin has a market-driven approach and a menu that changes seasonally, but he has developed signature dishes like crisp-skinned black bass and truffle-stuffed rotisserie chicken for two, served tableside. Mélisse serves several different tasting menus, including a five-course vegetarian version, a 10-course and a carte blanche option, in which the chef surprises the table. The comprehensive wine list is anchored in France, but covers the globe.

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