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Chef Melba's Bistro

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1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545 (15th street)
+1 310-376-2084
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
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Redcar, United Kingdom
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367 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 698 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It's two years since we last visited. The food is just as good, the service is just as good, and the music is still too loud. A good meal with good wine and good conversation should be a perfect evening. The music tracks were ggreat just too loud. Other than that we enjoyed a good meal, albeit expensive at USD75... More 

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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Seriously impressive Ms Melba. Our eagerly awaited return to HB and Chef Melba's did not disappoint. 4 of us had very different entrees. My Thai Cocunut broth with seafood was fragrant with lemongrass and perfectly balanced. Sole in almond crust; paella and 18 oz steak all devoured with relish. Appetisers and desserts just as good. Lovely small restaurant with views... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

You get a sense that things aren’t going to go well when you arrive on time for the reservation that you made two weeks ago to have dinner with you wife on her birthday and your table is not ready. The expression of the greeter made it obvious that the restaurant was not expecting us. My wife and I waited... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Melba is I think from Argentina. The food is just amazing. Would recommend it for any time, whether it be a celebration,.good friends going out, or just you! it's the best in Hermosa Beach but you must make a reservation. The mushrooms are amazing. Everything here is absolutely fantastic

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Thank pryan310
USA
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had dinner for four including my 6 year old granddaughter in this small Bistro. The service was fantastic. The food was artistically prepared. We had the Ahi Tartar starter prepared with avocado and mango. The heirloom tomato salad was outstanding. The main courses of halibut, petrale sole and steak were great. Each course exceeded expectations. Don't miss this gem... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Last night we tried Chef Melba's for the first time. I am ashamed to say that we have had a place here since the '70's and she has been there for 11 years and it took so long for us to go there. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is charming. We started with a dozen Kumamoto oysters. They... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I have to say Chef Melba's Bistro is one of the best restaurant in the South Bay and I want to keep that a secret! It is a small restaurant, which is very smart since restaurants nowadays have a short shelf life. Reservations required but my husband and I were always lucky to get in at 6:30 pm. From wine... More 

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hermosa beach california
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Great restaurant, warm reception, no TV blaring. Highly sophisticated food preparation by a great chef. We go to Chef Melba's for celebrations and other occasions, and never miss it when my son is in town. In fact, this is one of his destination places that we must visit when he comes home.from the appetizers to the desserts, it is all... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Chef Melba's Bistro is a special place. It's a neighborhood restaurant with amazing food. It is also nice and intimate where you can dine with guests or clients and actually have a conversation. The food is fantastic!

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Thank vacationkw511
Montrose, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Chef Melba's Mother's day brunch was fantastic. Melba is not just talented, but she is also an excellent host. She made us comfortable, and our tummies super happy. She makes sure the food looks beautiful, and that it tastes delicious. It is small, but not as loud as some have stated. Melba will start offering Sunday brunch next yr. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3545
    (15th street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-376-2084

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?