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Chef Melba's Bistro
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Ranked #32 of 137 Restaurants in Hermosa Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th street
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We've been going to Chef Melba's since it opened and it's our choice for this year's Valentine's Day dinner even though we went here with friends last week. As 12-year residents of Hermosa Beach, I know our town pretty well and this little hole in the wall has by far the best food. It's built in a converted hamburger stand which suits Chef Melba just fine because she's right there overlooking the diners. Unless she's busy, she greets everyone who comes in, too.

There is no bar so you're seated as soon as you arrive. (Reservations are suggested.)

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

This bistro is a little gem in lovely Hermosa Beach. The menu changes weekly, and there were so many choices, that well, it was difficult to decide. The menu emphasizes seafood, but there were other choices like lamb and chicken. Also, I noticed some vegetarian appetizers and at least one vegie entrée. We started with the grilled sword squid appetizer, and you absolutely must try this. If you're used to breaded calamari rings, this will change your mind about squid. Rather than using the tentacles, they slice up the body of the squid. It's lightly grilled and marinated in a light ginger lime sauce and served over thinly sliced beets and cucumber. It tasted like ceviche. Absolutely divine! Next we shared two entrees; sea scallops served over a mushroom medley and sea bass served over lentils and vegies. The scallops were large and grilled to perfection. The sea bass was also good, but I wasn't a big fan of the spices used with the lentils. If I had to make a choice, the scallops would definitely win.....so so delicious. Did we have room for dessert? No, but that didn't stop us from sharing a chocolate box filled with passion fruit mousse, then topped with berries; perfect for two people....light and totally yummy. Service was friendly and attentive. This bistro has a lively vibrant vibe. It was totally packed on a Saturday night, so definitely make a reservation. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. I just wish I lived in L.A. as this would become my go to seafood place.

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Thank Anita E
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Other reviewers are right, what a great little spot. The restaurant is small without feeling crowded. Greeting and seating are friendly and low key. The menu is not large, but does reflect locally grown or procured whenever possible. We looked at the dessert menu first and based our entrée orders on that. Plate presentation is lovely, and you are not rushed. Petrale sole was fantastic and portions are good sized. Have dessert!!

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

This place is a lovely Hermosa Haunt. It's been there quite a while, which is a testament to it's success. The food is a delicious and unpretentious. Service is just like the food.

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

and I was not disappointed. This is a small bistro in size but this makes up in ambiance, food, and service. White tablecloths and blue napkins set the scene. My husband had the Thresher Shark, our son had the rib special and I had the paella. First time I had paella prepared with basmati rice but it was good. There could have been more flavor with a fish broth and the addition of saffron. Their signature dark chocolate 'bag' filled with passion fruit mousse and fresh berries was the best dessert I have ever had--ANYWHERE!! Their wine selection was also excellent. The only downside was parking but I guess you have to realize where you are and just be persistent.

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Thank JaniceBlair
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