Chef Melba’s Bistro


Grilled Octopus

A group of us enjoyed a splendid dinner at this classy restaurant last Wednesday. It was great to meet up with Chef Melba herself soon after we walked in around 6pm. The head server Shanna showed us to a prime table in the corner to the side of the entrance. Most of us opted for glasses of water but I chose a very nice local IPA on Shanna’s recommendation. Some lovely warm grilled bread came out soon after. We kicked things off with a serve of Char Grilled Spicy Octopus which tasted as fresh & tantalizing as can be. As our server Shanna reminded us all their seafood is always fresh never frozen. A delicious Persian Salad disappeared in a few seconds.

Lobster medallions

For an entrée my wife ordered Tortellini & Lobster Medallions, my sister-in-law selected the Pure Reserve New Zealand Prime Filet Mignon. My brother-in-law and I liked the appeal of the Seafood Asopado. Our meals arrived in suitable time and were magnificently plated. My wife loved her lobster dish, my sister-in-law thought her filet mignon tasted perfect medium rare and I agreed after sampling a juicy piece.


My brother-in-law and I simply devoured our seafood combo dishes. I am certain one of my shrimp was over 6 inches long. I had another local beer to keep things flowing. A few minutes after finishing our meals most of us shared an incredible looking dessert called Chef Melba’s Signature Dark Chocolate Bag. Think of a dark chocolate box filled with passionfruit mousse, kiwi fruit, mixed berries & raspberry drizzle. My God did it taste heavenly ! So we all had a perfect evening enjoying some of the finest food you’ll find anywhere on the planet. We thanked our talented server Shanna and had a lovely chat with Chef Melba before we left. If you want the best fine food experience, exceptional service & gentle ambience then Chef Melba’s Bistro should be on your list !

Restaurant Details


1501 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


(310) 376 2084

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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.

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