One of our favorite places for an elevated beachside dining experience, Citrin and Mélisse operate as two distinct concepts (they even have separate entrances!). The former offers both a seasonal prix fixe and approachable à la carte menu in the outdoor garden—allowing you to choose between decadent dishes like caviar egg, abalone and lobster bolognese, or truffle risotto. Meanwhile, the latter is an evolution of the two-Michelin-starred institution by the same name—complete with its own kitchen and team—which was a Santa Monica landmark for years. The eight-course chef’s tasting experience is filled with canapés, amuse-bouches, and much more, starring ingredients like uni, shiso leaf, caviar, and chanterelles. No matter which restaurant you’re dining at, there’s no doubt you’ll appreciate the vision of celebrated restaurateur Josiah Citrin.
How to book: via their website.