Celebrated chef Josiah Citrin’s venerated palace of modern French cuisine and fine dining remains one of the best destinations for (very) special occasions and those with fat wallets. Expect two Michelin star-caliber service as you dig into nine courses that utilize traditional techniques with imaginative flair and local ingredients. Prepare for a night of caviar-topped Beef Tartare, and Corvus Farm’s guinea hen “Peas à la Française" with liver, along with plenty of optional flourishes and a deep wine list. Taking over a portion of the original Mélisse space is younger sister-restaurant Citrin, a modern California restaurant that offers a tasting menu experience or an a la carte menu that features many Mélisse classics and favorite dishes.
How to book: Make sure you have a reservation for Melisse and Citrin. Walk-ins at the Citrin bar are welcomed.
Few chefs in LA can boast earning two Michelin stars back to back and a restaurant that has kept its doors open for 20 years. Chef Josiah Citrin has made his mark in LA, and after more than two decades since opening fine dining establishment Melisse, he knew it was time to revamp the concept to keep up with LA’s evolving food scene. He turned Melisse into a smaller, intimate tasting experience and used the remaining space to open up Citrin—the eponymous younger and sexier sister restaurant and bar. Diners can choose between a prix fixe menu or order a la carte. But don’t fret, iconic dishes from Melisse, like the lobster bolognese have made their way onto the Citrin menu. For a more casual date, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy an extensive happy hour menu which includes food and drinks and runs on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 pm and Friday–Sunday from 5:30–7 pm. From February 11-14, order from their Valentine’s Day menu, which includes mouth-watering courses like Truffle Risotto and Slow-Roasted Lamb Ribeye.
How to book: online; walk-ups accepted.