Perfect For: Classic Establishment Corporate Cards Fine Dining Special Occasions

Melisse is the OG of the Santa Monica white tablecloth fine dining establishments and serves appropriately fancy French food. And by fancy we mean expensive: a four-course meal here will set you back at least $135 and the tasting menu option will put even more of a dent in your pocket. Despite the seeming stuffiness, the food here is both great and interesting, and the vibe is more fun than you’d expect.

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