Josiah Citrin’s iconic Santa Monica (former two-Michelin starred restaurant) debuts a new redesign and re-concept for its 20th anniversary, featuring two separate spaces: Melisse, a 14-seat tasting menu-only room, and Citrin, a larger dining room serving approachable 'California progressive' cuisine.
The majority of the old Mélisse dining room is the new Citrin, with booths along the walls and tables in the center. The revised and highly-acclaimed Mélisse is a now a dimly lit, studio-apartment-sized space with a dining room that faces a chef’s counter and open kitchen. Mélisse is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings whereas Citrin is open daily from 5:30pm.
Choice of dining, counter culture
King crab tartlets with hazelnut, Granny Smith apple, horseradish and dill; golden osetra caviar lightly smoked with buttermilk mousse and grilled seaweed bread; tuna with pink peppercorns, ginger and flowers and whole Dover sole with green tomato-infused butter, chopped dehydrated black olives and fermented green tomato juice.