Josiah Citrin’s Famed Mélisse in Santa Monica Named one of 28 Five-Star International Restaurants; Only Los Angeles Restaurant to Receive Recognition
Mélisse, the celebrated restaurant of Chef Josiah Citrin, has just added another prestigious award to its accolades. Since Mélisse first opened its doors in 1999, Citrin and his restaurant have been a tour de force in the world of fine dining and a fixture in California’s culinary landscape. And Tuesday, the Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 55th annual listing of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide, naming Mélisse among this influential list. Mélisse will be showcased with all of the 2013 award winners on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.
Mélisse is the latest installment to the travel ratings system by Forbes Travel Guide, the gold standard in the industry since 1958. Citrin’s one of only 28 restaurants nationally to receive five stars, one of four restaurants in California and is the only restaurant in Los Angeles to merit the highest rating, putting Mélisse on par with French Laundry, Per Se, Joêl Robuchon, Daniel, Jean George and Eleven Madison Park, among other fine dining destinations.
“This has been what we have been striving for from the beginning,” said Citrin. “Our goal is to create a memorable experience that’s going to last forever with every guest.”
Mélisse is known as much for its refined setting as it is its artistic, flawless cuisine and exceptional service. Citrin passionately frequents the local Farmers’ Market and manages to coax unexpected flavors from his carefully chosen ingredients. They are presented as edible works of art.
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Citrin’s In Pursuit of Excellence showcases what has kept both the chef and Mélisse at the top of the culinary game. Mélisse, located in Santa Monica, has become a leading restaurant for fine dining in greater Los Angeles, promising a memorable experience in the artful presentation of Citrin’s dishes served in a setting of supreme elegance with the highest standards of service.
“The Forbes Travel Guide annual Star Awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality. Travelers seeking exceptional experiences rely on our ratings to guide them to the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Michael Cascone, President and COO of Forbes Travel Guide.
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“By continuing to evolve our ratings categories, we are establishing a global benchmark for the highest standards in hospitality service and facilities.”
For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.startle.com/about/ratings
To view the complete list of 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award winners, visit www.startle.com/forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners/2013-star-award-winners
About Forbes Travel Guide and Startle.com
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. The information gathered from the inspectors’ visits can be found along with content by curated hospitality experts, tastemakers, Forbes Travel Guide editors and correspondents at Startle.com, online home of Forbes Travel Guide.
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