Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Dine..


6703 Melrose Avenue,
Hollywood, CA. / (323) 857-0034

Citrus, which opened on Melrose in 1986, closed its doors on March 20, 2001. Citrus' lease was up for renewal this year and Richard could not come to terms with the landlord.

The old Citrus space was bought by Alex Scrimgeour, the chef of Saddle Peak Lodge a new restaurant called 'Alex'. In 2005, it was replaced by yet another trendy restaurant, called 'Meson G'.  Currently, the space houses the Asian-inspired Red Pearl Kitchen.

Meanwhile, Richard has found huge success in Washington D.C. with his
Citronelle restaurant, a favorite of presidents and celebrities alike.
And here in L.A., his original Michel Richard French Restaurant and Pastry Shop
continues has moved from its longtime home at 310 South Robertson Blvd., in
West Los Angeles, to 707 N Stanley Ave, in the Melrose district.

(I will leave the page about Citrus online for those who are interested in reading
about the restaurant, but bear in mind that the article was written when
Citrus on Melrose was open for business)

Citrus, located on the north side of hip Melrose Avenue, was voted the best restaurant in Los Angeles by the Zagat survey a few years back, and it is always in the top ten. The creation of acclaimed chef/pâtissier Michel Richard, Citrus is a chic, white room with open windows, an exhibition kitchen, wicker chairs and umbrella-topped tables - almost an indoor garden patio.

Citrus is a rarity: a Hollywood restaurant with great food (French-Californian), and even better desserts. It's still very popular with the celebrity crowd.

Citrus is open Monday through Saturday; for lunch from noon to 3 PM, and for dinner from 6:30 PM to 11 PM. Closed Sundays. The preferred seats are in the big room to the left of the entrance, near the reservation desk.

Cirus is an expensive restaurant. Expect to pay at least $85 for dinner for two, probably more. (If that's too high for you, you might consider the new Bisto Bar at Citrus, which is actually a seperate, less-expensive café, carved out of Citrus' old "Siberia " space. With prices a third lower, and essentially the same food, some people prefer the new room to the original Citrus next door.)

Jacket required. Valet parking.

Getting there: Citrus is located on Melrose Avenue, at Citrus Avenue. / From Hollywood & Vine, take Vine Street south (about a mile and a half) to Melrose Avenue, then turn right (west). Go west on Melrose (about 12 blocks) to Citrus Avenue (just past Highland Ave.), and the restaurant will be on your right (north) side.  

[For more information on this subject, you can access a Citrus menu online at:]

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