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490 Pleasant St, Holyoke, MA 01040-2424
413-532-1476
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3:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Not quite like what we remember

They use to have the best Chicken and Spaghetti ever. I ordered it expecting it to be the same. The spaghetti was very good. I like there sauce. The chicken unfortunately was dry and tasteless. There French fries which they serve with their spaghetti dinners was just O.K. We happen to go with 8... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2014
Joyce O
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Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Mel's has changed ownership through the years but maintains the high quality of Italian food with generous portions at an affordable price. If you want real Italian food go to Mel's.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I am not sure how long Mel's has been open - all I know is that chicken and spaghetti was a weekly staple when I was a kid - I'm now 48 - you do the math. I always visit Mel's when I return home, and although I've had several excellent dishes, I only order the fried cheese. It is... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

They use to have the best Chicken and Spaghetti ever. I ordered it expecting it to be the same. The spaghetti was very good. I like there sauce. The chicken unfortunately was dry and tasteless. There French fries which they serve with their spaghetti dinners was just O.K. We happen to go with 8 other people and their meals seemed... More 

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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I hate leaving a bad review but our food was overcooked. Ordered the fried haddock dinner and it was very crisp. My friend ordered the pasta and meatballs and the pasta was way over cooked and tasteless. The twice baked potato was cold and sitting in a pool of oil. The salads were as basic as could be -just o.k..... More 

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Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I try to go once a week. I love the food. The place could definitely use an upgrade it's dark and old but it's hard to find good home cooked meals with so many chain restaurants out there.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had been there many times in the last century and it was a great place for takeout and eat in. We read the reviews and were apprehensive but decided to go anyway. We were expecting the worse but the salad came and it was spot on. The spaghetti and meatball was also like we remembered. The bread was the... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was the first time trying Mel's and the last. Everything was just poor. The food was ok but not good - not alot of taste to the food (seasoning). We had pasta with with marinara and vegetable lasagna The service was ok but not good. The atmosphere is out of the 60's or 70's. Was not worth the drive.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I ordered lobster tails and they were WAY over cooked. Tasted like burnt popcorn. Sad after the price paid, and a shame to overcook such an amazing item. Another person I was with ordered the salmon and it also looked cooked TO DEATH. Unfortunate. However, the fried mozarella was very good and I do like their sauce. Friendly service, I... More 

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Granby, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Started going to Mel's over 50 years ago when it was really great. Up until about three years ago it was still very good but has been going down hill for a while, now it's awful and I'm not going back. The meat sauce is very greasy and watery, the fries are burnt, the salad looks and tastes cheap. They... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Given the history of this place I was expecting some authentic itialin food. Instead it was all cheap low quality food. Ingredients were not fresh, tasted like everything came out of a can or the freezer. If you are in the mood for good itialin food, keep looking, it is not here.

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Additional Information about Mel's Restaurant

Address: 490 Pleasant St, Holyoke, MA 01040-2424
Phone Number: 413-532-1476
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Holyoke
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 490 Pleasant St, Holyoke, MA 01040-2424
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Holyoke
  • Phone Number: 413-532-1476

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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