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Melo Trattoria

1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2671
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Ranked #1 of 634 restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian, Tapas
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jan 31, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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89 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Stewartsville, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Went in at 7pm on a Saturday and the place was packed. That is always a good sign. We had no reservations and had to wait about 20 minutes. The service was a little slow but it was to be expected coming at that hour with so many customers. The food was plenty and tasted great. We opted for tapas... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Our experience was a bit different. I was not impressed. From the Parker house rolls not homemade, expensive, very ordinary garlic bread to the bland spaghetti carbonara with very fatty prosciutto, I can say I was very disappointed. There are way too many very good places to eat in Durham to settle for mediocre.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed this restaurant prior to taking in a Duke game at Cameron Indoor. The menu selection was diverse, the prices were reasonable, and the food and service were very good. The wine list was a little overpriced for what was offered but this is a nice choice while in Durham.

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A couple friends and I dined here on the Friday evening before Christmas. The restaurant was packed, so we knew this was a good sign! We were greeted by one of the wait staff who asked if we had a reservation. We did not, so we decided to wait 30 mins. for a table. There is no bar and there... More

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Durham, NC
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is a wonderful place to go relax, enjoy a delicious meal, and let the staff take care of you! The prices are reasonable for lunch and dinner, and the portions are just right.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A fantastic dining experience. The owner is great. Our server was so attentive and helpful with dinner choices. The ambiance is wonderful. Intimate and quiet. Our party of 4 shared tapas, and 2 entrees. It was all great. The lasagna was to die for. The scallops were large and perfectly cooked. We tried octopus, chirzo, and bruschetta. Again, all were... More

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Minden, NV
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163 reviews 163 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Stumbled by this place. Had planned to try the pricey place next door, but ended up at Melo. SO glad I had lunch here instead. Gyros, small Greek salad (although not at all small) and a glass of wine for under $20. Wonderful service, ample portions and absolutely delicious food. This place is a Mediterranean home run.

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Denver, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our group of five had a good meal, but we didn't find anything that amazing. Liked the upbeat feel of the place and service was good enough. We just felt our dishes were American interpretations of a mix of Italian and Greek dishes. Nothing was bad, nothing was outstanding. Parker house rolls at beginning of meal didn't set a great... More

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Durham, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The perfect environment, the perfect food and the perfect hosts for a superb dinner! The "conchas a la parmesana" are a must appetizer! We got the special lasagna and the spaghetti alla putanesca. Both were delicious! And the desserts are the best!! The chocolate hazelnut mousse!! and probably the best tiramisu i have ever tried! If you have not tried... More

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We were here visiting Duke and needed a nice restaurant within close distance but with good food. The lasagna was so delicious,subtle,but not boring. The lamb appetizer was so interesting as a tapas portion and very tasty. I do not know what other reviewers are complaining about service, everyone was very attentive. The wine list had many offerings. When in... More

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