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Melo Trattoria

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Italian, Tapas
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1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2671
919-384-9080
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
EXcelllent

Went with two others and did almost every tapas plate on the menu. Everything was really good notable was the mushrooms and the pasta.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Handsomeman57
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went with two others and did almost every tapas plate on the menu. Everything was really good notable was the mushrooms and the pasta.

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NC
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

OK, I have to get it off my chest. I liked everything about Melo except for one thing - the wine list, particularly the white wines. They have very little selection of whites and what they do offer is vastly over priced! We wanted a Sauvignon Blanc. The only option was the "house" Sauvignon Blanc. For $28/bottle, they brought out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My family & I are from Raleigh NC about 30 minutes away from the restaurant. We have been hearing about this particular spot for months & decided we will give it a try whenever we were in the area. We finally stopped to dine & without a doubt the service, food & atmosphere was everything we had been told &... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love going to Melo Trattoria. We are frequent customers and the owner and staff know us well. Love the pasta dishes and their specials. Lamb chops are great and cooked the way you like them. There lasagna, usually, a special, is so light and airy it melts in your mouth. They sometimes also have a steak special with cheese... More 

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Bahama
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57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We've eaten here at least a dozen times now and the service and the food is always excellent. Our personal favorites are the small plates, the salads and the lasagna. If you have room for dessert have it and an expresso.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We ate at Melo's recently and were very pleasantly surprised. We split the salad and had good amount for both of us. My husband had the spaghetti with meat sauce and meat balls and really loved it. I had the chicken Parmesan. The marinara sauce was very fresh tasting without being overly seasoned. The crust on the chicken was crisp... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The restaurant is small, cozy, appealing, and feels very Italian! The food is excellent, and nicely presented. I had the chicken parm, served over spaghetti, and a small Greek salad. The chicken was cooked perfectly, the pasta perfectly al dente, and the Greek salad dressing was superb! The portions are medium size, and priced well. We will definitely go back!

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Kottakuppam, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Dining at Meelo's is truly a wonderful experience, the service is excellent, and the food is quite good. I love the atmosphere, once seated inside one would never know they were at a strip mall. Though I am currently in India for a year Meelo's was/is a Durham favorite of mine, it will be one of the first restaurants I... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Great food, great ambiance and service. The two previous reviews are completely wrong. I have been many times at Melo. The carbonara, is always made with real Italian pancetta. The previous reviewer clearly doesn't know better. The texture is a little chewy, that's the way it is. I have been in Rome many times, and it is like that.... DELICIOSO!!!... More 

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Durham, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I must say I have been wanting to visit Melo for some time based on the high rating. Unfortunately, my fellow reviewers have let me down. Honestly, I would place it 4th behind Gocciolina (1), Piazza Italia (2), and Pomodoro (3) for Italian in Durham that I have tried. The service was not an issue. It was comparable to other... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2671
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-384-9080

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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