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Melo Trattoria

Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Spanish, 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Italian Food

I went with a large group and we all enjoyed our food. Some portions, like the chicken dinner, could of been larger portions though. We had a good wait staff. I ordered a spaghetti dish with shrimp, olives, garlic, etc. I liked it. The bread was also very good. It's not a fancy place or anything... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
uncwmel10
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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English first
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I really want to love this place because the food and staff is amazing! However several times I have been in for dinner, the manager I guess.. Tall slender guy that's always at the register screaming orders to the staff. I don't enjoy hearing him loudly ordering staff around. The place is quite small so it just makes it awkward... More 

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Washington, DC
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a nice dinner there last week. My only complaint is that the portions were huge and the waiter didn't mention we could order smaller portions at less cost. (If it said so on the menu, I didn't see it.). As it was, we each could only eat half of what we were served--and I hate to waste food.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I went with a large group and we all enjoyed our food. Some portions, like the chicken dinner, could of been larger portions though. We had a good wait staff. I ordered a spaghetti dish with shrimp, olives, garlic, etc. I liked it. The bread was also very good. It's not a fancy place or anything. Our table for seven... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

In town for a few days and used Trip Advisor for best in Durham and was not disappointed. Ultra friendly staff, excellent food and good prices. Wish I had known about it when we lived in NC 8 years ago. Will be back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The food was really good and fresh. I ordered tilapia and shrimp with vegetables and parm mashed potatoes. The serving size seemed small and there was no salad served with the meal. The service was great and it's a really nice quaint place to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

On a whim my boyfriend and I stopped by this restaurant for dinner. Everything we tasted was AMAZING!! The presentation was very clean and precise. The service was excellent, everyone was attentive and anticipated our needs. He had the small plate of lamb hops, chicken parmesan...I had the stuffed ravioli. We will definitely be back and would recommend it to... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I have eaten at Melo numerous times at lunch. Great chicken salad sandwiches and the "soup of the day", (it's always potato soup) which always gives me a giggle. 6 of us ate there last week and all were very pleased. I had the best Greek salad ever, really. Also a tapas portion of chicken parmesan. It's called a "... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is the kind of place I can understand people being regulars--it's affordable, the owner is very personable, and the food is okay. The quality of food simply doesn't stack up to most of the other places in Durham--it's maybe a step up from Pomodoro. I hate to judge, but the website is a pretty good indicator of the kind... More 

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lansing mi
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Hotel I was staying at Quality Inn told me this is one if the many good restaurants and they was correct!

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Have both eaten solo for lunch on one occasion and enjoyed dinner with my wife on one occasion in the past month. Lunch was a modest but adequate ham and cheese sandwich with a fanciful name. The sandwich and the service was fine, but nothing to write home about. Dinner, however, was much better than average. Between us we sampled... 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, Spanish, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?