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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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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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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
Excellent homemade sauce, very tasty.

The service is excellent, waiters very friendly and knowledgeable about food and preparation. They have books about Italy and food that one can read while waiting. The Caesar salad dressing is outstanding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
jancroft19
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Durham, North Carolina
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Virginia Beach
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Based upon the reviews, I assume Melo's has fine food and I would enjoy the place. However, today we called twice, leaving a voice message for a reservation. With no response, tonight we went to the restaurant early to be sure they got the reservation. It turns out they are taking the day off for Memorial Day. I'm happy they... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The service is excellent, waiters very friendly and knowledgeable about food and preparation. They have books about Italy and food that one can read while waiting. The Caesar salad dressing is outstanding.

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Encinitas, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was a surprising little gem, of a find! Excellent service, perfect Italian ambience!the food, was authentic, the service was an A plus,plus.mi would highly recommend. Wished they had one in the San Diego area.

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columbia sc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The hotel recommended Meela and we are soooo glad we went. The food and the service were excellent. We will return on our next trip to Durham in June.

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We arrived on a Friday night after the dinner crowd and were rewarded with a window seat and a non-crowded dining room. The service was excellent -- prompt, polite, and gracious. The food was excellent -- the shrimp & scallops on a bed of spinach was succulent. Some Italian restaurants are too casual, and some are too corporate. This one... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My husband and I found ourselves without children tonight and made our way to Melo. We had been wanting to eat at Melo - but tonight we actually got in! Never a bad sign. Great table in the window; Christian - our waiter was superb. He asked a couple questions and made fantastic recommendations. I had the chicken (which I... More 

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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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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
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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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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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