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Melo Trattoria

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Italian, Spanish, 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 33
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 3
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  • 3
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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
Solid find

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The reviews are accurate! A very casual restaurant. The service and food are incredible! Hubby had potato and parmesan soup that was flavorful without being heavy. He also ordered the greek pasta with shrimp. The flavor combo was perfect and the shrimp was perfectly cooked. I had the scallops and shrimp on a bed of spinach in a wonderful, light... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

In town overnight and wanted a delicious, low-key meal and a really great glass of wine. The food (& wine) was amazing! I felt like I was in Italy with family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Melo Trattoria is an exceptional find in North Durham. Don't waste your time with nearby Gocciolina, which IMHO should not have been in the running for the N&O best restaurant of the year. I find the staff at Melo always welcoming and family-like. The food is consistently good from both the regular menu and the specials. The owner, Andre, is... More 

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Mebane, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited tonight after reading all the wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. Since its number 6 in Durham I had very high hopes. We ordered Garlic bread which I thought was delicious but weren't given the free bread that comes with everyone's meal so I can't comment on that. Seated right away even though we were 15 minutes early for... More 

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Additional Information about Melo Trattoria

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

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?