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Melo Trattoria

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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, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 125
    Excellent
  • 38
    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
Hidden Durham Gem!

I had an assortment of tapas and the NY strip special and everything was outstanding! Friendly staff and owner!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Darby D
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had an assortment of tapas and the NY strip special and everything was outstanding! Friendly staff and owner!

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Thank Darby D
Richmond, VA
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140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We needed a good place to stop that was easy on and off the highway and this was it! Easy parking too. I much prefer cute local places over fast food or chains. This place was Spanish and Italian. Sptalian. Small plates available, as well as Italian traditions. This is a cozy old school with a modern flair sort of... More 

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2 Thank GNR80
Durham, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and the staff are both wonderful. We go there occasionally and have never been disappointed.

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1 Thank hisnhersantiques
Durham, North Carolina
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169 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Do you like potato soup? How about half chicken salad or tuna salad sandwich and soup? How about Tiramisu? Honestly these items are wonderful, they don't serve huge portions like most restaurants these days so I had a half sandwich, soup and Tiramisu. It's an older crowd, mostly retirees so no loud kids around, you can enjoy your meal without... More 

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2 Thank robert r
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Loved the food I ordered, lasagne with a couple of wines.... the food was super outstanding and I'm so glad I went there....the service was slow and my boss and I asked several people where our food was..... it was crowded... a good sign and directly across from our hotel and we simply walked there from the Marriott... this Italian... More 

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1 Thank gary c
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We ate here for a rehearsal dinner and the food was fabulous. The restaurant even made a special dish that wasn't offered on the menu. The tiramisu was excellent and rumored to be an old family recipe. The service was fabulous and I would definitely eat here again.

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2 Thank ColleenJ98
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

The lasagna was phenomenal. I almost drove away when I pulled into a shopping center ... even the Spanish bent sent up a warning flag... but I am very, very glad I didn't leave. You shouldn't either. While by-the-glass red wine list starts and ends with a Chianti, it was serviceable to start but became elegant when the main course... More 

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2 Thank Rob H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

One way I judge Italian restaurants is whether they can serve al dente pasta. We asked for but did not get it. That was the only reason that I didn't give 5 stars here because everything else was outstanding -- from the rolls to the soup to the salad to the lasagna with special flavors. My wife enjoyed hers very... More 

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3 Thank Jim M
Beaufort, NC
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We reserved a table for dinner on Friday evening, based on TripAdvisor reviews. Two of our party were youngsters who are rather picky eaters, but even they were very happy with the offerings. The highlight was one of the evening's specials: homemade lobster ravioli with a light lobster cream sauce, topped with about 8 nicely grilled shrimp. It was fantastic!!!... More 

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1 Thank bobhardync
Durham, North Carolina
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We were greeted by a very friendly host. Our server came to our table quickly for drink orders and continued to provide excellent service the entire night. Food was fantastic and very affordable. The stuffed ravioli was great!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?