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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
Closed now
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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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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    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
What a gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Great food. Their scallops are always cooked perfectly. Lasagna is excellent. Fantastic service, always feel welcomed and right at home. A regular outing for us. Perfect ambiance and a good price.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent food, service and ambience. This is a place that you do not want to miss. The tiramisu is outstanding. Don't leave without trying it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We had a very enjoyable experience. The service is friendly and efficient. My husband had lasagna (a special) that was quite tasty. I had salmon. A big potion and full of flavor. We shared a salad and the waiter brought 2 plates for us to split it. It's a small place we had reservations. That's a must. I'll definitely go... More 

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Orange, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and our service was great. But they don't give the waiters and waitresses the tips which brings down my rating significantly. It doesn't speak well of a restaurant where the owner takes the cost of the meal and the tip. When that policy changes, I would feel much better about going back.

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Elkins, West Virginia
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Shared family dinner on a Thursday evening. Average business. Seated us (10)quickly. Server got all the meals correct. Food was excellent. Service - very attentive. Too hot to eat outside but we were comfortable inside. Even had a great gluten free menu complete with crackers for salad. Don't let the location fool you. It's a great place. Prices were moderate... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

While it doesn't look like much from the outside, being in a strip mall, it has a wonderful atmosphere once you step inside. Not big and quite popular so call ahead for reservations. Portions are reasonably priced and sized.

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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, 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, 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?