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Melaza Bistro

71 Central St, Woodstock, VT 05091-1107
+1 802-457-7110
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Ranked #4 of 28 restaurants in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: American, Latin, Tapas, Fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Our goal is to provide you and your guest with a casual fine dining experience where classic New England cuisine meets with subtle tropical flavors. !Let Melaza be your Place for Dining.....Enjoy Melaza's relaxed and refined atmosphere featuring outdoor seating on the front patio and back terrace. (Weather permitting). We offer Gluten Free, Tapas and Diner options.
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84% Recommend
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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246 reviews 246 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Farm to table restaurant.They offer plaintain different ways and would say this is what gives them a unique edge. Started with Tapas ( small plates) Tried the caesar salad,white rice and beans, mariquitas ( great pico de gallo), pulled pork cups and chicken sofrito * they will give you 2 small cups of each to provide you with a taste... More

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La Crosse, WI
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105 reviews 105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was our first night in Woodstock, and we had no reservation, but we were received warmly. We loved the caribbean flavor to the menu. Our favorite item was the pulled pork-stuffed plantain, which was exquisite! Each one had to be savored and was a meal in itself. The mojito was tasty as was the key lime pie. We both... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As a solo traveler to Vermont, I was happy to find this very different place to dine! It offered an option to the usual pub fare/American fare/New American that you find in a place like Woodstock. I spent six nights there and two of the six I had dinner there. Gorgeous and tasty food and very friendly and professional staff.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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163 reviews 163 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It bills itself as Caribbean and that vibe is definitely there in the small plates and the decor. Charming little storefront including outdoor seating. The main dining room has kind of fanciful murals of Caribbean cityscapes and wacky painted palm trees. Very very nice waiter (who was also the bartender, and apologized for having to do both jobs - but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

What prompted us to eat there was what we saw on the menu displayed near the entrance. Roasted pork shank, but more on that in a sec. Themed Caribbean touches can be seen around the restaurant - like colourful paintings and murals, plastic ferns and structural columns that have been made to look like palm trees. Lovely. I was quietly... More

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david d, Chef/Owner at Melaza Bistro, responded to this review

Hola, First of all, we all want to thank you for your visit and comment. We all take all our the customer's reviews, (the good, the bad and the ugly's) with great respect to makes us better and improved our goal, which is 100% customer satisfaction. I am personally apologize for the salmon been dry and overcook, of course our... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A welcome addition to Woodstock, this place has established itself over the past few years as one of Woodstock's best restaurants. Though the service was uncharacteristically lax during our last visit, the food, with a Caribbean Latin flair, is always a treat! The scallop entree is consistently fantastic, and their other seafood entrees, as well as their black bean soup... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here Saturday night. It was a little busy and we didn't have a reservation but we were seated in a reasonable time. I had the swordfish which was to die for and my husband had the chicken and rice. The food was amazing. Our waitress was such a delight. Even though the dining room... More

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White River Junction, Vermont
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

After living in Vermont for over a year I was craving of my mother's cooking, going to this restaurant made feel at home again. I come from a family of very good cooks, so I know good food when a taste it and this place got it. I am raised in the island of Puerto Rico so I know my... More

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Cambridge, Ma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Maybe it was just me or the time I visited but I found the restaurant's food and cocktails average. Service was good, outside patio is nice. Hopefully my second trip will be better

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Greenwich, CT
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79 reviews 79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I would have liked to give this place five stars because the food was delicious. The reason I am only giving four is because the restaurant smelled of bleach. I am guessing that perhaps since I went pretty close to dinner opening, they had just cleaned. Once the food arrived, it was okay, and perhaps i have a really sensitive... More

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