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Mele Bistro

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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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1.2 miles from Arlington National Cemetery
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 09/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great delicious restaurant. Everything is fresh and delicious. The owner walked around and visited with each guest … making us feel like a party of the family. A real gem ❣️

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 28, 2021

Awesome food! They make dishes from scratch- not out of a bottle. Try their spicy penne pasta- such fresh vegetables, the marinara is fresh and delicious, the herbs so fresh. Ambience is quite cheerful. Reminded me of quaint restaurants in Rome. Rustic charm. And last...but not the least, the owners are so warm, cordial and friendly. Really awesome experience. This is my go to restaurant. food, service and ambience- 5 star.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 10, 2022

On business travel, I literally ran by, stopped to glance at the menu and decided to stop my run to visit this beautiful bistro. The service team explained that they are an Italian, Mediterranean and American food venue. I was so impressed with the menu....It had so much variety and plenty to choose from even for someone with gluten and soy allergies. The restaurant serves locally harvested fresh foods with seafood flown in from Hawaii. I had the oysters, greek salad, filet mignon and mashed potatoes. The chef visited my table to ensure my allergies were known before he prepared the meal. I received first class service all throughout my visit. I finished my run comfortably full after leaving the restaurant. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022

Mele describes itself as a Mediterranean restaurant, but the offerings are largely Italian. The menu is extensive. What I especially liked is that there are options of appetizers, smaller and larger plates as well as sides, so you can basically choose your own adventure. I...had a small plate- squid ink ravioli with smoked scallops and shrimp. This was served in a lovely cream sauce-- just delicious! And the small plate was plenty of food. My dining companion had a larger plate of veal piccata served with vegetables and mashed potatoes. We shared a kalamata salad. The service was attentive, the ambiance comfortable and warm. Very nice place!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022

For a few years, this has been our go-to Arlington favorite for special occasions. And we love watching friends experience for the first time Frank's description of the sources of his fish, etc. I love the Spanish Fisherman plate so much that I have a...hard time making myself order something else.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022 via mobile

I was visiting for a work trip, and I strolled over for a delightful dinner. There are so many options, and it took me a bit to decide. I started with the bistro saladcv which had an amazing salad dressing. I opted for the small...scallops with mushroom risotto, and it was delightful. My only complaint was with the weather... would have been lovely to eat outside.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 16, 2022

I stayed in a nearby hotel for five days and ate dinner here twice. In the very walkable, safe neighborhood of Rosslyn, VA, this quaint restaurant was an unexpected find. The moment I tasted the fine olive oil that arrived with my bread, I knew...the owner placed high value on food quality. Menu is limited because it is so fresh. Home made pasta, organic ingredients. If it's not made on premises, they note it on the menu. The owner spoke to me for some time. Delightful staff and experience. Don't miss it! Make a reservation.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 12, 2022 via mobile

Food was very good, really nothing to complain about. Portions are on the small size but it worked for me. Desert was also very good. Service was a bit slow, and the waiter playing the guitar and singing while an opera is playing didn’t really...work for me.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 27, 2021 via mobile

What a gem! Wasn’t that grand on going to it because I’m not a big Italian restaurant fan, but holy cow, what a surprise! Great atmosphere, great staff, great food. I had a bistro salad and a small plate of monkfish and it was wonderful....My son had the calf liver medium rare and it melted in your mouth. My husband had the linguine with bolognese and said it would make great spaghetti tacos because he loved the spicy flavor. And the fresh bread, oh my! Tiramisus for dessert made me want to lick the plate. So happy to have found this wonderful place. Next time we come to visit, it will be our first choice for dinner.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 29, 2021

This is an exceptional restaurant. The owner is on site and has hand crafted many of the furniture items inside. The food is superb, with fresh fish being flown in from Hawaii. Presentation is way above average, and the cocktails are served ample and cold....Service may be inside or outside.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021

Our food was great but it took well over 20 minutes to be able to even place our order and another hour to receive our food. Made for a disappointing experience. For the money, I would expect much better.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 9, 2021

Our family had a lovely evening and delicious meals at Mele! Not having seen one another for 14+ months, one would think that we would would have lots to talk about. We did! However, our meals were so delicious that soon we were comparing notes...and making plans for our next visit. The staff is excellent, the food is delicious and our party of 8 was comfortable. We were visiting from out of town. However, we noticed so many locals enjoying this terrific estaurant. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 31, 2021

I booked this restaurant for my graduation dinner two weekends ago, and Frank (the manager, owner?) was so fantastic!! From the first phone call to our wave goodbye, I was so pleased with how he runs everything, and how smoothly everything was. He was so...helpful in confirming and making sure the reservation was okay. I kept changing the number of people and time and he was so convenient with us!! I was so impressed and excited to try because I read amazing reviews about the food. All 10 people at my party LOVED!! every bite!! I got the chicken parm and oh my gosh I wish I was hungrier when I was eating it because I didn't finish it and wish I did :( The pasta is so so so tasty and so well cooked. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again. The drinks were fun and strong! Much love and great energy in this restaurant. Super pretty on the inside, too. Could not ask for a better restaurant to celebrate, and will DEFINITELY be coming back whenever I'm in the DMV area. Thank you Mele!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021

The meal was delicious. Our steaks were cooked perfectly, our apps were very good and the bread was a great starter. We did get our water glasses filled often but that was the best part of the service. Our waitress was gone after taking our...order then after our entree's were finished we could not get anyone else to help us with dessert or drinks. Even getting our check took over 30 minutes yet the owner was socializing with everyone around us. I felt like I almost had to tackle someone to pay our bill.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed January 17, 2021

Mele had great food and an owner who really cared about each customer. The tortellini was fantastic! 5 stars

Date of visit: January 2021
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The menu is posted outside. But they don't tell you how awful the service is. Avoid this place at all costs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mele Bistro

Yes, Mele Bistro offers takeout services.

Yes, Mele Bistro is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Mele Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4