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“Delightful night out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Village Bistro - CLOSED

Village Bistro
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Washington DC area
Level Contributor
41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delightful night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

You'd be well advised to make reservations at this charming, seafood-centric resto with casual style and wonderful, fresh food. The wine list is very good, too. One of our favorite semi-special-occasion places, great for a leisurely dinner (good service! Just a relaxing evening). It can get a tad noisy but not off-putting.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Anniefeb9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

123 reviews from our community

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Rating summary
    Food
    Service
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great fresh seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

We've been here five or six times, and always loved the food. They fly in deliciously prepared freshly caught seafood every day, so that part of the menu changes, but the other items on the menu also are very good, in particular the "Bistro Calimari" which makes a great appetizer for two.

The service can sometimes be quirky, if always well-meaning. The owner is attentive from a conversational and caring perspective, but doesn't always notice that you'd like to order or that you need another bottle of wine.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Cary F
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food, personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been to this restaurant many times. The owner, Franco, comes by and greets you. He takes great pride in the imported marble and decor. Ladies, check out the restroom....wow... stunning.
All the seafood is fresh within 24 hours, flown in from all ports. If you are in a hurry, don't go there. The service is laid back for you to soak in the atmosphere. They recently changed the name to Mele. Not sure why. I like the "Village Bistro" better as a name.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank BJ B
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DOLORES
Level Contributor
24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Ambience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

I love to eat alfresco and this place was the restaurant for that. Good food, a beautiful evening and my hubby eating outside (which he does not like).

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank Katrine
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Alexandria, VA
Level Contributor
142 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Okay, but over-rated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

My two companions and I were warmly greeted for a late dinner on a Sunday evening. A very enthusiastic server spent more than 10 minutes describing the freshness of the fish (which sounded wonderful, but did not live up to his lofty claims) and the impeccable quality of the pastas.

Cut to the chase: the bread was warm and generous and wonderful, as was the accompanying olive oil. The pastas were fine, but not exceptional and a highly-vaunted seafood special was just okay: not terrible, but definitely not notable. Salads were over-dressed with oil and sparse in some advertised ingredients.

Prices were reasonable, making this an adequate meal, but not one worth a second visit. Perhaps it was just because it was after 8:00pm on Sunday evening, when business was clearly slow.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MartsoSwan
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