We've eaten at Mela before and really enjoyed the place. This time we were a bit disappointed. Despite our reservation we were seated right near the door in the bar. Our waiter was very friendly at first, but less so as the night wore on and the place became crowded. He clearly wanted us to leave so someone else could have our table, but we wouldn't have taken so long if our drinks hadn't taken 20 minutes to arrive each time we ordered. There appeared to be no bartender -- just a waiter doing double duty. The food was wonderful, but feeling rushed - especially when we hadn't seen our friends and wanted to catch up -- was a bummer. And sitting right at the entrance felt like Grand Central Station: very frenetic . Another thing to remember is that this area has only street parking and most of it is resident permit only. So get there early, you'll have to drive around a while to find a parking space. Mela does not have valet parking.
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