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“Terrible service” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Melaza Bistro

Melaza Bistro
Ranked #4 of 30 Restaurants in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $26
Cuisines: Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Vermont
2 reviews
“Terrible service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

had dinner last night and was disappointed in service from the beginning. Hostess said she'd bring water, had to a ask waiter later when didn't get served. Ordered drinks and tapas, took way too long for drinks, served wrong beer that was ordered. ordered two tapas, was told one might be sold out so ordered back up if all out. served three tapas, one was suppose to be chicken, served port. Decided to split entree, never served salad that comes with entree, served entree and no plates to split dish.

On a positive note, the food was great!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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david d, Owner at Melaza Bistro, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
I should have had more staff scheduled for that evening due to the promotion of $5 tapas, we indeed were shorthanded for the amount of people that came, and you in particular got a server in training that still is not 100% familiar with the menu. Our Caribbean menu is difficult to learn. I take full responsibility for your bad experience with the services that you had that evening.
We hope that this does not deter you from returning.
David Diaz Chef/Owner
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
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20 reviews
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“A whole lot of Caribbean in The Green Mountains of Vermont!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

A pleasant surprise to find Caribbean dishes on the main street of Woodstock,VT. Small, cozy, visually appealing, a little loud, but it's a bistro, right? From start to finish the meal was fresh, tasty, and also visually appealing. To start, a chicken empanada offered a spicy seasoned crisp tortilla stuffed with chicken. My flat iron steak was easily cut with the butter knife, no need for that steak knife. The potato croquette was moist on the inside (stuffed with chorizo) and crispy on the outside. The string beans and slivers of carrots were al dente, so fresh and crisp with just the right amount of seasoning. My husbands Arroz con Pollo served with avocado wedges, rice and peas was also a dish emitting freshness and savory seasonings. No room for dessert unfortunately. A great place to return to if ever in Woodstock, VT again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debra C
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Nashua, NH
Level Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Something Different in Woodstock”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

A creative menu awaits you at the Melaza. The black bean soup was hearty and very tasty. Everything is freshly made. The roast duck was a bit pricy, but a decadent treat, very creative sauces.
Desert and coffee topped off a lovely dinner.

Visited September 2012
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Leeds
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109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Try the tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely delicious! We started with cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table. Even though we hadn't booked and the restaurant was busy, we only had to wait 10 minutes before we were shown to a table. We fancied a light meal so we chose four tapas instead of entrees. Each dish was beautifully prepared and exquisitely full of flavour. The wines were reasonably priced and the bill was well within expectations. Would definitely eat there again.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food in wonderful Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

We have been coming to Woodstock for the past ten years, and were so excited having just returned from Puerto Rico in July to hear that Melaza had joined the Woodstock restaurant scene. Met friends from the Woodstock area for supper (their recommendation) and had an amazing meal.

We began with the seafood ceviche, which was a wonderful collection of calamari, shrimp, lobster, and a variety of herbs. Our party of four tried a variety of the entrees and each of us agreed that their meal was terrific. From the sea scallops, to the pork shank, to the steak, we all had a great meal.

And definitely try the mangorita! The chef and his wife are gracious hosts and spoke to us as we were leaving sharing memories of his time of Puerto Rico and family that they still visit. Warm and inviting place, great food, terrific location. what more could you want?

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lisa k
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