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Mamma Melina
Mamma Melina

Mamma Melina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mammamelina.com/
  • Phone: (206) 632-2271
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-6:00pm; Monday: 11:30am-11:00pm (all day).
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Tim Clancy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Crystal chandeliers and beautiful mirrors surround our private rooms that accommodate 15 to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Roberto (206) 240-4604

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blakeley
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Attached private garage with free parking.
A word from Mamma Melina
The Seattle Times, August 26th 2010: So thoroughly have the three Varchetta brothers re-imagined the relocated Mamma Melina their own mother would hardly recognize the place even though that's her name above the door.
The new Mamma Melina, occupying the south end of the Corydon Apartments near University Village, has more in common with the Varchetta's stylish Barolo downtown.
On a summer day you'd think it was Rodeo Drive and not the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs alongside the broad front patio. Amid shallow pools holding silver globes that glint in the sun, beautiful people in oversized sunglasses sip wine on thickly cushioned sofas or sup on house-made pasta under canvas umbrellas at white-clothed tables.Price points are moderate and the cooking is assured.
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends and we were not disappointed. It was a special birthday occasion and we were treated great, good service and very attentive staff, and AWESOME food."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great local Laurelhurst restaurant; usually pretty busy, so good to book a reservation. The food is typically very well done. We have had only one bad experience here and have dined here on many occasions."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Antipasto Misto always gives a good varieties smoked meat & marinated vegetable. Ossu Buco is my favorite. Reasonably price pasta dishes. Service was attentive. The outdoor seat is perfect for these summer night. Go there before the summer is over."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "So disappointing. We had 8 o'clock reservations. The variety on the menus had several interesting choices. We were brought a plate of bread and olive oil vinegar dip. There was a standard menu and page of specials. The server rushed over and asked for our drink order. Then she said she was ready to take our dinner order. No explanation of specials. No pleasantries. We had a friendlier server at IHOP! She rushed off. We waited. No offer of more bread or anything. My husband's salmon was barely cooked. My ravioli was good and hot. Small portions. No effort to dress it up. Although on a busy corner it was quiet. We felt like we were being pushed to get in and out. Entire time from entering the restaurant to exiting was 45 minutes."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent I loved everything from the menu to ambience of the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I ordered the lasagnette and was fairly disappointed. The pasta itself was very fresh and light, with great flavor, but the sauce was a bit bland. This made the dish ordinary. The meat was also sparse. I was left longing for more meat. The others I was with wondered if the meat was blended into the sauce? Otherwise, their Caesar salad was amazing! I could tell the dressing was freshly made. Also, the table bread was very good. My only complaint with service was I was in the middle of eating my bread and the waitress came and took the oil/balsamic bowl right as I was about to dip my bread into it. The whole table saw what happened and laughed as my face fell. I would go again, but probably just to give them another shot. Great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I have returned here many times. Not only is the Happy Hour excellent with generous appetizers, I keep finding gems on the regular menu. Such was the case Saturday night when I tried veal and mushrooms which I had missed on previous visits. The veal was tender, not tough, and the mushrooms were an excellent accompaniment."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Again another excellent meal...never disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Took mother-in-law there and sat outside. Service and food was spot on. Underground parking with easy handicap access. Cool white interior open to patio area with lovely small ponds between tables. One of our favorites!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We were seated outside and I had to flag a bus girl down to notify her we had not been seen by our waiter. We had waited close to 20 minutes before being seen by our waiter. No apology from him. Also eyes were rolled at us by bus gWe were seated outside and I had to flag a bus girl down to notify her we had not been seen by our waiter. We had waited close to 20 minutes before being seen by our waiter. No apology from him. Also eyes were rolled at us by bus girl when notifying her if our wait. irl when notifying her if our wait."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Always can count on Mamma Melina's for a great night. We eat our frequently and are picky about both service and quality. Thankfully they deliver on both plus an amazing patio to enjoy these great summer nights."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Consistently good quality italien food, great service and friendly staff; we keep on coming back. The whole family (17 - 86 years of age) loves Mama Melina's und it has become a staple for birthday celebrations. The restaurant is run well, always looks pristine and has a good atmosphere. On warm days the outdoor seating is pleasant despite being close to main street traffic light - it makes for a somewhat metropolitan vibe. The menu offers enough choices and does not change often but specials are available. I love the gluten free pasta option. In the evening reservations are recommended."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and ambience. Great food and wine list. Lovely indior/outdoor space."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My family comes to this restaurant regularly, but tonight disappointed. The restaurant was its regular level of busy but our service was lackluster. Our server was not attentive and our food took at least 45 minutes to come to the table. I ordered dessert but never got it. We didn't get refills. She seemed a little scattered. It was very disappointing. We will go again, but we are hopeful it is back to its usual good service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Have heard great things about the restaurant for years and this was first visit - will definitely be back. Great food, ambience, service!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner on the patio. great atmosphere, excellent service. food was good."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "What a brilliant place - near bustling UVillage, but not in it. Nice ambience, lovely food, perfect service. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It has that casual fanciness to it. You can wear flip flops, but you'll have linen napkins and tablecloths. The food has a modern presentation (the usual square plates, creatively placed food), but compared to other nearby Italian restaurants like Salvatore's, the food was just average. My wife ordered a steak that was cooked as specified, but the sauce on it was not tasty at all. I have a pretty lenient palette, and it just didn't taste good. That said, it has a nice patio to dine outside, and the inside part of the restaurant is open air; so that's pretty nice. The bread and dipping sauce was pretty tasty as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday! She was really happy with the food and wine list! Also the service was really good as when I told a waitress that it was my girlfriend's birthday, they brought a very tasty cake with the candle!!! I will definately visit that restaurant again!)"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We loved Mamma Melina when our waiters were opera singers and this is the first time at the new location. The food was excellent! I miss the old location however the new location has the benefit of parking ease and convenience. Every dish was better than we remembered it. This restaurant deserves 5 stars! The front host was exceptionally accommodating....he held onto our rather large gift until we needed it. I was delighted with the service. Benjamin was our waiter and he was terrific!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "one of the most memorable restaurant experiences I have had in the long time. Very impressive that the owners were vey engaged with a fine eye for detail on a busy Friday night. Food and service was exceptional"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went for my daughters birthday because we have been several times in the past. The corner bright restaurant has a great vibe, it's pretty inside and out. They have great private dining in the back. However, the food and service this time was off and pretty awful. We are easy not high maintenance but the food was really not good. My daughters pasta with clams was really "fishy", my fish was SO buttery and fried and my sons steak was basically killed and pretty tough. The worst thing is the chairs. They hit the back of your knee! Ouch after awhile. The waitress seemed irritated the whole night when we asked for things. I'm wishing we went to Joeys Kitchen in the village. The food is awesome and vibe better. Plus Molly moons next door!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great place for fun with friends. Good food and wine collection."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a party of 6 and were seated right away in a nice room. I like Mamma Melina for it's atmosphere and service, but the food is middle of the road Italian. Good portion sizes, but just not a whole lot of flair. My favorite part of the meal was the beet salad. Our waiter was very good and attentive, the prices were reasonable, but we gave the entrees a "good" rating overall for a reason."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I love the pasta, and not complicate tomato soup just delicious. Recommend appetizers. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been coming here for the past three years on and off. The two brothers who own this place are really great people and we want to see them be successful. However, we find the food and service is inconsistent. In the last two weeks, we have come here twice. The first visit was great, good food and service. The second trip, both food and service were not on par. When the deck is open, the restaurant almost doubles it's capacity and it seems the food and service declines most often than not. Our ticket for two people well is above average, there's too many other choices in Seattle to make this a regular spot for us. We have a soft spot for this place and do return eventually in hopes that things have changed for the better. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Dinners were spectacular, particularly the mezzaluna chef's special. Excellent gin and tonic, superb service by Samantha and entire staff. Thanks for the booth; one diner has hearing issues and another mobility problems. Ambiance sophisticated and serene. Grazie mille."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We have been here 3 Times and enjoyed great Italian food each time. Delicius appetizers, salads and entrees . Nice wine list. My daughter loves this place. Each time we have come there have been what appear to be wedding showers, birthdays and other special occasions. They are seated in large alcoves in the back and they handle groups well. It seemed the bar was hopping with young professionals and students this last time. This seems to be a very popular neighborhood choice for this age group. Only negative comment is that the noise level is high. There are no fabric surfaces except for some filmy curtains in the back to absorb sound, and it is difficult to hear conversation. The food is delicious and wait staff very attentive. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Very good, kind of a club or boat house feel with moderate prices."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Came for Mother's Day "brunch". Most dishes were not brunch items. From the limited options we ended up ordering French toast which was delicious and the crazy eggs (can't remember Italian name for the dish) which was awful. Two runny eggs in a bowl of sauce. The sauce was tasty but wasn't sure how I was supposed to eat it. The meal ran through the fork, there was no bread or pasta served with it and a spoon was not provided. The service was pretty bad as well. The waitress seemed bored and the guy at the door barely nodded when we arrived or left. The place was empty for a traditionally busy brunch day... guess I know why. Too bad. I have enjoyed dinner here and will be back but definitely not for any special brunch occasions. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "took my wife out for mother's day to mamma melina's. had never been there before but had heard good things that turned out to be true. Food - excellent. Atmosphere - very nice; high ceilings and big wall of floor to ceiling windows letting in lots of day light. Service very good and very prompt - did not leave us waiting for anything yet not pushy as if trying to get our table turned over. Moderately busy for a Saturday evening at 6PM but not overwhelmingly so.... wait staff was relaxed enough to be attentive and on top of things."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The tiramisu is fabulous. We have enjoyed this restaurant for many years and their new location is great for parking."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was a dire disappointment. The food is over priced for what you get and they are trying to present themselves as "fancy fine dining" when actually they are serving you rigatoni out of the box with chicken tenders... I was very underwhelmed and why don't they give you ice in your water and put condiments on the table?"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I returned to Mama Melina's for dinner this past weekend and was pleased with a different menu selection--veal and mushrooms. It was a Friday night and there were several groups so the noise level was a little more intense but we requested a booth and received it so all was well. It's a dependable restaurant for a good Italian meal and appetizers. Wine list is not bad."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "this is a very good restaurant that I have enjoyed multiple times, and I will return again and again"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "One of the best Italian meals I have had in a long time, the rigatoni dish was superb!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We have been dining with this family for over 20 years and following the kids' next gen move to their new location has been fantastic. They are always actively managing the entire operation every night, making sure everyone is taken care of. The staff is well trained and professional and the food consistantly excellent. Wonderful eclectic atmosphere, sophisticated yet casual."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Mamma Melina's is my new favorite restaurant in Seattle! Absolutely delicious food and great service. The environment of the restaurant is great!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Service was excellent, great ambiance and the food was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I would like to go there once a week if I lived closer. Music was a little loud, but when we made the suggestion, manager lowered it a bit for us at once."
    Dined on 4/13/2014