Great food reasonably priced
Great food reasonably priced in an energetic environment
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable and tasty
I really like this place for an easy weeknight dinner. The staff is friendly and it has a nice energy. I always have the pancetta wrapped shrimp and I love it. The arugula salad has changed with the addition of crab and frankly I preferred it without that, but it's still good. My husband loved his lobster linguine too. Another good meal at MM.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on a Monday because they
Went on a Monday because they advertised happy hour all day. Only available in the bar and in certain areas on the patio. After comparing the happy hour menu to the regular menu, prices weren't that different and preferred offerings on the regular menu.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've always had GREAT food
I've always had GREAT food and service at Mamma Melina's I'm a repeat customer many times over. My only wish is that is wasn't so loud. We sat on the patio so it was a bit better however could of used heaters .. we weren't near one and it cooled down very quickly.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
PAUL NEWMAN ATE HERE....! SO DID WE
MAMMA MELINA, AS A PERSON AND AS A RESTAURANT IS THE THE HAMLIN FAMILY FAVORITE. WE CELEBRATE AN EARLY FATHER'S DAY, OUR OLDEST SON, ANDY'S 45TH BIRTHDAY (YES, HE was BORN ON FATHER'S DAY 45 YEARS AGO.
AND THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR FOR VICTORIA, OUR 11 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHER. AND THE BON YOUAGE TO LODI for Victorian and her mother. AND .... AND ... AND. On a scale of ten, Food 15/out of 10. SERVICE 20 out of 10. In short, AS USUAL. Aaron, manager, Roberto son and owner (with Sal and Leo of three Mamma restaurants, Barolo downtown, LIst on First. etc.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our family went to Mamma Melina's
Our family went to Mamma Melina's for fathers day dinner and the experience could not be better in every way.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
father's day at mamma's
we were not the only ones who thought of mamma's for father's day but despite the crowd, we had great service, food and enjoyed the lively atmosphere ranging from young families to grandparents. we were blessed with a sunny day too. a new tradition for father's day ?
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Restaurant!
We found Mamma Melina's by accident when staying at a hotel across the street. It has wonderful Italian food, very pleasant and friendly staff and is located conveniently just across from the University Village. It is also located at the bottom of the hill from Greek Row so it has been a wonderful place to treat your son or daughter for a nice dinner close by. When the weather is nice, they have wonderful outdoor seating, and being in the heart of a university area, it is fun to watch all the activity nearby. Yet, the setting is intimate enough that you can also have a quiet, private meal. We highly recommend this restaurant!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had lunch with an out-of-town friend and wanted to spend time catching up. Mamma Melina's was a great choice. We were given the seating requested when we made our reservation through Open Table and did not appear to be a nuisance when we stayed long past all other lunch diners. The bartender even offered us more water. The menu was varied, food was pleasantly presented. Our waitress was very nice but could have asked if we would have liked more iced tea. A very nice time and we will return.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mama Melina proch
mama Melina has the nicest outside sitting area in town. It is quitter than the restaurant which tends to be noisy. It has a lon of umbrellas to promote shady areas. it is always a pleasure to go there.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliably Solid/Tasty Experience
Have been many times to Mamma Melina and it always delivers on good food and good service. They offer some unique daily specials that are worth trying. It is one of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle. It is a comfortable place with simple modern design. A highlight in this open environment is to look up and notice the dozens of paintings it has displayed on the ceiling... a fun surprise that is so subtle some never notice.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the manager to the bus
From the manager to the bus girl everyone treated us special and the food was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food!
We had a guest visiting at UW so we wanted a restaurant nearby to meet. We had never been to Mamma Melina before and decided to try it. The food was very good. We ate on the patio, partly because it was so very loud inside. It was a mild night and we outside suited us much better. We were very happy with our menu choices and very happy with the restaurant.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is wonderful
The food is fantastic, the servers are wonderful, the music is lovely, and the ambiance is brilliant :) I'm already mentally planning my Fall and Winter events there.Come on over and check it out.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going here since it was at the old place. The restaurant completely changed with the move - for the better. It's in our neighborhood and convenient for us, and the food is always great. Good service and friendly staff, I would recommend this to anyone. Inside can get a little noisy, but the patio is wonderful. Vi consiglio!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good overall experience
We enjoyed our dinner at Mamma Melina very much. We were celebrating the birthday of one of our group members. The food was excellent. The kitchen provided a special dessert for our guest of honor which was nice. While most of our experience was positive. We felt our server was a bit brusque. But on the balance we enjoyed the dining experience.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
Food delicious. Service wonderful. Outdoor seating area lovely.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good over all
The food was excellent. Service was pretty good. Noise was the main problem, inside and out. Inside probably due to the cement floors and out due to being very close to the next table.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Birthday Lunch
I took my girlfriend there for lunch. our waiter was professional and attentive. He even brought us tiramisu with a candle. Our food was delicious!!!!!
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
i'll go more often
i don't have reason to be near u village often but have started to make mamma melina a more frequent stop....though usually for lunch. i love the menu... this time trying the bean soup and grilled octopus salad, each very good. i'm usually meeting friends as it's a good mid way spot as i'm in kirkland and many of my fiends are in seattle so underground parking is helpful too. most of those i've met there also continue to come back. i've tried pasta's, pizza's, chops for dinner and all prepared well, i've been impressed with staff attention and the look and feel of the place.... so i'm a fan.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner with a business
Nice dinner with a business colleague. His gnocchi was exceptional; the smoked salmon linguine with crab a very solid 8 on a scale of 1-10.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
GOURMET girly nite out
Lovely restaurant - beautifully & tastefully decorated. (Loved the water features with the large steel balls for the outside setting)!
White table clothes always "set the atmosphere" as elegant/class. Servicer very attentive and accommodating.
Thought it awkward as to the "happy hour" - we specifically came for it but after being seated was told it was only served in the bar area and on the "couches". Disappointed!!!!! As it was MY NITE to introduce my "Gourmet" club to a new restaurant
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The overall experience was great. Prices are reasonable and the service was excellent. Was there with a group for a birthday and it appeared there were a number of other group gatherings. Great place for group of friends to dine together.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
almost a great experience
Reservation was moved (by me) to 7:30 from 7:15 due to traffic. Upon arrival @ 7:25, waited for an additional 30 minutes while they
were "setting up the table". Reseveration was for a party of five, given a table for four with a chair placed at the end in the middle
of a high traffic area. Service polite but slow, salad order was forgotten until I reminded our server after the entrees were at the table.
The food was excellent, and the room could use a little acoustic help as it was hard to carry on a conversation at the table.
All in all, a great dining experience reduced to a good one due to sincere but inefficient service. We will return however, a little wiser as to what to expect in the service portion of our dining experence.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very nice place to take visitors. Outside dining in summer is very nice.
Very nice service and good food in a convenient spot!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
Never had a bad meal. Wine list is great. Perfect family outing or date night
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff went the extra mile
I have been to the current location of the restaurant a couple of times-- once for a group party celebration and dinner (which was lively and wonderful) and, recently, for lunch with an old friend. For the latter, I requested a quiet table, and the staff was very accommodating in finding us a table with a lot of privacy. Initially, the music was rather loud for a lunchtime conversation: When I mentioned this, they turned the music way down without a hint of irritation. During lunch, my friend and I sat for a long time over a light lunch. We never felt pressured to order more or to vacate the table. The waiter was extremely pleasant--- and the food was delicious.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
great restaurant for all patrons
We went to have a date night, meanwhile there were families, college kids, a 20-something birthday party, couples, friends all enjoying the food and ambience. The service was a little slower this last time, but usually is great and prompt. The food is fantastic ad usual, I had the salmon special, my husband had the steak, we finished with the warm chocolate cake... Mmmm. A fantastic meal.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian food
What an excellent surprise! Food was wonderful, service was great and we had a great time
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Night Out
I have loved this place for many years. My husband and I have made it a tradition to come here every year for Valentine's Day since 2005. We do try to come out more than just once a year :-p The only thing I do miss is the piano on the weekends. If I could eat here all the time I would. The food is always amazing.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect post-game dining
In order to skip the traffic, we decided to make a reservation here for after the Husky Football game. After a rainy and windy afternoon in the stands, the delicious hot pasta dishes and warming wine were a wonderful end to the day. From bread to salad to entree to dessert, each aspect of the meal was perfect. Mamma Melina never disappoints, and it might become our game day tradition now.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great birthday dinner
We love the restaurant and my husband's favorite is the bolognese which is always excellent. I had the copper river salmon which was terrific as was the special squash soup. My only complaint was the "row" type table for the 4 of us next to another set of tables next to another set of tables which felt like we were dining with all the other patrons. Service was excellent and the menu choices are outstanding.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fun to Try
This is a great find in the heart of the UW district. Wonderful food - very popular and can be noisy with many groups all there at once.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliably superb Italian
Creative delicious Italian food. My very favorite Seattle Italian restaurant
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us had dinner and really had a great time! The food was excellent, prices very good, and service was great. We will definitely return!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy Restaurant Week
Four co-workers enjoyed a great lunch together during restaurant week. The choices on the 3 course menu all looked great. We ordered all of the main courses and all were delicious. We gather for a visit at Mamma Melina's a couple times a year and are always glad we did. The service is efficient and friendly. The food is yummy.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got a gift card to this restaurant and a wonderful opportunity to try a new place. We were able to get a table reservation for two from Open Table just a couple of hours ahead of time. We were impressed with our waiter. He was friendly and genuine. The food came out fast and hot. It was wonderful without being way too much food to eat. Would highly recommend Mamma Melina!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice surprise !
We were part of a Vancouver BC rowing team in Seattle for the Head of the Lake regatta. Our team knew this restaurant from its previous location but the new place was great. Pasta was al dente, gorgeous porcini filled ravioli, and fellow diners' selections looked amazing too. No food left on the plates! And of course, our excellent waiter (de Argentina, but with lovely accento Italiano !) really made the evening for us. He was very attentive to us, anything we asked for it was there in minutes. Mostly he was funny, warm and charming. We really had a great evening, and left the restaurant ready to row the next morning! Grazie a Mamma Melina's e gracias a nuestro camarero !
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food & atmosphere!
We have been going to Mama Melina's for years and have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. It's energetic and the food is terrific. This is a well run family business and definitely worth a visit.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
New spot, same great food
Mama Melina never disappoints! Still impressed by the new digs, same great food and service..
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mamma Melina's is ALWAYS awesome!! Owner Roberto is very engaged and ensures every guest feels special. Awesome food, awesome environment. A solid place that always delivers!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
When visiting Seattle in the past, we used to go to the "old" Mamma Melina. I was expecting that same type of down-home Italian food. The new Mamma's has changed. The menu is much more upscale. I will say that the food was excellent. The service could use a bit of help. We had to ask the person who was seating people to find our waitress--we hadn't seen her for about 15 minutes. Still, I would recommend Mamma Melina to anyone visiting Seattle.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently wonderful food
Mamma Melina is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. It tends to attract a university and neighborhood crowd of diners with discerning palates. While the menu offers largely traditional offerings, every one of them is incredibly well prepared and beautifully seasoned. Tiramisu, a standard in many Italian restaurants is outstanding. I return here time and time again because of the consistent execution and very satisfying meals I get at a reasonable price. Love this place!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good service but felt rushed!
Good service but felt rushed! Pizza quality can be further improved since Pizza at Toota Bella and Pie is slightly tastier and lighter (less doe)
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely and romantic
This charming spot is wonderful for couples wanting to share a romantic evening out. The food was incredible! Even the bread at the start of the meal was warm, soft, fresh, and delicious. The best part of the meal is the ambience. Even though the noise level was a bit higher than expected, the low lighting and table positioning make it feel as if you are the only two in the room.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coping with a Crowd
Our group of ten took advantage of the November special offer, three course lunch for $15. We were students and tutors from an ESL class and the waitstaff were patient and understanding, handling questions and special requests smoothly. The menu offered was varied and interesting and the dishes delicious. This was one of our classes best experiences.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always A great Family Dinner Spot
We come to this restaurant lots! It is great food, friendly staff, and easy to get to!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated our anniversary dinner at Mama Melina's. As we entered we noticed how the bar was a bussed with the in crowd. The ambience was very romantic and we had an excellent server who was very personable. We both ordered a dish recommended by our server. Our food was wonderful and very tasty. The prices were pretty reasonable. I have and would recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great meal - will definitely
Great meal - will definitely be back! The menu is well done and the Bread Pudding to finish was outstanding!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We can count on Mamma's to be consistently good.
The gluten-free pasta is a treat.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM