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About Melange - Ann Arbor

MÉLANGE is a very personal restaurant, combining the culinary influences of the restaurant’s owners, who come from diverse backgrounds and are extremely passionate about food – Influenced by their own heritage.
Our menu brings together a mélange of flavors, textures and contrasts.The menu brings together influences of Jay’s Indian origin and features his mom’s homemade naan recipe made one at a time on a cast iron skillet, Scott’s upbringing around country cooking and our friend chef Eve’s childhood memories of the spice markets in Jerusalem, growing up around vibrant flavors of Cuban cooking in Miami and her culinary training in France.

312 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Bar
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour- Bar/Lounge
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Lounge
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner Friday/Saturday
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Liberty & William

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 222-0202

Website:
http://www.melangebistro.com/

Entertainment:
DJ spinning in our lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 11pm - 2am.

Catering:
Mélange Catering is a full service, off premise
catering company dedicated to providing exceptional, locally sourced,
seasonal ingredients. From elegant food and attentive
service, rentals, entertainment, and decor; we cover
everything so all that you have to do is show up for your event.

Our professional staff will work with you at our no-cost consultations to design a custom menu and event, navigate your budget, and exceed your expectations.

Parking Details:
There is a public lot located directly behind Melange. You may enter it from William st. or South Ashley st. Parking in the street is free after 6pm Monday - Saturday and all day on Sundays and holidays.

Executive Chef:
Consulting Chef & Visionary- Eve Aronoff

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Laura at 734-669-3570 to plan your special event.

Melange - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
Special Occasion (16)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Cozy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (3)
Authentic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined a day ago

Went with my wife during restaurant week. Wonderful food and experience. The wait staff was very polite and considerate.

There Nan bread is our of this world!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent, interesting, spicy, not fatty or greasy, very tasty and innovative. Turns out that Eve Aronoff has influence over the menu and I love her cuisine. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good food. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Went for Restaurant Week. We have been to many area restaurants over the years for Restaurant Week and this was the BEST meal we have had during this occasion. Sea bass was excellent as was the carrot purée. Well worth the money. Will definitely be returning soon.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Came during Restaurant Week and the experience was outstanding. Great food and service. Outstanding price point.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food for the restaurant week is terrible, and the portion of each dish is so small. My friends and I left the restaurant hungry. I won't visit this restaurant again.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

We had our first dinner at Melange as part of Ann Arbor Restaurant week. We had the "legendary" duck confit nachos, and they totally lived up to their reputation! What a terrific way to start the dinner. We also appreciated the amuse bouche of naan, and the avocado naan on the prix fixe menu were also a hit. We had the sea bass (great, but spicy), the ratatouile (with goat cheese, remarkably good!). The service was extraordinary-- the whole team kept our table cleared, provided water regularly (something higher end restaurants forget). The music playlist was a surprise-- wonderful mix of current and past music, pop and jazz, while not being too intrusive. The decor is really great, which is a challenge in a basement restaurant. We will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing. Went for our anniversary and they really helped make it special

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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Eve's touch on the menu is a welcome addition to what was once a tired, ho-hum menu. The naan at the beginning was divine. Way better than the avocado naan that came as an appetizer, which was good, but lacked a little something. The sea bass was outstanding, and others seemed to like their scallops. I've been missing Eve's Simple Fish, which is a chili pepper and lime encrusted fish. Though I don't think salmon is the best for this (I'd rather see halibut or similar), it was also outstanding. The chocolate cake with chilies in it was fantastic.
The drink menu leans heavily on gin and vodka, and all were good, but lacked a certain alcoholic kick or bitterness I would prefer in a cocktail. They were a bit too sweet.
Ambience is a lovely candle lit glow. Service was fine, but mostly neutral.
All in all, we were very pleased with the food and ambiance, and we'll be going back again very soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

great experience all the way around. look forward to returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Celebrated a birthday here. The cozy booths are great for conversation. Very good food and wine/cocktails, and excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had appetizers and drinks (in lounge, happy hour special) and then had dinner. The house special wines selections were excellent and the food was tasty. The kitchen and bar was heavy handed. All of the dishes were spicy (e.g., chili oil on a Caesar salad) or salty. Likewise, the cocktail my wife order was extremely strong. I recommend going to Melange for appetizers and drinks before a show or before dinner somewhere else.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Terrific, innovative menu! Great service. Best use of spices in fine American fare.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Spicy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our food was very good but the service did not match the quality of the menu or food. We chose Melange for dinner after reading a story about their new menu that was a collaboration with Eve Aranoff. Her restaurants have been favorites of ours and we miss having them as part of A2's choices. The menu showed her influence and we enjoyed all the items we ordered--sushi fantasy, arroz con pollo, seabass, and the mushroom vegetarian option. Desserts were lovely. Our server was not knowledgeable about the menu or the dishes. For many questions--even the most basic, he had to leave to find an answer from someone else. He was an unsteady server, brought our dinners serially, and served them to the wrong diner. It appeared to us as a case of severely inadequate training, unexpected in a restaurant this pricey. The dining area is nicely formal although it was disconcerting to be able to see through the wine bottle storage wall the array of TV's over the bar, all turned to game shows or sports. They diluted the sense of elegance that the dining area seemed to strive for.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Quality of food was amazing but I did not believe my scallops were worth $38.00!
My friend and I enjoyed the two sushi rolls and Japanese fish but we we're quite disappointed that sitting in the restaurant almost all the sushi choices were no longer available. Apparently you have to sit at the bar to get more sushi roll choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely love this place. Food was great, staff was very attentive. Would go back again.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Menu has substantially changed from previous so if you are picky or were expecting what you had before, check first.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I really love the new menu. All of the food orders were amazing. I’m not in love with the service or ambiance in the dining room however. It took 20 minutes from being seated to get a server to come by to ask for our drink order and a cappuccino was literally served cold but replaced and later not charged for. Kudos on that.

The new atmophere is much brighter than I remembered. Too bright. There were candles on the table that were pointless. Honestly I’ve been there before where it was too dark. A happy medium would be appropriate.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Not a fan of the new menu - they got rid of all the old favorites, especially the duck nachos.
Service was good, being they were short staffed. Went to Melange for our anniversary and it just was not the same as we remembered - the value is certainly not aligned with what you get.
Happy hour in the bar area may be the only reason to go. To be honest, there are just too many other good places in A2 to dine for the money.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We came in for the duck nachos and unfortunately they aren’t on the menu any longer. We found alternative appetisers which were yummy but everything was So Spicy. My friend couldn’t finish her dinner...and one of us couldn’t even find something they wanted to eat. Just check the menu before you arrive. The hostess also was a big haughty/negative asking us for a reservation in an empty restaurant at 5:450pm. Not sure what Melange is up to but it has changed :(

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Naan bread - Awesome!
Crab cakes - Awesome!
Flourless Chocolate Cake - To die for!!!

Chicken and rice - Average
Ribeye dish - Steak was average. The grilled vegetables were the star!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Melange has updated their menu. I am sorry to see some old favorites go, but some of the new additions are very creative.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 22, 2017

With the arrival of Eve Aronoff as lead chef, this restaurant has further elevated its level of gastronomical sophistication. Unusual use of juxtaposing spices makes for a number of very interesting meals, with the presentation equally matching the preparation itself. This restaurant has now definitely earned a place on the short list of Ann Arbor's go-to solutions for fine dining, as well as being a convenient haunt to catch up with old friends. One simply can't go wrong in choosing Melange.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was fantastically prepared and beautifully presented. Service did not meet expectations: our server was absent most of the night and we had to ask the bartender for service several times. The notes section of our reservation stated we were celebrating a birthday, but the restaurant did not acknowledge this. At this price point, I expected better service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Liked the new menu with eve’s influence. The house naan was reminiscent of the brioche at her namesake restaurant. The duck wontons were a good start and loved the condiments. We got the ribeye which was really tasty and the mushroom pasta that was the perfect comfort dish. The citrus tart was refreshing to finish. We’ll be back!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Dinner with family was a treat at Melange! Very interesting menu and flavors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I came to Melange in August for our anniversary dinner and it was amazing! We just recently came on 11/11 for a special occasion and the food was just very disappointing. We were excited for the duck nachos which are no longer on the menu and the menu was all spicy foods with not a lot of variety. We personally liked the old menu much better.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a great experience on our date at Melange! Great food and service.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We waited more than one hour for food that had clearly been in the heating oven for 30 min. Nothing about the food is particularly interesting, it's very average for the price they charge. Service was also poor and confused. I won't come back there for sure.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were not happy with the menu changes. The food was not the same quality as previous.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Interesting and diverse menu, delicious and visually appealing food, upscale decor...this restaurant is great for any kind of occasion from an anniversary or birthday to a casual get-together with friends. Access is a little difficult for people with mobility issues, so I would recommend calling ahead if you have any such issues.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 29, 2017

My Husband and I went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The drinks and food are amazing! We have made this our new go to place.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Delicious as always! Great happy hour and menu. Service was great.

Tags: Seasonal, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Everything was amazing!!! Food, service, wine, atmosphete...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Everything I had was absolutely delicious. Decadent but also light; not overly rich or filling. Saffron lobster ravioli is to die for in a tart saffron lemon sauce. Arugula pear salad was so light and refreshing and packed full of flavor. The lettuce raps were very savory and crisp. The atmosphere was upscale, trendy and cozy, but casual attire was welcome. The prices were reasonable and much lower than I would have thought. Our waitress was very accommodating, personable and friendly. I will definitely be back, hopefully often.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Waited over an hour for food that was poorly cooked (1 of 2 lamb chops burned, duck was well-done when requested medium, etc.). We were the only ones there on a Monday night, so the wait seemed excessive. Another couple came and the hostess say them right behind us-the whole restauarant was empty!? Lighting was too dark- could barely see what was on the table. Overall, we came here to have a special night out and were disappointed :(

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We brought well-travelled friends from out-of-town, and they loved it, and especially liked the diverse menu options.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Came with friends for dinner and dancing on Saturday night. Had a good time. Server was attentive, great food and grapefruit cocktails were delish. Moderate crowd before 10. Got packed later for dancing. Fun and crowd is not too young or too old. We'll be back :)

Tags: Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Very good food and drinks are well made. The service was friendly. The only major negative was the hostess who told us as she seated us that we had 2 hours for dinner since they were so busy. The restaurant was more than half empty.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Have been to Melange for over four years and will continue to come back.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Chose Melange for a recent Saturday evening date based on wonderful reviews on Open Table. The restaurant had only a couple tables occupied when we arrived around 7pm and never really got busy it seemed. The circular booth we were seated in was fun. We sampled a couple of the specialty cocktails - the Skeleton Key was great! We tried the spicy crunchy tuna roll as an appetizer, which was just ok. I ordered the Sea Bass for dinner but didn't love it. My husband's filet minon was delicious. Overall the food and portions didn't seem worth the price. Many other great restaurants in the area so probably won't be back.

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