About Melao Latin Cuisine
Authentic Columbian cuisine. Choose from a wide variety of regional small plates, great to share with friends! The house special is Parrillada, grilled striploin and chicken breast with yucca and sweet plantain.
Chicago, IL 60613
Colombian, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
W Irving Park Rd
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full Bar, Non-Smoking
Melao Latin Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
Maybe we were lucky that it was a quiet Sunday night with only a few other patrons? Not sure but it was so pleasant, quiet and relaxing. I noticed TVs bu they were not on. The food was plentiful and delicious! Our waitress was great at recommending dishes...we knew it was BYOB ($7.00 cork fee) so we brought wine, HOWEVER their SANGRIA was so good, we didn't open our bottle of wine! Will go there again.
Service was good. The evening ambience was very romantic with bolwros and tangos sang live by the very talented Diana Mosquera. The only down side was we waited more than an hour for our food. But when it was there it was amazing! I super recommend the bandeja paisa!
This is a BYOB with Colombian cuisine. We went on an arctic, Chiberia evening. It was quiet, but busy. Lovely Empanadas and Arepas and fried Yucca for appetizer. The Chicken soup was huge ( you could share it) and the Parrilladas were delicious. We brought a nice bottle of red wine and it was a perfect paring to the lovely meal. I loved my Flan de Cafe for my Birthday treat.
We went on a Friday night at 8:00. The place was empty, this should have been our first clue. The service was not good, we waited for a while before we were served any water and before they opened the wine. After taking our order, and bringing the food, they never checked back. Since there were only one or two other tables, they could not have been too busy.
The food was mediocre. The meat was too thin, too much beans used as a filler, sausage overcooked.
After dinner, we were visiting and they turned up the lights and made it clear that they wanted us to leave.
I wouldn't go back.
Colombian cuisine: unique, tasty, plentiful. The atmosphere is more like a diner than a restaurant; tables, settings and presentations are very functional. It's also BYOB. But the food itself is a delight, very unusual (I would guess, for someone who's not been to Colombia). All-in-all, an experience worth repeating.
Melao is the best. I cannot believe the restaurant is empty, the food is fantastic. The flavors are wonderful and it is a nice place to catch up with friends. I recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced dining experience wanting to WOW your taste buds
Loved Melao. Started with plantain balls, chorizo, fried plantain and an empanada. Got the pork plate, steak and chicken and the flank steak. Fantastic flavors and be sure not to miss out on the onion and tomato house sauce!! I could not believe there were not more diners in there Saturday night. This place is a hidden gem. I cannot wait to go back! Service was excellent. I really enjoy Latin food.
Very nice little restaurant. Not fancy, but interesting and good food at an extremely reasonable price. The empanada appetizers were particularly nice. Three of us ate there the other night; two of us split a dish with plenty of food and out the door for $30!
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