Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

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$30 and under
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Italian
"...Our menu is just a reference for you-but in reality, creativity is in our hearts, our minds, and our kitchen, let me give you a different dining experience..."
What 888 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good..bread was great with oil and herbs. Servers seemed a little overwhelmed at times.

a
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great..as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Delicious food, however the “risotto” served with their duck was more like a rice dish. We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who definitely had the hospitality spirit. Sadly though, they were very busy and understaffed so service was severely lacking.

AG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and there were so many choices. A large variety of fish which you could get in a large or small portion. I wish more restaurants would do that. Service was great and the ambiance was nice. Easy to have a conversation.

JD
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mele! Our go-to whenever friends visit as it is unique, accommodates every palate and dietary preference. Best fish anywhere at any price and their prices are very moderate, while the quality is reliably excellent every time. I marvel at how they achieve this given how big their menu is!

w
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute bistro with over the top Italian fare...

N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great.

F
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best NOVA neighborhood gem for fresh seafood. I have not been disappointed each time.

S
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was delicious.... from the Fresh Bread with Olive Oil, Fried Calamari, entries, to the Chocolate Cheesecake

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

As always the evening at Mele is a good choice. Excellent food, good atmosphere, & the owner is wonderful. However the last two times we have eaten there our server has not been good. Very slow, leaves guests unattended. Had to stop him twice to ask for assistance in placing an order. They can do better.

G
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mele Bistro, we have found over the past three years, can be relied upon for fresh ingredients -- especially fish! -- creatively and well prepared; warm and attentive service; and a pleasant setting, whether indoors or out. Manager Frank and his team are hospitality professionals. Their menu has great variety -- especially fish! -- and the selections are fairly priced for what you get. The house bread is some of the best in Arlington; the warm olive appetizer is a special treat; and all the desserts are worth trying.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants with great food, friendly service, and the ambiance where you can actually have a conversation without raising your voice.

B
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with business colleagues. Waiter was conscientious & pleasant. I will be back!

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos was our server...great! Met the owner, Frank. Nice guy. This was our first time to Mele. Website got our attention. It’s on our A-list and we’ll go back!

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb! Great service and great cuisine! I had a grand time dining with my best friends!

BL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great fish

TB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love their menu which allows you to choose regular sized or smaller-sized versions of many of their dishes. They offer an excellent selection of fish with many different preparations.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is wonderful, the service is professional, friendly, and efficient. The owner is very engaged and makes it a point to welcome everyone who comes in. The passion of this restaurant to serve top quality dishes with the best ingredients is apparent. I highly recommend Mele!

MM
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Ingredients fresh and tasty. All dishes were well done. It made our business trip culminate at a high level.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my meal at Mele. First time going for an impromptu date night. Service was a bit slow but they were very busy. Beverages were tasty, particularly #1 off the Cocktail list. The owner/manager is a vibrant man who made us feel very welcome. I got a sense that he honestly cares about his diners’ experience.

If I had one complaint, and this is being fairly picky, I’d say the Lamb Ravioli dish could have been a bit larger for the price. That said, I left completely satiated.

All-in-all, we will be back for sure, as we look forwards to trying a few of the other dishes!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Frank and his team do an amazing job. As Rosslyn residents, Mele has become our local “go to” place for dinner with friends, a quiet dinner date or a family gathering. Great, fresh food, well prepared at an honest price - what more can you ask for? We will keep coming back but as the word gets out about this place it may be harder and harder to make a spur of the moment reservation.

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, food was delicious as usual, the ambiance pleasant and we will return.

LL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very delicious and the owner came by several times to check on us. Definitely will return. I had the Seafood Fettuccine. Delicious!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood! Everything on the extensive Mediterranean menu is very good. And the staff are really great people. It is a pleasure to dine there.

TN
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always good. I like their salad, grilled whole fish and the bread a lot. I never tried their dessert. So, not sure. I think this is a great value restaurant. The owner is always smiling and friendly. The only complain I have is their waiters never smiles, and services slow at time. But, with prices that inexpensive. This is a great value place!

IL
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waited forever for service. Spaghetti watery. Napkin smelled like it wasn’t cleaned. Such a waste of our money

MV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Some of the best ravioli I have ever had. The owner was great, and very personable.

L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous neighborhood restaurant. Always first rate experience. Fish always fresh. Service superb.

RB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent grilled bluefish served in a comfortable dining room at a surprisingly reasonable price.

CF
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We continue to hope this restaurant will improve. The food certainly has, but the service is very slow.

GH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an absolutely wonderful meal and can't wait to go back... there were so many great options on the menu (including for dietary restricted folks)!!!

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a high expectation before going there as I saw a lot of good reviews online. However, food is just ok. I wanted to try their ravioli that day but they didn't have it.

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice meal and excellent service.

CT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Went there Monday and they were busy but not enough help so the service suffered.

p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Mele Bistro somewhere between 30 and 50 times in the last three years. The food has always been excellent. If you are looking for fish, we have not found anywhere in the entire DC area that can compete with Mele. They typically have a selection of 5 or 6 fresh fish choices every day. We have tried many other places, most significantly more expensive, for variety or for a better view than a shopping center parking lot, but the quality of the food, the breadth of the menu and the wonderful personality of the owner makes you forget those things. In the end, our experience with so many other overrated and disappointing restaurants in the DC Metro area brings us back to Mele Bistro.

a
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A really excellent meal, as are all the meals I've had there!!

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was BLOWN AWAY. Never have I ever tasted red snapper so fresh, so perfectly cooked, so flavorful. Overnight fish from Hawaii? Yes, please!! My husband and I are both Italian, and we’ve been to Italy, and Mele Bistro’s food was SPOT ON. The portions were the perfect amount and the atmosphere was just what we needed. Our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable and put it simply: no TVs, no wifi, and nothing that isn’t fresh or from a farm. My only regret is that we didn’t find this place sooner!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but the service is best described as “not attentive”. Whenever anyone is asked to provide service, they do, but as customers, it never seems as though any server is dedicated to providing you service.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant- food is great! We love going there and it’s very consistent in every measurement.

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