Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.7
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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..."
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GE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be our new favorite place for great food and atmosphere. As in so many cases, it starts with an owner on-the-floor, with a clear dedication to a fine dining experience. The standards are high, and they're on the front page of the menu book. Fish, in particular, is a specialty, but everything else hits the same high mark. Very nice wine selection. This place oozes a commitment to real food, served well, and deliciously.

f
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time I have been here. Love this place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever eaten at. Everything was perfect beyond I could of expected. I’m more then grateful that I found this cute little restaurant

CT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Normally I would give this restaurant five stars and while we love the owner, the freshness of the food etc and the normally good service… Never go on a Saturday night again. The restaurant claimed that many reservations arrived late. They should control that. We came at the correct time and we waited an hour while they seated people that were 30 to 60 minutes late. You’re 60 minutes late, YOU should be the one to wait not the customer who arrives on time. It was chaotic, we had to ask multiple times for basic things like water, silverware,And drinks.

The restaurant needs to manage this or we won’t go back again

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around!

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was so refreshing, we loved the freshness of the food, the freshness of our happy servers. You won’t be disappointed.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Owner is a total sweetheart but the service was horrendous

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day dinner with my fiancee

DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank and the team do an outstanding job of making everyone welcome. The food is great and Tye Valentines decorations make MELE a great place to celebrate

LF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. An Italian restaurant with a good wine list, fresh pasta, fish and other meats. The owner and staff are attentive and knowledgeable and can help navigate the menu. Most items come in both small and entree size plates so the light eater and the full meal person can both get what they want.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was fresh, well prepared and visually appealing. Love the lively but not noisy atmosphere and the attentive service. Loved the Village Bistro but Mele is a big cut above its predecessor!

JM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had the swordfish and sea bass. Both were prepared well, but not exceptionally tasty. The portions seemed a bit small, while the cost was expensive - did not seem a very good value for the money.

e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and always enjoy sharing the experience with old and new friends

TM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and the staff is great, but they needed more servers. Long wait between visits from our server.

C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good dining experience. Owner is a gem. Service is slow, & they messed up my drink order twice.

MV
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Always friendly!

NJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood jewel!!! Every person at Mele works together for the customer. I appreciate the "small plate "options

S
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and great, and affordable, wine list. Calamari was incredibly tender yet crispy, salads are creative and healthy, and the fish is delicious! And the desserts!!! We will definitely come back, frequently.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous from the greeting at the door to the finish. Loved my blackened rockfish--cooked perfectly. Husband said the same about the blue snapper. Loved the bread (a little too much--we couldn't stop). We will be back again soon. Loved the old Village Bistro and this was even better!

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had an awesome New Year's Eve dinner here - the food was so good that I ate my leftovers as soon as I got home! The service was a little slow at times, but to be fair, the restaurant was PACKED. I will definitely be coming back here when I'm craving Italian food.

MZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

A wonderful spot in the neighborhood. Friendly with excellent food.

H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our recent dinner at Mele Bistro was not our first, and the food has always been great, however each visit since our first has indicated that they are trying very hard to make Mele Bistro an excellent dining experience in every way. The appearance has improved, and I am told that significant new interior improvements are soon to be underway. Additionally, we were impressed with the hard work and effort that went into their holiday decorations. The restaurant was decorated beautifully both indoors and outside... We (four of us) enjoyed every minute of our meal at Mele Bistro. We recommend this restaurant without hesitation to everyone seeking a pleasant dining experience with great food, a warm and comfortable ambiance, excellent service , and reasonable prices. Try it! Mele Bistro may just become your favorite "all-occasion" restaurant...

MV
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect and excellent every time!

A
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Mele has excellent cuisine and Frank, the owner, is very affable. We had the veal chop and the duck, both of which were perfectly prepared. The main reason for a lower score overall is the service which tends to be disorganized resulting in long waits at times between courses. We experienced this on prior occasions and this Christmas Day was the same—great food, slow service. We will return because of the food and friendliness while hoping Mele places more attention on improving its service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and fantastic ambiance for a Christmas dinner. Highly recommend.

e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The reception was pleasant. The reservation was exactly as requested. Drinks were delivered promptly. Th menu was attractive. Th e food was good. But the noise (music ?) was abominably loud!!

CV
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

EJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the ambiance was relaxed and comfortable, the service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the wine recommendation was spot on. Mele Bistro has become my first choice when I'm gathering friends or family for a meal because they never disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood gem!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The lighting is very bad and I couldn’t read the menu or bill - probably overpaid as a result

RP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just a few days ago met with my lovely daughter for dinner after her work, I'm retired. Mele Bistro provided the perfect atmosphere with a very friendly entrance by the owner, and that was followed by an absolutely delicious meal we both enjoyed. Both of us can be considered foodies, me being a retired chef and food service director and her being introduced to good food as a child. My family and I plan to take in a performance at the Kennedy on New Years eve but will once more start the evening at Mele.

PB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Convenient and cozy Italian bistro was a perfect pre-event place for a light dinner to fuel the rest of the evening. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the service was attentive and the meal well-prepared.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Too expensive for what it is, and that alone detracts from the overall value.

C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful welcoming restaurant..Varied menu, & owner is so gracious.

JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a wonderful experience and a great meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after a family gathering to see the nutcracker.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place

V
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal! In fact, we loved it so much we had to return our last night of our visit! The service and food were outstanding. Highly recommend. Wish we lived closer.

HF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and friendly service!! Thank you for a job well done....

P
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mele Bistro provides Arlington, Virginia with a really fine dining experience mostly due to the owner's determination to offer the finest food and wine available on the market. We sampled a lovely house special soup which rivals Mele's first class French Onion Soup; pumpkin raviolis; two different salads; and, of course the fish and seafood for which the restaurant is well known. We chose a bottle of wine that complemented everything on our plates.