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..."

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vipLizaF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Awesome food, fresh fish, great wine list and friendly owner and staff.

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NataliaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheff took care of us like kings and Queens the food is absolutely amazing ! I even created my own pasta !!!! a la Natalia !

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LinaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great clean food, awesome service, and a nice atmosphere. I am definitely going back with more friends

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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Happy
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cute place but lighting makes hard to see others faces. Food tasty but small plates one-note and very price. A side of shrimp is $4 for 2 medium shrimp!

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vipopcritiquer
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, decent value (for DC), with an emphasis on fresh & healthy ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the food and the service was superb.

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vipStaceyB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipCapitalTreasure
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I actually love the food here but the last two times I’ve been there, the service was so chaotic and off, it was painful. There was no organization, we had a reservation and waited for an hour, and then the second time the restaurant was only half full on a Tuesday night and we were overlooked and forgotten by our waiter as he catered to the table next to us with eight people. Every customer table should be treated like their special. The owner Frank tries to be nice and I know he means well but he has totallyFallen off his game regarding service. The little later with the dark hair should be retrained or fired. We’re going to avoid going for a while until Frank figures this out.

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mselin
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Friday nights are busy and the room accentuates rather than dampens noise. The food is consistent with high quality fresh ingredients, but i continue to find the vegetarian options a bit bland. Very friendly helpful staff.

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vipRestlessInDC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to spend the evening at a genuine neighborhood restaurant run by real people that care about you and the food. They honor the carefully selected sustainable fish and meats with thoughtful preparations that highlights the quality of the food. Thank you for over 25 years of remarkable evenings. Highly recommended.

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ElleB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, excellent staff...will definitely be back!!!

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GaryE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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vipfoodiegirl
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time I have been here. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
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

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vipCapitalTreasure
Washington DC
56 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

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around!

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LindaM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Owner is a total sweetheart but the service was horrendous

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day dinner with my fiancee

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vipDavidM
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

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vipLizaF
Washington DC
17 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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vipTribecaNeighbor
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I really like this restaurant - food is good and the owner (I think) cares and walk around to talk to customers. But their waiters and waitresses just do not seem care much and appear not interested in doing anything to make customers feel welcome (maybe they hate their job?). With the exception of the owner, I have never seen any of the waiters and waitresses smile.

I would have come here much more often if their waiters and waitresses show some friendliness - they are not unfriendly, but just feel COLD (or maybe they can at least smile from time to time).

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vipJoelM
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.

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

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

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vipTerryM
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.

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vipChaud1
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.

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vipMaureenV
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Always friendly!

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NJGIRL
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

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vipSearching
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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vipNatalie
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.

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MatthewZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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Hiland3217
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...

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vipMaureenV
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect and excellent every time!

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vipAssagginight
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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efyjt
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!!

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vipChrissyVA
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!