Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.7
1114 Reviews
$30 and under
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..."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1114 people are saying
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vipYulianaH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is always best at this small restaurant - All fish dishes we had always fresh!!

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Theta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Overpriced for the quality. Servers took too long and did not get orders correct

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PeterM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was unstable. Some good parts and some they just did not get. For example asked for a drink and it took 20 minutes. Food was prepared average as parts of it were undercooked. Calamari had unique breading. Overall I would recommend trying this place (Bad service night).

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vipYulianaH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent foods, wine and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service

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vipAmocomida
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mele has an extensive menu, especially on the fish options. Food is delicious and service is very cordial.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. Had a wonderful time. The salmon was prepared perfectly.

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vipnprowitt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank the owner is amazing. He greets everyone warmly as does the wait staff. Charming outdoor eating area and superb food!

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PatrickJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Mele. My children have high COVID concerns and enjoyed dining in the outdoor space for our family celebration.

Food was great and the service was excellent-especially when we informed them of the berry allergy after the cake came out drizzled in raspberry sauce.

Looking forward to going back soon.

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GlennJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lovely little space with outdoor seating. Fresh pasta dishes, and fishes from Hawaii abound. Lots of variety to choose from. The bread and oil upon arrival are excellent as well. Enjoy!

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DCFan
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, a very good choice, particularly if you live in the neighborhood. Excellent food, with a wide selection. The very friendly owner comes by to greet or check on you, adding to the ambience. Considering that this restaurant, like many others, might have been short of staff because of the pandemic and that it was near capacity, the service was fine. And speaking of the pandemic, another plus of this place is the plentiful outdoor seating.

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vipMaureenV
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! I love this place and dine here often!!

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mele is my go-to local Italian restaurant! The menu is varied, with great food in a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere, all at affordable prices. No matter what food you crave, Mele has something for you. And if you are a seafood lover, you'll love the fact that they fly in fresh fish daily from Hawaii!

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williamf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a terrific restaurant and I would highly recommend it. All three of us had fish,of different types, and all of the meals were excellent. Very creative menu idea was offering entrees as small plates. We left fully satisfied but not stuffed.

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KenB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very warm owner. Someone else wrote that it feels European in style in terms of how you’re greeted and seated. I would agree. The restaurant was very busy with lots of outdoor seating. The food was excellent. My wife and I split the sautéed calamari. We then had a small pasta plate each. My wife had the bolognese, which was excellent. I had the seafood ravioli. All the pasta is very fresh. We ended the night with a lemon tart. It was excellent too. I can also recommend the Barolo they offer by the glass. It’s $18, but worth it. (We had to pick up our daughter later so splitting a bottle wasn’t an option.) Overall, it was an excellent meal. The only issue is that there are a lot of restaurants in this area and the UberEats pickups are constant, which isn’t great for eating outdoors. Service was a tad slow because they were busy, but was knowledgeable and friendly. The minor complaints we’ll chalk up to covid19. Glad to see this gem thrive.

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BarryB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Wonderful service, but the qualilty of the food was less than I remembered.
A Caesar Salad appetizer was about one tablespoon and tasteless. French Onion Soup was fine, but fish was also tasteless. Probably won't be back soon...

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vipAlsvball
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents from out of town and we had a wonderful dinner. The food is fresh, the service is amazing, and the ambience is lovely outside. Will definitely be back and highly recommend this place for fresh seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The food was tasty, but the fish was overcooke and the pasta was re-heated, stuck as a whole piece to the bottom of the plate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food is Fresh-I recommend the bisto calamari and Hawaiian seabass.. Ambiance is incredible- we sat outdoor it was beautiful. The staff is SO nice

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter recently moved to DC and is fortunate to live just around the corner from Mele. Every time we have visited from San Francisco we have dined at Mele. The food is very good, service is warm and friendly and so this has become one of our favorite restaurants. Definitely worth a visit.

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Stevenk
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Outside more pleasant than drafty, loud inside. Service was a big slow but it was busy Friday. Food was very good

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thankful that this delicious place is 3 blocks away from my home, however I think it's important for the owners/managers to review the menu. The menu is very long, repetitive, unclear, and inaccurate. For example, I ordered the soup of the day which I was told is chicken and barely, and instead I got a chicken and vegetable soup - without barely. I also ordered the salmon which we were told comes with roasted potatoes, but it actually came with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Lastly, I ordered the seafood fettucine with the tomato cream sauce, and instead it came with Alfredo sauce. I think there is a strong need to refine, correct, and consolidate the menu, but aside from that the food here is fresh and delicious plus the ambiance is enjoyable.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good and excellent service! We loved every single item we had.

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BuzzLightFood
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful owner who cares about customers and his fish. And he remembered us on the second visit. Now many.

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RHTR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best food. The pasta and food is made fresh to order. All natural, non-GMO ingredients, farm-to-table. You can taste the quality and the goodness. I will never eat Italian anywhere else. Very highly recommended

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GloriaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant ever. The ambience, service, friendliness of staff is top notch. Never a disappointment……Frank is the best owner!!!!

Marc&Gloria

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vipSypressD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and I love the service. I absolutely adore this place.

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AnuB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent ambience. This is my go to place now! Such warm cordial people. It's a family run and none can beat the hospitality, the personal touch. Food- authentic. Everything made from scratch. Nothing out of a bottle. It's a charming place. Delicious food. Very warm and friendly people.

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our group was looking forward to another amazing dinner at this restaurant, as we had dined there before. The owner proudly explained how the seafood is flown in daily from Hawaii and that the pasta is homemade. The issue arose when our server said that it would not be possible to bring a half order of pasta as a side dish for my friend’s chicken meal. We could see her speaking with the owner across the restaurant. He stopped by our table and said not to worry, that he could accommodate the request. There must have been a language barrier, because what came out from the kitchen instead was a single dish with the chicken and vegetable mixed into the pasta. My friend was disappointed, but did not want to say anything, as everyone else’s meal was prepared correctly.

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LindaM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining here. The food is amazing and the staff is so welcoming. It’s like your a great family member who came to dinner. Always special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
294 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Owner was great and very nice service. Although we had heard fantastic things so perhaps our expectations were high, we thought this was only good. The fish entrées were actually pretty good but just expensive for the portion size although I understand they are giving them fresh every day. We will be giving it a second look.

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vipmckaygirls
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very friendly service but very slow…. Food very good.

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JoyceP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary dinner there. The food & service were excellent. We all had various types of seafood and sat outside. The arctic sea bass & grilled whole branzini were delicious. It was very pleasant. We were particularly glad to find that the menu included small plates on its menu — smaller versions of the entrees. We did try to order 2 different kinds of wine before finding one in stock. What we finally ordered was fine & was served well chilled.

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Holliday
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was beyond amazing. The manager and wait staff and chefs are excellent. Will come back 1 million times.

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MadelynD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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vipEvaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food we've ever eaten! We'll definitely come back.

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KathP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meals here, so do our guests. The food is well prepared and service friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food but it took us an hour to get our appetizers. They’re clearly not properly staffed for the rush of diners. But we did enjoy the food, and they were apologetic

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SusanF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is fantastic and you can tell he cares about quality, both in food and customer experience.this was our third visit - 10/10 we will be back again!

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ScottE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Festive outside dining, excellent selection and food quality. Slower paced, more like a European meal. Excellent overall

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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) is rated 4.7 stars by 1114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.