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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.7
979 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
Social Distancing
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 979 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AudreyP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST restaurant with great Covid measures in place.

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LizN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Granted, two cabinet officials were at Mele the night I was dining, so the staff was a bit overwhelmed and service was slow. Putting that aside, however, I really did not appreciate that a table of 8 was seated less than 3 feet away from my table. I was not the only other guests who were angry. A couple seated about 4 feet away from my table and about 2 feet from the party of eight were also not happy both with the proximity due to Covid concerns and the excessive noise level of the large party. What happened to the rule that tables are supposed to be 6 feet away? I have not run into this problem in DC the few times I dined indoors, so perhaps Virginia is more lax? In any case, I think the restaurant was more concerned with its high level visitors (somewhat understandable) but really should have made more of an effort to space out other patrons. I would not recommend the restaurant unless they address these concerns.

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vipOlivia
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating, tables places far enough apart to be comfortable. Portable heaters were fabulous. Food was amazing! The service was fantastic!

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Liz456
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Great food and doing a great job adjusting to staying open during the pandemic. Lots of outdoor seating and heaters are in place and ready for the cooler weather.

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vipdcyum
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going here for years and this place never disappoints. The quality of ingredients in the food is top notch and the staff make it such a welcoming place.

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vipEmilyF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Arlington ... possibly the east coast! They have organic, non-gmo ingredients, with grass fed meat and quality seafood. The owner is extremely friendly and welcoming! The food always tastes fabulous and their menu is extensive - something special for everyone! I highly recommend the scallops, pesto gnocchi (hold the dairy), gazpacho, duck sausage appetizer, antioxidant soup - just a few of my favorites ;)

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vipAlsvball
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is outstanding - fresh, good portion sizes, and excellent variety. Service was good, and they have a nice outdoor seating area so we felt safe (healthy during COVID).

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vipLinaA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good and the food clean. The staff and the owner very friendly

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RoseM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was such a pleasure to eat there. Everything was Devine. The owner was so so sweet♡

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vipJeanD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a lovely meal with wonderful service!

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StephenN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was fantastic. The prices were reasonable. The ambience was nice. The service, however, was terrible. We booked a table outside and when we arrived (early) were told it would be a 45 minute wait unless we took a table inside. The waiter ignored us until I called for his attention. Attention after that was scant, episodic, and hurried. A drink order was forgotten.

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vipskipl
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful gem in Arlington- great meal and wine. Frank the owners stopped over- the inside construction still going on

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TiffanyS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is an angel amongst humans. The food was delicious. Only con was that the glass of wine I ordered never came...but I enjoyed everything so much I didn't even care. We loved eating here and will return many times.

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PattiD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, delicious food, and outstanding service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a delicious meal - whether it’s a client dinner or date, head to Mele. The staff is courteous. The food is dynamite and they’ve got outdoor seating options. I love supporting local businesses and this is a go-to if you’re looking for something in Rosslyn.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience4

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great spot! The service was great - so friendly - the owner even came by to chat. The food was amazing - very large portions. We both had some to take home. Good selection of wine. Lots of outdoor seating. Highly recommend!

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mngeorg
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Excellent service.

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PegS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Beat meal we’ve had in a long time! Our waiter was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best always!!!!

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Greatspot
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place to come for a nice but casual meal! The owner and staff are so friendly and the food is delicious! Will definitely be back in the future!

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Susan
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I had the blackened scallops. The service also was excellent. We ate inside and went early to avoid people. But we were concerned by the several groups that came inside without face masks. We wore our masks to and from the table, including to and from the washroom. We do not understand why others do not and it puts restaurants in a difficult position. We may revert to take-out only.

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vipLizaF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Never had a bad meal here, everything is good and fresh. The owner comes by every night to thank you and its a nice touch.

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AngelaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little place, amazing food and awesome service. I will definitely come back!!

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vipLizaF
Washington DC
20 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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vipLinaA
Washington DC
5 reviews
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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) using the Order Online button.

Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) is rated 4.7 stars by 979 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.