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About Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)
"...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..."
Arlington, VA 22209
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 4:00pm -10:00pm
Friday & Saturday dinner: 4:00pm-10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday lunch:11:00 am-4:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) Ratings and Reviews
MELE BISTRO is a little hectic even when it is not busy as it was on New Years Day. The menu is varied and long, and almost anyone will find something to their liking. If there is a problem it is with the uneven delivery of food to table; and no matter how good the service people are they can not overcome that.
What a great time. Even on New Years Eve these guys did a great job-slammed! Food came out perfect - lobster ravioli wonderful, Mahi-Mahi amazingly seared on the outside pink inside. Save room for dessert! We paired the Bin 410 Zin which had plenty of body and didn’t overpower the seafood selections. We will be back!
Stopped by to get our italian food fix. Passed by here a few times in the neighborhood but it was the first time actually going in and trying. The staff were all very friendly and informative, and the food was great! My only slight complaint was when I asked for my dressing on the side but the salad came out with dressing already on it :x When I told the waiter he was confused and said "oh, you wanted it on the side?" (this is why it makes me nervous sometimes when waiters don't write down orders!). Oh well, he immediately took it back and brought out a new one!
We will definitely be returning. The place is so popular and convivial with a charming owner who greets you like family and is clearly so proud of the food. And this was a Monday night at 6:30 -- amazing! The seafood was fabulous as were the accompanying vegetables. I didn't think we could find a special dining experience within walking distance of our Rosslyn hotel, but I was wrong wrong wrong!
A group of friends and I went here for a birthday dinner. We all live close by, but had not been here before. It was great! The staff was super knowledgable on the menu and were so kind from start to finish. We pulled one of the waiters aside to see if we could get a surprise dessert for our friends birthday, the brought a delicious piece of cake with a candle. We found out later, they didnt have a candle, so the host ran around to 3 different stores to find one for us! AND the food was amazing! Everything was fresh and so good!!!
Mele has a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere, with an extensive menu of Italian/French dishes; the emphasis is on seafood. The homemade bread is some of the best in the area; the soup is delicious and plentiful; and the seafood choices (including hard-to-find bluefish) are extensive. The "small plates" are actually not so small. From bread to dessert, our meal was high quality, and well-served.
The restaurant is small, in a little strip mall with parking right in front. The restaurant feels very warm and cozy. Our waiter was very attentive. The food is promoted as mostly organic, locally sourced as well flown in daily from places like Hawaii . We were a group of five friends getting together to catch up. Everyone enjoyed their choices - red snapper, chicken with pasta, shrimp scampi and butternut squash ravioli. The restaurant owner visited every table which was a nice touch. When we arrived at 5:30 it was very quiet. By the time we left at 7 the noise level required somewhat raised voices. Overall we had an enjoyable dining experience and would go back.
We had just been hiking and so tired and hungry. It was around 3pm when we stumbled in and of course the only people dining but it was perfect. My boyfriend and I got a little table in the corner to ourselves and our server was attentive but not bothersome. I ordered the fettuccine Alfredo (made with homemade pasta) and it seriously hooked us! It was the best pasta dish for sure and my boyfriend can’t resist going back for that one fish. He said it was the best fettuccine Alfredo he’s ever had and I would have to agree! The ambiance was dark and romantic and just overall cozy. Bread was fresh and warm. Service was good and felt like a traditional Italian place. Would recommend for a special occasion as it is a bit pricey!
This local gem has the best Italian and seafood menu in the area. The reasonably priced menu makes this restaurant a good value. Servers are quite knowledgeable and accommodating. Also, there is a fair amount of free parking.
Mele Bistro must be checked out and not overlooked.
The olive oil and bread were oustanding at Mele Bistro, but my ravioli dish was barely warm, and a bit undercooked. The tomatoes in the caprese salad were hard, unripe and tasteless; however, the cheese was delicious. It seems this place is still getting its new identity together and may improve down the road. We will try, again, sometime.
Food ok- but the terrible service negated any joy from the food.
The owner rounded every table extolling the food and how it is sourced. All this info was written on the menu- so we already knew it. Why? Because we had soooo much time to read while we waited for service. The owner should have paid more attention to his servers, who were just terrible, and slow.
The table next to us had to spend 15-20 minutes trying to get their check right at the end of the evening. We hoped to not have that issue, but alas- out check was totally messed up- so we ended a very unsatisfactory meal with yet another disappointment.
Next time- we’ll go to Ben’s Chili Bowl which is next door.
Mele Bistro is a pleasant comfortable restaurant and the friendly owner makes it a point to visit every table. Although the menu presents mostly Italian dishes, the best dishes are the seafood offerings. The pasta is nothing to rave about and the sauces are quite bland. I had a dish that was labeled as "spicy" but was far from it.
Previous experiences were great, so we came back for our anniversary. Service has declined, probably because there was one server for the entire place (the other two started helping a bit, but not with much communication). Food wasn't as ordered, waiter offered to bring more bread but that never happened, and wine glasses stayed empty for quite some time. Finally approached our waiter (at the register) to ask if we could order more wine and he simply brought us what we had the first round. Never asked if we wanted something different! Sad. I hope they finish renovations soon and get back to what they used to be...a great local restaurant that you were comfortable taking friends to...with no surprises! We want them to stay in our neighborhood!!
Arrived for reservation and seating promptly. It was the night before the Marine Corps marathon and they were serving a few groups so perhaps unfair to judge, but wait staff seemed harried and rushed. The menu was terrific and food was delicious. I'd go back.
Great neighborhood restaurant. Their advertised emphasis on fresh ingredients was true, and you can taste it in their food. Room for improvement on quality control, such as the first basket of bread we were served was too crusty, almost stale (like it had been left over from lunch), while the second basket was warm from the oven and absolutely heavenly. Entrees were awesome, although they either over-spiced the lobster ravioli, or need to forewarn guests that it is prepared very spicy. But they graciously replaced that entree for us, no questions asked. We will definitely go back.
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