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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..."

1723 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 522-0284

Website:
http://www.villagebistro.com/

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Authentic (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Cozy (11)
Organic (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Romantic (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Muy buena comida y excelente servicio.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was my second time here. The food was delicious and the decor very festive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dubai)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service, great food and best value for money. Uses ONLY fresh ingredients and best seafood/past. This is a real gem !

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We always have a good time at Mele -- this is a gem and we love that we can walk to it.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, and reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We always enjoy Mele. We are made to feel welcome and the broad array of fresh fish choices is the best in the entire Washington DC Metro. Area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu is very varied, ranging from hamburgers to fresh fish flown in from Hawaii to homemade pasta. The owner said he is going to expand it even further. Good service. It used to be easy to get in on a Saturday night. Now, reserve well in advance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Sehr leckere Gerichte, große Auswahl an Fisch. Ravioli waren frisch zubereitet und schmeckten sehr gut. Nicht der preisgünstige Italiener - dafür schmackhaft

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The homemade pasta was delicious. The wait staff very friendly. I will be returning.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Delightful. Fish is special here but everything is wonderful

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for years and it always pleases. Small quiet place with great food and service. Their seafood is exceptional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

food was good ... better the first time I was there

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is a very good authentic Italian restaurant . Went there prior to a show at the Kennedy Center (10 min. away). Food was great wine by the glass okay but limited. Try it you'll enjoy it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our 2nd time to Méle and we’ll be back again. Delicious food, great service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We love this restaurant -- every dish that we've tried has been delicious.

Tags: Organic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent pasta dishes and dessert. Ingredients were extremely fresh and all our food was delicious!!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fresh ingredients in tasty dishes. Appreciate small plate and entree size options for the same dishes so all can order a just-right meal that leaves room for dessert

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Mele is a very good local Rosslyn Restaurant with good service and tasty food. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to dine and linger over dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Superb food. Kitchen a little slow. Noisy inside - outside dining not elegant but very pleasant.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Menu has diverse choices and we really appreciate the small plates offerings. Great food.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The price compare to the amount of food (sea bass dish), I think it’s still a little expensive. Overall are great ! Service is great!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice place for quiet dinner

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Better than ever!! Best restaurant in Arlington!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Handmade pastas and excellently prepared fresh fish

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Another good visit. Not as good as our other visits - seemed as though the recipes may have changed a bit and they seemed disorganized. But we still had a decent meal and will return for another try.

Tags: Authentic
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