Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.7
1097 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 1097 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
22 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
8 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
25 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
6 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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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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OpenTable Diner
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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vipIperezjo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great early-Sunday dinner choice for the family; nice new outdoor dining option!

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vipJimDLS
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, the staff, and the food and drinks.

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vipncgeoamy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and loved the ambiance.

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vipKaitlynT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! We always will return. Can't beat the food and service!

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CharlesW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh seafood, good service, nice ambbience. The owner, Frank came over and visited with us-very friendly and engaging. Will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service! Highly recommend

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vipneighbor
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends in town

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vipJimF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Much too loud, may not go back. Not possible to have a conversation

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vipSabs
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food from appetizers throih entrees and dessert. Loved the fresh seafood!

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vipPhilipS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best restaurant in Arlington!

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Mele last night to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were very pleased! Our server was pleasant and the food was excellent!

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vipMLFN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a delight to eat at Mele. They have done a wonderful of making their outdoor space lovely with flowers, plants, even peach, apple and nectarine trees, full of fruit! This is a place that is loved by its owner who show love to each person who walks through the door. The very fresh fish is worth the trip. Direct from Hawaii daily! What more could you ask for - except the delicious liver and onions that my husband gets each and every time.

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roberty
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the most delicious Italian food in Arlington. No need to look elsewhere.

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vipMaureenV
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We love eating at Mele Bistro!

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Grisette
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are never disappointed. Our entrées were great.

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HalleyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Such a hidden gem of a restaurant! I've lived in Arlington for 6 years and have had this spot on my list for a while. So glad I decided to go! The owner came to our table immediately and went over the menu with us in detail. A waiter let my boyfriend try three different beers to make sure he had one hat he liked. The fresh bread was absolutely delicious. We both got seafood pasta dishes and they were delicious. Made quickly and good value for what you get. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. It never disappoints! Owner works hard to make it the special place it is!

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vipSusan
Salt Lake City
38 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was very busy when we arrived so there was a wait for food. But the servers were very solicitous and they were working very hard. The food was delicious - veal piccata; seafood fettuccine and sea bass. And it’s a charming little place!

Unfortunately it was quite noisy when we arrived at 7, but as tables emptied the noise level decreased.

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 1097 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.