Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.7
1125 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 1125 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. A lot of the menu is healthy (organic, local, etc.) but the taste is very good. Great drink choices too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family get together in one of Arlington favorites. The meals are always delicious, hot and well prepared. Kudos to Frank and his team!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The atmosphere here is cozy and lively. The servers were friendly and accomodated. Above all, the food was really delicious. I ordered two kinds of seafood pasta and seared ahituna. The seafood was really fresh and the seasoning was appropriate and tasty. Its house bread was served warm and tasted good. Regarding the desserts, the chocolate cake was raised by all the family members at the table. This place was a hidden gem and I will definitely come back!

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JoeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been multiple times, and it is always a wonderful experience! A+ Service, food, and ambience.

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ArnieE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality food in terms of freshness and expertise in preparation. It's not cheap, and the portions are moderate, but the quality makes it worth it.

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richardw
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to wooo your date! The food, service and ambiance is perfect.

TN
vipTribecaNeighbor
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been eating here for more than 20 years. unfortunately, We were slightly disappointed last night.

They did not do a good job deboning fish last night (and the last time before that). It started to get annoying… Also, i felt rushed - our main dish came too soon before we even come close to finish our apatizeer. After pulling a glass for each of us, no one pulled wine for us despite our glasses were sitting there empty - we ended up pulling the rest of the bottle all by ourselves.

it was a disappointing exp last night

P.S. parking is getting hard in this strip mall if you drive and i saw towing trucks towing cars away

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great as always. We enjoyed our fresh seafood selections and our server was very knowledgeable on the dishes.

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vipwillpet
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish dishes are well made highly recommended. Sautéed calamari unusual prep was excellent. Wine list very good multiple options at all price points. Personal service.love this place

JL
JohnL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive owner, excellent range of menu options

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vipdcyum
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always outstanding, neighborhood treasure!

YH
vipYulianaH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both outstanding. Also, the owner came to our table to personally make sure everything was to our liking. We felt at home.

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Theta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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

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PeterM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
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).

YH
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!

PJ
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.

GJ
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!

DC
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
12 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
48 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
10 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
5 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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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) is rated 4.7 stars by 1125 OpenTable diners.

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