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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

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for a Date (11)
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Authentic (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Organic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Romantic (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very nice meal - I was not sure they acknowledged that it was an Open Tablecreservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food was great especially the appetizers and preappitizers most notably the olives and zucchini. The bread and the condiments that came with it (including the olive oil) were the best I have had since living in Rome. I had the lamb and spinach ravioli and it was exceptional, as was the pasta others had in my party. I was a little disappointed in the dessert choices and chose to go elsewhere for dessert. The draft beer choices and prices were good as was the wine list. Service was excellent except at times - when it got really crowded - I felt ignored.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent foods, mussels were sweet and flavorful, shrimp scampi was delicious, sea bass exquisite, and calves liver was cooked perfectly. Bread was crispy and piping hot! Service, as always, courteous, attentive and professional! Service staff anticipated customers' needs and was extremely accommodating! Best place to dine amongst friends! Decor was cozy and warm! Owner greeted guests as though they are close friends! Very uplifting! Thank you for the best Italian foods ever! We had a superb n enjoyable dining experience!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good service. Terrible food! Lamb raviolis with no lamb and uncooked. Uncooked bland pasta. Worst italian ever.
We went there because of the reviews in Opentable. How disappointing! Where do these reviews come from?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. The pasta is incredible, and the service is very attentive and friendly. You will not regret coming here. It's amazing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Usually a great experience, they were out of many specials and the ones that were presented were not cooked well, at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Staff: vry friendly, low key, helpful, seem to genuinely have an interest in what they do / what you eat. Owner comes by, several times, to see how you're doing. Nice touch that you just don't receive in Arlington.

Service: awesome seating at high top in front (outdoors) patio area on a sublime early autumn evening; plenty of seats avail inside, as well; parking is catch-as-catch-can in small lot immediately in front of restaurant or on nearby streets (unless you have rock star parking karma, allocate 15 mins to locate a spot during prime dining hrs, just sayin); you may have to ask for items like bread or drinks x2 but eventually the good come, this is a local place with professional but sometimes missing service. It's all good, though, part of this place's charm. Seriously. If you get bent out of shape because of small aspects when dining out, then pls, for all of our sakes, stay with The Cheesecake Factory.

Food: basket of bread is darn good; grilled organic salmon is excellent & recommended; sea bass was bland; bistro calamari is vry good & not the usual fired item which tastes like only waht you dip it in; garlic mussels are pungent, good, and you both better eat them if you're on date night (first rule of dating: you eat garlic, I eat garlic).

The wines looked good, as did the full bar. We skipped the alcohol this meal, went with club soda & waters.

Price: $88.50 with tax, tip additional. It's Arlington, so it's expensive. Recommended if you want good food, good local atmosphere from hard-working locals & a good night out of dining. Noise level: low when outside.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Organic, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great as usual. Fresh ingredients and delicious meals. Service is more European style so relax and enjoy yourself they'll never rush you.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was a "mini family reunion" and we had a great time with a great meal. Next time we are in the area, I will go back for another great meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Extensive menu of Italian and seafood. Perhaps a bit too ambitious for the quality achieved and the predominantly neighborhood/casual crowd. Salad was fresh, lightly dressed and tasty. Pesto dish suffered from lack of pine nuts and flavor. Pasta was appropriate "al dente". Pasta "alfredo" dish was good...but not great. Good selection of wines, a bit pricey for the labels. Comfortable ambiance that would be even better with the background music at lower volume...or off. Service suffers somewhat from what appears to lack of specific table assignments. Co-owner works hard, pitches in and circulates to check with each table. All in all a good place worthy of a few repeat visits to select dishes you like the best.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 8, 2017

OUTSTANDING! The lamb sirloin was the best I have ever had. A very high quality farm to table experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The only reason I gave 3 stars for service was because it took a really long time to get our bill (and we are extremely patient people). Seems our waiter thought the other waiter brought it to us. But, that aside, our evening was delightful. Grilled calamari and warm olives to start. Lovely bread to dip in the sauce. Then we shared the rockfish plate. Just delicious and fresh! This bistro is so sweet and wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. We will come back again no doubt.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Not the norm, but disappointed this time. Only one server at lunch time.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

This restaurant is the closest to authenticate Italian food since we were in Italy. The sauteed calamari was amazing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

This is the second time I've been to Mele for lunch. The food is fabulous and so fresh! Everything we ordered was delicious. Highly recommend this place, can be a little pricy on some dishes that are flown in fresh. Can't say anything negative about food or service.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Red snapper with pesto pasta was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Food is very good, but this is the third time this place suffers from significant service lapses, lack of preparation and basic things like wrong types of glasses for drinks, and staff that don't seem to be in sync.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Terrific food and incredible service. We had a larger group of 9 with one joining late (after we ordered). They identified it quickly and took his order promptly for seamless service. And the food - fantastic. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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