Mamma Melina

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$30 and under
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Italian
Please note: Mamma Melina does not accept reservations for Happy Hour. The Seattle Times, August 26th 2010: So thoroughly have the three Varchetta brothers re-imagined the relocated Mamma Melina their own mother would hardly recognize the place even though that's her name above the door.
The new Mamma Melina, occupying the south end of the Corydon Apartments near University Village, has more in common with the Varchetta's stylish Barolo downtown.
On a summer day you'd think it was Rodeo Drive and not the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs alongside the broad front patio. Amid shallow pools holding silver globes that glint in the sun, beautiful people in oversized sunglasses sip wine on thickly cushioned sofas or sup on house-made pasta under canvas umbrellas at white-clothed tables.Price points are moderate and the cooking is assured.
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SN
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall great experience!!! The (extensive) menu accommodated the table without issue & considering the mix of carnivore/herbivore & the always entertaining allergy, this isn't always such a simple feat. Brady our server was super friendly and rolled really well with my indecisiveness. The only down fall during our visit was a larger party (10-15) seated adjacent to us with 4 or 5 younger children. Treating their table as a personal race track they managed to slip and fall multiple times into our chairs while we were attempting to stuff our faces with delicious food. Did this ruin our experience??? Not completely. (see above face stuffing with delicious food) Understanding that the true fault is on the absentee parenting we do not blame the staff, although next time I might get the attention of a manager & hope they can at least throw down a spike strip.

c
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food. Wonderful for outdoor dining. Only one caveat-nose level can be too high in/near the bar

TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were four of us with an average age of 75+. We had reservations for 7, arrived early, it was very busy, we seated promptly, the wait staff was attentive, but not pushy. We shared two appetizers (parmigiana di melenzane and Insalata di barbabietole, caprino e noci) and two had the gnocchi and two had the pollo parmigiana. All dishes were excellent. As an older group, our only difficulty was be able to have a conversation without raising our voices considerably. The quality of the food and service more than made up for this small difficulty.

As an aside, we discovered easy parking around the corner under the building. From the underground parking garage, there was direct access to the facility.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as usual, the food was very tasty and the service was excellent

L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The wine list is terrible. An Italian restaurant with no Chianti Classico Riserva? Unforgivable. Asked for pizza to be crispy. Came to the table chewy.

CL
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service from Rachel the food is was delicious

DS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place with great food at a reasonable price. They also have a well put together wine list.

M
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our server was really nice, without being over the top. The food has improved here over the last 5 years! Larger selection & much better quality... all of the dishes were very-good to excellent! Would like to see more intimate seating, chairs are not the comfiest. We all liked the hustle/bustle atmosphere. Engaging & fun! Good for families (a little pricey) but overall a very good experience, we will be back. It was also very nice to see what appeared to be the manager, checking to see if things were going smoothly around the restaurant. AWESOME birthday dessert!!

DS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening at Mamma Melina. Sunny Seattle evening so the deck was open. We opted for inside and had a fabulous dinner. Halibut was amazing. Risotto as well. Service couldn't have been better and overall just a great experience. Thanks, Mamma Melina!

RM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve written reviews before. Mama Melina’s is always great. Food, service great, courteous- you name it.

S
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mama Melina’s is a terrific neighborhood spot. Never disappoints!

T
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good happy hour! Will return!

MT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Each time we go food and service is excellent

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ossobucco and gnocchi!! Would definitely come back again!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good wine, great table location, thank you!

G
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Yes I would, but I recommend choosing food from the menu and not the daily specials.

RB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sudden visitors from Bellingham and Seattle dropped by at the last minute and I was able to get a perfect reservation (outdoor table) at 5:45pm with very short notice. It was a beautiful afternoon and
not crowded yet. It's always a pleasure to be on Mamma's outdoor patio. We had a mix of of dishes including fish, pasta, salads. I had my "go-to" meal there--two appetizers--beet salad and carpaccio.
Seattle's best "light dinner."

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, will definitely be back.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The calamari was very greasy and dor the price way to small amount.
The fetuccini was dry and you could hardly see the salmon.
the grill chicken and salad was a 1/4 of a breast plus a hundful of arugula, too small to be a main dish salad.
The service was cordial and slow.

DA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have had consistently good meals at Mamma Melina in the past, but the last experience was very disappointing. The chicken parmigiana and pasta Bolognese were both well below average. The meals were very slow coming out and we were told the kitchen was “backed up” even though there were many empty tables at the time. The only thing we really enjoyed was the antipasto plate.

FF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mamma Melina is a go-to spot for me. It's great for couples, outdoor seating (in the warmer weather of course), good wood-fired pizza, upbeat atmosphere, and a great happy hour. There are some foibles (over-dressed caesar, sometimes slow service) but overall a solid dinner choice.

BH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is consistently good and the staff is always friendly and accommodating.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday- great service!

CR
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb! A very diverse and large menu and they will do anything special for you based on your diet needs, allergies, preferences, you name it. They want to make you happy customers...and they will. Highly recommended!!!

A
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, staff was very nice. A bit loud but I’m pretty sure that was due to a few big groups. It was a bit pricey, but we did go here for a very nice dining experience, which it was. I would definitely go back again.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From out of town and could not have been happier with service, food and general atmosphere. Never felt rushed and was treated as the only customers in restaurant.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around!

G
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Pleasant dining room. Clams and cannelini bean appetizer made a meal. Calamari crispy and light. Nice wine by the glass list. Will return!

LP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the beet salad at lunch. The goat cheese and walnuts were good, but the sliced beets looked and tasted like they were from a can.

P
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Troy our waiter was great. He was attentive and not intrusive. The food was excellent although my shrimp was a tad dry.

s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by Mamma Melina, as this was our first time. The portions were large and the meat and seafood were cooked to perfection. I had wild salmon cooked perfectly and my husband had the lamb (incredibly sized serving!). The service was top notch and I loved the patio with the water art. Would certainly recommend! (we didn't have dessert, but it looked devine!)

JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They were very busy and a bit short handed this visit, but we were in no rush as we were celebrating our birthdays. Service very friendly. Food delish and they surprised us with a free dessert. Mamma Melina’s has been a long-standing favorite.

RM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been a frequent diner at Mama Malina’s. It is conveniently located to where I live. It is the restaurant I invariably take my out of town guests too. I know the food and service will always be superior. My guests and I have never been disappointed. Invariable someone from my party comments on the excellence of the food and how much they enjoyed the experience. Thank you Mama Melina!

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food.

BB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good and friendly service. It is our go-to restaurant.

ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed in the noise level. I had asked for a quieter part of the restaurant for my elderly parents. Other than that everything was great. Food was delicious and server was wonderful!!!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut was absolutely perfecr

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server Trevor was amazing!!! The flavor of the fettuccine Bolognese was a bit tart and not as flavorful as the salmon past special we had. All ingredients were fresh and overall it was a great dinner

k
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Pretty restaurant, poor service , the seafood in the linguini was bad and the pasta in the Bolognaise was mushy and bland, the halibut and risotto was the only tasty dish. We will not return.

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