Mamma Melina

4.6
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1571 Reviews
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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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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Will happily return.

SL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There was pretty crowded there but luckily we had a reservation through "Open Table", so we got a table less than 5 minutes after we got there. Our waitress was very prompt and friendly. She gave us a superb service for my birthday. Definitely, I will recommend to my friends.

I
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!
One of the Best pasta and Italian dishes we have had and we are food enthusiasts dining out at least twice per week.

Textures, flavors, presentation, etc. everything delicious.
my son and I had a great time.
Definitely in our list of preferred restaurants.

SG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Was pretty noisy because of restaurant week. Excellent service for a busy Thursday night.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food

M
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for Seattle Restaurant week. Loved the decor; wait staff were helpful and sociable; food was tasty and well priced. Complaint was the choice of music. Where we sat, it was only drum bass, repetitive and unpleasant. We asked, but were told the owner designed the playlist. Might be great for later time crowd; and, though didn't interfere with conversation, was definitely distrubing

BH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was very crowded during our visit and very noisy. We ordered bottles of fine wine and asked for a decanter and they did not have any available. That's inexusable, they have a huge wine list and decanters are cheap, for cryin' out loud. We did eventually get a decanter but this should be fixed.

DA
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful and delicious.
This time we had the Antipasto and there was way too much vinegar used. Tasted great, but definitely disagreed with me. From now on we’ll avoid ordering it.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Arrived early for our evening dinner reservation. Restaurant was super busy. Instead of turning us away, the host (manager?) did everything he could possibly do to seat us. This was above and beyond. We were seated and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Wait staff were spot on and food was delicious. Only hiccup was wife's salmon was way undercooked. Of course, undercooked is easily fixed and was done so by kitchen staff.

S
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I invited a friend for a birthday dinner. It was during Restaurant Week so it was very crowded and hence extremely noisy. My problem with the service is that no one passed along to anyone else that it was a birthday dinner. Otherwise service was good and the food, both the special dinner and the regular menu, were delicious. Finally the noise level got to us and we got out so we could go talk. Go for the food, not for conversation

c
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Birthday dinner

c
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Nice place for dinner with friends. Less noisy in booths.

SK
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service

DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just returned from Italy and the food was equally great. Service was good and free parking.

PN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal from the beet salad to the halibut to the warm chocolate cake. The drum beat back ground music was annoying.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food was great celebrating a family birthday.

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and fun place to dine. Our waitress Sarah was a delight.

KK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New fav restaurant in Seattle! Had trouble figuring out the parking garage location (was easy, just missed it) but when I called, the gentleman on the phone stayed on the phone with me and navigated me to the restaurant. Once there the focaccia, OMG...and insanely good homemade pasta (we had gnocchi and papperdelle) and just a super friendly and responsive staff. Loves this place!

BR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Shawn took very good care of us!

KM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service. Within walking distance from UW campus (long but doable).

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Love meeting friends here for drinks and dinner. Feels special without breaking the bank or leaving the neighborhood.

B
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We eat here every year for our birthdays, and this time was outstanding. The lasagna was incredible!! Our servers were fun and attentive. Te noise level was nearly unbearable. We were screaming at each to be heard. We stayed from 6:30 PM to almost 10:00 PM, and we were generously given time to relax and visit.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Complimentary birthday tiramisu was appreciated!

QF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Five of us ordered the Halibut in the special menu but it was all just way too dry. And we just did not receive much attention from the waiter.

A
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the great beet salad and good salmon. Wonderful service and appreciate the free parking in an area where it is hard to find good parking. Great place for friends to meet and talk.

AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service.
Ambiance was good, but it was a little noisy.

RC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food that is above average cost. The noise level is the only complaint. Concrete floors magnify the sound. Service was good and timely. I will go back, asking for a table that is away from the center.

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid. Good hand made pasta. Their “osso buco” is really a shank. So, no marrow. Delicious nonetheless.

c
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary....great evening.

L
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is simply just adequate
Service was good

Nothing really special

V
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Difficult to have conversation. It was very noisy. Nevertheless, we had a great time there. Food, wine and service was excellent.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had dinner on an unusually busy Sunday but the service was timely and the food was great. Absolutely recommend this quaint place to others

S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked our family lunch at Mamma Melina. We had a real good time and our family enjoyed their meal and service. I have been there before and will definitely go back there. Although next time, I will not go for the Calzone that has too much stuffing and came cold in the middle.

KU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love the food. Especially the beat salad.

P
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very noisy restaurant, cramped table. The pasta with salmon were very salty and not interesting. I won’t recommend this place.

MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a fabulous dinner - the food was great as always. BUT the best part of our experience was our waitperson, Sarah. She was attentive, friendly, engaging and clearly loves her work!

AA
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, upscale venue, attentive service, all at a great price!

SN
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.