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Mamma Melina

1217 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Monday: 11:30am-11:00pm (all day).
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Phone number
(206) 632-2271
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tim Clancy
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Private party facilities
Crystal chandeliers and beautiful mirrors surround our private rooms that accommodate 15 to 40 people.
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Private party contact
Roberto: (206) 240-4604
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Cross street
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Parking details
Attached private garage with free parking.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1217 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Helene (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Good food, service and parking. The sound level is rather high to have conversations.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Mama Melina always satisfy with excellent food, great service and wonderful ambiance. I and my friends have visited the restaurant many times. Try it you’ll like it.

SeattleMammaFoodie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The front of house waiter (or perhaps manager?) never acknowledged my presence when I came to meet my husband who had already been seated. I had even said “hello” to the man who was at the front waiting area and he totally ignored me so I said “Ok, I’ll seat myself!” Our server was very good and extremely attentive. We noticed that there was more than one server, bartender and manager fussing over one table which of course takes away from the adjacent tables waiting for attention. We were lucky our server was not part of that doting group. My husband had ordered a martini while waiting for me, a martini “wet”. The bartender came to my husband asking him “ so you say you want a wet martini, do you KNOW what that means?” Good gosh. My husband was probably 15 years older him and told him “ yes, of course. Why?” The bartender asked him “well, how much vermouth do you really want?” So my husband proceeded to oblige this incessant questioning, not really believing he was having this interchange to begging with.. Alas, it was all figured out. Phew!

Then, the meal. My husbands meal was good, a special. I typically like to order a Bolognese to see how well the pasta is made. Part of my pasta was in a huge unbreakable rubberized clump. Almost like what store bought pasta does if you “nuke” it. I ate mostly around the clump & the flavor was just OK. Although, I didn’t love it, I did eat some so I could give my body some sustenance prior to the concert we were headed to afterwards. Instead of asking me what was wrong with my food, the sever asked if I wanted a box, and I said “no, thank you” and she did seem shocked. I left the clump hoping they’d see with their own eyes why... because if you can’t catch that, you shouldn’t be running the food to the customer.... and I’ll defend the server here because her food was expedited by other people. Overall, the experience was OK. I used to frequent Mamma Melina before they changed locations & we miss that experience. 😏

Joey (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food and service.

vipSushiLove (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Quality of food and service is consistent.

Mdub (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentine's day and the food on the menu was spectacular. The food was delicious and I'm looking forward to visiting this fine dining establishment again. The dessert menu needs more tantalizing treats added but I was too full to eat more anyway, although there is always more room for delicious deserts right. I still give this restaurant an A+ in my book.

CJMB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Family owned with excellent food. Waiter very helpful with wine pairing.

Yunsi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I booked a dinner for Valentine via Google Map and got confirmed pretty soon. No wait time, everything went smoothly. And the food is great, environment is romantic. Will come again.

ChuckT (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We love this restaurant. The food is great and so is the service. Lots of hard surfaces so it can be noisy.

Laron (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, great service (thank you, Michael), good wine selection...what more can you want? Well...without asking, Michael our server, noticed a card on the table and brought our daughter a birthday tiramisu - that's incredible service and care. Thank you, MIchael and all!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent! We went on Saturday for lunch. Good good and the lunch special is great.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I've been twice recently but I doubt I'll voluntarily go again. It's far too noisy,

vipDMR77 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Mamma Melina is a very nice neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Italian food. I loved the Vitello ai funghi selvatici. The staff is friendly and accommodating, prices are reasonable, and also very important – convenient parking.

vipfpgonzo (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall, a good dining experience, good food, excellent service, though a little loud for conversation and packed a bit tightly. Would recommend though.

Kelsy3 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The GF noodles were soooo good and also the Chilean sea bass! Wonderful atmosphere and service. I think it’d be cool to have live music there - it would add even more to a great dining experience. Just my opinion :)

PhilipF (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Staff was personable and knowledgeable.

vipBB22 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious, especially my spaghetti with grilled lobster and clams. The tomato sauce was one of the best I’ve had. Service was wonderful.

Mark (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We’ve come to Mama Melina’s for many years and this was, by far, our worst experience. We went for our 26th Wedding Anniversary and we were really hoping for a nicer experience. Yes it was busy and yes it was very loud, but that was to be expected on a Friday night. We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time, so that was well within reason. Our waiter was another story. We came across as very rushed and not interested. He rolled his eyes when my wife asked whether they had any Pinot Grigio, didn’t say a word, walked away and just showed up with a glass of wine. We had barely sat down for 5 minutes and he was back wanting to take our order. We felt very rushed. When the waiter took our order he made no effort to ask whether we wanted any appetizers or anything else. I had a swordfish dish, which wasn’t bad, although the potatoes were undercooked and still hard in the middle. My wife ordered a ravioli dish that came with 7 ravioli. They were supposed to have kale and caramelized onions in them, however they tasted like plain ricotta cheese ravioli that you could find at any grocery store. The dish came with little to no sauce, so by the time my wife got to the 4th ravioli the sauce was all gone. She left the rest of the dish uneaten because it simply wasn’t very good. We each had a dessert and espresso, which was ok. Sadly, the espresso was about the best item of the evening. There was absolutely no attempt by the restaurant or waiter to congratulate us for our anniversary even though I made this very clear in our reservations. Every restaurant we have been to in the past has always acknowledged our special occasion. The overall price was very reasonable, but the food and rude waiter really dampened our special evening. It might be a while before we give Mama Melina another try, but for now we are extremely disappointed. This was a very forgettable dining experience. What a shame!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Too noisy. Food over cooked. Server was great. Overpriced for quality and ambience.

JudiSeattle (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Had a great birthday dinner here. The food was excellent as were the drinks if a bit pricey. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. There is always something interesting on the menu.