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About Mamma Melina
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.
Seattle, WA 98105
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).
$30 and under
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Attached private garage with free parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Crystal chandeliers and beautiful mirrors surround our private rooms that accommodate 15 to 40 people.
Private Party Contact:
Roberto: (206) 240-4604
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
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Mamma Melina Ratings and Reviews
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. 😏
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.
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!
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!
The service was 5 star. The staff were very attentive and we wanted for nothing. The food was just ok, nothing special about this Italian fare. The bread service was very good and wine the selection was also outstanding. Just wish the food lived up to the service and wine selection.
Hadn’t been to Momma Melina in some time and it was nice to reacquaint ourselves with the great food, excellent service. (We used to go to Momma Melina when they were near the 7 Gables theater).
We were a party of 4 and everyone enjoyed their meals. Linguini with salmon, gnocchi, other dishes were all superb. Waitress we had was just the right amount of service; not too much and not too little.
We had a booth which helped with deadening sound. Otherwise, tables in main areas are a bit noisy. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
P.S. For those who don’t mind a short walk, the restaurant is very close to University Village.
My lunchdate and I were barely half way through our meal when a young lady came by to ask if we wanted boxes. She returned again 10 min later, then our server asked the same. My fiend finished her salad, I hadn’t finished my eggplant parmigiana (which was very skimpy), but by that time we were tired of feeling like they were rushing us (mind you, we met on a Wednesday at Noon, and the place wasn’t even half full) so I asked for my half eaten meal to be boxed up so I could finish the rest in peace at home.
Better service and food at Olive Garden(!!!)
My entree was brought out before i even finished my salad. As soon as we finished our entree the server brought the bill. Then he interrupted us to ask if he could close us out because he needed the table. There were plenty of open tables throughout the restaurant. It was an experience i would not go back for.
What a gem! We had the pleasure of starting with the bountiful beet salad, split a GF pasta and
the swordfish special with roasted veggies. All courses were rich in flavor, and the pasta Bolognese and swordfish in Mediterranean tomato /caper sauce served straight -out-of-the -oven, piping hot. Our server was very attentive and we loved the extra Parmesan cheese shredding. The wine by the glass was served in mini carafes which makes it fun to enjoy.
Always a great experience at a place to feel part of the Italian family owners, and we will be back again soon!
Decent place for lunch or dinner. We went at 6pm on Saturday. It was pretty busy and pretty loud, quite a few groups were there and at 7pm the entry was packed with people waiting to get in. Service was on point, drinks were great and the tiramisu was delicious. Hubby had an excellent mushroom soup and prawn risotto, I had the butter lettuce salad (slightly over dressed) and Buccatini. The meatballs were tasty and the sauce was good. Other members had the smoked salmon fettuchini and the chocolate cake. We all thought the food was fine if a little under sesoned.
Mama Molina was outstanding! Their food is always the best Italian food in Seattle. It's always fresh. and very well prepared. Any pasta dish is a real treat. Their dessert menu is outstanding, and always has great choices. I particularly like the Cannelloni. There is always spumoni on the dessert menu. Parking is behind the building and is handicap accessible.
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