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.

5101 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

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).

Cross Street:
Blakeley

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 632-2271

Website:
http://mammamelina.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant for more details.

Parking Details:
Attached private garage with free parking.

Executive Chef:
Tim Clancy

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

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Groups (21)
Special Occasion (20)
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Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for a Date (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Authentic (13)
Fun (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Cozy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant was full of happy family celebrations, couples, young and seniors ( like us) upbeat bar, phenomenal wait staff who make you feel as though you are their only table, reasonable prices , great food, good parking - we love Mama Melina’s.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined 5 days ago

A favorite restaurant that is in our neighborhood. We love dining here and think that the happy hour is a real treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

always great. authentic menu, well prepared. Good service, except on this occasion, the entree was brought to the table before we were halfway through the appetizers.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Server was great atmosphere was great a bit pricy

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Burrata and speck was amazing, would go back just for that! Pasta with smoked salmon and crab and leeks was delicious too. Great meal all around!

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went here before theater. It is a hopping place and we wouldn’t have been able to get a table without a reservation. Service was attentive and food was excellent. There is some parking behind restaurant but if you’re driving leave some time to find a spot.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Business Meals, People Watching
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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(!!!)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Fantastic experience from service to food! Great lunch combo deal, as well.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our favorite place overall and in the neighborhood. Great wait staff, great food and wine list.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The one disappointing part of our experience was having three servers, all in the space of just a few minutes, ask if they could clear some of the plates while some in our party were still eating.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

High noise level is my only wish for improvement - hard to carry on conversation at times.
Food, service, and ambiance - other than noise - very good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is a great go-to place when you want great food, great service and a great atmosphere. Always consistent. You can count on never being disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 8, 2017

University Village area standout. Superbly prepared Italian dishes. Pasta was the best. Pizza to die for. Free parking.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was wonderful and they prepared things just as asked. Our waiter is the best I've encountered in a long time,..he should be on TV. Smart and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fabulous as always!! Aaron runs a great restaurant and always takes care of his customers .

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Organic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We love Mamma Melina. We used to go more often when we lived closer. My husband’s birthday was the occasion and we had great food and great service. The eggplant is excellent.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very beautiful restaurant. Came here for my one year anniversary with my boyfriend. I was looking for something romantic that wouldn't make my (well, and my boyriend's) wallet bleed and Mama Melina was the perfect place. I loved the white tablecloths, candles, dim light and absolutely gorgeous chandeliers. Its one of those really great places where you can dress up but also dress down and not look silly either way. Food was reaaaally good - we had pizza, gnocchi, and the lobster mac and cheese. Everything was a hit, and the fresh bread basket was amazing.
My only critique was that while there, the music was really weird. I pay attention to these type of things, and for a restaurant like this, I would expect some jazz/instrumental type of tunes, but it was some strange like nature sounds playlist and my boyfriend and I thought it was some kind of mistake. When I say nature sounds, I literally mean like rain falling, animals growling, wind blowing sounds. Super weird. Other than that, everything was great and 10/10 would recommend this to anyone! Bill turned out to be $75 for the two of us, but we really splurged (my boyfriend got 2 entrees just for himself), so pricing is very reasonable.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was great, except on a Friday night it was WAY too noisy. Staff tried to help by closing a curtain, but it did little good. Given the interior design, and the current propensity for loud talking, it is, I’m afraid, a lost cause.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Server was very inefficient and a bit defensive when we questioned her about a previous request she apparently forgot. Food was ok, but not outstanding as we had been told by others.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We both had swordfish with scampi in a puttanesca sauce, roasted potatoe wedges and Brussel sprouts! Magnificent! The reception, wait staff and helpers were all bright-eyed young people, probably students at the U. of Washington. The low lights, candles created a wonderful ambience. We have been there a few times and now it is fast becoming one of our major go-to restaurants. Congratulations to the family who provide this great dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, but cold and noisy. Better place for a noisy group dinner than a nice Italian meal. Who needs the loud overbearing music?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I love this place. The happy hour food selection is perfect. Having to sit outside of happy hour, works out just fine as the food has always been terrific.
The service is great. While the atmosphere can be hectic, they always play it cool and keep a calm demeanor.
Did I mention I love this place?

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Attentive but in obtrusive service, with excellent food. The atmosphere is contemporary but with an Italian ambiance.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food at Mamma Melina was unique, but great in terms of authentic Italian food. Service was a bit rushed and pushy, especially for it being the end of the night. The ambiance is great for conversation and connecting with friends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We loved being there with out of town guests. My mother uses a walker and she was able to get to the front door no problem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Consistently good food that is very well prepared. Very convenient to the UW.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We eat at Mamma Melina's almost every week. This last Sunday for lunch the soup was not hot, the bread was hard and the entrée was not as good as usual.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The pasta was too much for the sauce (Fettucini Bolognaise) and glue-y.
It was a busy night, 2 of 3 of us were late due to traffic (12 minutes) and they gave our reservation away. The did find us a table, service was good, but we were not offered a 2nd glass of wine or coffee after we finished. Disappointed a bit.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Calamari plate was so greasy. I've had some bad calamari and this ranks up there. Ordered the swordfish with olive tapenade for the main. Salty, not well balanced. Had to scrape off the tapenade to get to the fish. Mom ordered the fettucine Bolognese. This was a good dish. Probably not a return visit. I'm sure the area can produce more refined Italian restaurant. Parking was convenient.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We enjoyed ourselves and the food was pretty good. But I requested a booth in the note section of the reservation and we did not get it. They did not ask if we were celebrating a special occasion, which we were. Plus we were done a half hour. The food came out super quick. Probably microwaved. It tasted fair but was not as good as I remembered. It would have been nice to experience a meal instead of eat and get out as quick as possible.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was our first time at Mamma Melina; the service was outstanding and food tasted great. Our waiter constantly checked on us and made sure everything tasted well. They even brought my friend a free tiramisu in honor of her birthday!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Friendly, attentive staff and amazing food. Had the absolutely best gnocchi of my life - who knew they could be so good?!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We always enjoy our time at Mama Melina. Aaron, the manager, is fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

I was surprised by my mediocre entrée of shrimp scampi; the linguine pasta served on the side was a small, cold and tasteless portion. It did not even a hint of garlic or flavor. Very strange. The shrimp were tasty but very salty and overcooked. My salad, however, was delicious with lovely crisp butter lettuce, goat cheese and Marconi almonds. The dessert was also good, a lava cake with raspberry served with ice cream. This was strange however, as they said it was a chocolate cake not a lava cake. Why not advertise that it was a lava cake ? Strange.
The service was very good, but I was disappointed with our table which looked at the swinging door of the kitchen and was very awkwardly placed, in the middle of the very noisy room. I guess I should have requested a more intimate table. Overall, we were underwhelmed. My sister who was visiting from Portland, OR said, "I wouldn't go back there." Not sure I will or not.

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