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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
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Special Occasion (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Casual (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Authentic (12)
Fun (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Seasonal (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Cozy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Quality of food and service is consistent.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·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.

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 (Seattle)·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 :)

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Organic, Happy Hour, Vegan
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Staff was personable and knowledgeable.

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Seattle)·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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Server was great atmosphere was great a bit pricy

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Seattle)·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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vip
 (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 19, 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 16, 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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 (Seattle)·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 14, 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 2, 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 2, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 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 25, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 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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