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Mamma Melina

4.4
1239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Cross street
Blakeley
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Parking details
Attached private garage with free parking.
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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
What 1239 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Worse than a cheap Las Vegas restaurant the food was cold, sloppy and distasteful. Clientele zero class, and the staff was poor comedy.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was good, noodles made fresh are really good. It’s a bit over-priced for the food/atmosphere.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As a newcomer to Seattle I am already blown away by the incredible food scene, and MM is no exception. The beet salad: Simple and perfect. The black truffle pizza: TO DIE FOR. The wine list: Outstanding. The service: Impeccable. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Always one of our favorite destinations when in the city. Great tasting food, attentive wait staff, reasonably priced for nice restaurants. Come during restaurant week for a flat priced multi course dinner for a guilt free way to try new things by sharing with your companions. I've never been disappointed with anything new I've tried.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great meal, great staff and ambiance! A true neighborhood gem :-)

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had great service, excellent food and good ambience. It was noisy but it was a Friday night and the restaurant was full. Lots of energy in the room. We will definitely go back as we love this restaurant and the food. The halibut was fantastic as well as the crab and smoked salmon pasta and the lollipop lamb chops.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was good. Noise level high. Crammed tables. Chairs very uncomfortable. Waitress was knowledgeable but had too many tables. We had a group of 6. Waitress forgot one of our party ordered the multiple course special. Had to keep reminding her of the fact.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

All three meals were tasty, and the service was attentive.
The soup was only lukewarm, but the server quickly took it back for reheating.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful presentation of dishes, and each had their own distinct flavors yummy!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our server was very nice and although neither of us had a cocktail, the selection looked very good.
I would recommend your restaurant and may even go there again this year.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had great food and outstanding service. We were there for a late lunch so it was very quiet. I would certainly recommend this and we'll go back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I recently hosted a baby shower at Mamma Melina. It was wonderful. The staff had chosen a somewhat private round table near a window. I brought my own flowers which they took care of. All the food was excellent. I also brought cupcakes which the staff plated on individual plates with doilies and put a pink candle on one of them for the mommy-to-be. Everyone had a great time. I would definitely recommend Mamma Melina for a special event.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Although I love the food here, the noise is pretty irritating at busy evening times. If you don't mind shouting, you'll like it. We try to go at off times and always enjoy the food and experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always satisfying food and service! Pleasant staff :) Love coming here with friends especially!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wasn't too impressed. Food was okay. Biggest down side was the waitress. Seemed a little impatient and could have been a little more chipper. People come for the experience and she didn't seem too welcoming. Asked her too take a photo for us and she seemed a little but annoyed.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Our server, Cole made the meal and evening most enjoyable. Good wine recommendations and pleasant attitude contributed to a great night out.

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Pleasant ambience, cocktails were generously sized and well prepared, food itself was fairly ordinary and some service mishaps occurred. Overall, it's suitable for nice-casual dining in the neighborhood (with item prices ranging moderate to high), but not as a special occasion destination citywide.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Seated promptly, excellent home made foccoia bread served with water. Spicy meatballs were absolutely fantastic. we liked them so much we ordered them as a starter both times we visited. Everything we had was top notch. Service was excellent, ambiance was modern but comfortable and fun. We will definitely be back next time we’re in Seattle!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

reservations are a good idea.....service is polite & friendly.....when I'm in Seattle eating here is a MUST!!!.......best veal scallopini I've ever had.....pizza is good too!!!.....

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was not as good as we have had in the past. The clams had lots of sand in it and the bolognese was not very flavorful. The wait staff was nice but I am not sure it will be our go to restaurant any longer for special occasions.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Service from host to server was fabulous. Thanks Sean! Food, not so great. Kale in the ravioli was not cooked enough, it was like eating a kale ricotta salad in a ravioli pocket. Fish (once again this happened in another fish dish) wasn’t salted enough before being battered. You can salt meat or fish after their cooked, but then the flesh is t I fused with the salt, it just sits on top. Sean was great in helping me find a good red wine by the glass. Olive oil cake and pistachio ice cream wasn’t as good as the last time I had it there. We always come back because something is good. We enjoyed our beet salads, good portion and good ratio of nuts, cheese, greens to beets, dressing was also just right. There’s always something good at Mamma Melina’s, yet it seems there’s always something a little not quite right. I’ll try the ravioli again (not the kale ricotta) because the last time I had it (different filling), it was yum-o!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I have always liked MM as it provides an excellent setting for conducting business, both at lunch and dinner; servers are sensitive to why you are eating there and are very responsive and unobtrusive. The food is very good and prices are not over the top. Business, special events, or just for a break in home cooking, it is a very attractive venue.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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. 😏

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Quality of food and service is consistent.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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 :)

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Staff was personable and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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