MELAO by Mario Pagan

4.8
41 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Puerto Rican
World renowned Chef Mario Pagan combines unique flavors that will inspire your imagination and relive your wildest dreams. Mixed into our music, song lyrics, and slang, Melao represents all the fun and flavor that defines who we are as Puerto Ricans. This is the ambiance we want you to share at our table. World renowned Chef Mario Pagan combines unique flavors that will inspire your imagination and relive your wildest dreams. Pleasures evoked by dancing taste buds as you embrace the company and laughter of friends united. You too will become a “Corazón de Melao” (sweetheart) when Mario Pagan’s exquisite creations conquer your heart.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is a treasure. Great menu and Joel was a masterful host. We had a great time and will be back!

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MA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner at Melao two nights in a row. Our server Abraham did an excellent job by making us feel very welcome and explaining the menu. Joel the Maitre De was also excellent. This restaurant serves the best food in Dorado (including the Ritz Carlton Dorado) by a wide mile. The food is Tapas style and is delicious. I would highly recommend the Sushi Tartar, Beef Carpaccio and particularly the Duck Sliders - which will blow you away. The service was excellent and the restaurant did a great job working with you if you wanted to customize the portion sizes or accompaniments. Overall excellent.

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you! very much for your review. We're extremely for your experience at Melao. Looking forward to see you back in the near future. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food and Beverage

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had an 8:30pm reservation on a Saturday night and when we arrived we were told our table was finishing dessert and would be another 10 mins. We waited on the porch and the bartender came to take a drinks order, followed by the GM who apologized for the delay and helped us to order a few appetizers which were on the house. I think he knew we were going to be waiting more than 10 minutes, even though strangely the restaurant was not full. Once we were seated the food was excellent but sadly the service wasn’t of the same calibre. The staff were so obsessed with a couple at the next table (food critic?) that we continually had to wait while people who arrived after us were served their food. The coup de grace was after the waiter explained that if we wanted the special chocolate dessert we should order it with the rest of our food to avoid a 25 minute wait which we duly did. Surprisingly after clearing our entrees we had to wait 30 minutes for dessert which arrived looking like it had been thrown onto the plate after I asked what in earth was going on. The aforementioned couple next to us were also persuaded to order the chocolate dessert after they finished their entrees and miraculously it appeared a few minutes later. Call me a cynic but I’m pretty sure they got ours and we were left to wait. Let’s hope the guy writes them a good review to offset ours. They even comped his bill so it’s likely that’ll be the case but if you’re just an ordinary bloke like me trying to have a nice meal with your daughter there are plenty of other places on the island that are far better than Melao in our experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!

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t
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was a perfect night good ambiance, good food good friends great service food awesome

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Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you for your review. Looking forward to have you back with us. Omar Negrón Director Food and Beverage

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SW
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal and even better service! The staff was very attentive to our needs. Gave detailed descriptions of each dish to help us decide what to chose. Every course was delicious!!! If you are staying in Dorado, we highly recommend this restaurant.

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Responded on March 3, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to have you back with us in a near future. Omar Negrón Director Food and Beverage

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Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Service, food and drinks are fantastic. Brought foodie parents who were delighted by the appetizers and mains. If

MELAO by Mario Pagan
Responded on February 26, 2019

Thank you very much for your review we are glad for your experience at Melao. We looking forward to see you again. Omar Negron Director Food and Beverage

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SB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent except for a family of 4 children all under age 6 running around and screaming. This fine dining establishment should have a policy for an age limit. This is not the place where a 2 year old can get chicken tenders, a hot dog or mac and cheese.
It ruined our evening. Management was advised yet nothing was done.
We are not coming back under these circumstances.

MELAO by Mario Pagan
Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences regarding your recent dinner. Please accept our most sincere apologies for any disappointment you experienced with our restaurant ambiance during your most recently visit. We genuinely appreciate your feedback and will take your comments into consideration so we can provide you with a better experience in the future. I hope that you will give us another opportunity to welcome you back. Warmest regards, Omar N. Director F&B

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was absolutely fantastic. I got the ribeye and it was cooked to perfection and worth the price tag. Also service was impeccable.

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Responded on February 22, 2019

We're extremely joyful to hear about your experience at Melao. We will be sharing your review with our team. We look forward to have you back! Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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C
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

service is great, but too long of wait times for food.

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Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, we will make the necessary arrangements to provide you with a better experience during your next visit. Warms Regards, Omar N. Director Food and Beverage

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S
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great food, superb cocktails.

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Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you! very much for your feedback. We will be sharing your review with our staff. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comida exquisita, servicio inmejorable. Recomendado

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Responded on February 22, 2019

Nos alegra mucho que hayan disfrutado su velada con nosotros. Muchas gracias! por sus comentarios. Esperamos verles pronto. Omar Negron Director Food and Beverage

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MD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Food is phenomenal. The staff go out of their way to accommodate your needs. Suggestions are always spot on. It is a point of pride for the people who work here to make the guests feel welcome.

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Responded on February 22, 2019

We're joyful with your experience. We look forward have you back. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is by far one of our favorites on the Island. The food the staff the atmosphere are all top notch! All the wait staff goes above and beyond to make your experience spectacular. The food is always consistently fabulous every single time. Joel the manager is probably the best restaurant manager I have ever seen. He helps the staff in any way he can he makes sure he greats every single guest that walks through the door and makes a point to stop at every table to check on guests. He is the key that makes this place so amazing!

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Responded on February 22, 2019

We're extremely happy to hear about your experience with us. We will be sharing your review with our team. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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SJ
Caribbean
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MELAO is the best way to experience the local flavors presented by Mario Pagán if you are in the Dorado area. Great cocktails & wine list within a nice & cozy ambiance.

MELAO by Mario Pagan
Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you! for taking the time to review us. We're extremely happy to hear about your experience with us. We will be sharing your review with our team members. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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R
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Sr Cristal, Francisco and all their staff went out of their way to make it memorable

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Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you! for your feedback. We're extremely happy to hear about your experience at Melao. We will be sharing your review with our staff. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner experience

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Responded on February 22, 2019

Thank you for your review! We look forward to have you back. Warms Regards, Omar Negron Director Food & Beverage

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LM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Will work a little on the size of the portions Nevertheless the quality of the food was great.

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OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well trained ultra friendly hostesses and waitresses and Restaurant manager always pending of any necessity we might have. Great place if you want to hang out with friends or want to impress somebody with their high end fine dining.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, esp the apps

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OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Year’s Brunch!

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New England
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Still getting the kinks out in the kitchen, food took a very long time to arrive. Our table service was good and apologetic about the wait. When the food arrived, it was very good.

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J
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mario always provides excellent dishes of local and international favorites with a super twist. One of the best alternatives in town...!!!

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AC
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super!! Todo muy bueno :atención, calidad de la comida 🥘 Los cócteles 🍸 en fin todo bueno !!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MELAO is one of our favorites! The food is excellent and the service is always amazing.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try Pegaito de Paella. Best dish I have had in a while

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesante mezcla se sabores,buena presentaciòn,ingredientes frescos del país.
Menù variado sin ser extenso.
Servicio educado y amable sin ser cargosos.

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DE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there, excellent experience. Food was delicious and both the server (Sorry! Cant remember her name!) and Manager were accommodating and knowledgeable. Great suggestions of food by the server and excellent suggestion of wine by the manager, Joel.

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R
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good. My only concern is that the food was a little bit salty for me, high blood presure.

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DC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exelent food and service.
Good meal presentation, but they have to work on the wine list and the noice.

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S
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Waiters are confused most of the time. Very poor acoustics/noisy. Very slow to be served the main courses every time. Waiters too intrusive like @ Chili’s. Food is good for the most part. Chocolate dessert is tasteless. Needs better chocolate. Dining room temperature can be too cold.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent dinner restaurant. Exotic tapas and courses. Very well trained personel for a friendly service at table.

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DE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great evening and the food was excellent. I do not remember the hostesses name but she was lovely, Joel the manager was very accommodating and gracious as always, Luis our server was excellent and support staff was great as well. My only wishes are that we had more room for more food and that you dim the lights a little bit more.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambience with incredible tasting food. Loved the place.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Poor offer of Pinot Noir wines, considering this experience was sold as, “PINOT NOIR” night!
For $165/person, you received delicious soup (!) and two other dishes - mediocre at best - finished with a domestic, airplane-quality desert; this was l paired with cheap Belle Gloss “Rose” type Pinot, Kim Crawford Pinot Noir (uh...?!), an Oregon “88” score, and a Burgundy Pinot, which was hardly classified as full-bodied headliner (that’s the pinnacle?!)

For $330/couple, there are so many other restaurants in the vicinity that will respectfully - and humbly - honor your taste buds, and food/wine knowledge.

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G
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. The sea bass is spectacular.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Staff was delightful, informative and attentive. Always a pleasure.

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JS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our first time at Melao and will return. Great ambient, food and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!! The girl who served us was very friendly and service was excellent.

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