MELAO by Mario Pagan

4.8
33 reviews
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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.
What 33 People Are Saying
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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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C
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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S
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great food, superb cocktails.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comida exquisita, servicio inmejorable. Recomendado

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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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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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SJ
Caribbean
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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.

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R
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner experience

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DN
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 19, 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, esp the apps

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

Great New Year’s Brunch!

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E
New England
49 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
6 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 16, 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
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 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 7, 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 13, 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 22, 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 3, 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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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Have been a fan of chef/owner Mario Pagan, and once again has not diss
appointed me! Fabulous.

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