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Mele Bistro, Arlington, VA

Mele Bistro

4.7
4.7
1214 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

"...Our menu is just a reference for you-but in reality, creativity is in our hearts, our minds, and our kitchen, let me give you a different dining experience..."

***Tables for 10 minutes after reservation time***

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2 people

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Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 522-0284

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

Menu

Info

One of many reasons we support our local farmers & small farms is they bring a taste of real flavors to Mele Bistro. All natural fresh homemade pastas with Farm-to-Table Cage Free, pasture-raised, Non-gmo, Hormones-Free Eggs and all Natural Flour Non-gmo.

  • Fiber, Antioxidants, & Omega 3 Are Primary Focus of Our Menu & Quality Choices.

    • We Do Not Use Any Can Tomato, Soy Products, MSG, Food Coloring and Meat Tenderizer Powder or Seasoning.

      • Our Natural Beef, Lamb

        100% Grass Fed. Non-GMO, No Hormones, No Antibiotics, and No Animal By-Products, Free Range. Raised On Small U.S. Farms With High Detailed Brix Measurement.

        • Our Natural Chickens

          Farm-To-Table, Cage Free, Pasture-Raised, Non- GMO, and Hormones-Free.

          • Our Grass Fed Beef, Lamb

            100% Grass Fed. Nothing Added Ever: No Hormones, No Antibiotics, And No Animal By-Products Ever, Free Range. Raised On Small U.S. Farms With High Detailed Brix Measurement.

            • over Night Hawaiian Fish from Hawaii.

              • No soy Sauce or Soy Products is Being Mixed or Used in Our Burgers.

                • Mele Bistro is for fine, cotemporary, and casual dining.

                  • We do offer complimentary parking for lunch & dinner.

                    • Our menu changes daily.

                      • We do not use any Can Tomatoes, soy products, MSG, food coloring, nor meat tenderizers.

                        • We use only European butter.

                          • The origin of each item on the menu is next to the item on the menu.

                            • We offer great selection

                              fresh appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, varieties of pizzas, burgers (grass fed and non-grass-fed), seafood, and meat (grass fed beef and non-grass-fed), duck, and etc.

                              • Our North American jumbo sea scallops are hand-picked scallops.

                                • All of our shrimps are from North America and packaged in North America.

                                  • Our Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Swordfish are offered only from Hawaii

                                    we do offer more varieties from Hawaii.

                                    • All our lamb are from Pensylvania farm-to- table.

                                      • All of our meat are aged and fresh from North America

                                        We do not offer any meat from Australia nor New Zealand, but we offer their fresh seafood.

                                        • All of our seafood are from Hawaii

                                          (overnight shipping), North America, Europe, and South America and only one fish from Japan.

                                          • Our Black Angus striploin steak has been aged to perfection.

                                            • Our chicken and poulet rouge chicken are all natural from North Carolina.

                                              • We use Only Organic or free range eggs.

                                                • Our fresh berries are organic.

                                                  • 60% of our produces are from our local farmers (during season).

                                                    • All year around, we use locally farm grown apples.

                                                      • We are in process of introducing many new products and items from farm to tables, in house smoked dishes, high fibers and high antioxidant dishes.

                                                        We will be offering the most unusual and healthy traditional pancakes and crepes with high quality flour, high in fibers and antioxidant for Saturdays and Sunday's lunch and more.

                                                        • Our goal is to make sure you get a high quality products.

                                                          It is important to us how the quality of our products affect how you feel while and after you dine at Mele Bistro.

                                                          Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                          What 1,214 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                          4.7
                                                          4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.7Food
                                                          • 4.6Service
                                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                                          • 4.5Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

                                                          Loved For

                                                          • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                                                            Fit for Foodies

                                                          • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                                                            Neighborhood Gem

                                                          • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                                                            JudithF

                                                            Atlantic City

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                            Mele has excellent food, but is much too loud. You cannot carry on a normal conversation. Plus the coffee machine was broken, so no coffee available.

                                                          2. V

                                                            Valentine

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            1.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                            overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                            Service was a disaster! It was our first time dining there. Won't be going back. Got overcharged for 3 appetizers and 1 that never showed up. They had to redo the bill. We waiting an hour & a half and never got our entree. We had reservations via open table. By 8:45 we took our entrees to go and ate them the next day. Never going back.

                                                          3. MW

                                                            MaryW

                                                            Naples

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We LOVE Mele Bistro because you feel like you are being welcomed into someone's home -- the owner comes to each table and personally welcomes you. He is the warmest person you'll ever meet! The food is also incredible. Such a special place.

                                                          4. MM

                                                            MissMary

                                                            Philadelphia

                                                            147 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            147 reviews

                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            My friend and I dined outside, enjoying the glorious May day! We really enjoyed our meal, and our only comments were that the service seemed a bit slow (water refills and the like), as the evening drew on, and more tables got filled. Perhaps due to staffing issues? However, the visit by the manager(?) towards the end really made up for it. He was super-friendly, and invited us to come visit the restaurant again. He made me feel very welcome, and that is the kind of customer service I appreciate!

                                                          5. J

                                                            Jackie

                                                            Richmond

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            This place is AMAZING! The quality of the food is fabulous and the fact that it is all natural, locally sourced and homemade makes this place a true gem!! Frank is always so gracious to greet and chat with his customers. Its is evident that he is passionate about his place! We have never had anything here that was not DELICIOUS!!

                                                          6. ML

                                                            MusicLover

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Great restaurant to meet friends at. Service minded staff and prompt delivery of what we asked for.

                                                          7. CM

                                                            ChrisM

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food is great and the portions are perfect. Staff is very attentive. They explain each special for the evening with great detail. Our server answered each of our questions, but also asked questions to probe our tastes and made suggestions, very helpful.

                                                          8. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Columbus

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful food and service!

                                                          9. JK

                                                            JoyceK

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Their specialties are fresh seafood and homemade Italian dishes. Service is warm and friendly. The restaurant itself is always a pleasant surprise because the owner continually decorates it. On crowded evenings, service is slow, but the food is worth the wait.

                                                          10. l

                                                            luvgoodfood

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food was delicious and the service was friendly and knowledgeable.

                                                          11. CC

                                                            CeCe

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Mele is an excellent restaurant. I really like their small plates because you can order two different meals. I ordered the spicy monkfish. It was excellent. The warm olive appetizer is also delicious. My friend ordered the homemade pasta with red snapper which was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

                                                          12. HH

                                                            HydrangeaHill

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            22 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            22 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            I love Mele for its selection of fresh fish and its lively atmosphere. It certainly was hopping on Mother's Day, and service and food were not quite up to their usual high standards. Tables are very close together, so I would not recommend eating inside if you're worried about Covid.

                                                          13. P

                                                            Pomegranad

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            A good place for celebrations. Very friendly staff.

                                                          14. DM

                                                            DuncanM

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Mele is our favorite Restaurent in Arlington, VA. The food is superb, service is great, and the atmosphere is warm, and inviting. We give it the highest possible marks, we love it.

                                                          15. M

                                                            Marina66

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            We love this neighborhood Gem. My husband come here for the seafood, especially the Mussels and Scallops. YUMMY

                                                          16. LK

                                                            LauraK

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Service is personal and helpful and engaging. Food is complex and delicious and perfection. Atmosphere is lovely. There was energy but we could hear each other. We had a perfect dinner.

                                                          17. S

                                                            Scott

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Mele Bistro is an Arlington gem, and the owner Frank Smiley is welcoming and obviously loves his business. The food is unique and excellent, best ingredients. Ambience inside and out is just great, and servers are friendly and professional. Dining experience is wonderful, and I meet business colleagues and friends frequently at Mele for many years.

                                                          18. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            What a find! Lots of care put into the menu and food.

                                                          19. KC

                                                            KevinC

                                                            Charleston

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                            The waitstaff was a little pushy with rushing us to order our entrees. In doing so, she made lowered our energy and interest level of returning.

                                                          20. RJ

                                                            RJF4

                                                            Denver

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            Always a good meal @ Mele. Frank & Carlos are the best, friendly & warm. You can never do wrong with a meal at Mele

                                                          21. MA

                                                            MaxA

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            All I can say is this restaurant is Fantastic! Everything was just great! The food, the servers, the wine… fantastic! I’ll definitely be going back.

                                                          22. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Columbus

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Melè Bistro is always a delicious experience. It's my favorite go to Saturday night in Arlington. There's a cozy, intimate feeling indoors and a terrific outdoor canapied patio with a festive atmosphere. The owner and wait staff are very welcoming. The owner always says, "It's not my restaurant, it's yours!" They make you feel like old friends they've missed.

                                                          23. PH

                                                            PeterH

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Exceptional menu with very good food quality. Service was also friendly and reliable. For a restaurant in Arlington not far from DC, offering free parking is very helpful.

                                                          24. CL

                                                            CLM122012

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Another great experience with Mele Bistro this week. Also a good bet, especially for a special occasion.

                                                          25. S

                                                            Speaperboxx08

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The service was great. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. And the lobster ravioli was sooooo good.

                                                          26. AL

                                                            AlyssaL

                                                            Tallahassee

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                            We really enjoyed this place. Menu was extensive and food was very good, but tables were a bit crowded indoors, esp. in the covid era. Good wine list. I would definitely go back, but would probably try to sit outdoors next time.

                                                          27. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent food and service

                                                          28. R

                                                            Roddy

                                                            Baltimore

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful pasta and delicious appetizers. Okay burgers. Go for the pasta. Amazing dessert.

                                                          29. D

                                                            Dave

                                                            New York Area

                                                            44 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            44 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Had early dinner prior to an event. Only diners outside was nice. nice atmosphere. Waiter/servers couldn’t have been nicer. Started with buffalo mozz tomato caprese salad. was good, could have used a little more cheese but tasty. Wife had ravioli with spinach and cheese. Didn’t see or taste any cheese though. But she liked it. I had seafood fettuccine. Asked for no mussels and if chef would substitute little more of other fish as dish usually is 40% mussels. They said absolutely no problem. well didn’t come with a lot of fish. I would have ordered something else. Not enough for the price IMO. decent amount of calamari, few scallops and 3 shrimp. Didn’t have any clams which it was supposed to. Asked staff and the brought a few out. Good IPA and wine. skipped dessert. Would go back.

                                                          30. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Tampa

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                            The food was really good but it was definitely very crowded to get inside and very busy once inside. Overall good experience though!

                                                          31. LM

                                                            LaurenM

                                                            Savannah

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food and the staff was amazing. Everything was smooth and wonderful. Would go back in a heart beet

                                                          32. EN

                                                            ElizabethN

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            This place was awesome! My husband and I pass by it all the time on our way to our local coffee shop. Last night we finally decided to go, and I’m so disappointed that we didn’t go sooner! Food was delicious and portion size was perfect.

                                                          33. DB

                                                            DanB

                                                            Richmond

                                                            42 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            42 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We truly enjoy Mele Bistro! The friendly staff and amazing menu are such a treat. It is clear they take their ingredients and preparation very seriously. The effect is outstanding.

                                                          34. LL

                                                            LizaL

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            After working in the DC area over 38 years we finally found “our” restaurant. The wait staff and owner were considered family by the end of the evening. Everything we ordered (scallops and salmon) were excellent. Attention to detail was exceptional.

                                                          35. F

                                                            Faraswa

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Omg! I had the loveliest meal with my date here! I love their outdoor lights. The service was impeccable! Loved it!! I got the seafood fettuccine! It was divine

                                                          36. S

                                                            Scott

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Ambience is great for business or pleasure. Food is outstanding. One of my 'places to go' in Arlington !!

                                                          37. A

                                                            Amore

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Enjoyed a few of the fish dishes. A good balance of different flavors.

                                                          38. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            It was amazing. Server was kind and informative. Quiet, cozy environment. Food was delicious.

                                                          39. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New England

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Host and severs were so pleasant and warm. Food was excellent and flavor was not sacrificed. I felt like I ate at the home of a relative!

                                                          40. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Had such a wonderful evening here! The owner is so welcoming and the staff is fantastic. We didn’t wait long for our food and everything tasted fresh and delicious. Highly recommend the gnocchi

                                                          Safety precautions

                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                          • Protective equipment

                                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                          • Screening

                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                          FAQs

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                                                          Mele Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1214 OpenTable diners.

                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                          Booked 13 times today

                                                          Order delivery or takeout

                                                          Delivery

                                                          • Order online
                                                          Google Map for Mele Bistro

                                                          1723 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22209

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            Arlington

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Dinner Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Casual Dining

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Smart Casual

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            Private Lot

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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