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Melina, North Bethesda, MD

Melina

4.7
4.7
384 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek

The name Melina is rooted in Greek origin and derives from the Greek word for "honey". "Mel" can be derived from the name Melissa meaning "honey-bee". The restaurant is named after the daughter of Co-Founder Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. “Melina” will honor the strength of the matriarchy in the Greek family. It will lean vegetable-forward with modernized Greek classics from the sea and grilled meats. Greek cuisine is all about freshness and quality of ingredients and that will be on display in a fine casual setting.

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Booked 62 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 818-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    North Bethesda

  • Cross street

    Trade Street + Rose Avenue

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    White flint Metro

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 384 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Greek

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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  1. A

    Ashley

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first time visiting Melina and it was absolutely wonderful. The portions were smaller than expected but provided an opportunity to try a variety of food and it was all delicious. Sevice was very friendly and gave excellent suggestions to make things enjoyable. Would definitely go back again to try some other items off the menu.

  2. VM

    VincentM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Extremely tasty authentic Greek food with a modern twist. Nice but limited wine list.

  3. SC

    SpartacoC

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, good place… not Greek food ( just using Greek yogurt does not make it Greek….) , but very interesting I recommend..

  4. FF

    FoodieFriend

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The food is outstanding and unique-tastefully presented with unique flavor combinations. The serving size was just right. The staff at lunch hurried us and the greeter upon arrival was not warm and inviting. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the eating space and the food

  5. CB

    CarolB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great and so was the service I look forward to eating there again.

  6. JP

    JillP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were there for lunch. Sandwiches very good as was the service. Noise level quite high-3 little older ladies. We asked them to turn down the music and they did. I would like to come back for dinner

  7. m

    mariar

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and service was excellent!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent, felt rushed by the server during the meal.

  9. M

    Michael

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Izzy, our server was excellent. She was the best part of the experience for us. I had really high expectations of the food, and it was good but not as awesome as I hoped.

  10. AZ

    AvaZ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a birthday lunch for a friend. It was perfect

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent appetizers. I loved the crispy potatoes, and lamb kofte. For the entrees, the portobello mushroom souvlak and the chicken breast lemonato were also both delicious.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant in the area!!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent experience

  14. AK

    AntoniaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional service overall ! The hostess was very accommodating and polite, the food was amazing ( for a minute I thought I was in Greece) , the waitress was helpful at explaining all the meals and had good suggestions. Can’t wait to go back and try more of the meals.

  15. B

    Birthday

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really loved Melina. Food was extraordinary! Very different- very wonderful. Attractive and spacious setting. Special thanks to our server who added greatly to the whole exhibition.

  16. NK

    NancyK

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb service, excellent food. A joyful experience, we will definitely go back. Unfortunately the noise level was extremely loud. You had to shout to be heard, so best to visit with just two diners since having a four way conversation would be difficult.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for brunch. Probably one of the best brunches I’ve had in the United States.

  18. Y

    Yoshibird7

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was very nice and informative. Food was really good. We Will be back. Fun place to dine with friends.

  19. CW

    CylaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter, excellent food, nice ambiance. It’s nice to have a variety from which to choose depending on your appetite for the moment. I would definitely come back again and again

  20. DL

    DinaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This was the second time I ate at Melina in the past two weeks. It is a very good restaurant.

  21. M

    Musiclover

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed an outstanding anniversary dinner at Melina. Every dish was beautifully plated. The chef has put together a wonderful combination of flavors. I would highly recommend this restaurant though it is a little pricey. We would definitely come back!

  22. JB

    JaniceB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our meal at Molina. It’s the first time we’ve ever been there. We ordered three dishes for the two of us. Beet salad, shrimp and pasta, cheese pie. We did not order dessert because there was nothing on the menu that interested us. The three items that we ate were all delicious and I would recommend them to anyone. Our waiter was great. Very friendly. He brought each item out separately which was a great way to eat each serving while it was hot.

  23. l

    lesliet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    food was excellent and service was very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We sat outdoors which was very pleasant.

  24. PG

    PadreG

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Third time to Melina and it only keeps getting better. Food is consistent and original. Service is attentive but approachable. Cocktails are exceptional. Hopefully this local gem doesn’t too crowded.

  25. j

    jozz

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    First time dining here and it was for our anniversary. The whole experience was lovely. The booth was cozy and the space is beautiful albeit a tad noisy. The service was low key and spot on. All of the food we ordered was delicious. The old fashion, bread basket, tuna tataki (yum!), charred baby gem salad (so delicious with the pistachio pesto), cheese pie (decadent!), lamb kofta, and shrimp. We followed it up with cappuccino, espresso martini, and the delicious donuts for dessert. Then much to our surprise they brought out a heart sparkler with champagne to commemorate our anniversary. So thoughtful and made our celebration that much more special. We will definitely be returning to explore the rest of the menu. Hat off to Melina!

  26. E

    Elgee

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant. Very busy, so the kitchen service was a little slow. I’d classify the dishes in the order in which I’d want to eat more: Lamb in parchment, along with pita, pickled onions, tzatziki and crispy potatoes. Absolutely delicious, but very greasy, so if you have a temperamental stomach, I’d skip it. The lamb was succulent and the perfect texture. The pita had more of a naan feeling, given it was slathered in oil and topped with onion—so decadent and satisfying. My hubby topped his pita with lamb and all accoutrements, but I opted only for the pickled onion because the tzatziki would’ve been too much, since the sandwich was so greasy and heavy already. I was happy with my decision because the crunchy, bright onion balanced the dish by lightening it up. *The kitchen should serve a heaping side of mint/parsley with this. Would be what takes this from delicious to outstanding. Get the cheese pie. Although more a grown-up dessert, you can’t miss this during your dining experience. I wasn’t expecting much because the crust looked dry, but what looks like a sliced empanada is a delightful crusty, creamy handheld treat, drizzled with a good dose of honey and spiked with unexpected heat of cayenne. Hamachi. Loved the creamy taramo mixture dotted with vibrant herbed oil. The dusting of dried grape leaf was an amazing touch (akin to topping kebabs with lively sumac). Beet salad was so whimsical and gorgeous. Good thing we somewhat eat with our eyes, because the flavors seemed somewhat boring but boosted by the healthy feel of the dish. If you’re into specialty cocktails, order an Old Fashioned. A little bartender witchcraft using Elderwood imparts a decidedly smoky flavor to a typically sharp but unbalanced drink. After sipping, I found myself thinking, “Now, THAT’S how an Old Fashioned should taste.” Interestingly, when I raised the glass to my nose when it was almost finished, I smelled the distinct aroma of craft root beer. Server was lovely.

  27. d

    disappointed

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Outdoor dining experience greatly impacted by the loud hot rods and heavy traffic adjacent to the dining area. The food was great though hard to enjoy. Also we had a handicapped member of our party. They had to park with flashing lights next to the curb to unload/reload my disabled friend. There was a hit and run incident outside Melina and the car's side mirror was destroyed. This happened while my friend was leaving Melina's. We will not return unless the traffic situation is resolved.

  28. RT

    RobertT

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Inventive, delicious food. Prices are high and portions are somewhat small. Lovely ambiance.

  29. s

    swimmom

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated a birthday with delicious Greek food, and craft cocktails. Great service and lovely ambiance. So good to have fine dining outside the beltway.

  30. AB

    AnaBanana

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Melina is a fine new addition to Pike and Rose. The only drawback, sitting outdoors, our table was in direct sun. My husband ordered a beer it did not come until he asked the waiter again and perhaps because they were out of the two he was interested in.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding is the only word I can think of to describe our dinner. The restaurant is gorgeous! I have been trying to convince my husband to go with me, and once we got there, he wished we had come earlier. Our server was also fantastic. Don’t even think twice and just go to Melinda! You won’t regret it.

  32. P

    Petra

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Amazing food! We loved everything we tried but the standouts were the tuna tataki, octopus and the dessert (can’t remember the name but it was crispy phyllo, custard and cinnamon ice cream). Service by Danny was fantastic as well. The only thing that we didn’t love was that there weren’t umbrellas on all the outdoor tables and the sun was blazing when we got there. Considering the fact that lots of people are still only comfortable eating outside, making sure there’s shade on all the tables wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  33. B

    Bells

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our dinner at Melina , the food and staff were amazing. We will definitely dine there again.

  34. HT

    HarrietT

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious and the staff was wonderful!

  35. AY

    AYESHAM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious. Service was courteous and we received our food quickly. Parking is so close by and free for the first 2 hours.

  36. A

    Adele

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    my only complain would be the noise. Even coming from the busy street, it was really loud. But for the rest the food was exquisite and our waitress very knowledgable on the various dishes and wine, and number of plates to share and such, and very polite and available without intruding constantly. I would definitely recommend Melina and will go again soon.

  37. m

    mrwrite

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Interesting and unusual flavor combinations make the food at Melina and adventure in eating.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! Sit outside! Coming back for sure

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service in a nice environment

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service, and ambiance. Pricey but foods are delicious.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Melina is rated 4.7 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 62 times today
Google Map for Melina

909 Rose Ave North Bethesda, MD 20852

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Trade Street + Rose Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    North Bethesda

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    White flint Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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