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Melina, North Bethesda, MD

Melina

4.7
4.7
403 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 78 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 403 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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  1. D

    Debbie

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our first dining experience at Melina was very positive. Our server, Isabella, was perfectly attentive and helpful. We started with a delicious sourdough bread that was surprisingly mild in flavor and not overly coarse given the whole wheat. The tarama cream it was served with was delicious, if indulgent. We had the fried potatoes, mixed mushrooms, butternut squash orzo, and cheese pie for mezze. The two final dishes we got were the lamb kebabs and the portobello souvlaki. The lamb and souvlaki were so flavorful. I was underwhelmed by only the farro that accompanied the souvlaki and the orzo. The latter was a little bland, but I loved the texture nevertheless; I've never had orzo that so closely resembled rice. Although we didn't have room for dessert, Isabella was so nice to bring out a sparkler and a birthday card for me. That was so sweet! I look forward to returning for more creative fare. The talent in the kitchen is evident.
  2. LG

    LindsayG

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner on a Tuesday night - our reservations were for inside. We began with a cocktail at the bar on the outside. The bartenders were so much fun to watch that we ended up having dinner at the bar. The drinks and food were fantastic! I had the Bouboulina cocktail and my friend had the Old Fashioned - both were beautifully crafted, refreshing and delicious. We had an eggplant special, the cheese pie, grilled octopus and lamb kebabs. Everything was delicious - the herbs and sauces they use elevate the flavor profile of each dish. They even brought out a complimentary dessert to celebrate a birthday. We will definitely be back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Inventive food and great service.
  4. D

    Disappointing

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved the presentation and flavors! A little pricey but great for a fun night with friends.
  5. TK

    TomK

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience on the Melina patio was fabulous!! The setting, food and service were impeccable. Thank you.
  6. SL

    SueL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, unique dishes! Nice outdoor dining.
  7. JC

    JaneC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice menu. Small plates exceptional. Limited wine list but what was available was good.
  8. MB

    MurrayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the dishes and the service were very good. This was my second visit, and I was happy with each visit. My companions were happy as well with the experience.
  9. M

    Mint

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had lunch. The portion size was great, the food was excellent. Great service in good atmosphere. I will come back definitely! I just wish their housemade bread was complimentary.
  10. PF

    PauloF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with great presentation and a friendly staff. They also have gluten-free options! Highly recommended!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly with excellent food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We ordered a variety of mezze and everything from the beet salad to the lamb kebabs and the grilled octopus to the rest was simply delicious! Best Mediterranean restaurant we have been to in this area
  13. K

    Kryger

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took my parents and infant daughter here for brunch. The staff was very accommodating for the baby, helping find us a comfortable location and storing the stroller. The meal itself was great, really enjoyable. We tried the mezze platter to start, everything on it was awesome. I really enjoyed my shrimp and pasta entree, my mother loved the french toast and greek yogurt, and my father said that the short ribs were almost melt in your mouth soft. Fresh and fun cocktails, and a nice selection of greek wine. All in all a great brunch experience, will definitely return and looking forward to going to dinner there sometime soon as well!
  14. t

    tweetgood

    Washington DC

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    The food was served very promptly. Our server was very busy and she tried her best.
  15. KP

    KPDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Restaurant was super accommodating, switching us from a colder spot to a booth table. Food was very delicious and healthy. Service amazing. Ambience so light and airy and eco, loved it. Only thing was the dessert, literally friend thought she was ordering a donut but instead got 6-7 and charged $16. Bit much. Other than that, I would go back in a heartbeat.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! We got the bread, mushroom skewers and the lamb neck. Everything was fantastic. Drinks too!
  17. s

    susanb

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance with the walls open on two sides to breezy patio. Delicious creative food- beautifully plated Will definitely return
  18. A

    Ashley

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  19. VM

    VincentM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Extremely tasty authentic Greek food with a modern twist. Nice but limited wine list.
  20. SC

    SpartacoC

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, good place… not Greek food ( just using Greek yogurt does not make it Greek….) , but very interesting I recommend..
  21. S

    Silverpalate

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We went early before a movie. Fun with windows open. Food is amazingly creative and delicious. Had the tuna appetizer, fresh bread and spread, Iceland cod with beets (incredible), and a shrimp pasta. The cocktails were just ok imo…too sweet and not enough variety. Server was just ok - not personable, just sorta mailing it quickly in - dotting his I’s and crossing his tees. That was the only weak link - hostesses seemed new but were earnest and friendly. Definitely would go there again.
  22. FF

    FoodieFriend

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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
  23. CB

    CarolB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and so was the service I look forward to eating there again.
  24. JP

    JillP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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
  25. m

    mariar

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, felt rushed by the server during the meal.
  27. AZ

    AvaZ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday lunch for a friend. It was perfect
  28. M

    Michael

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in the area!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience
  32. AK

    AntoniaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  33. B

    Birthday

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  34. NK

    NancyK

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. M

    Musiclover

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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!
  40. 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.

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 403 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 78 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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