Melograno

4.6
745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Melograno BYOB is a contemporary 3 bell Italian Restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square, which was also recognized in Bon Appetit's Top Tables. Roman-born Chef Demontis transforms traditional Italian food and elevates its flavors. Using only fresh seasonal ingredients, the menu includes a variety of seafood, meats as well housemade pastas and vegetarian dishes. We have currently introduced Pinsa to the menu. Pinsa is a Roman style Pizza coming from the Latin term Pinsere meaning to press.
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Philadelphia
107 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I had the truffle and mushroom parpadelle and it was as good as advertised.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been to Melograno many times but not in last year. Service was excellent; room was lovely, since it was early, not loud, but the food, overall, was disappointing. And that's the first time I've ever experienced that at this restaurant. Normally, outstanding food.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be a great place with amazing food and fun, hip vibe. It’s perfect for groups, a special event, or just a quick - delicious - dinner. Always visit when I’m in town. And continually recommend to friends looking for a tasty bite.

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r
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed dining at Melograno. The food was excellent. We each had the delicious striped bass
and soft shelled crab and spicy mussels appetizers. We finished with a refreshing mango sorbet.
The wait staff was very helpful and welcoming.

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RM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the pizza is amazing. Great service and fun ambiance. Will definitely be back.

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r
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Italian cuisine. Service was excellent, attentive, not intrusive.

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Did not expect to be so impressed. Can’t believe the food. I thought I was back in Tuscany. The service was 5 star. On those alone I would recommend in a heartbeat, but then the check came. I was floored. Yeah it was byob, but it was soo cheap I thought I was robbing them. 1000% recommended. Best meal in ages.

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MI
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food is excellent. Great specials. Pleasant wait staff. Always bring our friends there for dinner. We love Melo Grano.

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AF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and impeccable service--kind, accommodating to every request. The fresh mushroom pappardelle is just excellent. This is not 5-star Italian, but it is friendly, easy, moderately-priced, and delicious.

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JN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I rated the food good from past experience. We actually left at 9:05 pm because we were not seated for an 8:30 reservation. No apologies from the host, and poor communication on updates. Noise level is quite loud. We dined a few doors down the street at Porcini, which is an excellent Italian BYOB. I highly recommend Porcini.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice date night out, our server was very attentive. It was a little noisy in there but it was expected as it was a Friday night at prime eating time. The portions seemed a little small but was very delicious. Would go again.

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JC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming ambience, inspired food, great neighborhood.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Just okay. Dined here with a friend for her birthday and wasn’t overly impressed with the food or the service. I told the hostess and notes in Open Table that it was my friends birthday and they didn’t bring a candle out or anything which is a small thing, but was kind of a bummer after a mediocre dining experience there. Not bad, not amazing, just okay for me.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My entree (breaded chicken) seems to have come straight from the Sysco food service.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just discovered this gem in our new neighborhood. The tables are not jammed in and the food is clean.

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DB
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I suggested the pasta tartufatto to my friends, they raved about it. The daily specials of watercress salad and pasta with mussels and calamari were outstanding. We must go back soon.

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DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I found my pork tenderloin very dry. Others in my group found their entees lacking flavor. Our server was not very attentive. However, it was an extremely busy evening for the restaurant. I’d like to think it was an off night for them.

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CL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very authentic Italian food very well prepared and presented. It is a BYOB so an excellent value.

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W
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

it was a nice experience. the staff were helpful. the environment was nice but busy.

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SW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All was great. The shrimp dish had an unusual taste and color.

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DT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything!!

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DD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. One if my favorite places. Only complaint is the noise level. Many loud parties going on.

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S
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Good food. INSANELY LOUD and we were in the window seats so people waiting for tables were hanging over us the entire time. I wouldn't return because the atmosphere was stressful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My wife and I went here the night before running the Philadelphia Love Half Marathon. We were expecting to have options for large pasta dishes with great flavor. What we found were very bland dishes, small portions, and an environment so loud that we finally quit trying to have a conversation with one another. Our impression was that the only major draw to this place was the BYOB policy and party atmosphere.

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GG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wait staff could use another person on the floor. Salmon and dorado fish courses were terrific. I never had a Beddia pizza but can say that Meolgrano's pizza compares favorably with the gold standard, Pepe's in New Haven

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M
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Melograno's food has always been good, but we left and stayed away for along time due to the outrageous level of noise.
Tip" come early and be seated at the window. Noise level much less. The food was great

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LZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, great waiter, knew all the dishes, slowly explained everything. Love the place but guests I brought thought too noisy for a family dinner, hard to hear each other. But menu interesting and delicious. I would definitely go back. Like the BYBO policy.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is decent and our waiter was great. The management staff, however, is a different story. A few girlfriends and I came in for dinner and ordered a full three courses and our dinner took around 90 minutes (not unreasonable, in my opinion). I have never been so passive aggressively rushed out of a restaurant by a restaurant manager. You could also feel him and another staff member hovering over our table very visibly annoyed that our table hadn’t turned over yet. There are way too many great BYOs in this city with a way more friendly staff. Seek those out instead.

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a Saturday night and it was quite busy but the service was prompt and friendly. Food was outstanding across the board, from the apps to the entrees and we had a great bread pudding desert. Prices seemed relatively moderate and since it's a BYOB you don't spend a fortune.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Small but charming, loved the decor, very simple. Great lighting and ambiance of the entire place. Moderately prices menu and the BYOB cuts your bill in half. Nice and courteous service. Food was delicious, menu options were slightly limited. Great recommendation for Italian food in Philly.

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k
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just okay. There was a lack of vegetables in the main plates offered. Maybe we should have added them on as sides, but would have been nice to have them already paired.

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l
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Even though the menu is limited, the food was yummy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service and fantastic food!

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PK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice in the past month and truly enjoyed every dish we tried. Highly recommend and BYOB.

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Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and excellent service with the added benefit of being able to bring your own wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner with friends.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It was screaming loud. Food great, service excellent, not good for date night

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time experience and the server was amazing. He helped make recommendations, which was probably super easy because all of the food was amazing. 10/10 will come again

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and the food was unique, tasty and innovative.Loved the melitzana pizza

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I travel to Italy every year and just returned from a two week trip to Rome and Florence.

If you cannot get to Italy, Melograno makes you feel like you are in an Italian Trattoria.

The food is prepared carefully with local, seasonal fresh ingredients and tastes just like the meals in Italy.

Our server was exceptional in explaining all of the details regarding the menu and specials, while not rushing through the explanation. We never had to ask for more water, home maid bread, or to pour our wine.

The management and staff were professional and friendly....and we learned a few good tips from them for traveling to Naples and small towns in southern Italy.

Melograno success is not surprising, since the Chef and management are from Italy.

One trip to Melograno and you will be looking for a flight to Italy.

Our Rating: 5 stars

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