Melograno

4.8
990 Reviews
$30 and under
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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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joanas
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I have not been at Melograno for a long time and did not rememberd why... this is the reason. The food is among the very best in the city; but the noise level is unbearabke. They should really should do something about it. My date was coming from NYC and even with the long drive we stayef only one hour and had to go fo dessert somewhere else because it was impossible to talk.

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vipPhillyByChoice
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was lovely to return to an old favorite “post-pandemic”. We shared the delicious pork meatballs and polenta for an appetizer, and then we each ordered a pasta dish. One (with mushrooms) was perfect, but the pasta in second (with duck ragu) was way over-cooked (soft and mushy). Very politely we brought it to the attention of our server who cheerfully had the chef redo it with another pasta. Overall, a positive first experience back in the world.

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AndrewM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fine, because the main seating area is a large open space, when the room begins to fill, conversation can be difficult.

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CarlaC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As soon as we walked in, the hostess gave us a table right in front of their table/desk which it was not ideal. the room was completely empty. not sure why she choose that one. she moved us then to a different table and it worked better,
We had to wait for 15 minutes for a server to come to help us. I actually had to get his attention.
They were not quick even though the guy who served us was friendly and very nice.
the food is good! The pinsa is delicious and the pasta as well. I did not have space for dessert.

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vipLeonardU
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good nice atmosphere our server Aaron was super efficient byob is a plus it’s just always so noisy even half empty

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vipHopeful
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Loved this restaurant for years. First visit since lock down. Food was terrible! Dry. Almost no sauce on fazzoleti. Fettuccini was also dry but over-packed with nuts. Waiter assured me food was prepared by original chef-owner. It must have been reheated from some other day. What a disappointment!

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KathrynR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff were genuinely welcoming and attentive without being overly so. The warm goat cheese salad, pizza (mushrooms and cheese) and handkerchief pasta with duck ragout were all excellent, as was the tiramisu. A memorable experience. Thank you!

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larsb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decided to dine here based on a PhillyMag review, so glad we did.

The food was well prepared, the hospitality cordial and generous, the overall experience delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and service. The food was authentic.

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vipMike
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, good selection of menu items. Ocotopus appetizer was a winner!

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vipNikK
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Philly. Highly recommended and will be back.

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vipRockyG
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined with a party of five at Melograno on a Saturday night in May. It was excellent. I had not been there for a few years, and we gathered for a small post-covid reunion of friends from NYC and DC. All aspects of the evening were exemplary. We were greeted at the door, seated promptly, served attentively and the food was really good. If you hadn’t guessed, Melograno is an Italian BYO restaurant, but it is a cut above. The menu is compact, but with plenty of variety. We had the Insalata with arugula and prosciutto and the burrata appetizer, both excellent. The menu has pastas and mains and we tried some of each. Two of us tried the pork chop and it was really good. We had the lamb lollipops, likewise excellent. Then we had the duck breast pasta and the cacio e pepe, also very strong. But perhaps the main ingredient for the evening was fun. The atmosphere of fun and good cheer from everyone at the restaurant was evident from the beginning: they were happy we were there and it was delightful. We finished by trying all of the desserts and they were all good. And did I mention the prices are reasonable? No pasta over $20 and my pork chop was the most expensive thing on the menu at $26!! Run, don’t walk to Melograno.

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KevinG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly and accomodating: 1)we arrived 30 mins early and were told no problem. 2)we didn't like the first table offered, again no problem. All on a busy Saturday night! The food and waiter were great too! This was a favorite spot before Covid and I'm so glad they survived. We will definitely be back!

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vipStephen
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Beautifully decorated. Prices are very moderate

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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hk94
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great downtown staple for unique Italian dishes that are always delicious. Service is great -- very warm, welcoming feeling by the server.

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MeiBoy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! I can’t say enough great things about this place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome. Service is awesome. Specials are awesome. I have never had a bad meal or experience.

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ClaudiaB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night! Great service and great food in casual but beautiful setting!

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vipwwwww
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time! The duck ragu is amazing!

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CarolO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pizza, pasta and entrees were delicious. Friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific little place for great food and fun. Staff is awesome snd accommodating.

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Kwan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food we got was amazing! I just couldn't believe how good it was. Definitely recommend the Lombatina di Maiale. Really beautiful place too. One thing I noticed as soon as we walked in, though, is that the restaurant is really loud. But I stopped noticing after a while. And never had to ask my date to repeat anything. It just has bad acoustics so nothing they can do. I do indeed recommend this place!

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PatrickW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good although the rack of lamb was cooked closer to well-done than what it should have been......medium rare would have been correct. Showed to waiter and he agreed it was overdone and he said he told the chef but although we expected perhaps a comp desert or something, nothing was offered or given. I was hungry and ate every bite because I didn't want to hold up my friend's fish meal (it would have taken 10 minutes for a replacement rack) but still......the restaurant should have done something nice for us. Otherwise all was fine.

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JuanM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service team was very welcoming. Food was great.

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vipParh20
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Always consistent. Friendly staff.

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Waide
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was with my partner and mother for an early Saturday dinner and the service from the minute we walked in through the front door was very professional and friendly. The dinner was excellent and everything was what we absolutely needed and were given in spades. We were thinking about returning before we even got up to leave.

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AnthonyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot go wrong at Melograno, every dish is a work of art. My sister and I took our parents out for a birthday dinner and we were taken care of from start to finish. I ordered the Polpo, my appetizer of choice, and it was charred to perfection. What a dish! What a dish! We decided to share a Melanzana pinsa and the flavors took me back to my grandmother's cooking, and the crust had that irresistible crunch to it that could make you eat 2 orders of it.
My main dish was the Granchio containing that nice Calabrian chili amidst the glory of the crab meat. People, it was unbelievable, the balance of flavors and heat was expertly crafted - you feel that if you look out the window you'll find yourself in Italy. While I love to try new things, it will be hard to resist the Granchio next time.
Tiramisu, Gelato and Sorbetto were the desserts, the beautiful end to the meal; light on the stomach with a sweetness that holds 'tils the last bite.
It was great to see this beautiful restaurant in action, they made my parents birthday celebration unforgettable.

The man behind the scenes is Luca Demontis, one of Philadelphia's finest. His other restaurant in the city is L'Anima - I will be going there next for another great evening out on the town.

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Fig1047
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had a reservation for 830 but still had to wait until 9 to be seated. Lots of apologies for the wait. I thought the service was a little slow since by that time the place thinned out and there weren't too many other diners. But the Pasta was good and very reasonably priced.

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JoAnnC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Melogrando, the food was absolutely fabulous and we so enjoyed the attention the staff gives to each and every diner.

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vipAteItAll
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Perfectly acceptable. Octopus was particulary tasty, nice presentation. Other dishes were fine but unremarkable. Arancini had great texture but was missing depth of flavor. The fish entree was nice but sure seemed like an appetizer-sized serving.

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JoeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We’ve been going for years but no more. Fish was poorly cooked and pasta dish was so small it was like an appetizer portion. Both dishes were not worth the price we paid. We were very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was the first of the day and we had the restaurant to ourselves. Service and food were spectacular.

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vipGPhilly
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Excellent menu and service.

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Ruse
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, probably the best BYOB in Rittenhouse that we've been to; thank you, we shall be back!

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. A delicious and memorable dinner. Consistency is a hallmark of this restaurant.

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vipShannon
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu additions are delicious! Great service as always. So happy to see they’ve reopened again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Melograno! Food was incredible, vibe is chill and stylish, staff are great.

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ChrissyH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Our server was so great- helpful and friendly and the food was phenomenal! Can't wait to come back soon. Love that they are a BYOB as well.

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vipJaniceM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see them reopen. Had the tuna cerviche, the gnocchi special and the chicken breast. All wonderful.

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You can order delivery directly from Melograno using the Order Online button. Melograno also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Melograno is rated 4.8 stars by 990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.