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Mele Bistro, Arlington, VA

Mele Bistro

4.7
4.7
1270 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

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

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  • 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

What 1,270 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Italian

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  1. M

    Michelle

    Washington DC

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, fine wine list, nice ambience. Highly recommended.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Mele Bistro has excellent food and the decor is beautifully done. The owner checked in on us a few times. The service was great. Parking is complimentary! I wish the restaurant was sound proof better because it is very loud. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  3. FD

    FlyDiva

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FABULOUS !!! Always consistently amazing, can't wait to go back!
  4. E

    Excellent

    Tampa

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and service. We had 36 people for a dinner after Arlington. Flawless service and great food. Frank owner and Carlos the manager are unbelievable. We went the day before to sample appetizers and sample drinks and they were incredibly gracious. And the meals given we had 36 people were extremely great and not a single complaint on food or drinks. Even the check process was outstanding. We have been all over the world and this was our best experience ever regardless of price. Thanks Frank, Carlos and staff. 🤩🙏👍👍
  5. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to go on a date. Very nice atmosphere.
  6. NA

    NatashaA

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finally a place that knows how to cook fish right--i.e., not overcooking it. And they have an amazingly diverse selection of fresh seafood. I had the cast-iron NZ salmon, and my dining companions had grilled Norwegian salmon and pan-seared scallops. All were excellently prepared, as were the sides. It's a little pricey, so I wouldn't be my any-night restaurant, but definitely worth it for a nice evening out. I also found that the small plate of salmon with the two (excellent) sides was sufficient for me. Service was quite slow on a crowded Sat. night, but it seemed to confirm that this was a place to savor "slow food". My old fashioned was a little sweet for my taste, the only thing that wasn't 5-star. We ate outside, where there was attractive and plentiful seating, so I can't comment on noise level or service inside.
  7. DC

    DenyseC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were promptly seated by a gracious host. The server we had was very attentive as were all the staff. While we waited for our food, the owner came over and explained how the restaurant came to be and told us about how all the food is prepared with only the best ingredients. He was very sweet and engaging. Our food was delicious!! I had the shrimp scampi and my husband has the seafood ravioli. To finish, we enjoyed the chocolate cake for dessert! We highly recommend Mele Bistro!
  8. LH

    LHnarl

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We were glad to be able to eat outside in a nice setting. Service and food met our expectations.
  9. BH

    BillH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and environment. Large menu with a variety of foods..
  10. DB

    DanB

    Richmond

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mele Bistro is an absolute gem! The attention to detail is incredible--from the amazing olive oil and balsamic on the table for the crusty bread, to the freshest ingredients used to make incredible seafood, pasta, and beef dishes. The owner is a delightful person who greets you with a smile as if you are long lost friends. We absolutely love this place.
  11. PA

    PatriciaA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience…food, service, atmosphere top notch.
  12. JS

    JoyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. Dined indoors, but outside was also appealing.
  13. FO

    FOODIE

    West Palm Beach

    120 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Menu really nice but food was just ok. Tried several items of which none were particularly special.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!
  15. TN

    TribecaNeighbor

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food seemed freshly prepared and most of them tasted good. fried calamari, mussels, 4-cheese dumplings, salmon and monk fish were all wonderfully prepared. i love gingers so i think the gingers they put on the plates were an excellent touch. Their warm bread is the best among Italian restaurants in this area. Negatives: (1) They put too much lemon juices in the thin noodles with shrimp dish - too sour. they should just put a slide of lemon on the side so diners can decide how much to put in (2) the size of small plates is indeed very tiny.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Environment and the service were nice. I would say the food was okay but not impressive. The atmosphere was great to catch up with good friend.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service with amazing food. The quality of the ingredients is the real star at this spot.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner, amazing staff, absolutely will come back next time we are in the area!
  19. SC

    SimonC

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I don’t understand the 4.7 rating for this restaurant. Food was very average and the service pacing was way off. Our dinners clearly did not get timed well by the kitchen - one was clearly sitting under a heat lamp for too long. It’s hard to mess up simple Italian food, but they achieved that goal. Hard pass.
  20. MW

    MaryW

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always excellent service and food. If you are dining with someone who wears a hearing aid, get seated with care and thought
  21. DP

    DanP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and selection and the people were extremely nice!!
  22. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frank and his folks are fantastic for full customer service and the food choices and quality are the best in all of the east coast. We’ll worth the trip. Recommendations for food choices are never a let down.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Kind staff and owner came by to appreciate us coming to try his place. Drop by and at least have a beverage and stay for the food.
  24. D

    Diners2

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A little too noisy for our taste. Food and service very good however.
  25. KA

    KimberleyAz

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and the servers were incredible! The owner, Frank, was amazing. He came. T the table and chatted for awhile. Made us feel so welcome. If we are ever in DC again, we will return!
  26. DE

    DEJKL

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and have really good food. It was a great place to share our 20 yrs anniversary dinner. I know they are known for seafood, but the steak was awesome.
  27. MS

    MeghanS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service!
  28. J

    Joni

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Went with a group of five and sat outside. The scallops were great (both blackened and sautéed) but the salmon was a little oily, the steak was really fatty, and the chicken piccata was underwhelming. We didn’t stay for dessert. I really wanted to love this restaurant but it was just okay.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sea Bass, Tuna and Lobster bisque we’re all amazing.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for a family birthday celebration. The food and service were outstanding. We had appetizers, main meals, pre-dinner cocktails and wine with dinner. The bill, with service, came to $700 for 9 people, so just under $80/pp. Would definitely recommend!!
  31. JM

    JanM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Mele! We go there often and enjoy it every time we do. Thank you!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. We had oysters, cheese ravioli, and sea bass. All super fresh and delicious! So glad we found this place. We will be back!
  33. s

    socky

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flounder Francis, pasta seafood fra Diablo highly recommend. Sautéed calamari best ever. Luv the fresh bread with spices
  34. DO

    DOND

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great Service, quite tasty food, over-priced "small Plates" and over-priced wine by the glass. Interior too dark to read menu.
  35. CJ

    CarolJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had reservations for 5pm. Ample parking, was warmly greeted upon arrival, outstanding service , great food. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  36. f

    foodlover

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our local favorite. The owner is wonderful and food is always good. Love the fresh fish.
  37. S

    Susan

    Salt Lake City

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mele Bistro is always wonderful. I had the chicken piccata with capellini and my friend had the butternut squash ravioli. Both were delicious. We shared the salad with apples and goat cheese and had gelato for dessert. The service wasn’t rushed and because most diners were outside, inside was very quiet which was nice. It was an enjoyable evening.
  38. BB

    BarryB

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's one of the more dependable spots in the area. Always a pleasure...
  39. BS

    BillS

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This is at least my fourth visit to this restaurant. I want to like it because it is close to my home and the owner is industrious and enthusiastic, but the food is consistently disappointing. Portion-size is not what the server claims it'll be, and although the ingredients seem promising on the menu, their preparation is not impressive (ex: too salty, over-cooked).
  40. JL

    JonathanL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very tasty pasta dishes. Service could have been much faster. It took nearly one hour to get our entrees.

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

You can order delivery directly from Mele Bistro using the Order Online button.

Mele Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1270 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 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • 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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