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Melo Trattoria

1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
+1 919-384-9080
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (30 reviews)
“pasta” (27 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Good portion sizes and tasty. Just don't order the calamari. It is frozen and prebreaded--not acceptable for a restaurant, especially when the rest of the food is quite good and fresh. We complained and were not charged for the calamari. I was pleasantly surprised when...More

Thank Wishflower
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I had the lasagna - it was outstanding. In a strip with other restaurants - right off the freeway. Surprisingly nice, really good service.

1  Thank TravelManSouth
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Food was excellent, my husband does not like garlic at all and they were very good about making the dish he chose with it. Service was excellent and the prices were great for the quality of the food.

Thank NJNCGirl66
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

I had spaghetti puttanesca and shrimp. The sauce was lovely and the meal portion just right. I am was a bit put off by the small shrimp with tails on but they tasted just fine. The house chianti was underwhelming. Atmosphere is ok and the...More

Thank PTAnderson
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We were in Durham for an overnight visit and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. We went there and were very pleased. The salads were fresh and tasty, the spaghetti was excellent and the wine was good and reasonably priced. The service was also good.

Thank JoelBTraveler
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Our hotel recommendation turned out to be an out of this world experience. From the greeting at the door, I sensed this was not going to be a regular meal. My beau had the spaghetti fruiti de mara [fruit of the ocean] and I had...More

Thank Beverly C
Reviewed 10 November 2016

The food is outstanding and the service is even better. Even though the restaurant is small and often busy, it has a cozy and friendly atmosphere. I highly recommend Melo Trattoria to anyone interested in a quality meal at a reasonable price.

Thank Dale C
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I have lived in Durham over 3 years and have been in every restaurant near Melo Trattoria. Last Friday we sat outside here with a great Autumn breeze and had a wonderful dinner. The small plates were excellent. We ordered house salads. My experience is...More

1  Thank Sally D
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Great food. Great staff. Wonderful ambiance. All of that wrapped in a sensory delight. A varied menu ensures that you will find something here that pleases your taste buds. If in the area, make it a destination to have some food.

1  Thank C S
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Red and white check tablecloth; flickering candlelight; great dinner: Spanish salad, garlic bread and spaghetti with bolognese sauce. Ahhhhhhh. What a treat! Less crowded weekday night. Perfect.

1  Thank joycek522
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Dianne T
10 March 2017|
Response from Dale C | Reviewed this property |
Yes - it is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2 pm.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-384-9080
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