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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%
Travellers talk about
“tiramisu” (48 reviews)
“tapas” (30 reviews)
“pasta” (27 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for lunch on a recent visit to Durham. The hotel is close to the Marriott Courtyard. It wasn’t the best experience. We had the Croque Monsieur, traditionally a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with Dijon mustard. It was made differently and included cranberries....More

Thank Bryce S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on way to Charlotte. Highly recommended by friend. Carbonara was delicious. Bruschetta was fresh made and tasty. Service was attentive and friendly. Well worth the slight detour.

Thank Buscza1
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Located in a strip mall on Hillandale Road. Easy parking. Red check table cloth decor. Good service. We ate a number of choices tapas style - caprese salad, shrimp in garlic, fried calamari, lamb, and chorizo with cheese. Desserts were tiramisu and canoli. We were...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is our "go to" place in Durham for Italian food. Family run, and they treat their customers like family. Calamari was excellent, as was the tomato caprese. This night they had their lobster ravioli with grilled shrimp special and it has always been fabulous....More

1  Thank bobhardync
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Today my husband and I enjoyed our first lunch at Melo Trattoria. We’ve heard good things about Melo from several friends (and seen quite a few great reviews) so I’m glad we finally went. Now, It’s nothing fancy … and that’s a good thing. It’s...More

1  Thank Dgtl1
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Hidden on the side of a stripmall, this restaurant is really a gem. My wife and I seemed to be the only non-regulars in the restaurant, but we nevertheless received great service. The food was outstanding, and the wine list, while rather short, has some...More

1  Thank JakeMtl
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Located near fast food outlets Melo's was a very pleasant surprise. The food was to notch, the service friendly and efficient. My wife and I ordered different entrees and were so pleased with the cuisine, we go back often. I would recommend this Trattoria to...More

1  Thank Paul F
Reviewed 8 April 2017

A mini-mail in Durham, North Carolina? No one would believe that this might very well be the home of one of the great Italian restaurants in the United States. But it would seem to be. The food, particularly, the broccolini primavera, was astonishingly good. The...More

1  Thank Cinzia1166
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Really liked it - the good traditional stuff, doesn't disappoint. Great service provided by some warm and welcoming hombres....no...no..that is not the word...

1  Thank BarkBrown
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

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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