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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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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
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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

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
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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, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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