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Melo Trattoria & Tapas


1821 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 384-9080
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Photo of Lane Stovall Lane Stovall
Dec 12, 2022 5

Found the place kind of by accident. But it was a very happy accident!!! Everything was delicious and you can tell they use very high quality ingredients. The food is seasoned so well!! We can't wait to come back!!!!

Photo of DP Smallwood DP Smallwood
Nov 18, 2022 4

Had dinner there tonight for the first time. Portions were good and prices were reasonable. Menu could use a few more options (no eggplant, no manicotti, no spinach stuffed shells -- but 4 ravioli dishes, just with different sauces). Albondigas (3 good-sized meatballs) had nice chunky tomato/marinara sauce that wasn't overly garlicky. My husband had the veal and said it was flavorful, though a bit thicker and tougher than he expected. His parmesan mashed potatoes were dry and pretty bland with a little parm sprinkled on top. My ravioli was nice: al dente with the same good sauce as the tapas meatballs. Wine prices were what we expected (approx. 2x what you'd pay for the same bottle at the store). We were hoping for some nice rustic Italian bread, so we were a bit disappointed with our 3 yeast rolls (not that yeast rolls aren't delicious). We had a reservation and were seated pretty quickly, but service was kind of slow -- ordered entrees at 7 and they arrived at 8. Not a bad meal or experience, just nothing special.

Photo of Timothy Ferguson Timothy Ferguson
Aug 16, 2022 5

The food is always very good and the prices are reasonable. Good outside dining.

Photo of Dustin Ruben Dustin Ruben
Aug 13, 2022 5

I drove almost 40 minutes away for quite possibly some of the best chicken Parm I’ve ever!

Photo of Jack McCauley Jack McCauley
Jun 9, 2022 4

Good service, great food, reasonably priced, good atmosphere. Enjoyed family birthday dinner !

Photo of William Fields William Fields
May 8, 2022 5

Good food as usual, good atmosphere , the family will be back!

Photo of Jesse Pitkin Jesse Pitkin
Apr 3, 2022 5

The salmon is out of this world! Absolutely flavorful and juicy! The chicken is amazing too! Highly recommend!

Photo of Adolfo Lambert Adolfo Lambert
Mar 3, 2022 5

This place is makes delicious food From their salads (berry, berry spinach salad my absolutely favorite) , their dinner plates and tapas are delicious. The meat ball tapas remind me of my grandma’s meatballs. The staff is friendly and professional with amazing service. I am definitely delighted with this restaurant. I will give it 10 stars. Thank you for great food and awesome service 👏🏾😎

Photo of jenny walsh jenny walsh
Feb 18, 2022 5

Went here for Valentine's day with my bf. They were very busy, but the service was still great! We ordered the mushrooms, shrimp, and lamb tapas... all amazing!! We split the Montepulciano bottle and a pasta dish ( i forget the name.) The environment is pretty casual, and feels like a true restaurant in Italy, but I do recommend they could make it feel a bit more upscale and intimate if the lighting was dimmed a bit and the music was turned up, but maybe that's just more of my vibe. Regardless, I recommend this pace for great food and wine :)

Photo of Tanya Peterson Tanya Peterson
Feb 12, 2022 5

We only are able to come twice a year (Valentines & our anniversary) because we live an hour and 20 mins away but no matter how much we spend or how casual we are dressed (currently tshirt and blue jeans with ball caps) we are treated like a millionaires! Curly and the staff are pleasant and accommodating…not to mention all with a a smile in theirs eyes (COVID…masks). Highly recommend reservations, they usually don’t make same day reservations. This place is the triangle’s hidden gem. Always packed always great food, always good service…always.