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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” (45 reviews)
“tapas” (29 reviews)
“pasta” (28 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food! Great service? Why is there salmon on the menu but no lemon to put on it?! Strange! This has become all too common.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

My sister and I stopped in for dinner with no prior knowledge of this place, and no plan for dinner. It was on our way home and we decided to try it. What a delightful surprise we had! The staff was friendly and attentive; the...More

1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We were in Durham at DPAC and overheard some people talking about how good this restaurant is. So we came. I must say the food was good, the service was good too. My wife ordered lasagna and I ordered lamb with a vegetable medley. The...More

2  Thank 1chevy
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Have eaten there on 6 ocassions and have not been disappointed once. The restaurant is reasonable informal but the food is terrific. The wines are not very high end, but they are more than adequate. Have not had a pasta dish there that I did...More

1  Thank Ross_Charleston_WV
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Hubby & I go there once or twice a year when we just want to get out for some good food in casual surroundings. It's a well-hidden hole in the wall kind of place but very comfortable inside, also had outside dining. The menu rotates,...More

Thank darryconner
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Great eating in old-country Italian atmosphere and what appears to be an old-school family owned restaurant. Daughter raved about the garlic penne.

Thank bergh0lzc
Reviewed 25 January 2018

Last night we visited Melo and was very happy with the service and the food. The atmosphere was great and the food arrived at the table fast and hot! Very highly recommend this to anyone.

Thank David C
Reviewed 14 January 2018

We ate at Melo for dinner twice recently, and both experiences were similar. The decor and service were both fine, if not memorable. The food was, overall, just average: good garlic bread, house salads with too much extra-chilled iceberg lettuce, and pasta that wasn't bad...More

Thank forrestjhn
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Delicious. Very good, friendly service. Garlic Penna with shrimp was great if you love garlic. Great, laid back atmosphere.

Thank Lori A
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Small, but quaint restaurant in little strip mall. Unexpected to be so fantastic. The whole ambiance radiated authentic Italian cuisine, from the staff, background music, wine and delicious dishes. Salads were fresh and dresssings were great. My son had a salad with shrimp and they...More

Thank Newdoll
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Dianne T
9 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, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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