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Melo Trattoria

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$$ - $$$
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1821 Hillandale Rd, Ste 3, Durham, NC 27705-2659
+1 919-384-9080
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Montreal, Canada
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 interesting selections. We enjoyed our evening.

Thank JacquesN555
Durham, North Carolina
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 all who enjoy good food.

Thank Paul F
Bangor, Maine
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 wine list was not large but expertly selected and reasonably priced. Service was attentive, although... More 

Thank Cinzia1166
SF Bay Area
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...

Thank BarkBrown
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163 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 they offered to let me taste two different white wines to make my choice. I... More 

Thank Wishflower
Nashville, Tennessee
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640 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
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.

Thank TravelManSouth
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Sebring, Florida
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119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 menu is extensive with a lot to choose from.

Thank PTAnderson
Charleston, South Carolina
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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
Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 the lasagna. Doesn't sound extreme right? But OMG.... the sauces were light as a feather... More 

Thank Beverly C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?