Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

4.8
1036 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
"...Our menu is just a reference for you-but in reality, creativity is in our hearts, our minds, and our kitchen, let me give you a different dining experience..."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1036 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 42 Wedding anniversary. The meal was excellent and the happiness of the staff made for a wonderful dinner and a perfect celebration.

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Emma
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING! Extremely accommodating and friendly staff and the food was well priced and delicious!

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AlexanderM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Really good food. A little pricey but good. Very good fish selection

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and the service impeccable. Enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere and attentive owner and waitstaff. A go to restaurant for any occasion!

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RachelC
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming here. The staff is so lovely and always come by to chat. The food is delicious. One of my favorite places to come for luxury seafood in a laid back atmosphere.

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vipAHay
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious fresh food. Attentive service from dedicated owners.

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vipAlsvball
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The hospitality here is wonderful but service is a little slow (they might have been understaffed due to the holiday). The entire staff is passionate about providing fresh, quality food. There are so many amazing selections and the menu is vast...definitely something for everyone.

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Mark
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

food was excellent. owner was very personable with terrific story on history of restaurant and new approach.

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ScottB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic seafood and pasta with great salads and a very nice wine list. Simple but beautiful presentation. Very friendly.

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vipJeanD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always warm and excellent service, great wine recommendation and my favorite lobster ravioli!

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BunnyN
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The over all experience was great! The owner and all his staff were warm and welcoming, food didNOT disappoint, and the value for money was awesome!

We will definitely come back and keep referring this place to our friends

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RobB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mele is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. It’s hands down just so good. From the exceptionally warm service to the fantastic dining, it’s an Arlington staple. I’m beyond happy to see Mele doing so well.

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MbC1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was good, the service was a bit slow and we think they brought one person in our party the wrong glass of wine. The old fashioneds we ordered were also not very good.

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LisaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

We loved the food and the wide menu at Mele Bistro. Large selection of seafood and the steak au poivre was also delicious. They were able to make the outdoor dining “patio” charming and inviting despite that it was on a parking lot. Service was slow at times but pleasant server. First time there and we plan to go back!

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vipEssenceO
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. My boyfriend and I have been coming for years and it never disappoints. The food, ambiance, and service are consistently good. This was the perfect place for us to celebrate my mom's birthday as a family.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible fresh seafood and fish flown I and responsibly sourced. Incredible attention to detail with flavors and presentation. Staff are friendly and inviting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden gem of Rosslyn!

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GerryL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a go to place and it never disappoint us. The manager is very friendly and their chefs are always flexible with your requests. Food taste great. Highly recommended.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Besides the fantastic hand made pasta, we love the owner and would miss him if he wasn’t there!

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vipJerry
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Wonderful service. Menu for everyone. Friendly owner. Great place.

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vipfoodlover
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of our local favorites. Even though I now live in NYC, love to eat at Mele whenever in town. The owner is charming and the food is always excellent. Love their fresh seafood!!

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vipDamianO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good. Service was great. The only thing that was bothersome was they had a large dining room area and they insisted on putting everyone right next to each other. There was only 5 tables sat but they were all placed within 5-6 feet of each other with an entire side of the restaurant wide open

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

A nice little date night spot. Amazing service for the price!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mele never disappoints. Great food and service.

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DianeA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We spent 2 nights at Mele. I wrote a review from first visit. We like the food, service
and venue so much we returned for our 2nd night in Arlington. Both visits were just
excellent. You will enjoy this bistro very much. We certainly did.

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DianeA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went from Georgia for a funeral for our Brigadier General family member at Arlington National Cemetery so we stayed nearby. After researching restaurants
with Covid policy, menu choices we liked and the reviews, I made reservations for
Mele. What a wonderful find. The owner and his staff are attentive and the food
was excellent! The lamb serloin was delicious and one of the party had seafood
pasta. To emphasize how pleasant was our experience we returned the next night.
The calamari appetizer was delicious and we remarked delicate and not rubbery.
I am from Athens Georgia known for gourmet dining. I wish this restaurant were
here for me to go often. I highly recommend Mele Bistro.

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ImaniJ
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I LOVE this place. Very intimate and home like setting. The staff are very personable and make you feel like you've known them for years. I will always come back to support this business.

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vipMayr71
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great local spot that looks like it's family owned. the owner Jack tends to his customers.

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Angiec
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Consistently enjoyable experience from food to ambiance.

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vipMayr71
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy fu my abd friendly. We had oysters from chincoteague which was done of the edd see t I ever had. The lender frank is very proud of the the selection of fish and meat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Forgot my anniversary instructions

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vipEagle
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food quality and cozy vibes! Perfect for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Food was good - service was poor - waaay overcrowded for social restrictions! Even people waiting for tables (hovering) not wearing masks. Too close for comfort for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time!

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vipMaryC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a charming Arlington restaurant with an ebullience owner and attentive staff. The food is delicious and moderately priced. The wine list is perfect for the restaurant. I am looking forward to returning as soon as I can.

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Lilyrosa
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very, very pleased with the entire experience. The food was delicious, the service was great. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Everyone in my party decided to return the next evening. We later had to cancel our reservation because of the curfew in DC but I hope to be back soon.

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JustinS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fresh and the wine was good. You could tell nothing was frozen and everything was of high quality. The service was wonderful and everything was reasonably priced for the sheer quality. I would highly recommend Mele to anyone visiting DC/Arlington and the surrounding area.

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KatB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. I had the seafood fettuccine and every bit of it was perfectly cooked. I will definitely be dining here again!!!

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Frank
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had been at Mele 3 years ago with good memories of a great menu, food, service and experience. Should of have repeated the visit long time ago.

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SteveA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Great food on NYE but the service and timeliness of of reservation was very disappointing. We arrived at 7:50 for a 8PM reservation and had to wait outside in the cold until 8:55PM to sit down as there were no tables available. The waiter / manager offered us wine and calamari outside but ended up charging us for the two bottles and appetizer for our group of 6 people. The food here was great but was underwhelmed with the service / accommodations for a very lately seated table we reserved for NYE a month or so prior. Wanted to go back but will likely be trying many other Italian / seafood restaurants before thinking of going back.

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You can order delivery directly from Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) using the Order Online button.

Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro) is rated 4.8 stars by 1036 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.