Melograno

★★★☆☆
  • 2012 Sansom St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-875-8116

About Melograno

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Food was good, but presentation was just so-so. Brined porkchop was much too salty.
Menu overly limited
Service not particularly attentive
The noisest restaurant I have ever been which did not have live entertainment. Really, really uncomfortably noisy
I cannot recommend.

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★★☆☆☆

Food was good, but presentation was just so-so. Brined porkchop was much too salty.
Menu overly limited
Service not particularly attentive
The noisest restaurant I have ever been which did not have live entertainment. Really, really uncomfortably noisy
I cannot recommend.

Pros: Food is OK, prices are OK

Cons: so noisey you have to yell to be heard

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Unfortunately, the food has fallen off, but you can still certainly have a decent meal. So with that in mind, you would think they would pay special attention to their customer service. My last experience, and the one I will remember most is the way I was last greeted. Without saying too much, it was not in a manner of which I am looking for in a restaurant I patron often and previously always referred to in a very favorable way.

With all the new and inviting restaurants available to us in Philly, we look forward to redirecting our enthusiasm.

1
★★☆☆☆

Unfortunately, the food has fallen off, but you can still certainly have a decent meal. So with that in mind, you would think they would pay special attention to their customer service. My last experience, and the one I will remember most is the way I was last greeted. Without saying too much, it was not in a manner of which I am looking for in a restaurant I patron often and previously always referred to in a very favorable way.

With all the new and inviting restaurants available to us in Philly, we look forward to redirecting our enthusiasm.

Pros: Fantastic location, monk fish, and waitstaff

Cons: Poor hostessing and ordinary food.

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Maybe they were having an off night when I dined there, but my experience at Melograno was disappointing. I was so looking forward to eating here after so many people I know had raved about the place. It wasn't horrible but my server seemed out of it and then, when I got my food it was cold! I hate that! And my server was didn't come back to check on us for at least 20 mins. At that point I was over the whole experience. Disappointing!

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★★☆☆☆

Maybe they were having an off night when I dined there, but my experience at Melograno was disappointing. I was so looking forward to eating here after so many people I know had raved about the place. It wasn't horrible but my server seemed out of it and then, when I got my food it was cold! I hate that! And my server was didn't come back to check on us for at least 20 mins. At that point I was over the whole experience. Disappointing!

Pros: cute atmosphere

Cons: bad service, food was cold, portions inconsistent

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In this bad economy, don't waste your time patronizing this establishment. The service is so awful that the food did not make up for any of the experience. There are PLENTY of other restaurants who are more deserving and will feed you equally well if not better,

I organized a dinner for a group of friends there last week and the hostess was haughty and curt from the begining. Granted my group was large but she insisted that I cut down my number from 13 to 12 in order to not be forced to order from a limited prix fixe menu. I did not see the difference in one extra person and even offered to pay the prix fixe price just to be able to sample their full menu. She would not budge one bit so I was forced to uninvite one person from my group. The kicker here is that she ended up splitting our dining group into two tables anyway so the ordering was separate as was the check. In this light I don not see WHY she felt so high handed to limit our group since we were for all intents and purposes two separate tables.

From the moment our party arrived she reminded us over and over again that we wre not allowed to stay past 8pm. Who DOES that? There are many polite ways to say it and perhaps ONCE is enough. Nevertheless we got the message when they rushed us through dinner. It was as if we were part of some marathon that we weren't aware of. Our waitress did not smile once during the meal and stood glaring while we looked over the menus. The server was rude too and yelled at a girl in our party when he couldn't remember who had what dish. When she tried to help clear some space on the table he even got tiffed.

15 minutes to 8pm, as we were finishing up our dessert the waitress flung our check on our table without even asking if there was anything else we needed or if we were ready. We would have gladly vacated knowing that there was another seating but the fact that there was no courtesy shown whatsoever throughout our entire ordeal there, needless to say we were all incredibly disappointed and by our experience.

I believe that Melograno has gotten too caught up in the hype that it is such a hot spot that they forget that it's their CUSTOMERS who keep them that way. They are arrogant and rude so be warned if you choose to try your luck there. You can be sure that none of our party of 12 will ever go back there again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

In this bad economy, don't waste your time patronizing this establishment. The service is so awful that the food did not make up for any of the experience. There are PLENTY of other restaurants who are more deserving and will feed you equally well if not better,

I organized a dinner for a group of friends there last week and the hostess was haughty and curt from the begining. Granted my group was large but she insisted that I cut down my number from 13 to 12 in order to not be forced to order from a limited prix fixe menu. I did not see the difference in one extra person and even offered to pay the prix fixe price just to be able to sample their full menu. She would not budge one bit so I was forced to uninvite one person from my group. The kicker here is that she ended up splitting our dining group into two tables anyway so the ordering was separate as was the check. In this light I don not see WHY she felt so high handed to limit our group since we were for all intents and purposes two separate tables.

From the moment our party arrived she reminded us over and over again that we wre not allowed to stay past 8pm. Who DOES that? There are many polite ways to say it and perhaps ONCE is enough. Nevertheless we got the message when they rushed us through dinner. It was as if we were part of some marathon that we weren't aware of. Our waitress did not smile once during the meal and stood glaring while we looked over the menus. The server was rude too and yelled at a girl in our party when he couldn't remember who had what dish. When she tried to help clear some space on the table he even got tiffed.

15 minutes to 8pm, as we were finishing up our dessert the waitress flung our check on our table without even asking if there was anything else we needed or if we were ready. We would have gladly vacated knowing that there was another seating but the fact that there was no courtesy shown whatsoever throughout our entire ordeal there, needless to say we were all incredibly disappointed and by our experience.

I believe that Melograno has gotten too caught up in the hype that it is such a hot spot that they forget that it's their CUSTOMERS who keep them that way. They are arrogant and rude so be warned if you choose to try your luck there. You can be sure that none of our party of 12 will ever go back there again.

Pros: decent food

Cons: Awful service. Arrogant hostess. Rude staff.

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I went one Sat. at 5:30 with my 3 teenage daughters. I had been there several times recently with my husband and friends. We were treated very well then. But, with my daughters - we were treated very differently from any other time we had been there - and any other table our server was serving. Not once did our server ask how the dinner was - or if we needed anything. He was re-visiting the tables around us multiple times. We even tried to catch his attention, only to be ignored. I don't care how good the food is - when all customers aren't valued equally - there are plenty of other good BYO's in town. Right down the street - Porcini - everyone is treated like a valued customer and friend!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went one Sat. at 5:30 with my 3 teenage daughters. I had been there several times recently with my husband and friends. We were treated very well then. But, with my daughters - we were treated very differently from any other time we had been there - and any other table our server was serving. Not once did our server ask how the dinner was - or if we needed anything. He was re-visiting the tables around us multiple times. We even tried to catch his attention, only to be ignored. I don't care how good the food is - when all customers aren't valued equally - there are plenty of other good BYO's in town. Right down the street - Porcini - everyone is treated like a valued customer and friend!

Pros: great food

Cons: service

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Melograno is definitely one of the shining stars of the Philadelphia BYOB scene. I'm not sure what the problem is with people who have complaining about the hostess and the service there. I've been there on multiple occasions (at both the old and now the new location) and never had any problems. Perhaps people just aren't used to what to expect at a BYOB? All such establishments live or die on a good table turnover so it's never going to be a place where you linger for hours over a couple cups of coffee. And it's pretty much standard that BYOBs (as well as other restaurants in Philly from bars to upscale) won't seat you until your party is complete. Show up early, show up with your party complete, and if you want to linger go somewhere else afterwards. End of the issue.

Anyway, on to the food as that's the main reason to go here. I've never had a bad meal or dish. One of my favorite appetizers is the wonderful artichoke with seared scallops, though recently I got to enjoy a special of grilled langoustine which was comparable in quality to a similar dish I enjoyed in Venice. The stuffed quail is AMAZING and I am not normally a huge fan of "little birds". The sweet stuffing is an excellent counterpoint to the meat, and it's deboned perfectly for easy enjoyment. And while the Bisteak Florentine isn't quite what you'll get in the city of its namesake (a thinner cut and not Chianina Beef), it's as close as you're going to get in America, and they'll cook it true Florence-style (ie, truly rare) if you ask for it. The bread is excellent and warm from the oven; portions are perfect if you plan on ordering a starter and a main, and maybe a dessert to share.

I'll never pass up an opportunity to eat here, though I'll always try to show up EARLY to avoid the wait!

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★★★★★

Melograno is definitely one of the shining stars of the Philadelphia BYOB scene. I'm not sure what the problem is with people who have complaining about the hostess and the service there. I've been there on multiple occasions (at both the old and now the new location) and never had any problems. Perhaps people just aren't used to what to expect at a BYOB? All such establishments live or die on a good table turnover so it's never going to be a place where you linger for hours over a couple cups of coffee. And it's pretty much standard that BYOBs (as well as other restaurants in Philly from bars to upscale) won't seat you until your party is complete. Show up early, show up with your party complete, and if you want to linger go somewhere else afterwards. End of the issue.

Anyway, on to the food as that's the main reason to go here. I've never had a bad meal or dish. One of my favorite appetizers is the wonderful artichoke with seared scallops, though recently I got to enjoy a special of grilled langoustine which was comparable in quality to a similar dish I enjoyed in Venice. The stuffed quail is AMAZING and I am not normally a huge fan of "little birds". The sweet stuffing is an excellent counterpoint to the meat, and it's deboned perfectly for easy enjoyment. And while the Bisteak Florentine isn't quite what you'll get in the city of its namesake (a thinner cut and not Chianina Beef), it's as close as you're going to get in America, and they'll cook it true Florence-style (ie, truly rare) if you ask for it. The bread is excellent and warm from the oven; portions are perfect if you plan on ordering a starter and a main, and maybe a dessert to share.

I'll never pass up an opportunity to eat here, though I'll always try to show up EARLY to avoid the wait!

Pros: excellent food, byob

Cons: crowded, busy

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Wow, this has to be the rudest people at a restaurant I've ever dealt with. I've dined all over the world, and this by far, was the rudest hostess, and waitress I've ever encountered. Snobby, and rude. I agree with phillygirl20 who said the hostess was rude. She did the same thing to our party of 5. Wouldn't seat us unless the entire party was there, waiting...told us we had to be out at a certain time, and hawked us during our meal. She clearly talked about us to the waitress, who kept peering at us from afar, had another male waiter walk over and stare us down etc. Then had the audacity to ask us to leave because "another party was waiting for the table". We weren't paying customers I guess. That lady needs a lesson in grace and manners, not to mention how to be a human being and treat customers and if it weren't for customers, there would be no melograno.
Would never go back, and would never recommend it. There are FAR better restaurants in the city to eat at - try Mercato. Excellent service. Excellent food!

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow, this has to be the rudest people at a restaurant I've ever dealt with. I've dined all over the world, and this by far, was the rudest hostess, and waitress I've ever encountered. Snobby, and rude. I agree with phillygirl20 who said the hostess was rude. She did the same thing to our party of 5. Wouldn't seat us unless the entire party was there, waiting...told us we had to be out at a certain time, and hawked us during our meal. She clearly talked about us to the waitress, who kept peering at us from afar, had another male waiter walk over and stare us down etc. Then had the audacity to ask us to leave because "another party was waiting for the table". We weren't paying customers I guess. That lady needs a lesson in grace and manners, not to mention how to be a human being and treat customers and if it weren't for customers, there would be no melograno.
Would never go back, and would never recommend it. There are FAR better restaurants in the city to eat at - try Mercato. Excellent service. Excellent food!

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Short vers...the hostess was first refusing to seat our party of 8, then when the restaurant cleared unexpectedly, she changed her mind and called us in on short notice, hawked us until the rest of our party arrived, threatened to give our table away and then also gave us a time limit for when we had to leave-and came back to remind us about it!!

Long vers..
We arrive with a group of 8 and the hostess proceeds to tell us that it's not going to work for us because they could only seat us in 2 groups of 4 with one group sitting in 30 mins and the other in 60 mins. I said that's ok, but she kept persisting that we couldn't be seated at the same time so it wasn't going to work- and I reinterated that it was fine & to put my name down. So we waited and MIRACULOUSLY we get a call 10 minutes later saying they could seat all 8 of us at the same time, but we had to agree to leave by 9:30 (this was 2 hrs after seating and we wanted to go out anyway so we thought well it's bizarre to be given a time limit for when you need to be out, but we decided to sit). Since we were given a wait time of 30 mins initially we told the others in the party not to hurry over and a few people ran to get more wine. When we came in to get seated, we were STERNLY told that they would give us 5 mins and they would only seat 4 of the 6 of us at one table and the other 2 were to wait.... weird and rude again so we just ignored and sat 3 at each table. We got dirty looks of course and the hostess kept her eye on us hawking to see when/if our other guests arrived. Then once it got closer to 9, we were wrapping up dinner and the hostess approached and said she had someone waiting for the table and kept reminding us that she had asked us to be out at 9. I said no, 9:30 is what you said. Who is really going to be rude enough to actually ask you that? Yes- they are! She kept bugging us- and it was my birthday to top it off- why do I want to deal with this lady? I certainly won't be returning!

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★☆☆☆☆

Short vers...the hostess was first refusing to seat our party of 8, then when the restaurant cleared unexpectedly, she changed her mind and called us in on short notice, hawked us until the rest of our party arrived, threatened to give our table away and then also gave us a time limit for when we had to leave-and came back to remind us about it!!

Long vers..
We arrive with a group of 8 and the hostess proceeds to tell us that it's not going to work for us because they could only seat us in 2 groups of 4 with one group sitting in 30 mins and the other in 60 mins. I said that's ok, but she kept persisting that we couldn't be seated at the same time so it wasn't going to work- and I reinterated that it was fine & to put my name down. So we waited and MIRACULOUSLY we get a call 10 minutes later saying they could seat all 8 of us at the same time, but we had to agree to leave by 9:30 (this was 2 hrs after seating and we wanted to go out anyway so we thought well it's bizarre to be given a time limit for when you need to be out, but we decided to sit). Since we were given a wait time of 30 mins initially we told the others in the party not to hurry over and a few people ran to get more wine. When we came in to get seated, we were STERNLY told that they would give us 5 mins and they would only seat 4 of the 6 of us at one table and the other 2 were to wait.... weird and rude again so we just ignored and sat 3 at each table. We got dirty looks of course and the hostess kept her eye on us hawking to see when/if our other guests arrived. Then once it got closer to 9, we were wrapping up dinner and the hostess approached and said she had someone waiting for the table and kept reminding us that she had asked us to be out at 9. I said no, 9:30 is what you said. Who is really going to be rude enough to actually ask you that? Yes- they are! She kept bugging us- and it was my birthday to top it off- why do I want to deal with this lady? I certainly won't be returning!

Pros: food is decent

Cons: hostess is rude, not good for large group, ambiance is loud, long wait, no reservations, you feel rushed out

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The new location is fabulous with hardly a wait for a party of 4. The food is wonderful- the scallops and artichoke is such a great appetizer. The food is always fresh and hot. The service could use some improvement- We're convinced that there's only one friendly and diligent waitress on the staff.

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★★★★☆

The new location is fabulous with hardly a wait for a party of 4. The food is wonderful- the scallops and artichoke is such a great appetizer. The food is always fresh and hot. The service could use some improvement- We're convinced that there's only one friendly and diligent waitress on the staff.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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I was very happy and excited when I walked into Melograno with a friend. I knew they did not take reservations, so I had no problem waiting. However, the hostess underestimated the time to the table by 45 minutes. When I politely inquired, she was incredibly rude and nasty. I would NEVER speak to someone the way she spoke to me. It caught me so off-guard I said nothing and kept waiting. However, in retrospect, I should have left. The food ended up being good, but it didn't matter - that horrible woman ruined the experience.
I will NEVER return to Melograno. When the hostess treats the customers like dirt, it's obvious the business is in serious disarray. The woman of whom I'm speaking is the younger Asian woman. They need to get rid of her asap. Then (maybe) the food will be worth the wait.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was very happy and excited when I walked into Melograno with a friend. I knew they did not take reservations, so I had no problem waiting. However, the hostess underestimated the time to the table by 45 minutes. When I politely inquired, she was incredibly rude and nasty. I would NEVER speak to someone the way she spoke to me. It caught me so off-guard I said nothing and kept waiting. However, in retrospect, I should have left. The food ended up being good, but it didn't matter - that horrible woman ruined the experience.
I will NEVER return to Melograno. When the hostess treats the customers like dirt, it's obvious the business is in serious disarray. The woman of whom I'm speaking is the younger Asian woman. They need to get rid of her asap. Then (maybe) the food will be worth the wait.

Pros: Location

Cons: SERVICE

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After moving to the new location, the quality of food remains the same, however the quality of service cannot be worse.

I always wonder why the owner does not have his sister-in-law step out from the restaurant. She ruins all the virtue of this restaurant by her rudeness (e.g. never let the clients get seated if anyone is missing, even there are plenty of seats, drinking in front of the customers, throwing the menus to the guests). Other staffs are cheerful and nice, however this Asian lady really spoils the whole impression. If you are going to this restaurant with an important client or significant others, I will highly recommend you to pick a date when she is not around.

After moving to their new place, their dessert menu had a great improvement. I know it is hard to save your appetite with all the wonderful appetizers and entrees (especially their quail), but their warm chocolate cake is worth a try.

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★★☆☆☆

After moving to the new location, the quality of food remains the same, however the quality of service cannot be worse.

I always wonder why the owner does not have his sister-in-law step out from the restaurant. She ruins all the virtue of this restaurant by her rudeness (e.g. never let the clients get seated if anyone is missing, even there are plenty of seats, drinking in front of the customers, throwing the menus to the guests). Other staffs are cheerful and nice, however this Asian lady really spoils the whole impression. If you are going to this restaurant with an important client or significant others, I will highly recommend you to pick a date when she is not around.

After moving to their new place, their dessert menu had a great improvement. I know it is hard to save your appetite with all the wonderful appetizers and entrees (especially their quail), but their warm chocolate cake is worth a try.

Pros: Great food, more room after moving

Cons: Horrible service

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My boyfriend and I went to Melograno on a Tuesday night with reservations for 7:30. Even though it was a weeknight the place was packed and I was happy that we had a reservation in place since there were about 3 parties waiting for tables. Our waitress was "ecclectic" to be nice...since we were spending a good amount of money for our meal I expected her to look and act more professional. She had crazy makeup, and was wearing grungy jeans and beat up black sneakers! She didnt seem to care that our bread was delivered late and we never received olive oil at all. The older man that was filling our water glasses was a million times more pleasant than our waitress. On to the food...Our appetizer WAS delicious...we shared the portobello with goat cheese and it was rich and full of flavor. My meal (pan fried chicken w/ proscuttio and mozzarella) was severely overdone, dry and completely flavorless! My boyfriend had the pasta with shrimp and scallop, and it was JUST OK. WE heard great things about this restaurant but both of us left agreeing that we will be frequenting other BYOBs instead of returning. It didnt live up to the hype and it wasnt worth the money.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went to Melograno on a Tuesday night with reservations for 7:30. Even though it was a weeknight the place was packed and I was happy that we had a reservation in place since there were about 3 parties waiting for tables. Our waitress was "ecclectic" to be nice...since we were spending a good amount of money for our meal I expected her to look and act more professional. She had crazy makeup, and was wearing grungy jeans and beat up black sneakers! She didnt seem to care that our bread was delivered late and we never received olive oil at all. The older man that was filling our water glasses was a million times more pleasant than our waitress. On to the food...Our appetizer WAS delicious...we shared the portobello with goat cheese and it was rich and full of flavor. My meal (pan fried chicken w/ proscuttio and mozzarella) was severely overdone, dry and completely flavorless! My boyfriend had the pasta with shrimp and scallop, and it was JUST OK. WE heard great things about this restaurant but both of us left agreeing that we will be frequenting other BYOBs instead of returning. It didnt live up to the hype and it wasnt worth the money.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food, Service

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Two of my friends and I showed up 10 minutes early for our 6:00 pm reservation for four last night. There were 3 tables of two guests in the restaurant - that was it. We identified ourselves to the hostess and indicated that our fourth friend would be joining us shortly. The hostess informed us that we could not be seated until our party was complete - even though the restaurant was basically empty. We indicated that we would order some appetizers right as we were waiting for our friend. With an attitude right out of a New York movie the hostess again responded that she would only seat us when our party was complete. I can certainly understand this policy when there are 10 to 20 guests standing outside waiting to get into the restaurant, but to enforce such a policy and to do it with such a condescending attitude will only cause people to find other places to dine. We walked down the street and were welcomed with open arms to Porcinis and enjoyed, as always, a wonderful dinner and enjoyable with friends. Be assured that I will (and already have) relayed our unfortunate experience to many center city byob patrons.

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★☆☆☆☆

Two of my friends and I showed up 10 minutes early for our 6:00 pm reservation for four last night. There were 3 tables of two guests in the restaurant - that was it. We identified ourselves to the hostess and indicated that our fourth friend would be joining us shortly. The hostess informed us that we could not be seated until our party was complete - even though the restaurant was basically empty. We indicated that we would order some appetizers right as we were waiting for our friend. With an attitude right out of a New York movie the hostess again responded that she would only seat us when our party was complete. I can certainly understand this policy when there are 10 to 20 guests standing outside waiting to get into the restaurant, but to enforce such a policy and to do it with such a condescending attitude will only cause people to find other places to dine. We walked down the street and were welcomed with open arms to Porcinis and enjoyed, as always, a wonderful dinner and enjoyable with friends. Be assured that I will (and already have) relayed our unfortunate experience to many center city byob patrons.

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Melograno is consistently good. My wife and I are Fitler square residents and were dissapointed when they left for 20th & Sansom but still make our way over fairly regularly. Can get a little busy which can stretch the service. So long as you don't mind the wait, you will always leave satisfied.

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★★★★★

Melograno is consistently good. My wife and I are Fitler square residents and were dissapointed when they left for 20th & Sansom but still make our way over fairly regularly. Can get a little busy which can stretch the service. So long as you don't mind the wait, you will always leave satisfied.

Pros: Consistently good food and friendly service

Cons: can get busy

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i frequent many restaurants in the city, and by far, this is one of the best! BYOB, and the food is fresh and seasoned to perfection. Yes, in the old location, the wait was horrible because of the "no reservation" policy, but now, it's in a larger space and i can't wait to go back! you can't please everyone, but as far as im concerned...this is a top choice!

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★★★★★

i frequent many restaurants in the city, and by far, this is one of the best! BYOB, and the food is fresh and seasoned to perfection. Yes, in the old location, the wait was horrible because of the "no reservation" policy, but now, it's in a larger space and i can't wait to go back! you can't please everyone, but as far as im concerned...this is a top choice!

Pros: fresh food and byob

Cons: the hostess could of been a little more pleasant, but she is/was very busy!

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Melograno has been packed from the day of its opening three years ago. They take reservations only T-Th & you can expect a fairly long wait without them.

If high decibels are a deterrent, Melograno (pomegranate in Italian) isn't for you, but if you can get beyond that & enjoy this Tuscan bistro for the excellent food, than I'd say run, do not walk. It soon will be opening in its new location at 20th & Sansom Streets.

We were three people. My husband ordered an appetizer to die for: shrimp, calamari, & scallops on a bed of cannellini beans in a tomato/seafood broth. He said that it was among the best dishes to ever pass his lips. I had your basic endive salad with roma tomatoes & had no complaints.

Entrees consisted of my perfectly prepared pan-seared grouper which rested on shaved artichokes & was topped with roasted tomatoes. It was cooked in a lemon/white wine sauce which never overwhelmed but served as a lovely complement. As good as it was, it almost, but not quite, paled in comparison to my husband's fig-stuffed quail that was surrounded by prunes & walnuts in a reduced pomegranate sauce. Out of this world!!! The other in our party opted for home-made linguine alla vongole, fresh little neck clams sauteed with arugula & diced tomato in a white wine sauce and it was quite good.

We now frequent Melograno very, very often and invariably I order the quail. It's just wonderful!

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★★★★★

Melograno has been packed from the day of its opening three years ago. They take reservations only T-Th & you can expect a fairly long wait without them.

If high decibels are a deterrent, Melograno (pomegranate in Italian) isn't for you, but if you can get beyond that & enjoy this Tuscan bistro for the excellent food, than I'd say run, do not walk. It soon will be opening in its new location at 20th & Sansom Streets.

We were three people. My husband ordered an appetizer to die for: shrimp, calamari, & scallops on a bed of cannellini beans in a tomato/seafood broth. He said that it was among the best dishes to ever pass his lips. I had your basic endive salad with roma tomatoes & had no complaints.

Entrees consisted of my perfectly prepared pan-seared grouper which rested on shaved artichokes & was topped with roasted tomatoes. It was cooked in a lemon/white wine sauce which never overwhelmed but served as a lovely complement. As good as it was, it almost, but not quite, paled in comparison to my husband's fig-stuffed quail that was surrounded by prunes & walnuts in a reduced pomegranate sauce. Out of this world!!! The other in our party opted for home-made linguine alla vongole, fresh little neck clams sauteed with arugula & diced tomato in a white wine sauce and it was quite good.

We now frequent Melograno very, very often and invariably I order the quail. It's just wonderful!

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I went here with my boyfriend on Valentine's Day and was blown away. For a prix-fixe menu, there was a great selection for the four-course meal. The atmosphere was incredible and romantic, we were seated promptly, and had excellent service. The lobster ravioli was great, the quail was INCREDIBLE with a pomegranate-balsamic reduction, and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had (and big!). We sat right against the window and had a beautiful view and a wonderful meal. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic evening at a BYO!

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★★★★★

I went here with my boyfriend on Valentine's Day and was blown away. For a prix-fixe menu, there was a great selection for the four-course meal. The atmosphere was incredible and romantic, we were seated promptly, and had excellent service. The lobster ravioli was great, the quail was INCREDIBLE with a pomegranate-balsamic reduction, and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had (and big!). We sat right against the window and had a beautiful view and a wonderful meal. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic evening at a BYO!

Pros: EVERYTHING - ambience, service, menu

Cons: parking - but where isn't it hard to park in Philly

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We waited about 30 minutes for a table. There were only two of us. And if I recall, they don't take reservations. The food was good. It came out in a timely manner. The service was nice but we had a different person checking in on us every time. We weren't sure who our server really was. It was so incredibly noisy that I could barely hear myself think much less hear what the other person was saying. When the food arrived, we just started eating. I ordered the red snapper. It was served over mashed potatos. Good, but not very imaginative. You can get that sort of thing at just about at any little italian BYO. Nevertheless, it was a nice night out.

2
★★★★☆

We waited about 30 minutes for a table. There were only two of us. And if I recall, they don't take reservations. The food was good. It came out in a timely manner. The service was nice but we had a different person checking in on us every time. We weren't sure who our server really was. It was so incredibly noisy that I could barely hear myself think much less hear what the other person was saying. When the food arrived, we just started eating. I ordered the red snapper. It was served over mashed potatos. Good, but not very imaginative. You can get that sort of thing at just about at any little italian BYO. Nevertheless, it was a nice night out.

Pros: good food, friendly service

Cons: they don't take reservations, very noisy in dining area

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After reading some glowing reviews on Citysearch, my friends and I decided to give Melograno a try. We arrived at 8pm on a Saturday night, hoping the dinner rush would be slowing down, but still expecting to wait for a table. The restaurant was busy, with a small group (6-7 people) waiting for a table. I asked the hostess if I could put my name in for a party of 3. She looked around the small dining room and said, "Sorry..I can't accommodate a party of 3." To which I replied, "Oh..we're fine with waiting for a table." She said..."No...I can't accommodate you at all. I have a few 2 top tables opening...but, we can't push tables together...and our larger tables seat parties of 4 or more." Huh? I have never been turned away at a restaurant.
We hopped in a cab and went to Mercato, where we were seated right away. The food and service were outstanding. Skip Melograno and head straight to Mercato. You won't be disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading some glowing reviews on Citysearch, my friends and I decided to give Melograno a try. We arrived at 8pm on a Saturday night, hoping the dinner rush would be slowing down, but still expecting to wait for a table. The restaurant was busy, with a small group (6-7 people) waiting for a table. I asked the hostess if I could put my name in for a party of 3. She looked around the small dining room and said, "Sorry..I can't accommodate a party of 3." To which I replied, "Oh..we're fine with waiting for a table." She said..."No...I can't accommodate you at all. I have a few 2 top tables opening...but, we can't push tables together...and our larger tables seat parties of 4 or more." Huh? I have never been turned away at a restaurant.
We hopped in a cab and went to Mercato, where we were seated right away. The food and service were outstanding. Skip Melograno and head straight to Mercato. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: the food looked good?

Cons: rude hostess, poor management

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I have been to a lot of restaurants since I've been in Philly. I grew up in an Italian household, and I've been to Italy many times so I know good Italian food. I went to Melograno and I must say it took me back to the restaurants in Italy. I got the Pappardelle Tartufate and it was unbelievable. The only difference was they added nuts to the dish, but it just added to the flavor. I am planning on going back to this place many more times, and highly recommend it for anybody looking for a good Italian dish especially the pasta.

2
★★★★★

I have been to a lot of restaurants since I've been in Philly. I grew up in an Italian household, and I've been to Italy many times so I know good Italian food. I went to Melograno and I must say it took me back to the restaurants in Italy. I got the Pappardelle Tartufate and it was unbelievable. The only difference was they added nuts to the dish, but it just added to the flavor. I am planning on going back to this place many more times, and highly recommend it for anybody looking for a good Italian dish especially the pasta.

Pros: Great Food

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My girlfriend raved about this little BYOB that she goes to with her friends, so she took me there for our 3 yr anniversary. WOW!!!! The food was amazing. The were quite a few people waiting which attest to the food/atmosphere/service at this one of a kind restaurant. Our wait was about 30 minutes, but the staff was very attentative, coming over on several occasions to take drink orders, and even gave us a sampler appetizer. We love the staff here, and everything about MELOGRANO. Cant wait to come back, everyone deserves to experience fine dining at a very affordable price. For all those who has complained about being rushed out, how bout some understanding for the rest of us waiting to eat at this awesome restaurant. Go somewhere else and nurse your drink. Seating is at a premium and so what if you spent $200; doesnt mean you own the seat. Simply ridiculous.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend raved about this little BYOB that she goes to with her friends, so she took me there for our 3 yr anniversary. WOW!!!! The food was amazing. The were quite a few people waiting which attest to the food/atmosphere/service at this one of a kind restaurant. Our wait was about 30 minutes, but the staff was very attentative, coming over on several occasions to take drink orders, and even gave us a sampler appetizer. We love the staff here, and everything about MELOGRANO. Cant wait to come back, everyone deserves to experience fine dining at a very affordable price. For all those who has complained about being rushed out, how bout some understanding for the rest of us waiting to eat at this awesome restaurant. Go somewhere else and nurse your drink. Seating is at a premium and so what if you spent $200; doesnt mean you own the seat. Simply ridiculous.

Pros: friendly staff, excellent food, amazing city vibe

Cons: not open on mondays

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I was taken to Melograno on a Saturday night by some lady friends. Being in the fine foods and restaurant business in DC, I was looking forward to the experience after reading some good reviews. Was I ever disappointed.... We were served in a timely fashion, and the food was good though nothing special (fyi...Mercato is a better choice) Worst of all, after being seated for only 1 hr 20 minutes, and after having paid the bill and tip, the waitress informed us that the owner wanted us to get up and leave in order to seat one last party! We were still eating dessert and drinking coffee...how RUDE and OBNOXIOUS! Never in my travels to the finest places in DC, NYC, and internationally have I been treated so disrespectfully. The Asian hostess/owner even reiterated that we needed to leave. They took away our plates and glasses and we were given the cold shoulder. Horrific ending--- never going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was taken to Melograno on a Saturday night by some lady friends. Being in the fine foods and restaurant business in DC, I was looking forward to the experience after reading some good reviews. Was I ever disappointed.... We were served in a timely fashion, and the food was good though nothing special (fyi...Mercato is a better choice) Worst of all, after being seated for only 1 hr 20 minutes, and after having paid the bill and tip, the waitress informed us that the owner wanted us to get up and leave in order to seat one last party! We were still eating dessert and drinking coffee...how RUDE and OBNOXIOUS! Never in my travels to the finest places in DC, NYC, and internationally have I been treated so disrespectfully. The Asian hostess/owner even reiterated that we needed to leave. They took away our plates and glasses and we were given the cold shoulder. Horrific ending--- never going back.

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I was taken to Melograno a week before my birthday. I went back a week later for my birthday. This was probably the best 2 meals I've had all year. Get there early, or make a reservation. They are packed 15 minutes after they open. If you like mushrooms, you MUST have the pappardelle with mushrooms. It's amazing. The wait staff is very nice, and you can see the chefs cooking over the counter. I gave them a thumbs up from my table and they all smiled and waved back to me. This is a great place for a date, or a special occasion.

2
★★★★★

I was taken to Melograno a week before my birthday. I went back a week later for my birthday. This was probably the best 2 meals I've had all year. Get there early, or make a reservation. They are packed 15 minutes after they open. If you like mushrooms, you MUST have the pappardelle with mushrooms. It's amazing. The wait staff is very nice, and you can see the chefs cooking over the counter. I gave them a thumbs up from my table and they all smiled and waved back to me. This is a great place for a date, or a special occasion.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere, wait staff.

Cons: Parking is VERY difficult to find in this area, but ther'e's a lot at 20th and Walnut.

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I have never felt compelled to write one of these before but I saw a semi bad review for this restaurant and had to say something.No matter how long a wait it is - do it - it is worth it. If the food isn't enough to bring you back the atmosphere is. The food is amazing, every dish I have tried has been so good that each time I come back I am tempted to get the same thing but just know I can't pass up the opportunity to try something different and equally good. The service is great about timing your dishes so you are never sitting around waiting and wondering where your next course is - a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I would highly recommend this place for both couples and large groups - not sure about kids but i have seen a few in there before and they seem to blend right in!

2
★★★★★

I have never felt compelled to write one of these before but I saw a semi bad review for this restaurant and had to say something.No matter how long a wait it is - do it - it is worth it. If the food isn't enough to bring you back the atmosphere is. The food is amazing, every dish I have tried has been so good that each time I come back I am tempted to get the same thing but just know I can't pass up the opportunity to try something different and equally good. The service is great about timing your dishes so you are never sitting around waiting and wondering where your next course is - a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I would highly recommend this place for both couples and large groups - not sure about kids but i have seen a few in there before and they seem to blend right in!

Pros: Food, service, ambience

Cons: the wait, parking

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I am very surprised to read the number of negative reviews on this site. I've eaten at Melograno five or six times in the past six months, and every time, without fail, I have had excellent service and excellent food. When friends visit, this is where I take them. The fried chicken livers are rich and complexly flavorful, and wonderful with the warm rolls they serve at the start of the meal. The first meal I ever had there was the parpadelle pasta with truffled mushrooms, which is the best version of that dish I have had. I also recommend the stuffed quail-- a perfect autumnal meal-- and their pork tenderloin. The most decadent meal you can have is surely the bistecca fiorentina, which is served on a bed of warm white bean salad. The lovely mix of the olive oil and sea salt, with the juices from the steak and the flavors from the bean salad are sublime. The few times I have had room for dessert, it has always been spot on. The portions are generous without being over done, and I've never been made to feel that I had to leave. Best of all, the place has a real neighborhood feel-- go there more than once, and the owner and staff are likely to remember you and welcome you back.

2
★★★★★

I am very surprised to read the number of negative reviews on this site. I've eaten at Melograno five or six times in the past six months, and every time, without fail, I have had excellent service and excellent food. When friends visit, this is where I take them. The fried chicken livers are rich and complexly flavorful, and wonderful with the warm rolls they serve at the start of the meal. The first meal I ever had there was the parpadelle pasta with truffled mushrooms, which is the best version of that dish I have had. I also recommend the stuffed quail-- a perfect autumnal meal-- and their pork tenderloin. The most decadent meal you can have is surely the bistecca fiorentina, which is served on a bed of warm white bean salad. The lovely mix of the olive oil and sea salt, with the juices from the steak and the flavors from the bean salad are sublime. The few times I have had room for dessert, it has always been spot on. The portions are generous without being over done, and I've never been made to feel that I had to leave. Best of all, the place has a real neighborhood feel-- go there more than once, and the owner and staff are likely to remember you and welcome you back.

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The food was very basic, expensive and with very small portions. I went there with high expectations after all the wonderful things I had read and I have no I idea how this restaurant achieved such wonderful reviews. There are many other italian center city eateries that are much better than this. Also while we were waiting in line (almost 20 minutes) for a table along with about ten other people, the owner was taking phone calls telling people that there would only be a 15 minute wait for a table. Very deceptive. Don't wait your time and money.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was very basic, expensive and with very small portions. I went there with high expectations after all the wonderful things I had read and I have no I idea how this restaurant achieved such wonderful reviews. There are many other italian center city eateries that are much better than this. Also while we were waiting in line (almost 20 minutes) for a table along with about ten other people, the owner was taking phone calls telling people that there would only be a 15 minute wait for a table. Very deceptive. Don't wait your time and money.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: food, value, service

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We found the wait a little long even during the week--------lots of smiles and little help. The service and the food were perplexing and mediocre. However, to suggest to the "faces" that we found things lacking drew "mock looks of surprise." Having dined throughout the world, all four of us felt crowded and walked away thinking we eat in a franchise operation----not like the Italian Oven, but very close to that experience rather than our expectations.

1
★★☆☆☆

We found the wait a little long even during the week--------lots of smiles and little help. The service and the food were perplexing and mediocre. However, to suggest to the "faces" that we found things lacking drew "mock looks of surprise." Having dined throughout the world, all four of us felt crowded and walked away thinking we eat in a franchise operation----not like the Italian Oven, but very close to that experience rather than our expectations.

Cons: parking, service response tim, overall value

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excellent restaurant. Have been there over a dozen times, and the food is always delicious. I use this restaurant as a bench mark for all the other byobs in the city. I can't understand the reviews who say their waiter had a fake accent, I think he's Mexican and this is his natural accent

2
★★★★★

excellent restaurant. Have been there over a dozen times, and the food is always delicious. I use this restaurant as a bench mark for all the other byobs in the city. I can't understand the reviews who say their waiter had a fake accent, I think he's Mexican and this is his natural accent

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What a terrible disapointment, the food was ordinary at best. The fried chicken livers were nearly burnt, however the sauce accompanying it was quite good. The appetizer salad special of octupos was okay. The chickpea soup with bacala was quite good, nicely presented and generous in portion. The Branzino was pretty yucky, the sage sauce was flavorless and the presentation was ugly, the grey fish skin was curled up over the fish looking blubbery and unappetizing.The Duck was tasty. The porterhouse tasted good however it was larger than the plate it was on, it had one stupid looking striped thyme sprig that was about an inch long for garnish and nothing else, the steak was cooked to the appropriate temp of MR however it was totally missing any char or grill marks. The mixed green salad is miniscule and the pomegrante dressing too sweet. Desserts was okay, coffee was old

1
★★☆☆☆

What a terrible disapointment, the food was ordinary at best. The fried chicken livers were nearly burnt, however the sauce accompanying it was quite good. The appetizer salad special of octupos was okay. The chickpea soup with bacala was quite good, nicely presented and generous in portion. The Branzino was pretty yucky, the sage sauce was flavorless and the presentation was ugly, the grey fish skin was curled up over the fish looking blubbery and unappetizing.The Duck was tasty. The porterhouse tasted good however it was larger than the plate it was on, it had one stupid looking striped thyme sprig that was about an inch long for garnish and nothing else, the steak was cooked to the appropriate temp of MR however it was totally missing any char or grill marks. The mixed green salad is miniscule and the pomegrante dressing too sweet. Desserts was okay, coffee was old

Pros: chickpea soup, byob

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I'd read good reviews of Melograno -- so we were surprised by the very rushed and perfunctory service -- and there was only one other occupied table in the restaurant during most of our meal! Our food experience was mixed -- the red snapper and beet/mascarpone ravioli were excellent; the fried chicken liver appetizer was overdone and tough.

1
★★★☆☆

I'd read good reviews of Melograno -- so we were surprised by the very rushed and perfunctory service -- and there was only one other occupied table in the restaurant during most of our meal! Our food experience was mixed -- the red snapper and beet/mascarpone ravioli were excellent; the fried chicken liver appetizer was overdone and tough.

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I must have had the same waiter as another reviewer. My husband and I went on a Sunday night and waited about 20 minutes which was no big deal. Then when our waiter showed up, he FAKED an Italian accent! It was so insulting. My husband and I have spent time in Italy so we realized right away that he was faking. It was ridiculous. The food was mediocre...definitely not worth it for the price. When we left, my husband wa still hungry and our fake Italian waiter told us they had to scale back portions because people were complaining it was too much! Well, it definitely wasn't TOO much. Anyway, the atmosphere was nice, but for the price and the quality of food, we won't be returning.

2
★★★★☆

I must have had the same waiter as another reviewer. My husband and I went on a Sunday night and waited about 20 minutes which was no big deal. Then when our waiter showed up, he FAKED an Italian accent! It was so insulting. My husband and I have spent time in Italy so we realized right away that he was faking. It was ridiculous. The food was mediocre...definitely not worth it for the price. When we left, my husband wa still hungry and our fake Italian waiter told us they had to scale back portions because people were complaining it was too much! Well, it definitely wasn't TOO much. Anyway, the atmosphere was nice, but for the price and the quality of food, we won't be returning.

Pros: nice atmosphere, trendy

Cons: expensive, small portions, crowded dining room

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After much persistence (and 6 BYOBs later) my husband (who only prefers Stephen Starr's restaurants) had a change of heart. After we were promptly seated (on a Wednesday evening), and our waiter complemented us on our selection of wine (and told us everything about it-which we knew nothing) I could see a change. Then as my husband was throughly enjoying his portabello with goat cheese/pine nut appetizer (and stated it was the best appetizer ever)...he said "I love BYOBs!!!!" Enough said!!!

2
★★★★★

After much persistence (and 6 BYOBs later) my husband (who only prefers Stephen Starr's restaurants) had a change of heart. After we were promptly seated (on a Wednesday evening), and our waiter complemented us on our selection of wine (and told us everything about it-which we knew nothing) I could see a change. Then as my husband was throughly enjoying his portabello with goat cheese/pine nut appetizer (and stated it was the best appetizer ever)...he said "I love BYOBs!!!!" Enough said!!!

Pros: Amazing Food, Great Value, Trendy/Fun

Cons: No reservations

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we've eaten at this restaurant several times, tried many of the standard dishes and plenty of specials. we've never been disappointed. the food is artful, well-conceived, and prepared with care every time. the service is typical byo quality. i have no idea where all of these negative reviews are coming from...

2
★★★★★

we've eaten at this restaurant several times, tried many of the standard dishes and plenty of specials. we've never been disappointed. the food is artful, well-conceived, and prepared with care every time. the service is typical byo quality. i have no idea where all of these negative reviews are coming from...

Pros: food, romantic, tasteful

Cons: busy

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Having read the reviews, we opted for a Tues night so no wait; however, the hostess was so rude to our party and wanted to seat us next to the kitchen even though plenty of tables were open. The food was over priced but tasty. The waiter was well behaved; however, the clearing staff takes away your silverware before you even get to set it down! Will not repeat this bum-rush experience again - better byob's elsewhere.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Having read the reviews, we opted for a Tues night so no wait; however, the hostess was so rude to our party and wanted to seat us next to the kitchen even though plenty of tables were open. The food was over priced but tasty. The waiter was well behaved; however, the clearing staff takes away your silverware before you even get to set it down! Will not repeat this bum-rush experience again - better byob's elsewhere.

Pros: food

Cons: hostess, clearing staff, rushed for no reason

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what a wonderful local italian restaurant, offering good food in a cafe style setting - but what impressed us beyond everything else was the incredible service and the level of attention that I have seen rarely in Philadelphia.

2
★★★★☆

what a wonderful local italian restaurant, offering good food in a cafe style setting - but what impressed us beyond everything else was the incredible service and the level of attention that I have seen rarely in Philadelphia.

Pros: service, outside dining, wait w/wine on wicker

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I went back with a group of 4 friends and again, had to wait nearly 2 hours. Fine. We had a fine meal which was accompanied by nearly 4 bottles of our own wine. However, after having spent well over $200 on the meal, we were stunned when the waiter came over and asked us to leave so they could seat another party. We weren't even half way through our last bottle of wine! I will never go back to this restaurant again. I do not need to be treated like a fast-food patron after having waited for almost 2 hours to be seated and spending over $200. That was insulting. Whomever the owner is needs to know that their restaurant will not survive if the service can't get it together. There are PLENTY of fantastic restaurants to choose from in Philadelphia that treat patrons far better than Melograno.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went back with a group of 4 friends and again, had to wait nearly 2 hours. Fine. We had a fine meal which was accompanied by nearly 4 bottles of our own wine. However, after having spent well over $200 on the meal, we were stunned when the waiter came over and asked us to leave so they could seat another party. We weren't even half way through our last bottle of wine! I will never go back to this restaurant again. I do not need to be treated like a fast-food patron after having waited for almost 2 hours to be seated and spending over $200. That was insulting. Whomever the owner is needs to know that their restaurant will not survive if the service can't get it together. There are PLENTY of fantastic restaurants to choose from in Philadelphia that treat patrons far better than Melograno.

Pros: great food

Cons: bad service, rude staff, long wait

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Arrive early to avoid the wait (and noisy crowds) at this happening BYOB. Our hostess and server were wonderful, and quite helpful in choosing from the small but very tempting menu. Flavors are delicate and light, but quite exceptional. Portions are just right for enjoying an appetizer, entree and dessert. I definitely recommend the seafood stew (amazing flavors and plenty of fish) and the out-of-this-world chocolate souffle. Expect to spend about $100 for two for the full works, but it's definitely some of the best Northern Italian food in the city.

2
★★★★★

Arrive early to avoid the wait (and noisy crowds) at this happening BYOB. Our hostess and server were wonderful, and quite helpful in choosing from the small but very tempting menu. Flavors are delicate and light, but quite exceptional. Portions are just right for enjoying an appetizer, entree and dessert. I definitely recommend the seafood stew (amazing flavors and plenty of fish) and the out-of-this-world chocolate souffle. Expect to spend about $100 for two for the full works, but it's definitely some of the best Northern Italian food in the city.

Pros: great food, service

Cons: busy, noisy

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The 9.2 rating proves that Philadelphia diners have no taste buds. After waiting an hour - which was fine - my husband and I were given what I think were Amoroso rolls with a poor attempt at seasoned olive oil. The menu is beautiful (option-wise), and I thought we chose well. However, once the food came it was bland and they skimped on essential ingredients such as oh, um, GARLIC. Totally not worth the buzz. Try Trattoria Primadonna if you want a solid Italian meal in Center City.

1
★★★☆☆

The 9.2 rating proves that Philadelphia diners have no taste buds. After waiting an hour - which was fine - my husband and I were given what I think were Amoroso rolls with a poor attempt at seasoned olive oil. The menu is beautiful (option-wise), and I thought we chose well. However, once the food came it was bland and they skimped on essential ingredients such as oh, um, GARLIC. Totally not worth the buzz. Try Trattoria Primadonna if you want a solid Italian meal in Center City.

Pros: Outdoor dining, Simple decor, byo

Cons: , Rushed Service

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Love it! My boyfriend and I recently dined at Melograno and were very pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it. Our food was delicious (loved the portobello and goat cheese appetizer!), the atmosphere was great, and the wait wasn't nearly as bad as we expected (about half an hour on a rainy Sat.) for a weekend night. It's unquestionably our new favorite restaurant in the Rittenhouse area. We have told all our friends to go and can't wait to return ourselves.

2
★★★★★

Love it! My boyfriend and I recently dined at Melograno and were very pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it. Our food was delicious (loved the portobello and goat cheese appetizer!), the atmosphere was great, and the wait wasn't nearly as bad as we expected (about half an hour on a rainy Sat.) for a weekend night. It's unquestionably our new favorite restaurant in the Rittenhouse area. We have told all our friends to go and can't wait to return ourselves.

Pros: delicious food, atmosphere, well-priced

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Being a new BYOB in Philly, we were anxious to try Melograno as we do all the new BYOB's. Although it was not disappointing, I was not overly impressed either. The four of us each had an appetizer, and an entre and we spilt two desserts, which we ready shared tastes of everything with each other and there was not one dish that anyone thought was a "wow". Although we ate everything and enjoyed everything and the service was good, there are several other new BYOB's like Radicchio and Matyson that do "wow" you with the food. Melograno is the best for the neighborhood they are in for sure!

2
★★★★☆

Being a new BYOB in Philly, we were anxious to try Melograno as we do all the new BYOB's. Although it was not disappointing, I was not overly impressed either. The four of us each had an appetizer, and an entre and we spilt two desserts, which we ready shared tastes of everything with each other and there was not one dish that anyone thought was a "wow". Although we ate everything and enjoyed everything and the service was good, there are several other new BYOB's like Radicchio and Matyson that do "wow" you with the food. Melograno is the best for the neighborhood they are in for sure!

Pros: nothing else nearby, good service

Cons: , good, not great food

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We had the most wonderful dinner on a Sunday at 6pm.
The restaurant smelled so delicious - even from the street!
Waited 5 minutes for a table, the hostess was so kind and friendly. Our waiter was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable on the ingredients of the entrees and appetizers.
Food was prompt, hot and fabulous!
Recommend trying all the specials! We had the rack of lamb and the fettucini with shrimp and crab. I have never tasted anything so divine in my entire life.
We never lacked attention - water & wine constantly filled, courses served at exactly the right time. Dessert is a must - try the chocolate espresso cake wrapped in mousse! YUMMY!
Cappuccino is a must!
We were very relazed and happy there, finishing up our wine before we departed. No rushing.
Thank you Melograno - we had a great time!!! We will be back!

2
★★★★★

We had the most wonderful dinner on a Sunday at 6pm.
The restaurant smelled so delicious - even from the street!
Waited 5 minutes for a table, the hostess was so kind and friendly. Our waiter was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable on the ingredients of the entrees and appetizers.
Food was prompt, hot and fabulous!
Recommend trying all the specials! We had the rack of lamb and the fettucini with shrimp and crab. I have never tasted anything so divine in my entire life.
We never lacked attention - water & wine constantly filled, courses served at exactly the right time. Dessert is a must - try the chocolate espresso cake wrapped in mousse! YUMMY!
Cappuccino is a must!
We were very relazed and happy there, finishing up our wine before we departed. No rushing.
Thank you Melograno - we had a great time!!! We will be back!

Pros: Great service, Excellent food, Moderate pricing

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The fish was fantastic, the tiramisu was delicious, but I still left Melograno with a bad taste in my mouth. Our waiter, who had been polite but cold throughout our meal, seemed to have no qualms about telling us we needed to leave five minutes after we had finished our meal--and two minutes after he had collected our 20% tip. By all means, try Melograno's food, enjoy its Audrey Claire-esque dining space, just don't get too comfortable; those tables need to be turned, you know.

2
★★★★☆

The fish was fantastic, the tiramisu was delicious, but I still left Melograno with a bad taste in my mouth. Our waiter, who had been polite but cold throughout our meal, seemed to have no qualms about telling us we needed to leave five minutes after we had finished our meal--and two minutes after he had collected our 20% tip. By all means, try Melograno's food, enjoy its Audrey Claire-esque dining space, just don't get too comfortable; those tables need to be turned, you know.

Pros: Great food, Nice dining room

Cons: a little pricey, bad service

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One of the better Italian places in Center City. The homemade pasta is good and the seafood dishes ample and excellent. Unfortunately, for a BYO, the prices are a little high. The seating isn't overcrowded and the owner is very nice. The service was a bit inattentive and, at the end of our meal, a little pushy to get us out and the next party in. Overall, though, a good experience.

2
★★★★☆

One of the better Italian places in Center City. The homemade pasta is good and the seafood dishes ample and excellent. Unfortunately, for a BYO, the prices are a little high. The seating isn't overcrowded and the owner is very nice. The service was a bit inattentive and, at the end of our meal, a little pushy to get us out and the next party in. Overall, though, a good experience.

Pros: Homemade pasta, excellent seafood

Cons: Mildly overpriced, long wait (popular)

 

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