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.
Sadly slipping in service and cuisine.
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.
Did NOT live up to the hype!!!. 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!
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.
Disappointing. 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!
Exceptional Italian BYOB.
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!
Horrible Experience! Very Rude Hostess ....
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!
Hostess is rude, pushy, & ruined our experience!.
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!!
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!
Great food, service could be improves. 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.
Rude Hostess Taints the Food.
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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