Melograno

4.8
1019 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Melograno BYOB is a contemporary 3 bell Italian Restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square, which was also recognized in Bon Appetit's Top Tables. Roman-born Chef Demontis transforms traditional Italian food and elevates its flavors. Using only fresh seasonal ingredients, the menu includes a variety of seafood, meats as well housemade pastas and vegetarian dishes. We have currently introduced Pinsa to the menu. Pinsa is a Roman style Pizza coming from the Latin term Pinsere meaning to press.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKateb
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Everything was delicious as always

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vipDeniseM
London
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic dinner on Sunday evening.
Our server Adam was knowledgeable and professional.
The burrata salad was great.
Pasta with Mushrooms and walnuts were fantastic
And entrees of pork chop and bronzino were excellent. Thank you!!!

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MichaelP
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. We order a ton of food and all of it was fantastic. The pork chop and the octopus were particularly impressive.

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MAC921
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was wonderful. We had an earlier than typical dinner reservation because we had tickets for a comedy show later tonight, so there were plenty of open tables on an early Thursday night. The food was very very good. We were happy with the experience all around, and would definitely go back👍🏻

👍🏻👍🏻great job. As a couple with 4 children under 13 years old, we don't get out much. We had a very pleasant experience and enjoyed ourselves very much. We would definitely return and suggest it to other couples seeking the same..

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JamesS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I used to go to Melograno at its original location almost 15 years ago and were excited to see the new location on a recent visit. I ordered as many dishes as possible and was so impressed with everything, especially the peppercorn pork chop, the burrata, and the polpette. And the service was as great as we remember back in the day. And we got the bill and were stunned at how little it all cost - such great value.

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Slix
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was truly amazing. From the starting table bread to the dessert, each course got better. It was packed and a little noisy, but we didn’t mind. Service was just good, but I’m sure the business impacted our server’s ability to give us her full attention.

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vipAbeC
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite of mine. Yummy food and excellent service.

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FernandoD
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The place was well set. Very clean. Got there and gave us a very nice table. The problem was that since we sat down they wanted to get rid of us. They tried for us to order quickly but I told her we wanted some appetizers first. She asked If we wanted to also order the main course right away.
We ordered, dine and asked for deserts. They were brought and the check almost at the same time. We did not ordered the check. We just opened a bottle of wine before ordering deserts. Some of the guests wanted coffee, so we asked for it. Since the deserts were amazing, we had one more. They took the check away and brought it with the coffee. We had to almost swallowed the bottle of good wine.
In summary, the food was really good but the service, we felt unwanted.

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Billius
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and nice atmosphere and service. The pasta was cooked to perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Adam was outstanding. Timing of food coming out was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was drawn by the favorable reviews. The food did not disappoint. We started with a pizza that had peaches and pesto at the recommendation of our server. I was a little skeptical but it was a definite winner. Then we decided to try the pork chop with green peppercorn sauce and split the simple pasta with Romano and black pepper. The pork chop was cooked perfectly and the peppercorn sauce was amazing. I learned not to discount simple pasta dishes and this is certainly no exception. It was fabulous. Next time I am in Philly, this will be a priority stop. I highly recommend it. It is BYOB.

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nonpariel5
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and warm and friendly service, efficient and enthusiastic without being intrusive. We will return as soon as we can!

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vipBrentC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always amazing....when you book a 5pm...really sit a rude customer next to you...when the entire restaurant is open.

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vipJeffreyB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible, with service and value to match.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. That’s what is said about Melograno. Everything was 5⭐️. Can’t wait to return.

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Kelly
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not be happier with our decision to dine at Malograno. On a very hot day in Philly the restaurant was cool and welcoming. The staff is very professional and accommodating. Our appetizers and desserts were delicious, but the real prize were our entrees. My salmon was prepared perfectly with all the right sides and my wife's amatriciana was out of this world. Of course, being a BYOB is also a major plus. Love this place and will be back often.

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JillW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of 4; we all enjoyed our meals. The pork chop was amazing! Staff was always checking in with us. Will continue to bring friends and family there. Always love a byob :)

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NikkiM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance! Semolina croquettes we’re great! Specials were delicious. BYOB

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ScottE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent vice was average because very busy but everyone helped to make it a very enjoyable dining experience. Recommend for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

The food was very good overall. The background music in the restaurant is on the louder side which creates a somewhat noisy atmosphere. Service was a bit on the slow side. The restaurant is BYOB which is fine but they surprisingly don’t offer iced tea - just carbonated beverages and water. Overall our experience was good and the great taste of the food makes you easily forget about the rest.

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Jennirox
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in Philly for 16 years and SHAME on me for not coming sooner. Exquisite!!!! You must try at least two of the pastas!!! And the lamb chops...the chef...well...I'm in awe.

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vipMRCG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll be honest. I don’t usually trust Open Table reviews, because they tend to give the same level of attention to mediocre places as to gems like Melograno. But I really wanted to make this point — Melagrano is like a trip to Italy. The decor feels like a local trattoria, the service is friendly and the pasta is head and shoulders over nearly every other Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. The fazzoletti with duck ragu? Rich and somehow super light. The Amatriciana? The tomato sauce is not acidic but doesn’t taste like sugar either. It’s magic. Because it’s a BYOB prices are reasonable too. I haven’t been there in a long time, and I had forgotten just how good it is. It’s comfort food perfectly done and in a relaxing spot. I won’t take so long to visit again.

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VLuvsfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you are looking for a welcoming place to go, great service, minimal fuss and delicious food with fresh ingredients, this is a must try. A reliable place with memorable dishes that has been a fixture in the Philadelphia food scene for a long time!

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AmyL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and the service were lovely as always. Our waiter suggested the artichokes as an accompaniment and WOW. I could eat an entire meal of those artichokes.

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TimothyD
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food to the service was excellent

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vipAndreas
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

really good food and sevice- however, the noise level is just too loud and the restaurant was not filled

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Alexandre
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef is an outstanding professional. Coming from Rome 20 years ago, he started his trade in his father's restaurant.
He continues the tradition owning now 3 restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friday June 18.

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joanas
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I have not been at Melograno for a long time and did not rememberd why... this is the reason. The food is among the very best in the city; but the noise level is unbearabke. They should really should do something about it. My date was coming from NYC and even with the long drive we stayef only one hour and had to go fo dessert somewhere else because it was impossible to talk.

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vipPhillyByChoice
Philadelphia
122 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was lovely to return to an old favorite “post-pandemic”. We shared the delicious pork meatballs and polenta for an appetizer, and then we each ordered a pasta dish. One (with mushrooms) was perfect, but the pasta in second (with duck ragu) was way over-cooked (soft and mushy). Very politely we brought it to the attention of our server who cheerfully had the chef redo it with another pasta. Overall, a positive first experience back in the world.

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AndrewM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fine, because the main seating area is a large open space, when the room begins to fill, conversation can be difficult.

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CarlaC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As soon as we walked in, the hostess gave us a table right in front of their table/desk which it was not ideal. the room was completely empty. not sure why she choose that one. she moved us then to a different table and it worked better,
We had to wait for 15 minutes for a server to come to help us. I actually had to get his attention.
They were not quick even though the guy who served us was friendly and very nice.
the food is good! The pinsa is delicious and the pasta as well. I did not have space for dessert.

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vipLeonardU
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good nice atmosphere our server Aaron was super efficient byob is a plus it’s just always so noisy even half empty

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vipHopeful
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Loved this restaurant for years. First visit since lock down. Food was terrible! Dry. Almost no sauce on fazzoleti. Fettuccini was also dry but over-packed with nuts. Waiter assured me food was prepared by original chef-owner. It must have been reheated from some other day. What a disappointment!

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KathrynR
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff were genuinely welcoming and attentive without being overly so. The warm goat cheese salad, pizza (mushrooms and cheese) and handkerchief pasta with duck ragout were all excellent, as was the tiramisu. A memorable experience. Thank you!

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larsb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decided to dine here based on a PhillyMag review, so glad we did.

The food was well prepared, the hospitality cordial and generous, the overall experience delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and service. The food was authentic.

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Mike
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, good selection of menu items. Ocotopus appetizer was a winner!

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vipNikK
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Philly. Highly recommended and will be back.

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You can order delivery directly from Melograno using the Order Online button. Melograno also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Melograno is rated 4.8 stars by 1019 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 bookings at the moment.