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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fried chicken” (103 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (28 reviews)
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American, Diner
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719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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1 - 10 of 257 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Hamburger was really good. Lady said the chicken was even better. I'll get that tomorrow Pie was also very good - I'm on a diet, but just sitting there looking delicious and it was worth it

Thank william b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a Thursday night shortly before 6 pm we walked to Mel's from our nearby hotel. There were 8 other diners who took up about a third of the available indoor seating, with almost as much seating available outside. The tables and chairs were past...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

DELICIOUS! Hole-in-the-wall fabulousness! Fried fish, fried chicken, great comfort food! Glad we came!

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 8 October 2017

I had a patty melt, but they call it something else there. It was a bit greasy, but that's what you would expect from a greasy spoon. The Mac and Cheese was a bit dry, but really good. I wanted to give it a 3.5...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Some of the best fried chicken I ever had! Great little diner. Only 8 tables inside. Patio seating outside. Highly recommended.

Thank warren1031
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We ate at Mel's on a move-in day at UVA when we were exhausted and starving. I had one of the most delicious lunches I've had in a long time. I ordered a hamburger and coleslaw. Both were made perfectly. Others in our party had...More

1  Thank Shampeu
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Let me start by saying that I am a chef. As in, for a living. And you know what? MEL'S CAFE ROCKS. It is such a throwback it is pure delight. Soul food, The guys running it are so nice and old school, the food...More

1  Thank Tamara Lee R
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Man, this place is tiny! And somehow I lucked out upon one of 3, I think, the parking spots for it. And it wasn't crowded at all when we got there about 5:30 on a weeknight. The gods were shining down on us. Because they...More

Thank Ginger M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Suprised as Tripadvisor usually never fails me. I felt like I could have made the same food at home. My husband got the "best chopped chef salad in town". It wasn't the best he had ever had by a long shot. Very scarce seating so...More

Thank Crystal M
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The place is cozy as there are only a few tables inside. The owners make you feel at home and the food is incredible. The fried chicken is fantastic and isn't greasy. Red beans and rice are flavorful and my wife loved the mashed potatoes...More

Thank Joel E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-8819
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