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The Shelby Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
+1 704-487-8461
06:00 - 15:00
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Sun 06:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 20:30
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Shelby, North Carolina
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is outstanding. My wife and I went for breakfast and we weren't disappointed. She had the vegetarian omelet and I had the garbage platter, both were very good The wait staff is very attentive, always filling your cup or glass. The prices were very reasonable.

Thank anotherheelsfan
North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I walked here from the Shelby courthouse during break when serving for jury duty. I got the burger special with fries and a sweet tea for about $8 total. I waited a long time for my burger, but it was worth the wait. I'm unsure if they forgot my order or what since tables that sat after me got food... More 

Thank mphenriquez1
Lake Lure, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had heard about the place and thought I'd try it out. When I got there (at 12) a long line, I hate lines, but I was already there. Worth The Wait. I needed a mint after I ate there. FILLING, delicious, and a waitress who kept my glass wet. Need I say more? I also recommend The Chicken Ranch... More 

Thank rio20162017
Gaffney, South Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

When you stroll the streets of down town Shelby, then the wind blows you're way, you're going to smell Hamburgers cooking, and Oh do the smell terrific, and if you follow that breeze, it will lead you to the Shelby Cafe. I like the food, but I'm not 100% on the staff or most of the other customers. They seem... More 

Thank kingpirate
Shelby, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

great home cooking.....for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Wonderfull prices, friendly staff and fast service!!! :)

Thank opsunshyne
St. John
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Breakfast at the Shelby Cafe on the weekend. It's a Shelby Tradition. Big selection of breakfast items from pancakes to Omelets to home fries to gravy biscuits. Busy busy busy. But worth the wait.

Thank Wolf J
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Breakfast anytime!! One of the best blue plate specials I've ever had. You can't beat their daily vegetables cooked in classic southern form!

Thank Minowicz
Blacksburg, South Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I was out job hunting on Thursday February9,2017 and around lunchtime I was starving I was in Shelby, N. C. And I decided to Google restaraunts in the uptown area I chose ShelbyCafe. I decided to go with one of their lunch plate specials I really love home cooking I had the country style steak with two veggies and a... More 

Thank Melissa J
Lawndale, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Be sure to go here for breakfast.Easy...It is served all day!!!! Try the livermush.......A local delicacy and especially done well here.

Thank terrymccollum
Hiawassee, Georgia
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

If you ever find yourself stuck on I-40 heading west from Hickory, take the exit for highway 18 and enjoy the rolling two-lane ride down towards Shelby near the southern border. There you will find this very busy, friendly diner full of locals and great American food. I had the chicken salad that came with large scoops of potato salad... More 

Thank 24parks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Shelby
  • Phone Number: +1 704-487-8461

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?