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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fried chicken” (105 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (28 reviews)
“cornbread” (23 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
CUISINES
American, Diner
PRICE
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LOCATION
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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1 - 10 of 268 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fried chicken was enjoyable as was the Mac and cheese. Hamburgers were average. Outside restrooms were inconvenient.

Thank Nick T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit, as it was just a small place & I think the "owner" (front guy) knew everyone & if he didn't he treated you like a friend. The food & service was excellent & prices were reasonable. I walked there from...More

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in town for the day and wanted something local for lunch. Small place in the little stretch of UVA shops and restaurants. Staff couldn't have been nicer. I enjoyed seeing all their family photos hanging on the wall. Food was terrific. We had the...More

Thank Tim P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, cheap, small, great local menu and tasty! This small place just outside the corner at uva is great. Really lovely people and the fried chicken and ribs are tasty! Don't expect frills or anything but you will not go home hungry

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great burgers, and amazing onion rings! Very friendly staff! We might have missed Mel’s except for Trip Advisor. Only 6 tables but so glad we stopped!

Thank Marva R
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We were at UVA Hospital for appointments. My son and I chose Mel's based on the reviews here. We were not disappointed. Mel's is a little hole in the wall with maybe 20 seats but it is so worth finding a parking spot for. We...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Down home cooking where the locals are gathered and the regulars are greeted by name. Look at the menu, grab a table and order at the counter when you're ready. Massive cheeseburgers on the flat top. Pulled pork. Green beans. Onion rings. So good. All...More

Thank goinback2hi
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We were on our way to Richmond when we decided to stop in Charlottesville to eat My son found this place online and provided the navigation. He’s 12 and when we arrived he said maybe not the best place to eat based on the appearance....More

Thank Paige N
Reviewed 2 January 2018

It's somewhat hard to square all the positive reviews with our experience, except to say that the folks who run this place are exceptionally friendly, and seem to genuinely care that you have an enjoyable time. The ambience of the place is very threadbare, but...More

Thank JK4321
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This little gem was the highlight of our family trip. The space is small filled with many pictures but plenty of hospitality from the waiter/cook. We had so much fun chatting with him. Our kids 5-14yrs had a blast. The cornbread, potato salad and the...More

Thank Angela E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 8
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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