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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“fried chicken” (96 reviews)
“cornbread” (20 reviews)
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American, Diner
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are an educated palate used to finer dining, this might not be the place for you. But if you're totally fine with super casual and good soul food, this is a fun place to go. GREAT place to be with kids, because frankly...More

Thank MarylandTravelguru
Reviewed 1 week ago

We checked the restaurant's ratings and it sounded as if it would be a good place for dinner. We missed it as we drove by - probably we were looking for something different. We parked an walked back based on the street address. We finally...More

Thank Jo Jody H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch, I had pork chops my husband had liver and onions. Both very good reasonably priced and nice size portions.

Thank broken4304
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never had a meal of fried chicken, mac and cheese, and coleslaw that left my mouth tasting so good for so long. The sweet potato pie was excellent, and you can't beat the prices. I don't think there's a place here in Seattle...More

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Great find for fish fry - served every day. We visited on Good Friday and it was the only restaurant that we found with a fish fry. It's small and bordering on a hole in the wall. That and the staff's hospitality makes it a...More

1  Thank BellaAEM
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We had some terrific food (fried chicken, burger, hot roast beef sandwich) and yummy sides. Sat outside on a beautiful night. Can't beat the price.

Thank CindyD307
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We found Mel's on trip advisor and walked to it. I almost kept walking but figured that trip advisor is always pretty accurate. Glad we stopped!! Amazing food. I had the pinto beans, cabbage, fried potatoes, and delicious cornbread. We had a large party and...More

Thank disneymom8
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Good regular food for breakfast. Can't beat Mel's company too. Super kind and accommodating. A person in our party just had foot surgery and he sat her in the perfect spot so she wouldn't be bumped by others and was very attentive to her needs....More

Thank Evansentourage
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Mel's Cafe was delicious, my hamburger reminded me of my Dad and how he used to make them for our family! I ordered the 3 oz and my husband ordered the 5 oz, delicious! We also ordered the french fries and onion rings and both...More

Thank renamusyt
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I saw this place on trip advisor. When we arrived - I was a little leary. Its a small spot but let me tell you - the FOOD WAS GREAT!! It was obviously a family owned operation. All homemade and delicious!

Thank Teeth2004
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Mel's is closed on Sunday?
23 October 2016|
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Response from ladyg2u | Reviewed this property |
yes it is
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail