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The Shelby Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
+1 704-487-8461
06:00 - 20:30
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Sun 06:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 20:30
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Shelby, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there a couple of times and results were the same. Service was slow, food was ok but the place could use a good cleaning.

Rocky Mount
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a must stop for breakfast or down home cooking. They have large pancakes, generous portions of bacon and great hamburgers. Daily specials are affordable. It's a great little downtown diner experience.

Thank Tcampbell084
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have only been here for breakfast but it is in my opinion the best place to get breakfast in Shelby. Pancakes are huge as well as the omelets . Very friendly service and fast.

Thank Annie H
Kernersville, North Carolina
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in Shelby two days. Ate here the first night, came back the next day. The food is fresh. Come early to avoid waiting! Pro: Food is fresh. Burgers were outstanding. Handicap accessible. Could hold a fairly large group. Extensive menu, plenty of choices. Large portions. Wait staff is friendly. The smell of the burgers cooking wafts down the street... More 

Thank kateg1414
Shelby, North Carolina
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 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 

1 Thank mphenriquez1
Lake Lure, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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
Reviewed 14 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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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?