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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fried chicken” (105 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (28 reviews)
“cornbread” (23 reviews)
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American, Diner
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best fried chicken! Great sides! Small diner, and so worth it! Good prices. Wish i lived closer to get the chicken more often!

Thank Lorie H
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Nick T
Reviewed April 2, 2018

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

1  Thank Stephen H
Reviewed March 31, 2018 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 March 24, 2018 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 March 22, 2018 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 January 28, 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

1  Thank pawp11
Reviewed January 20, 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 January 16, 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 January 1, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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