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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fried chicken” (103 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (27 reviews)
“cornbread” (22 reviews)
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American, Diner
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have extremely affordable menu options. We fed a family of 5 for $42. Everyone was well fed and happy. The counter-service was extremely friendly and professional.

Thank Jaleisha J
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Hamburger was really good. Lady said the chicken was even better. I'll get that tomorrow Pie was also very good - I'm on a diet, but just sitting there looking delicious and it was worth it

Thank william b
Reviewed 27 October 2017

On a Thursday night shortly before 6 pm we walked to Mel's from our nearby hotel. There were 8 other diners who took up about a third of the available indoor seating, with almost as much seating available outside. The tables and chairs were past...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

DELICIOUS! Hole-in-the-wall fabulousness! Fried fish, fried chicken, great comfort food! Glad we came!

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I had a patty melt, but they call it something else there. It was a bit greasy, but that's what you would expect from a greasy spoon. The Mac and Cheese was a bit dry, but really good. I wanted to give it a 3.5...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Some of the best fried chicken I ever had! Great little diner. Only 8 tables inside. Patio seating outside. Highly recommended.

Thank warren1031
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We ate at Mel's on a move-in day at UVA when we were exhausted and starving. I had one of the most delicious lunches I've had in a long time. I ordered a hamburger and coleslaw. Both were made perfectly. Others in our party had...More

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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