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The Shelby Cafe

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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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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I guess the best I can say is the coffee was decent. I had biscuits and sausage gravy. In all fairness it was during the dinner hour. They offer breakfast all day, the biscuits were hard, the gravy was out of a can, and the sausage bits were real but burnt. I would go back but have something else.

Thank Neil M
Shelby, North Carolina
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to eat lunch if you are looking for a Southern cuisine. They have daily specials through out the week. Usually a choice of 4 -5 different types of meats or entrees from Chicken pie to country ham. With 8 different sides from Fried orca to Macaroni and Cheese. Their biscuits are to die for!!! They are more like... More 

Thank KimDex
Mooresville, North Carolina
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109 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The other day while working in Shelby I found the Shelby Cafe on TripAdvisor. I read all the great reviews and thought I would give it a try. Being Sunday, I figured that they may be closed but to my surprise was open. As I drove down the street looking for it I noticed a large group of people and... More 

Thank CaribbeanSidewinder
Shelby, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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 9 April 2017 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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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 April 2017 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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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 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 27 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?