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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” (101 reviews)
“cornbread” (21 reviews)
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American, Diner
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Shampeu
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that I am a chef. As in, for a living. And you know what? MEL'S CAFE ROCKS. It is such a throwback it is pure delight. Soul food, The guys running it are so nice and old school, the food...More

Thank Tamara Lee R
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Man, this place is tiny! And somehow I lucked out upon one of 3, I think, the parking spots for it. And it wasn't crowded at all when we got there about 5:30 on a weeknight. The gods were shining down on us. Because they...More

Thank Ginger M
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Suprised as Tripadvisor usually never fails me. I felt like I could have made the same food at home. My husband got the "best chopped chef salad in town". It wasn't the best he had ever had by a long shot. Very scarce seating so...More

Thank Crystal M
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

The place is cozy as there are only a few tables inside. The owners make you feel at home and the food is incredible. The fried chicken is fantastic and isn't greasy. Red beans and rice are flavorful and my wife loved the mashed potatoes...More

Thank Joel E
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Visited Thomas Jefferson's home and needed a place for lunch. I found this little "gem" on TA. I was intrigued by the pictures of fried chicken and sides. It reminded me of home. We decided to set out to find it in Charlottesville. It is...More

Thank travelgrlArkansas
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

What an amazing diner. I want to come back every day and try somethine different. Burgers cooked perfectly, fries with a little extra seasoning. The potato salad is perfect. Real southern sweet tea. Yes, please and Thank you.

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We ate dinner at Mel's Cafe in May 2017. It has a great location near downtown Charlottesville VA. The inside is very crowded and casual, with family photos decorating the walls. Prices are VERY inexpensive. You order at the counter, then the friendly staff serves...More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Mel's Cafe is ALWAYS bustling! Parking is nearly impossible to find, but if you do, it's worth it! Everything I have tried, I have loved. Get a taste of local culture and cuisine with a trip to Mel's Cafe in downtown Charlottesville.

Thank Lauren S
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Restaurant Details

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  • 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 - 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
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