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719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
434-971-8819
Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Every town needs a Mel's......

.....the quintessential "greasy spoon", and I mean that as a sincere compliment. A small place on Charlottesville's West main, Mel's probably seats less than 30, and even as we came through the door at 1:30 PM on a Wednesday, the place was packed. Fortunately, a couple was getting up to leave and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
JDHoss
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Kingsport, TN.
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Kingsport, TN.
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123 reviews 123 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

.....the quintessential "greasy spoon", and I mean that as a sincere compliment. A small place on Charlottesville's West main, Mel's probably seats less than 30, and even as we came through the door at 1:30 PM on a Wednesday, the place was packed. Fortunately, a couple was getting up to leave and we got their table. Almost immediately, a friendly... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I love this place! It's cheap, great local atmosphere, simple, big menu and the staff is very nice. But the best part is the food!!!! Fried chicken is yummy!!! We have had lots of side dishes and they have all been great! Worth trying!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Mel's is one of those places where the food just makes you feel good. Save room for the fried doughnut, its excellent.

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charlottesville va
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

love this local eatery Mels is a great little restaurant great burgers and chicken Great lunch place!

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Louisa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

a lot of good stuff about this cafe. So my friend and I went here last summer. We ordered the fried chicken dinner. The chicken was obviously frozen chicken. It was not cooked quite enough and the mashed potatoes and gravey were tasteless. I would not bother with this place again.

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We picked this place because of the reviews. They were spot on. The chicken was excellent (even better than mine). Mac & cheese and cole slaw were excellent. The roll was great. The gentlemen that took our order was great. Very nice, talkative and when I told him, "the food was good enough for your tongue to slap your brains... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A nice traditional diner. The food is cheap and tastes pretty good. Don't expect anything spectacular, but it is a great place to sit down with your friends to have a quick meal.

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Palmyra, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Just good comfort food without all the frills. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their country ham breakfast (with real fried potatoes), or their hamburger steak with gravy and good choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Food was great, the service was excellent. It was a very friendly and inviting environment. I will certainly bring my family to eat at Mel's Cafe again.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Mel's is a great simple soul food joint. We had the fried fish and the fried chicken. Both great and exactly what you want in a place like this. Greens were perfectly done, and my wife loved the simple cabbage. Red Beans and rice for me and it was well done and a good sized portion. Good prices and VERY... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-971-8819

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?