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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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  • 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
Amazingly delicious!!!

My fiancé and I visited Mel's cafe for the first time today and I have one word....AMAZING. From the super friendly staff to the home cooked food and the southern sweet tea our experience was awesome! We both had the fried chicken with fried potatoes and Mac and cheese. There was no talking during... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
jrburns84
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My fiancé and I visited Mel's cafe for the first time today and I have one word....AMAZING. From the super friendly staff to the home cooked food and the southern sweet tea our experience was awesome! We both had the fried chicken with fried potatoes and Mac and cheese. There was no talking during dinner, the food was so amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Excellent, down home, Southern fare! Our family enjoyed a variety of Southern dishes. All freshly made and served with a smile! If you are on a diet, not for you! Mel needs to give the other restaurants directions on how to make sweet tea! His was perfect! Hint...you should be able to taste the tea with a hint of sugar,... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped by on our way to Manassas & had the best fried chicken lunch!! Save room for the sweet potato pie! Love the owners!

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Yakima, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Good southern food, welcoming, best sweet potato pie ever! Limited seating, burgers, ribs, southérn fried chicken, breakfast, eat in or to go. Must try!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Casual atmosphere. Friendly staff. Lots of classic soul food. Best sweet potato pie you can find. Favorite spot for locals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Overall, this was a pretty good meal. There were 6 of us and we ate outside. This is a very small establishment and there were 3 families that arrived just ahead of us, so we waited for our food for about 25 minutes. It's really like the guys are cooking for you in their own kitchen- friendly and appreciative of... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went for lunch and wow! This was a surprise. Mel's is a modest family-owned diner opposite the Amtrak station. They are courteous and hospitable, and the food is superb. The fried chicken was really good. The vegetables and mashed potatoes were also great. And although we really didn't have much room left, we ate desserts, which were also very... More 

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lexington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Read about Mel's on TripAdvisor and tried it out as I was passing through town. A true hole in the wall, awesome place to eat. Fried chicken was very, very good and the vegetables were seasoned well and just awesome. It is worth trying if your in town, but most impressive was how friendly and engaging the owners were behind... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I had the fried chicken and it was Delicious!! My wife had the fried shrimp and it also was great. To finish our meal, we had grilled doughnuts with ice cream. If I am ever in the area again, I am stopping by!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Excellent food and my kind of atmosphere!! I had a loaded omelet (awesome). The fried donuts for dessert--also awesome. Pure comfort food! If I lived in Charlottesville, I'd be a regular for sure.

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Additional Information about Mel's Cafe

Address: 719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
Phone Number: 434-971-8819
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
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
Average Prices: USD 8

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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 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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