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Mel's Cafe

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719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
434-971-8819
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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, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 30
    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
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The food was amazing! It was just like the southern cooking that my mom does. I am a vegetarian and had plenty to choose from. The macaroni and cheese is awesome! If you are in Charlottesville it is a must to go to Mel's.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
LAURA T
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The food was amazing! It was just like the southern cooking that my mom does. I am a vegetarian and had plenty to choose from. The macaroni and cheese is awesome! If you are in Charlottesville it is a must to go to Mel's.

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Whenever we go through Charlottesville we always stop at Mel's. It's good southern cooking, real soul food. Mel and all the staff are extremely friendly, very personable and make you feel like one of the family. Folks walking in and Mel asking them which of two or three different orders they're going to have today, indicates the loyalty and number... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Went there for the fried chicken and loved everything!! The chicken is cooked to order and is crispy outside & juicy inside. Real mashed potatoes & collard greens completed my meal. My husband's red beans & rice were excellent & the French fries were great. Their burgers were delicious & the Meta Burger took things to the next level. The... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife and I agree this was one of the best tasting meals we have ever had. Great value, friendly service. We live 2 hours away and are trying to figure out how or when we can go again to try something else at Mel's

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Loved the food here. So simple but delicious. The fried chicken was perfectly cooked and the outside was crispy and flavorful. Pulled pork sandwich melted in your mouth. Perfect southern sweet tea with free refills. Not a fancy atmosphere but perfect for what we wanted. Lunch for 4 was $30 and we went away full and happy. Great owners!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We can here based on the excellent reviews, and couldn't have been happier. Ordering was a snap, and the service was excellent. Inside was what I would think of a small hometown diner or coffee shop from the 1980s, which was rather cool. Outside you get to people watch as people walk by on the sidewalk. The food did take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My wife and I each had a delicious fried chicken dinner with two sides and two lemonades for less than $20. That's robbery I say! The chicken was moist and tender. The fried breading was crunchy and tasty. My fried onion rings were excellent. My wife's greens and something else I can't remember were excellent. We both thoroughly enjoyed our... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

When you walk into Mel's you are greeted by the friendliest people who love what they do! We were given menus by a lovely man named Arthur and then ordered at the counter and found our table. This is a very small and quaint restaurant which only adds to the charm, but you may have to wait. There are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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

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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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 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?