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719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

This is a little hometown diner that is visited by all of the local folks. The food is homemade, and very good. The staff are warm and friendly, it was like going to a friend's house for a great dinner! We will definitely be back!

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Lancaster, PA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

We had just done a quick tour at the University of VA and wanted to find a local place to eat a late lunch. Even at 2 pm on a Saturday there were people ordering burgers and mac-n-cheese to go. I agree with other posters that it's not the fanciest place, but the food was very good and very reasonable... More

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East Coast
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I read the reviews and gave this place a try. It doesn't look like much from the outside but the food was great. We had the fried chicken, sliced country ham sandwich, onion rings and cole slaw. The prices were very reasonable and the service was quick and very friendly. The fried chicken was cooked perfectly. The inside of this... More

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Haymarket, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Mel's Cafe is a small diner, that looks no better than a truck stop. The toilets are out back and you order at the counter. If you are looking for a nice place to eat this is not it. They serve fried chicken, burgers, Mac n Cheese and such like. They are super hospitable and Mrs Mel is very welcoming.... More

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Toronto, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Having read the reviews for Mel's ahead of time, we made plans to stop for lunch on our way to visit Monticello. Mel's did not disappoint. It's a characteristic greasy diner on the main drag, with lots of charm (think vintage appeal) and even better food. I had the cheeseburger combo, my partner - their signature fried chicken, and both... More

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Northwest, Michigan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

You go here because of all the great recommendations you read on this site. You aren't disappointed. This will be among, if not THE best fried chicken you will have eaten. Crispy yummy outside, moist tender within. YOU choose which pieces you want- three thighs? No problem. Friendly, non-assuming service. Not at all fancy. Atmosphere is what it is. The... More

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Trust the reviews and give this place a try. The food is fantastic-southern cooking like your grandma would make. The owners however make you feel like you are a family member who stopped by for a homecooked meal and a hug. Its inexpensive and tasty- way too much food.Try the sweet potatoe pie.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Mel's Cafe is located in a quiet block of West Main St in Charlottesville across from the Amtrak station. "Unpretentious" pretty well describes the exterior and interior of this cafe. Don't let looks fool you; the food is down-home cooking at its finest with a definite soul-food character. We had the fried chicken as the entree and kale greens as... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

In town for parents weekend and trip adviser steered us there. I've passed it before and it looks a little sketchy... How good can it be? Answer... that good! Some of the best fried chicken ever. Great Mac and cheese. Wife had a blt which was also great. Like the terminator... "I'll be back!"

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Saw this on TripAdvisor. Awesome find. The food is amazing. Went 3 days in a row. 2x for dinner and once for breakfast. Between 3 of us had burgers, fried chicken, roast beef, potatoes, cabbage, onion rings and more. EVERYTHING was amazing. You can't go wrong. You do, however, have to save room for dessert. Had both fried donuts and... More

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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 0 - 8

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