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American, Diner
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 14, 2022

First, the Pros: Staff was quite nice- sociable and quick, they got my to-go order down and had me comfortable and to the side within moments of entering. Prices are exemplary- low prices are incredibly hard to find anywhere, so this was quite welcome to...see! With that said, my cons begin The Cons: First, I waited 28 minutes for two sides (Mozzarella sticks) and two burgers. The person in front of me and both people who came in behind me left with their food first. Not a huge problem, but be sure you're expecting a wait if you visit. Check. Your. Food- I did not get what I ordered- unfortunately both burgers were made incorrectly. The one that could be eaten was perhaps a 3/5* sandwich, but unfortunately the other simply got tossed due to having an ingredient the intended recipient -can't- eat. I know places make mistakes on orders, but this order was confirmed -twice- during my nearly 30-minute wait. I cannot help but really dislike a place that takes sit-down times for a small order and cannot prepare a sandwich as-ordered; and as such won't personally be returning. I can't think of a worse combination than a long wait and the order fulfillment competence of a fast food resturantMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022 via mobile

Back to the good old days of short order cooking. Sure it takes 7 or 8 minutes to get your burger, but it's 7 or 8 times better. Best meat, a little grilled in crunch and a friendly accommodating staff. Anytime we're in Charlottesville this...is a stop.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant may not be much to look at but the food more than makes up for it. We had burgers (fantastic), fried potatoes with onions, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and cornbread. All items were so good!! I wanted to try everything on the...menu. I will definitely return if I am ever in the area again. **Bonus there’s actually a Mel working the grill😀.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022

Stopped in for a quick lunch on a road trip in Virginia. We did a Google search for restaurant ideas and chose Mel's. First, this isn't the world's best or fanciest food but it's dang good. Awesome burgers, chicken and macaroni and cheese. I had...selected green beans as a side with my chicken and was told, "we got greens, we got cabbage, we got homemade macaroni and cheese and you want green beans?" I smiled and ordered the cabbage and Mac. It was so good! More importantly I appreciate the friendly service, and the atmosphere. There was a line out the door at 2pm on a Wednesday. Comfort food, soul food, home cooking craving? This is the place. I wish I'd had room for a slice of pie. I also enjoyed looking at the photos on the wall. I hope I'll be back someday.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2021 via mobile

The burgers are sooo good!!! Just like your daddy made you on a Saturday afternoon! No pretensions, just good food! If you’ve ever gone to John’s Drive In in Kitty Hawk, NC, you’ll get it! Mel’s is to CVille what John’s is to the Northern...Outer Banks. Make Mel’s a CVille habit!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 24, 2021

We were there for breakfast on a weekday morning. We both ordered the country ham, egg & potatoes platter. It was a large portion and the country ham was good, but everything else was just average. Nothing to get excited about, nothing to complain about...(except maybe the coffee). A little disappointed based on the prior reviews.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed October 28, 2020 via mobile

This is not amazing food or the best I’ve ever eaten. This is just good, down home, southern cooking with heart and soul. Because of COVID, there is no inside dining. No problem, go to plan, B, unless it’s raining. This is not fast food....It’s from the heart food. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop bye. And don’t forget the sweet potato pie.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 18, 2020 via mobile

I have been using ratings and Trip Advisor for many years to select where we are going to have our meals. The reviews said this place was a dive, they raved about the quality of the food. The outward appearance of Mel's was a bit...concerning but we have found that does not always indicate the quality of food. The reviews said it had the best burgers, it was mediocre at best. The chicken salad was just as bad and tasted processed. Afterwards, we reviewed Trip Advisor to see if there might be another restaurant of the same name in the area. Cannot understand the rave reviews and a high rating in Charlottesville. On the bright side, the woman behind the register was pleasant and very welcoming.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 5, 2020

Had fried chicken on the patio at Mel's after a long day of hiking. Amazing food - a must visit - will definitely visit again

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

My wife and I ate breakfast here today, had the sausage egg and cheese sandwiches. Delicious! Ate outside, they offer take out and outside seating only. Very friendly service.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 21, 2020 via mobile

Great burgers fresh off the grill, authentic corn bread & beans, and fantastic prices! Four of us stopped by for late lunch after a day trip to the mountains and Mel’s was a great cap to a fine day. Thanks Mel!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 12, 2020 via mobile

This place doesn’t look like much from the outside but sure has a lot to offer! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent! Between the three of us, we had fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, potato salad, and...cornbread. All of it was fantastic! Definitely worth the stop!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 29, 2020 via mobile

Arrived in Charlottesville this afternoon and my wife decided for a quick takeout at Mel’s. We enjoyed a wonderful meal!!! Fantastic fried chicken with collard greens and pinto beans, delicious BBQ Pork Sandwich and amazing Fried Donuts and Strawberry Shortcake. Fast friendly service with a...smile!!!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed May 22, 2020

I have been a customer of Mels since he opened. If you want some good old American food with that Soutern touch then MEL's is the place. The food is yummy, the prices are great and the staff is friendly. If you're looking for fine...dining, keep looking but if you want good food with a smile, this is the place.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed January 22, 2020 via mobile

Excellent! Great sandwiches (and super coleslaw), friendly staff, great service! We would definitely stop by again! Thanks!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Mel's Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5