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Mel's Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Diner, Cafe
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
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We were in town for the day and wanted to eat at a locals place. I checked trip advisor for recommendation and found this place. It’s rundown on the outside, but don’t let that scare you away, inside is super small with a few tables,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank VAvisitors
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small diner well worth checking out in Charlottesville. Fairly cheaply priced home-cooking that won't disappoint. Food is great, atmosphere is friendly. Not a ton of space inside, so I wouldn't bring much of a group, but other than that it's a great spot for come...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank SnoringFrog
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We stopped at Mel’s on our way to D.C. because we love small hole-in-the-wall greasy spoons. It definitely fit the profile. Limited seating. Not very clean. Those things didn’t scare us off but in hindsight they probably should have. Although the owner, Melvin, was friendly,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Theperfectcouple96
Reviewed December 8, 2018

This is easily one of the best restaurants I've been to in Charlottesville, given the price point of the food. There are tons of mediocre places in Charlottesville where it'll cost you 15 bucks for an entree that doesn't even fill you up nor is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jack S
Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

Small diner with good food and the nicest people! Fried chicken was on point and that cornbread!! We always look for fun local spots when we travel and this fit the bill!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lmsc1077
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

This is the kind of restaurant that I love to find when I travel. The location is situated on Main Street and has a dinner feel. That have just a few tables inside and it seems like they have a bunch of regulars. I was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jehenson81
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

As others have said, it's not much to look at but the food is outstanding. You order at the counter and find a seat, which may be hard if you go at lunchtime as there are only about 8 tables, which were all full when...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 406leaw
Reviewed November 11, 2018

The fried chicken was crispy, tender and tasty...Burgers were juicy and good...Mama loved the greens and we all oved the pinto beans --- The kids loved the cornbread calling it "soft and fluffy."...Thanks for a great dinner Mel.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kegotank
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This place is awesome!. It is a true "dive" restaurant. Which from me is a huge compliment. The food is incredible (I had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac & cheese). But even better is Mel. He was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BradleyS1287
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We wanted to try Mel's Cafe because of the reviews on TripAdvisor. Seeing the outside of the cafe almost made us change our minds, but we went inside. We were greeted by friendly employees who made us feel very welcome. We ordered a cheeseburger, a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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