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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 - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Pittsburgh PA
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I stopped at Mel's Café on Friday afternoon to see for ourselves if the good reviews were accurate and indeed they were. We each had the three piece fried chicken dinner with two sides at a very reasonable price. The fried chicken was made to order and came out hot and crisp. The owner's wife visited with... More 

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Thank JKWPittsburghPA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a fabulous breakfast at Mel's! The environment was friendly and casual and the staff were very welcoming. We were in and out in 30 minutes and only spent $20.00 for two full meals. Loved the fried potatoes! We would highly recommend it to others.

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Thank C.J. Q
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Don't let the outside keep you from the inside! The food was delicious and the staff was extremely friendly. The cornbread was some of the best we have eaten in our travels. We tried to convince them to move the restaurant to NC so we could visit more often!

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Thank Sandra B
kinderhook, United States
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chicken is to die for. And if you love fried fish, get it with the greens and fried potatoes. Not a damned thing healthy about Mels except the warm greetings and comfort food you find there! ENJOY!

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1 Thank Clark M
Lynchburg, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked for a good family restaurant at reasonable prices to meet our daughter's family for a birthday lunch. We found the right place! Food was excellent and very fairly priced. The service was great. The staff was friendly and welcoming. If you want great home cooked food at non bank breaking prices, this is the place! They have a wide... More 

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Thank mwest33305
Charles Town, West Virginia
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the night to myself and decided to get a sit-down dinner. Mels was just 3 miles from here and had pretty good reviews so I decided to give it a try. Doesn't look like much but what a friendly place and the food was good too. I had liver & onions, mashed potatoes and green beans. Added a slice... More 

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Thank Wickett52
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Polite and quick service, wide menu selection, and tasty food for pretty cheap: what more can you ask for? I came in hankering for cornbread and that was a good decision.

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Thank jeanjane112
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

If you have an appetite for some down home soul cooking the Mel's is the place to be! Chicken and greens are both finger lickin' good! Will definitely visit here again on my way back home.

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Thank JjnKj69
Charlottesville, Virginia
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

So don't go to Mel's if you like your tables and menus squeaky clean-- they won't be. A little grime is part of the atmosphere here, and Mel is way too busy manning the grill to worry about a little sticky on the table. I love the place. My husband loves the place. Low- key, totally unpretentious, inexpensive and as... More 

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Thank malagamom
Northern Virginia
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Parking isn't great here - there are three spots out front, but mostly it's street parking. The decor isn't much to talk about (although there's some cool Redskins stuff). And it certainly isn't gourmet dining. It IS delicious, mostly Southern comfort food served by genuinely kind, welcoming people. It's a bit like inviting yourself to dinner at your best friend's... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$8
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-971-8819

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?