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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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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Rexburg, Idaho
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is so welcoming you feel right at home. The food is out of this world everything about my meal was perfect. When you come to Charlottesville and you want something that is southern and unique to the area Mel's is the place for you!

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Thank Tana C
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this little Diner on the corner! The food was awesome! If you like good down home southern cooking this is the place for you. The service was fast and friendly. I also enjoyed meeting Mel and his family. Thank you for the great experience!

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Thank Jeni P
Lebanon, New Jersey
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I were staying a few blocks away and found this restaurant on-line. We asked the front desk staff at the hotel about it. As soon as we mentioned Mel's, his eyes lit up and a big smile came out. He could not say enough good words about the place. So we went there. Do not judge the... More 

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Thank Ron080
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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364 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ignore the outside ambiance. Or lack of it. The food is excellent. The staff is helpful and friendly. Fried chicken is just right. Cooked to order and perfect. Meta Burger on rye with grilled onions is very, very tasty. French fries are good. Grilled donut with ice cream is divine. A small place with big food and staff.

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Thank Paul_from_VA
Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't disappointed with the down-home "tastes like grandma's" food. The chicken is fried to a perfect crisp, the potatoes peeled right in the kitchen for excellent mashed potatoes and fries. We were happy we ordered the original grilled donut and ice cream - who would've thought?! Melvin was super friendly and accommodating. We had a friendly disagreement over our... More 

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Thank Jana M
Alabama
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for lunch on July 9. Mel and staff very friendly. Fried chicken the best I have had in years. Perfect crust with good seasoning and not greasy. Mac and cheese is second to none. Potato salad the real thing and fried potatoes were excellent. Mel indicated the sweet potato pie was his best selling desert and there is good... More 

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1 Thank Danny L
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving through C-Ville and decided to stop for lunch. So glad we did. We had fried chicken and a cheeseburger. Both were great. Took some pie home.

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Thank Carrie H
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food in a quaint location. (Other reviewers have called this a hole-in-the-wall, but I don't think so.) Homemade food, cooked just right. If I lived here, I'd eat here once a week, if not three times a week!

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Thank Holly M
Marion, Ohio
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a good soul food restaurant to check out while on vacation and, based on tripadvisor reviews, this place sounded like just the ticket. We were not disappointed! Among the four of us dining, we had the fried chicken, stuffing, collard greens, Mac and cheese, green beans, rice, cornbread... Oh good gravy (literally) everything was so delish!... More 

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Thank sloanmama
Lebanon, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Mel's Café due to the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor. I had the fried chicken, Mac n cheese, and pinto beans. It was great! The fried chicken was cooked fresh to order and was delicious. My wife had a cheeseburger and fries. She enjoyed both very much. For dessert, we shared a piece of... 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
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?