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American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed October 26, 2019

a revisit recently says this place remains a classic diner in Charlottesville. Not expensive, Outdoors in good weather or indoors . Good staff experience. Street parking.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mel's Cafe

  • Yes, Mel's Cafe offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Mel's Cafe offers delivery services.

  • 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