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Mel's Cafe

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719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
+1 434-971-8819
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner
719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

I've had no finer Southern soul food than at Mel's and no finer family to cook and serve it. And, traveling almost weekly for years, that's quite the accomplishment. You just expect Country Ham to be exceptional in VA, land of Smithfield. It didn't disappoint....More

1  Thank Rich K
Reviewed May 18, 2017

If you are an educated palate used to finer dining, this might not be the place for you. But if you're totally fine with super casual and good soul food, this is a fun place to go. GREAT place to be with kids, because frankly...More

1  Thank MarylandTravelguru
Reviewed May 17, 2017

We checked the restaurant's ratings and it sounded as if it would be a good place for dinner. We missed it as we drove by - probably we were looking for something different. We parked an walked back based on the street address. We finally...More

Thank Jo Jody H
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

We ate lunch, I had pork chops my husband had liver and onions. Both very good reasonably priced and nice size portions.

Thank broken4304
Reviewed April 22, 2017

I have never had a meal of fried chicken, mac and cheese, and coleslaw that left my mouth tasting so good for so long. The sweet potato pie was excellent, and you can't beat the prices. I don't think there's a place here in Seattle...More

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

Great find for fish fry - served every day. We visited on Good Friday and it was the only restaurant that we found with a fish fry. It's small and bordering on a hole in the wall. That and the staff's hospitality makes it a...More

1  Thank BellaAEM
Reviewed April 13, 2017

We had some terrific food (fried chicken, burger, hot roast beef sandwich) and yummy sides. Sat outside on a beautiful night. Can't beat the price.

Thank CindyD307
Reviewed March 30, 2017

We found Mel's on trip advisor and walked to it. I almost kept walking but figured that trip advisor is always pretty accurate. Glad we stopped!! Amazing food. I had the pinto beans, cabbage, fried potatoes, and delicious cornbread. We had a large party and...More

Thank disneymom8
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Good regular food for breakfast. Can't beat Mel's company too. Super kind and accommodating. A person in our party just had foot surgery and he sat her in the perfect spot so she wouldn't be bumped by others and was very attentive to her needs....More

1  Thank Evansentourage
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Mel's Cafe was delicious, my hamburger reminded me of my Dad and how he used to make them for our family! I ordered the 3 oz and my husband ordered the 5 oz, delicious! We also ordered the french fries and onion rings and both...More

Thank renamusyt
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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: +1 434-971-8819
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