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Maya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maya-restaurant.com
  • Email: maya.cville.restaurant@gmail.com
  • Phone: (434) 979-6292
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th St. NW
  • Parking: No
A word from Maya
Please join us in our efforts to bring back the simple and wonderful flavors of freshly prepared, local foods.

Located in the center of Charlottesville Virginia’s Midtown, MAYA serves dinner 7 days a week. Our “made from scratch” menu is prepared daily in honor of the Old Southern Kitchen.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We had high expectations after reading the reviews. The fried oysters were yummy. The rest was just ok (steak was awful). I would only go back for drinks and apps. Our server was great. And the atmosphere was fun."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a group, nice spring evening. Overall good, Nice steaks. Moderate prices."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "One of our favorites for dining in Charlottesville while visiting our son at UVA, still great on our return this year. Fried oysters for starter and trout for entree were each excellent, look forward to coming back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Charlottesville in 25 years. We chose Maya for the menu and reasonable prices. The food was delicious and the wait staff very knowledgeable and friendly. We ate in the bar and it was a warm space on a cool, windy day. I recommend Maya and will return upon future visits to Charlottesville."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were a party of four including one vegetarian. She was thrilled with the veg entree. We all had something different, taking advantage of the $12 Tuesday menu. I had four great sides as an entree and loved them all. The server was attentive and very pleasant. Overall, except for the large group that came in during our meal and then dominated the space, we had a very lovely time."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Tuesday night special--$12 for selected entrees plus 2 sides. I chose Chicken fried chicken with ham gravy, sweet potato fries and collard greens which was yummy. My husband chose fried catfish with grits and Brussel sprouts off of the regular menu at $15. The beer special a hoppy IPA which made us happy. Although I was dubious, the gluten-free pineapple upside down cake was delicious. I saw some complaints about portions being too small but they were plenty big for us, maybe Virginians eat more then Coloradans."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "AWESOME meal here with friends during a visit to Charlottesville. The service was outstanding, prompt and efficient. The food was fresh, delicious and well worth a visit. My husband and I will be returning when we visit Charlottesville again. Highly recommend. I wouldn't miss out on trying this place. It's too good of a great find. We will be back. Thanks :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great waitstaff, food fast. Catfish was nicely done, quite enjoyed. Gumbo was a far cry from NOLA, would prob demur next time. I'd def return"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Maya was on our short list of possible sites for a weeding Rehearsal dinner. After dining at 3 other local restaurants, Maya was easily the choice! We put down a deposit. Everything was delicious. Staff is super attentive and friendly.. We had short ribs and lamb, both beautifully prepared. Their grits are the best! Appetizers of cornmeal fried oysters and pimento cheese fritters were heavenly."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! My son had the BBQ ribs, I had the chicken breast and my wife simply vegetables. Everything was extremely fresh. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love Maya. The food is wonderful; the servers look like they are having a great time; the atmosphere is perfect. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Maya. Food is amazing, especially oysters. This is, in my opinion, the best dining in Charlottesville. We recommend reservations. I think the value is good for the quality of food. I like that they offer dinner specials in addition to the menu. Wish they had maybe one more dinner salad offering that was a little more mainstream and without meat. The sides are wonderful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was a Valentines Day reservation that we had and it lived up to the standards. The food was incredible, the wine was tasty, and the atmosphere was relaxed. The only caution I would offer you is that there are few vegetarian options. While we both thoroughly enjoyed the fish and the crispy seitan, those were the only two options. Otherwise, they were both excellent and come highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We rated the ambiance and noise level to reflect what we experienced as they sat us right next to the kitchen and next to the door where new guests came in. This made for a loud and sometimes cold environment. The appetizers were mediocre as the fried macaroni felt like it was missing something. We ordered the steak and cod for entrees and they were great. The vegetables and sides were outstanding as well. The price seemed a little high compared to other spots, but the entrees were almost on par with that price. The desserts weren't anything special for the price we paid."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Recently went to Maya on a Tuesday night for their $12 Tuesday special. The ambience of the restaurant is very nice: candlelit & classy. Great cocktail list. They were pretty busy, so we waited a while before ordering our food. The food came rather quickly, however. The waitress was also much more present and available to check on the food and refill drinks. I've dined at Maya before and been very pleased with the food, but I felt like it was lacking this evening. I got the chicken fried chicken, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes, which all tasted pretty bland. Adding salt helped a little bit, but not much. Friends got the steak with bleu cheese and bacon sauce and seemed pleased. I would come back again, but order something different."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Charlottesville is known for its multitude of fantastic restaurants, which means I rarely frequent the same restaurant more than once because I always like to try new ones. Having said that, I've been to Maya at least 10 times and I am always satisfied. Great local menu, friendly service, and great for special occasions. I would give it 6 stars if I could."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Dinner during restaurant was wonderful despite the crowd. Our table managed to try almost all the offerings and everything was great. Maya never disappoints!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We are fortunate to have so many great choices to have a meal in cville, and Maya is one of them. We hesitated when we read that the food was southern with a twist. Not caring for overcooked veggies and deep fried food, we shied away for a few months after moving to the area a few years ago. But once we tried it, we're believers! Their soft shelled crab appetizer is cleverly presented and perfectly cooked. My husband loves the catfish. You get to choose an entree and two sides and it's hard to do because there is a varied choice and all the ones we've tried have been great. The brussels sprouts with bacon is one of my favorites. Highly recommended. Eat outside when you can. It's fun for people watching."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We tried Maya during restaurant week & experienced highs & lows. I had the pork belly app & it rocked! But when the entrees were served, they all looked a little too brown. My friend did not really like her beef brisket and didn't finish her entree. I heard the pineapple upside down cake was great, but my rice pudding was a disappointment--it was too dry, mostly raisins & the marmalade overpowered any other flavors present. The server was pleasant but hadn't had many of the dishes so wasn't very knowledgable about the menu. A note on atmosphere: as the crowd picked up, so did the temperature. It got to the point that all my friends were fanning themselves and asking if everyone else was hot (and it was below freezing outside)!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We had wanted to go to Maya for awhile but you definitely have to make a reservation early. I had been there a few times and the food was good. I took my vegetarian girlfriend and unfortunately they were out of both fish entrees and a few sides. What she ended up with wasn't very good. My meal was just average so we won't be going back. Charlottesville has too many excellent options and Maya just isn't one of them any more..."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Service was a bit slow and the corner table was chilly on this very cold evening. But the pork, sides of grits, biscuits and gumbo were all scrumptious."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great food from Maya. Went with one other person, and were seated upstairs. It was a bit loud, with a party of frat-looking guys there, but overall not terribly noisy. Excellent food, though it was a bit on the expensive side. Will definitely visit again!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Attractive restaurant. Definitely will be going back. Very fun date night."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food at Maya was awesome as always. I expect a good meal, and the actual entrees surpass my already high expectations. I do feel the prices are a little higher than they should be, but the food is absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Maya offers something for everyone- light dining, full meals, tasty sides!"
    Dined on 2/1/2013
  • "We went on the 12.00 entree night and EVERYTHING was fantastic! The service, atmosphere everything was great, we will be back!!!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "My wife and I were in Charlottesville’s as part of our wedding anniversary and New Years Eve. We have been to Charlottesville a couple times but know little about area restaurants. We feel we found a jewel with Maya. Our server was wonderful and the food was great. We will return!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a great time on New Years enjoying the restaurant with friends. Thanks!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our evening at Maya's was delightful from start to end. The waitstaff was attentive and prompt, the food was delicious, we ordered the special: Alaskan wild cod. We agreed to add Maya to our list of "special" restaurants. The atmosphere was "magic." So happy, we experienced Maya."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Service was poor at best. Was told the bar couldn't make a Bloody Mary because they were only served at brunch!! Told we couldn't get a salad as it wasn't one of the side dishes. Fish was greasy and lead to indigestion. All in all a very poor experience which I am afraid is the norm at Maya."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great place for a birthday celebration. The hostess was great when I wanted to change the numbers in our party. The food was, as usual, great, and the ambiance was lovely."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We've been to a few good restaurants in Charlottesville and this one made it to a our favorites list. My wife had the duck, my daughter the catfish, and I had the chicken breast. All were perfectly prepared and had good presentation. The sides were as great as the main meals and we also loved them. Usually we don't have dessert but opted to in this case and we are glad we did! The only thing that was spectacular was my drink, but I'm not a bourbon fan so its my own fault that I ordered a drink with surprise, bourbon."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Maya is hands down my favorite restaurant in Cville. The Food, Drinks and Service is always Excellent. One of the few dining establishments which offers tasty and healthy vegetable side dishes. I always look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Ate here with a few friends the other night. Food was excellent, as always. I got the scallop special. $25 for three scallops + 2 small portions of sides. Pretty steep. I will certainly come again, but probably not often..."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "My daughter and I had a fabulous meal at Maya's. The food and service was fantastic! I definitely would recommend."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Food was good with a menu that provided great options for all including vegan. Service was fantastic, very prompt and knowledgable wait staff. Will go back soon!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Wonderful southern food. Great service. Good recommendations!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I love Maya! A relaxed and warm vibe, consistently excellent Southern comfort food (get the grits and fried green tomatoes!), inventive cocktails, and the best servers anywhere. They take great care of us. Vegetarian friendly, too."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Had their corn-meal crusted catfish, butternut squash soup with ginger-cinnamon infused oil, and Mississippi mud pie. Unprepossessing exterior but inside very good, wait-staff knowledgable and engaged."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "One of our consistent "go-to" restaurants in Charlottesville!"
    Dined on 9/15/2013