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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.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
7th St. NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off Premise Catering
We keep our catering operation simple in the spirit of our food. Maya caters approximately 20 full service events a year. We generally cater only one event on any given day. We prefer to manage the food, beverage, and service for all our events in an effort to provide our clients with the best possible overall experience.
Off Premise Catering events are booked by Chef Kelly himself by appointment only.
Free parking is located along both sides of West Main Street. A large public parking lot is located behind the Old Albemarle Hotel just a stones throw away from Maya. A pay parking lot is located across the street from Maya.
Chef Christian Kelly
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Maya Ratings and Reviews
Maya restaurant was an excellent choice for our anniversary dinner. The food was fabulous and the staff were courteous and respectful. We didn't feel rushed and the atmosphere was pleasant. The meal was on the pricier side, but well worth it for a fine dining experience.
Good very good though not great. Fried chicken special was very tasty as were the Brussels sprouts and cheesecake. Didn’t appreciate loud comments from a staff member about front of house/back of house differences which I’m sure the whole restaurant heard.
If you don’t like pepper, you might want to skip this place. Chef was a bit heavy handed, at least the night we were there.
I had the blackened tilapia with mac and cheese and collard greens. My sides were great, my tilapia tasted like something I could make at home. I've been to Maya before and ordered the crabcakes which were delicious. My friend ordered the steak and loved it--so perhaps it was just my choice of entrée. The biscuits with honey butter were AMAYZING. I wanted to baaaathe in the honey butter!
The wait staff was attentive and enthusiastic. Unfortunately, the food just did not live up to the billing. If fresh, local ingredients were used, it was hard to tell. My local farm-raised trout was mushy and flavorless as were the brussels sprouts. No else in my party raved about their food; they all said it was just OK . I really wanted to like the restaurant, but it was pretty forgettable.
The service was excellent, very friendly and attentive. The food was all, as expected, consistently very good. The table we reserved was just right, comfortably situated, capable of accommodating us well (reservation for six, we were seven and it still didn't feel crowded, while not making us feel too far from each other). The food came at the right pace without any issues. The wine and the beer were good, with a good selection of both. Overall, 4 stars over 5 (which to me is a very high mark; this is not one of the best restaurants in the world or in the nation, but it is one of the few best in the region).
Perhaps understaffed, our server was nowhere to be found between taking our order and bringing our check. No drink refills. No water refills. Truly inattentive service.
The catfish was OK, but not better than average. The crab cakes were seriously flawed, with an off taste that made them inedible and possibly even spoiled crab meat. Of course we had no one to tell that to until they brought the bill. To be fair, they removed the crab cakes from the bill. Also to be fair we couldn’t eat them.
I’ve have a good meal at Maya in the past but this experience was so bad I can’t imagine going back. Cville has too many other good options.
My husband and I researched several options for our 1 year anniversary dinner for our trip to Charlottesville. We came across Maya which met all of our expectations for the type of food, ambiance, and price. After making the reservation, I called to see if we could bring our anniversary cake to eat after our meal. Maya was more than accommodating for our cake and that it was our anniversary. The food was great (we left STUFFED) and it was the perfect end to our anniversary day!
We enjoyed our dinner very much. At our table we had fried oysters and pimento cheese fritters with our drinks, and steak and ribs for dinner. The sides are always really good, and I love that I can pick my own. Between us we chose sauteed broccoli, brussel sprouts, whipped potatoes, and collard greens. We ate every bite! The service was very attentive without being intrusive, and our food arrived in good timing for us to enjoy our meal without feeling rushed.
The overwhelming positive of Maya is the food and drink - so good. The not-so-positive for this visit was the rather neglectful service (20 minutes after ordering drinks..."uh, can get get our drinks, please??") and the room's temperature bordering sub-zero. Hopefully just a small blip...
Had a group dinner here for our friends bachelorette party. Food was satisfying; a creative spin on recognizable plates. The service was a little slow but our server was very friendly. The biscuits were a little small but overall the grits, fish, shrimp and apps were all delicious.
We were in town for a wedding. Not at all familiar with Charlottesville. I read some reviews of various restaurants. Maya was close to our hotel and sounded good. I was right. Solid menu, I had the trout, grits, and collard greens. Very good. Service was exceptional. The other folks I was with enjoyed their meals as well. Dessert was just O.K. as are most desserts in most restaurants. Over all I would recommend Maya. Very casual cool place to eat.
The food was delicious except for the catfish I ordered. The catfish tasted like mothballs smell (if that gives you any indication). My husband tasted it as well and thought the same thing. I will definitely go back but will not order the catfish. I didn't say anything to the waitress because I didn't want to complain and it was our anniversary. I went home and ate leftover pizza I ordered for my kids and the sitter =)
Good Southern cuisine with a twist. I found this restaurant (menu) to be a real delight. My boyfriend and I were just passing through on vacation (Northerners are we), and we wanted some good ole Southern cuisine. I used to live in Charlotte, so I still long for okra, grits, and good barbecue. The cornmeal-crusted fried oysters are a real treat - very fresh, tender oysters - and the charred veggie lentil cake was a delicious appetizer, though I imagined it could be a great entree. We split the baby-back ribs, which were fine (though not a house speciality like the aforementioned dishes). Good wine, reasonably priced. I would go back in a heart beat.
I would have always considered Maya a reliable, go-to place for a great dinner. Both the person I was with and I were so disappointed. I may go back to sit at the bar for a drink & appetizer but I don't think I'll ever do dinner again. My dinner was a $24 entree! So disappointing.
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