Maya

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$30 and under
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Southern
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Located in the center of Charlottesville Virginia’s Midtown, MAYA serves dinner 7 days a week and brunch on Sundays. Our “made from scratch” menu is prepared daily in honor of the Old Southern Kitchen.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous everything for restaurant week.

MP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with my wife and teen daughter. It was restaurant week so the menu was set and the price was $39 per person for a three course meal. The food was delicious, we talked about coming back, but probably only when there is a discount, eating out on a budget. Happy hour is only served at the bar.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing menu for Charlottesville restaurant week!

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Being our first time to Charlottesville, we found the Maya online and decided to attend based on recommendation from hotel. a quaint restaurant with a nice bar and friendly staff.

However, the owner seemed to be working due to lack of having a GM which is loudly stated as he joined a couple at the bar which i don't believe he knew. He was sipping his whiskey out of a coffee mug, which he loudly announced. Get it He was LOUD!! He was extremely loud discussing in front of bar tender and wait staff wages he pays his employees, how taxes in Charlottesville for resataurantors are outrageous, complaining , complaining complaining. Get out of restaurant business then... its a tough business!!

Kudos to the chef and our waitress as food and service was outstanding!! Owner should stay out of sight!!

PC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and the service was great! We look forward to dinning at Maya again.

T
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Maya as a last minute date night and had a wonderful experience! The Brussels sprout were AMAZING! Is it OK to like a side as much as the main course? We will definitely go back for dinner in the future.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food in town! Totally worth the price.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful New Years Day supper here. Food was first rate and service just as good. Consistently a winner no matter the reason for a great meal!

CL
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, my favorite restaurant in Charlottesville! Went for our pre-New Year's party dinner. Always eat in the bar area. Big city noise level but in a local tavern atmosphere. Ted, the bartender, is super, very engaging and never lets anyone at the bar drink alone! You will make new friends every time you go in the place, guaranteed! Food was wonderful, had the ribs and my fiancée the trout. Nice to be served very hot food, and their sides are interesting and eclectic.....oh, and very yummy! Nice selection of wines and spirits, and if you have room for dessert, go for it!

B
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Short ribs were too fatty

IP
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. The noise level was a moderate in some areas of the restaurant, but the staff was very accommodating and set up a table for us in a quieter area. Our server was also extremely friendly and appropriately attentive. I ordered the trout and my wife ordered the baby back ribs, both of which were excellent. Definitely worth another visit.

AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing; a clean your plate experience every time.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was, as always, excellent. Our server (Joyce) was friendly and efficient, and just plain good at her job. We all (four of us) thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and I took some of my chicken home because I just couldn’t manage it. It was just delicious the next day.
Maya is a favorite “go to” for our family summer and winter, and is consistently dependable for good food that is never ordinary.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, as always, was so delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was very busy Christmas Eve, so we’re guessing that’s why we had to wait a long time for our main courses to be served. Other than that we had a nice evening!

AB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I did a 10 day roadtrip around Virginia and North Carolina and Maya was definitely the best restaurant we went to. So glad we found this gem.
As most reviews mention, you must try the pimento cheese fritters - although they are very rich so make sure you have someone or two to share them with (comes with three). We also shared the soup special which was potato leek and it was fantastic. So much flavor and perfect texture. For dinner I had the pork tenderloin which was flavorful and juicy - will definitely try to duplicate the spice rub at home. I don't think it needed the slaw on top, but the slaw was flavorful on its own. Hubby had the hangar steak and he would only let me have one bite... one delicious bite! The only thing that let us down a bit was the sautéed leafy greens - seemed like they tried to make them too healthy and there wasn't enough butter or something, they were a bit raw and dry for what I would expect from sautéed greens. And don't skip the peanut butter fluff pie. We debated (for quite awhile) ordering another slice.
Beyond the food, the service was fantastic - very attentive and friendly. If we are ever in the area again, we will be certain to stop by.

SQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was really nice. As a parent of a UVA student, I have been searching for a restaurant that I really enjoyed. This is southern food, and just feels homey.

JL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, service, ambiance and food always exceeds expectations

WD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was courteous and friendly. The food was prepared as requested. The dessert was very good.

KM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most wonderful meal. Best crab cakes I've ever had. Brussel sprouts to convert even the most veggie-skeptical, and the cheese grits were a true Southern great. The only criticism is that the entrance to the restaurant needs to better identified.

l
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff and fabulous bartender- $12 tuesdays is the best deal in town

B
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was absolutely fantastic. Table of 6 so we expected things to take a little longer and it did. I took quite a while to get our drinks. Was rather loud...Overall, a fantastic experience and would recommend.

RB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple delicious food and perfect cocktails - very welcoming atmosphere

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service. Do not like being in that big back room. It's chilly and noisy. Feels like a banquet room.

LM
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Maya are always superb. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesvile.

BA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from pre-dinner drinks at bar all the way through to dessert. Nobody does better southern food. Quality and flavors are unmatched.

TP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress Hillary was awesome! Food was good service was excellent as always!

DJ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good Southern-influenced upscale dining. Warm, attentive service. Relaxed atmosphere.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic.

BT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, with one exception. ... would like more vegetarian options. We tried the seitan and weren’t huge fans of the consistency. Everything else was exceptional and we had a lovely evening!

CB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgivings away from home

HS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Maya while in Charlottesville for Thanksgiving. The menu had several options for an appetizer, main course, and dessert at a set price. The service and food were EPIC. Everyone was impressed with the freshness and amazing food flavors. I would definitely recommend.

CC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Maya! We’ve had our last two Thanksgiving dinners there too and have really enjoyed the delicious food and the friendly, prompt service.

SM
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a happy birthday with the folks at Maya!! The fish with grits and Brussels was ABSOLUTELY SUPER! Thanks for bday dessert great service and cocktails 🍸

EM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Food and drink were good and interesting. They put us in a back room by ourselves while there were still tables available in the main room. Not sure why. Shame, as the lack of atmosphere took away from what was otherwise a good experience

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and plentiful. Only issues for were that salad was served right before the main course. So no time to enjoy. Then key lime pie was really key lime cheesecake. It was still good, but not what we were expecting. I'd definitely go back.

P
West Virginia
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Service and food were superb. We will return.

WD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful time at Maya. The staff was courteous and friendly. The food was prepared to our specifications,

J
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Local chicken with ham gravy does not disappoint!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5-stars as a date night dinner location

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