Maya

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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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sitting on the porch gave us the privilege of hearing the mariachi band next door without them coming to our table.

g
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Most Everything we ordered was great, the steak was not a great cut but full of flavor. The oyster appetizer was amazing as well as Brussels sprouts & catfish. A good southern food place. Outside was really nice, but there was an issue with flys. Great service. We will go again.

LG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious southern cuisine. I had the trout (which was amazing), broccoli, and mac and cheese. I had the Lynchburg Lemonade as my cocktail (which was very strong but I wasn't driving so no complaints on my end!) My partner had the chicken, the okra special, and mac and cheese. You always know a restaurant is great when their chicken entree competes with anything on the menu! Great spot and easy to get to!

d
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent at Maya. The service was outstanding and you could never expect anything more from the quality of the food.

JS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our last night in Charlottesville with a wonderful Southern dinner. We were enthusiastically greeted by the serve staff. Our waitress, Joyce, was a pure joy. She was pleasant and enthusiastic. Her suggestions were spot on. Everyone must try the pimento cheese fritters! A great start to our meal. Maya is a must go to Southern delight!

G
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Maya. It was our first time. The online reviews were great, I loved the menu when I read it online, and the meal lived up to its reviews. My husband got the catfish, which was divine, and I ordered the crab cakes, which were also fantastic. The menu is nuanced and interesting and the food was cooked to perfection. Our waiter was excellent.

I do have two comments that led me to give Maya four stars instead of five: I think the wine offerings by the glass did not match the high level of the food. (We didn't feel like having a bottle that night so I did not look at the bottle selection.)

And the ambiance of the room we were in--the smaller side room--is poor. I recommend patrons try to book the main room or outside.

But overall, the dinner was memorable and excellent, as was our waiter, whose name, I think was Cory or Coby. Thanks!

l
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is in a charming building but they had only one waitress for the entire upstairs room. The menu is pretty limited. The appetizers of pimento cheese, fried green tomato and cornmeal oysters were very good. My daughters crab cakes were not good. My steak was okay-had much better. Husband had special: boneless fried chicken and he loved it. Are much better places in Charlottesville. But it’s okay.

GC
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal here. The pork tenderloin was a great dish. Piemonte cheese fritters were an awesome start. Close with the peanut butter fluff and lookout, you may feel like you had the perfect meal. Will be back for sure.

WD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very courteous and attentive. Food was prepared correctly and on a timely manner.

CB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seemed like the kitchen was a little off - took along time to get our food - not typical

VG
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent southern food - comfort food done well. Took my son and his UVA roommates plus my daughter out for a treat and we all enjoyed our main courses (catfish, steak, ribs, pork) and sides esp the Mac & cheese and biscuits. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and helped guide our choices with humor and enthusiasm. We loved it!!

l
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite - fantastic bartender, great wait staff and wonderful food - plus who can beat $12 Tuesdays - dinner and two sides for twelve buck!

JC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Maya. Excellent food and ambience. I have been there 4 times and have never been disappointed.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cuisine, easy access. Joyce is a wonderful wait person.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and had great service sitting outside!

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maya is our go to restaurant for a guaranteed enjoyable dining experience.

r
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I dined at Maya as part our our anniversary celebration. We made an Open Table note of this, and the server was kind enough to wish us a happy anniversary and provide a couple of other special touches for our celebration as well. I had the fried catfish with grits and sauteed green beans, and all was delicious and nice sized portions, and my husband had the pork tenderloin with broccoli and whipped potatoes - he said the potatoes were outstanding. We started we an order or the pimiento cheese fritters, which I would say are a must do. Overall, good food and wonderful service.

l
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Charlottesville last week and gave Maya a try on Wednesday night. (We were staying at The Draftsman and it was an easy walk from our hotel.) We had such a great experience with excellent food, terrific server (Hilary) and fun atmosphere that we returned on Sunday night with friends who had joined us for the UVA reunion weekend. They loved it too! Our server was Steve and he too was fantastic! We loved the trout, catfish and steak entrees, as well as the amazing Mac and Cheese, fried green tomato appetizer and the cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend the Flaming Peach ; ) Great place!! Will definitely return on our next visit to C'ville.

D
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fried oysters weren't as crispy or as tasty as I like. Lentil salad good, trout entry that my friends had they seemed to enjoy.

NM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Service was amazing. Appetizers maybe a little small for the price, but the overall appearance of the playing style was extremely well done.

B
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great Server, food was good. Drinks were good. I'd love to come back

HM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow - they comp’d us our drinks because of it. I ordered scallops - was disappointed there were only 3 given the size.

DL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All in our party loved their dishes, server was very helpful. Only downside was how long it took to be served, not a usual occurrence I’m told.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always, always love Orzo. The food, wine, and service are just impeccable.

FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I genuinely don’t understand the positive reviews. This place was a beyond ripoff. It was slow. Half the food was cold. The grits tasted like lemon, so much so that someone commented it tasted like lemonade. And the dessert was driest pound cake I’ve ever had - it’s actually impressive how dry they got it.

For a prix fixe menu - at $60/head - with extremely minimal options, I expect the meal to be PERFECTION.

This was far from perfect.

JD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is good. Crab cake portion is ridiculously small for the price. 2 crab cakes at 2” each. Delicious but it was appetizer size. Barking door next door is distracting. Waitress was lovely and helpful. Great service.

P
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Maya. Dined outdoors on a beautiful night. Great salad, food and cocktails! The pork tenderloin and brussel sprouts were to die for!

CR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing fine dining southern food. Their $12 Tuesday is a steal getting an entre and two sides. Desserts and drinks are recommendable and worth your time and money. Depending on the day you may want to reserve a table.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous Mother’s Day brunch!
Great ingredient combinations for flavor!
Truly enjoyed every moment!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were greeted by the rudest person ever. We should have left at that point. The person gave us a lecture on timeliness when we had just come inside from a thunderstorm. We were wet with a baby in tote and they took the time to tell us we were exactly 23 minutes late and that they had already marked us as a no show and that “Maya appreciates punctuality but they should still be able FIND us a table.. The restaurant was less than half empty at 6:23pm Saturday and then proceeded to say well we can still take care of you even though you are late for your reservation. There was no cellphone service with the storm where we live so don’t assume we are just late jerks. Either seat us or tell us there’s no space, but don’t be rude especially when it’s clear we are wet from the rain and have a small baby. The food was great as always but it took forever to get drinks from the bar and refills from the bar. We love Maya and that’s usually our go to, but that experience will probably keep us from going back.

d
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The trout was perfectly cooked, the crab cakes were absolutely delicious and our service was very good on a busy night. We look forward to our next visit.

J
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Went for their Tuesday night special. They were understaffed and the dinners took way too long to be served. Kitchen must have been slammed steak undercooked chicken over cooked. Need to have appropriate number of servers to manage crowd.

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We loved Maya. The food and cocktails were terrific and our server, Lisa, was amazing - professional, knowledgeable, and so much fun. But really, could you do a little more to amp up the charm of the upstairs dining room? Some votive candles? A flower in a bud vase? More interesting things on the walls? Given the exceptional food, wine, and cocktails, you owe it to yourselves and your diners to make the ambience a little special, too.

OT
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy space, good blend of southern comfort food as a gourmet plate

OT
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great twist and Southern cuisine. Food was awesome, service was great, and craft cocktails were tasty and memorable.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for the Tuesday special, but the time we got there, they had run out of most of the meals. So we ordered from the regular menu. The food was decent but wayyy too pricey for the quality. Next time I’m willing to spend that much money, I probably won’t choose Maya. But the service was good and we loved the music that they were playing! I will probably be back for their Tuesday specials again, but this time I’ll come earlier!

MK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have always liked Maya and often bring guests. Tuesday, April 30 was a huge disappointment, poor service, so so food, noise level awful even though outside.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome night! Food was great! We’ll be back!

DG
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling for the Historic Home and Garden tour and tried Maya while we were in Charlottesville. We both had the trout with brown butter and capers. It was fabulous! My daughter said it was the best trout she had ever eaten. Our waiter was charming and helpful. I am allergic to garlic and he was helpful in getting a meal I could both eat and ENJOY. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next night to eat there again before we left town.

JG
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had starters, entrees, and desserts. All of them were outstanding. A very nice atmosphere and good, not obtrusive service.

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