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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.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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 next to Starr Hill Park located behind the Old Albemarle Hotel just two buildings down 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
I was a little disappointed in Maya after reading all of the great reviews. The food was good, but not amazing. The ambiance was very bland and boring in the room we were seated. The front room looked a lot nicer, but the room we were in (back area) was very plain looking and not a nice ambiance. We were also seated next to a window and it was very chilly. We also had to wait a ling time for our entrees. I would not eat here again since there are so many other good restaurants in Charlottesville. On the positive the wait staff were very polite and attentive.
My evening started with a Sazerac, well balanced and perfect for sipping and relaxing. I ordered the local trout and had sides of Brussel Sprouts and sweet potato fries, and my date had the fried chicken with sides of broccoli and grits.
The trout was perfectly cooked and flavored, the Brussel sprouts flavored nicely with bacon and onions, and the sweet potatoes fries nicely crisp, but not over or undercooked.
The fried chicken was composed of boneless thighs, which made the eating clean and easy, and the dark meat added moisture and flavor to already delicious fried batter. The grits were a nice side - I’d order them another time as my side.
I recommend finding seats that don’t look out to the street. Vehicles turning into the main road are briefly distracting when the lights hit the eyes.
It was my first time to Maya, and I’ll definitely try it again.
Excellent value on Tuesdays although service was slow - it took 40-45 minutes for 2 entrees on a busy night and the food was barely warm. Flavors are delicious, though. Next time we will visit on a non-Tuesday or arrive super early or late to avoid slow service because we love this group of people and it’s a locally owned spot. Their cocktails are phenomenal and more reasonably priced compared to other area restaurants. Sit upstairs or in the bar area b/c the ambience is lacking in the front left room (harsh lighting!)
Another greast dinner! Our only complaint about the food was that they were out of whipped potatoes and biscuits. The oysters were amazing, as usual. Our tables' entrees included steak, trout, and the lamb shank special. The dining room was busy and the service was outstanding! We will definitely go to Maya again soon.
My boyfriend and I reserved a table at Maya for New Years Eve. We were pleased that they were serving their regular menu and specials instead of the super expensive fixed price menu of several courses found at so many restaurants. We enjoyed the food. My fried chicken was excellent (though the broccoli was a bit overcooked). The service was outstanding - prompt and friendly.
Maya is quite possibly my favorite restaurant in cville, though they have stiff competition. The food and service is always fantastic. This last time i got their meatloaf special, which sounds like a silly thing to get at a nice restaurant but it was fantastic. I always recommend Maya when asked.
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...
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