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About 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 and brunch on Sundays. Our “made from scratch” menu is prepared daily in honor of the Old Southern Kitchen.

633 West Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
7th St. NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 979-6292

Website:
http://www.maya-restaurant.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=3622

Executive Chef:
Chef Christian Kelly

Additional:
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

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Romantic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was incredible. Wait staff was polite. We would go back for the food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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!)

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

very good food, very good service, but the kitchen (or someone) dropped our order form and we waited almost an hour for dinner tho many who came in after us were served

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Enjoyed the food very much! The Tuesday special was great! I’ll remember Tuesdays!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful place to dine on Christmas Eve. They kept the menu the same and did not jack up the prices. We had a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food is delicious and well seasoned. Pork tenderloin was wonderful. Shrimp and grits were excellent. And bartender Ted makes fabulous drinks!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food, great service, beautiful space! $12 dinner on Tuesdays is an amazing deal.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our food was good. My wife’s fish was over cooked and all three of our dishes needed salt, however there was no table salt.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Birthday dinner for wife, took our two boys with us for family tradition. Food was perfect and amounts satisfied our growing boys.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great Flamenco music. Food was not bad but a bit heavy for my taste. Would have preferred more small plate/ appetizer selection and possibly more light meal choices.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Extraordinary. Every course was better than the last

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding meal - great service - loved everything about Maya!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Reasonably priced, good service, and great food. I'd definitely return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Has very good dinner. Excellent crab cakes and oysters. Service was very good. Friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent. The pork loin was delicious. The old brick walls give it a beautiful yet rustic look.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was excellent. Loved spin on veggies and the fried oysters. Sweet potato fries were average. Service was very slow during our visit, but waitress was nice.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great bday dinner. Wonderful staff!!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always good at Maya! Enjoy the seasonal/special plates as well as the constant menu offerings

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Most of the food was very good, but some not to our taste. Very good service and ambiance. Would recommend.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very loud and slow

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have made several visits to Maya and all have been excellent. A restaurant well worth visiting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The staff was great about splitting our entree and getting us out in time for our concert. The ribs were delectable. Highly recommended!

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great service, great food in big portions.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent service and reliably good food at a reasonable price. The trout was especially delicious. It was a little noisy in the booth we sat in--between music and the bar noise--but the lively atmosphere is part of what makes Maya fun.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We sat outside and it was a perfect late September evening. Food and service were wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We got there early after a football game & were greeted & seated. Second time I have had the same waitress & she is great. Love the crab cakes, Brussel Sprouts & white cheddar cheese grits. Generous drinks & I've never been hurried there.

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