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For 2
Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
10:30 PM
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Maya

4.5
536 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(434) 979-6292
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Christian Kelly
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th St. NW
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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.
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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
What 536 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Maya has been a longtime favorite of mine. I know the food and drinks will always be excellent - they're creative but comforting, which is quite a feat. I love that I can choose which area I want to sit in based on the experience I want: outdoors for a large social event, indoors (especially upstairs) for an intimate evening. Like I said, it's a fave.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

My colleagues and I went for upscale soul food and it was a rocky start with no sweet tea but from there the food and service more than made up for it.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Absolutely obsessed with $12 Tuesdays! Everything about my experience at Maya was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Southern cooking with a gourmet twist. We loved it and will return.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A bit noisy but excellent food!!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was excellent! The pimento cheese fritters and the trout were our favorites. They had a very large party going on at the same time which took away from the experience a little. Would definitely return.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great service, great speciality drinks but food wasn't. Fritter appetizer overcooked. Grits were bland. Chicken BBQ didn't have great taste. The biggest disappointment however are the seats at the booths by the bar. Desperately need to be replaced, as you sink into "holes" - and we tried 2 tables. We got a good laugh, but pretty uncomfortable by the end of the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My husband and I were in town for one night and Maya was near our hotel (the Marriott Residence Inn downtown, which was one of the nicest Marriotts we've ever been in). What a find this restaurant was. The food was delicious, our server was lovely, and the ambiance was perfect, and the prices were very reasonable. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fabulous! Food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Awesome dinner! Comfortable space, nice ambiance, plenty of time to order and apps/entrees/desserts all arrived at the perfect time. Meal was delicious with plenty of flavors and fixings. Kudos to everyone for making our first time a great time!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent. Fish and veggies are delicious. Don't change a thing.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not a fan. It's kind of hard to screw up crab cakes. But, they had a very odd citrus flavor that overwhelmed the crab taste. Waitress couldn't keep enough water on the table. And, with 6 or more people, they automatically add a tip. Won't be going back to this one.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Maya is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. Have been there many times over the past 10-12 years. The food was excellent as usual. The service was slower than usual, given that it was a holiday, but the server was very pleasant. I personally am sorry they switched the biscuits to ones with cheddar and onion, but my daughter loved the new ones.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We arrived early, expecting to have to wait, but the very accommodating staff seated us almost immediately at a nice window table in the second dining room. The meal that followed was well prepared and quickly served. Delicious. Altogether, a very pleasant dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great venue for an Easter dinner. The brunch special was delicious and very economical. Overall a very nice time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Attended Easter Brunch pre-fixed menu. Generous portions on all courses & food was delicious!
Great atmosphere too! Will go back for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was in from out of town for Easter Brunch. Had an absolutely lovely time and truly enjoyed the food. Service was outstanding and would go back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent Easter brunch at Maya. We especially enjoyed the atmosphere and loved seeing the servers enjoying the music as much as we were at our table - all while doing a great job.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent food. Trout and fried oysters were very goof

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Love the restaurant. I've been here three times and enjoyed all of the meals. The trout, catfish and ribs have all been great. I also like the sides of chopped Brussel sprouts and macaroni and cheese.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good solid food but the atmosphere was a bit noisy and unsettled.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good ribs, and good sides. We waited a few minutes at the bar and were seated at a booth in the bar area. Service was very good, and the food was very good. We were in town for the weekend but if I lived nearby I would visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was an amazing find. The meal was so delicious and the service was very good. We had the local trout with shaved brussel sprouts and broccoli. So much flavour. Our son had the ribs, he thoroughly enjoyed them, they looked incredible. The bar is well stocked and a top notch bartender also.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Tuesdays are great!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a family dinner booked through OpenTable. The restaurant confirmed my reservation via text right after I made it on OpenTable. Then again they called less than an hour before our reservation to make sure we were still coming. The whole point of me using OpenTable is so that I can pick a date and time and not have to worry about calls and confirmations. Leave me alone and just accept my OpenTable reservation.
Service was somewhat slow, but it was a busy Saturday night.
Food was above average, but sauce on my ribs was a little too thick.
Cocktails and Desert were fantastic.
Be sure to try the Cheese Fritters.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was excellent as always. Hillary is great!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This restaurant was as amazing this visit as it has been all the past visits. Maya's food is delicious and service is incredible. Always be sure to check out the specials! They change seasonally and are always delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Steak was perfectly rare. That’s hard to do! Prompt, friendly service; was not rushed.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Always a good experience. I thought the lamb was a bit on the very spicy side, even though we ordered mild. Servers were really great too. The extra veggies we got....wow. Could just dine on them.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great food! I've been here multiple times. Love the cornbread and brussel sprouts!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food. Great service. My mom has a severe allergy to pepper and the chef and waiting team worked together to give her a deliciously tasting meal.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Charlottesville has so many wonderful restaurants, but Maya did not live up to its ratings. The noise level in the back room was ear shattering due to a large party. The server was inattentive and disappeared for lengthy periods. The sides on one plate were cold. We had to go find a random server to ask that it be corrected. It did not get fixed until our original server reappeared. Besides all the above, the food was mediocre overall. A definite miss.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Greeted warmly when arrived and seated quickly. Waitress was attentive and all ways available.
It was an interesting menu. The meal was very tasty--We were very pleased and will return when in the area again.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Really disappointed in food since we were referred by someone who really likes to eat healthy. Waitress couldn't even tell us what was in a vegetarian dish, steak was marginal mushroom appetizer had one type of mushroom and then a whole bunch of other things...not mushrooms, and they were not able to decant our wine. Said they "couldn't find one" and then said theirs "were not in good enough shape to use." Hmmm.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My wife and I dined there for the first time and I was really disappointed. I ordered the mushroom plate for a starter. Rather bland. Only good thing was the pork belly (how can that be bad). I ordered their Sunday special, fried chicken. I figured, this was a place that specialized in southern cooking and who invented fried chicken but southerners, so it had to be good. Nope, what I got was a tasteless piece of greasy chicken that was not golden brown but, instead, rather grey. The waitress asked me how it was and I indicated I was not happy. They immediately offered a replacement (good service). I ordered the crab cakes. Also rather tasteless. My wife had oysters to start (ok) and trout with a side of brussel sprouts (really good). They comped me the price of my main dish (once again, good service). But they really need to get a decent chef. We won't return.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

One of our favorite places for a casual dinner but this visit not quite up to par with regard to food and service.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day- menu was pre-set. Appetizers dried out as if prepared well in advance. Food not as good as usual. Suspect that due to busy day, food not quite what it usually is, as I have eaten here several times previously.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Always a great evening out at Maya - terrific food and the best martinis ever!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Didnt like being seated in back room directly below a ramp.

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