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Maya

4.5
558 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Comfort Food
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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.
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 558 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Very enjoyable experience, creative menu, impressive wine and ale cellar, very good personal service

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food plus very nice people. Casually comfortable

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This was a great place to eat! The food was wonderful. The only complaint I had was my drink glass was empty for too long. I went at least 15 minutes with an empty glass. I would recommend larger drinking glasses. Severs were very nice!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wow, what a find. The food was simply outstanding, best I've had in a while. The cocktails were also quite good and unique. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Fabulous as always, great staff, great vibe great food. The Tues $12 special menu is the most delicious deal in town!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was very tasty and the portion size was good. I would recommend an addition to the menu for a simple meat and potatoes person. The cocktails were excellent.
We would come again next time we visit Charlottesville.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Top notch food. Interesting and well executed combinations with fresh ingredients. Everything cooked perfectly and clearly done with pride.
We were a group of four, each ate something different and all meals were outstanding. Hanger steak was simply perfection.
The sides are fantastic and I strongly suggest sharing.
Truly a fine meal on a par with anything you will eat in far more expensive or posh places.
My kudos to the chef and team.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent service and delicious upscale southern food.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We have always enjoyed Maya. Tonight our food was good, as always, but the service was unbelievably slow.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Ok food in quiet spot. Did not live up to expectations. Service indifferent and not helpful

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

My husband and I went to Maya as a list minute decision on a weeknight. It wasn’t crowded and we sat downstairs at a booth near the door. The booth cushion where I sat was lumpy. Perhaps it can be re-upholstered for comfort!
The food was excellent! I had the catfish and my husband the trout. Both fish were fresh, succulent, and well prepared. The sides were very good.
We can’t wait to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mom’s Day—went with Mom & Dad, husband and children (21 & 18 years old). Excellent food, very polite server it just took a bit, but the food was so awesome, we did not mind the wait.

However, they MUST start serving SWEET tea. They are a Southern style cuisine—sweet tea is a must.

Other than that, we would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My mom asked that we go to Maya for Mother's Day dinner, and we had a wonderful evening meal. They were able to change our original outside seating request to an inside booth, and the service continued to be top-notch throughout the remainder of our visit. We ordered appetizers, drinks, entrees and homemade ice cream for dessert; everything was plated beautifully and super yummy. Would definitely recommend Maya to any and everyone as well as continue to dine there myself.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great outdoor dining!
Brunch was fabulous!
Made for a great Mother’s Day!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Maya is a staple for us in Charlottesville, the Mac and Cheese is to die for and the seasonal options always blow us away! Highly recommend for special occasions or casual dining

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was excellent, friendly service and they even seated us a little early for our reservation. Would definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent food. Waitress could have been more attentive- was monopolized by another customer.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We've been coming since 2012 and it never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We sat outside and had a great meal, good southern cooking, salmon was cooked perfect I had Brussels sprouts chopped with bacon, I was delicious. Good service

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was pretty good. They were out of one of the specials at 8, so had to change my order. Service was pretty poor. They weren’t terribly busy and dinner took 1 hour 45 minutes. Table behind us had to flag down a waiter to place their order.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My spouse and I shared the catfish and the crab cakes. Both were excellent! Very creative ingredients and food was very fresh!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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

Easter Brunch

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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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