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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

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Special Occasion (16)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Casual (14)
Fun (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Romantic (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food is a modern take on Southern comfort food and is excellent. Service is attentive and accommodating--these folks aim to please. Very good wine list and cocktails. Outside seating is available when weather permits. One of Charlottesville's Top 10!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good value for great food, but limited menu choices.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I give credit to Maya for providing a varied and interesting menu for restaurant week and putting forth an A plus effort. Our appetizers and entrees were excellent and did not suffer from being part of a busy week. The desserts were less successful. The carrot cake parfait was a better concept than a reality. The wine list was reasonably priced and the pours were generous. Our server was very attentive.
I agree with other reviews that the downstairs dining room (not the bar room) is bland and needs some love.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Maya - For Family & Friends

Was traveling from NJ to Charlottesville, and made a res for Maya based on internet search - needed good food for a party of 5 in a relaxed atmosphere. We happened to attend during restaurant week and found the selection to be varied and very broad. The presentation and service was great. Good drinks, relaxing atmosphere.

Next time I am in town this will be a go to restaurant!!

EJM

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great, service was spotty. The waiter was super nice but things came out randomly and a few apps were missing (which he took off the bill). What we got was delicious, however, so if you’re patient, you will enjoy the meal!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always delicious

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a wonderful meal during Charlottesville Restaurant Week. Our server was outstanding, and each course was delicious. Thank you for a lovely evening!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything wa well done. We went to try for restaurant week and we will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The grits here set the bar for the tastiest in C'ville. They are rich and cheesy and the perfect accompaniment for the tasty dishes at this comfy restaurant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Cocktails were fabulous as well as the food! Great service and a cute atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went for restaurant week. I loved the steak. My friend got the duck and was pleased but wished she had chosen the steak.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, great service. Lovely place

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Another great meal at Maya, we ordered the restaurant week menu and everything was delicious, beautifully prepared and served with a smile.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 6, 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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Richmond)·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 24, 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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 (Richmond)·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 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Richmond)·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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vip
 (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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 (Richmond)·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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