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About Maya

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Located in the center of Charlottesville Virginia’s Midtown, MAYA serves dinner 7 days a week. 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:


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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 located behind the Old Albemarle Hotel just a stones throw away 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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (20)
Good for a Date (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Fun (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 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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·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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 (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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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Had a group dinner here for our friends bachelorette party. Food was satisfying; a creative spin on recognizable plates. The service was a little slow but our server was very friendly. The biscuits were a little small but overall the grits, fish, shrimp and apps were all delicious.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service was very slow. It took forever to get our meal. When it did come the food was mediocre at best. I would never go here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were in town for a wedding. Not at all familiar with Charlottesville. I read some reviews of various restaurants. Maya was close to our hotel and sounded good. I was right. Solid menu, I had the trout, grits, and collard greens. Very good. Service was exceptional. The other folks I was with enjoyed their meals as well. Dessert was just O.K. as are most desserts in most restaurants. Over all I would recommend Maya. Very casual cool place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was delicious except for the catfish I ordered. The catfish tasted like mothballs smell (if that gives you any indication). My husband tasted it as well and thought the same thing. I will definitely go back but will not order the catfish. I didn't say anything to the waitress because I didn't want to complain and it was our anniversary. I went home and ate leftover pizza I ordered for my kids and the sitter =)

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great outdoor seating area. Excellent beer, wine, and cocktail menu. Food was good, perhaps a bit pricey for the portion size, but I would certainly go again.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Maya never disappoints! Incredible menu, and a great atmosphere in a prime location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Everything was lovely except for a group of incredibly loud women at the bar. I don't know what the management could have done about them but the noise level was astounding. Otherwise service excellent, food and drink wonderful, as usual.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great service and terrific meal. We ordered 4 different entrees and all were excellent. As were the desserts. The room was a bit spare, but it was an enjoyable meal and we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good Southern cuisine with a twist. I found this restaurant (menu) to be a real delight. My boyfriend and I were just passing through on vacation (Northerners are we), and we wanted some good ole Southern cuisine. I used to live in Charlotte, so I still long for okra, grits, and good barbecue. The cornmeal-crusted fried oysters are a real treat - very fresh, tender oysters - and the charred veggie lentil cake was a delicious appetizer, though I imagined it could be a great entree. We split the baby-back ribs, which were fine (though not a house speciality like the aforementioned dishes). Good wine, reasonably priced. I would go back in a heart beat.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent service. Food was fabulous, as always!
Maya is our place to celebrate the start of the UVA school year when we drop our son.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Maya is our favorite restaurant in town by far and this visit reinforced that. The meal was outstanding from appetizers to dessert. Our server was delightful. A great, great Charlottesville choice.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always the food was scrumptious and this time the service was especially great.
Our server was very pleasant and her timing and attention was 'just right'.
You guys rock!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Casual, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Incredible food, people and atmosphere ... great place to go and have a wonderful meal.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

I would have always considered Maya a reliable, go-to place for a great dinner. Both the person I was with and I were so disappointed. I may go back to sit at the bar for a drink & appetizer but I don't think I'll ever do dinner again. My dinner was a $24 entree! So disappointing.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I just moved back from CA which has its fair share of great restaurants. But everything here is great and I love the lack of pretentiousness. A+

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious meal in a booth by the bar. The drinks and food were all flavorful.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great restaurant. Although the menu doesn't cater to children the side dishes served the children well! Great drinks and quite exquisite dishes with a variety of great flavors!

Tags: Special Occasion
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