Melba's

4.5
232 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Enjoy Southern comfort food with a twist in a relaxing, casual setting at Melba's. Owner Melba Wilson opened its doors for locals and travelers alike to have a pleasant dining experience with great service. Fried catfish strips, barbecue short rib sliders and spring rolls filled with black-eyed peas and collard greens make delicious appetizers before feasting on the main course. Guests can choose from entrées like Melba's popular Southern fried chicken with eggnog waffles, which was a winner on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, as well as pan-seared sea bass and the barbecue turkey meatloaf. This restaurant also serves hamburgers, lighter fare and sides such as candied yams.

Melba's offers catered business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.
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vipAnne
London
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely birthday celebration. 9 of us were seated comfortably outside, and everyone raved about the food. Manager came by to check on us and apologize for the delay (it was busy brunch service), but we enjoyed the ambiance and didn’t mind. Wonderful!

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LindaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect brunch spot! I don't like waffles but I love Melba's eggnog waffles!😍

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NefertitiW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff treated us so well! Drinks are also really good! Highly recommend Melba’s for anyone!

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CatriceM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond expectations and service was phenomenal!

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KeithW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing! The drinks are surprisingly powerful! Melba's is easily one of the best spots in Harlem.

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PamelaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We sat outside and the table was very shakey. The other tables were, too. There was no umbrella for two table ms and it was blistering hot! Th crab cakes weren’t that fresh-tasting-they were breast. Mac and cheese industrial. White sangria I recommend! Catfish app not crispy. Loved the music set up in the street and the yams.

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ElissaG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. It really was nice that the owner of the company came out to greet us. That does not happen often.

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EClaudette
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The crabcakes were bland tasting and were burnt looking. The collard greens had too many stalks. The smothered chicken tasted bland. Poor seasoning. The potato salad tasted horrible. Too much mayonnaise which made it look too runny. The BBQ wings were tough and chewy. The ASAP yams tasted ok however the presentation needs alot to be desired. The Country catfish was the only item worth eating.
Too many flies inside the restaurant. The fabulous paintings on the wall was the best looking thing for ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The best thing was the food. Absolutely delicious. Service wasn't pleasant, tables outside were not even on the ground. We asked for ice tea and waiter didn't ask if with or without alcohol. He switched it to without alcohol and apologized.

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vipTheGF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Fun place to hang out over drinks and food. Fun crowd. Service is very friendly but far from professional. Had to chase down people constantly. Food is all rich, saucy, salty, fried and gloppy. Just not my taste. But if you like that sort of stuff, I guess it's good for what it is. Portions large.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Rakeim walker project was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ordered the eggnog waffle and chicken and eggnog waffle and catfish and spring rolls. Flavor of everything was great! Waffles could be a bit crispier, the fish fried harder and the cheese was a bit weird in the spring roll. All in all, the service was great and what better ambience than in Harlem. We will be back…

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CurtisW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I rather not say but the food was excellent.

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TameikaB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The waitress Awa was AMAZING!!!! She made great recommendations and her attentiveness was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service were both great! I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was an amazing waiter! He made sure me and my friend were comfortable and enjoyed our food. I love his personality!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just us moms getting out & catching up. My friend was visiting from St Croix so we decided to have a soul food kinda night. We had a booth table and Melba surprised us with an in person visit! What a great surprise.
We had 2 rounds of drinks and they were on point. The foods were delicious and done just right. On top of the catfish strips, crab cakes, dried rub wings and calamari, we also ordered Oxtail Stew, Braised short ribs & salmon with all the sides and fixings. We out are ourselves and didn’t leave room for desserts.
Not only Our server and hostess were courteous, friendly, attentive and prompt, they were smoking HOT!

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Trinabird86
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great & the prices are very reasonable for New York City.

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SennecaW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shermaine (sp?) was our server and she was literally one of the best we’ve had in the neighborhood. I was shocked when she said she was new. Also the two girls who brought out our plates were hilarious. Really everybody was awesome with dope personalities. Thanks again!

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was OUTSTANDING. My friend and I enjoyed every dish and drink we had and our waiter was incredibly attentive, plus the kitchen was super quick in serving food. Servings were fantastic.

My only critique was there were an abundance of flies buzzing around our corner of the restaurant and the floors in the bathroom leading in the hallway out the bathroom, near the kitchen, were wet and could've been a hazard.

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MaxineF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The grilled salmon was delicious and thr spinach was good. The mashed potatoes was perfect! Nice place, inside dining, the atmosphere was great, not too loud.
I would revisit again.

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Shawnte
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice afternoon out. Attentive service, food served in a good time and everything was good.

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PatriciaH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE Melba's!! The food is always Right On!!
I had the Oxtails with Rice & Beans with Greens.

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naomilol
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is just amazing. ORDER THE SPRING ROLLS OMG

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Piscesqueen
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the food here. My only regret is that I didn't get the Mac & cheese. Lol. Otherwise, it was great. Enjoyed sitting outside taking in Harlem. Nice summer day with a close friend. One of my faves.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Well there was a DJ party right outside so I was prepared for things to not be great but over 30 minutes before we ordered after flagging down waitress who was also the bartender!!! She clearly did not know the menu when I asked a question. A lot of more staff seemed to be working outside… even to pay my bill I had to go to the bar and ask for my check. Then wait 5 minutes for her to find a pen…it was my husband’s birthday and really disappointing!!!

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HerbB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has now become our go-to spot for our visitors out of town. The outdoor seating is superb. Best, Hb

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food and excellent server. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed with the crowd. Nonetheless, the food came quickly and was delicious!

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JOSHM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken and waffles are a must. Also, don’t sleep on the spring roll. It was so good. Look forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melba is an absolute treasure in Harlem and the Foid and Hospitality industry! She is gracious and welcoming! Her name-sake restaurant brings exquisite Southern soulfood with a bit of Caribbean flare! The food, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and desserts are DIVINE!! The art work on the wall by Black artists is amazing and powerful! Customer service is wonderfully attentive! You'll feel at home--well fed and loved!

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KimC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Melba’s is our happy place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was our server, he was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions. He brought the food quick and had a great attitude. We loved the food and can’t wait to go back. We choose the spring rolls and crab cakes as appetizers and Chicken n Waffles, Oxtails and Chicken Wings were our orders for the main course. Everyone enjoyed their food to the end!!!!

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Suzanne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Curtis made our night! He was energetic and gave honest suggestions. The food was amazing and came out quickly. My personal fave was the chicken and waffle followed by the oxtail. The oxtail impressed me. I am Jamaican and I thought the oxtail came out of my family's kitchen. Oh and again, Curtis was amazing! He made my friend's birthday special and kept the energy up all evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the Hostess to the waitstaff overall Great Experience. Food was Amazing traveled from Austin Texas. True Comfort Food

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RickJ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried catfish
Service was exceptional
Pound cake was moist and delicious

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vipMamaZ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best! Welcoming, delicious and fun!

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vipJeffOfJersey
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Stick with the Southern dishes, fried chicken and catfish, etc. Otherwise only ordinary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is great! The Mac n Cheese is the best I’ve ever had!!!!!

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vipNYfoodie
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful and so was the service. Sometimes as a native New Yorker we tend to skip those gems that are right under our nose. I will not make this mistake again. I will be eating here at least once a month.

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TastyMorsels
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My mom and I went because she was hungry and wanted salmon which she hadn’t got the two previous times she’d been there that week. While we waited for our reservations outside Ms. Melba walked up and spoke to everyone for her brief time there that day. Once we were seated we knew exactly what we wanted so it was appalling that the good took so long. The tardiness of our main course was subsided by the excellent customer service. We were taken care of and will always return to our Harlem business to enjoy in the experience.

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You can order delivery directly from Melba's using the Order Online button. Melba's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Melba's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 864-7777.

Melba's is rated 4.5 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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