Melba's offers catered business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.
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!
Perfect brunch spot! I don't like waffles but I love Melba's eggnog waffles!😍
Food was great, staff treated us so well! Drinks are also really good! Highly recommend Melba’s for anyone!
Food was beyond expectations and service was phenomenal!
The food and service are amazing! The drinks are surprisingly powerful! Melba's is easily one of the best spots in Harlem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rakeim walker project was great.
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…
I rather not say but the food was excellent.
The waitress Awa was AMAZING!!!! She made great recommendations and her attentiveness was outstanding.
Food and service were both great! I will definitely be back.
Brian was an amazing waiter! He made sure me and my friend were comfortable and enjoyed our food. I love his personality!
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!
The food was great & the prices are very reasonable for New York City.
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!
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.
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.
Nice afternoon out. Attentive service, food served in a good time and everything was good.
I LOVE Melba's!! The food is always Right On!!
I had the Oxtails with Rice & Beans with Greens.
This place is just amazing. ORDER THE SPRING ROLLS OMG
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.
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!!!
It has now become our go-to spot for our visitors out of town. The outdoor seating is superb. Best, Hb
Delicious food and excellent server. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed with the crowd. Nonetheless, the food came quickly and was delicious!
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.
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!
Melba’s is our happy place!
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!!!!
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!
From the Hostess to the waitstaff overall Great Experience. Food was Amazing traveled from Austin Texas. True Comfort Food
Best fried catfish
Service was exceptional
Pound cake was moist and delicious
Just the best! Welcoming, delicious and fun!
Stick with the Southern dishes, fried chicken and catfish, etc. Otherwise only ordinary
The food is great! The Mac n Cheese is the best I’ve ever had!!!!!
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.
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.
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.