Melba's

4.6
98 reviews
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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 Saturday and Sunday brunch and caters business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome, and takeout is available for guests.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent we went to celebrate my aunt's 80th birthday and she is very picky. The food, service and atmosphere was very good and inviting. I will definitely go back with my family and friends.

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melba's is my go to favorite for southern comfort food. Dining with two friends, our catfish, mac and cheese and spinach was excellent. Especially my sweet potato pie! YUMMY!

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was not good at all! Waited 40 minutes for an omelet and the restaurant was not very busy at this time. No bread/biscuits to fortify your guests until the food came? When the omelet arrived it was not the correct order. Credit given to the waiter to try to remedy the order by bringing out a new omelette. Waited 10 minutes to get a new omelette and parts of it were undercooked! Waiter apologized again and gave me a slice of sweet potato pie? Why? It was so sweet and tasted processed. Never again!

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UR
Memphis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Melba's. It was amazing! The service was on point, the food was excellent, the decor/ambiance was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Kudos to Melba's!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Superb comfort food; delicious flavors, fun ambiance. This was a great date. During the meal, my date commented, "if they offer takeout, it would be tempting to have this frequently." I look forward to going back.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The service was great and the food was plentiful and tasty. I will definitely be returning.

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VG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m never disappointed when I go to Melba’s. The food is so flavorful and leaves you wanting more even though you are very full! Lol. The portions are just right and the service is friendly. It’s a wonderful ambience and is great place for any celebration!

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WM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My waitress Olay, was excellent. The food was good, though it came rather quickly. I like the feeling of knowing my food is cooked upon order. The noise level at the bar was excessive, causing dinning patrons some discomfort. I will be returning soon to try some other dishes.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, The staff was complete professional and friendly. Food was delicious and reasonable.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Tuesday night music is very good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was GREAT!! We all tasted each other’s entrees which included sea bass, salmon, and chicken and waffles. The garlic-infused collard greens were scrumptious, but the showstopper was the spring rolls that consisted of collard greens and black eyed peas amongst other things—simply AMAZING!! I had never had anything quite like them and they were GOOD, our compliments to the chef 👌🏾 and thank you to my friends, and Harlem, NY, residents, Sharnee and her sister Sharron ❤️ Melba’s is very highly recommended by us... great ambiance as well.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Melba's. Had not been in a minute and was happy to stop by on Sunday. Make a reservation. It gets crowded. Loved the food and the atmosphere. And I also had family visiting from out of town and they truly enjoyed as well. Melba (the owner) happened to be there when we were there and she is always so pleasant. One of my fave spots in Harlem.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and staff is extremely helpful and attentive.

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED Melba's. You definitely have to make a reservation as the restaurant is small and intimate. The GM was VERY accommodating when we had to make a last minute addition to our table. I would HIGHLY recommend. The drinks were strong, service SUPERB, and food AMAZING

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AY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated fairly quickly after we arrived. Our waitress very helpful to our group in anwsering questions about menu items. I had the smothered chicken and eggnog waffels and a mango mimosa. Everything was delicious and we had a great time there.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a nice setting and s really comfort food

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was my 31th birthday with friend and this was the BEST place to have it. EVERYTHING WAS GREAT!

Thanks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - love this place

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RL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Vibrant atmosphere, authentic cooking, attentive service. The place is divided between two rooms, the bar, where you enter, and an adjoining dining room, a bit cramped, but not uncomfortably so and this IS New York. Melba's is a nice neigborhood spot, informal, with live music in the bar some nights. Reservations recommended. Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a great experience. We dined on a Sunday evening. Our selected items were out to us within 5-10 minutes of placing the order. From the Maître D to the server to the bartender and even the chef, they were inviting and attentive. The food was awesome... Chicken and Waffles, Short Ribs, Harlem Tea, Strawberry Henny, and the Coconut Cake. Delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was fantastic. Perfect brunch place.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed as soon as we arrived, upon opening of the restaurant. Service and food were excellent!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had 10pm reservations, I got there around 9:30 and they seated me. The service could definitely been better but the food & drinks were so good I would go back! Definitely a must visit if you’re in Harlem/Manhattan!

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100%. Food was amazing, staff was friendly, attentive, flexible, etc. We had a toddler with us, and even though the place looks like a bit upscale to take a noisy toddler to, (we are visiting and just wanted good waffles, usually I try to avoid nicer places with the baby) they were friendly and accommodating and sweet to our little terror, and got everything out smoothly and quickly so we could check out before he had a meltdown.
The chicken and waffles was outstanding, I wish I could go back for the shrimp and grits. I will be back on my next trip to NYC.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Melba's anytime! The staff was fantastic and the food was great (the Mac and cheese was soooo good)! I know for a fact that I will be going back.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

My dining experience was satisfactory. The food was amazingly Great! My table was not prepared with the proper items (i.e. salt, pepper, hot sauce, etc.), I had to take from a neighboring table next to me...

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T
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I would recommend Melba’s as a place for food to go and not stay. The service quality is horrible ! The first time I went had a great waitress but this recent time the waiter was terrible . Then the wait time for the food was even worse. We waited almost a hour for rumple dishes. Shrimps and waffles plus grits and shrimp . I mean you would have thought they went to the Atlantic Ocean to catch the shrimp.

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BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends & I truly enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was good but I felt the wait staff was stretched to the limit...at times it took the waiter a long tine to come over to us bc he had a lot of tables to take care of

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice location and decent brunch menu. Mango mimosas were amazing. Our waitress was really nice but they could use more staff help during brunch hours

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant for dinner in the past. However, this was the first time I had the opportunity to enjoy brunch. Great food and music along with a mature crowd. Good vibes.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent time with my sisters while we ate exceptional food and great drinks. The service was also excellent...big shout-out to Brian, our server!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday was incredible! The whole restaurant sang to me! The food was INCREDIBLE!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Me and my hubby went here to celebrate his 50th birthday at the recommendation of a family member and they did not disappoint! It had a warm family-style feel that we appreciated and at the end of our meal during dessert the staff and customers sang Happy Birthday and really surprised both of us. Our experience left us feeling warm, welcomed and wanted. We will definitely return to try different menu options!! Excellent..

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always great, but really, the restaurant should serve cornbread. Can't be southern without cornbread

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Melba's for our recent trip to New York City, and we are so glad that we followed her recommendation. The late-afternoon/early-evening sunshine pouring in through the large windows fronting the street made the restaurant absolutely glow with warmth and comfort. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was spectacular. The customers were lively and friendly. My son had the unbelievable chicken and waffles, my husband had the oxtail, and I had pan-seared sea bass with greens and macaroni. Everything was wonderful.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is not my first time at this restaurant usually the food is awsome but this last visit left me unsatisfied. My meal was not as tasty as I am use to I could tell I was given the leftovers from the previous night. My food did not taste fresh being that I'm a cook and a foodie I could taste the difference from before and now.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had 7:00pm reservations on a Saturday night and although it was a super busy night with lots of big parties we were greeted right away in a very friendly manner. We had a short wait for our table at the bar just long enough to order a drink. We told our waitress that we were on a time schedule. She was real attentive and accommodating making sure the kitchen and manager was aware of our time frame. We received our dinner on time and everything was delicious! Our only regret is we didn't have time to have dessert.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked the overall cozy feel of the restaurant. It's small and comfortable. The service was very good and our server Brian was patient and had good knowledge of the food menu and the drinks. The food was delicious and the drinks were well made. I will definitely go back. I do recommend making a reservation rather than walking in.

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CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

1. Even with a reservation my party of 2 waited at least 15 minutes for a table.
2. Our chicken on the chicken and waffles dish was too dry.
3. The Chocolate Girl Martini was very good.

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