Melba's

4.6
261 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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vipKaraH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!!

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Pgmkd
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my experience there
Food was amazing, music and ambiance fabulous, the staff was really kind

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an unbelievable experience at Melba’s! The food, service, ambiance made for a perfect evening!!! The fried chicken, waffles, crab cakes, and the sweet potato pie was incredible!

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CIERRAB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melbas was amazing I will deff come back great service ,vibes and food

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JamesS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience with friendly service and delicious Southern cooking. We ate outdoors where the ambiance was quiet and charming, but the noise level indoors is probably higher.

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TraceyL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It’s a little tight. The table and chair were uncomfortable. The food wasn’t hot. It was my birthday and I didn’t really enjoy it. I’d heard of the restaurant on the Wendy Williams show. It definitely didn’t meet my expectations.

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LorWill
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time celebrating family birthdays - Delicious food incredible atmosphere and ambience. Will definitely go back!

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Shopaholic
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Braised short ribs were a bit dry and over cooked. Mac & Cheese was the best thing in the menu. Waiter wasn’t too engaged. They automatically add gratuity and we were a party of 6

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE! Get the chicken and waffles!

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vipMariaR
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our experience was good ambiance was very nice beautiful wall art and decor. Loud acoustics . We waited over an hour for our food. The delicious food was worth waiting for. We think that Melba’s Restaurant needs a much bigger kitchen. Definitely a renovation in the kitchen. Overall, We enjoyed our experience that we had in Melba’s. Friendly staff!

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vipDuaneC
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ole was an incredible food facilitator!
She was friendly, advised us on the food, and helped us to a nicer table with no fuss!
Thanks we’ll be back!!!

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vipJeanneG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a really wonderful celebratory dining experience, and both food and Awa were absolutely fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Melba was there and was so gracious and welcoming to our group. The food was absolutely phenomenal!!! I plan to return during my stay here. This is a must for anyone looking for outstanding food, welcoming service and great atmosphere!!! I was there on 10/8/21 for a college reunion trip.

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JudyM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening at Melba’s!! The manager made us feel as though we were long friends stopping by our neighborhood haunt! Love love love this place. The food was incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melba’s was amazing! It was my first time having chicken and waffles and it was so good and seasoned well. The strawberry butter was also to die for. We were in New York and looked up good southern comfort food and this place did not disappoint. I had the chicken and waffles and got collard greens and Mac and cheese on the side. Everything was delicious. The vibes at the restaurant were great too. Indoor or outdoor choice of seating so got to people watch around Harlem as we ate. Workers were also very friendly and accommodating and made the experience enjoyable. Definitely recommend and would definitely return. Everything was perfect.

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rosac
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service. I took out of town guest here. They and I loved the services.
The price and location were perfect. We had the Fried Chicken and Fish and Chips. They were great.

Rosa

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DonnaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took a friend along with 3 others to celebrate her Birthday. Wanted to experience the menu we reviewed upon making the reservation and out waitress took our orders with minimal wait time. Enjoyed the comfortizers and our meals quickly followed. We all enjoyed our selections with the exception of 3 of us had issues with the collard greens. They were very greasy and almost tasted like they were coated in lard or some other oil. That was disappointing however the waitress offered another vegetable.

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CMS12
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious soul food! Definitely recommend Melba’s, and will be a regular there!

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CalvinD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Saturday night may not be the night to go to Melba’s. We waited over an hour for our food. Our service was nonexistent. The food was okay. Because of my love of her story, I expected so much more at Melba’s. This was not a great birthday dining experience.

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JayPee
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were a bit disappointed. We have both been to Melba’s before and were excited to enjoy good food and ambiance. After being seated, we were told that the appetizers would be about 35 minutes and our meal would be about an hour. We ordered drinks and several appetizers that took over an hour and were told to wait until our appetizers came to add some sides (to make it a meal). We will try again before giving up on Melba’s.

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DanielleP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good. Service was great. Our waiter was very helpful and knew the menu well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sever great food deliciousness. My hubby birthday and the staff made it memorable. Thank you all . We will be back

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DorisP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Wine could be upgraded.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Service was impeccable! Definitely will be coming back again!

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Diggs
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was on vacation with some family and y daughter recommended we go to Melbas. The food was amazing we need one in California. Chicken wings cooked to perfection

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LeanneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations at Melba’s last Sunday evening. Arrived and there was a fun block party going on outside with lots of people. Got seated inside on time. Placed our order and we were told the kitchen was backed up due to the large amount of people. An hour and half later we never received our drinks or our food. I asked if it would be coming soon and he said he would get me an ETA but he never returned so we left. What a waste of time my last night in NYC! I had made reservations at Melba’s to treat my daughter to a delicious meal before I went home. So very disappointed.

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vipChloe
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a fabulous time. Server said she was new, but I didn’t notice. Great food, and loved the artwork.

Also loved listening to Pop Smoke as I chowed down on my lemon and honey chicken tenders!

I always recommend Melbas if you’re in this area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best meal we had while in NY!

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vipAnne
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
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
17 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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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 4.6 stars by 261 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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