Melba's

4.6
127 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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LR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was excellent. The atmosphere was pleasant and comfortable. The food was better than good but not the greatest.

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SJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location for my graduation dinner with family. Food was amazing, the background music was great. Service was good; the staff was very accommodating. Thank you for making me and my family feel welcome!

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TM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bartender Alicia (?) was great, friendly and personal-able and is an asset to the business. The food was just OK. The greens and catfish fingerlings were overcooked. The mac & cheese was good. The Eggnog waffles did not takes like eggnog but the strawberry butter and maple syrup made up for it. The chicken taste a bit greasy but was crispy. The chocolate cake was yuk and dry but the donuts holes good.

The assistants to the waiters were not personable and did not relay requests to the waiter at all although they nodded that they would.

Overall a good experience to support the business but not good enough to go again so I can only recommend to support it just because.

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R
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazingly delicious. Not an easy place to get into but worth the wait

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The catfish was excellent. The pancakes were equally delicious.
Thank you for NOT making the food salty. My go to dining for friends visiting from out of town.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My friend like the oxtails. I had the meatloaf, not too appetizing. Mac and cheese dry and not seasoned. Collards greens were ok, better than the rest. The uptown was waterdown. Love the art on the wall and 90s RnB music.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices. Great ambiance. Employees were friendly, courteous and professional.

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F
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All u can say is that Melbas was outstanding. We got there about a half hour early and were able to be seated. Nice crowd but not noisy but comfortable. Appetizers were amazing and ofcoure the entry and the dessert. I dont drink but my friends said the drinks were great. We all are planning to go back. This restaurant was recommended by a coworker who has visited there many occassions.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit at Melba’s this past Mother’s Day and I must say that it was great!!! From the food to the music selection, everything was on point!!! Granted it was Mother’s Day and our food took a little long but I will definitely be back!!!! All I have to say is, “those eggnog waffles though!!!!! Thank you for a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!! See you soon!!!!

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MO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melba’s is the best!
The atmosphere, the food, the people - always positive and good. I strongly recommend Melba’s to everyone.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was great, but the food was not great! The collard greens were extremely salty to the point I couldn’t eat them. The Yams tasted as if they came from a can.

The dining experience was shocking seeing as though I’d eaten at the restaurant a year ago and wanted to return.

Sadly I will not come back!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good to see that she's still in business. Continued success my Sister

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. The ambience is lovely and the service is great. Every time I am in Harlem I must get dinner at Melba’s

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D
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly happy with my chicken, mac & cheese and greens meal!

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CE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best catfish in New York and the vibes are off the charts.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Melba's to celebrate my Mother's 76th birthday. I made reservations and we were seated promptly. Our waitress Alicia was fantastic! I've been here several times and the food is always delicious. The Manager, Nicholas, is always helpful. My Mom enjoyed her night out and we were able to listen to the live band. It was a great time!

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unprecedented service. Everything was perfect literally.

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Melba's to any and everyone. The server was attentive, consistent, sweet, and professional. The food was amazing to say the least. You guys are the absolute best. I am a loss of words. Thank you guys for everything!!!!!

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

We arrived at 12pm, but had a reservation for 12:15. A line was already forming. Brunch was our objective. We were promptly seated. I noticed our table was different than the others. It was slatted vs a flat table top. It seemed like an afterthought. Also, our chairs were not cushioned like the others. Again - possibly an oversight. Neither were overtly uncomfortable - but noticeable.
We ordered cinnamon French toast, southern fried chicken scrambled egg and eggnog waffles with fried chicken with gravy on the side. I don’t like soggy fried chicken. I prefer to dip at my leisure.
Drinks were strong. I mean very strong. This place wants you to turn up. lol
Everything was great! Would I go back - yes!

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K
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Birthday dinner and the food was outstanding, especially the fried catfish. The service was fast and the food was great, even though they were crowded. A wonderful evening and we will definitely visit again soon.

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great..noisy but other then that a great place to eat..highly recommended!!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was truly disappointed. I ordered what was supposed to be their signature dish - chicken and waffles.
I ordered the leg. The chicken leg was the tiniest leg I have ever seen and it was tasteless and the waffle was doughy. The server quickly took our order. My beverage was orange juice and peppermint tea. They never came. Finally, half way through the meal I got her attention about the beverages. She brought them without acknowledging that she had forgotten them. My friend ordered the salmon omelette. She stated that she couldn't taste any salmon and queried if there was any salmon in the omelette. My other friend ordered catfish and pancakes. Nothing to write home about. We all left disappointed. Maybe the cook was having a bad day. I would give it a second try to see if this was an isolated experience.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melba's NEVER disappoints! The service is only outdone by the delicious food. They are warm, friendly and incredibly accomodating. The artwork is absolutely stunning! My daughter's 21st birthday celebration was perfect in every way! Thank you so much for a beautiful experience. We will never forget it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was phenomenal. The service was challenging, but it wouldn’t stop me from going back. Great soundtrack in the background

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!! I had the oxtails, greens and macaroni. I did wait a while for my food but you can't beat hot food and great customer service..I wish I could give this place 10 stars✨

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o
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Sweet Potato Pancakes were among the best I've ever had! I also enjoyed the ambience, buoyed by the bright paintings on the wall. Thanks to the host for seating me before my companion, stuck on a train, arrived. I'd give more stars but our waiter wasn't on point - not bad, just not focused on the job at hand. Nevertheless, I'll definitely go back.

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RD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food varies between average and subpar. Chicken was very standard fare, waffles were tasty but not spectacular. Bacon was inedible, skin was left on and it was extremely salty. Coffee tasted like instant. Drinks were watered down. Server was helpful and friendly.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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IC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melba's is my go to spot for Southern comfort food. I have yet to taste anything comparable to their mac & cheese, potato salad and fried chicken. I am instantly transported back to my grandmother's kitchen whenever I dine here. The drinks are also made perfectly by their resident bartender Champion. I recommend their specialty cocktails especially the white wine sangria and ciroc lemonade. The service is exceptional. The waiters and waitresses are all patient, warm and inviting. I always feel at home here.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
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 on April 17, 2019
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 on April 14, 2019
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 on April 14, 2019
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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