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[ Bar, Eatery ]
1309 W. Main Street
phone: (434) 972-9366
(Place added by: yidbeer)
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mellow Mushroom is in the Corner area of Charlottesville, which means that it is for the most part crowded with undergrads everywhere, which can make getting a table a pain. But they've got wireless internet, great food, good beer selection (dollar off when it rains) and a very good trivia night Wednesday.
So, with the above said, the atmosphere isn't too great. It gets loud and there are drunken undergrads acting like, well, drunk undergrads. That said, it's quite a great place (though I've also found service to be lacking quite a bit in general). Let's get to the beer--there's plenty of taps and usually enough of a variety of craft beer that I actually have a choice of what I'd like to drink. I never really pay attention to the specific prices but they are definitely reasonable (we usually order a couple pitchers at trivia).
The food is excellent--great pizza and pretzels, and huge salads.
02-02-2010 18:21:28 |
More by afausser
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is my favorite happy hour stop as it's walking distance from work, has amazing $2 pints, and has upwards of 30 craft brew offerings anytime with a good rotation. It's very low key in the late afternoon with the service hit or miss and a bit sparse at times. Their beer selection includes beers from national and regional breweries such as Bell's, Rogue, Stone, Victory, North Coast, Brooklyn, Left Hand, among others. They are also ardent supporters of Charlottesville's local brewers Starr Hill and Blue Mountain. Their pizza is good with a soft, thick crust and is reasonably priced. They need to bulk up their starters menu with some more appetizers, but, all in all, MM does a solid job of serving great beer (although almost always too cold) and good pizza at nice prices.
05-16-2008 01:05:16 |
More by argock
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
A weekly standard for me. Fantastic pizza...best in Charlottesville.
The beer. The reason for the review. Good to great beer selection in the area. 40+ taps, nearly all quality beers. Delerium, Chimay and Dogfish Head are all on tap for example. I dont get the impression that the staff is very knowledgable in the beer area, but they are prompt and friendly.
One of my favorite places for beer and food in the area.
11-01-2003 22:34:47 |
More by philipt
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mellow Mushroom is widely known for their pizza and trivia night. While both of those are excellent, their beer selection tends to fly under the radar. There are of course the obligatory big brewery selections, but Mellow does a great job of offering craft brews at decent prices. They price their pints at $4, $5, and $6 a pint, with their happy hour price dropping the $4 and $5 pints to $2, at least on Tuesdays. They also have excellent pitcher deals on Wednesday nights which complement their trivia night well. Having a pitcher of local Starr Hill for less than $10 is an excellent deal not to be ignored. Their beer list is constantly being updated, and thus there is constant variety. In addition to their reasonable prices and decent selection, Mellow has a beer card that allows you to "sign off" on the number that corresponds to the beer on the menu, and if you complete the entire list you're rewarded with a custom glass. This is a great way in which they encourage craft brews to a larger market. This is especially excellent when many of the craft brews are $2 thanks to the happy hour special. Overall a recommended place to grab a pizza, answer trivia questions, and enjoy a modest selection of craft brews.
10-17-2012 05:03:22 |
More by BeardsOfAvarice12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Walking in off the street you would have no idea that this place served good beer other than the Brooklyn Brewery sticker the size of a postage stamp on the front door.
Bar in the back...walk past the open air kitchen and the tables and hit the back wall with the 35 taps on it. I think they hold 40, but it was 35 the day I was there. DFH Snowblower, Victory Storm King, Lagunitas Maximus, Delerium Tremons, a couple from Star Hill (very local). Good stuff and cheap as well ($3.50) usually. Bad bottle selection as far as I remember...usual swill and Pacifico? Strange...
Come to think of it, I don't have much to add that PintOfAll didn't cover already (we must have been there the same weekend).
Nice place that I would frequent if I lived in the area.
06-06-2004 04:02:01 |
More by jrancan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I go here just about every Wednesday for trivia (grad student!) which is always a blast. It can be kind of smokey, which never agrees with allergies or contact lenses, and for some reason some of the tvs don't get certain channels (ESPN in particular). Sitting under the air vent always sucks too, I've been there long enough for my face to get chapped. Aside from these fairly minor problems, its a nice enough place.
The food, I don't know what to say. I absolutely love the pizza crust, and the bbq chicken pizza is one of my favorites of all time. I could go on and on, but I've only had one pizza that ever rivaled it, and I've been through college, so that should say a lot. Service tends to be somewhat lacking, and pizza service is much slower than I would expect.
Onto the beer. The selection rotates a little bit from week to week (maybe month to month?) and to be honest, there's rarely anything that stands out. Everything is on tap. Delerium tremens is fairly common in the Cville area, as are the Brooklyn brews they carry. However, they did have the Weihenstephaner Dunkel on tap for a month (which is delicious), and they occasionally bring in a few different Stone brews (including Arrogant Bastard). Victory Storm King stands out in particular from the last few months. Overall, I would say the selection is good because they have 20-30 beers at a time, and there's always something that I would like to drink on tap. But again, not often something spectacular.
On trivia nights, they have specials on generally 5 different on-tap beers for $8/pitcher. Nothing macro, always a cider included. Arrogant Bastard was on this list once, as was the Storm King. Wednesday is by far the best night to go, if you enjoy a crowd and some nice trivia. Just get there 2-3 hours before trivia starts at 9 to guarantee yourself a table.
01-31-2006 03:51:12 |
More by spiffylubes
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited the Mellow Mushroom a few weeks back with my wife on a vacation trip to C'Ville. We were there right when UVA let out for fall break so the place was pretty empty with the exception of about 10 or 15 locals. The draft selection is pretty good and especially considering it is in the heart of a major college campus. There were about 30 taps when we got there and although a few were out due to a busy night the night before, what was there was very good. They had DFH Punkin, a few Legend beers, some Tuppers, Blue Glass and several other U.S. brews. The bartender was very helpful in making selections and give me a few samples of things he suggested without me even asking. Very cool. The prices were very reasonable, maybe $3.50 for a pint and if you go there on a day that it rains, you get $1 off pints. What a great promotion but unfortunately it didn't rain while we were there.
12-10-2006 03:57:47 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came in on a Saturday night, so this place was buuuusy. Fortunately, it was an easy going night out with the son, so there was no real rush
Nice, low light ambiance in the evening, though the front of the place could potentially get a little bright in the day as it's fairly open.
Service is pretty speedy, especially considering the amount of people dining. Waitresses/servers are cheery and helpful (well, willing to be helpful. My server asked what kind of beer I liked and I said I was in the mood for something hpoppy to which she said "Ooooh, the exact opposite of me," but I went with the Hop Rod Rye, so that was easy enough
Beer selection is nice for a restaurant setting that doesn't focus on beers... Bear Republic, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Humboldt, Dogfish Head, Rogue, along with the locals and a couple of German/Belgians... though Belgians are literally a couple (unless you include Stella Artois to make 3), so don't get your hopes up on those.
Food is pretty tasty, and the price is decent... maybe even a little on the low side, honestly. Pizzas were pretty standard pricing for an indie joint, and the beer prices are pretty good, as well. $3.50 per pint unless otherwise noted, and the only exceptions at the time were the Blue Mountain Full Nelson ($3.50 for a snifter, which seem an unusual serving, as it's just a standard pale ale), Hoegaarden ($4.50), Leffe ($5 snifter), and PBR ($1.50 / $5 pitcher). Having the snifters available shows that they will serve in proper glassware, as well - everything else is pretty much suited for standard pint glasses.
Regular priced drafts are apparently also $2.50 per pint when it rains, and $2 during Happy Hour, so if going with something like a Bear Republic, Rogue, Arrogant Bastard, etc... the prices can be great.
Overall, a pleasing experience, and something I will happily do again. I'd kinda like to check it out when things are a little slower to see how it is then, too. I imagine if it holds up this well when it is nuts, it would be amazing on a quiet day.
04-06-2008 03:35:19 |
More by Proteus93
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The Mellow Mushroom is a breeze to find just past the overhead RR tracks. It is a sit anywhere kind of place and we never figured out where smoking and nonsmoking were. We though we were in non till people arrived and lit up in front of us and behind.
The beers and food were very fresh and our young waitress was fairly attentive. Happy hour prices were $2 and we got in two before the time change. They had a nice tap list with only one micro spotted in the lot. With a list of some great IPAs (HopDevil, Hop Ottin, Smuttynose, Nectar) how could you go wrong. Also a few Belgians, Victory's Storm King and a few other premium priced pints. The selection was about 35 taps as others mentioned and the food was great and fresh.
I'll be back to the Shroom. There can be no doubt.
07-21-2004 11:31:57 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a visit to my parents in C-Ville; Saturday early lunch with Mom.
Good, wide open atmosphere with large bar and several huge TVs to catch sporting events. Also, good room up front suitable for groups or families with kids. Surprisingly not too loud even though the place was relatively full.
Taps are plentiful (I saw over 20 at first glance) with a lot of quality names. The Hop Rod Rye out of the tap was very enjoyable. Nice spectrum of solid micro offerings.
Service was courteous, effective, prompt and friendly.
Food (ordered pizza) was very well-made - chihcken cordon bleu personal-size pizza may have been an odd choice but was very tasty.
Very reasonable pricing caps off an overall enjoyable outing. Would recommend for a wide range of patrons (college (of age) students, young families, anyone thirsty looking to catch a game on TV). Solid choice!
03-01-2008 23:29:13 |
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