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The Shelby Cafe

220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
+1 704-487-8461
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Diner
220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The other day while working in Shelby I found the Shelby Cafe on TripAdvisor. I read all the great reviews and thought I would give it a try. Being Sunday, I figured that they may be closed but to my surprise was open. As I...More

Thank CaribbeanSidewinder
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Been there a couple of times and results were the same. Service was slow, food was ok but the place could use a good cleaning.

Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Always a must stop for breakfast or down home cooking. They have large pancakes, generous portions of bacon and great hamburgers. Daily specials are affordable. It's a great little downtown diner experience.

Thank Tcampbell084
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I have only been here for breakfast but it is in my opinion the best place to get breakfast in Shelby. Pancakes are huge as well as the omelets . Very friendly service and fast.

Thank Annie H
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Stayed in Shelby two days. Ate here the first night, came back the next day. The food is fresh. Come early to avoid waiting! Pro: Food is fresh. Burgers were outstanding. Handicap accessible. Could hold a fairly large group. Extensive menu, plenty of choices. Large...More

Thank kateg1414
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The food here is outstanding. My wife and I went for breakfast and we weren't disappointed. She had the vegetarian omelet and I had the garbage platter, both were very good The wait staff is very attentive, always filling your cup or glass. The prices...More

Thank anotherheelsfan
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

I walked here from the Shelby courthouse during break when serving for jury duty. I got the burger special with fries and a sweet tea for about $8 total. I waited a long time for my burger, but it was worth the wait. I'm unsure...More

1  Thank mphenriquez1
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I had heard about the place and thought I'd try it out. When I got there (at 12) a long line, I hate lines, but I was already there. Worth The Wait. I needed a mint after I ate there. FILLING, delicious, and a waitress...More

Thank rio20162017
Reviewed 17 February 2017

When you stroll the streets of down town Shelby, then the wind blows you're way, you're going to smell Hamburgers cooking, and Oh do the smell terrific, and if you follow that breeze, it will lead you to the Shelby Cafe. I like the food,...More

Thank kingpirate
Reviewed 15 February 2017

great home cooking.....for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Wonderfull prices, friendly staff and fast service!!! :)

Thank opsunshyne
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150-5364
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Shelby
  • Phone Number: +1 704-487-8461
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