Since Maya Restaurant opened in 2006, Chef and co-owner Christian Kelly  has strived to execute simple preparations of Southern Comfort cuisine sourced with produce and proteins from our many local surrounding farms.

After his years as executive chef of the Relais and Chateaux property, Clifton inn, Christian has forged his own path as the steadfast leader of his kitchen crew and loving husband and father of two including Maya's namesake.


Bar Manager

Voted Charlottesville's Best Bartender 6 times over, Ted's sincere and friendly energy is one of Maya's greatest assets.  Ted mixes a great drink and has mastered the junction between old school cocktails and the new mixology.  



After decades of experience in the restaurant business, Peter Castiglione’s customer centric philosophy has changed very little. Treat every guest with the respect they deserve and they will give you the opportunity to feed them for life.

Peter strives to create a family environment in an effort to forge lasting relationships that create a comfortable and relaxing experience.  It's all about the day to day and the little things make the biggest difference.

johnson bowers

sales & service manager

Johnson brings 15 years of service expertise and an uncanny pension for politeness to Maya's management team.  Johnson is the man with the plan and takes care of all private party arrangements and reservation requests.