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923 Preston Ave, Ste G, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4446
434-293-9888
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Truly WONDERFUL Chicken!

This is one of our absolute FAVORITE restaurants in Charlottesville, Va. - a hidden gem. We ate lunch there yesterday and enjoyed it very much - as usual. We shared our favorite - Wonderful Chicken. The proprieter recognized us immediately and knew just what we wanted. Our lunch arrived so hot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
AnnieMadison_VA
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Madison, VA
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Madison, VA
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75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is one of our absolute FAVORITE restaurants in Charlottesville, Va. - a hidden gem. We ate lunch there yesterday and enjoyed it very much - as usual. We shared our favorite - Wonderful Chicken. The proprieter recognized us immediately and knew just what we wanted. Our lunch arrived so hot we couldn't eat it at first and was enough... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I've been on a dumpling spree, craving the best. These were the second I had in Charlottesville, and win the competition. Yet, I didn't think they were mouth watering. Firstly, they're fried. Nothing wrong with that, I was just hoping for steamed. And the fried tofu was meh. Not entirely my favorite. But this place does offer other authentic choices... More 

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Madison, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This tiny restaurant is located next door to Charlottesville, Va.'s Integral Yoga Health Food Grocery Store on Barrack's Road and not far from the Downtown Mall. It's run by the former owner of Ming Dynasty, and she has plenty of experience preparing excellent Chinese dishes. We go to Cafe 88 often for lunch, always sharing a large serving of "Wonderful... More 

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We went here for take-out. The "Heavenly Pie" is actually a set of three large dumplings (the wrapper was like a fried pie dough) filled with chives, vermicelli, greens, and eggs. Outstanding. The scallion pancake was fine; good texture and flavor but very greasy. Then we had the vegetarian protein bento box. The portion was enormous, enough for two people... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I thought the reviewer who wrote that phrase in her post hit it on the nail. The restaurant is off the main road (Sticks and Mona Lisa Pasta are in the front of this small strip of stores) and next to Integral Yoga Natural Foods. There is seating inside (not much - maybe 14?) and a patio in front. I... More 

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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Cafe 88 is short on atmosphere and long on flavor. I have eaten there a number of times ant it is always good. They make a beef soup on Friday and Saturday that is OVER THE TOP!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

After driving for six hours we were elated to find this restaurant and eat. The food was good and seems to change often. There seems to be a buddhist inflience although the menu is ot 100% vegetarian They also have a small dim sum menu. Unfortunately everything was served on disposable plates and bowls. This is probably because it's just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

When we were doing a tasting at the Keswick winery we asked the young woman serving us where she would recommend eating in Charlottesville. She recommended this gem which we never would have found on our own. The owner/chef/waitress was very friendly, happy to explain any of the items on the menu. Everything we had was delicious and well prepared.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

What a great little find, tucked away in a strip mall in Charlottesville. Food made fresh. Try the Bento boxes. Will definitely be back here next time in town!

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Additional Information about Cafe 88

Address: 923 Preston Ave, Ste G, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4446
Phone Number: 434-293-9888
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisine: Chinese

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 923 Preston Ave, Ste G, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4446
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-293-9888

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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