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515 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 971-7044
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Ranked #21 of 463 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Amherst, VA
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at the C&O Restaurant last night. We had been given a gift certificate and this was our first time dining there. I had looked at the menu on line and noticed it was limited. Believe me, we were in awe at the delicious food. As an appetizer my husband had the rabbit over spoon... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The C and O has been one of my very favorite restaurants for over 30 years. The staff is still the best in town, it still has the best bar, but, sadly, the once unbelievable food has been greatly diminished. I have eaten here for over 30 years and understand an off night but the last 2-3 years the food... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

C&O is a gem in Charlottesville. The atmosphere is great for a romantic dinner, or for hanging out with friends. The best thing about C&O though has to be visiting on a Tuesday night to hear the Olivarez Trio play their hearts out with gypsy jazz. The bar area has the old world feeling that suits gypsy jazz so well,... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A group of four of us had dinner next to a warm stove on a cold Charlottesville night. The hostess and wait staff were very attentive, and tried to meet our requests about food sensitivities. We had an excellent meal: dishes involving lobster and sea bass. One order of scallops was not sufficiently hot and was sent back. Otherwise fine.

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Springfield, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The food was really good--I had their steak Chinoise which was melt in your mouth delicious. We sat in the lower level bistro since we had not made reservations but could have still had some later on in the night....very accommodating but we were hungry so just took downstairs seating....I would do that again. Not too rowdy or noisy and... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

C&O is easy to pass if you don't know what to look for. The court yard provides great ambiance and the food was spectacular. I ordered fish, cooked perfectly. The waitress allowed me to try a wine or two since they were new to me. Overall lovely experience.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I were on a week vacation in Virginia. I found C&O online and we decided to search it out. When you walk into the restaurant you will be pleasantly surprised at the way it looks. The meal was great and so was the wine. Expect to pay over $100 for dinner.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My first visit to the C&O was in the late 1970s, and I fell in love with the downstairs bistro, which was intended to offer a limited, budget menu, a bar, televised sports events, an aquarium, tight quarters, and a genuinely Bohemian feel -- but by no means rowdy or too noisy. This ancient and worthwhile tradition is still intact,... More 

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218 reviews 218 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

C&O is in the town center and offers a pleasant, down-home, informal ambiance. Tables are spread well apart so private conversation is possible. Overall, the ambiance here is better than the food. It's not that the food's bad. It's just not prepared that imaginatively. For an appetizer, I ordered smoked trout. Pretty good but undistinguished. For an entree, I took... More 

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Bryantown, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

If you love sports bars and chain restaurants read no further. This really nice little spot a block off the main mall is a gem. You can have a conversation without raising your voice! The French style cuisine was wonderful. I had the special which was rabbit wrapped in prosciutto. It was out of this world good. Really good wine,... More 

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Additional Information about C & O Restaurant

Address: 515 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: (434) 971-7044
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Monday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Friday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, International

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