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C & O Restaurant

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American, International
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515 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 971-7044
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5:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 137
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful food, great atmosphere and excellent service

My girlfriend and I visited the C&O Restaurant during Charlottesville's Restaurant week. The atmosphere is intimate with old wood downstairs and with white walls decorated with tasteful artwork upstairs. We were seated promptly and our waiter soon arrived to take our drink orders. He was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
onevagent
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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132 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I visited the C&O Restaurant during Charlottesville's Restaurant week. The atmosphere is intimate with old wood downstairs and with white walls decorated with tasteful artwork upstairs. We were seated promptly and our waiter soon arrived to take our drink orders. He was knowledgeable about the evenings offerings and gave us some great advice about the dishes, which... More 

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Thank onevagent
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great bar staff in the basement. Make the effort Awesome rustic old VA atmosphere You will not be sorry if you hunt this one down. Don't let the sign fool you.

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Thank Jim S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

C&O never disappoints from the seared sea scallops starter to the sticky toffee pudding and everything in between!

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Thank Susan M
Miami, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Fabulous experience while you eat like a prince. No wonder this restaurant has been in business since 1976. Stellar atmosphere; superb food, and awesome service (thanks Jeff)! Steak Chinois was remarkable and I would definitely have it again when I next visit Charlottesville. Specialty drinks great as well. Yum! This restaurant is not to be missed. Call for reservations as... More 

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Thank Sheryl A
Charlottesville
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We have eaten in all areas of the C & O from the patio to the formal upstairs for the last 20 years but our favorite spot is the downstairs bar which is so rich in history. It is old, well worn in, often crowded and so wonderful. We grab a spot at the bar, order an app each and... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

This place is very trendy and eclectic. It's a little strange layout, but forget all that. The food here is amazing! It was restaurant week when we were there, and my wife and I just kept looking across the table and saying "can you believe this food?". We decided it was one of the best meals we've ever had in... More 

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Thank Scott B
Palmyra, Virginia
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Excellent dining experience. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal paired with wine. We will definitely come back.

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Thank CtheSea
Moneta, Virginia
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Just had another delicious meal at the C&O on 11/8/15, this time brought my in-laws for a thank you (for all the years of treating us to good food and vacation trips) as part of introduction to Charlottesville. Ended up seated upstairs in cozy comfort, food wonderful as was service. Highly recommend for special occasions, romantic dinner, and just great... More 

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haymarket
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

As young, married and starving law students at the University of Virginia twenty-nine years ago- we discovered the C & O restaurant when our parents took us there for a celebration. We loved our dinner so much; we started going there for all our family celebrations. After law school we moved away from Charlottesville; but have continued to visit the... More 

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Thank 2Ncollege
New York City, New York
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We were invited to dine at C&O with some old friends who now live in C'ville. It was like old home week...terrific old friends in a place that felt like home. We had a quiet table where we could talk and actually hear one another, some wonderful wine and food, and attentive service. A few drinks at the bar also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 515 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: (434) 971-7044

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?