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C & O Restaurant

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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointing

Monday night; mid Feb.; Seated upstairs; we were a table of 5; there was a birthday group of 8, and a 4-top; waiter seemed challenged to deal with with these three tables - maybe he had others downstairs? Sweetbreads were small and in small pieces; the appetizer portion had a runny... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
susans_adventures
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Paris, France
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Monday night; mid Feb.; Seated upstairs; we were a table of 5; there was a birthday group of 8, and a 4-top; waiter seemed challenged to deal with with these three tables - maybe he had others downstairs? Sweetbreads were small and in small pieces; the appetizer portion had a runny sauce which was corrected in the main portion version;... More 

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Upstate New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I was traveling from North Carolina back to Upstate New York but chose to stop in Charlottesville for the night in order to meet a friend there who I had not seen for over a year. We had dinner early (6:30) on a Sunday evening. We were seated on the second floor which was empty when we arrived, but by... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had been here a few years ago and wanted to try it again. When we pulled up to the restaurant I thought perhaps my memory was playing tricks on me as I had remembered it as a nice quiet restaurant, but the sign was an old Pepsi sign that you would see over a cheap diner. However once we... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was my first experience at C&O. Wish I was not on a diet, especially when the desserts looked wonderful. The meal was excellent and the service was what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I will definitely return and highly recommend C&O.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We went on Sunday for a date. Everything From the cocktails to the 4 courses were delicious. It is so refreshing to not be disappointed by any dish. The lobster special with fennel was melt in your mouth delicious. The wine list has something for everyone. Managing a restaurant myself I dont have time to go out to eat often... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

When it is restaurant week I always pick the C & O. Loved the lamb and gnocchi appetizer and for the main dish the grouper with crispy potato and sauce. I could eat it every day. Ended with the Meyer Lemon Verachen (sp?).

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Amherst, VA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Senior Reviewer
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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 0 - 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?