We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Zo.ca.lo

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
+ Add cuisine
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
201 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
434-977-4944
Improve this listing
Monday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 136 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good place to go with friends

We ate outdoors and enjoyed the street musicians. Our various dishes ranged from good to excellent. Special, though, was the service. Our food was late in coming - we were enjoying ourselves so much that we didn't notice that, but the waitress apologized to us for the wait and to make it up, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
TWalls_11
,
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
Add Photo Write a Review

136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We ate outdoors and enjoyed the street musicians. Our various dishes ranged from good to excellent. Special, though, was the service. Our food was late in coming - we were enjoying ourselves so much that we didn't notice that, but the waitress apologized to us for the wait and to make it up, the restaurant comped us a second round... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albany, New York
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Zo Co La bills itself as “contemporary Latin, with innovative visits from Spain, Mexico and South America. All very good. There were four of us for dinner. The two fellows had the excellent pork shanks – succulent and very tasty served on a bed of lentils. The ladies both had the pan-roasted rockfish on a crispy risotto cake and topped... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I am gluten free due to allergies and usually find gluten free food in restaurants to be bland but ZO.CA.LO's food ignited my taste buds! The food came out in a timely manner even though they were very busy. The wait staff was so pleasant and served with impeccable service. I had the steamed mussels and the salmon with smoked... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Had a very pleasant dinner. More reasonably priced than I expected. Loved the outdoor seating. Indoors is too loud for me but we were lucky with the weather. The bean and corn rellano was excellent. Service great too. Thanks!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
464 reviews 464 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
391 helpful votes 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Wow, did we luck out after reading the reviews on here we decided to make reservations before going to the Paramount Theater to see Lilly Tomlin. We didn't realize that this restaurant was literally next door to the theatre. The design of the restaurant is contempary/ industrial. Most people were dressed casual, very nice atmosphere! It seemed that many people... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richmond, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

average atmosphere....fantastic food - from their salads/starters, to their entrees, to desserts.....all so delicious. i recommend the salmon personally!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
KshTraveler
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The food and wine were great, the atmosphere was a bit too industrial for our liking. I had the duck, he had the vegetarian chili relano. His was SO SO SO much better. The fusion cooking in the relano was great. The duck was not as inspired as thought it could have been. Probably a great spot for a happy... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very much enjoyed my first meal here. Cocktails well done -- Mescal manhattan has a spicy kick from chili infused bitters - margaritas made with home made lime based mix - not sweet as in many other places. Food excellent - highly recommend the salmon perfectly grilled with great side sauces and accompaniments - dessert a bit too much lemon

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hanover, Maryland
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The menu doesn't have that many selections but the items we had were huge on flavor. The atmosphere was inviting and calm but can become lively as people start to enjoy the amazing drink and wine selections. Will come back again next time I am in Charlottesville.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington, DC
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

And I took her to Zocalo. I knew that I love the food, but my Peruvian friend gave it two thumbs up! Always to a pleasure to eat here.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Zo.ca.lo also viewed

 
Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA
 

Been to Zo.ca.lo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA
    (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-977-4944

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Zo.ca.lo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?