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Zo.ca.lo

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201 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
434-977-4944
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Excellent Food, Great waiter.......

Great to be back in Charlottesville, home to three hundred restaurants. Our best friends selected this downtown restaurant, and a good choice it was. The interior was minimalist, yet Chic I suppose, quickly drawn away from the first impression by our waiter, who had a great way about himself, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Fordan
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Pawcatuck, Ct USA
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Pawcatuck, Ct USA
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254 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to be back in Charlottesville, home to three hundred restaurants. Our best friends selected this downtown restaurant, and a good choice it was. The interior was minimalist, yet Chic I suppose, quickly drawn away from the first impression by our waiter, who had a great way about himself, and set the atmosphere for a wonderful dinner with our best... More 

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Thank Fordan
Medford, New Jersey
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yummy. We were drawn in by the sign outside that read about hot spice cider. It was delicious! Then we ordered the ADOBO ROMAINE CAESAR salad, very tasty. I had the PAN ROASTED GROUPER -crispy risotto cake, pickled fennel-piquillo pepper salad, tomato-tortilla sauce and Mike had the BLACK BEAN AND CORN RELLENO -smoked tomato grits, smoked pico, cilantro-buttermilk honey* Both... More 

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Thank MiLeenTravels
Fishersville, Virginia
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited zo ca lol on numerous occasions most recently a birthday party. I'm always totally delighted with the food, service is routinely good and the drinks are fabulous. One of my fav places to go!

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Thank sportcat71
alexandria, va
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our party of four naively took part in the First Night festivities this past New Years Eve. We didn't make a reservation thinking that there would be plenty of choices for dinner. We were wrong. Most places had a prix fixe menu or would only have space dining at the bar, except Zocalo. We found it by chance and ask... More 

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Thank free120
Virginia
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170 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Many reviews describe Zo.ca.lo's cuisine as Mexican. Nothing wrong with Mexican, but this food is not remotely close to the Mexican fare that we typically get in the U.S. The food at Zo.ca.lo, on the Cville downtown mall, is as sophisticated, fresh, creative and tasty as any restaurant in the area. Our last visit, four of us had extraordinary tuna... More 

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Thank BunkyVA
Hampton, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful experience dining here! Many of the restaurants were closed due to New Year's Day, and we're glad they were since we ended up here. Latin infused cuisine that was quite delicious. We had a Spanish rose wine that was superb and the tuna tartare as a starter. The tartare was very good and they several other apps that looked... More 

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Thank mike_pam
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Our server, Madison, was friendly and fantastic at her job. She took great care of us! My grouper was "melt-in-your mouth" wonderful, and the risotto cake served with it enhanced the taste of the fish. My husband's duck was succulent and tasty. The spinach salad with fried oysters provided an excellent starter course. We were lucky enough to be there... More 

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1 Thank Andrea W
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

we owe much of our raving to the help, professionalism and friendliness of our server Madison. As a meat and potatoes eater, this limited menu left me to go exploring. in the end the most delicious scallops i have ever tasted ... delectable ... i wanted more, even after an ample serving, they were just that "awesome" ... all of... More 

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1 Thank cosmiced
Great Falls, Virginia
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Had dinner at this great Latin restaurant. Nice decor w/ outdoor patio seating which I took advantage of given the nice weather last night. The margaritas were great particularly the spicy fruit version that I tried. Had the salmon entree which was cooked superbly to the requested medium specification and the flavoring was delicious. The grilled asparagus side was simply... More 

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1 Thank arneapen
Louisa, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has become one of our favorites! Always a warm welcome from Jeremy, lovely atmosphere and exceptional service! What I truly appreciate about this restaurant is the consistency! What a wonderful dinning experience! On one occasion celebrating our 33 wedding anniversary as always the dinner was excellent! But what also added to our unforgettable evening was our waiter.The young... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
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

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