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201 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
434-977-4944
Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 54
    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
Most recent review
Fantastic food,service and atmosphere!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Bornabrit
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Richmond, Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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132 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
443 reviews 443 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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 

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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!!

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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 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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Hanover, Maryland
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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.

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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great service, most amazing squash soup I've ever had. Energetic atmosphere. A good place to hang out.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Damn, this is one of the best restaurants I've tried in Charlottesville thus far. The experience starts as soon as you walk in the restaurant; the hostess if ready to take you to your table, as you walk through a brick exposed walls. The restaurant offers a wide variety of drinks ranging from cocktails to wines from around the world.... More 

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Crozet, Virginia
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Made reservation on Open Table and requested a quite table and we were celebrating my wife's birthday. They had a great table set for us (party of 4) near the fireplace. The menu (printed) had my wife's name on it wishing her a happy birthday. I was very impressed with their thoughts. Meal was excellent and service over the top.... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If you were to create a restaurant and wanted the smartest chef in town, this would be the menu you would have. Highly edited, every single item is perfect, and I have eaten every single one. The over complication of the menus where the chef thinks he is brilliant because he has managed to include one of every single plant... 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

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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?