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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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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good

There are many restaurants in Charlottesville and Zocalo has stood the test of time. It is consistently good and provides good service. The location is also good and outdoor seating is always a nice option. A little in the pricey side, but worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
gamblefamilytravel
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

There are many restaurants in Charlottesville and Zocalo has stood the test of time. It is consistently good and provides good service. The location is also good and outdoor seating is always a nice option. A little in the pricey side, but worth it.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

One of my best meals in Cville. I would rank this place in my top 3 restaurants here in town. The food is so flavorful, the menu is innovative, and presentation beautiful. The service was great. I would say the drinks were just okay. The food though... I can't say enough. We had the salmon, steak and chicken at our... More 

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Scallops were half cooked, one side was raw..at 27 dollars for 4 scallops I expect more. Asked for Not a frozen margarita and got a glass filled with crushed ice and barely any drink. Burnt potato disks under the scallops were bitter and nasty. Food arrived within a minute of ordering it and the whole attitude was to hurry you... More 

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New Windsor, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Impeccable service, uninspired food and an undrinkable Mojito. The service was spot on and quick. The food was completely forgettable. And the Mojito was horrible. It was made by a "mixologist" however. That should have been my first clue that it may not have been my cup of tea. I'm a girl that likes a good old fashioned bartender behind... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were in Charlottesville for one night. Never having been before we decided to hit the historic district for dinner. It was restaurant week and quite busy. We walked the area looking at the menus and decided to give Zo.ca.lo a try. It was quite warm out so we elected to sit inside. Loved the vibe. Loved the wait staff.... More 

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LA
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109 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were walk in customers and were seated outside per our request. Service was average but food quality was excellent and very tasty per our taste buds. Portion sizes were correctly sized IMO and beautifully presented. At first it seemed a little pricy but having tasted the food we considered it good value. We would eat there again if in... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

One of my all time favorite dishes. Perfectly seared scallops served over a fried plantain with a wonderful light sauce. Also, the gazpacho was amazing. And they make the best mojitos in Charlottesville.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On a warm summer night, the patio section on the downtown mall was really busy, so we chose to sit inside where it was cooler and quiet.! The steak, ducks, asparagus, polenta fries, and even the braised collards in both entrees were cooked very well and tasted amazing, but nothing compared to the bread pudding. It was made with manchego... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I revisited Zo.ca.lo recently when friends were visiting from out of town. Surprisingly, even on a busy Friday afternoon we were able to get an outside table on the mall. The food was excellent - especially the spinach salad and for the entrée the broiled halibut. Soon all of the party of four were sharing tastes of the entrees -... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We had a great dinner in a large party with kids and we all enjoyed the food but I would love to come back for a date night. Great drinks menu. We lived the cheese fritters and watermelon salad. Pork entree on risotto was great. Key lime chicken was succulent. Salmon was okay.

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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 to 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
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?