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Petit Pois Restaurant

201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5254
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Ranked #44 of 447 restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Most recent review
- Mar 13, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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79% Recommend
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English first
Silver Spring, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

What a lovely midday meal we had during our first visit to C'ville. We stumbled on it while walking the downtown mall around lunchtime on the first sunny somewhat warm day in March. We sat outside--great metal chairs that rock back and forth! Service was superb. We shared a brioche with chicken liver--tres nice--and then I had the Crispy Skin... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We ate here on a very cold Saturday night in between snow storms. The people ahead of us in line had called and left a message on the answering machine asking for a reservation. When they arrived they were told they couldn't be seated because no one had checked the messages. We did have a reservation because we had called... More

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It was a cold Wednesday so we bypassed the outdoor seating. It is very much a French Bistro with a delightful wine list, good soup and bread (Gal #1 had the Lentil Soup and said it was delicious. Gal #2 and #3 had the Monkfish, beautifully plated over the spinach and decorated on top and bottom with braised slivers of... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We recently enjoyed a delicous lunch here on a very cold Saturday. I warmed up with a glass of Cote du Rhone and a generous bowl of Bourride, a Provencal seafood stew - a buttery broth with perfectly cooked calamari, shrimp, scallops and clams, topped with their crusty bread. My husband enjoyed the French onion soup and the steak frites.... More

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Went for Sunday Brunch. Shrimps with poached eggs, Pork chop 8/10. Selective Wine list is a great value. Friendly service. would go back.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The pedestrian mall in C'ville is just that. When I noticed the fountain, the outdoor seating and the shade, I suggested to my local host that Petit Pois might be just the ticket for a lovely light lunch. When I saw my god son taking a meeting at one of the tables - I knew I was spot on. The... More

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Nantes, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

As someone who grew up near the coast in Brittany, France, I have difficulty finding seafood (particularly shellfish) I like in the States. That said, the moules frites at Petit Pois were thoughtful. The outside dining area is nice and reminded me of Paris with a fountain right outside our seating area. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. A... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Very pleasant place for brunch. Absolutely delightful brioche French toast. My wife ordered a tasty frittata--we shared both dishes. We have lived in Charlottesville for many years, and should have tried this place for brunch sooner. Excellent, attentive service, and a delightful setting on the pedestrian mall.

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North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

On a recent trip to Charlottesville which coincided with Bastille Day...what better dinner to have than a little French Place? Well guess again. No hint of the holiday to be seen and the food was as French as my Aunt Tilly. One has to say that the cold pea soup was lovely, tasty and refreshing. I do not understand pasta... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

My fiancé and I went here during Restaurant Week. He got the mussels appetizer, hanger steak for the main course, and the profiterole dessert. I got the arugula salad, crab cake, and blanc mange. First, the good stuff: the food was all quite good--the hanger steak was a bit chewy, but tasty. Crab cake was nice and meaty, and I... More

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