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C & O Restaurant

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515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
(434) 971-7044
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The service was poor, very unwelcoming. The food was good - not great. Was to have been a special evening. Anything but.

Thank Jennifer1741
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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191 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the restaurant. Tasty salad. Should have gotten the lamb that my wife had which was to die for, since my steak was on the tough side. Excellent service and wonderful wine list.

Thank Bill D
South Orange, New Jersey
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a late night supper of side dishes at the downstairs bar, which was terribly charming. Everything was farm-to-table goodness and they had a nice wine list by the glass. Right around the corner from the Downtown Mall. Would definitely go back if I was ever in Charlottesville again.

Thank KathLor1927
Richmond, Virginia
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174 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The old pepsi sign out front can be misleading. This is a spot that shouldn't be overlooked. Everything on the menu was top notch and,combined with cocktails on the outdoor patio, made for a wonderful evening. The trout special that night was really excellent.

Thank Ziganki
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dining at C & O is always a pleasure. I have never had anything but a delicious meal here. I don't eat much beef so am always on the lookout for a restaurant that does it right. I ordered steak done rare. It was perfect, charred on the outside and red on the inside. Makes my mouth water as I... More 

Thank Nellysford
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit since 1979 when we moved from Charlottesville, and still with great ambiance, menu and wine list. Good downtown location and excellent service. Wish we lived in area to dine there more often.

Thank expressolover
Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent five days in the Charlottesville area and had many fine meals but dinner at the C&O was the highlight. The outdoor setting on a soft summer night was particularly appealing, and the local trout stuffed with crab meat was truly excellent. The tables were far apart, adding to the sense of tranquility, and the service prompt and friendly.... More 

Thank Steve R
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This was my second trip to C&O, and once again it did not disappoint! We love the unique ambiance (we prefer the basement), and the food is incredible!

Thank missellymae
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We visited C&O for our 1st anniversary dinner. Our waitress was nice but old. My wife got a glass of wine and we started off with the artichoke appetizer. It was delicious but small. My wife ordered the Steak Chinoise and I got the "Steak of the day". Both steaks were cooked to perfection and well seasoned, however, my steak... More 

Thank Daniel K
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Lovely dinner outside in the patio. Pastas, daily special and the famous Chinois steak all excellent. Friendly service too.

Thank notenoughshelfspace

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: (434) 971-7044

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