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C & O Restaurant

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515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
+1 434-971-7044
5:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To be honest, I really only ever go here when someone else is picking up the tab. This is one of Cville's oldest fine dining establishments. The food is excellent (Steak a poivre is wonderful), and the wine list is among the best in town. Downstairs, the bar is full of character--old wooden bar, great cocktails (they make the best... More 

Thank PolitelyOpinionated
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great restaurant and bar, we had a great meal in a group setting (for busniness) and the service was very impressive!

Thank joesR917VA
Alexandria, VA
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1,543 reviews
785 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 506 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good meal in the basement of an old tavern on Water Street across from the train station! The basement, although crowded, was the perfect place for a couple of hungry, tired tourists with its tightly packed table, small bar and holiday décor. A limited but good menu with a shared mixed green salad that set the stage for... More 

Thank jeffl499
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We neglected to make New Year's Eve reservations until late, so we decided to walk the downtown mall in Charlottesville and find something to eat. Out of curiosity we tried the C&O, one of my personal favorites, so see if they had any cancellations. They didn't, but the folks at the door told us that we could have a drink... More 

1 Thank Raleighinnovator
Charlottesville, Virginia
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

C & O Restaurant has been the place for a fine dining experience in Charlottesville for 40 years. Located in a historic building on Water Street, near the old rail station, the venue harkens back to days of old. The Steak Chinoise is not to be missed. Their wine list is extensive, and the staff knowledgeable in helping you select... More 

Thank omyheck
Charlottesville, Virginia
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by after a show at Violet Crown, and were so happy to be accommodated in the bar area--our favorite space. When we mentioned it was our anniversary, our waiter (Brendan, who was awesome!) brought us complimentary glasses of champagne. The food was perfect, from my husband's steak to my local fish. We finished the special evening with my... More 

1 Thank Catc1966
Manama, Bahrain
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a newcomer to the are this place was suggested - the food is superb the ambiance comfortable and the service awesome. Booking essential - bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion if your budget is small

Thank Lyndsay U
Staunton, Virginia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Excellent food, excellent service. We went there for our 40th anniversary, so it was a special occasion and they didn't disappoint. My steak was done perfectly...med. rare, and my husband had the lamb also perfect. Vegetables come separately and very nicely done. Service very prompt but not fussy. Great choice for a great occasion. Pricey but worth it.

1 Thank Ann1443
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We knew nothing about this restaurant when we walked on Water St that night. We were looking for an other restaurant and got lost and I am glad we did. We found the place intriguing. Everything we ordered was delicious from start to finish. We liked how dark and intimate it felt inside.

1 Thank Willa17
Crozet, Virginia
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

We went on a Wednesday night with friends. I have a complicated diet due to health issues, so I called earlier in the day to make sure this wouldn't be one of the restaurants where the menu is unchangeable. The chef worked with me in advance to plan out my meal with special preparations and it was noted with our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
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: +1 434-971-7044

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