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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
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fine dining in a historic part of Charlottesville, where the C&O line used to run. The chef is superb, and though expensive, definitely worth the price is you are looking for a fine dining experience in Cville.

Thank omyheck
Monterey, MA
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

C and O Restaurant is a few yards off of the far end of Charlottesville's pedestrian mall, just below the Visitor's Center. Left over from decades ago (apparently) the sign outside is half an ad for Pepsi leading us to believe we'd found a drug store/soda fountain. But inside we found what we believe to be the finest restaurant in... More 

1 Thank PickyinMonterey
Annapolis, MD
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to love this restaurant. The off-the-beaten path location, the cozy atmosphere in the pub area and the down-home menu all fit in the mold of restaurants I prefer. But, I get the sense they are just going through the motions. Our waiter may have been part of the problem - he acted like he wanted to be somewhere... More 

1 Thank seano21401
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined on a Wednesday evening and had no trouble getting a table for 2 at 6 p.m. I did notice that it began to fill up around 7, so a reservation might be a good idea. I noticed that other reviewers had some disappointments, but I was focused on enjoying the company of my colleague and the unique menu... More 

Thank VAseawitch
New York City, New York
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450 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the C&O for a special meal since this is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, but our experience fell well short of that. The dining room was almost full and we were offered a table right by the door which promised to feature lots of people brushing by as they entered and exited... More 

Thank PrinceConsort
Bronxville, New York
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The C&O was an instant classic when it first opened in '76 (my first year at UVa) and remains the same today. Excellent food without pretense. Charming dining room and bar downstairs (though very crowded as a result of the cramped quarters). Greater elegance, but less fun upstairs. It's impossible not to have an enjoyable meal with first-rate, local produce... More 

Thank John A
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1 Thank Jennifer1741
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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195 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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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176 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

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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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, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?