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C & O Restaurant

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515 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(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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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great spot. The food is very well done. The plates are not large but give you just the right amount of food. It is just off of the downtown area

Thank Jana J
Ashburn, Virginia
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really great, awesome old building in downtown Charlottesville. The ambiance is great because they have small areas that are tucked away all throughout the building. My wife and I don't like the open area boxy feel of newer restaurants. This had an old school vibe. Our server was excellent--really top notch in this department. Our appetizers were wonderful. My wife... More 

1 Thank TimTVirginia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here based on the excellent reviews. It looks like a total dive from the outside, which is a real turn-off. We were seated in the basement level. Everything is old and decrepit and one wonders if it's clean. Cramped unisex bathroom. The food is good, but they don't give you much, had to fill up on bread. Service... More 

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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our reservation was on the early side and we had our choice of areas to be seated. We chose to sit in the Courtyard this delightful evening. The waiter and the entire staff really pampered us with service seldom seen. The House Soup starter was delicious and we understand that it has been a favorite for decades. The flank steak... More 

Thank Richard K
Deer River
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The main dining room at C&O (which is the only place you can make a reservation) is a little stuffy for my tastes. I feel like you could hear a pin drop sometimes. But go downstairs - tables clustered cosily together in an old wood bar, excellent food and great cocktails. The back patio and late night menu are hidden... More 

Thank Willa B
Maurertown, Virginia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

At a business lunch in Frederick, MD, a stranger sitting at my table urged me to eat at the C&O Restaurant when he heard I was about to visit Charlottesville. So, I did. Smart decision. My wife, daughter, and I spent Memorial Day weekend at a B&B outside of Charlottesville. We made a reservation at the C&O for Sunday evening.... More 

1 Thank Shallard
Fulton, md
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Multiple options to dine from the more formal restaurant to the bistro and even covered patio. If you like Manhattan's they make one of the best. Multiple options on the menu to satisfy any taste. You can share an appetiser if you want and the dinners are more than enough to satisfy. Try something you never had you won't be... More 

Thank tkuczynski
Winchester, Virginia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Our children gave us a gift certificate to C & O restaurant and we had the opportunity to try it while we were sightseeing in Charlottesville last week. We were told by our hotel clerk that it was an excellent choice for dinner. We almost missed the restaurant because it is housed in a weathered brick building. Boy, were we... More 

Thank vatravelers2014
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141 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Terrible looking restaurant. has own parking so we stopped. Extensive evening menu with lots of choice. The staff were very welcoming and cared for us. The food was well above average and attractively presented The costs are a bit high for what you get. We enjoyed the evening although all a bit pretentious.

Thank Glen83
Annapolis, Maryland
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

From the outside I thought it was a dump and at first so was the inside BUT THEN! We ate on the upper floor which was nice and light. The staff was profession in carriage, deportment and knowledge but also very pleasant. The meal met all expectations as well. This was a dining experience. Jeff was fantastic.

1 Thank dave b

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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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • 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?