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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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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is in a non descript building. Sign is very small. Inside it is traditional rustic French. Wine menu is well rounded. Very fresh and creatively prepared food. A great choice when you visit Charlottesville. Reservations needed at least 2 weeks in advance.

Thank ponderosapine
Keswick, Virginia
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

C&O does an exceptional job every day and particularly fun for me at at restaurant week. The food is always fresh, local and delicious. Get your restaurant week reservation early as they fill up quickly.

1 Thank Peter R
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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

1 Thank Jana J
Ashburn, Virginia
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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 

1 Thank Travelors
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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 

2 Thank Richard K

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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
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?