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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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Chapel Hill
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't be fooled by the exterior. Inside is delightful and the food is great. Attentive service. It is understandable why this is, year in and year out, one of C'ville's best. Parking can be problematic but they have free valet parking and validate at the nearby city lots. Good place for a special occasion.

Thank Timothy T
Ellicott City, Maryland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The outside of this restaurant gives no clue to what you find when you walk in this restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy with exposed brick walls and white linen tablecloths. The menu is intriguing and diverse. I started with the sweetbreads appetizer and would have loved to have it available as a larger dinner portion it was so... More 

Thank Pam B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with three other friends and we all tasted each other's dishes. The C&O is one of my very favorite Charlottesville restaurants. Great service and a small fireplace on cold nights. The food was great and I loved the duck, sea bass, scallop app, and all the desserts.

Thank Cat S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has always been a favorite, but it had been sometime since we had been there. We had dinner at the bar downstairs with the incomparable Abraham as bartender. It was one of the most memorable nights we have had. Drinks were great; food was outstanding; Abraham is the best; and we had excellent company at the bar, too.... More 

Thank sararobinson2015
Zion Crossroads, Virginia
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a 3 courses for $39 Restaurant Week dinner. It was our first time at C&O; we look forward to future culinary experiences. While our server told us that outside of Restaurant Week, the portions would be larger, we found them to be just perfect. My husband had the duck tagliatelle as an appetizer while I... More 

Thank mmholshey
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

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 January 11, 2017

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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1,568 reviews
800 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 509 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

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 January 1, 2017

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 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

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 

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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
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?