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C & O Restaurant


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

Location and contact


SUN-THURS: 5:30-10; FRI & SAT: 5:30-11‏
Vegetable Soup
classic C&O recipe
Virginia Oyster Stew
with smoked bacon & savory crackers
Local Bibb Lettuce
shaved gruyere, pommery mustard dressing
Mesclun Salad
grit fritters with country ham, irish cheddar, spicy french dressing
Chilled Lobster Salad
avocado, jalapeno, tamarind ginger relish
Broccoli Rabe Ravioli
lemon, pecorino & pepperoncini
Ricotta Gnocchi
duck confit, cracklins, arugula, duck jus & confit carrots
Beef Sirloin Carpaccio
hashed potato & truffled aioli
Veal Sweetbreads
marsala, green peppercorns, sultanas, toasted brioche
tavern toast, pickled onions, cornichons
Local Mushrooms
brioche toast, creme fraiche, truffle cheese
Brussels Sprouts
capers & shallot
Grilled Beets
horseradish cream, red onion, ricotta salata, basil
Warm Artichoke Hearts
with garlic butter & lemon
Roasted Asparagus
burrata, charred lemon, golden olive oil
Steak Chinoise
gruyere-thyme potatoes, tamari-ginger pan sauce
New York Strip
sauce Chasseur, russet potato hash, maitre d'butter
melted leeks & crab, cioppino sauce & basil
Rag Mountain Trout
fennel-tomato ragout,‏ lemon caper butter sauce
Roasted Pork Chop
griddled shrimp, spicy bbq sauce, celery-apple root slaw
Roast Chicken
soubise rice, chicken jus, sharondale farm mushrooms
Braised Retreat Farm Lamb
russet potato gnocchi, rosemary & pecorino
Warm Chocolate Tart
sea salt-caramel ice cream, Virginia peanuts
Creme Brulee
with ripe berries
Coupe Ellery
house churned vanilla bean ice cream, whipped white chocolate, rhubarb compote & strawberries
Sticky Toffee Pudding
albemarle apples, cider sabayon, warm toffee sauce
Mascarpone Cheesecake
vanilla-orange honey sauce, citrus fruit
Double Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding
salted bourbon caramel sauce
Artisanal Cheeses
with apple butter, membrillo
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, Late Night
American, International
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews steak chinoise sweetbreads trout bibb lettuce salad duck artichoke hearts creme brulee mashed potatoes brussels sprouts scallop appetizer fettuccine water street melt in your mouth delicious ordered the steak restaurant week special evening great restaurant
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a great (5-star) meal, great atmosphere (rustic, old, warm, and comfy), then this is your spot. I’ve been coming back to the C&O for 30 years now, and it just gets better. Sit in the bar area downstairs and get the Steak...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank ugadad2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to Charlottesville years ago for grad school and have loved the C&O for years. So much so that when I was able to, I used it for many of my catering events and dinners for our student programs. After leaving Charlottesville for a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank DrPearr
Reviewed January 2, 2019

I've been a huge fan of the C&O since I was in college, and we try to visit every few years. We've made the C&O a recurring theme for New Year's eve celebrations, mostly because it's quiet, the food is excellent and the service is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Raleighinnovator
Reviewed November 16, 2018

Consider using cash. My credit card was hacked IMMEDIATELY after giving it to a server at this restaurant. No previous problems with this credit card.

Date of visit: November 2018
3  Thank mftworth
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

This was my third time to this restaurant and I plan on going there any time I’m in town. All three times the food has been consistently great. I got the steak chinoise which has a fabulous sauce on it. My daughter got the strip...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank swimmergirl61
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

We went for drinks as had during long ago college days. This is always a risk but C&O lived up to our memories. The menu is good and overall feeling is welcoming.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank mr_larry_smith
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Tucked away near the end of the shops and restaurants in Charlottesville, C&O provides a dark, quiet atmosphere with an astounding liquor and wine selection to pair with an even more impressive dinner menu. They definitely have a more unique menu to intrigue tour palette,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank KaucasianAsian
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The portions are small and the prices are on the higher side, but it is worth it, as the food was delicious. The Menu might be limited but that had enough choices. Make sure to try the Steak Chinoise and the Surryano Ham - both...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank nezd2016
Reviewed October 19, 2018

What a great restaurant! I loved the atmosphere and the smells (wood burning) of this restaurant! This was just the beginning of our awesome experience. My husband ordered the Local Bibb Lettuce Salad, the bibb had a pommery mustard vinaigrette and shaved gruyere. He is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank SNP995
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We had a group of 20 people for a company dinner on Monday 10/8. Dean helped us reserve a private room with a phenomenally curated menu on short notice. Jeff and Leah were wonderful servers who made us feel incredibly welcome. The food was superb!...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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