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Michael's Bistro & Taphouse

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1427 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2606
+1 434-977-3697
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Neat little restaurant on the Corner. Charming little spot with limited, yet interesting, choices. Our server was helpful and entertaining. Unique menu items. Quiet and intimate seating. We both ordered cheesesteaks sandwiches and they were pretty good although nothing too special. The treat was the efficiency of the seating, ordering and delivery as well as the staff's accommodating behavior and... More 

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Moneta, VA
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65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful dinner at this restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely, quiet and intimate, which is unusual in this day and age. Although somewhat pricey, the food was delicious.

Thank Pat S
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went with my husband and son for a birthday dinner. Service was attentive but not intrusive, food and drink tasty without being fussy; allowed my picky eater son to try (and like) some new foods and flavors. I could easily see this becoming a regular hangout if we lived in town.

Thank starbuck1111
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Not over crowded or full of college kids. Nice adult place to get a drink. They also have terrific home made desserts. The bar tender was very friendly and the staff in general were very attentive.

Thank MFL703
Chesapeake, Virginia
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

My family and I had dinner on a lovely fall evening. The atmosphere was great as we dined on the outside balcony over looking 'The Corner'. Our waitress was attentive and informative. Our food, from Osso Buco to a burger, was delicious. We also enjoyed the extensive beer list. It was our first time there, but we will return.

Thank Kristin I
Charlottesville, Virginia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

The lady and I decided to stop by for the Sunday night date deal to see what it was all about. Glad we did! 35$ Gets you a bottle of wine, and appetizer or dessert, and two entrees. The wine list was small but adequate, with a few white and red choices. There were only four entrees to choose from,... More 

Thank Lord_Fezzyweg
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2012

They have an extensive beer list with even a couple of fruity beers and cider. The food was nothing impressive. Typical bar food. The wings were pretty good. Would recommend it for an after work drink or dinner.

Thank D H
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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327 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2012

As others have said Michael's has a upstairs location reached by a steep set of stairs. The restaurant is airy and welcoming with a mix of tables and booths and a small outdoor balcony overlooking Main St. It has a quite short menu plus blackboard specials. The food was of very high quality and beautifully presented. The restaurant has a... More 

Thank cdab
Richmond, Virginia
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126 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2012

There was a group of six of us so I made a reservation. It is up a steep flight of stairs...warn granny!! I was happy with the beer and wine selection. Small menu but everything was good. I had the Cobia, I would order it again. The flavors were fresh and simple. No overpowering flavors, went nice with my sav... More 

Thank Kacey G
mims florida
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795 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 580 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2012

Had been told service was poor here but having climbed the step stairs to find the bar we were pleasantly surprised, Odette looked after us well, a party of 10, and we found space near the front window overlooking the University to enjoy a private chat. Drank a lot, ate little! So can only commend bar for booze as did... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1427 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2606
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-977-3697

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?