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201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5254 (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Northbrook, Illinois
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273 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently ate at Zocalo and had a great dinner. We sat outside on their gorgeous patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We ordered many items from the menu. HIghlights included the gazpacho, the cheese fritters, and the halibut. We had a few problems with our dinner which is why I can only give my review four stars. First, the... More 

Thank Shampeu
Webster, New York
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience at the restaurant was wonderful. A busy Friday night and we were seated promptly. Although the menu is not expansive, each dish appears to be carefully prepared and thoughtfully chosen. There is enough variety...seafood, fish, steak, pork, chicken. They offer a nice variety on their beer and wine menu as well. The atmosphere is upscale without being uppity... More 

Thank Stephanie405
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined with a party of eight and the service was terrible, of course they knew they would get paid a 20% (or about $75 tip) regardless. Water glasses were left unfilled, once refilled no ice was provided with the water. Has to request ice once we were able to get the server to look at our table. Food was average... More 

Thank PoppaStu
Durham, North Carolina
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57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We were initially disappointed when we were told our niece's wedding reception would be at a restaurant (no dancing!), but we quickly got over it once we arrived. The restaurant was closed except for the reception, so ours was not a typical experience. I can say that the service was superb. Both of our entrees were excellent (black bean and... More 

Thank Jim N
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We had a great meal and the cucumber martini was heavenly but there was a very large group at a table nearby and the noise became very unpleasant and probably influenced us to leave rather than linger. The exposed brick walls and bare floors probably don't help with sound. Service was great - our waiter was at the end of... More 

Thank Robron74
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Love this restaurant. An annual visit is a must. I always order the scallops, but all my friends lived their entrees as much as I did. Great mojitos too!

Thank Lynn M
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Been here many times. Nice whether sitting on the patio or inside. Food and service are consistently good. Appetizers get changed up frequently which is fun. My favorite entree is the salmon with couscous with goat cheese. Crisp skin, moist inside. The scallops are also yummy- seared on the outside and tender inside.

Thank Jennifer H
Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Two of us ate here last week after cruising all the selections on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. For some reason I'd assumed Zo.ca.lo was Mexican food. Instead it is American with a hint of Spanish cuisine. We were seated promptly, no reservation needed even on a Friday night. The outdoor dining is very nice in summer under trees and... More 

Thank tatin
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We stopped at this nice restaurant for the happy hour. The cocktails and mussels were great, service excellent. It is a very nice place to enjoy the Charlottesville downtown.

Thank Gulsen O
Ketchum, Idaho
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We had forgotten to make a reservation over graduations weekend and the only decent place left was Zo.Ca.Lo. It was PreFixe @ $56.00 per person for a 3 course meal. Wine and drinks not included. New York Steak with Chimmi churri was excellent! We were a group of 7 , celebrating a wonderful graduation , with drinks, 4 bottles of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5254
    (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-977-4944

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