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Public Fish and Oyster

513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
+1 434-995-5542
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had high hopes for the diner when we were visiting Cville but they did not hit the home run I had hoped to see. We used Uber to get there so I can’t speak for parking but it looked troublesome. We did get there...More

Thank oldstocks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the mussels and frites tonight for dinner. My husband spent three months in Belgium this year for work and these were just as good as the ones we had in Belgium. We will definitely be back when we need a taste of Belgium...More

Thank bcrogers2010
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great seafood I could find West of Richmond. Our server Melissa was great even tho she had several tables. We ate on patio and the evening weather were just right. I wanted oysters raw bar from Chesapeake near Tangiers and South down...More

Thank William T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here last night... eating here was worth the six hour drive to Charlottesville from home. Raw bar extensive, ceviche best ever (the ground cherries unusual but an amazing addition) and the mussel entre among the best. Casual but refined with outstanding service. Understand...More

Thank Gene V
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

First time visit to this local mainstay seafood restaurant that didn’t disappoint! We were walk ins but nevertheless we’re lucky to be seated to enjoy the college town ambiance and the vibes of this old town restaurant. ALL the dishes sampled were excellent and the...More

Thank Fahren3
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We all enjoyed our meals + the person who served us was able to answer all our questions and was just fantastic.

Thank ssnould
Reviewed August 4, 2018

We don't not have a reservation for the time we got there but it didn't matter, we ask if we could be seat outside and it was no trouble. We ordered carb legs calm oyster it was so great. THE SERVER WAS COLLEEN Y ,THANKS...More

Thank weepinbell65
Reviewed August 1, 2018

We went to this restaurant last year for my husband's birthday. It was very special. The wait staff was excellent. It couldn't have gone better. We were so impressed. This time it was mediocre at best. I don't know if there was a staff change...More

1  Thank Kelly H
Reviewed July 28, 2018

My wife and I went there with another couple. Lively — perhaps a little too loud. Neat atmosphere. I had two appetizers: Calamari: Delicious, and fried oysters: Good but too much cornmeal breading. Others had raw oysters, wonderful. One person had “ham and biscuits.” Turned...More

Thank William H
Reviewed July 19, 2018

I am very picky about oysters and they were excellent here. They were served very cold. I ate three or four varieties and the were excellent. The venue was very clean and the service was great,

Thank SlowPoke59
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$20 - $55
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-995-5542
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Public Fish and Oyster is a full service seafood restaurant and raw bar specializing in fresh, New England-style seafood in Central Virginia. Our commitment is to hospitality, quality ingredients and fair prices in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
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