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Petit Pois Restaurant

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201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5254
+1 434-979-7647
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Alexandria, VA
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authentic French food, as good as you are likely to find. The staff is friendly and extremely helpful without being intrusive. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

Thank RLC-Alexandria-VA
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at Petit Pois for both lunch and dinner many times....the serving sizes are perfect. The food is well made and tasty.

Thank Riddle0811
Greenwood Village, CO
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved every bite at this petit French gem. Jo our waitress led us to great choices. My friszee salad with warm poached egg with the Blanc de blanc was super but the Scottish salmon was amazing. My hubby was delighted with the smoked lamb ragout. Enjoy!

Thank rxnutt
Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Petit Pois is a family favorite and the food is subtly conceived and excellently produced - it doesn't disappointment even the picky "pater familias" amateur chef. So when restaurant week, offering a new and interesting menu and bargain price coincided with family birthday well.... successful early booking for six, yeah. Well on the night there was a mix up booking... More 

Thank ChristineEnglish
Earlysville, Virginia
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218 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Restaurant week always brings out the crowds in C-ville. Petit Pois is a very small space. They cram as many tables together as possible. That said, you go there for the food. This is really a quaint French bistro that produces quality food every day. The $19 meal for three courses during restaurant week is a true bargain. Small wine... More 

Thank 64Jag
Reston, Virginia
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

This our third visit to Charlottesville's Petit Pois in the past two years and I'm glad to confirm the food is still exactly what it is supposed to be: deliciously pleasing and entirely satisfying. This charming eatery in the pedestrian heart of the city follows the concept of the French Bistrot restaurant and offers something for every taste and every... More 

Thank Ocalas
Charlottesville, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

I'm here quite frequently for lunch and absolutely love it every time! Wait staff is very attentive and I look forward to the ever-changing menu as well as all of the delicious specials. Tomato tart, fresh tomato salad with arugula, local goat cheese, and watermelon sorbet are two memorable specials from this past summer. Don't forget the desserts- they are... More 

Thank msnuisance
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255 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This was my second trip to petit pois, and again it was very good. The steak frites are excellent, and fries very tasty with a good portion. We also had a lamb and gnocchi dish which was very good, and the french onion soup is well worth ordering. It comes with French bread from albemarle baking company, which is probably... More 

Thank Yankeebaseball
Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Located in the center area of the Historic Downtown Mall, serving delicious French inspired food. Favorite place to spot our local celebrities who frequent this restaurant.

Thank omyheck
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Went there with five old friends. We started with some appetizers. I shared an order of muscles and they in a buttersauce, and they were perfect,. We each ordered something different. I had the lamb and gnocci, and it was great. I also got to taste the duck and steak. Everyone was very happy with all the food. The service... More 

Thank Harris G

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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 of 5 bubbles
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5254
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-979-7647

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?