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C & O Restaurant

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515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
+1 434-971-7044
17:30 - 01:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 01:30
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to enjoy --- great menu, bar, service. My wife and I hadn't been to the C & O for awhile, but we went recently celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary there --- it was terrific in every way. If in Charlottesville, a great place to enjoy.

Thank William H
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Found C and O on yelp and went for an early Sunday dinner with my UVA daughter. The outside looks like a bar with the illuminated Pepsi-Cola sign, but on the inside you'll find a quaint 2 story colonial restaurant that serves a current, trendy 4* menu. We shared 5 apps and a main course-all delicious.- The roasted beats, shaved... More 

Thank mythreechicas
Milton, Delaware
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233 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tiny place is almost like a shotgun flat, very narrow and tight. The aisle is almost impassable. Tables are tight together. The 4 physicists next table talked physics in loud voices: "That's a lot of tritium" "I'll say, especially gaseous tritium". The decor can only be described as shabby chic. Holes in the old pine floors are patched with... More 

1 Thank Original_Shrut
Chapel Hill
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Don't be fooled by the exterior. Inside is delightful and the food is great. Attentive service. It is understandable why this is, year in and year out, one of C'ville's best. Parking can be problematic but they have free valet parking and validate at the nearby city lots. Good place for a special occasion.

Thank Timothy T
Ellicott City, Maryland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The outside of this restaurant gives no clue to what you find when you walk in this restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy with exposed brick walls and white linen tablecloths. The menu is intriguing and diverse. I started with the sweetbreads appetizer and would have loved to have it available as a larger dinner portion it was so... More 

Thank Pam B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I went with three other friends and we all tasted each other's dishes. The C&O is one of my very favorite Charlottesville restaurants. Great service and a small fireplace on cold nights. The food was great and I loved the duck, sea bass, scallop app, and all the desserts.

Thank Cat S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This restaurant has always been a favorite, but it had been sometime since we had been there. We had dinner at the bar downstairs with the incomparable Abraham as bartender. It was one of the most memorable nights we have had. Drinks were great; food was outstanding; Abraham is the best; and we had excellent company at the bar, too.... More 

Thank sararobinson2015
Zion Crossroads, Virginia
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a 3 courses for $39 Restaurant Week dinner. It was our first time at C&O; we look forward to future culinary experiences. While our server told us that outside of Restaurant Week, the portions would be larger, we found them to be just perfect. My husband had the duck tagliatelle as an appetizer while I... More 

Thank mmholshey
Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

To be honest, I really only ever go here when someone else is picking up the tab. This is one of Cville's oldest fine dining establishments. The food is excellent (Steak a poivre is wonderful), and the wine list is among the best in town. Downstairs, the bar is full of character--old wooden bar, great cocktails (they make the best... More 

Thank PolitelyOpinionated
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A great restaurant and bar, we had a great meal in a group setting (for busniness) and the service was very impressive!

Thank joesR917VA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
17:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-7044

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