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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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Upstate New York
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

I was traveling from North Carolina back to Upstate New York but chose to stop in Charlottesville for the night in order to meet a friend there who I had not seen for over a year. We had dinner early (6:30) on a Sunday evening. We were seated on the second floor which was empty when we arrived, but by... More 

Thank AnneUpstateNewYork
Boca Raton, Florida
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276 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

We had been here a few years ago and wanted to try it again. When we pulled up to the restaurant I thought perhaps my memory was playing tricks on me as I had remembered it as a nice quiet restaurant, but the sign was an old Pepsi sign that you would see over a cheap diner. However once we... More 

Thank mmb198
Charlottesville, Virginia
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This was my first experience at C&O. Wish I was not on a diet, especially when the desserts looked wonderful. The meal was excellent and the service was what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I will definitely return and highly recommend C&O.

Thank Charles D
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2015 via mobile

We went on Sunday for a date. Everything From the cocktails to the 4 courses were delicious. It is so refreshing to not be disappointed by any dish. The lobster special with fennel was melt in your mouth delicious. The wine list has something for everyone. Managing a restaurant myself I dont have time to go out to eat often... More 

1 Thank Laurie G
Charlottesville, Virginia
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2015

When it is restaurant week I always pick the C & O. Loved the lamb and gnocchi appetizer and for the main dish the grouper with crispy potato and sauce. I could eat it every day. Ended with the Meyer Lemon Verachen (sp?).

Thank Cat S
Amherst, VA
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80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

My husband and I had dinner at the C&O Restaurant last night. We had been given a gift certificate and this was our first time dining there. I had looked at the menu on line and noticed it was limited. Believe me, we were in awe at the delicious food. As an appetizer my husband had the rabbit over spoon... More 

1 Thank tpgowen
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

The C and O has been one of my very favorite restaurants for over 30 years. The staff is still the best in town, it still has the best bar, but, sadly, the once unbelievable food has been greatly diminished. I have eaten here for over 30 years and understand an off night but the last 2-3 years the food... More 

2 Thank Susan O
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

C&O is a gem in Charlottesville. The atmosphere is great for a romantic dinner, or for hanging out with friends. The best thing about C&O though has to be visiting on a Tuesday night to hear the Olivarez Trio play their hearts out with gypsy jazz. The bar area has the old world feeling that suits gypsy jazz so well,... More 

1 Thank Mike_Wayner
Charlottesville, Virginia
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323 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2014

A group of four of us had dinner next to a warm stove on a cold Charlottesville night. The hostess and wait staff were very attentive, and tried to meet our requests about food sensitivities. We had an excellent meal: dishes involving lobster and sea bass. One order of scallops was not sufficiently hot and was sent back. Otherwise fine.

1 Thank putnik123
Springfield, Illinois
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165 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2014

The food was really good--I had their steak Chinoise which was melt in your mouth delicious. We sat in the lower level bistro since we had not made reservations but could have still had some later on in the night....very accommodating but we were hungry so just took downstairs seating....I would do that again. Not too rowdy or noisy and... More 

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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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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?