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Public Fish and Oyster

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Seafood,
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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“oysters” (149 reviews)
“lobster roll” (18 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Delightful waitress and ok surroundings- not ideal! Food is worth going back for...superb. Sorry they closed their restaurant in Crozet- loved it!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank arctic09
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had recently moved to Charlottesville and wanted to try out a local oyster bar. I was not disappointed. They had a great selection of oysters ranging from briny to sweet they were all delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the different oysters as...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Shenleyb8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a short walk from the Omni Hotel this Raw Oyster restaurant is EXACTLY what an oyster lover dreams about. A nice selection of raw oysters is available and a HUGE chalkboard listing them and a accurate description of their flavor profile. My wife had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank glennl209
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Celebrated my sister's 50th birthday at Public Fish and Oyster last night. What a LOVELY restaurant! The oysters and New England clam chowder were EXCELLENT!!! The owner made a personal effort on our part to have West coast oysters available for us, and they were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jeff p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint restaurant in heart of Charlottesville. Went for my birthday. Mussels were tiny. My wife had a fish. I had some sort of...I don't remember. Meal was not memorable & I don't drink either. I guess we are in disagreement with most of the positive...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Caylan
danielkL2383MM, Owner at Public Fish and Oyster, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Caylan, I would like to start by offering my humblest apologies. You had a choice and you chose Public and we let you down. We set very high standards for ourselves when it comes to our guests experience and it sickens me to know what...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a group of nine and reservations, but had to wait a bit because the party before us was having so much fun they wanted to linger...and I don't blame them. Food was outstanding, atmosphere is fun and eclectic, staff was fantastic. We lingered...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go here for my lobster roll fix and they never disappoint. Very cool space, excellent service, and great food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jsw900
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

. As transplant New Yorkers ,we loved going to the North Shore of of Long Island for Great and fresh seafood. When we moved to Shenandoah Valley; we figured that we would never taste fresh and delicious seafood, until we would visit back to our...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pasha A
Reviewed 6 November 2018

While planning a night out in Charlottesville, we looked online at local restaurants and picked this place on two things: the fact that they had oysters and the overall organic feel the menu conveyed. On the way there, I called to get a reservation, and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lisa r
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Great fresh seafood, fun drink menu and wonderful small plates for sharing. The outdoor seating is a nice option. The inside is a little loud and crowded but still good. Parking can be a challenge.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Susan M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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