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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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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When my college daughter and I ate here, the place was packed. We arrived before 5:30 pm because we couldn't get a later reservation on a Saturday night. Glad we arrived early to take advantage of half priced oysters and drinks during 4-6 pm Happy...More

Thank Lydia V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy, small, but fantastic! From the welcome at the door to the attention of the owner you won't be disappointed. Oysters served several ways and fresh - they are front and center on the end of the bar. Local and east coast options - all...More

Thank ktquig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The. Oysters are generally good, nice selection and cheap,prices. The rest of the food is hit or miss. Overall as Charlottesville restaurants go, not to bad.

Thank davidroyce207
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Public is one of those places you have to put on your list, especially if you love oysters! They have a daily selection and are very reasonably priced - with a variety of preparations. Mussels were outstanding! The fish of the day was superb; very...More

Thank Sirpicky
Reviewed 10 October 2017

There were approximately 20 of us for a family reunion dinner and we were given a private room and our own wait staff. The food was very good all around. I particularly liked the duck breast offering in the French style. Everyone in the group...More

Thank jgieske
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We headed into town on a Thursday evening and headed to Public. Luckily it was happy hour which includes the oyster of the day. We enjoyed a combination of shucked oysters, fried oysters, angels on horseback with delicious bloody mary's. The fries are so good...More

Thank janicepk
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

After a long day of traveling, we had a late dinner here and loved it! Delicious local craft brews and fresh oysters from a variety of places. I preferred the “less salty” varieties, but my husband was the opposite. Server was very knowledgeable and guided...More

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Open a few years and seems to have staying power. Great seafood but everything has been very good (been 4 times). Raw bar a hit as well. Food is well and interestingly prepared ... a foodie's delight. Walking distance to downtown (5 minutes) and in...More

Thank Edward F
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a variety of dishes for an u orthodox dinner including bacon wrapped oysters, tuna crudo with watermelon and jalapeño, fried brussell sprouts, papas bravas, and moules frites. Everything was excellent and made CEO fresh, high quality ingredients. Service was top notch and we...More

Thank JManGSC
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here. The service staff was friendly and prompt and the food was excellent! We ordered a variety of oysters, as well as crab cakes, mussels and brussel sprouts. We loved everything that we ordered! They have a great beer...More

Thank Heatherdave2011
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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