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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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513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First time visit to this local mainstay seafood restaurant that didn’t disappoint! We were walk ins but nevertheless we’re lucky to be seated to enjoy the college town ambiance and the vibes of this old town restaurant. ALL the dishes sampled were excellent and the...More

Thank Fahren3
Reviewed 1 week ago

We all enjoyed our meals + the person who served us was able to answer all our questions and was just fantastic.

Thank ssnould
Reviewed 1 week ago

We don't not have a reservation for the time we got there but it didn't matter, we ask if we could be seat outside and it was no trouble. We ordered carb legs calm oyster it was so great. THE SERVER WAS COLLEEN Y ,THANKS...More

Thank weepinbell65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant last year for my husband's birthday. It was very special. The wait staff was excellent. It couldn't have gone better. We were so impressed. This time it was mediocre at best. I don't know if there was a staff change...More

Thank Kelly H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went there with another couple. Lively — perhaps a little too loud. Neat atmosphere. I had two appetizers: Calamari: Delicious, and fried oysters: Good but too much cornmeal breading. Others had raw oysters, wonderful. One person had “ham and biscuits.” Turned...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very picky about oysters and they were excellent here. They were served very cold. I ate three or four varieties and the were excellent. The venue was very clean and the service was great,

Thank SlowPoke59
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Cute little place on main st. Food and service was good. It seemed to full just short of perfect. Seafood just a little dry and over cooked. No wait at 4 but got very busy fast. I would try again.

Thank susanemavernon
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Love this place - they have such great oysters and mussels and the fish dishes are out of this world. The wine list is great too. Have never had a meal there that I didn't love. And did I mention the oysters???? Such great selections...More

Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We had an excellent meal! The service was just as good and our waitress most helpful. This is a great option for a high quality meal in a warm and relaxing setting. Large selection of raw oysters and many other dishes to choose from. It...More

Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 7 July 2018

We were in Charlottesville for July 4th. We ate at this restaurant the day after. IT was amazing and absolutely delicious! We had mussels in a broth as an appetizer, which was fabulous. We had a complete seafood medley for dinner with delicious bread on...More

Thank Marilyn R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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