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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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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319 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Birthday-Gal
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014

C&O is easy to pass if you don't know what to look for. The court yard provides great ambiance and the food was spectacular. I ordered fish, cooked perfectly. The waitress allowed me to try a wine or two since they were new to me. Overall lovely experience.

1 Thank Sarah C
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

My husband and I were on a week vacation in Virginia. I found C&O online and we decided to search it out. When you walk into the restaurant you will be pleasantly surprised at the way it looks. The meal was great and so was the wine. Expect to pay over $100 for dinner.

Thank Garrard1989
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014

My first visit to the C&O was in the late 1970s, and I fell in love with the downstairs bistro, which was intended to offer a limited, budget menu, a bar, televised sports events, an aquarium, tight quarters, and a genuinely Bohemian feel -- but by no means rowdy or too noisy. This ancient and worthwhile tradition is still intact,... More 

Thank U-VaProf
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401 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

C&O is in the town center and offers a pleasant, down-home, informal ambiance. Tables are spread well apart so private conversation is possible. Overall, the ambiance here is better than the food. It's not that the food's bad. It's just not prepared that imaginatively. For an appetizer, I ordered smoked trout. Pretty good but undistinguished. For an entree, I took... More 

1 Thank spencerusa
Bryantown, Maryland
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014 via mobile

If you love sports bars and chain restaurants read no further. This really nice little spot a block off the main mall is a gem. You can have a conversation without raising your voice! The French style cuisine was wonderful. I had the special which was rabbit wrapped in prosciutto. It was out of this world good. Really good wine,... More 

Thank Firebilly
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

Dinner was delicious! Restaurant has three levels and I am confident there was more going on upstairs and down at the bar than on the main level where we were seated. Restaurant was a little too dim for my taste but Steak Chinoise was amazing. Staff was attentive and menu was varied and unique. Can take free trolley from UVA... More 

1 Thank scootersmom

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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
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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, 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?