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102 Old Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5036
+1 434-295-8668
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
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38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Went here for dinner and had no idea what to expect at all. The food was very solid! Had no complaints when it came to the service or the food. Didn't blow me away but a very good meal. Definitely worth giving a shot.

Thank Jordan N
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

I was here from 9pm to 1130pm. It was a bar at this point. It is fairly priced. Music is good. Neat place to hang out.

Thank JJ M
Elkridge, Maryland
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322 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Escafe has a great vibe that greets you as soon as you walk in the door. The space is open, yet when seated at a table it still feels cozy. While the food is good, the drinks are truly great at Escafe, and later at night (after 10-11pm) it becomes the hub of Charlottesville's downtown nightlife with dancing and a... More 

Thank Christopher M
Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

The food was AMAZING and the staff was incredibly accommodating and friendly. I love this place no matter what, but this year our Holiday Party was off the hook because of the food, atmosphere and the owner.

1 Thank xuugirl
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

This was an incredible accidental find. After a long day of traveling and meetings I literally stumbled on to Escafe. After talking to the affable owner I tried a fresh prepared salmon dish with a spicy chutney that was more than amazing. Topped it off with a 1/2 price craft beer from the tap and this was a 5 star... More 

1 Thank Ed S
Vernon, Connecticut
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Our first time experience at Escafe was subdued. The menu was somewhat limited but everyone in our party found something they enjoyed. After talking with the staff, realized that this venue was known for its live music and we happened to visit on a night without.

1 Thank Gx11
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014 via mobile

I came with friends to enjoy the night we had stopped to get pizza and wanted to sit down before we went in....well apparently they didn't want off location food on premises. Which is fine... but the way the owner went about was rude he cussed at us and made us feel unwelcome. I understand we were wrong but all... More 

3 Thank Freda H
Virginia Beach, VA USA
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194 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

This was my first visit to Escafe. I was hungry and looking forward to eating, drinking, and enjoying good music. I was completely ignored at the front door. There were a lot of people mingling around so after a while I figured it was seat yourself. I sat down and NOBODY ever came over. Okay, maybe that is self-serve too... More 

4 Thank jez09
Alexandria, Virginia
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128 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

We generally spend New Years Eve in C-ville with friends. This time we had dinner at Escafe (my first time). We really enjoyed it. My husband and I are vegetarian and there were several options. I do not drink alcohol but those at our table who had wine really enjoyed what they got. I had the black bean burger and... More 

1 Thank ALC82
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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223 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Thank goodness we strolled off the "Main Street" mall. We found Escafe! We were looking for shrimp and grits for brunch. Their dish was very different and so good. The grits were more coarse than usual and we loved it. Our waiter suggested we have the poinsettia cocktail. It was different and just perfect for brunch. The chef dropped by... More 

1 Thank whitewater4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Old Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5036
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-295-8668

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?