Camino - Charlottesville
Camino - Charlottesville
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Camino - Charlottesville

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://caminocville.com/
  • Phone: 4342932323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Matt Turner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a small lot adjoining our building.
A word from Camino - Charlottesville
Camino draws its inspiration from the timeless rustic cooking of Southern France, Italy, and Spain, complimenting it with a sophisticated yet comfortable dining environment. Camino focuses on traditional regional techniques and ingredients while maintaining a clean modern approach to presentation.
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Camino - Charlottesville reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Closing
    Foodie45VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    A wonderful small gem in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, the restaurant is closing due to the fact that the building (also housing a historic theater) is up for sale. It is unknown what will happen to the building and the lease is not renewable at this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid menu and attentive service
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The appetizers were particularly good and I liked the fact that they offered a couple of their entrees in a large version or a smaller one. We were eating early before going to a movie (in the same building)and weren't as hungry as we might have been later in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Bad service
    MelftVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Our waitress kept complaining that the chef kept changing things on the menu on her, but it appeared that she had not actually read the latest version of the menu. We were ready to order and we had to wait although I could plainly see her sitting behind the bar using a tablet (texting her friends perhaps?). Another table actually had to hunt her down to ask for something they needed. The restaurant was not busy so her inattentiveness was inexcusable. When my husband ordered a glass of wine, it turned out the restaurant had run out of that label. Instead of politely suggesting alternatives, the waitress said, "I'm going to try to sell you this. It's basically the exact same thing as the other"...I was not impressed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Camino is one of those semi-quirky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Camino is one of those semi-quirky places that has highs and lows, but never (in our experience) either phenomenal or terrible. While my husband loved his lamb meatballs & duck, I was less impressed with my penne with fennel/pork sausage & rabini. The rabini was excessive -- to the point of being the overwhelming flavor. While I liked the elements, and LOVED the sausage, I had to scrape-off the green to enjoy it at all. But, I was most pleased that my husband so enjoyed his duck....and shared the meatballs with me. We will definitely return, as we have had enjoyable dinners in the past. I truly wish they'd put the oyster stew on the menu more often. It was fantastic when I had it a year ago, and it's been unavailable since. Boo-hoo.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific food, congenial atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Terrific food and a congenial atmosphere. The friendly staff and reasonable prices make it an ideal spot on the fringe of the mall. We will be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife, grad student daughter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    My wife, grad student daughter and I most certainly enjoyed Camino. The service, ambience, and good conversation was all a joy--and the food was spectacular. The paella was delicious--a tasty blend, not overpowering, with seasoning that amplified rather than dominated. The fennel appetizer was a force of nature--it was so wonderful we wanted it as soup. As well, the wine choices were perfect for the food and the setting--an excellent selection fairly priced. We very much enjoyed the restaurant and will certainly visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were disappointed with
    Ednam
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    We were disappointed with our last visit to Camino. They were out of several dishes on their already short menu and we ordered a few items we had enjoyed there before, but were disappointed. Items were tasteless. What a shame!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small dining area; definitely
    Harrietteh2
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Small dining area; definitely have reservations. We started off with red and gold beets and moved to crusted pork ribs (pork chops). Everything was delicious. The chops were perfectly grilled, tender, and tastefully seasoned.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the paella!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    It is amazing! One of our party got the orechiette with sausage, which was good, but nothing particularly special, hence the 4 stars for food. The wine list is extensive, and the proprietor will make you a fantastic recommendation to go with your meal. Oh, and the smoked duck appetizer is to die for! Prompt, knowledgeable service and outstanding food--highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat location and very interesting
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Neat location and very interesting wine menu which owner enjoyed discussing. Great prices on wine. Food and service were ok...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This small restaurant lives
    Hungryman
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    This small restaurant lives up to its reputation by offering unique dishes that are well conceived and easily worth the offering price. You will not be disappointed in the food or service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find off the Mall
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We all loved our meals - the restaurant exceeded our expectations. Great presentation and great foot. Nice wine list also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was wonderful as was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Food was wonderful as was the service. Very small with wooden chairs and booths so big groups may be a bit crowded. I would go back if nothing else for the polenta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Acoustics at this small (7
    Turner
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Acoustics at this small (7 tables?) restaurant are horrible. There was a party of loudmouths at another table so conversation at normal decibels was often impossible. Not much the proprietor can do about that. Too bad, because the food was above average. Best course was lamb meatballs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As other reviewers have mentioned,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    As other reviewers have mentioned, the food is excellent: we had the lamb meatballs, paella, and pork-belly sausage w/orecchiette. The owner was friendly, approachable, and knew his wine, and suggested good wine pairings. Service was prompt, attentive, and not overbearing. I would definitely return. For first time visitors: Camino shares its building with Vinegar Hill theater. Camino is the door on the right; the theater is on the left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place near the omni hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Not an extensive menu but there is a good selection. Everything was prepared beautifully and presented well. I particularly liked the lamb meatball appetizer. Wait staff was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We stopped in Charlottesville,
    LA2KYFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    We stopped in Charlottesville, on our way back, from OBX. I checked Open Table, to find a restaurant, and Camino had good reviews, plus it was casual and not overly expensive. It was wonderful. We had many crab cakes in OBX, and they were not good. The crab cakes at Camino were excellent, as was the rest of our meal, the wine, and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We discovered this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    We discovered this restaurant on Open Table. We really enjoyed it and planned to return. The paella special Was outstanding and is recommended if they're serving it when you dine there. My husband is already planning to have the linguini with clams when he goes back. Our host and our server were both knowledgeable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    The food was outstanding and creative. The staff was very accommodating with our wish to share our dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this casual restaurant!
    Ednam
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Love this casual restaurant! Food, service and wine selections are great. Recommend: polenta w/gorgonzola!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What an amazing dinner! We
    DinneroutVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    What an amazing dinner! We found Camino upon a recommendation from a friend. I will listen to him from now on. Parking was concerning, but we found a spot in the tiny lot behind the restaurant. A good omen. I was a little disappointed in the lack of available local beer as all but one was an import. Wine seemed a little overpriced. The food was well-priced though, and we felt our dinner a bargain in the end. The lamb was superb! The pork belly sausage was truly special. Everything worked together flawlessly. I can't believe how much I enjoyed the turnips. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not veggie friendly
    veggiegirl
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    We've been to Camino several times. One of us is vegetarian, which we specified in our reservation. There were no appetizers (or soups) or entrees on the menu that were vegetarian. Just didn't think that was so inclusive. However, the chef did adapt a nice pasta dish that was just fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent and week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Food was excellent and week apportioned. Mushroom soup was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waitress was fantastic, owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Waitress was fantastic, owner very kind. Intimate and cozy!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    The food was mediocre and the service was very poor. I would not visit this restaurant again.
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  • Very enjoyable meal and great
    RobFromDCVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    Very enjoyable meal and great service. Interesting menu, which seems to highlight local suppliers and seasonal foods.
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  • Delicious meal with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2011
    Delicious meal with excellent service. The atmosphere & space was excellent for our group of 8.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • limited menu but tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    This seems like a nice neighborhood restaurant -- small but thoughtful menu, wonderful service, light and bright decor with comfortable booths. Extremely limited menu -- one person in our party wanted a green salad but there was no lettuce on premises -- so this is not a place to take picky eaters. Wood fired pizza was delicious. Atmosphere is friendly but quiet so you can actually carry on a conversation over dinner. I recommend Camino for small groups and families looking for a bit of adventure and willing to enjoy the fine choices, rather than lament the lack of often ubiquitous safety items, such as green salad or plain grilled meats.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very small with seating being
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2011
    very small with seating being mostly booths. No room for a large party. The food was well-presented and very tasty. No bread served with the meal, which would have been nice with the mussels.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet