As always we loved everything! Our go to restaurant for any occasion and no occasion !!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for a later dinner and versus a dinner platter each we decided to try different appetizers: Bruschetta, House Cured Meats, Mussels and Scallops. All of these were wonderful and paired with different red wines made the night amazing. To end the night we enjoyed the featured Panna Cotta and once again were not disappointed. We will be going back!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Christopher Robin Rocks
Terrific meal, excellent eclectic wine list and superb service. We were visiting Charlottesville and took our grad school niece and boy friend (both foodies) to dinner. Heavy emphasis on fresh local ingredients and obvious care in the preparation.
Charcuterie platter "Butcher's Board" was a fabulous appetizer to share.
Go early and visit other Main Street Market stores. Spice Diva, Albemarle Baking Company, Gearharts Chocolate, and Feast ( an exceptional local grocery) are all with a visit.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
You won't believe what a gem
A gem of a place this is: batting 3 for 3 for food, service and ambience. Terrific incorporation of local foods and Charles checking in to make sure all is well. Trust me all is always well here. I shouldn't be telling you this, and I would've kept it all to myself if I didn't like these guys so darn much. So please behave if you go, and don't make me regret telling you about this.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place
Sitting at the bar or in the dining room, this place is always cool and fun. The food is simple in the best possible way: great ingredients smartly prepared. Love just hanging out a the bar with a glass (or two) or excellent wine
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife to Orzo for a special occasion. We had a great time, the food was excellent, and service was as well. Very relaxed environment. We had the Salmon, and steak. They were both excellent. They had a nice wine and beer list, but the drinks were very pricey. Overall, great food, good service and a good environment.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Joy of Dining
Once in a while you find a place where you enjoy everything about a restaurant. Orzo is that place. Food, Service, Ambience are totally outstanding. Truly a neighborhood gem.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Restaurant Week Menu
Wonderful menu offered for restaurant week. Reservations required since this is a busy week. Prompt & courteous service. Delicious & larger than expected portions for a three course meal.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow. Just wow.
This was as good as I had heard. The food was great and they had interesting wines available by the glass.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great find!
Tucked away in the Main Street Market you'll find Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar. This was our first visit and we were more than pleased. It was Restaurant Week in Charlottesville and the menu was price fixed with a generous choice in the three categories (starter, main dish and dessert). The presentation of these lovely Greek/ Mediterranean dishes was beautiful and the flavors wonderful. Looking forward to a return visit!
7/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is wonderful. Even though it was crowded, our meal was nicely paced so we could enjoy a relaxing meal with friends. It is a little loud but not so it prevented conversation.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Orzo many
We have been to Orzo many times and have always found the food and service to be wonderful.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely - delicious
Great food. Wonderfully paced. Recommend it highly.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a cooking class with
We took a cooking class with the chef the day before we went to the restaurant. The man is a culinary genius and you would be a fool not to try this place.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time diner
This restaurant had been recommended to me by a local and I'm glad he did. The appetizers were delightful, and one of the diners got the pasta carbonara entree which was truly delicious. Small disappointment at the end of the meal that a Mediterranean restaurant didn't have an Expresso machine. But we enjoyed the excuse to head over to the Downtown Mall and get one from Mudhouse!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time we go to Orzo, we come away saying, "That was outstanding!"
We tried 3 different up-scale restaurants during restaurant week in July, 2013. After each one, we said, "Orzo is still better than this."
I would not hesitate to recommend Orzo to anyone. Delicious food, well plated, great service, and a lovely atmosphere.
Like mussels? You've got to try the mussel appetizer....amazing!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner for four
You have to try the octopus. I've eaten seafood all my life and had octopus many times, but the grilled octopus was incredible, and both the sauces that came with it were perfect. Our other starters were nice--corn soup was creamy and cool, heirloom tomato salad was very nice, and the fig mermelatta on the buratta was a brilliant combination. For entrees, the best was the eggplant ravioli, but the flat iron steak, the risotto, and the salmon were all so good that we shared everything and cleaned every bit of food and sauces off our plates. All the desserts were good, but the tiramisu stood out, though the pot de creme and the lavender panna cotta came in close seconds. Wonderful night.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wine
Not sure there's really anything more to say other than the recommended wine was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would definitely go again.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant find when we were visiting Charlottesville for the weekend. Everything we ate was unique and beautifully prepared. Loved the wine list. Will definitely be back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
just love it
I keep forgetting how good it is. The quality of the food is very high but I like that I feel confortable not needing to get over dressed Prices are great considering. Great staff. Will go back for sure.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic, once again
We've been to Orzo a few times and each time has been great. The food is amazing and the staff are always willing to explain things and offer recommendations. I can't wait until we go back again.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and service
Probably our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. Lots of great food and wine to choose from. Good for vegetarians as well.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a celebration
Orzo always makes you feel like you are a special person when you eat there. The food is fantastic, wine choices are great and the desserts are to die for!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, portions just right
I loved that the portions were appropriate, rather than the huge servings restaurants usually serve to justify their price points. In this case it was just enough to leave me feeling satisfied, and everyone at the table agreed that their dishes were delicious.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is just fantastic! The food was innovative, fresh, perfect in regards to mixing textures and complementing flavors, and the price is way lower than you would pay in a more urban environment. Would recommend to anyone in the area.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Wine!
We really enjoyed our dining experience here. The wine list was extensive and included some interesting wines. The menu was varied as well. Grilled octopus was a great appetizer. Highly recommend this restaurant.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Outstanding Dinner at Orzo
We dine at Orzo on the way to a concert series at the University (UVA). We make reservations for 6:00, have a fabulous meal and then have plenty of time getting to the show. The food this time was, as always, terrific. The smell of the kitchen forced me to order the red snapper-fabulous. The soup was unique a corn base, and the wine perfect. My wife had a salad and appetizer for her meal and also enjoyed it. The service was perfectly paced, we had a nice chat with the owner. Just a very friendly restaurant, with superior service, relaxed environment and fabulous tasting food by chef Tom. I cook a lot myself, and would love to be able to put together a meal like I had the other night.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot near the downtown mall excellent fare, and fairly priced. The best meal we had in Charlottesville. Excellent green and veggies, and the meat and fish dishes are also well-conceived and executed. The Greek salad special was very innovative, based on veggies other than greens. Highly recommended.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waitress was very pleasant
The waitress was very pleasant and accommodating to variations on the menu items. Here recommendations were accurate and each item was excellent. This included a cold corn soup, salad, chicken and mussels. Clearly this is a restaurant we will revisit.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable and Inventive
Always love my meals at Orzo. The food is always wonderful -- fresh, tasty, creative and well-presented. I love just sitting at the bar with a glass of red and a few small plates.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would definitely make this a regular stop if we lived in the area. Just loved it! The mixed green salad was actually quite special. The red snapper entree was in a light delicious sauce---so delicious I used a spoon to get every bit. Service was prompt, efficient, and not intrusive. Lovely ambience.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another special night at Orzo
We have been to Orzo many times and most recently brought a group, pre-wedding activities. Orzo once again delivered the goods. It is a special place run by people who truly care.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Love Love
Love this place! Favorite restaurant in Charlottesville, favorite restaurant in the world!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of a food haven
Orzo popped up on my phone when I was looking for a restaurant that would satisfy some much travelled foodies from Australia who had joined me on a visit to Monticello. We were not disappointed and everyone was pleased with their choice from the well conceived menu. This was a fine introduction to Charlottesville.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time even with slow service
We had a wonderful time at our dinner: the food, the wine, the ambiance were all great. Our waiter was very nice but he lagged on getting the wine we ordered, and the time between courses was incredibly long. Only blemish on an otherwise great experience!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place- the food keeps getting better- the new fall menu amazing- the salmon, pork and steak were all wonderful!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The mussels are the best we have ever had! As well as the clams and pasta- yum. We love this restaurant and go often.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back!
I would go all the 2 hours drive back just for the mussels, they just may have been the best I've ever had. Who would have ever thought of putting feta in the broth? It's fantastic! Very friendly and nice staff, too. Highly recommend you try it!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wasn’t sure I would need a reservation on a Sunday night but given the convenience of OpenTable I booked a table for my wife and I and I’m glad I did. Orzo was very busy the entire time we were there. I asked a server if the crowd was unusual for a Sunday and she indicated that diners were lined up outside the door last week. Two lessons learned. First, if you are going to Orzo make sure you have a reservation and, more importantly, it would appear that Charlottesville is now discovering what my wife and I have known for some time – Orzo is a great restaurant. If you are looking for a multi-page menu Orzo may not be for you. Chef Tommy uses fresh ingredients to produce superior results with a focus on quality and not quantity.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Great Service
This place is a hidden gem. It has been around for 7 years (which alone is a statement). The food is beautiful and tasty. The service is impeccable. They also have an amazing wine list. All around a positive experience.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had lunch there on a weekday. So the place was quiet. We tried the calamari salad, mussels and the peasant beef and pork. For dessert we had the chocolate pot and the citrus cake. They were all excellent. Their fryer was broken, so instead of frying the calamari was sauteed., and we couldn't have the hand cut fries. Healthier that way, I suppose!
The service, while efficient, seemed a bit hurried and some of the wait staff appeared to be on edge; not sure if they were short staffed.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We answered a promotional ad for Sunday Prix Fixe for $30-excellent price and as always very good meal. The dish I was very rich and a bit heavy-grilled brightly seasoned salmon, a side with sausage fried up with diced spiced potatoes and spaghetti squash mixed with rich cream- was sort of different. wine list was interesting and we had a good Italian Sauvignan Blanc, a new experience and good. Nice selection of wines by the glass reasonably priced.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding food. Rushed the
Outstanding food. Rushed the meal a little with no spacing between items. The pasta was outstanding. Good specials.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food; not cheap
The food was incredible-totally worth the price! $105 for 2 of us before tip and we don't drink wine.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top notch food and service
Very much enjoyed my first experience at Orzo. Our servers were prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. And the food was fantastic. Our table of 4 shared tastes of all our dishes and there wasn't anything that was merely good. Notable items were the very creamy and velvety pate, the perfectly fried calamari, and the crispy braised lamb. And the tiramisu was as good as any I've had in Italy. Good wine list as well with interesting and well thought out selections throughout the price spectrum.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great night out
Orzo is a sweet little gem in the West Main Street strip, a vibrant destination for a special dinner or a fun night out. We chose to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday because of the reputation for well-executed Mediterranean cuisine. Orzo lived up to all the hype. The autumnale risotto with seasonal vegetables was perfectly cooked - creamy, with crunch and plenty of flavor. My husband's steak was amazing and delicious. We loved the urban chic vibe - just the right amount of low ambient lighting, a reddish glow, and plenty of bustle in the kitchen that did not distract from the conversation or the meal. The servers were knowledgable, helpful and super nice.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food, nice atmosphere, great service, would love to go back again!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like Orzo a lot. We have been three times. It has a great ambiance, very friendly, lively, informal but sylish. The food is good, sometimes very good. My only reservation and this is a mild one is that the menu does not change much, so if you are in the neighborhood and go several times in a period of a month there do not seem to be specials to augment the regular menu. That said, it is an all around good dining experience and I would definitely recommend it. The noise level can be energetic but is never in my experience obnoxious. We have taken guests twice and both times our friends have loved it. I recommended it to a friend and she and her husband liked it as well. I like the lively atmosphere.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our third visit in 9 months. Took advantage of the last Sunday special - 3 courses for $30. Great deal! Food preparation and presentation always tops. The Farmer's Salad was delicious, Skirt Steak perfectly cooked and Pumpkin Creme Brûlée decadent. Attentive but not intrusive service. Only issue is the draft from the front door on a cold night. Even with an added curtained entry, some cold air was still felt at our table in mid restaurant. Dress accordingly.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable dining
We ordered a variety of dishes and they were very delicious and well presented.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM