Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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Italian
Recently Voted "Best Mediterranean Restaurant of C-Ville," Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar is committed to fostering relationships with local farmers in Central Virginia who grow and raise the ingredients that are sure to nourish and delight you. As our guest, you will not only be treated to the bounty and tradition of sustainable agriculture in this region, you will participate in ensuring its future.
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us had a delicious lunch with outstanding service while celebrating our daughter’s 21st birthday.

SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal, & the service was great! The Bolognese Pasta is one of my favorites. It is spicy & rich.

ML
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We have been here about 10 times a year for 12 years. Terrible waiter this time. Otherwise, great as always. Hope he finds a new restaurant.

C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most everything was very good, especially the prosciutto and mozzarella bruschetta. One complaint was the risotto. Very oily- couldn’t eat much of it. That’s the only thing that was disappointing.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and speedy service
Delicious food
Good choice and value in the wine list

JB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, relaxed ambiance; delicious food; excellent service.

TB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tuna special was excellent. Service is always well done. Friendly atmosphere and very good food. One of our favorites.

JR
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We consistently enjoy Orzo, but don't consistently think of it when we're contemplating dining options. This experience reminded us to think of it more often!

EM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

While the food was delicious, the portions were tiny, and the price was huge.

It was an experience, and I am glad I went, but it is too expensive to do this on a weekly, or even a monthly basis.

AH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is funny, I don't require hints. Orzo is one of the few restaurants in Charlottesville that's ALWAYs a sure thing and I mean few. Most of the rest are posers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our daughter’s 21st birthday there and all staff went above and beyond to make ours a memorable occasion. Two of us ordered from the vegan menu and the food was thoughtful and delicious. This was our first time there and Orzo is now one of our most favorite restaurants in cville and maybe anywhere.

L
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Tables are too close together. I could have eaten off the plate of the couple next to us. Not to mention hear every word of there conversation!

Plus, it was my husband’s 60th birthday, which I put in the note section when reservation was made, and never once was it mention! Why ask if it’s a special occasion if you don’t acknowledge it!

l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a "must" for any one wanting a top flight meal in Charlottesville! Your taste buds will thank you.

JB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Orzo! We’ve been there 3-4 times in the last year or 2, and look forward to our next visit! Warm, very professional team, excellent wine & cocktails, and a focused-but-eclectic menu that never fails to deliver! On this last visit, the craft cocktails, the cabbage salad, and the grilled duck breast (my wife said to add ‘with crispy polenta!’) all stood out, were just perfect! (It also seems easier to eat around food & dietary restrictions at Orzo than at many places, which deserves some credit/kudos, too!) Thanks, Orzo team, see you again soon!

JH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We happened to be seated next to a rather noisy table and the staff were great about shifting us to a different table which was much better. Our group enjoyed our meals and we will go back!

M
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love dining at Orzo because the food is delicious, the atmosphere is terrific, and the service is superior.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orzo is always flawless. We come back time and again for the food, outstanding wine selection, and impeccable service. We are never disappointed.

DC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A relaxed lunch, with excellent food and service.

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food; decent ambiance. Wait staff attentive.

MC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orzo can always be counted on! I had two appetizers, both delicious, and they accommodated my friend who has particular dietary issues.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Food, service, people, ambiance, and a delicious experience all wrapped in one.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

The food was excellent and we had a lovely waiter

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional service, great presentation, generous portions. It was noisy, but we were still able to talk, nearby customers seemed to be able to communicate okay also. We were in the bar where tables for two were small and close together.

RM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They kindly increased our reservation from 4 to 5 last minute, despite being fully booked. We all thought the food was excellent and our waiter was very engaging. One of our local favorites for sure.

x
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious halloumi cheese appetizer and great pastas and risotto. A bit loud but the service is great.

TO
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ken and Charles have created a wonderful gathering place that is warm and inviting. The menu items are delectable and the wine list has very good offerings. And, the service is impeccable. This is, perhaps, the best restaurant in Charlottesville. One of our favorites!

JR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The atmosphere is quiet and inviting.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite restaurants in town. Fun wine list, great service, interesting special (swordfish!) ... never disappoints.

TS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

After some superb specialty cocktails we shared wonderfully prepared dishes of the Brushetta with prosciutto and parmasean then the pasta bolognese and their homemade rosemary and olive oil cake. Service was friendly and attentive without being too much. The noise level in the side room allowed converation, but near the kitchen it was was much more lively and noisy. We ate there on a Sunday about 6. Had reservation. At 6:30 it was full and understandably so- an excellent meal for two or a group. We will return next time we're in downtown Charlottesville.

CM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food yet service could have been better.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a football weekend, so I expected it to be busy, but service was really slow. The food was good but not Orzo’s usual excellence.
If I hadn’t experienced them on many other occasions, I would think it fine.

PT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were in town for parents weekend and chose Orzo because they had dinner reservations available when we needed them. We were very impressed by the food, presentation and atmosphere. We will definitely dine here again!

OT
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always tasty and dependable. Outside dining is the best, but getting too cold for that.

OT
London
69 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a fantastic meal at Orzo. All the food was excellent, and the hummus served with the bread is a nice touch. The service could be a bit more efficient and polished, but this is somewhat expected in a college town.

T
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have dined here several times in the past enjoying a wonderful evening with friends. Because of our top rated previous experiences we decided to treat some friends to dinner. Unfortunately the evening did not live up to our expectations. Service was wonderful but the food was not up to par. My risotto was gummy and my husband’s meal was of average quality. Hoping this was just an off night for the kitchen.

AC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The mushroom soup, which contained cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms, was absolutely delicious. Our entrees of Faroe Islands salmon and grilled duck breast were cooked to perfection. We were pressed for time and received prompt and efficient service.

TO
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, as always.

FP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck was spicy but very good. The PEI muscles where also vey good.

j
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Orzo. Each time we go, it gets even better! The waiter was super nice and gave us some delicious prosecco to celebrate our recent engagement (we're two couples who just got engaged). Always a great place to eat and return, each time it is great! Thank you!!

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not really great. Pasta over salted