Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

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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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JS
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Somewhat limited menu

PG
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways!

CJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We appreciated the vegan menu options. Our selections were delicious.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I came from out of town in hopes of finding a really good restaurant to eat at. After reading the reviews and rating on Open Table, I knew that place had to be Orzo. Wow, was I disappointed. From the second I sat down until the second I left I was extremely disappointed. The bartender/server was the most unfriendliest person I have ever met in the restaurant industry. There was no warmth from her as I dined and just no acknowledgment. She was very straightforward: “Do you want something to drink, are you ready to order.” My drink and food came out very quickly which was great, but the food had no flavor. I got the eggplant rigatoni and was not impressed at all. When it was time to get the check, it took extremely long. It shouldn’t have taken that long especially since I was sitting right next to the register and it would have taken 10 seconds to print it out. I started to get up and gather my items, and then felt the waitress rushing to get my bill.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant; Little Star looked like it would have been a better choice.

W
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Excellent wine list,attentive service and great food.

VA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food and atmosphere. However, our waitress was a bit unfriendly right from the beginning.
We ordered appetizers and the waitress claimed we needed to order our main course immediately, even though we were not ready.
Once the food came, it superseded the poor table service.

RB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for special occasions or for any occasion at all.

SG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Orzo is a well-appointed and well-staffed restaurant with an intimate ambiance. It's a great "night out" spot for dinner or drinks. The staff is attentive but does not hover or rush you through your meal. I love the open kitchen and lofted dining space. Carpooling with friends is best if you are meeting a group. Lot parking can be limited.

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is arguably the best restaurant in Charlottesville. Surrounded by beautiful paintings of vineyards and the sea in a space that is both warm and energetic but also intimate, diners are served with just the right amount of attentiveness and care, and treated to a menu that is both classic and inventive and attuned to the seasons. The portions are generous, the dishes delicious and fresh and often locally sourced. There are plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians, and the cooking team will accommodate any special dietary needs. If you're into fine wine, there is always someone in the house to offer advice about good edible/potable pairings. The restaurant space, including a charming, off-street patio, is versatile enough for a cozy date night or a large party. The prices are reasonable and there's always a good bartender on hand. And there's plenty of parking. Outstanding.

LM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ken, one of the owners, greeted us warmly when we arrived and led us to a corner table. Our dinners were delicious, starting with the complimentary hummus (nice and garlicky) and French bread. The gazpacho of pureed tomatoes and spices - no fillers, no dairy - is a favorite this time of year. We had pasta dishes - a bolognese and a rigatoni with marinated beef and mushrooms. Both were delicious, the bolognese slightly superior. We never seem to have room for dessert - although the menu is tempting.

NR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Both Dieting... my god daughter and i shared 3 courses. We [just] asked for individual plates..
so we could divide our dishes. The waitress kindly offered to split & serve which, was V kind but definitely transpired to be consistently UnEqual! 🥴
Our First 2 courses were good; Main = less so. While rigatoni was almost perfectly cooked... & fresh tomato base was pretty ok.. Eggplant was practically non existent, with a few raisins but (comparatively) tons of olives. Definitely disappointing / not my usual experience.
Pray tell.... Is there a mgmt or chief change going on?

H
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The swordfish was the best I've ever had. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone going to Charlottesville.

MP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service wonderful! I love dining at Orzo!!

A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Orzo! We arrived early and ended up sitting at the bar.

AJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great wine list. Portion sizes were great.

LL
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and daughter-in-law were visiting this weekend and we had a chance to take them to Orzo Kitchen. They loved it as much as we do. Superb food time and time again!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small family gathering of five adults to celebrate a birthday and a departure (daughter leaving to live in Central America for four months). Food and service were great (friendly yet professional).

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!
Our favorite restaurant in C'ville!
Love the Salmon!

JN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Orzo! Love the ambiance and vibe. We had a nice waiter—never heard his name! Only problem was the bolognese was too spicy.

TO
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orzo was wonderful, as always. The food, the wine selection, and the service is the best in Charlottesville.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely, as always. We are never disappointed!

UV
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place - food is great and service is wonderful.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful: service, drinks, food. We will definitely be back!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. The Duck Breast was delicious! Although next time I'll order medium rare (my fault not theirs). There was a little heat in the potatoes, buy I love spicy food so it was great for me. My husband had the meatballs and was very happy. The desserts were fabulous, especially my Olive Oil, Rosemary cake with lemon curd.

It was quiet, but it was early on a Sunday evening.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orzo is one of our favorite restaurants in C'ville. I especially like the Caesar salad with anchovies. We both enjoyed the lamb meatballs. The 20% coupon has allowed us to eat here more frequently.

JA
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although I drank beer, I did notice how extensive the wine selection was for a small restaurant. The food was well prepared. The waiter staff well trained and attentive. A nice place to meet friends for an unrushed meal.

RA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good atmosphere.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orzo is consistently one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. The appetizers offer a wide variety of imaginative options. We particularly love the gazpacho soup that is currently on the menu! The entrees are always creative and flavorful. They are combined with interesting accompaniments. The duck breast with figs is outstanding! The tiramisu for dessert is the best we have ever had!

J
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! needed 50 characters

a
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our favorite restaurant after a year of living here. We have tried many others but cannot find a second favorite....They set the bar very high!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Orzo

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent atmosphere. Highly recommend Orzo.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff are top notch. A great casual dining place with a fine dining level of service and food.

C
Richmond
56 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Portion of fish special, cod, was size of my companion’s appetizer

s
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It is a lovely restaurant with unique options for dinner and drinks. It is more like a European dining experience than a rushed meal. For that, there is an added cost both in time and expense.

KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience ! One of the Best of Charlottesville’s Restaurants.

GS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people are what make this restaurant outstanding. A friendly and prompt greeting, excellent service from a very attentive waitstaff, a talented and clever bartender, and terrific fare. Concluded with some of the best tiramisu we've ever had! Worth the price (it's not inexpensive), and we look forward to our return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was absolutely lovely.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I really enjoyed the place. Yhe only thing I didnt like was the noise level. I had hard time hearing my date when we were trying to have conversation.

s
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect-as always. Love knowing we will always have a good experience and enjoy good food.

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