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About Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

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.

416 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 975-6796

Website:
http://www.orzokitchen.com/

Catering:
Orzo offers full service off-premise catering for weddings, as well as all social, corporate and political functions. Whatever you can envision, we can create. Please call and ask to speak with Ken about your next event.

Parking Details:
With over 70 parking spaces devoted to the Main Street Market, we have all the free parking you'll need.

Executive Chef:
Adam Spaar & Justin Tilghman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Christmas Eve Dinner: 4 Courses for $50/person plus drinks, tax and gratuity.

New Year's Eve Dinner: 4 Courses for $50/person plus drinks, tax and gratuity.

Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Casual (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Cozy (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very solid good take on mediterranean cuisine. Had the rockfish, which was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were away on a trip together and wanted to have a place to remember. This was a great place to eat and food was fantastic. Our server was top notch!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent meal and wonderful service! Great choice for any occasion.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 27, 2017

food and service are consistently very good. restaurant is accomodating service wise and food wise.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Orzo and I was happy to be able to take out of town guests to enjoy the food and great selection of drinks. We all enjoyed it immensely.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is a nice place near downtown Charlottesville, headed for dinner there before we made the UVA football game. Very cozy, nice atmosphere. Bread is awesome, and hollumi cheese a real hit for an appetizer. Salmon entrée nice (and large). Others had pasta and were happy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very pleasant and cozy place! I liked the atmosphere of the place and the staff was friendly and attentive. The menu is small and among the four of us we each found something that pleased our individual palates. The food was delicious, unique and beautifully presented! We will definitely come back here again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Made a reservation for 6:30, walked in and was showed to our table. Very intimate setting that was just perfect. We were in Greece this summer and the art work on the walls reminded us of your trip. Started with a cocktail and draft beer that were both delicious. Pork Shoulder Empanada as an appetizer. Rack of lamb and Spaghetti Pescatore as entrees. Everything was perfect and our waitress (Emily G.) was incredible. Extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Sorry we did not take pictures. Take my word that the presentation was great, we just wanted to enjoy the moment.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Passing through Charlottesville and a great place for a delicious lunch and a glass of wine. The Risotto was delicious, with all fresh, flavorful ingredients. The wait staff were attentive and courteous, but also showed familiarity with the menu and wine list. The portions were plentiful, but not overwhelming so. The ambiance was soothing, low lighting and easy to enjoy good conversation as the noise level was low. I would definitely dine here in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fabulous meal and I loved the feel of the restaurant

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere - more of a trendy twist and not authentic Italian food-- with tip $170 is too expensive for two people.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We celebrated October family birthdays as a group of 4 and had Amazing meals and service was top notch! Environment is inviting and we will definitely eat at Orzo again!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Warm and inviting space! Hummus and bread was fantastic. The Frutti de Mare was only okay, but the duck entree was worth returning for. Cocktails were delicious and not too sweet. I would probably pass on the tiramisu nex time.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Orzo remains one of our favorites in the area. We try other places and have good meals but always come back to Orzo. They change up the menu just enough and have great use of local ingredients.

Tags: Business Meals, Organic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Alway good. consistant. a bit noisy when full. Have recommended to others

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent find in Downtown Charlottesville, where competition is everywhere! We booked via Open Table and had a great experience! We were seated promptly. Menu had lots of great choices with local ingredients. Handcrafted cocktails were delicious! Service was excellent, and atmosphere was lively and inviting. We were in town for the weekend and ended up eating there two nights in a row! Give it a try!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Their wine selection is excellent. The food is unbelievably well prepared. Our server was very professional. We had reservations, but arrived early. They accommodated us early and called me on my cell when our table was ready.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice atmosphere. I saw it described somewhere as "industrial-chic." This fits, but it's not all that industrial. Food was fine. The servers seemed to know about the wines they were serving. Very pleasant overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We have been to Orzo a couple of times and find it comfortable and reliable. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. The manager is very efficient and pleasant. It is not overly noisy so you can have a decent conversation at your table without having to yell or miss what you friends are saying. Worth the price, very good.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fabulous meal; excellent service. Warm and cozy setting for a dinner with good friends. Food is consistently delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was delicious and portion sizes were great. Just knocked of a star for the noise and it’s difficult to walk through the restaurant since it’s tiny with tables close together. Overall it was very very good!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent as always. Consistently one of my favorites in town. The pot de creme was to die for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We have found Orzo to be a very exciting yet consistent experience and we often choose to go there with family and friends. Wait staff are well trained and pleasant and the food is high quality.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

One of the best bolognese! We were in town for the UVA bicentennial and search for restaurants for our visit. We enjoyed our meals and the friendly staff. Wahoo!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 4, 2017

A huge place: outdoor patio and 2 rooms inside, one cozy and the other with a bar near the front of the house! Excellent food and service. We started with a gnocchi special; having just returned from a trip in N. Italy, I have to say this gnocchi was REALLY good - great flavors and tender... each morsel! 2 other pastas ordered at the table were well received. The mussels were very tasty and plentiful for a meal. Loved the cocktail ( it was the first listed ), and the local bread with hummus a perfect start. We were only visiting, but I have recommended "Orzo" to friends who come often to the 'ville.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great service,recommendations, wine & food! Highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We are never, ever disappointed. In a small city with a remarkable food scene, we come back, time and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love all the staff and have never been disappointed in the food. Mussels are our favorite along with the brushitta 💕

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This long established restaurant is our favorite fine dining restaurant in Cville. Our "go to" for visitors. Staff is very helpful . Lamb is esecialy good.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent food and beautifully presented. Restaurant was a little noisy because of two parties that evening. $25.00 corkage seemed a little high but overall the food was the star and we would definitely return anytime we are in Charlottesville.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wasn't bad, but wasn't exceptional. The Bolognese was a bit spicy. The mussels were good, but could do without the sausage.

Tags: Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were celebrating 2 birthdays. I ordered the fish special which was supposed to come with roasted cauliflower and Macon almonds. The fish was a bit "fatty" and I received one almond and a couple of crumbs of cauliflower.
Most interesting was my 26 year old son's comment. He thought the server was "in a mood" . She commented that "its been a long night". My sons response after she left was "I'm so tired of millennials complaining. She has a job and should be thankful and not complain to the customers."

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were staying at the Residence Inn at the East end of W/ Main Street near the downtown pedestrian mall, so we walked west on W. Main and found this gem of a restaurant. My wife and I liked it so much we went back two nights later with her mother. Salmon was perfectly done and the spaghetti was al dente with delicious sauce. The mushroom soup was terrific, too. We will definitely return since we get to Charlottesville fairly often.

I rated it moderate on noise but this was because we were in the one section which is only separated from the open kitchen by a half wall. The three of us had no trouble keeping up a conversation, but if you want something quiet, ask for a table away from the kitchen. There is a small patio which was lovely on our first visit when the weather was good.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful as always.. love the wine list and the chef is extraordinaire!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Tapas
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service and food great as usual. It was somewhat nosier than we have experienced.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service and the food was excellent. We also appreciate the quiet of their new dining room.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Cozy spot with excellent food and service.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Best Risotto ever! Wonderful service and great coffee. Will most definitely go back😊

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

We were visiting from out of town and couldn't be happier with the food and service. Get the grilled cheese app...this is not a grilled cheese sandwich! The lamb, fish of the day, and steal entrees were PHENOMENAL. We tried two desserts but should have passed. (Tiramisu and lemon)

Tags: Fun
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