Public Fish & Oyster

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Public Fish and Oyster serves only the freshest and responsible sourced seafood. We believe in the complete dining experience and our knowledgeable staff is eager to provide you with the best dining experience Charlottesville has to offer.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! We are still talking about it, oysters were absolutely delicious!

ES
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect birthday dinner. Great choice of different types of oysters all expertly shucked. Our server was very knowledgeable and the owner suggested a wonderful wine to complement our meal. The "PFO Pan Roast" was off the charts delicious. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Cville.

LL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Enjoyed our food!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The clam chowder and peel to eat shrimp were prepared to perfection, and our server was very attentive.

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by John. Oysters were superb (eight choices that night). Delicious food.

JM
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. All of the appetizers and mains were absolutely delicious.
Restaurant was short staffed. If I had not been told, I would never have known. It was a fairly busy evening and the service was very good.
Bonus. A great bottle of wine was discounted for happy hour.

MB
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was terrific. Don't be turned away by the appearance, it's the food the service and the wait staff. Seafood is the name of the game here and the oysters, wow, so fresh.

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all accounts

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 19th Anniversary here, tonight. It was an absolutely perfect evening. Wonderful wine selection, perfect date night ambiance, and the food was delicious! He had crab legs. I had scallops. Already made reservations to go back.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. The best seafood in town. Once again we’re not disappointed.

SR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal and service. Everything we had was fantastic. We will be back

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in town. Amazing seafood and wine list.

c
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly knowledgeable service excellent value. Great shellfish

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience!

w
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with wonderful decor. Oysters were outstanding - both raw and Anthony. Wine and beer selections generous. Hard to beat overall. Server knowledgeable and helpful.

KF
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Extraordinary selection of delicious seafood. There were six of us and we were thrilled with appetizers and entree’s. I highly recommend this restaurant!

CA
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Public Fish & Oyster! Best in Charlottesville!

SG
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood with friendly service

P
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection was quite diverse and creative. We enjoyed every bite! The service was very attentive too.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Food was good and service great.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Slightly too loud :)

SD
Denver
89 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good fish, very good and patient server. Biggest complaint is it is SO loud at times. Still.....

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy a meal at Public Fish & Oyster when in Charlottesville. Delicious seafood for sure, but everything we've tried there is great -- from cocktails to desserts. I love the atmosphere there as well and the staff is excellent. Finally, we are grateful that you are accommodating of those of us who have to avoid gluten. My adult son has Celiac and it's a gift to go to a great restaurant and have it be safe for him to eat too. So thanks!

ND
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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Delicious seafood. The clam chowder was delightful. The side salad was a bit boring. Drinks were en pointe

LL
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. The go place for raw oysters and fresh fish.

JH
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PF & O remains one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, and by far the best for seafood. A small but well-curated menu, super fresh high quality ingredients, and very consistent preparation that highlights those ingredients. A good wine list, too. Worth the $$$.

LH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was not only extremely knowledgable, but her presentation of her knowledge regarding the menu was meticulous. I was in for my birthday with my Mom and best friend and it was just a phenomenal experience. She was funny, attentive, but I can't remember her name. Maybe if she reads this review she'll remember? We had 24 oysters and then the curry, the crab cakes, and the rissoto. Each dish was uniquely delicious.

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

Great food!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive server!

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AF
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience all around. Varied menu (a little disappointed the steak was off the menu), fresh ingredients well-prepared, solid presentation, courteous, friendly service, good information and recommendations. Bathroom setup isn't the best but not a major detriment. Recommend highly.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Only issue was that it took a while for someone to take our order, but after that, everyone was attentive and the food came out quickly! We had oysters to start, which were incredible, risotto and fra diavolo mussels, with the pumpkin ice cream for dessert!

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

PC
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent & the food was outstanding. Loved being able to pick from a variety of fresh raw oysters which we had as our appetizer. We both had the Rockfish special that night and it was cooked perfectly & very tasty. The only thing I didn’t like was that the tables for two were small & up against the wall with the people constantly walking by to go back & forth to the kitchen. I felt like I had to lean in every time someone walked by. Good experience otherwise & I would definitely go back.

j
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love it here , small range of choices for those “non-seafood” visitors in a group ... and no sound dampening in the design inside/cold weather ... so LOVE with correct group, but wish I could say it was my go to without exception

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous for a date night! 5 star service from bar staff to wait staff! Excellent food! Great wine selection! Owner came to table to make sure our experience was excellent. We will be back again soon! This is one of our favorite Charlottesville restaurants! Always excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Birthday special occasion. Perfect service. Bartender prepared cocktails skillfully. Raw Oysters fresh. Warm Lobster rolls tasty. Wine pours on the short side. Two person tables are well, small. Nighttime Lighting would benefit from some dimming. Overall wonderful dinner. Made another reservation while there too. Also honored military discount which was appreciated very much. Recommend highly.

GC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. We will definitely be back

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service. Oysters are always good here with so many choice. I had the fried calamari and it was awesome! Wasn’t crazy about my apple dessert because it lacked enough apples, but the meal was good as was the service, so I’ll overlook the disappointing dessert and eat here again for sure!

P
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Definitely higher on the cost than expected, but still a wonderful meal. Highly recommend going at happy hour for the lobster rolls!