Public Fish & Oyster
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Pan Seared Diver Scallops
braised cipollini onions, fingerling potatoes, sunflower seeds
Key Lime Pie
Graham cracker crust, berries, Chantilly cream
Chilled Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
add a few to your tray of oysters! cocktail sauce, lemon
Very nice atmosphere. Server was excellent with food and beverages.
Best place in Cville for oysters and fish. Look forward to normal times when selectioms can be more varied/more customers!
Excellent dinner. Felt safe with lots of space around us.
Always fantastic food and drinks. One of the best places in Charlottesville
Public Fish & Oyster is always a winner. Their seafood is the freshest.
Excellent meal. Excellent service. Crab cakes and raw bar excellent
Great service. Great happy hour specials. Made the most of our pandemic night out. And when I say night out, I mean that literally: outside, under their tent. Lovely evening
Delicious! Great service! We were Celebrating a 40th birthday, and all the ladies were extremely happy with all.
Food was excellent and COVID-19 precautions were executed very well.
As always Public is a fantastic place for fresh seafood - especially oysters! Service is exceptional and always very personal. They are working very hard to keep things safe with Covid. We were a little uncomfortable with having a table in the very active zone near the kitchen. But all waitstaff were very careful to wear masks. It’s a challenge to keep 6ft distance there but they are doing their best in their charming tiny space! Next week we will visit again at a table outside which looked great.
It was very nice restaurant along with great food!
First time at Public. We were served by the bartender who made great cocktails. We all enjoyed our food. We will be back.
The food was absolutely amazing. Enjoyed various oysters, crab cakes and halibut. The service was perfect!
It’s still our favorite restaurant in Chvlle. To boot, they take the virus seriously and take precautions like no other restaurant. We love the food, service, ambiance and TLC.
Awesome oysters and food. Service is always top notch!!!
Wonderful experience at Public. The snow crab legs were remarkable and so were the oysters. Waiter was Daniel and he was awesome!! Highly recommend!!
Our meal was delicious, especially the scallops and calamari. The staff was both courteous and attentive, and very much added to our enjoyment of the meal. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good drink or some good seafood.
We went for our anniversary, it was great! Awesome service and delicious food.
Always great food, great service. A great evening out all the time. John a super mixologist will put you in “heaven”. Thank you Doug & Pat 🇺🇸🗽
The four of us had a wonderful dinner - from the ambience to the food to the service. The bartender was our waitperson as well and he was perfectly attentive but not too much so.....He is a pro as are the rest of the staff and of course the chef and kitchen staff.
We sat inside this time and the tables are well-spaced. Noice level was fine. A+ in my book!
Had a great meal...seated in corner. Good food and nice atmosphere!
Great food and ambiance. Very careful in terms of masking up and covid precautions. A little hard sometimes to put your mask on every time the waitress walks up but glad they are being careful. Great wine selection too.
Friends and I were in the Charlottesville area enjoying apple picking and wineries for the day. We found Public Fish and Oyster via Open Table. The craft cocktails were great, food was tasty, and the atmosphere was cute. We were very happy to find a local place that was so great.
We loved ours dinner! Everything was wonderful, especially our server Rez! We have never had service as wonderful S she gave! She made sure everything was to our satisfaction and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great dinner! The service she provided was so wonderful it will definitely have us coming back! Thank you for the great food and amazing wait staff!
Very good restaurant with a very good menu and great service
Excellent dinner, we had! The oysters were unbelievably decadent, service impeccable, the hash and clam chowder were 👌🏻 and Tohaku pei mussels - ahhh to die for! Wonderful broth. Everything was just wonderful! Oh! The Lambrusco was a good pairing with everything we had. And Monica, our lady server. She was great. Thank you and keep up the good work, you guys!!!
Excellent selection of oysters and wine. Cozy place with knowledgeable and nice staff.
very good food, but the restaurant doesn't have a very welcoming atmosphere.
Nice ambiance but service was a bit slow and the server made us put our masks on every time she came to table so it was overly annoying (and I'm a masker!). Service was also slow - first round of drinks took 10+ minutes. Raw oysters were off the charts good, but pass on the oyster rock...very mediocre for the state of VA. Can't remember which mussels dish we ordered but they were insanely good. Desserts were 5 star with the chocolate mousse my personal favorite.
Great food! Great service!
Great dinner, get the carrots and the calamari! Would definitely go back.
Service and food were great
Only issue was "outside" seating requested - and thats where we sat - but it was enclosed in plastic tenting material - enclosed to prevent all breeze/ air circulation) ( except in front of the brick walls) - so not really the covid save environment i was thinking about - wont go again - unless some air flow is present -
The key lime pie is a revelation. The mixed drinks are sooo solid. The oysters were delicious and the variety wide.
The service was kind and informative. I appreciated the strict adherence to mask wearing.
We had a lovely dinner of raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, fried oysters, hash, and calamari. The food was fresh and delish. We didn't want a heavy traditional meal so this was perfect. The waitstaff was very friendly, pleasant, and attentive.
Perfect as expected.
Great food and service. Felt very safe , all waiters wearing masks and everything was very clean.
Public is our new favorite restaurant in all of Charlottesville! The service is excellent, even during the pandemic, the drinks are incredible, and the food is awesome! Such fresh, delicious seafood!
Wonderful place to spend our 10th anniversary. We were greeted with champagne and finished off a yummy meal with delicious key lime pie.
Public Fish & Oyster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 995-5542.
Public Fish & Oyster is rated 4.8 stars by 1195 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.