Public Fish & Oyster

4.8
1195 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1195 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KevinG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Server was excellent with food and beverages.

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vipRoseP
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Cville for oysters and fish. Look forward to normal times when selectioms can be more varied/more customers!

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PatriciaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Felt safe with lots of space around us.

CR
CvilleRegular
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fantastic food and drinks. One of the best places in Charlottesville

MD
MargaretD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Public Fish & Oyster is always a winner. Their seafood is the freshest.

MK
vipMKoz
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Excellent service. Crab cakes and raw bar excellent

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jj40
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
JessicaB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great service! We were Celebrating a 40th birthday, and all the ladies were extremely happy with all.

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vipElise
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and COVID-19 precautions were executed very well.

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vipWren
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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MichaelW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice restaurant along with great food!

DJ
vipD2J3
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time at Public. We were served by the bartender who made great cocktails. We all enjoyed our food. We will be back.

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vipMike445
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. Enjoyed various oysters, crab cakes and halibut. The service was perfect!

TJ
TJDancer
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JD
JeffD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome oysters and food. Service is always top notch!!!

JD
JDenn
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Public. The snow crab legs were remarkable and so were the oysters. Waiter was Daniel and he was awesome!! Highly recommend!!

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SamN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipHollyHolly
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary, it was great! Awesome service and delicious food.

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AshleyC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner

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DougM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 🇺🇸🗽

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PegG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipAllisonK
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great meal...seated in corner. Good food and nice atmosphere!

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vipLindaF
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDerek
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ChuckS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good restaurant with a very good menu and great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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JessA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection of oysters and wine. Cozy place with knowledgeable and nice staff.

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MilaT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

very good food, but the restaurant doesn't have a very welcoming atmosphere.

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monicap
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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vipChrisW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, get the carrots and the calamari! Would definitely go back.

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vipBigTasty
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great

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samanthaw
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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 -

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CarolV
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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WhitneyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipFoodie1092
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as expected.

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LLBW16
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Felt very safe , all waiters wearing masks and everything was very clean.

JM
JuliaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SamB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to spend our 10th anniversary. We were greeted with champagne and finished off a yummy meal with delicious key lime pie.

FAQs

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.