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Public Fish & Oyster, Charlottesville, VA

Public Fish & Oyster

4.9
4.9
2366 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Public Fish and Oyster serves only the freshest and responsibly 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 995-5542
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Dylan Allwood
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Cross street
    6th St. NW
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our shared lot adjacent to the restaurant. In addition there is ample street parking and a free city lot a block away in the Ambemarle Hotel lot.
  • Public transit
    Bus line and trolly service right outside our door.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,366 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Seafood

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Hot spot

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,366 Reviews
  1. cvillecfood

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Cody was superb even during busy Happy Hour

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  2. Wren

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner with my friend at public. Great service, great food, great cocktails. Always a favorite!

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  3. LINDA

    Richmond

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We selected this restaurant because my husband loved the wide selection of oysters we had read about and our hotel suggested this restaurant; it did not disappoint. My mussels in a green curry broth were FABULOUS. The lobster bisque had a few too many potatoes for our liking and we will try their crab bisque next time. Our server was wonderful and her suggestions were much appreciated as was the perfect local wine. A definite dining choice next time we are in Charlotteville

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  4. TonyAndKate

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are repeat customers at Public Fish & Oyster, and part of its appeal is consistency: it never disappoints. The seafood is always fresh, and well-prepared. The chef has introduced a couple of new dishes, such as savoury crab dip and a lobster bisque, to round out the usual favorites. The mussel broth preparations have also been changed to interesting new flavors. The oyster bar continues to be the best in Cville. When we went most recently on a Sunday late afternoon/early evening the place was full, but the staff managed nonetheless with energy and good cheer.

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  5. DinerAH

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Just missed the lobster rolls even though arrived at 5:15PM

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  6. george

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great fish appetizers and main courses. Drinks were great too.

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  7. GlennJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went in for happy hour and enjoyed a great oyster selection, delicious beverages……and the curry mussels! We took the extra broth home it was so good.

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  8. BriceKrispy

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant spot in Charlottesville! The food and the service is the absolute best. They made our Valentine’s Day celebration one to remember!

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  9. WaverlyM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As on previous visits, service was excellent and our dinners were superb! Absolutely our favorite spot for special occasions or if out of town friends come to visit Charlottesville! Bravo Public!

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  10. JeremyM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my wife's birthday, everything was great, delectable, delicious, will return again hopefully for my 10th Wedding Anniversary, thanks Public Fish!

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  11. Bill

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Happy Hour is always happy at Public Oyster House. The handcrafted drinks are spectacular and the lobster rolls are divine. The casual atmosphere is perfect for both conversation and celebration.

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  12. Jacob

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and 10/10 ambience. Would highly recommend!

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  13. justin

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service! The food was delicious & no complaints could be found in our party.

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  14. Jamie

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience all around. Food was terrific and our service was outstanding.

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  15. HHIrepeat

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another superb meal at PFO! Happy 10 year anniversary to them and many more.

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  16. MaribethN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love their food! My hearing issues meant I needed a special table and they were more than accommodating. Great experience!

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  17. Diane

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure Only place in town for seafood!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is absolutely incredible. Great for a group. Everything I tasted was delicious. The ambiance is casual but fun. Love the tin roof and colorful lights decor.

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  19. berkleyl

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John was an amazing waiter and helped us decide which oysters to get. The food (crab cakes and lobster roll with oysters) was very tasty and a top 5 meal experience.

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  20. suzannec

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The majority of the items on their menu are gluten-free so this is a plus for me

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  21. ElizabethR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great service Just a little loud We will visit again!

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  22. Shannon

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food/drinks, the service, and the atmosphere were all delightful! Really enjoyed the raw oysters, calamari, and crab rangoon dip. Will definitely be back!

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  23. Matthew

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always, service was outstanding.

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  24. Hotspur

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu includes a good selection of choices. Our meals tasted very good and potion sizes are generous. Friendly service. The dining room and bar are in the same space, so it is noisy and difficult to converse without having to raise one's voice.

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  25. Delish1981

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service! Waiter knew his oysters! Timely delivery of dishes and refills of water. Pleasant and informative server. All of our dishes were delectable!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat at a table next to an open door space that was freezing, seafood pot was very over cooked

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  27. MichaelJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent, rockfish portion was small but tasty.

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  28. KristyA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to Public Fish & Oyster and it was amazing. The service, drinks, food, everything was 5/5. We have added this to our "must eat at while visiting C-Ville" list.

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  29. SylviaT

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was fun and attentive. Food was great - Excellent lobster rolls! And, as usual the entire experience was relaxing and most enjoyable!

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  30. Angie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food, it way too cold inside the restaurant. It was hard to enjoy. Not sure what was going on with their heating.

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  31. NLynnB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Public Fish and Oyster is a “go to” for us. Great food, service and vibe. Highly recommend

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  32. Rene

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Top notch food and service. The space is somewhat small and gets loud but it’s crowded because the food is great. Highly recommend for a nice seafood dinner.

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  33. SAS33

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It was our first time there, and we ate outside. The ambience out there isn’t awesome. Definitely much cuter inside. The food was OK - we think that the oysters were the best part of the meal. But everything else was just OK. And very salty. My husband had a beer from the tap that tasted awful so we sent that back. The Sauvignon Blanc was delicious! We might try to go back again, but just eat the raw bar items. The staff was super friendly & our waitress was fabulous. They were very kind about the beer. We tipped 25% due to our waitress & the manager being so great.

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  34. ComeD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place. We liked it so much we came twice over the our stay in Charlottesville. The oysters are fresh and delicious and the wine list is the best we saw during our stay there. The place is very kid-friendly and the staff warm and welcoming.

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  35. Caroline

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We LOVE public. The only tough part of the tent is temperature control. Had the best time!

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  36. BillA

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal, service, and vibe were perfect. Fresh ingredients, well prepared and all served at just the right pace. Couldn’t have been better.

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  37. AnnT

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks, wonderful food, great way to spend New Years Eve.

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  38. AubreyH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service! The oysters are the best.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! Always happy to dine here !!!

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  40. ETV70

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar experience. Would recommend this place to all seafood lovers. Especially individuals who love oysters.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Public Fish & Oyster is rated 4.9 stars by 2366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for Public Fish & Oyster

513 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th St. NW
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our shared lot adjacent to the restaurant. In addition there is ample street parking and a free city lot a block away in the Ambemarle Hotel lot.
  • Public transit
    Bus line and trolly service right outside our door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dylan Allwood
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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