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Public Fish & Oyster, Charlottesville, VA

Public Fish & Oyster

4.8
4.8
2398 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 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

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

Experiences

  • UVA Graduation Weekend May 17-19th

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 17 - May 19, 2024
    Public Fish and Oyster is offering a three course prix-fixe menu for the weekend of UVA Graduation, May 17th-19th 2024. An la carte service will not be available. The price of $85 includes a starter, a main and a dessert. Drinks, tax and gratuity are not included. Check our "menu tab" for the Graduation weekend menu.

What 2,398 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 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

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,398 Reviews
  1. StevenJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal & service! Would definitely go here again!

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  2. BrianL

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service were wonderful. Ambience left much to be desired. Very crowded, very loud and tight. Not for a date night!

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  3. Fitzy

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just the best food in the area if not in the state

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  4. Jojug

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Raw oysters, usually 7 choices,are the best of any place i’ve been. And i have eaten alot of oysters all overvthe world The service was wonderful including a very busy manager pitching in for the hostess. The noise level was VERY lively and we should have opted not to sit in the bar area

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  5. vadiner14

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's definitely the best oysters and steamed shrimp in town!

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  6. MichaelM

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were in town for a concert, despite being in a busy part of the city. We found parking relatively easy. I can't stress enough how fresh & delicious everything tasted from my buttermilk fried oysters, to the handcut fries to the crab cake sandwich. Good simple food, I can't wait to visit again, thank you.

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  7. Fred

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Definitely has slipped this past year. Service is still great, but food execution and quality has definitely slipped, on top of big price increases. Has been great for years, but this last year has not been good. Hoping for a better next year!

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  8. BrendanR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is great and on a nice evening, the outside tent is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a meal. Oysters Rockefeller are outstanding and the Brown Trout as well. Service is friendly and highly competent, something I used to take for granted before the pandemic in a place at this price point but no longer. If you want oysters or seafood, this is the place in Charlottesville.

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  9. CajunTarheel

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We only get to visit Charlottesville about once/year. We’ve been to Public Seafood both of the last times we’ve been. We’ll go again next time. ‘Nuff said. Staff has been especially great.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Rude host; bald dude, super unfriendly; kind server, but we twice had to get up to find her. Food took so long and was subpar. We didn't finish a single dish. Also, lots of employees milling about, but no one is helpful. Not sure how this place is popular. Few options = no competition. Would never survive in a bigger town.

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FAQs

Public Fish & Oyster is rated 4.8 stars by 2398 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 57 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Public Fish & Oyster

513 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dining areas

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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