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Public Fish & Oyster

4.8
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1132 Reviews
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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.

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 1132 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charlottesville
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is the place to go for oysters: raw, baked, pickled or fried, all are fresh and fantastic. Shrimp are also an excellent choice. There is a changing menu, seafood entrees, salads and sandwiches, including po' boys and a burger, and the french fries are consistently crisp, hot and not greasy at all. They sometimes have a hanger steak frites, cooked sous vide, and finished on the grill, that is superb, but it is only available occasionally so check the menu online daily. I hope that the new chef will continue to offer this meat option. Cocktails and beer selection are also top notch, and the wine list is surprisingly deep.

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EmilyV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience!! Great food, excellent cocktails, and Daniel was a great server! We highly reccomend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, we got sat right away and the service was quick, the waitress knew a lot about the menu items and recommended some amazing stuff. We got the brussel sprouts, the mussels and fries, an assortment of oysters and finished with some key lime pie. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager was great with perfect recommendations for entire family.

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LilMissSunshine
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Roz, was an absolute delight. She was very attentive and made us feel safe and cared for. In these uncertain times, that was very appreciated. The lobster roll is an absolute must have. The oyster selection is outstanding. The outdoor seating was well spaced and is wonderful for people watching! We appreciate the attention to detail and safety, but especially the outstanding service.

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vipSpoiledByJimsCooking
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and safe and helpful service! I hope they get a few more patio heaters for the winter and we will be back!

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Cateats
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters were great! Happy hour wine very good! Nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oyster selection was amazing!

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vipMFinVA
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and our waitstaff cheerful and attentive. Recitation of Covid rules by hostess as we were seated was off-putting just because of the tone of her delivery. It is a hard time for all I know, but it put a damper on our initial impression. Soon redeemed by great food, service, etc.

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anonymous
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! Great service and amazing oysters

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vipSLMin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best seafood restaurants in Charlottesville. Staff was extremely polite, knowledgeable and well prepared in Covid world of safety. I appreciate my experience and will recommend to friends. Lovely! Fantastic wine list.

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vipAnita
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Oysters are always delicious. Outside seating. Great service.

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vipGeneB
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Public Fish & Oyster is the best place in Charlottesville for oysters and seafood. They make a very good Martini though I detest the glass it comes in, as it's not a Martini glass. This needs to change. The service was excellent: friendly, helpful, answered questions and was very professional. The clam chowder is the best I've ever had anywhere, and the Belgian fries are also excellent. My oysters were fresh, cold and ample in size. Others at our table had fried shrimp, crab cakes and haddock. All were pleased with their selections.

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RussellD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service!
We could not have been more satisfied!

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Delicious
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant on Main Street in C'ville.

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vipGWR1
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second trip to this restaurant. We consider it one of the more delightful in all of Charlottesville. The menu is outstanding and the wine list very interesting. Thank you for making it a fun evening.

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HaleyL
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville. Consistently Excellent food and drinks. I’ve never been disappointed! 5/5 stars- highly recommend and it’s always a welcoming, easy atmosphere.

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Flamingo57
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First place we’ve dined out since COVID. So happy to be back to Public Fish and to have high quality oysters again. Staff were very attentive and adherent toCOVID precautions. Wine list continues to be great. Looking forward to going back.

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oysters were delicious....we managed to get the last table on Labor Day Sunday. Had to sit inside but tables were well distanced. Our waiter was the bartender....and he was great. Efficient and fun. Good afternoon!

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vipFLRC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend this fabulous restaurant!

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TinaG
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals my husband and I have had. The food was fabulous but better yet John the bartender / waiter was incredible. We asked for his recommendation and each one was awesome. From the oysters to wine to dinner choices to dessert and after dinner drinks. Would highly recommend! Thanks John for making our first visit to Charlottesville the best!

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samanthaw
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

safe spaced delicious outdoor dining -

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will def go back. John was awesome and good was spectacular

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jasons
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Service, great wine selection, delicious oysters, lobstah roll

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JasonB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot in Charlottesville. Sat outside under tent. Little loud as we are on Main Street, but lovely evening. Friendly staff. Celebrated a birthday. Oysters were great, as were the oyster poboy and shrimp poboy. Brussel sprouts good too! Would get the chocolate mousse again!!

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carol
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in C'ville. Our waiter was new, Daniel, and exceptional. We have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. Love the freshness of every item on the menu.

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vipRappahannockVisit
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the oysters to the steam pot and misses, even the key lime pie, everything was beautifully prepared and flavorful. Lovely experience

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FaronN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always, one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville! The food is perfect and the service is great, John is the best!! Will definitely be back.

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MelW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely high quality seafood! Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My kids and I had a great first night in Charlottesville with wonderful patio dining at Public Fish & Oyster. The food was incredible.

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BarbaraT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Felt safe as everyone is wearing masks and they ask you to wear a mask when the server is at your table. Had a nice sparking rose, and really enjoyed our oysters, a special caprese salad appetizer, lobster rolls and fries. One of our favorite restaurants.

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here, and I wasn't disappointed. The staff was very friendly and attentive, the food was delicious (especially the shrimp cocktail), and the drinks were creative & well-priced. The ambiance was relaxed and cozy, and our corner window seat was very romantic. Will definitely be returning for another special night!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it! food was amazing. excellent service. staff was courteous and efficient. thanks you for taking the necessary precautions to keep your guests and staff as safe as possible. we’ll be back for sure!

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best clam chowder and delicious lobster roll. Oysters and steam pot. Amazing. Staff was great, a bit pricey but well worth it

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Medge
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters galore -- fresh and delightul! The calamari, shrimp, tuna, arctic fish, french fries...wine selections, dessert and ports--all simply divine. I don't think you will go wrong with anything on their menu. Highly recommended. This group of foodies will be back.

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vipScottD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plan ahead and book a reservation for your next trip to Charlottesville for sure. Public Fish is always hopping and with good reason--service and food are always on point and creative cocktails are the norm. Be sure to try whatever oysters are in season--the ones we had from CT and MA were delicious.

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AnniversaryDinner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had this dinner booked for our one year anniversary. While we very much so appreciate all the measures put in place for COVID, it was the actual meal that was really lacking. I got the Ahi Tuna and my husband got the burger. His burger was salty to the point that anymore and it would have been inedible. He ended up not eating it and tossing it once we got home. My Ahi Tuna was just average. The ambiance was fine, and our server was kind, but this place really missed the mark all around for a special occasion. I would not come here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great!

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JeffC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll - a LOT of FRESH meat, roll amazing. Warm buttery. Bread great. Perfect!

Oysters - Clean, fresh, excellent - the whole selection!

Key Lime Pie - Best I've ever had and I've had a lot! So tangy and served w/ the best cream and blueberry jam.

Go there!

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vipNycjcs
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was inattentive and insincere. Food was very good

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 1132 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.