This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.
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
Key Lime Pie
Graham cracker crust, berries, Chantilly cream
New England Clam Chowder
chopped clams, bacon, celery, onion, chowder potatoes
sous vide hanger steak, belgian fries, little salad, chimichurri
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.
Always a wonderful experience!! Great food, excellent cocktails, and Daniel was a great server! We highly reccomend!
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!
Manager was great with perfect recommendations for entire family.
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.
Great meal and safe and helpful service! I hope they get a few more patio heaters for the winter and we will be back!
Oysters were great! Happy hour wine very good! Nice dinner.
The oyster selection was amazing!
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.
The food is delicious! Great service and amazing oysters
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.
Very good. Oysters are always delicious. Outside seating. Great service.
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.
Amazing food, drinks and service!
We could not have been more satisfied!
Great little restaurant on Main Street in C'ville.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great food and great service! Highly recommend this fabulous restaurant!
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!
safe spaced delicious outdoor dining -
Loved it! Will def go back. John was awesome and good was spectacular
Incredible Service, great wine selection, delicious oysters, lobstah roll
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!!
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.
From the oysters to the steam pot and misses, even the key lime pie, everything was beautifully prepared and flavorful. Lovely experience
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.
Extremely high quality seafood! Everything was delicious!
My kids and I had a great first night in Charlottesville with wonderful patio dining at Public Fish & Oyster. The food was incredible.
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.
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!
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!
The best clam chowder and delicious lobster roll. Oysters and steam pot. Amazing. Staff was great, a bit pricey but well worth it
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.
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.
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.
Food was great!
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.
Service was inattentive and insincere. Food was very good
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.