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Public Fish & Oyster, Charlottesville, VA

Public Fish & Oyster

4.7
4.7
2000 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 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

    Gregg Dionne

  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,000 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Seafood

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Charlottesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Charlottesville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. T

    Torin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Public. Beautiful fish special, the servers are always wonderful, I get the clam chowder every time because it brings me so much joy. One of my favorite places in town.
  2. W

    Wren

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the best fresh, cold oysters shucked efficiently and delivered on ice. We love the PEI and MA selection but VA oysters are also very good. Fantastic Bloody Mary and other cocktails. A not-to-miss place in cville.
  3. PE

    PaulE

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and delicious cocktails- best espresso martinis
  4. a

    awkitekite

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This visit we had the mussels, the fried oyster appetizer (so good!) and have never been disappointed with the food or service. We will return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and oysters. Great time after the Thanksgiving holiday.
  6. AW

    AliciaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent! Our table enjoyed several varieties of raw, shucked oysters and lobster rolls for all! We will be back!
  7. AJ

    AlvinJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 6 including our 3 and 6 year old daughters had a fantastic meal at Public Fish & Oyster. For a Tuesday night right before the holidays it was still very busy. Service was outstanding and our server made sure that we were taken care of and checked in often. Considering how busy they were the food came out relatively quickly and everything we had was top notch. My personal favorites were the crab cakes and the calamari. We did indulge in the oyster selection and enjoyed those as well. We highly recommend Public Fish and Oyster.
  8. H

    Hiller

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Too many diners and food repeatedly came out luke warm...wouldn't recommend.
  9. DB

    DaveB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The place to go for oysters or anything seafood with a great menu of cocktails. Andre and the staff aim to please. Thanks for a great evening!
  10. KM

    KyleM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good good Have a good time
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Fun atmosphere
  12. H

    Helen

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic evening at Public. Thanks for the wonderful food and atmosphere!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere!
  14. B

    Brad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Autumn salad is a new favorite.
  15. H

    Hunter

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great place! Will be back the next time in C’ville.
  16. AO

    AliO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, outstanding service, a must visit in C'ville.
  17. SK

    SarahK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food. Great server and bartender. Wonderful experience overall
  18. s

    susanr

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great drinks
  19. C

    Chemboy

    New England

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The moules marnières were delicious. I made the mistake of ordering the Hodgepodge - it was basically just more mussels. We also ordered the roasted carrots - their appearance was unappetizing and the added spices overpowered the carrots.
  20. MC

    MiaC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re from the NY metropolitan area so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised and Public Fish &Oyster exceeded all expectations. Oysters were very cold and fresh. Crab cake was full of delicious crab not filler. Pasta dish we had was amazing and the pasta was homemade! Server was very attentive. I would definitely return.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best oysters in Charlottesville! Great selection. Kind, attentive service. Can’t wait to return!
  22. a

    annt

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceedingly friendly greeting and service. Your team was able to accommodate us with a table when we arrived 20 minutes before our rez. Thank you.
  23. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, as always. Terrific food and ambience.
  24. V

    Virginia

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I found the menu lacking, personally. Our waitress was terrific.
  25. K

    Ken298

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A very popular place but my reservation was honored on time. Place is a little noisy but the food is delicious. Nice variety of seafood, wine and beer. Will definitely go back next time I’m in Charlottesville.
  26. CY

    ColleenY

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended mussels. Busy place but great service! Outdoor seating year round is a plus.
  27. s

    susan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best
  28. F

    Friends2017

    Miami

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and over the top service. Definitely a place to return to.
  29. PL

    PaulaL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Food, service, table availability. GREAT dining expert!
  30. K

    Krisp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Accommodated our early arrival and change to outdoor seating on a lovely late afternoon. Had the special of the day - divine!
  31. KC

    KeriC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, lovely patio. Lots of gluten free options, including fried options.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent and very accommodating. We enjoyed all of our dishes. They are still working on a childrens menu, but did special order a few pasta with butter dishes for our 3 young children. Also excellent on checking on a several severe food allergies.
  33. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Public Fish & Oyster very much, as we have whenever we've eaten there. The food was delicious and our server, Erin, was the best.
  34. GT

    GeorgeT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Two fish entrees were overcooked; service was very slow - from seating to eating took almost 90 minutes. Wine was mediocre.
  35. IL

    ILRGappetite

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Everything top quality and well-run.
  36. CD

    CDinRich

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Public's is a fantastic dining experience - it's noisy, crowded, a little chilly inside but so reminiscent of an old British Pub and the Oysters are out of this world!! The menu is somewhat limited but there is a good variety - something for everyone! We've been enjoying oysters here for well over 10 years and will continue to dine here for as long as I am able to drive the 60+ miles from Richmond, Virginia. Hint: They advise reservations ---- good advice!!!
  37. a

    awkitekite

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another great dinner! They had a wide variety of oysters to pick from and none were disappointing.
  38. TP

    TimothyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, service was slow. Our reservation was for 4:15 so they were not yet that busy. A little surprised at the cost of raw oysters, and there were only a couple from Va.
  39. EK

    EtienneK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Place is excellent for dates. Gave me a special desert and candle for birthday. But above all, it’s the amazing service I won’t forget.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great, little small dining area.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Public Fish & Oyster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 995-5542.

Public Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2000 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 44 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, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • 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

    Gregg Dionne

  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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