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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
Pan Seared Diver Scallops
braised cipollini onions, fingerling potatoes, sunflower seeds
Key Lime Pie
Graham cracker crust, berries, Chantilly cream
Chilled Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
add a few to your tray of oysters! cocktail sauce, lemon
Nice ambiance but service was a bit slow and the server made us put our masks on every time she came to table so it was overly annoying (and I'm a masker!). Service was also slow - first round of drinks took 10+ minutes. Raw oysters were off the charts good, but pass on the oyster rock...very mediocre for the state of VA. Can't remember which mussels dish we ordered but they were insanely good. Desserts were 5 star with the chocolate mousse my personal favorite.
Great food! Great service!
Great dinner, get the carrots and the calamari! Would definitely go back.
Service and food were great
Only issue was "outside" seating requested - and thats where we sat - but it was enclosed in plastic tenting material - enclosed to prevent all breeze/ air circulation) ( except in front of the brick walls) - so not really the covid save environment i was thinking about - wont go again - unless some air flow is present -
The key lime pie is a revelation. The mixed drinks are sooo solid. The oysters were delicious and the variety wide.
The service was kind and informative. I appreciated the strict adherence to mask wearing.
We had a lovely dinner of raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, fried oysters, hash, and calamari. The food was fresh and delish. We didn't want a heavy traditional meal so this was perfect. The waitstaff was very friendly, pleasant, and attentive.
Perfect as expected.
Great food and service. Felt very safe , all waiters wearing masks and everything was very clean.
Public is our new favorite restaurant in all of Charlottesville! The service is excellent, even during the pandemic, the drinks are incredible, and the food is awesome! Such fresh, delicious seafood!
Wonderful place to spend our 10th anniversary. We were greeted with champagne and finished off a yummy meal with delicious key lime pie.
The food was terrific, it was a shot in the dark as we were having a quick trip to the area. All Covid 19 recommendations were followed. They are trying to turn the tables and I understand . Did put on reservation it was our anniversary and that was missed.
Food was very good, we ended up sitting outside under umbrella while it was raining. Was actually very comfortable despite the weather. Will go again when in Charlottesville.
Always fabulous, our go-to place in Charlottesville. Fantastic cocktails courtesy of John the bartender, food is always scrumptious and the service by Ros was great. Great wine selections too. See you soon PFO!
Our go to in Charlottesville. Love it. Looking forward to next time!
Public Fish and Oyster is my go to place for oysters and fresh fish in a casual, every day setting. The oysters are wonderfully fresh and the other seafood is very well prepared. This time, in addition to oysters, a wonderful oyster po-boy. The lobster rolls are wonderful and the mussels make one remember Brussels. The restaurant is also handling the pandemic as well as can be. They are very careful both to protect the public and their own staff. The outside seating, under a tent, is socially distanced. They even ask that you put on a mask when the server comes over to deliver food or drinks or take you order. This place is a real joy. It is not fancy in the Inn at Little Washington sense, but it is among the best of every day/any occasion places to eat at. We drive a bit over an hour to get there and are glad we did,
Very fresh shellfish and other seafood, all well prepared and presented. Good service; attentive and not rushed.
Happy hour is my favorite time to go to Public. Wonderful drinks, delicious ($1 off) oysters, and the lobster roll is not to be missed!
We planned ahead and made dinner reservations before leaving home. With Public Fish & Oyster, we hit a home run. We had a table in one of the front window alcoves which was perfect in this COVID 19 era. We enjoyed mussels, oysters Rockefeller, and sea bass. All were outstanding. Our friend who visits the area more frequently has added this gem to her “must return” list.
There was a mix up by a server. He brought me someone else’s meal. Then we had to wait about 20 minutes for my husbands meal to arrive. By that time my lobster roll was room temperature at best. My husbands appetizer arrived with his entree.
The service and food were outstanding. They were also very strict with COVID regulations which was fantastic. Highly recommend the lobster rolls and oysters.
Service was great. The food was over seasoned with salt.
The oysters Never disapoint. Just get one of each!
Excellent service, great food, parking can be a challenge for those who don't utilize Star Hill Park just behind Shenanigans toy shop.
2nd time there visiting Charlottesville. Both times have been excellent. Sat outside both times however this time was raining but acceptable. Food and service excellent. Will return next time for sure.
Staff was great and accommodating!
Food was spectacular. I think we tried almost everything on the menu. Staff gave great recommendations. Oyster selection was huge and did not disappoint.
YOU ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE FRESH OYSTERS, SHRIMP /& ANY SEAFOOD. THE BEST AROUND THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA.
You must get the crispy fried oysters. Outstanding,
The selection of raw oysters was good and our waiter John suggested some great ones. Would definitely return.
Excellent food and friendly service. They are doing their best under the covis restrictions to make everyone comfortable.
Excellent seafood dinner for four. Tables distanced, everyone wore face masks & the area was very clean. Our bartender/waiter was so great. Helpful with out questions & makes some wonderful cocktails. We were all apprehensive eating out but had a wonderful meal. Absolutely recommend it and would go back!!
Great service and food with killer happy hour deals; continue to provide excellent attention while maintaining a comfortable social distance.
We visited from out of town, out table was ready on time and the food was amazing. My boyfriend got the steam pot and was very satisfied - the crab legs were awesome! I got the crab cake sandwich and it was very delicious and pretty large.
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!
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 1166 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.