Public Fish & Oyster

4.7
1554 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.

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
What 1554 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice experience

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AdrienneA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh, we just LOVED it!! Everything was exceptional. Food, service, ambiance all on point.

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vipSFsteve
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A return visit to Charlottesville for us - a must place to dine. Never disappoints!
Kudos to the owner and staff - not easy during these difficult times. We will be back again!

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RobinC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and excellent service. John gave us excellent service. He was knowledgeable, professional, and personable.

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Robert
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much at the Public Fish & Oyster. We opted to sit at the bar for our meal. John the bartender really made the evening for us. He was experienced, knowledgeable and had heaps of personality. My only concern was the usual downside to busy restaurants.....tight fit with seating and a bit uncomfortable. Other than that, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

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CarieB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great evening. We sat out on the patio and it was perfect. Our server was professional as well as fun.

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Davidl
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was not a 120.00 meal . We had 2 drinks . Had Oyster Rockefellers they were ok a little dry fried oysters were ok steam shrimp were over cooked couldn't get the shells off
Just wasn't worth the price we paid . I don't mine paying for a good meal. This wasn't one

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NelsonT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town to have oysters and other fresh seafood. The owner is there every night and he and his staff are top notch. Highly recommend.

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Alfred
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, especially Mussels. Cheerful and friendly staff. Very nice to be recognized by staff as a repeat customer.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend, especially if you love oysters! Best lobster bisque I’ve ever had. Service was exceptional. Sitting outside is the thing to do as the noise level indoors was high on a Friday night of a football weekend. Will definitely return!

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YanO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Disappointed that the crab cakes are off the menu. Won't patronize regular till they come back

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cvillellk
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster rolls in town. Maybe the only ones, but they’re great. Rich, sweet, hot buttered lobster piled into a buttery, toasted roll. So good!

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JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal! One of the best I have ever had. Service was very good. Kudos to Daniel.

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GeetaP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food really good service. We go regularly because we have never been disappointed. We are both good cooks so it's rare to find a restaurant that matches what we make!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy your food. It was everything I had expected. Would recommend trying this restaurant for great fish dishes

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cvillellk
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good lobster rolls! Don’t tell anyone.

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Gman
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always excellent. Favorite place to go for seafood.

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Wally
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tables are too close the wait staff and diners are always passing too close to the small tables for two. Occasionally touching you as they pass. I find this annoying!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

JH
JayH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender/server was knowledgeable and personable. Made the experience notable.

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RonD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and service. We always look forward to coming to Charlottesville and staying overnight. Good that it’s open Monday as well.

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ConnieTom
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp and calamari were very fresh and crisp with the calamari a touch too salty but still good. Cocktails were delightful

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MINIacs
Wilmington
46 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We me our nephew, who's a UVA senior, here for dinner as it's one of his favorite places in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and overall found the food and drink to be excellent. My one exception was their "New England Clam Chowder" which is one of my all-time favorite dishes and one which I've been rating in dozens and dozens of restaurants for over 50 years. Sadly I found their take on this dish to be pretty much unacceptable due to it being not at all creamy in texture with too much potato and not enough actual clams. However, our other dinner items were all really excellent, as were our wine and hard cider beverages. Definitely a place we'd like to go back to and highly recommended.

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VicB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and cocktails! You can never go wrong!

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jpiwop
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

sitting outside really helps with noise level. Oysters on the half shell are spectacular as always ( ASK for some horseradish - not automatically given - wish they would shred fresh horseradish like Rock Salt used to!)

Entrees are always nice - however, perhaps a little too complex for this simple girl.

Server was THE BEST! she had great suggestions on food and drinks.

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NancyN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food, great drinks -definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville!

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Becky
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter was terrible, I felt as if he didn’t want to serve me. I have not felt so unwelcome!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decided to sit at bar. Danny, our bartender, was great. He was busy, but still took time to make us feel welcome and was quick to deliver our wine and meal. Enjoyable visit.

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CHARLENEW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been dying to go to Happy Hour and it did not disappoint. The lobster rolls were delicious and you can't beat the drink specials. Ask for Jamie to be your server. He was awesome! We had a great time and can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been there before > steady. They weren’t that busy but service was extremely slow. Waited 15+ for our cocktails & we were sitting by the bar. But food made up for it.

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vipLizzywalk
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had 8:45pm reservations. Almost as soon as we sat down we were asked to put our food order in soon because the kitchen was “closing in 5 minutes.” This was really annoying since we were looking forward to a leisurely dinner. That said, after we put our orders in, we never felt rushed. The seafood was superb: oysters, shrimp, clam chowder were all perfectly prepared and delicious. The only two items we ordered that were not seafood (summer salad and root beer float) were subpar. Overall, definitely a go-to for great seafood.

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KristaD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The oysters, hot pot, and crab cakes were great. Service was fantastic and the vibe is casual and fun. We will be back.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service! Diverse clientele and Happy Hour is the BEST!!

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vipDesertmom
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels and oysters were extremely fresh and good. Our service was excellent, we will definitely return when we are back in town.

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MichaelG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite places in C'ville. Great standard menu, great specials, exceptionally well chosen wines on the list!

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Amazing
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - great seafood for us coastal seafood lovers that were visiting from Baltimore

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vipSatniteout
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to the restaurant and it was excellent . John provided outstanding service and was extremely accommodating! We would highly recommend!

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jpiwop
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful as always .

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vipLauren
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 20 year anniversary after spending the day at the wineries and Monticello. Dinner at Public was the perfect ending to a great day! The hostess was able to seat us early before our reservation and that was helpful. We will definitely return!

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 1554 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.