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Look at that wood-fired grill. - Black Cow Chophouse, Charlottesville, VA

Black Cow Chophouse

4.8
4.8
305 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Black Cow Chophouse is Charlottesville's spot for steaks, chops, fine wines, modern & classic cocktails and fun times. We feature a huge daily selection of both dry-aged and non dry-aged local and nationally sourced beef, as well as pork, game and lamb cuts. Our beverage program is carefully crafted and our hospitality is second to none. For the budget conscious, visit during our daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6:00 for Charlottesville's best steak deal and discounted drinks. We take our food

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 270-0333
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
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What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Steakhouse

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Innovative

  • Charlottesville

    Hot spot

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

305 Reviews
  1. EricH

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server John was incredible. His knowledge of the menu and suggestions were on point! We will definitely be back the next trip into Charlottesville

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, but they might need to make some changes with their hostess/maitre d’ as they were extremely unpleasant and rude to us. Our waitress and food was great other than the rude host staff.

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  3. PamJM

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Our server, Katie, was the best. We are definitely repeat customers!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First trip here. One if our party had been before, which was nice. He suggested ordering a couple of cuts of beef to share. We shared appetizers, had salad with meal, two cuts of beef, and then 3 different sides. All items were cooked to perfection!!! Lobster Mac is delicious!!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance, and really good happy hour. Unfortunately didn’t experience the main menu but I will be back.

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  6. ScottG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Apps where outstanding. Bread & Salad top notch. Had the bavette steak. It was good, not great. Pricey for the taste.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious meal. Great cuts of local meat and hearty, sinful sides.

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  8. BethanyN

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My steak wasn't cooked right. I was told that because I had cut it up they couldn't fix it. Then I was told the lighting in the kitchen has been an issue and they are trying to correct that. Then charged and paid full price and the waitress said "sorry about this, I'd suggest coming back and trying again."

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu is overpriced, using paper napkins, some prime cuts of meat out of stock, mixed drink was disappointing, servers are nice but no expectation to be attentive at a level commensurate with prices. Ambience is solid as it was previously when Little Star was operating.

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  10. Steph

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was an error with our reservation for Valentine’s Day and Faye was very transparent, communicative and helpful in correcting the reservation. We had a very enjoyable dinner with Landon as our waiter. He is a very nice, kind young man and did a wonderful job with our service. We had a great experience all around. Thank you.

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  11. JanetT

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Farm to table amazing beef selections offered by attentive and knowledgeable staff in an upscale, on trend transitioned gas station environment. Super experience we cannot wait to repeat.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great experience. We enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. Service was great.

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  13. NicholasS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third time visiting and it’s always exceptional service and food! We make it a once a month treat to come back!

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  14. MonicaH

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One word sums it up - AMAZING. Everything we ordered was delicious, and Landon provided superior service. Highly recommend!!!

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  15. Wren

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak frite and Caesar salad. All great. Salad could have used more dressing for me - I love a good Caesar dressing! Demi glacé sauce excellent!

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  16. BarbaraH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. A little noisy. If you get there early there is parking in the back.

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  17. Hannah

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Needed to change my reservation last minute and the staff was super helpful in accommodating and getting my party in the restaurant. All of the food was delicious, some of the best steak I have had and definitely the best spot in Charlottesville. Wine from the Sommelier’s selection was amazing. Overall, kind staff, great food, and super good environment.

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  18. Kyle

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great selection of cuts while retaining a more casual vibe. A refreshing take for those who want a good steak but don't want the classical fine dining experience.

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  19. sammys

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ceaser salad needs to be improved with more of an anchovy paste. Salad seemed to have been pre-made earlier. . Maybe have a true iceberg salad with blue cheese since it is a steak house. The sides were delicious and rib eye very good. Overall the cost was a bit more on the expensive side. Also hostess stopped at table on my wife’s birthday to tell us we can. Moved to the lounge if we are not finished cause she had other guests to sit. I understand you need tables but we were finishing our desert and coffee. That was unnecessary to say or mention to us. Thank you

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  20. JohnD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meat lovers paradise. Sides and desserts were equally fabulous.

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  21. NickT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great service, you can go cheap Or you can go expensive. Everything was great

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for the first time to celebrate hubbys birthday. We were blown away. Food was awesome. John was amazing . We will be back soon

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went during happy hour for our first time. Got the happy hour steak frites, drinks, lobster Mac and cheese, and the chocolate mousse. Everything was delicious. Portion sizes were perfect (happy hour is 8 oz steak) and lobster Mac and cheese could definitely be a whole entree if not side for 4. The mousse was rich. Service was great. It’s a little on the louder side because inside is small but able to talk to your table. Overall experience was great. Will be going again for happy hour and dinner.

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  24. DiegoP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome really good quality steak and very good choices !

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  25. JeffreyG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Everyone enjoyed the steaks. Service was helpful and attentive but it took a very long time for our main course to be delivered. We were seated near the door which was cold.

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  26. LindsayD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Every employee was welcoming and the atmosphere was very nice and exactly what you would expect in a nice steakhouse. The food and service was absolutely fantastic and every item was cooked to perfection. Our group was all restaurant owners and operators and so it is high praise I give when I say these things. Will definitely come back.

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  27. LaRonB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. Price was comparable to quality of food. Service was timely as well.

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  28. CSligo

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Recommend the filet, cooked rare. it was delicious with the chimichurri. also ordered a side of brussels sprouts which were fried and topped with green apple and fennel. Partner had a ribeye and enjoyed it as well. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The noise level was moderate but it was a busy Saturday evening. Great place for a delicious steak.

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  29. AmandaH

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is our second time at Black Cow and the food was just as amazing as we remember! Between the steaks and the lobster mac and cheese (personal favorite) the food was perfection. The service was not as good this time around as we remember and we were sat right next to the front door (like you could reach the door from the table) which was quite chilly. While the seating placement is what it is i expected more from the service at that price point (at the beginning we felt rushed to order then as we were eating there was little to no check ins to order more drinks).

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  30. MelindaC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was attentive and extremely helpful! Food was delicious….ribeyes were cooked perfectly (medium-rare), fries w/ aioli were yummy, and the lobster mac and cheese was delicious.

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  31. CvilleMom

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is consistently great! Service is also stellar. Especially enjoyed the filet w/horseradish cream, burgers, and lobster mac. The prime marg is usually one of my favorites- but did not measure up to standards last night for NYE…which is why I rated a “4” star. Still one of my favorites places in Cville. Will definitely be back.

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  32. Jimmy

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit but it won't be the last, Awesome can be used to describe the steaks, side, and service.

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  33. KimF

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the food and providing excellent service. The filet was tender and flavorful. Sides were good but too big for only the two of us. Got to take the extra home though :😁 Salads were also great.

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  34. LauraB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chateaubriand steak was a religious experience - I love steak and get it often and this was hands down the best steak I’ve ever had. Every side and drink was wonderful also. So so good! We live 2 hours away and will absolutely be back.

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  35. CarnivoreDiner

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the steaks and mac and cheese were amazing

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  36. BarbaraM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Our steaks were cooked perfect, the sides were also very good. Everything had lots of flavor. The French onion soup was one of the best we have ever had. Enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the service.

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  37. BrittanyO

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to black cow over ten times now and every time I have gone I have had a wonderful time. This time was no different. The steak has been cooked perfectly every time. The service has been amazing as well. I can't wait to go back!

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  38. CVilleFoodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and high quality. Cooked too rare…both of our meals cooked rare instead of medium rare. Lobster mac and cheese is to die for. It was served piping hot and delicious.

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  39. HughS

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Last night was our second visit to what has become my fav in Charlottesville. Steak tartare was awesome, great steaks and whipped potatoes with garlic confit...really very very good. And the service was top notch. Not a cheap date, but very worthwhile.

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  40. WilliamP

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Filet and steak tartare were excellent. Ribeyes for me and wife a bit tough. Sides were excellent. Server was very good.

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Black Cow Chophouse is rated 4.8 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Black Cow Chophouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 47 times today
Google Map for Black Cow Chophouse

420 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5540

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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