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C&O, Charlottesville, VA

C&O

4.7
4.7
724 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Dinner is served in our mezzanine, bistro and upstairs dining rooms, Tuesday through Saturday.
Reservations are for dinner only, please. Bar seats operate on a first come, first serve basis, and cannot be reserved.
We cannot accommodate parties larger than 6. Due to the layout of our restaurant, we are unable to accommodate pets on our patio.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 971-7044
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Dean Maupin
  • Catering
    C&O Catering has been of of Virginia's premier catering companies for over 35 years, offering full service catering for all of your special events and functions. Contact Dean Maupin or Cristelle Koerper at 434.971.7044
  • Private party facilities
    The C&O offers two private dining rooms well suited to accommodate a wide range of hospitality possibilities, our upstairs which seats up to 20 and our gallery which seats up to 15. Please contact Dean Maupin at 434.971.7044 with inquires.
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Parking details
    We suggest parking in either the Water St. or Market St. garages, both within two blocks of the C&O, we validate for both.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • UVA Graduation Weekend 2024

    $100.00 per person

    May 17 - May 19, 2024
    We will offer a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu priced at $100 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. A 20% automatic gratuity will be added to each check during graduation weekend. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation. Any missed reservations or cancellations made after May 12 may be subject to a $75 per person cancellation fee.

What 724 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Romantic

  • Virginia

    Good for special occasions

  • Virginia

    American

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Good for business meals

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

724 Reviews
  1. Cvillerestaurantfan

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Charlottesville - exceptional service, drinks and food

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  2. Natlongbottom

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Delicious food and an unrushed, relaxed environment.

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  3. Zack

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the dishes were excellent (scallops, steak chinois), but the lamb dash was actually quite bad - dry and not very flavorful. Service was good, but nothing above and beyond.

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  4. Babs

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, professional service, quiet elegance.

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  5. BradP

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and cool location, always a treat, plan to be back again

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  6. Phoebe53

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is expensive but the meal was Fabulous! This was for a special occasion and was totally worth it.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    C+O is the best Restaurant in Charlottesville. The food and drink was great and the service is even better. The Steak Tartare is the best I have had in VA. The Tenderloin was great and was cooked perfectly. My only qualm was the absence of a chocolate cake option for the desert, however the Vanilla Crème Brulee w/ Raspberries did just fine. Our server was attentive. The ambiance was perfect!

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  8. LauraS

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    C & O was the perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The restaurant is two levels, the downstairs being the more dimly lit, quieter area and the upstairs being a bit brighter and tends to be a bit louder, with larger group seatings. We were each given a glass of champagne upon being seated - such a nice way to start the evening. The service, however, after being seated was quite slow (although they did apologize for that) and a bit nonplussed. The food was spectacular. We started with the scallops, which were the best we'd ever eaten and the beef carpaccio which was also excellent. My husband had the ribeye and I had the hake, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our martinis were made exactly how we like them and the wine and beer selection were very good. All in all, a great experience.

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  9. AlexanderC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would like to give them a bad review just so I can keep them a secret. They are amazing!!! I'm from Miami and visit Charlottesville often and (alway) dine here.

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  10. CorninCrozet

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    C&O continues it keep it's crown in our book as the best place to eat in Charlottesville for any special occasion. Every bite was a marvel. The service was fantastic and friendly and the ambience cozy and charming.

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  11. Judy

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love C&O and never go often enough! One of our most favorite restaurants,the food is always impeccable. I took the last bite of the carpaccio appetizer and it was so perfect that I hesitated to eat anything else after that because I wanted to bask in that perfection!

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  12. WilliamB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. Food quality is always top-notch service is normally excellent. This time the weight was a little long for our entrées but our server comped us, our cocktails, which was outstanding.

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  13. BrianH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and food was well prepared. The portions were on the small side

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  14. Argentinegirl

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to the C&O for the first time in years and were pleased to find that the food was still innovative, fresh and delicious!

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  15. AliceW

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed our evening. But expected a little bit more from one of our favorite places. Appetizers were delicious but entre was ok and small portion. It was a birthday dinner for my husband and no recognition of the event. I expect expected more !!

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  16. Cvillein

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We seemed to find them on an off night. We made reservations weeks in advance and had to settle for the second seating, so I understand they had a busy night. But first they took 30 minutes to bring our cocktails, because they ‘had to wash glasses.’ Then they were out of all the specials, and after our party of 6 placed our orders, the waitress came back to tell us they were also out of the trout 2 of us had ordered, a regular menu item. Overall, not up to the usual C&O experience.

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  17. MichaelP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure, The scallop appetizer was particularly good.

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  18. CaroB

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not been back since before the pandemic started and were so pleased that the incredible food and service are the same high quality that we always expected. It's very pricey but the food and service are worth the price.

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  19. CathleenK

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food & drink choices. We have never heard of anyone being disappointed here! There are 3 separate floors here with 3 distinct feels- you could come 3 different times for a variety of experiences.

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  20. jopiwo

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, cozy, but close quarters . We were in a corner near the bar .. a little chilly, with a draft in the corner , but overall loved going here . Again, Cozy is the word … perfect if you like this type of thing Definitely Coming back! Dessert was especially good and portion sizes are perfect for one person!

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  21. ExecutiveS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for all you do to keep customers happy with exceptional service and food.

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  22. MikeinCville

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Since moving to Charlottesville two years ago, I’d been told that C&O was the top restaurant in town, so I looked forward to the visit. The restaurant is along a kinda scruffy stretch of road, but don’t let outside appearances fool you: it’s warm, cozy, and classy inside. The dinner was excellent: we enjoyed shaved ham as an appetizer, which I followed up with the roasted striped bass (delicious) and my wife enjoyed the flank steak, with a side of Brussels sprouts. All were memorably delicious. Desserts were a split decision: crème brûlée was tops, but the “coupe maison” (frozen custard sundae) was nothing special. Only negative was the *extremely* poor lighting at our table, which prompted us to break out cell phones for flashlights. One other note: we dined in the downstairs bar area, but on such a cold night, we wished we’d asked for a table on the street level, which featured a nearby wood burning stove. Next time…

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  23. BigFan

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The upstairs dining room is lovely with original art and the right amount of light. This being my third visit from out of town, I can confidently say any choice from the menu will be pleasing. Freshness and flavor take priority here. I can't wait until my next visit.

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  24. Redrunner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First date night after baby. Much needed and The C&O did not disappoint. Favorites: fresh bled bread, hamachi appetizer, sticky toffee pudding.

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  25. SteveB

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated in the downstairs bar area, which I believe is called the bistro. I love the room. Lots of old wood, it feels like a prohibition speakeasy. The food was very good, service as well. Check it out!

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  26. Bellow

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good but not blow-your-socks-off good. The lamb main was the standout. The sweetbreads seemed overcooked. Good cocktails

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  27. TamiM

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Excellent service! Wonderful ambiance!

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  28. BrianL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not hot. Not cold but not hot. Tasted fine. We didn’t mention it as we were on a time crunch. Desert was hot! Slightly disappointed in comparison to previous visits.

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  29. BradS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all the way around. The food was wonderful and the service as well. Looking forward to another visit in the future.

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  30. RNgourmet

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    C&O has always been excellent. We had two outstanding dinners starting with the steak tartare and sirloin carpacio (unusual and delicious additions of crisp potatoes, manchego cheese and greens). The duck confit with ricotta gnocchi was outstanding as was the rockfish with wild mushrooms. Traditional desserts of creme brulee and toffee sticky pudding topped the evening. ?We recognized our server from previous visits. He was attentive and staff made sure everyone was welcomed.

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  31. WendyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time dining with friends and family. We will be back soon. ❤️

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  32. HaleyF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! You feel like you could be at a restaurant anywhere in the world!

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  33. NathanL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There is a reason this is a long time Charlottesville staple for top notch dinning. Well, there are countless reasons. Simply great.

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  34. MarkB

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, cozy ambience. This is the place for a fine meal, not a trendy, vibrant place.

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  35. WillN

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect spot for an intimate, upscale celebration. The food was excellent and the service was some of the best I've had in the area.

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  36. GinaH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing …. Scallops and striped bass was incredible. Highly recommend this restaurant. One of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. It’s pricey but the quality is spectacular.

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  37. 4Teagues

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Quintessential special occasion, celebratory spot, dishes are carefully and thoughtfully created, crafted, and presented. The 3 of us enjoyed every moment, every morsel, the dishes (salmon, flank steak, duck confit) were each prepared with extreme detail and precision. The house-made bread is exquisite and a unique loaf. Desserts were so delicious (creme brulee and the custard dish) and beautiful we almost inhaled them. Wine selections are varied in price and variety, and the woman in charge of buying the wines was sent to our table to confer and help with our decision making. She did not steer us wrong. We love the C&O and are happy to support a Charlottesville institution as well as a dedicated chef, owner and staff who so clearly want to do their best meal for every single diner.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful date night with my husband. Service was top notch and food was traditional fare but excellent. Highly recommend if you are looking for a nice dinner to celebrate an event or date night.

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  39. GaryS

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is outstanding and service very good. Unique menu.

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  40. Jamc

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinners and service! Value was on par with other high-quality restaurants. It was a bit noisy when a party of 12 arrived and the dining room upstairs is small. However, it is the holiday season and that happens.

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FAQs

C&O is rated 4.7 stars by 724 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 29 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for C&O

515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We suggest parking in either the Water St. or Market St. garages, both within two blocks of the C&O, we validate for both.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dean Maupin
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (434) 971-7044
  • Catering
    C&O Catering has been of of Virginia's premier catering companies for over 35 years, offering full service catering for all of your special events and functions. Contact Dean Maupin or Cristelle Koerper at 434.971.7044
  • Private party facilities
    The C&O offers two private dining rooms well suited to accommodate a wide range of hospitality possibilities, our upstairs which seats up to 20 and our gallery which seats up to 15. Please contact Dean Maupin at 434.971.7044 with inquires.
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