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C&O, Charlottesville, VA

C&O

4.8
4.8
483 Reviews
$50 and over
American
We are now offering our a la carte menu in our mezzanine, bistro, and upstairs dining rooms Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are available 5:00PM-9:00PM. We cannot accommodate parties larger than 6. Due to the layout of our restaurant, we are unable to accommodate pets, even for outdoor reservations.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • New Years Eve Dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for dinner this New Years Eve and enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu. Price is exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity.

Popular dishes

What 483 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    American

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Innovative

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my friend and i ordered the scallops and fettucine as appetizers, the salmon and lamb confit gnocchi for our mains, and finished it out with the coup and the sticky toffee pudding. our server was so helpful and chose a really good wine pairing for the meal. i felt glutinous in the best possible way - the food was rich and flavorful and well executed, and i wanted to scrape every morsel.
  2. BK

    BrianK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The C&O never fails to deliver. Knowledgeable, dedicated, caring staff. Wonderful ambience. Authentic jazz music. Warmth and grace. And the food? Always satisfying.
  3. CC

    ClaudineC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always count on a lovely meal and experience at C&O. Love it!
  4. CA

    CarolA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The C & O was one of the best meals I’ve ever had! Scallop appetizers and encrusted Salmon entree along with amazing French sauces, were so delicious! I highly recommend the unique setting and wonderful food!
  5. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner, rockfish and scallops perfectly s raved with layers of flavor. Superb service and cozy atmosphere perfect for a date.
  6. SH

    SkipH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from the moment we walked in the front door, food was the best ever. This will be our new place for special occasions. Rustic decor fits our style, lighting and noise level perfect.
  7. MR

    MistyRiverLady

    Richmond

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love C&O and they do not disappoint. The food, our cozy table in the bar, and our waiter - all exceptional. They have been in business for many, many years and it is easy to see why.
  8. SR

    StanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, lovely atmosphere, and wonderful service. A very special place!
  9. f

    food58

    Baltimore

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Appetizer portion sizes were generous, of good value and delicious . Entrees are quite pricey ($45 for 10-12 small slices of flank steak - great sauce though) and except for the salmon, on the small side. The salmon was a bit too rare for medium rare...and far from hot! The server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The ambiance is old country inn - very nice. Go for the appetizers - great selection and better value.
  10. AW

    AllieW

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely evening! Great meal, excellent service and fabulous ambience. Would 100% recommend.
  11. PA

    PAUL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking can be a problem. We parked at Water Street garage which is a short walk from the C&O. Ask for a parking voucher and parking will be free for the first 2 hours.
  12. WB

    WendyB

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is an old favorite. I was disappointed, however, to order a $40.00 entree of rockfish (which was delisious) and find that it was not accompanied by any vegetable or starch. Lovely single piece of fish!
  13. GB

    GeneBear

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A light or votive candle on the tables would help illuminate the menu and bill, especially downstairs. The server downstairs was exceptionally helpful and friendly, and the dinner was excellent as always.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Waiter was marginal
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Not a bad experience. The food was very good; however, despite putting on our reservation that it was our anniversary, not one staff member wished us a happy anniversary. Other restaurants will at least congratulate us on the occasion, so it was a bit disappointing
  16. KB

    KateB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this place, ambiance, service, and food was unbelievable and the history made it even better!
  17. SS

    SSCvisitor

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was wonderful — great dining experience.
  18. KR

    KarenR

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at the C&O was wonderful and worth the 30 year wait! Everything we ordered was fantastic - especially the Baby Kale salad with Stilton & apple; the Duck confit with gnocchi; the pan-roasted scallops; and the honey roasted root vegetables. Simply outstanding!
  19. YG

    YoungGrasshopper

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service while prompt wasn’t as informative or friendly as one might expect at this type of high end restaurant —normally when I ask a server about a particular dish I can expect a fairly lengthy description and I received the response of “it’s a fillet of fish and it’s grilled what else do you want to know”. We will return but I will hope I don’t get the same waitress. She was fine but dampened what otherwise was a very special experience.
  20. DM

    DouglasM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, gracious and welcoming staff, delicious food and beautiful, intimate ambience
  21. CR

    CrozetR

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday with friends. Food and service excellent. Table was a bit small for four people. Other than that, it was great.
  22. r

    rgberg

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent. We plan to return in the near future.
  23. LS

    LoriS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, incredible food, service, and ambiance.
  24. TJ

    TigerJCS

    New York Area

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent menu, attentive but unobtrusive service, well executed. In a town that has begun to change beyond recognition, the C & O continues to be a beacon of excellence.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and environment spectacular!
  26. r

    rgtravel

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a very nice atmosphere. Will certainly be back when in town.
  27. RC

    RyanC

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal date spot - food / service / wine / atmosphere were great
  28. VH

    VictorH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. We went with another couple and shared everything. Would definitely recommend!
  29. DA

    DATB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and attentive waiters. There was a mix up with our reservation, but they were still able to get us an inside table at the last minute. Highly recommend for that special occasion dinner!
  30. CB

    ChristopherB

    Richmond

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, C&O was wonderful. This is an even from service to food, C&O delivers! Thank you for making our special occasion wonderful. We cannot wait til the next time!
  31. WD

    WineDineFeline

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Made a reservation for an early dinner celebrating our wedding anniversary before a concert in the area. There was no mention of our celebration although it was noted when we booked - I always find that amateur or maybe just careless for front of house to not note. I don’t need anything special or free but a kind word is appreciated. We were seated in the lower level bar in a completely empty space for the majority of our meal. We could’ve asked to sit somewhere different but we aren’t the type. Our server was fine. That’s where my criticism ends. The food was delicious. We shared the Bibb lettuce salad, crab cake and pear ravioli to start and the Halibut entree. We were pleasantly full and glad to try several dishes. If we went back I’d be more deliberate in my request to sit upstairs and not have high expectations for a particularly warm host or servers.
  32. LA

    LAkSy

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great wine list, great service, never disappoints. One improvement could be in ambiance
  33. CM

    ClareM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience, food and drink were amazing, would absolutely recommend and will be back!
  34. M

    Matt

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We’d been looking forward to this anniversary dinner, but staff/host was in accommodating, and seated us in the middle of what looked more like a hallway. Drinks took 15-20 min, despite the place not being particularly busy. Lump crab tasted fine but did not smell fresh. Halibut much too dry, and strip steak tough to cut and chew.
  35. BR

    BRYANC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's still terrific after all these years. Excellent food, excellent service. The prices have really gone up, but that seems to be true everywhere.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and wait staff attentive.
  37. F

    Frequentdiners

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relatives visiting
  38. d

    davidb

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Selections were delicious. Portions are small. Would have chosen steak chinoise except for the $55.00 price. Originally, it was the least expensive entre on the menu. Appreciated that the Coup Maison was again available. Portion was also reduced. Service was very good.
  39. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The C&O lives up to the hype and then some. Sets the standard
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tuscany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing!!

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
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

C&O offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 971-7044.

C&O is rated 4.8 stars by 483 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 30 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for C&O

515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, 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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