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Zocalo

4.7
354 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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Zocalo Restaurant is located in the center of Charlottesville's historic downtown pedestrian mall. We serve contemporary, Latin inspired cuisine in a warm, modern setting. Flavors are drawn from Spain, South America and Mexico, and our dishes are prepared using traditional French techniques and the highest quality ingredients. Zocalo’s cuisine has just the right amount of boldness and spice to excite your palate without overwhelming it, and we strive to get it right every time. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from Zocalo’s extensive wine list, which features a broad selection of Spanish, South American and local Virginia wines. Zocalo’s large patio is a regional hotspot where guests enjoy sipping a signature cocktail, such as the Mango Borracho or a traditional Mojito, as they catch up with friends or relax and watch the endless parade of people strolling the downtown mall. Come and see what has made us a favorite with locals and visitors alike for the past decade.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Southwest, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Please call for reservations of parties larger than 8.
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Phone number
(434) 977-4944
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Cross street: 2nd Street NE and East Main Street
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What 354 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sawesae (New Orleans)
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed our time at Zocalo. The food was tasty but a bit too expensive, overall. My appetizer was still frozen inside and I cannot say if that was by design or just by accident. Shredded beef was just OK but mussels were great! Service was attentive and super friendly. The inside of this local was too dim for my liking and noise level was "energetic" - we still talked a bit but I would not recommend it for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Restaurant week menu was extensive and very good! They were busy but rushed when we lost track of time, thanks! (Movie)

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Cary (Richmond)
3.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

I typically love Zocolo; during this visit the food wasn't to the same quality as I've enjoyed in the past. The scallops in particular were very salty so at the end of an $80+ meal I was somewhat disappointed. We did enjoy the duck and it's healthy portion. The non-alcoholic beverages offered were delightful!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious meal. Would definitely go back. My steak was cooked perfectly and paired well with the polenta fries and asparagus. My wife raved about the salmon and that it was the best meal she's had out in a long time. Good bar menu and wine list as well.

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KeyWestLover (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 5, 2018

I used to go to Zocalo almost weekly but got tired of the same menu. It's been a while since I was there, and returning was a great decision. The food was and is excellent. The service was superb. The ambience is very nice--I did not give it a perfect score because it was cold in the restaurant (know that the outside temp was unusually/outrageously cold). I'll start returning regularly to Zocola. I never disliked it but I overdosed in the past on the menu that did not change a lot. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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GadgetHound (Richmond)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Visited for New Year's Eve and the staff was excellent. Very friendly service with the right amount of attentiveness. Every dish was well prepared and delicious. I thought the portion sizes were right. The Vela jack Fritters are delicious, as well as, the mussels. It was an enjoyable experience all around.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was delicious and the service excellent. I requested a quiet table for my elderly mother, and the staff set us up in the perfect spot. The salmon is always a stand-out, and the beet salad with blue cheese was terrific. One of us particularly enjoyed her scallops, and we all really liked the special appetizer (duck confit). Thanks for a lovely evening!

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Kenny (Richmond)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and great service! Had seats near the fireplace, so we were warm and cozy.

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vipCDDF (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 15, 2017

I have eaten at Zocalo many times. It is always delicious. I love the tuna tartar, the smokey grits, green chili couscous, manchego bread pudding. My husband loves the salmon.

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BarryB (Richmond)
4.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

We dine at Zocala 2 to 3 times a year and always enjoy your food, wines and service.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Southwest, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Please call for reservations of parties larger than 8.
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Cross street
2nd Street NE and East Main Street
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(434) 977-4944
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Parking details
Street Parking Available.
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Executive chef
Andrew Silver/Ivan Rekosh
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Private party facilities
Zocalo is available to meet and surpass the needs of private event hosts. It is available for rental for large gatherings such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, university events, and corporate recruitment. Zocalo can accommodate up to 350 people standing for cocktails receptions, or up to 200 for a seated meal. For smaller, more intimate celebrations, the room can be divided into three sections to allow for more privacy. Let the unsurpassed atmosphere and unbeatable service of Zocalo help make your special evening a night to remember.
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Private party contact
Andrew Silver/Ivan Rekosh: (434) 977-4944
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Special events & promotions
UVA Graduation Weekend- Zocalo will be offering a 3 course prix fixe meal for $56 per person. Our menu is available on the OpenTable menu tab. Beverages, tax, and 20% gratuity charge are not included. Cancellations with no fee must be made by May 1st. After May 1st, a $25 fee per person will be charged. We look forward to celebrating with you.