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About Zocalo

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.

201 East Main Steet
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Southwest, American

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.

Cross Street:
2nd Street NE and East Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 977-4944

Website:
http://www.zocalo-restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking Available.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Silver/Ivan Rekosh

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.

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

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.

Zocalo Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Casual (13)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Fun (9)
People Watching (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Spicy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Best salmon dish ever! Sitting by the fire with a great glass of Spanish wine is pretty nice too!

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was amazing. Must go to this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Arrived for our 7:00 reservation and was immediately seated. This place was hoppin'. The service was great and the food exceptional. I had the seared duck breast which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. My wife being a vegetarian had the chili relleno and loved it. Beware, portions are huge so arrive hungry. Definitely will return if I'm ever in Charlottesville again.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Zocalo is a tried and true favorite. Great coctails and deliciuos food. Professional staff, great ambiance.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious as always. I love getting a variety of their small plates to share.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had not been to Zocalo for several years and we won't wait so long again. The food was outstanding and everything actually tasted delicious instead of just sounding interesting. The tuna tartare was wonderful and definitely try their take on the steak - incredible sauce. We eat out a good bit in Charlottesville and I am surprised that Zocalo is not in the top ten; it definitely should be. It was completely full on Saturday evening so many others already know how great it is. Put it on your list!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Early dinner. Not crowded. Beet salad was excellent as was the fritters app. Mussels were undercooked but waiter took care of it. Waiter was excellent - knowledgeable, not in a hurry. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Despite seeing great reviews (and receiving a glowing recommendation) to Zocalo, I was very disappointed in the meal. The Vella Jack Cheese Fritter appetizer had the same gummy consistency of the Black Bean and Corn Relleno. The latter was absolutely thick and difficult to eat. The Drunken New York Strip came pre-sliced and heavily pre-sauced. My companions who received the Grilled Salmon gave great reviews. Given the cost of this restaurant, I was highly disappointed in the food's taste and texture. However, the presentation and atmosphere of the restaurant was nice.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

large group, excellent service and really great food--all seven diners really enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Spicy, Casual, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We made reservations at Zocalo because it is steps from the Paramount Theater where we attended a concert. Have dined at Zocalo in the very distant past and remembered it being very good. We were not disappointed in the food or the service this time either. Very friendly service and the food was very good. As were had only a space of time to eat before the concert we really cannot comment on other aspects of the restaurant. We sat just to the left of the front door, a little alcove with a few tables, was pretty loud.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The portions were very generous and beautifully plated. The flavors were bold and delicious! We all practically licked our plates! I’ve never been disappointed here but tonight might have been my tastiest experience yet! Can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The kale salad and meatball appetizers were excellent. The scallop entree was also excellent while the chicken was very good being a slight touch toward overdone. Great place to catch an early dinner following an afternoon football game.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent meal! The salmon is consistently the best I have had from any fine dining restaurant.
Wish you would open a location in Richmond. We recommend to all our friends for a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The mojito was excellent. Our food was delicious, fresh and different. We would definitely go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants on the downtown mall. Great for dining before going to an event at The Paramount which is right next to it. The outdoor seating is great and our server Peter was really attentive without being too attentive!!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

When touring UVA this was a restaurant that was recommended to us. We sat outside which was nice and the tables were well spaced. Highly recommend the spicy mussels and the tuna tartare.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Delicious food, friendly and helpful staff, fun atmosphere

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Disappointingly weak cocktails which is a big measure of the overall experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Like Zocalos but wish they would have specials and/or vary the menu more

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We ordered the Chili broth steamed mussels, the salmon with chili green couscous, a side of grilled asparagus, and the seared scallops with sautéed spinach and tostones. Desert was chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. Everything was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This was our 2nd time here and the food was excellent, as it was the 1st time. 6 of us greatly enjoyed dining outside. My one complaint was the gratuity was added in and the wait staff didn't mention this. Some restaurants do and some restaurants don't automatically add a gratuity when the the party is 6 or more. Oh well, extea nice tip for service that was only good -not in any way exceptional. Otherwise- wonderful birthday occasion for friends and family.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I'd love to keep this place a secret, but there's no hope. Amazing food and service. You won't be disappointed.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been wanting to eat here for some time and we were not disappointed. It is a little pricey but well worth it. I loved everything we ordered. The tuna tartare was awesome. I had the scallop entree and my wife had the salmon entrée. They were both soooo delicious. I can't wait to go back and try the duck breast. Its a great location if you want to get dinner before a concert at the Jefferson Theatre.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

They printed off special menus for my birthday, the food was absolutely incredible, just an all around special evening!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Wonderful Malbec and amazing Spanish Rose. Food wise everything was PERFECT! Spicy tuna tartare is the best ive ever had. Watermalon salad was so fresh. Then the chicken for main was a dream. Cooked to perfection. Waiter was really nice as well. Great experience! Though outside area may need to invest in some insect repellant.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Most people were dining outside on a warm, not humid evening so we selected to be indoors where the hostess made sure we had a quiet table so our group of four could enjoy conversation. People plus hard surfaces equal high noise levels! The wine list is short but interesting and the hostess knowledgeable. Two of us had scallops and the other two had rockfish, perfectly cooked with crispy risotto cake. All good.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food wasn't as good/special as it was in past visits. Great server however

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Hands down one of my favorite places in Charlottesville. I've never been disappointed in any aspect of my meal and always look forward to the next time I can go. I only wish I could afford to go more often.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Selected Zocalo for taking my sister and her husband there for Restaurant Week. All four of us loved our food and we enjoyed a good Rose from Spain, too. Would definitely recommend and I plan to go again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Centrally located on downtown mall. Best restaurant and I have lived in Cville and seen many come and go. Solid menu, presentation and execution is perfect!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great menu for restaurant week, but limited. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu in addition to the price fixe options... disappointing.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Had a fabulous dinner this past Friday during Restaurant week. Appetizer, entree and dessert for $29...what a deal! Watermelon salad was incredible, and salmon over creamy corn was deee-lish! Our first time back in C'ville in 6 years...so glad we made a return visit to Zocalo. Always a favorite!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Food was good, service less. Waiter acted too busy to be bothered with us when the place was practically empty

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always a great meal! We have been going to Zocalo's for years and they never disappoint.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Very enjoyable place for dinner -- attentive service and nice mix of flavors.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I am a local, but I only recently discovered Zocalo. It is hands-down my favorite restaurant. The service is always fast. The staff are attentive and friendly. The manager is very welcoming. The food is always piping hot and delicious. If my budget allowed, I would eat here every night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Outstanding food and service as we have come to expect from Zocalo. They have been a stalwart on the Cville downtown mall scene for many years, and that usually does not happen unless an establishment is consistently on top of their game. We had an early reservation and indoor seating. Due to a political protest happening a few blocks away, apparently they had received a lot of cancellations but that was fine with us as we had the place all to ourselves. Their loss.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We've eaten here many times. Salmon is always great and so is the tuna tartare. The smoky grits and the cous cous are devine! They used to have delicious rolls that they served with olive oil. I was sad to see that they stopped offering those.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Nice place, good food, kind service. Zocalo deserves your visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great flavors
Fun location outside

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Authentic
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