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Fri, 4/20
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11:00 PM
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Zocalo

4.6
387 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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd Street NE and East Main Street
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Parking details
Street Parking Available.
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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.
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
What 387 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Went here to celebrate a birthday and found it to be an okay experience. We got the butternut squash soup and Mexican Caesar that were pretty good but wouldn't order again. We really enjoyed the entrees though! The duck breast and lamb shank were both very delicious.

Reason why the overall rating is not Very Good is that we were not happy with the service we received. Our waitress was very delayed and parts of my entree were cold because our dishes were sitting out waiting to be served to us. Our waitress was busy chatting up a pair at another table for about 15 minutes.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Zocalo never disappoints! We tend to order the same thing each time we go - cheese fritters, mussels, and the scallops. They are always delicious! Servers are professional and attentive. Our favorite restaurant on the downtown mall.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always reliable and festive, Zocalo hasn't changed much over the years. That's not a dig in this case. It's one of Zocalo's virtues. BTW, I don't really get kale. But their kale salad is sublime.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Nice restaurant and decent service. The food is wonderful. I wasn't too happy to see our server loaded my check with a 20% gratuity when I got home, we had to leave in a bit of a hurry so I passed along a card to expedite the process. Originally we were a party of three and two friends popped in half way through our meal.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent as always! Food was outstanding. Thanks for refilling the water glasses every chance!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It has been several years since we have dined here. It was one of the best meals out we have had in some time. The service was exceptional. Our meals were fantastic. I do believe those were the absolute best fried oysters I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had the salmon and cous cous. It was delicious. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food. Date night prices in a casual dining setting.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had a nice dinner with daughter who attends UVA. Food was interesting and very good. Service was a little slow, but staff was friendly and overall pace was acceptable. Certainly will go again

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

ZOCOLO continues to serve very good food. Service is very good. Good bar as well.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As always food was excellent, this is our “go to” restaurant. Never disappoints!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I have been going to Zocalo's for our anniversary since we got married. It is the best place for dinner and the food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Very tasty food, great service. Been living in Charlottesville for about 6 months and this is my favorite restaurant so far.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Friend’s birthday

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We had a fantastic girls-night-out! The margarita sampler was so tasty as was the Rockfish. Highly recommend Zocola!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food and drinks were amazing. The service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Loved the food, vibe, and feel of this restaurants. Great food and great drinks - perfect combination for a great date night or dinner with friends before a night out!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Amazing food!!!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My steak was seriously over cooked. I asked for medium rare and it was at least medium-well. I had to send it back. It was delicious, however, when done properly.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful food; should be in the top 10 restaurants in C'ville. Nice vibe and interesting interior. The tuna tartare is a tasty treat; rockfish is great. Nice creative menu with a very good chef in the kitchen. Very delicious deserts; all in all one of C'ville secret dining gems. Been there a long while so they are doing many things very well! Try it!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Delicious meal while at UVA for a conference.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Had dinner with a friend on a week night. Shared a delicious beet salad. My friend ordered salmon, which she commented was very good but a small portion. I had the chili relleno. Was an interesting presentation, but the flavor was disappointingly bland. There wasn't a hint of heat from any type of pepper or cilantro to make the flavor pop. Overall though, an enjoyable evening. Entrees were a bit overpriced.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The noise level was disastrous. Despite asking for a quieter table our lady guest was told that the celebratory party to the back of us would be leaving shortly. This did not happen and there was patently ample room elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It was awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Their nouveau Latin American offerings were superb - inventive adaptations of classics, lovely presentation, and spicy, but not excessively so. The cocktails were great - after our show, we came back for more! The vibe was urban hipster, and we're definitely not this, but we felt comfortable and welcomed, so it's not exclusive.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Tables were too close to each other!! Got tired of hearing the people beside me and their conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner in Valentine’s Day!! Great service. Great food. Great wine. And very romantic.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I dined here on a rare date night with my husband. Neither of us had been there in years. We sat by the fire on a cool evening and the food tasted divine. The food selection and flavors were a nice change of pace — I can't think of another Charlottesville restaurant that would have a similar menu. The ambiance is hip, but not overpowering. The staff was perfectly attentive. My only hesitation was cost. My scallop entree was $28 and had only four scallops atop little plantain cakes, but the flavor of the dish itself was delightful.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

seating too close to the bar on a night when there was a huge bar scene was very noisy.
food was very good - group of 6 ended up with 4 different entrees - all were very good. appetizers were good (pepper cheese fritters were great, and cheese tray was nice.)
server was attentive, and asked the kitchen for information about the scallops (ascertained that they were dry, not wet, from the source). cocktails were different and good, and wine (red was good) OK - no New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, however. lemon blueberry creme brulee was not as nice as expected - can't go wrong with just regular! consistency was good, however.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant week. Dishes with unique and perfectly balanced seasoning. Always with some heat. Nice.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was good, the food was delish and the atmosphere was nice.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great Charlottesville Restaurant Week menu. Really enjoyed the pork chop!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant week menu was great! Loved the mussels!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 5, 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 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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