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C&O Restaurant
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515 Water St E Charlottesville, VA 22902
515 Water Street EastUSVirginiaCharlottesville22902
$$Restaurant, Bistro
Fine Dining Restaurant
American Restaurant
Today 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amTuesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amWednesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amThursday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amFriday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amSunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
From it’s humble beginnings as a railroad bunkhouse, today the C&O Restaurant delights it’s guests with six unique dining opportunities hosted by a staff of enthusiast craftspeople.
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Celebrated country French fare & a deep wine list in a serene setting amid brick walls & barn wood.- Google
"The food is as far beyond fine dining as that is beyond fast food."
"My wife ordered house salad and vegetable soup."
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Jerome White
3 weeks ago
Came here to celebrate my fiancé and I engagement. Wonderful and welcoming staff. We came an hour early from our reservation and waited at the bar with a few cocktails and appetizers. Then ended up sitting at the table. I had the pork belly and scallops as my fiancé had the steak. Cooked to perfection! The steak literally melts in your mouth. Perfect ribeye cut with the caramelized onions to match. Honestly the best steak we had. Will be back whenever we are taking a weekend trip down south. This will be our first stop. Hats off to the owner/chef. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
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Michael Scambos
3 months ago
Excellent. My wife and I had our anniversary dinner their... enjoyed the atmosphere and well prepared dishes. Highly recommend.
Brian Schornberg
a year ago
Hands down one of the finest restaurants in Charlottesville. The team at C&O are competent, skilled, and friendly. Always a pleasure to be in their presence. The food is as far beyond fine dining as that is beyond fast food. It sets the bar for what excellence can taste like.
Roy Van Doorn
4 years ago
C & O is a classic. Great food prepared with care, using locally sourced ingrediants. Ambiance is cozy to fancy, depending on the many rooms available. Service is personal, the staff has been here a long time and knows what to do. Fantastic wine selection, Wine Spectator winner for over 20 years. Parking is free and right across the street - a big plus downtown.
Gail W
3 months ago
My husband and I were in Virginia last week to celebrate our anniversary. Before leaving home I did a Google search for restaurants in Charlottesville, and up popped the C&O Restaurant. This was especially cool because my dad, uncle and grandfather all worked for the C&O Railroad back in the day. We were very fortunate to get a table (thank you again, Michael!), and the staff were all incredibly friendly and accommodating! Since I had mentioned my family's connection with the railway, Anthony gave us a brief tour of the building and some C&O background, which was very thoughtful. Jen was our server and she was amazing! She was efficient, friendly, and took the time to chat with us and make suggestions about other local establishments on the Mall. Michael, Jen and Anthony were all so hospitable and made us feel very welcome. The atmosphere was perfect - warm, cozy and welcoming. And then there was the food. We both ordered the Steak Chinoise. One of the best meals I've had in a very, very long time. The steak was so tender, we could cut it with our forks. And the dessert... one word: YUM. We live in North Carolina - but plan to visit Charlottesville from time to time and we will DEFINITELY dine again at the C&O. You should plan to make an evening of visiting that area of historic downtown. Dinner at the C&O first, then shopping/strolling along the Mall - and maybe a show at the Paramount Theater. You will not be disappointed! Thank you again to the wonderful staff at the C&O! You made our anniversary very special!
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Pam Dodd
7 months ago
The C&O lived up to its sterling reputation. The food was exquisite, the service impeccable, and the ambiance warm & inviting. The meal was fairly priced. We'll be back for special occasions and be sure to bring out-of-town guests when they visit.
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Nicholas Knodt
a year ago
The C&O Restaurant was at recently one of the finest restaurants in Charlottesville but, since a change in ownership, seems to have lost interest in the highest quality of food and service. On multiple occasions recently I have visited the C&O during its publicly posted hours of operation and have been turned away because they decided to close early. Furthermore, some of their once high quality ingredients have been replaced by ones of inferior quality. The C&O is still an all around good restaurant but is quickly loosing much of what made it one of the premiere locations for a night out in Charlottesville.
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Oliver Smith
3 years ago
My wife and I had lunch in the C&O and I am really excited. Menu was really excellent, huge variety with. The desserts was very good as well. To make long story short - everyone have to visit this restaurant visiting Charlottesville.


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