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201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
+1 434-977-4944
17:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Highland Park, New Jersey
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were a little unsure because when we entered the restaurant it was empty. But the service and food were both excellent, as was the decor. My only complaint is that wine by the glass is now wine by the barely-a-glass. But aside from that the prices were reasonable.

Thank MiriamfromNJ
Northern Virginia
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for dinner for six and were seated quickly. We ordered a round of drinks and then some of us ordered a glass of wine to be served with dinner - which unfortunately came before the drinks were finished and the wine arrived. Oh well. I had the New York Strip and a couple others had the salmon. The... More 

Thank SandKfromVa
Fremont, CA
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At a recent dinner for 6 we ordered a little bit of everything and took our time. Great drinks, especially the zocalo ginger beer mule, starters that satisfied the whole table (mussels, tuna, and more), main course options for all kinds of palates and appetites, and added bonus was that for me I felt like I hit the jackpot w... More 

Thank nkmunn
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Our dinner was excellent. The cheese fritters, tenderloin and coconut rice pudding were fantastic. Conveniently located on the pedestrian mall.

Thank DCTravelerLA
Charlottesville, Virginia
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Scallops were succulent, service was top-notch - knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Love the vibe and the wine selection. Great scotch available for after dinner sipping. We really had a good evening.

Thank K R
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Yep ok it's not particularly cheap to eat in this restaurant but you sure do get what you pay for. Five of us ate here and had all different main courses and pudding. Everyone loved it and this was a stand out meal. Highly highly recommend the steak - beautifully cooked with a simple but appropriate amount of vegetables to... More 

Thank GC1515
Spotsylvania, Virginia
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We had appetizers. Portions were small but good flavor. Drinks were good but over priced. I would try it again just to try the entrees

Thank damaritos
Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I had visited zocalo one time and it didn't impress me. I decided to go for drinks and give it another chance. Such a mistake. I have never had such slow service. When we finally got our drinks I asked for the menu in the hopes of getting some food. No one ever came to take our order. After a... More 

Thank Anis66
Tybee Island, Georgia
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We love this restaurant! It'd been two years since we had been to Charlottesville and we had reservations at 7. We were seated a little early at our favorite outside table (great place to people watch on the mall). Being creatures of habit, we ordered cheese fritters and tuna tartare for appetizers. Both were as good as we remembered. I... More 

Thank KJBD241
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

One of the best meals ever. Highly recommend the grilled salmon with green chili & goat cheese cous cous. As well as the vella jack cheese fritters with raspberry chili glaze.

Thank nicholi2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA
    (2nd Street NE and East Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-977-4944

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?