Housed in an historic railway station, the C&O is one of Charlottesville’s oldest and best restaurants. Built in the late 1920’s and situated on the edge of the Downtown Mall, it has always been a gathering place for those looking for a warm meal. Initially a diner and known as the local “greasy spoon”, railway workers would gather and dine on the lower level of this three-story structure.
Inside the bistro is weary worn, but cloth draped tables and soft lighting give it charm and elegance. Brick exposed walls, dark wood and a natural fireplace lend to a cozy atmosphere completing the C&O’s long-ago transition from casual diner to fine dining restaurant.
French Country is this Bistro’s hallmark cuisine. Most items on the menu are locally sourced and some change seasonally but worry not some old favorites can be found and are mainstays on the rotating menu. There are a few but limited vegetarian options.