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reservations are available Tuesday through Saturday 5-9


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.  


Private dining rooms

There are two private rooms available for events. The gallery, named for its rotating art display, is available for a sit-down dinner or a cocktail reception. The formal upstairs dining room is available for up to 36 guests.


The C&O is recognized as one of the premier catering companies in Virginia, offering full-service catering. With many years of experience, staff members work to cater to specific dietary needs and deliver efficient service.

Covered Outdoor Patio

C&O knows that eating outside in seasonable weather is an absolute must among Charlottesvillian’s. The bistro’s outdoor courtyard is shaded by a pergola and surrounded by trees making it a perfect summer location.
Tuesday 5 - 10
Wednesday 5 -10
Thursday 5 -10
Friday 5 -10
Saturday 5 -10
Cuisine: European, Fine Dining


AMENITIES:Chef Oriented | Locally Owned | Outdoor Seating | Private Dining Room
RESERVATIONS:Reservations Required
GOOD FOR:Corporate | Couples | Large Groups | Romantic | Romantic Meal
TYPE:Fine Dining | Wine Bar



515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 971-7044