About Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
Recently Voted "Best Mediterranean Restaurant of C-Ville," Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar is committed to fostering relationships with local farmers in Central Virginia who grow and raise the ingredients that are sure to nourish and delight you. As our guest, you will not only be treated to the bounty and tradition of sustainable agriculture in this region, you will participate in ensuring its future.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Orzo offers full service off-premise catering for weddings, as well as all social, corporate and political functions. Whatever you can envision, we can create. Please call and ask to speak with Ken about your next event.
With over 70 parking spaces devoted to the Main Street Market, we have all the free parking you'll need.
Adam Spaar & Justin Tilghman
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Christmas Eve Dinner: 4 Courses for $50/person plus drinks, tax and gratuity.
New Year's Eve Dinner: 4 Courses for $50/person plus drinks, tax and gratuity.
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Great good, and great service!!
Great good, and great service!!
Do not need more space or characters - i ...
Do not need more space or characters - it is in one word - "Fantastic!"
The food was excellent. Presentation could have been better. Service was OK. Friendly and not hovering but forgetful. It was Mother's Day and they were pretty busy so we won't count that against them this time around!
Always a pleasure to dine at Orzo
Mothers Day: dinner for three was excellent. We shared some muscles and oysters to start. Excellent, especially the mussels with sausage in the broth. Followed with rack of lamb and duck breast, all cooked to perfection. We couldn't have asked for a better premiered dinner, nicer servers, and overall great ambience. All are reasons why we dine at Orzo quite frequently
The food was "just ok". My duck was a little chewy & undercooked...very medium rare. it came with a nice carrot sauce but there wasn't enough of it. The presentation was nice though. Two of my friends got the pork. it was also undercooked. And we like our meat medium rare. But this meat simply wasn't cooked long enough. It seemed rare. The seasoning on all the food was bland. The bread was excellent. My cocktail was very good.
Favorite dinner spot in Charlottesville!
Love coming to Orzo when visiting Cville. The drinks are perfect, the wine list is endless and superb, and the servers know exactly what to do. The food is amazing. It's a great little spot for a date night or a special dinner with friends.
We're out-of-towners and found Orzo thro ...
We're out-of-towners and found Orzo through Open Table. Food and service were superb!
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. I've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed in the quality, preparation and variety of menu items. Their wine list is fairly robust and diverse. The only thing I would change is the ability to receive OpenTable points for patronizing.
Smashing way to end a visit to C'ville
Orzo was just the right place to end our getaway weekend in Charlottesville. Food, service, and location were all perfect. We will definitely recommend Orzo to our friends when they are in town.
The PEI mussels were outstanding! Best ...
The PEI mussels were outstanding! Best we've had in town.
We had a very nice lunch. The menu is sm ...
We had a very nice lunch. The menu is small but the food is good.
Food and service were great. Loved the r ...
Food and service were great. Loved the red wine on tap.
Crispy cod sandwich was outstanding!
Crispy cod sandwich was outstanding!
The food was absolutely delicious. We had the spring vegetable risotto and house-made ravioli with braised vegetables. Everything was fresh and perfectly cooked.
I have special food requirements and they were so kind to prepare my meal to accommodate those. The environment was nice and just the right noise level, enough going on, but quiet enough for date night.
The Bolognese was delicious as well as t ...
The Bolognese was delicious as well as the mushroom ragout. The salmon was fresh and the presentation lovely.
Creatively prepared food and good vibe
We recently dined at Orzo on a Sunday night. We made reservations for 7, but they were unnecessary although the place got a bit busier later on. Service was the right balance of attentiveness without hovering. The food choices were somewhat limited, but more than varied enough. We thoroughly enjoyed both our meals, the recommended wine choices, and overall ambience. Definitely coming back!
Great food, not great service
We had a family dinner for five last weekend. While all five of us enjoyed our meals, the service was, at best, indifferent. Not just slow service, I sometimes felt as if we were a bother, rather than customers, to all but one of the wait staff. Also, be warned that gratuity is automatically added for parties of five or more. This was not shared with us and thank goodness my wife has much better attention to detail and fine print than I do.
Lamb chops cooked to perfection. Excellent tiramisu. Friendly, attentive service without overdoing it.
Back On Top
Although my wife and I frequent Orzo I haven't reviewed them for a couple of years. After a chef change they went from an outstanding dining experience to a good/very good experience, in my opinion. I will take the time to do a review only when someplace is very, very good or very bad. On our last two visits to Orzo we have noticed that Chef Adam has really upped his game. Our meals have been outstanding. On our last visit I started with the beef carpaccio with a crispy duck egg. A very creative and tasty dish. The beef was sliced paper thin, as it should be. My wife had the Ceasar Salad which is one of the best salads in town. For entrees my wife had the Spiced Rubbed Bistro Steak with a rosemary jus. She raved about the flavors on the plate and the tenderness of the beef. I had the Porcini Crusted Rack of Lamb with orzo. A Wow dish. Great flavors on the plate and tender lamb. Service at Orzo is consistently very good and on our last two visits Sarah took great care of us. Orzo has an excellent wine list especially great Italian wines. If you don't know Italian wines ask one of the owners, Ken or Charles for a recommendation and you won't go wrong. A new hotel has opened across the street from Orzo and I suspect hotel guests will be heading across the street once the hear about the excellent dining experience at Orzo. Going forward I think a reservation would be highly recommended. The OpenTable phone app makes a last minute reservation very easy.
Our entire experience was outstanding. T ...
Our entire experience was outstanding. The potato soup appetizer with poached egg was amazing, the suggested wine hit the mark, and both our entrees were over the top delicious. We had great, friendly service and really enjoyed our first time at Orzo.
Must dine when in town.
From the risotto to the duck this place is wonderful. Always to eat here when I am in Charlottesville.
Every selection we had was so good. I ha ...
Every selection we had was so good. I had the risotto (vegetarian) - best ever. We had great service. Second visit and will return for Restaurant Week.
Food was awful
My business guest and I had the special salad topped with roasted chicken. The chicken was tasteless and cut in a very unappetizing way, the lettuce seemed a bit old and I am not even sure it had dressing. Very disappointing, will not be back.
We are new to town and looking for a great meal in a casual atmosphere. Try the lemon cske👍🏻👍🏻. Good selection of wines and perfectly cooked food. I had the chicken confit, did not disapoint
You can count on Orzo to be consistently good. These guys know how to cook! We prefer the kitchen side of the restaurant for the energy and atmosphere, but how nice to have the new space next door now to handle the crowd.
My husband and I were visiting Charlottesville for the first time when we came to Orzo. The food was FANTASTIC!! We ordered the bruschetta as an appetizer (AMAZING), the chicken cassoulet, and the pork chop. The entree dishes were executed perfectly! I would definitely recommend giving the restaurant a try!
A belated birthday dinner; healthy porti ...
A belated birthday dinner; healthy portions; ALL yummy! I detest Brussel sprouts but devoured theirs! Wines a tad pricey, food definitively excels! Will go again!!!
Great food - great night!
My parents treated the family to Sunday dinner at Orzo. We had a wonderful meal with a helpful, cheerful server who didn't blink or skimp when asked to provide a fourth spoonful of parmesan for my 11 year old's pasta dish. She brought back helpful information from the chef that assisted in our selections and everyone was happy! How often does that happen?
A delightful meal. Appetizer salads were ...
A delightful meal. Appetizer salads were excellent and entrees were superb. Restaurant was crowded on a Sunday night but the service was excellent. Would happily return.
The food is always excellent, with speci ...
The food is always excellent, with special touches that add to the enjoyment.
New dining room
Love the new dining room, old shop space with entrance near host podium. Can't go wrong being seated in either new space or old. Meal never disappoints regardless of selection. Another delightful evening at Orzo.
Have been twice and enjoy this restauran ...
Have been twice and enjoy this restaurant very much. A nice place to dine while in Charlottesville.
I really wanted to love it. Sadly, I jus ...
I really wanted to love it. Sadly, I just couldn't. We are in C'ville on vacation, and I carefully chose the restaurant (based on the reviews) to celebrate my husband's birthday. In a nutshell, the service was not great (our server was not especially friendly and the service was slow-not sure if that was her fault or the kitchen's), and our food was only fair. Appetizers were just okay, my husband's salmon was very good, my lamb stew was flavorful, but the lamb was tough. His citrus cake was good, my tiramisu was fine, the pots de creme was excellent. I made a note in our reservation that it was his birthday in hopes they might help me make it a special night. When our waitress brought his dessert, she realized she had forgotten to put a candle on it and asked if he wanted one AFTER she set it on the table. Really? I can typically overlook any one of these things, separately, but, when added together, it was just not good. We usually celebrate his birthday with our children each Spring Break at a special restaurant. In the past, we have had some really magical evenings where the service, food and conversation came together perfectly. It's a nice tradition, but it's also a way to note his special day as it can tend to get lost in the midst of vacation, each year. He was a very good sport about it, but I was so incredibly disappointed. Not sure if we hit it on a bad night, didn't order correctly, or just made a poor choice to begin with. We will have a lovely memory of being together and enjoying our time as a family, tonight. I'm just sad that savoring an incredible meal (or even enjoying getting to know a great waiter and then blowing out the candle on his cake) won't be part of the memory.
We had a great experience! Greeted when ...
We had a great experience! Greeted when we came in and were seated and the food was great!!!
This has long been one of our favorite r ...
This has long been one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. The menu--especially the specials-- is always interesting. The prices are very reasonable. This was our first time in the recently build extension at the front of the restaurant. It is a great addition.
Good dinner after Monticello tour
We selected Orzo based on the ratings and location. Since it was a night when UVA was playing a basketball game, the crowd was early and noisy; the food came out slowly. The Caesar salad was excellent. The server worked very hard to make dinner enjoyable and recommended a great glass of wine. I would go again, but under different circumstances.
Delicious through all 3 courses! Would ...
Delicious through all 3 courses! Would definitely come back.
Best we had in our 3 day visit
We liked it better than C & O and better than Hamiltons though all were good. I recommend!
Food was very good
Food was very good
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