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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.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
The folks at Orzo are wonderful. The meal, the service, the owner, all was great! We really had a great time and the food was perfect. After dinner we asked if they could hold a shopping box we bought prior to eating while we strolled around the the town. The owner said no problem! We came back an hour later and had a drink and chatted for a bit. Wonderful people and would recommend to anyone who loves great food and service!
This is our second visit to this restaurant and we enjoyed the experience. The service was excellent. The food was tasty. However my seafood appetizer with a bit fishier than I cared for. I probably would not order it again. We think this was a good value as it was the prix fixe menu for Charlottesville's Restaurant Week.
Here for restaurant week, wonderful meal as usual. I had the lamb which was ground w/a pasta that for me wasn't great, thick soba like noodles. Think this was to offset a hearty lamb flavor.
I would have preferred a different pasta. Salad was lovely. Sat in their 'red room' which was way cooler and quieter than the main dining room. A first time there, will request in the future.
They have an inventive menu but not too way out. Definitely will return.
We love Orzo, but visiting this time was a disappointment. Our server notified us of a "wine special" being offered and given that it was restaurant week when things are usually discounted, we tried it, liked it, and ordered another (which we were told was "the last one.") Our fault for not asking the price, but when we got the check, we learned it was a $50 bottle of wine!! So a bit of sticker shock with an extra $100 tacked on there now. Pretty annoying, given how many times I have referred people to this restaurant, and even just recommended an out of town party for 20book the loft room in late August (which they did!). We feel a bit rooked. ☹️
Went during restaurant week, so that may skew this review. Service was very good and the markup on wine was quite reasonable. That's where the positives mostly end. Selection was pretty limited. I ordered eggplant parmigiana; I got 2 small slices of lukewarm eggplant + some side salad; certainly not enough for a meal, in fact small for an appetizer. My wife had fish which was supposed to be Cobia but seemed to be halibut. Full credit for giving me a free dessert (which was quite good) when they asked how we liked everything and I told them it was lukewarm and really not so good. I don't think one should walk away hungry from a $150 dinner ($68 wine) for two.
We loved the interesting variety of excellent ingredient combinations on the menu, and the relaxed atmosphere. We had a late dinner on a lazy summer Saturday and vibe of Orzo was perfect. The server was attentive and her dining recommendations were spot-on. Looking forward to returning!
We went in restaurant week with my wife and I were looking forward to, we don't often get a chance to take our teen sons out to dinner. There were plenty of items in their standard menu to meet their wants (simple pasta or risotto). However, what they never advertised was that they don't allow al a carte only three courses.
If we had know, we would have searched out a more appropriate establishment. It was very disappointing. That coupled with sub par wine knowledge, tiny pasta portion for one of the two boys (he ordered only buttered pasta, and no second course. The owner dropped by to the table next to us (because there were locals) but never stopped to ask us if our experience was up to par. Save you money, there are plenty of places in Cville!
Orzo is a gem of a restaurant in Charlottesville. When it is full it can be a bit noisy but it always has very creative cuisine, smart waitpersons, and great service. Located half-way between downtown and the university, it is well located for most of us workers in the area.
Orzo has consistently flavorful, interesting and seasonal dishes, served by friendly, helpful waitstaff. I can always find several things to try, and wonderful wines to accompany. I especially appreciate that hummus is served instead of butter or olive oil with bread-a healthful and delicious touch.
Not a great place to eat at Charlottesville VA. There are far more choices in the historic Charlottesville just few minutes of walk that we didn't know. In fact the whole city seemed to be the historic part with various kinds of food offerings.
It was a huge disappointment for us. Over priced and not worth the money we paid.
We made a reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. When we arrived, we stood behind another group of three and waited for 7 minutes before anyone acknowledged that people were waiting to be seated. The group in front of us didn't have a reservation but after staff acted like they were doing them an enormous favor, they were shown to a table in the sunny dining room. Then we stood while no one acknowledged us for a few more minutes, a gentleman approached the wait stand and fussed with the computer a bit, and after a minute or two, he looked up at us and said nothing. I gave our name, he said our table wasn't ready yet but he'd be right with us. He walked away and set 2 places at small table in the very dark and noisy bar.
We were a bit unhappy with this, why'd we bother to make a reservation? But we settled in to wait some more. Eventually a somewhat indifferent waitress stopped by to deposit a wine list, we ordered wine and asked her advice on an appetizer and she became a bit more friendly.
Our appetizer was very good, my meal (mahi mahi) was also very good, my boyfriend's pasta dish was good but nothing great. Halfway through dinner we were told that our waitress was leaving and that the bartender would be our waiter. Umm, ok. Other servers cleared our table, no one stopped by to ask if we wanted coffee, dessert or another glass of wine. The bartender was too busy restocking beer, etc to really care if we needed anything. We sat for awhile watching the gentleman who seated us play on his cellphone and take his own meal at the bar, servers walked by, our new "waiter/bartender" ignored us. Finally he brought the check and at the same time asked if we wanted dessert. Yeah, no.
You can have very good food but ruin an experience with rude and indifferent service. No one said hello or welcome, not once. We got half-hearted thank you from our bartender when we left. We had dessert and port elsewhere. I strongly suggest you also go elsewhere too. Not worth it.
It was my first time here and it was awesome. Cora was excellent with timely service as well as being helpful with the menu and even the character of some of the wines. My wife's bolognese was excellent as was the bread. But the mussels were the hit of the meal. Served with a sauce that included feta, fennel and sausage, it made for most excellent bread dipping and even resembled a soup once all the mussel shells were gone. Definitely the best I ever had. We went on a Friday night and were able to get a reservation right when we wanted. Between the old seating, the new seating and the outdoor seating they can really accommodate a lot of people. Noise level was nice and unobtrusive. Thanks again Orzo and Cora...keep up the great food and service.
We were extremely disappointed. Orzo has been our "go to" place for years as we always felt we could depend on a quality meal. I ordered the linguini with clams. The clams were so sandy that I could not eat it--there were clams whose shells would not open also. The broth was filled with sand. The waiter asked if it was okay, I said "no" and he offered another plate. I was not up for that. He brought us a piece of tiramisu whose pan had bounced on the floor--not spilling the contents, but definitely jostling things about. The piece he brought us was a hunk--not a nicely placed piece on a plate. The bill came as usual with no compensation for the inedible linguini and clams.
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