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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
A huge place: outdoor patio and 2 rooms inside, one cozy and the other with a bar near the front of the house! Excellent food and service. We started with a gnocchi special; having just returned from a trip in N. Italy, I have to say this gnocchi was REALLY good - great flavors and tender... each morsel! 2 other pastas ordered at the table were well received. The mussels were very tasty and plentiful for a meal. Loved the cocktail ( it was the first listed ), and the local bread with hummus a perfect start. We were only visiting, but I have recommended "Orzo" to friends who come often to the 'ville.
We were celebrating 2 birthdays. I ordered the fish special which was supposed to come with roasted cauliflower and Macon almonds. The fish was a bit "fatty" and I received one almond and a couple of crumbs of cauliflower.
Most interesting was my 26 year old son's comment. He thought the server was "in a mood" . She commented that "its been a long night". My sons response after she left was "I'm so tired of millennials complaining. She has a job and should be thankful and not complain to the customers."
We were staying at the Residence Inn at the East end of W/ Main Street near the downtown pedestrian mall, so we walked west on W. Main and found this gem of a restaurant. My wife and I liked it so much we went back two nights later with her mother. Salmon was perfectly done and the spaghetti was al dente with delicious sauce. The mushroom soup was terrific, too. We will definitely return since we get to Charlottesville fairly often.
I rated it moderate on noise but this was because we were in the one section which is only separated from the open kitchen by a half wall. The three of us had no trouble keeping up a conversation, but if you want something quiet, ask for a table away from the kitchen. There is a small patio which was lovely on our first visit when the weather was good.
We were visiting from out of town and couldn't be happier with the food and service. Get the grilled cheese app...this is not a grilled cheese sandwich! The lamb, fish of the day, and steal entrees were PHENOMENAL. We tried two desserts but should have passed. (Tiramisu and lemon)
We were disappointed. I ordered Chicken Caesar salad, my husband ordered the Calamari Salad. Chicken was shredded rather than in chunks which made it tough to chew, no flavor and a sloppy looking mound on top of the greens. Husband's calamari was properly cooked yet also lacked flavor. Friendly staff yet service was very slow and the waiter kept apologizing, thanking us for our patience. Tables are set very close together, there were loud business discussions taking place on either side of us making it impossible for us to have a conversation so we sat in silence and listened to Realtors and Portfolio managers both very boring. For the money, a salad at a cheap Diner would've been better.
We had a great dinner on a busy Saturday night. Orzo has a very nice wine list with may good selections by the glass. We have eaten there several times and everything off the menu has been great. The were really busy and it took a few extra minutes for the food to come out but the service was good and the wait was very pleasant.
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!
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