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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
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.
Fabulous experience. We were visiting this region and happened upon Orzo, decided to make a booking and we very pleased with our choice. Beautiful, fresh and healthy food. Service fantastic. Little noisey by the chef kitchen but a good experience to be able to watch them do their magic!
My husband and I have found Orzo to be consistently wonderful! We recently discovered health issues that make it difficult to dine out, but Orzo always has a selection of foods that work for us. To top it off, they are always delicious and served by friendly and attentive wait staff. We love Orzo!
Delicious, creative meal. shared several appetizers-bruschetta with favas and burrito, seafood salad with grapefruit and arugula, wat melon gazpacho-all unusual and wonderful. Then perfectly done rack of lamb in middle eastern style, with roasted radishes. highly recommend.
We love Orzo. It is our favorite go to restaurant for a cozy evening meal in a neighborhood gem. I love the ambience, lots of deep colors and interesting art work. I like the open kitchen and the bar. It feels informal but still up scale and sophisticated. The service is friendly. The menu has a good set of choices for a lighter meal as well as a more complete meal. I particularly like the PEI mussels and caesar salad. My husband loved the Mac and cheese. The wine selections are good.
We were there for dinner on UVA graduation weekend and only fixed-price menus were available. Food great. Server tired and harried but service still fairly good (usually better). The food has been great every time we have been there.
We had reservations for my son's graduation. They only offered two fixed price menus and required everyone at the same table to choose the same menu, but other than that seemingly unnecessary requirement, our experience was fantastic. When we first sat down, there was a crying baby at the next table, and they moved us immediately with an excellent attitude about our request. One in our party was unable to eat, and they went out of their way to package the meal without any problem to the rest of the table. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
We had a lovely and delicious meal while sitting on the patio. The prosciutto starter and the mussels were delicious, and the salmon was excellent. The duck was very good but unfortunately they served it IN the mashed sweet potatoes rather than in it’s own jus and with the potatoes on the side. Anyway I will definitely go back!!
The food was exceptional. Everyone in my party was estatic with their meal. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and wine menu and made great suggestions that turned out to be perfect for what we were looking for. Will definitely be going back. The atmosphere and quality of food is worth every cent you pay.
My friends took me out for my birthday. We sat outside, the weather was great, and the umbrella tables were pretty with flowers all around. Except for the sound of the traffic we enjoyed our meal, had a good time, caught up with each other, and we know we'll be coming back. Always a special place for my friends and my husband and I to celebrate special times.
It is such a pleasure to dine out and enjoy the food thoroughly as well as receive great service. Orzo was excellent in delivering both! Prompt service is not always the norm but here we were greeted promptly and offered drinks with great explanations of the offerings. Loved the Sangria del Dia, which was a tasty red variety on the day we dined. As for appetizers we LOVED the halloumi cheese, so savory and delicious. Our entree of Mahi Mahi was excellently prepared and the dessert of pot du creme was amazing.
All in all a wonderful dining experience
We are never disappointed at Orzo's. The food is consistently delicious and creative. The wine list, and wine specials, are always exceptional. We also love the service. This recent occasion was actually one of the slowest we have experienced, insofar as having our dinners served after a long wait (the drinks and appetizers came out smoothly). There was a big private party happening at the restaurant, so I suspect that threw things off. But, our server not only checked on us frequently but apologized for the inconvenience. For some reason, my husband's dinner was greatly delayed past the point when my dad and I were served, and the server brought him a free, extra glass of wine and offered to bring an additional appetizer while he had to wait. Everyone can have an off night, and this was an exception but handled graciously. This remains one of our favorite Charlottesville restaurants, and in such a food town, that says a lot.
Enjoyed a couple of dinners over Easter weekend. Entrees included the dry rubbed bistro steak, porcini crusted lamb chops and mushroom risotto. All were excellent, but would have to give a best in class vote to the grilled Faroe Island salmon. All three of us really enjoyed the perfectly grilled fish in combination with the lentils, relish and garlic basil sauce. Superb!
First time at Orzo and we very much enjoyed our experience. The food was excellent. Very good and personable service. The Orzo Sour was a very tasty bourbon drink, and a solid Nebbiolo. The Parma Prosciutto Bruschetta was exceptional. A group of seven of us received our food and beverages correct and on time. The entrees: Peasant Bolognese, Faroe Island Salmon, Bistro steak, Italian Mac & Cheese, Linguine Pomodoro and others were loved by all. Top notch all the way around. Wish we had taken advantage of the outdoor seating, but hopefully next time. Very impressed.
They served a chilled beet and ginger soup that was beautiful to look at and even more wonderful to eat. For me it was followed by a pork sandwich with manchego cheese that was delicious. My friends and I had a wonderful lunch.
We had a wonderful lunch outdoors in a pleasant location. The calamari salad was delicious. The calimari was crispy and tender and the salad was lightly dressed. My husband enjoyed the luncheon special which included chilled beet soup and the salad or sandwich of your choice. He picked the panini which was vert tasty. It was served with crispy fries. He added on a glass of suggested wine. The best part of his lunch was that some of the proceeds go to the local food bank. The menu had lots of interesting choices. I would definitely recommend it and hope to return.
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