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
The service made this entire eating expe ...
The service made this entire eating experience awful. I was shocked at how the staff was unable to accommodate our simple requests of filling our water glasses. Everything took so long and our meal took over 2.5 hrs. This is not a restaurant I would recommend as the food was not all that good or hot when it arrives at your table.
A friend and I visited for restaurant we ...
A friend and I visited for restaurant week. I know that I couldn't afford Orzo on a regular basis, so it was a good time to visit. The place went from empty to full in an hour! The apps were decent, but the mid-course salads were nothing to write home about. The entrees were fantastic! The mac'n cheese was the best I've ever had, and my steak was cooked to perfection. Our drinks were also top-notch. We were too full for dessert, but the couple next to us seemed to enjoy theirs. I'd recommend Orzo with a suggestion to order a drink, skip the apps and salad, and go straight for the delicious main courses.
Unfortunately, we must have had a new me ...
Unfortunately, we must have had a new member to the wait staff. He took our drink order, came back to ask me to repeat it and then returned a third time to take our drink order as if he had not seen us before. We went during Restaurant Week. The selections were quite good, but the waiter did not offer the desert items and we left without desert.
Orzo is one of our favorites in Cvlle. W ...
Orzo is one of our favorites in Cvlle. We loved the new dining room and look forward to using the new outdoor patio. Two of us had very good meals but the third was downright strange. It was called risotto caprese but was unlike any risotto we've seen here or in Italy. It would have more correctly been called chunky cheese tomato rice soup. It was so soupy that initially the rice couldn't be found, and the only way to eat it was with a soup spoon.
We came here for restaurant week and it ...
We came here for restaurant week and it was easily one of the best meals I have had in Charlottesville. As a student, it was a bit pricey however definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion. I would highly recommend the lamb and the tiramissu.
Restaurant week so the menu was limited. ...
Restaurant week so the menu was limited. Many of the choices required an additional charge which was irritating. The burrata appetizer and salmon entree were delicious- both had an additional charge. The salad was a bland bunch of greens with almost no dressing and a sparse sprinkle of some nuts. I would have asked for more dressing to be added but no one came to ask how the food was. The wine by the glass serving was quite stingy. I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but this restaurant week experience was not fun.
A Return Visit: We visited Charlottesvil ...
A Return Visit: We visited Charlottesville about a year and a half ago and ate at Orzo. Loved it then; loved it now. Of special note were the mussels and the burrata appetizers---both were remarkable. Our server was efficient an knowledgeable about the wines. We plan to return!
Came to Orzo for a business lunch and as ...
Came to Orzo for a business lunch and asked for a quiet table--request granted! The restaurant was a perfect place to get a healthy, but satisfying lunch while discussing business with servers who are there when you need them, but not at all intrusive. The special salad was modified to accommodate my food allergy and still was delightful (salmon with a great combination of greens, potatoes, olives, hard boiled egg, etc.) with a great, light dressing.
We have always liked dining at Orzo. Thi ...
We have always liked dining at Orzo. This is the first time after the expansion, and I must say as it took almost one hour for our entree to show up, I question whether the kitchen is capable of dealing with larger numbers of diners.
This was a special occasion meal and we ...
This was a special occasion meal and we are talking about it days later... a very good sign.
For our appetizer our waitress recommended the Halloumi cheese. The Blend of flavors was wonderful.
The lamb was incredible- tender. The beef with the smokey collard greens with onion was my favorite(my son got this but shared). It came with a 'scalloped' potatoes like I've never seen(potato terrine) . The waitress said it was very thinly sliced and then pressed with bricks. It was beautiful, delicate, and perfectly browned.
We had wonderful service. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly, helpful, attentive without hovering.
Great meal. We will return next time we go to Charlottesville!
Favorite local go-to spot for great evening out .
I don't generally write reviews, but I wanted to chime in here to recommend Orzo unreservedly. Charlottesville has an abundance of great dining establishments and a rich locavore scene, but Orzo stands out for its consistent excellence, its welcoming atmosphere and its refreshing lack of pretension. The menu is seasonal and varied but I can always count on several of our favorites being there, and I can count on a menu that appeals to everyone, vegetarians, vegans etc... The food is reliably very well prepared without being stuffy or over-wrought, and the wine list is broad and appealing, even for someone who orders by the glass. The staff is accommodating and responsive and even though the restaurant is often full, I never feel rushed or harried. Orzo has become one of my go-to places for nicer lunches and occasions out: a family birthday dinner, a girls' night or an enjoyable evening with an out of town guest.
We've been very pleased with our meals here many times, but this time the food was very good but not excellent. The burrata-vegetable salad was the best part; the bread with hummus is always good; the cod with lentils was good but not outstanding; same with the vegetarian ravioli. For close to $100 for dinner for 2 we hope for outstanding, and hopefully will think it is again next time.
Four friends from out of town at Orzo
Each friend enjoyed the dining experience at Orzo. Be careful not to miss the location as the outside is not readily noticeable but once you are there the parking is ample, the ambiance is pleasant and the food delicious - we had salmon, lamb, pea soup, ravioli, hummus, a delicious Syrah and a tasty pan a cotta for dessert. Coffee and Limoncello topped of the evening. Yum - Don't turn down an opportunity to dine here.
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.
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.
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