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Cocktail being poured over ice into a glass. - Cafe Frank, Charlottesville, VA

Cafe Frank

4.5
4.5
257 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Café Frank is a vibrant, intimate Franco-Italian restaurant and cocktail bar on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall. We can't wait to serve you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary Italian, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 825-9496
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jay Gutierrez
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Cross street
    4th Street NE
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Bus Stop 11015 on E Water St at 3rd St SE
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Restaurant Week - Summer 2024

    Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2024
    Join us as we participate in CVILLE Weekly's Summer Restaurant Week from July 15th to 21st! A portion of proceeds from every meal sold will go to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. We will be offering a three-course menu priced at $45 per person. Our standard a la carte dinner menu will not be available during this time. **We can generally accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions as long as we know in advance, so please include that information in your reservation notes.
    Restaurant Week - Summer 2024 Photo

What 257 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

257 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great for a small birthday dinner - sommelier and waiter were excellent, food was great (frito misto, lamb confit, scallops) and dessert and drinks were all very well done. Dillon made us feel very at home.

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  2. DeniceD

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner at Cafe Frank. The wait staff were well trained and professional. The bartender created very nice cocktails. It’s a small intimate restaurant. The food was expertly prepared and presented to our table. I recommend the bison Bolognese and duck confit dishes.

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  3. Bippy

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time eating here while visiting C-ville. Our server Cassie was amazing! Food and drinks were perfect as always, too!

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  4. MadameE

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please, run, do not walk, to Café Frank, and do so if and only if you are ready to enjoy a cut well above the typical high-end, expertly-prepared meal. The last time I dined anywhere near this quality was in Paris, where I lived for over a decade. I arrived ready to content myself with salad, wine, and dessert after a hectic day. The delicate white anchovies in my generous Cesar salad, paired with a lovely Sauvignon blanc, seduced me into ordering the seared rock fish with a lovely, vibrant carrot puree. I was not disappointed. Truly exquisite. To my continued surprise, the chilled vanilla-bean panna cotta further raised the bar, followed by a short espresso with lemon zest. I haven't had a cognac in years, but finishing this meal largely merited one, which allowed me to prolong the dining experience for another half hour in the golden sun of evening. Excellent, authentic, and discreet down-to-earth service. Thank you Dylan, Delaney, and Kate. Such a treat. My new favorite table. 💛

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  5. traurose

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent cuisine!! Pleasant atmosphere and wonderful service.

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  6. Judy

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside, all our dishes were perfection as usual! Pricey dinner always, but well worth it!

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  7. Jayne

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was DELISH and so were drinks! Staff was very kind and knowledgable

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was terrific! Very fun, welcoming and personable. The menu was a bit odd, limited for ‘graduation weekend’ but lacking some basics like a ‘steak frites’ or chicken dish. We ordered mussels which were ‘so so’ (broth was watery, lots of empty shells).

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  9. MichaelD

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! The duck confit was delicious, and the scallops and black risotto were great! Will return!

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  10. VictoriaJ

    Denver

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at Cafe Frank. The food and service were excellent. They did a lovely job accommodating my allergies too. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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FAQs

Cafe Frank is rated 4.5 stars by 257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Frank

317 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5233

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th Street NE
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary Italian, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Bus Stop 11015 on E Water St at 3rd St SE
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jay Gutierrez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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