In Latin America, the word “Zocalo” means center of town, or place where people gather. Zocalo Restaurant is located in the center of Charlottesville on the historic downtown pedestrian mall. It has been one of Charlottesville’s most popular dining and nightlife spots for the past decade, and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. During the warm weather months, Zocalo’s large patio is a regional hotspot where guests enjoy sipping a signature cocktail such the Mango Barracho or a traditional Mojito, as they catch up with friends or relax and watch the endless parade of people strolling the downtown mall.
Zocalo has been praised by customers and food critics alike for its consistently excellent food as well as friendly, professional and engaging service. Whether you’re in the mood for an intimate dinner or a lively, energetic bar scene, Zocalo will hit the spot.
Zocalo co-owners and chefs Ivan Rekosh and Andrew Silver have been friends since their first day of culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and have collectively cooked in San Francisco, Maui, Atlanta, and Chambery, France, before moving to Charlottesville together in 2002 to fulfill their vision of opening Zocalo Restaurant. They have both since married and started families of their own, and they are proud to be local business owners in the Charlottesville community where they’re raising their kids to eat locally and taste globally.