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923 Preston Ave, Ste G, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4446
+1 434-293-9888
11:00 - 20:00
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Orange, Va
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Small place, very limited seating. A plastic spoon and fork kinda place with killer food. I ordered the Hot and Sour Soup and the Amazing Chicken Cox My wife got the Don Don Noodles and the Miso Soup. Everything was fresh, the food was great and the hot and sour soup may have been the best I have ever had.... More 

Thank amosapparel
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270 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Granted, this is not the place you're going to on a first date. It's unadorned and you order your food at the counter and then serve yourself a drink, and will be responsible to bus your own table. On the other hand, the food is very good. It's freshly prepared and the vegetable sides are especially well done. There is... More 

Thank ProfessorCharles
Charlottesville, Virginia
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434 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Average setting in Rose Hill shopping center. You go in and order, and then they bring it to your table. Service is pretty quick, and with the location you cna visit the organic food store basically next door, or the bread place a few doors down.

Thank samtrip12345
Madison, VA
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

This is one of our absolute FAVORITE restaurants in Charlottesville, Va. - a hidden gem. We ate lunch there yesterday and enjoyed it very much - as usual. We shared our favorite - Wonderful Chicken. The proprieter recognized us immediately and knew just what we wanted. Our lunch arrived so hot we couldn't eat it at first and was enough... More 

Thank AnnieMadison_VA
Atlanta, Georgia
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314 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

I've been on a dumpling spree, craving the best. These were the second I had in Charlottesville, and win the competition. Yet, I didn't think they were mouth watering. Firstly, they're fried. Nothing wrong with that, I was just hoping for steamed. And the fried tofu was meh. Not entirely my favorite. But this place does offer other authentic choices... More 

Thank vertrude
Madison, VA
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

This tiny restaurant is located next door to Charlottesville, Va.'s Integral Yoga Health Food Grocery Store on Barrack's Road and not far from the Downtown Mall. It's run by the former owner of Ming Dynasty, and she has plenty of experience preparing excellent Chinese dishes. We go to Cafe 88 often for lunch, always sharing a large serving of "Wonderful... More 

Thank AnnieMadison_VA
Portsmouth, Virginia
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

We went here for take-out. The "Heavenly Pie" is actually a set of three large dumplings (the wrapper was like a fried pie dough) filled with chives, vermicelli, greens, and eggs. Outstanding. The scallion pancake was fine; good texture and flavor but very greasy. Then we had the vegetarian protein bento box. The portion was enormous, enough for two people... More 

1 Thank claratea
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217 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

I thought the reviewer who wrote that phrase in her post hit it on the nail. The restaurant is off the main road (Sticks and Mona Lisa Pasta are in the front of this small strip of stores) and next to Integral Yoga Natural Foods. There is seating inside (not much - maybe 14?) and a patio in front. I... More 

Thank 4NY2VA
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Cafe 88 is short on atmosphere and long on flavor. I have eaten there a number of times ant it is always good. They make a beef soup on Friday and Saturday that is OVER THE TOP!!!!

Thank Kim T
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

After driving for six hours we were elated to find this restaurant and eat. The food was good and seems to change often. There seems to be a buddhist inflience although the menu is ot 100% vegetarian They also have a small dim sum menu. Unfortunately everything was served on disposable plates and bowls. This is probably because it's just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 923 Preston Ave, Ste G, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4446
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-293-9888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?