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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an excellent dinner with friends at Hamilton's last weekend. It's fine dining at it's best, but worth every penny. We enjoyed the swordfish, shrimp, and spaghetti entrees. The wine list was excellent, and our waitress could not have been nicer.

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at Hamiltons. We sat outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere. The food and service were also excellent! We will return!

Thank Burnpar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal here when we stayed in Charlottesville for a night. We selected it based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. We asked for a booth and got one and the service we had from the waitress/waiter was really good - friendly and...More

Thank IrishMimi
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Always well prepared and tasty food. Worth spending a little extra, many C’Ville restaurants don’t deliver the quality. Hamilton’s has never disappointed. Take you sweetheart out for a treat.

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We were able to get a reservation here with short notice. We were starting up the street and enjoyed this to be walking distance from our lodging. We each started out with a salad starter. Her ordered the house and I ordered the beet salad....More

Thank Laura K
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Food and service were mediocre at best. Clean. Ice environment with a decent menu options but no one in our group (5) really enjoyed or felt there meal was unique or worthy or ordering again. Service was ok but lacking for price point of orders...More

Thank PIFD
Reviewed 11 November 2017

The ambiance and staff are terrific. The lunch menu reads like a million dollars, but the prices are as low as the nearby burger joint. I had North Carolina shrimp over grits with a tomato confit and a couple of leaves of escarole. Nice presentation.....More

Thank Ana K
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had dinner here on a very busy night (parents weekend) and were fortunate to be able to get an outdoor table. This is small nice restaurant located on the Main Street Mall. The Mall is quite the scene at night with performance artists and...More

Thank jimtons
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Outstanding preparation and services from arrival to departure. The quality of the food was superb, perfectly timed, and prepared.

Reviewed 27 October 2017

My friend and I went to the restaurant primarily because it was a hot September day and Hamilton's still had its air conditioner on. I had read positive reviews of this restaurant, but was very pleasantly surprised by how very good it was. My fish...More

Thank wildflower2016
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Carrie G
26 December 2016|
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Response from Hollin D | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they do but call and check.😊
26 October 2016|
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Response from HamiltonsCville | Property representative |
Yes we are accepting reservations for UVA's graduation weekend. Please call the restaurant and speak with the manager. (The best times to call are before 11:00 am and between 3:00 and 5:00 pm). Thank you. (434) 295-6659
15 January 2016|
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Response from Surfr5 | Reviewed this property |
Gotta tell you, after recently going through this process, we would recommend you check out The Local, The Ivy Inn, and C&O Restaurant. The Ivy Inn is very elegant, just outside of downtown, but the rooms are split up so it... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-295-6649
  • E-mail
Located in the heart of Charlottesville's Downtown district, Hamiltons' is the perfect spot for a delicious afternoon lunch or a romantic evening dinner. A cheerful, cozy atmosphere and attentive service ensure our guests enjoy an outstanding dining experience, be they Charlottesville natives, out-of-town visitors, or University students and staff. We also feature outdoor patio seating seasonally, providing our guests the opportunity to dine amidst the bustle of the Downtown Mall. Our Staff Kate and Bill Hamilton opened the restaurant's doors in February 1996. Today, talented Chef de Cuisine Curtis Shaver brings a distinctive flare to the exciting, contemporary American cuisine for which Hamiltons' is known. In addition to overseeing Hamiltons' award winning wine list, General Manager and Partner Daniel Page directs a staff renowned for its congeniality and professionalism. Music at Hamiltons' Every Saturday and Wednesday night from about 7-10 p.m, Hamiltons' hosts the live jazz stylings of guitarist Peter Richardson. Peter's album with clarinetist Dave Kannensohn titled "Saturday Nights at Hamiltons'" features American and Latin jazz favorites.
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