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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 good27%
  • Average8%
  • 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 1 week ago via mobile

As always the menu was excellent, the food was outstanding, and the service was impeccable. We love sitting at the outdoor tables and people watching on the downtown mall

Thank obxfever
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We’ve had many terrific lunches and dinners at Hamilton’s. It is one of the nicer places in Charlottesville. Sitting outside is nice, but we like dining inside on cold winter evenings too! The service is very good as are the menu selections. I often pick...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit of an upscale restaurant. Crab cake was excellent. They had great mimosas and a nice bar. Had some good wines to select from as well. The menu was kind of over the top!

Thank Tabby B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had Sunday brunch at Hamilton's and loved it. The prices were good,food excellent and service excellent!! What more can I say. Oh,and the location in the Historic district adds to why folks should try it.

Thank hooah
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome. Best shrimp and grits ever. Loved the smoked tomato flavor in the grits. Wonderful service. Bright and airy atmosphere.

Thank pamtys42
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very nice atmosphere to celebrate a wedding anniversary. It was a cool comfortable evening and we were able to dine outside on the patio. We both enjoyed the dinners we had as well. Great evening. We would definitely return.

Thank jaynes621
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The restaurant is in an awesome location, on the downtown mall. The owner was the bartender and we had a great chat while waiting for our table. The food and service were amazing! Never had such unique and tasty calamari and pork chop dinner! We...More

Thank Hookmyhome
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We chose to sit inside to escape the overpowering heat, and also there was a guitarist playing, however there was very little atmosphere. The bread was obviously heated up to freshen it up, as it was very crispy. The food was reasonable but nothing special....More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Hubby and I have enjoyed dinner here over 3 years ago and while back in town, we enjoyed another meal....this time lunch! This restaurant is a must visit place! We actually traveled 30 mins into town specifically to eat at Hamiltons'. Delish. Go. Go. Go....More

Thank DMZ56
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We ate here last evening and had a great meal. While I never order vegetarian for dinner, I was successfully tempted to do so last evening after hearing the waitperson provide a fantastic description of the meal. My son thoroughly enjoyed his pork chop on...More

Thank audthad
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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, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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