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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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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

Hamiltons provides a great atmosphere with spectacular food that is perfectly prepared. They offer a dine-in or dine outside option. Same food, just a little different atmosphere.

Thank K2980NFkenp
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not only is the food truly outstanding at Hamilton's but their atmosphere is great for a celebration. It just seems to strike that balance between urban & upscale alongside historic tradition, which makes it a top choice for Charlottesville graduation dinners or anniversary date nights....More

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We sat in their private room after graduation this weekend & the service could not have been better! All of our questions were answered & the food came very quickly. Shrimp & Grits and creme brulee were the highlights of the evening. We got a...More

Thank SteelersGal85
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spent day walking around Charlottesville -stopped at Hamilton for lunch in patio -very reasonable portion for lunch -I had trout served over spinach with snap peas -delicious! Also cup of leek soup with pickled Brussel sprouts -nice combination of flavors. My husband had crab cake...More

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great, from the appetizers to the dessert. Lovely staff, very helpful. Would recommend for small groups or date night.

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at Hamilton's is generally excellent and our visit on May 10, 2017 was no exception. HOWEVER, once again they've slashed the size of the servings so that a main course dish is presented in a modest appetizer portion. That's all well and good...More

Thank Catriona E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place - really lovely food (I had the beef), the cocktails were brilliant (the sparkling one... I had a few so I can't remember what it's called!). Service was a little cold but it didn't impact our experience. I'd go back here

Thank Njo_82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very heavy food. Hush pupies fried in old oil. Oily drits. Good swrimp. Service ok. I expect more. We quite desert to have it elsewhere.

Thank Fernandanaestrada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rally wanted to try this place based on other reviews. So, ok, all I can say is excellent, excellent, excellent! For drinks we tried several cocktails - cosmo, albamarle fizz - excellent, appetizers we had the meat & cheese board, pimento cheese hush puppies...More

Thank Deanna J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to give Hamilton's a go tonight - has been about 20 years since our last visit with them. We were seated promptly. Server was friendly. Brought out our drinks fairly quickly. Brought out our appetizers within about 15 minutes. An hour later we are...More

Thank Debra W
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Carrie G
For New Year's Eve set menu, do you offer children's items/ kids menu? Thanks in advance !
26 December 2016|
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Response from Hollin D | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they do but call and check.😊
Hi Im looking for a place to hold out daughter's med school graduation the weekend of May 20th, 2017 - for 16 people. Yes? No? Thanks, Lisa
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
I am searching for a restaurant in Charlottesville for a Rehersal Dinner. The wedding is the end of May. Would you beable to offer a package deal for about 28 adults and 4 children? What would be the cost per person? Thank you, Gretchen Horst
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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.