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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I have never failed to have a great meal here. We don't order appetizers and prefer to go with a main course and dessert. The latter are outstanding and the sorbets are as good as ones in Paris.

Thank Puffin36
Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and service were great. I personally love the decor because of its deep blue sea colored bottles and votive candles. It's small and quaint and very popular as we discovered. We arrived at little after 11 AM. By noon, there wasn't a seat in the house. I was not able to take pictures as this was a business... More 

Thank Cathy E
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eaten at Hamiltons at least 10 times . My review, it's always good service and food . The menu is diverse

Thank B21XIjudyb
Charlottesville VA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Hamilton's many times, and it is usually a consistent, reliable choice. The food is well prepared, the menu has enough diversity for any group, and the service attentive. I was surprised, therefore, to have a very disappointing experience recently. Two friends and I visited for lunch on a Saturday. It wasn't terribly busy, and the initial service... More 

Thank Pollyanna70
Charlottesville, Virginia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hamiltons' has been around for as long as I can remember the Downtown mall. It's has a very pleasant atmosphere, not too stuffy or too casual. It's popular with the business people around the area as well as for ladies meeting for lunch. Their signature blue goblets reminds us of the consistency in their service and food you can depend... More 

Thank CvlGal
Charlottesville, Virginia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a Friday evening reservation for Restaurant Week. Restaurant was quiet, not tightly packed, and elegant. The bisque was great, as was the chicken and the Denver steak. The service was excellent... not too intrusive, but persistent and gracious. I would definitely recommend the place, even though it is a little on the high side, or price-wise.

Thank Stephen R
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We so wanted to like this place. Went on a Monday night and only 2 other tables had been seated but our service was slow. The drinks were the most memorable part of the meal - we each had just one, but their rum specialty and Albemarle gin cocktails were wonderful. The butter was better than the bread which was... More 

Thank Kathy G
Moraga, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant had been recommended to us by a local resident. It was casual dining, with an excellent menu. We were grateful that we had made reservations, as the restaurant was packed. It is is a fun location for walking around after dinner.

Thank moragajoanne
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Treated by the in-laws we stopped here among many others throughout thier one week stay. This was the most expensive place I have been to in Charlottesville and I really can't say that I was impressed. This atomphere was very good and definitely gave you the fine dining experience but the food was just okay to me. Not worth the... More 

Thank Aaron C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last night a group of friends enjoyed dinner. My beef tenderloin was perfect as were most of the other entrees. The lamb ragu, however, fell short - didn't have much lamb, two small pieces!! I usually look forward to Manhattan at Hamilton's but this fell short too, could't taste the bourbon.

Thank Nellysford

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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