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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
434-295-6649
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in the heart of Charlottesville's Downtown district, Hamiltons' is...
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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Good for:
Romance

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  • 172
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Top Choice for Dinner

Food is excellent. Wait staff knowledgeable, polite and helpful. One of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Mark Z
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Keswick
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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280 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Keswick
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food is excellent. Wait staff knowledgeable, polite and helpful. One of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville.

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Charlottesville
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The menu is limited as for as the number of items. Great variety that changes throughout the seasons but not a huge menu that's overwhelming. The food was top of the scale excellent and the cook and our waitress was fantastic!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Four of us broke bread at Hamiltons' as first-timers on the last night of Restaurant Week 2015. This restricted us to choosing from a limited offering of prix fixe meals. But, my oh my, they turned out heavenly, and we shall return! Since we didn't all order the same things, it'd be hard to say what was best, but the... More 

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Wintergreen, Virginia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It has been a while since we had visited, so we returned last week during "restaurant week". As good as it was before, it just got better. Outstanding service, very good and reasonably priced wine and bees selection and, most importantly, incredible food. The fried oyster appetizer had plump perfectly cooked oysters with a delicious sauce. The salads were light,... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

Always delicious but as soon as more than 5 tables fill up it seems very loud. Overlook that and a great dining experience.

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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had high expectations based on previous recommendations found here. I had the crabcakes (the most popular, I was informed) and my boyfriend had the trout special. Unfortunately we were disappointed, primarily by the menu, which we thought put standard "contemporary American" fare but together in odd combinations. The crabcakes with noodles and a mango curry sauce just didn't work... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Me and my girlfriend decided to go for dinner at Hamiltons' based solely on the great reviews it had received hear. This turned out to be a big mistake, and I can only assume that the restaurant either manages to up their reviews through writing and rating on TripAdvisor themselves, or that other customers just happened to come on better... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It was New Year's Eve and what were my partner and I thinking. We walked into Hamilton's around 7:00 p.m. Of course, they were busy. They graciously said that they could accommodate us at the bar, so we jumped at the opportunity. And the service from Jared and his wife was exceptional. We split two appetizers, a shrimp bisque topped... More 

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PA
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169 reviews 169 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Met friends from the area here. We were pleasantly surprised. Service was quite attentive and the food was very good. Although my tuna was average, my husband thought his pork chop was divine. The wines were local and interesting. I didn't rate it higher because I saw nothing terribly innovative about the menu or entrees. Overall a very pleasant experience,... More 

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My wife and I frequently have lunch at Hamiltons' when visiting C'ville, and they always have excellent food and service. However, I would not recommend their crabcakes, finding them to be too dry and having too much filler. Everything else, including the wine selection, is outstanding.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-295-6649

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 33
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

Description

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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