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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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87% Recommend
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Izmir Turkey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Hamilton's is located in the Charlottesville VA Downtown Mall, a great outdoor pedestrian shopping venue. We shopped along the shaded mall for a couple of hours then found our way to Hamilton's. Wife had one of the lunch specials, a salad of fresh greens and herbs topped with beautiful and tasty medium-rare steak. I had the crab cake and it... More

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Keswick, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great place for business lunch, however, I suggest you not get the vegetarian special. I got the regular fish special and it was wonderful, but my partner got the vegetarian special which was hardly a meal. It was like an appetizer and did not fill him up. I ended up sharing my fish entre with him. I'm not sure they... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My wife and I recently moved to Charlottesville. We had heard good reviews of Hamilton's so recently decided to give it a try on our anniversary. The food was excellent and reasonably priced for a more upscale restaurant on the downtown mall. The preparation and quality of the meal was excellent. They had a robust wine selection. My primary recommendation... More

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Scottsville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

The food, service and atmosphere ate exceptional. Even at lunch; they have the same great food. Their vegetarian dishes don't make you feel like you are just eating vegetables.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Good casual place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the pedestrian mall if you dine outside where limited tables are available. This place was pretty good, but a little pricey for the quality of food and service we had. The cocktails were very good and prepared exactly as ordered. Good craft and IPO beers and wines available at decent... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Very good food, and selections, plus great service! Haven't been to Hamilton's since late 90's, but the food and service was as good as we remembered! everything was very good, spaced well (with two kids, 12 & 8), and a fair value for the level of food and service. Red Drum was excellent as were the crab cakes!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Food, service, drinks, desert, and ambiance for special occasions or for that important business dinner, this is one of Charlottesville's and Virginias best and most consistent restaurant experiences year after year. Try it when you need that special dinner.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had a great dinner here. The service was courteous, the menu selection wonderful and the food delicious. I had a special of the evening, cucumber and ginger soup which was very tasty.

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119 reviews 119 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had a really fine dinner here, including an excellent scallop ceviche, and delicious drinks, including one made with local Virginia apple cider, bourbon, and an orange twist! We dined outside, and the "walking street" through Charlottesville offered live music after dinner, too! A great evening!

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14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

On a recent trip to Washington DC my wife and I took a side trip out to Charlottesville to visit Monticello the home of Thomas Jefferson. Whilst there we had a fantastic dinner at Hamiltons restaurant. This is a world class restaurant and whilst relatively expensive you won't be disappointed and certainly will get value for money.

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