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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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English first
Leesburg, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The interior of Hamilton's is very attractive - white linen, etc. My husband and I came here for dinner on our first night of our "getaway from our child even though we love him" weekend. Our server was lovely. Unfortunately the service was extremely slow and we are not sure why since the dining room was not full until almost... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

While walking Main St. on a quiet Monday night during our first night in Charlottesville we liked menu at Hamilton's and gave it a try. We were both very impressed by the presentation of our dinners and even more so by the wonderful flavors in our crab cake and pork chop meals. A variety of fresh vegetables blended well and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Service was slow, waiting awhile to get our order, and food took a long time to arrive. Food was just alright, never special. Portions are on the small side, so you may be hungry when you leave. Also was overpriced for what you get.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had a late lunch. It was very good although limited. The service was excellent and the waitress Geraldine was one of the best we have had in a long time. Very attentive and accommodating. The wine list was excellent as well as the cocktail menu. We would go back.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After reading the reviews on this restaurant our party of 6 decided to make reservations for the evening. We were placed on hold for appro 5 minutes, not acceptable. We arrived, were greeted pleasantly by the staff, shown to our table and greeted quickly by our waiter. He was attentive, made suggestions and answered our questions. The food is not... More

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Crozet, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Best. Great menu, friendly staff. This restaurant is the most comfortable and pleasing places to enjoy a cocktail and dinner. It is the type of place you will return to time after time. If in the area you must stop. Located on the beautiful downtown walking outdoor mall.

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Portola Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

In the land of Thomas Jefferson. Had the shrimp and grits recommended by our server (who was great) and they were delicious. The grits were super-savory, cheesy with roasted tomatoes and impossible to stop eating. Topped with perfect shrimp. Yow. The decor is a bit of an 80's time travel experience- they need to strip all that faux painted stucco... More

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Bristol, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have never stopped going to Charlottesville since my undergraduate days in the 1980s and this place is atop my list now of places to eat when I am there - great location on the mall for outdoor dining on a nice day, and everything we've tried was such good food.

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Bethesda, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We found this place through Trip Advisor (#2) and was not disappointed. We sat outside, which was nice, and had very good service. They had a nice menu variety as well. We had the charcuterie board to start and then lobster gnocchi (it was good but oily) and the chicken. They also had really innovative and fun drinks. Would go... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Every time we go through Charlottsville we stop for lunch at Hamilton's. We have never been disappointed. The food is so good I order a glass of wine to compliment - then get my husband to drive the rest of the way. : ) Wine selection is also very nice. I recommend it to everyone that is in the area.... More

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