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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 23
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  • 12
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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
Great spot for lunch

This is a great spot for lunch even on a hot day with nice shade cover. Good service - delicious food with nice presentation and most reasonable prices. Couldn't ask for anything better. Salad with goat cheese and crab cake with polenta were yummy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Weems, Virginia
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Weems, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a great spot for lunch even on a hot day with nice shade cover. Good service - delicious food with nice presentation and most reasonable prices. Couldn't ask for anything better. Salad with goat cheese and crab cake with polenta were yummy.

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charlottesville
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent food, reasonable speed of service, and perfect location make this the perfect spot for your work lunch. I always find it enjoyable and you never know who is seated near you (hint hint- celebraties eat here often).

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Houston
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Loved our experience at Hamilton's. The outdoor seating was lovely, service was spot on and the food was delicious! Grilled oyster appetizer was fabulous and the shrimp with grits was the best ever! Overall wonderful meal!

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Gurgaon, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I visited Hamiltons' on a rainy afternoon in April end with my uncle. He suggested we try the southern food. We ordered Jumbo shrimp in creamy grits and housemade black pepper spaghetti with country ham, poached egg and parmesan. The food was accompanied by Virginia red which was really fruity and flavourful. The food was delicious to say the least.... More 

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kc
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138 reviews 138 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

In the Mall area of Charlottesville there are about 10 really great restaurant options with in steps of each other. We were so happy we ended up at this one. It had a great wine list and a knowledgeable server and really interesting farm fresh food. We loved the crab cakes, pork, and snapper. All perfect, and don't forget about... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Everything about this place was great! The atmosphere was nice and relaxed. We started with a bottle of Virginia wine that was recommended to us by the waitstaff. It was a great recommendation since we aren't familiar with Virginia wine. We ordered a calamari appetizer; it was best calamari dish we've ever had! It was glorious! Both of our main... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is a classy place with well prepared American choices. The service is friendly and attentive. Nice size wine list with interesting selections. Prices are not the highest but are at the high end. Only drawback is the noise level.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been to Hamilton's many times, though not in the last year. So when friends and family were in town I selected Hamilton's because of its consistent high quality. I was not disappointed - service and food were excellent. Even though it was a crowded Friday PM during a Charlottesville festival, nothing slipped between the cracks. The Grilled Romaine Caesar... More 

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Staunton, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Food was top tier, beautifully presented and our waitress was very courteous and effective. This is a great place for a business lunch.

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Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Of the many and varied restaurants on the Downtown Mall, Hamilton's ranks right up there among the best. Seating is available both inside and out on the mall (highly recommended if weather permits). The menu, which purportedly features locally-sourced items, is not expansive by any means; maybe eight entrees, five of which are seafood. Most entrees are between $23-$28. On... More 

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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: Romantic

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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