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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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  • 176
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  • 72
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 1
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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
Local Food in an Excellent Setting

We enjoyed our dinner at Hamilton's very much. The food, much of it locally sourced, was excellent as were the specialty cocktails. The service excelled and the atmosphere was pleasant. Strongly recommend for couples or groups. Would definitely eat here again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Connie B
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Brattleboro, Vermont
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at Hamilton's very much. The food, much of it locally sourced, was excellent as were the specialty cocktails. The service excelled and the atmosphere was pleasant. Strongly recommend for couples or groups. Would definitely eat here again.

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La Crosse, WI
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157 reviews 157 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Probably one of the nicer venues on the lovely brick walkway downtown, where the U of VA brings interviewees on a regular basis to impress. The sole was perfectly cooked, and my partners really enjoyed the shrimp and grits, yes, grits. For average main course and one drink with tax and tip, expect to pay about $40/person, substantially more than... More 

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Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food, lovely atmosphere -- what better place is there for date night? Not many live up to the standard set by Hamilton's. I recommend it to friends and visitors.

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batesville va
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fir many years this has been my favorite place to celebrate a special occasion. The space is lovely and features dining outside. Lunch is the best deal ever! And you will see local folks there. Always a nice vegetarian plate prepared daily.

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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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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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