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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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Boones Mill, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

a pumpkin soup starter that brought out satay elements with its nut and spice accents. Local craft ale on tap that is backed up by a decent selection of other drinks. Great mains to the point that every member of my party had food envy but wouldn't share because theirs was so good!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The atmosphere here was warm and inviting. The service was on point and the food was solid. To me, "solid" is quite the compliment as many other restaurants in Charlottesville are just fluff and no substance. Looking forward to dining here again!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I've dined here many times over the years and always happily and pleased. Also wrote a great review in the recent past. I had lunch today and ordered the vegetarian blue plate special...I did not enjoy and was not impressed. It had no substance and it was unpleasant having to deal with dried up artichoke leaves. Please take this dish... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been to Hamilton's several times, actually every time I am in C'ville. It is so nice to know if you choose this place you will be served impeccable food with gracious service each and every time! Manager, Jarrett (sp?) cares about your experience....it shows.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was an almost spring-like day in late November and were surprised to be able to snag a table for brunch without a wait. The menu was creative, well done and had a lot of healthy choices. The savory scone and chocolate muffin served in the bread basket were excellent. The egg tacos and daily frittata the same. Our server... More 

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Louisa, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Hamilton's is a wonderful, inviting restaurant in the heart of the downtown mall. The food is consistently good every time we visit. Cocktails are generous, service good, prices very reasonable. I like that the menu and specials are changed up fairly frequently to avoid becoming stale.

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Roanoke, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Located in the middle of Charlottesville's downtown pedestrian mall, Hamilton's is a consistently great restaurant. Have eaten there several times and never have been disappointed. Yesterday's red snapper special and shrimp and grits were wonderful. Large wine selection, though a very limited by-the-glass list. Service was great.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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154 reviews 154 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This restaurant is located right on the downtown mall. The root soup appetizer was yummy. For dinner I had a delicious grouper in a healthy broth. My husband had a vegetarian dish that was excellent. He has been trying to cut back on meat and it was a great alternative to a meat dish. Our local wine and micro brew... More 

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Lexington, Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Took advantage of an Indian Summer day to lunch on the patio at Hamiltons'. Excellent lunch menu of carefully prepared/well-presented food--spinach pappardelle with a sausage, broccolli rabe, and mushroom ragu for me and a jumbo lump crab cake for my wife. Wines by the glass were excellent and fairly priced. Dessert was a shared slice of buttermilk pie with apples,... More 

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Address: 101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
Phone Number: 434-295-6649
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Average Prices: USD 5 - 33
Cuisine: American

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