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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
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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
Beautiful evening

We dined outside on a lovely balmy evening and were treated to great service, lovely drinks and quality food. Really recommend an evening here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Craigsoota
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  • Romantic
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Alexandria, Virginia
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113 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We sat on patio as inside was frigid. Drink choices were unique and yummy. Food was good, not great, considering the prices. Nothing mindblowing so probably wont return

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Charlottesville
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Hamilton's has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years, but not on my last visit. I ordered the "special" entree of trout, a favorite fish of mine. It was plated with a VERY small portion of a cold "salad" of what looked like garbanzo beans, some type of small green grapes & 4 pickled beet stems. The entree... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We dined outside on a lovely balmy evening and were treated to great service, lovely drinks and quality food. Really recommend an evening here.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Friends and relatives were visting Charlottesville, and we had a good lunch at this place. Is it a place I would long for? No, but it is clean, reasonable and convenient.

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Livingston
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

While visiting Charlottesville, VA, we checked the listings in Trip Advisor and found this restaurant. After eating there last night, with friends, we were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the wait staff was pleasant and attentive, and the outdoor seating was delightful. This is the type of restaurant where you do not feel rushed so the table can be... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The atmosphere, both inside & outside, was very nice. The service was excellent. The food was also excellent. However, for the prices, I thought the portions were a little small.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We always loved Hamiltons in the past, but ourpost graduation luncheon for 8 was a big disappointment yesterday. None of us actually thought ourfood was particularly good. 0 for 8. The service was quite slow even though theplace was only 1/2 full, amd the waitress mixed everything up. The plates looked fine, attrative even; but people thought theor dishes were... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The food presentation and taste was so very good. The waitress knew her menu and made suggestions on substitutions and could not be more pleasant and professional. The dinning room itself was a bit

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Hamilton's has been serving imaginative food with attentive service for many years. One of the distinctive attractions is the vegetarian "Blue Plate Special." They also make great Sazeracs. On a nice day, you can eat outside at one of the tables on the Downtown Mall, although these cannot be reserved in advance.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

It has been a while since I was a Hamilton's. Food and deserts were very good but the price is on the high end, so this is, for me, a special treat place, not a once a month place.

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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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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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