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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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87% Recommend
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English first
Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was at Hamilton's for a business dinner and was delighted with the atmosphere, service and food! I had the nightly special which was a broiled trout and it was delicious. I cannot remember the wine that I had because it was recommended by someone else, but it was great too!

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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My boyfriend and I were here for dinner during a birthday getaway in VA. We had the soup of the day (rustic tomato and beans, with great bread on the side) for starters, the duck and the tenderloin dishes for entrees (perfectly cooked, with flavorful sides) and the pouched pear for desert (twist on the classic apple crumble), accompanied by... More

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Washington, DC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Restaurant is located in the walking mall area and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Innovative cocktails and excellent food preparation. We ate outside for lunch and the service was good as well. The meatballs were exceptional.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Good food, nice atmosphere and excellent service. Try the smoked pork belly with quail egg, it's awesome. Also the mixed starter plate is fantastic. Entree wash okayish (tenderloin).

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Hamilton's is a Charlottesville classic. This restaurant has been around forever, and you can always count on a good meal.

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Middletown, New Jersey, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Based on a friend’s recommendation, my daughter and I had dinner here during our college visit to UVA, and I am so glad that we did. The entire experience was outstanding. The atmosphere is one of casual elegance. It is open and airy with a high ceiling, a very inviting mix of bright and warm colors, and an obvious attention... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Husband and I live locally so we decided to have dinner here one evening. I ordered the lamb stew with noodles which was really good and hearty. Really enjoyed the Barboursville Virginia wine! The assortment of chocolate desserts was good as well but could have been better. Would be nice if they had bigger tables with a little bit of... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Hamilton's never disappoints. I've been there many times with large and small (couple) groups and love their food. Wait staff is excellent! The last time I ate there, I had probably the most delicious duck entree I've ever had and duck is my favorite fowl so I've had it many times.

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charlottesville, VA
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Excellent crab cakes in an elegant setting. Outside seating on the mall in good weather! Great service and a wonderful "special occasion" meal!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Consistant quality outstanding flavors from around the world something for everyone, and a Fine vegetarian plate and local handmade chocolate for desert, great soup and did i mention excellent pricing for lunch, Great People too been sending tourists there for years ! Larry E

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