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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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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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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
Fine dining in the heart of Charlottesville

Absolutely delicious food, decent value, good service. It's right in the heart of the downtown outdoor mall. We sat in their tables in the middle of the outdoor concourse, and the atmosphere and people watching were great. Both meat and vegetarian entrees were great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely delicious food, decent value, good service. It's right in the heart of the downtown outdoor mall. We sat in their tables in the middle of the outdoor concourse, and the atmosphere and people watching were great. Both meat and vegetarian entrees were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great service began the moment we entered and asked for our table (reservations recommended depending on the hour). The hostess was very welcoming and our server was very attentive and helpful without being pushy. Food is local for the most part and they're more than willing to discuss what they have on the menu and where it's from. The calamari... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This locally-owned/operated restaurant is not only a staple on the C'ville Downtown Mall, but it is a dining experience on all fronts. Whether Dan, Emily, or Greg are bartending, you won't be disappointed with your cocktails and conversations with them. They are mighty good. Oh yes, the food. Locally-sourced meats, vegetables, cheeses, et al are combined to give incredible results.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This great restaurant is located in the bustling downtown mall with plenty of outdoor as well as indoor seating. The food is very good, especially the grilled romaine salad. My two complaints are that the service was very slow, which wasn't too much of an issue for us as we weren't in a hurry, and the lack of offerings for... More 

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Mineral, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a big lunch but wanted to have a little something before seeing our show at the pavillion. We opted to try here since they offered upscale cuisine utilizing local farmers and foods. There was a very lengthy wait just to receive our drinks (iced tea and a chardonnay). It was quite smart of us to allow 1.5hrs to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Hamilton's is a first rate restaurant on the pedestrian mall in Charlottesville. We liked the crab cakes (almost as good as Baltimore) . Our friend had the pork chop, which looked delicious. There is a good beer list, with some local VA breweries. Outdoor seating is possible, but it was a rainy day.

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Troy, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Had a great lunch with my friends--ate al Fresca as the weather was great. Good food and friendly servers.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I love Hamiltons'. The food is consistently good with inspired dishes that change frequently. The service is exceptional. I love taking family and friends from out of town because it truly represents the best of what Charlottesville has to offer: locally sourced ingredients used to create french southern meals with friendly, fine-dining quality service in a casual, yet refined atmosphere.... More 

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Easley, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had lunch here twice. Farm to table restaurant. Good food. We ate in the seating outside. Fairly priced.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A last snack in Charlottesville before continuing road trip. Hamiltons’ at First and Main called to us (was it the great table next to large tree in the center of the mall? the light playing through cobalt blue glasses on the table?) sitting under trees can be mixed blessings: a baby slug fell on my empty plate. but somehow I... 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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