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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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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We came into Charlottesville for a concert and wanted a nice romantic meal. We had the trio of crab and it was small, yet delectible. However our steak and fish dinners were large and memorable. The al la carte mashed potatoes were so good. A great example of fine dining.

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Wilmington, NC
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Food is yummy and service was great. I had the shrimp and grits which was out of the ordinary and delicious - generous portion. My husband had the tacos which were tasty, too. Very nice decor and calm environment.

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Midland, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Have eaten here several times and as always the food, presentation and service more than justifies the price. Menu varies and has some unusual parings that are very pleasing to the taste buds The venue itself is located with easy access to parking and you ca take a stroll after to help Remove at least some calories

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Roanoke, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The restaurant itself was very nice. My family enjoyed the place settings, linen tablecloths etc. Service was great, water glasses always topped off, food came quick. The food itself I would classify as slightly above average. Nothing to write home about, but a satisfying meal.

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Shanghai, China
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It all started because my bags were too bulky to carry any further....I saw nice blue glasses, bright interior and decided to give it a go for lunch....I ended up returning the same day with my son for dinner....Then, two more dinners....Never a bad meal. From crab cakes to eggplant, linguine with clams and finally a lovely fish with local... More

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Earlysville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We went here for an anniversary celebration and both really enjoyed our meal. The shrimp and grits was among the best I've ever had. Our table was at the front of the restaurant and it was difficult to converse over the live music. We requested that they lower the volume, which they did, but it was still difficult in a... More

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Izmir Turkey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hamilton's is located in the Charlottesville VA Downtown Mall, a great outdoor pedestrian shopping venue. We shopped along the shaded mall for a couple of hours then found our way to Hamilton's. Wife had one of the lunch specials, a salad of fresh greens and herbs topped with beautiful and tasty medium-rare steak. I had the crab cake and it... More

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Keswick, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great place for business lunch, however, I suggest you not get the vegetarian special. I got the regular fish special and it was wonderful, but my partner got the vegetarian special which was hardly a meal. It was like an appetizer and did not fill him up. I ended up sharing my fish entre with him. I'm not sure they... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My wife and I recently moved to Charlottesville. We had heard good reviews of Hamilton's so recently decided to give it a try on our anniversary. The food was excellent and reasonably priced for a more upscale restaurant on the downtown mall. The preparation and quality of the meal was excellent. They had a robust wine selection. My primary recommendation... More

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Scottsville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

The food, service and atmosphere ate exceptional. Even at lunch; they have the same great food. Their vegetarian dishes don't make you feel like you are just eating vegetables.

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