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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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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The menu may not be huge, but the food is superb. Good, attentive service too. I'd recommend it. We had no complaints at all.

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Thank Craig S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is from local sources and creatively prepared. Service is professional and atmosphere is delightful.

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Thank Barbara19421357
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food is really original and delicious. The staff is lovely and the price is very reasonable. The food is sourced locally. The goats cheese is from one of the owners. I have tried to abduct the chef but they keep him in hiding. Their Sunday brunch is has something for everyone. The dinners are equally special.

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Thank Ann M
Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely little corner restaurant near historic Paramount theater. Great atmosphere, generous portions, fresh ingredients, wonderful service. Elegant but not stuffy. Scallop appetizer is a MUST! Vegetarian blue plate special was amazing and enough for two ladies to share.

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Thank Pamela R
Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything was great! Food, atmosphere, and service all excellent! I highly recommend! My party enjoyed the filet, trout, crab cakes, and good selection of wine. Wait service was excellent; very attentive and not rushed.

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Thank Kathleen D
Cambridge, MA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the vegetarian soup, a spicy cold dish, followed by shrimp and grits. The grits were prepared with a creamy, cheesy sauce, quite good. Decent wine list as well.

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Thank Art G
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hamilton's has delicious food with lunches costing in the $9 to 13 range. Wonderful shrimp and grits. And crab cakes. And very good salads. Chef always seems to be coming up with some very appealing new dishes. A recent one is a salad with fried oysters. Some good dishes from the past like a quail Cobb salad have disappeared, sadly.... More 

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and atmosphere was very good at Hamilton's however the service slipped as the meal progressed. My dessert never did arrive and the waiter was baffled it seemed.

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Thank ACappon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting from out of town and meet friends for dinner . We ate inside on a humid night . The dining and bar area feel like a Tuscan in decor. Wonderful service from Devon... Fantastic meal from appetizers, wine , main course to dessert! We had a wine from the Veritas winery ; fried green tomatoes, crab cakes,... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were visiting Charlottesville so went downtown to the Pedestrian Mall for lunch. Hamilton caught our eye . We sat outside water was brought to us immediately but it took the waiter 15 minutes to bring the menus! Fortunately the food was so good it made up for the SLOW waiter!

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$5 - $33
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-295-6649
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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