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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent spot on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall to have a meal where you can talk at normal levels AND enjoy delicious food! Well portioned offerings, sensational taste and attention to details... it is a great place to take the discerning visitor, a valued friend or the one you love! Enjoy!!

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Thank kmkayton
Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good food and excellent service, a lovely mixture of 'southern' and progressive.The best of the old south

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food OK, but service BAD. I don't normally write bad reviews, if the restaurant just average, I just not going to review them. But the recent visit at Hamiltons' were very disappointed. we were there Sunday night around 7:35 pm, our waitress came and take our drink and food order, the drinks and the appetizers came out OK, didn't take... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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160 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Grabbed a last minute Monday night reservation here for dinner. It got great reviews and I agree. They had a nice local selection of VA wines. Server recommended a Viognier that was delish, and then a glass of a red blend for my husbands steak that was really good too. And that steak, he won dinner tonight, as my crab... More 

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SW Virginia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for dinner and loved the ambiance. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Wine by the glass was excellent, but the food was poor to average. I had the pork chop and it was overdone and chewy, my guests had the duck and said that the meat was tasty but chewy. My Caesar salad was average at best. The... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the pedestrian mall, we loved this restaurant - our favorite in Charlottesville. Food and service was excellent. We ate inside and the decor was lovely.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as a reward luncheon at my workplace for surpassing our Q1 goal. The selection was wonderful and the fool full of flavor. The portions are on the smaller side, but perfect for me (I like smaller portions). The set up was nice for big groups as well and it allowed us to eat family style. Truly stand out... More 

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DARIEN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all a +++ for having acoustical guitar live music that didn't disrupt table conversations. The restaurant is tastefully decorated, employs competent and pleasant staff, and makes innovative dishes, many with local ingredients. We went at 7 on a Wednesday night. There was a number of tables filled but not an overwhelming crowd. Our server was helpful and attentive.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here whilst visiting Charlottesville. Good food, well prepared and presented. Entrees I the $20-$30 range. Good service. Seems to be pitched at the upper end of the market but not stuffy. Recommended

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Lexington, South Carolina
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently traveled to Virginia for tourism and ate at this wonderful restaurant in downtown Charlottesville. Great service, delicious entrees--shrimp & grits was fabulous; try desserts also....highly recommend

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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 Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, 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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