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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The decor, ambiance, food and wait staff all were beyond expectations. This is a "farm-to-table" restaurant which prides itself in doing things right by limiting the menu to the number of dishes it can do well--very well indeed. The street-level space on the pedestrian mall is cleverly divided by booths, a pergola, shutters, live plants and other decor to make... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An elegant dining experience on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Great wine list, and delicious food. Worth the price for a special dinner.

Thank omyheck
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friendly service, good food, and quiet enough to have a conversation with friends you haven't seen for a long time. Recommended!

Thank BillBraithwaite
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The menu is seasonal and does change so you may not find an old favorite on a return visit, however the service is good, seating outdoors is our usual choice, and we always are satisfied with the food and wine list.

Thank yahootraveler64
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The perfect start to a couples getaway weekend. More appetizer pimento cheese hush puppies? Yes, please! Superb service. Delicious dinner. Nice variety of wine & specialty drinks. Fun desserts. We'll be back.

Thank waterhog
Charlottesville, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hamilton's is a Cville standard although it has been some time since we've eaten here. Nice atmosphere with live jazz guitar, very courteous staff, and pleasant ambiance. Food was good, but not quite equal to some best options around town. I had linguini which was OK, and (a bit of the) wahoo which was tasty. The wine selection was good... More 

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Columbia, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the crab cake with Basmati rice and Spaetzle with local sausage. My dessert - Pear Tart - was a disappointment. The poached pear was good but the two dry puff pastry triangles were a disappointment.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reservations a must on the weekends. Booked an early Friday evening for dinner before an 8:00 show at the Paramount Theater. Arrived 15 minutes earlier than 5:45 reservation and glad we did. Seated immediately, restaurant relatively quiet, more seated outdoors than in. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner over next two hours. No pressure from wait staff, even when it got... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family (my wife two children (both adults), holidaying in Virginia, visited the restaurant on the recommendation of a bookshop owner at Main Street. The restaurant is obviously popular and deservedly so: we were lucky to get a table. We had spent the day at the National Park and we felt under-dressed as the Restaurant is obviously for fine dining.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a delightful restaurant! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at the restaurant. We had an 8pm reservation but they were able to seat us early and outside. It was so nice to sit outside an watch what was happening on the mall. We started with the pimento cheese Hushpuppies. They were fantastic! For dinner I had the housemade... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $33
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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