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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
Closed now
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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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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank PSG309
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Katie is AMAZING at her craft! Lovely staff and atmosphere!! The outside looks a bit plain....go inside!! The pop of the walls and cobalt glasses and colorful tasteful decor is so classy! The MENU....delicious! A must visit at the Downtown Mall Area!

Thank jamieyockin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at Hamilton's on a very busy Friday evening. Last minute addition of two people and an infant in a car seat was happily accommodated. Given a fabulous table in the front window of the restaurant. Wine list was good. Food was delicious-appetizers, entrées, and desert. Highly recommend Hamilton's! You will not be disappointed!!!

Thank Lisa P
London, UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Given our lunchtime experience today, I'm astonished that Hamilton's has such a high rating. My entree of the "vegetarian blue plate special" can best be described as amateurish, both as regards the food on the plate and the presentation. It was certgainly not something I'd be prepared to serve up. My partner's linguini with some sort of local sausage was... More 

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Granada, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always enjoy lunch at Hamilton's. It's a great place for a business lunch or to meet friends or take the visiting in-laws. Hamilton's is the only place that I will order crab cakes in Virginia as they are top-notch! The blue plate special is frequently worth trying but it's hard to decide what to order because it's all good.

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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our dining group of 16 goes there every year and every year many of us are disappointed. Not that the food is bad, but not as great as the price would imply. 5 years ago it was quite good, now it is average. The menu has changed little. I think the prices have gone up but the servings have decreased.... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the day at Thomas Jefferson Monticello. Ready for a nice quiet place to reflect on the day and enjoy a dinner together before heading home. Obviously consulting TripAdvisor, selected Hamilton's as our first choice. Outside seating "perfect", food "perfect", service "Perfect". If you are fortunate to have Amy as a server, go with her recommendations and enjoy. I... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnificent place to stop if you're in the Charlottesville area. We definitely enjoyed having a delicious dinner in such a laid back, yet upscale restaurant. Don't forget to order one of their signature fried green tomatoes or their pimento cheese hush puppies as an appetizer. The blackberry creme brulee was divine!

Thank Lori T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food in an upscale dining room Excellent service and quality preparation Imaginative dishes We enjoyed tremendously New York quality

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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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