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Hamiltons' at First & Main
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

While in Charlottesville, my husband and I treated ourselves to a special meal each day.
After a long day of sightseeing, we ended up in the historic downtown mall area. It was a hard choice to make as to where to eat, but we decided on Hamilton's at First and Main.
The interior of the restaurant was a mix of classic and modern decor. The waiter was well-informed as to the menu and each entree. The ingredients used in their cuisine comes from local and organic farms.
Our entrees tasted fantastic! The presentation of our choices a feast for the eyes! We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the calm environment at Hamilton's.

Visited June 2013
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Keswick, Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“#1 on the Mall”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Hamilton's is one the "better" C'ville restaurants (I'm a local). The service is superb, the food excellent and it's THE place to take a potential client to seal the deal.

  • Visited May 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great for lunch or dinner!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Hamilton's is great food. I will be the first to admin that the prices are quite high for the amount of food you get but that's generally how upscale restaurant do things. I have been to Hamiltons for many lunches and several dinners. The service is pretty good but be aware, if you have an hour for lunch then you will be cutting it close with Hamilton's. They do things very well and are often very busy no matter when you go in there.

Overall, Hamilton's would be one of the most upscale places in C'Ville

  • Visited June 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Disappointment but will try again”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Special menu for graduation left a lot to be desired. Not just the selection but the preparation was disappointing. Service was positively excellent. 4 out of 10 enjoyed their meal. I really enjoyed the green salad which was a plain but very tasty collection of greens. The desserts were excellent, to that all agreed. I give this an average rating because it has always proven to be a fine restaurant in the past. We'll give it another visit before we write it off our dining list.

  • Visited May 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Meal and a Unique Eating Experience”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

My husband and I had reservations here on a Saturday night for a Virginia wine country weekend to celebrate our anniversary. With live jazz, a smart atmosphere, friendly service, and a great martini menu, this place is well worth the price. We tried the fried sweetbread appetizer (our first time ever trying sweetbread, and felt inspired to do so after watching too much of the Travel Channel) and loved it. The crab cakes are all-lump crab meat with barely any filler, and the braised pork chop was so tender it melted in your mouth. We were absolutely stuffed after our main courses, but had to try the lavendar crème brule for dessert. Outstanding! The downtown mall is a great place to take an after-dinner stroll.

  • Visited May 2013
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