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“Fantastic Lunch”

Hamiltons' at First & Main
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
traverse city
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic Lunch”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

service was perfect and,not obtrusive, food was great, had chilled cucumber honeydew soup, shrimp grits and linzer torte... Perfect dining experience....
Will be back soon for more!!!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Crownsville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“We had a perfect evening.”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

I had made a reservation for Hamilton's' based on Trip advisor. We were visiting Keswick Winery early in the day and asked for input regarding restaurants to visit. Two people who did not know each other recommended Hamilton's' so we thought this to be helpful. We ate inside although outside would have been nice as well although noisier since many were walking and eating in the Charlottesville pedestrian way. We had a perfect scallop appetizer although I would say three large scallops for $12 bucks is a little high. I had the halibut poached in lemongrass broth and soba noodles. Perfect for me. My husband had poached shrimp on a very flavorful grits base. Also excellent. The service was impeccable with perfectly timed delivery of appetizer, salad and entree. We would definitely return.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Patricia D
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Daytona Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Outstanding food & service”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Hamilton's has been a long time favorite. Their culinary creativity is exceptional and they keep adding and creating new things to make you want to come back. Whether outside on the mall, or inside, service is great. Save room for dessert!

  • Visited June 2013
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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“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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“#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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Thank Tom G
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