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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: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

My BF and I are finishing a two month assignment in Charlottesville. We have eaten out here many, many times and Hamilton's is definitely the standard bearer. Their cocktails are spot on, the food is very good without being fussy, and the service is truly impeccable. The prices keep this place from being a regular stop, but it is absolutely worth the splurge.

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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!!!!

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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.

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Thank Patricia D
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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!

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Thank bandit1DaytonaBeach
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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.

Thank JBlomberg
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