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“Wonderful Experience”

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, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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.
Cary, North Carolina, United States
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

My husband and I were first-time visitors to Charlottesville. We chose to have dinner at Hamilton's based on TripAdvisor reviews. And we were so happy we did! We dined in their lovely indoor dining room. The staff was very pleasant and professional. Our food- I had the chicken breast and my husband had the duck- were both nicely prepared with accompaniments that complimented the proteins very well. A nice green salad with a light dressing and delicious warm bread were included with the entree. We both enjoyed wine from their large wine list.

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Mandeville, La, USA
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location. Great food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Sat outside for lunch. Had very good service and prices are good. Very good margarita and salads were exceptional.

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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“good food, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

A charming restaurant on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. Went there by recommendation from inn owners and it was lovely. The food was very good and the ambience was relaxing-not too quiet, not too loud. They had a jazz guitiarist which made for nice background music.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Mary Ann F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Sorbet to live for...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

A lovely little place tucked in on the downtown walking mall; themed in colors of French yellow, blue glass, and terracotta decor. They have a delicious lunch and source local foods (i.e. fresh lettuce). While the cost of a lunch is expensive, the tangy sorbet alone is worth the money: a trio of little scoops of icy dessert in flavors of cantaloupe, avocado/cucumber, and raspberry. Served in an edible flower shaped buttery brickle cup that is so sweet it will make your teeth hurt. (You don't have to eat it, but it's really good.)

  • Visited July 2013
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B, Florida
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Innovative, delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We chose Hamiltons based on the website menu and TA ratings. It turned out to be even better than imagined. We sat at the bar - great cocktails- got into a conversation with the bartender who turned out to be an owner. The chef is new, about 4months or so, but he has some creative combinations and the owners have a real commitment to local and sustainable farms. We had the scallop appetizer with orange marmalade, jalapeños and avocado which was outstanding. The flavor combination was quite original. The house salad was very fresh greens with a tasty balsamic dressing - hon had the Caesar which was also quite tasty. We shared the chicken main entree. Pimento risotto was awesome, the chicken was obviously of a better quality than you normally encounter. Good selection of wines with some local vineyards that are outstanding. Wish we had had room for dessert! Would most definitely come back..thanks,Greg.

Visited July 2013
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