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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came at the end of Mothers Day Brunch and the service and first and entrée courses couldn't have been better. Very attentive, friendly staff. Deserts were good - not great (not as good as the other courses).

Thank Gregg N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four friends meeting for brunch, over bloody marys....and they were goooood. So was the food.. creatively prepared, great choices on the menu, and wonderful service. A fully enjoyable visit to an old stand-by in Charlottesville.

Thank chuckiek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So enjoyed a fabulous lunch sitting on the mall in Charlottesville. Fine selection of lunch options and full bar beverage options.

Thank Alice W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are experienced travelers... this restaurant is a real discovery. Wonderful chicken with risotto. We gad a table outside. Inside it was a little bit to chilly. But in general: chappeau!!!

Thank Geert B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oyster appetizer was small but very good. Beef tenderloin was undercooked and tender but very flavorful. Wife returned hers for more cooking which they willingly did. Many were dining outdoors so indoors was pleasantly quiet.

Thank businessman2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a really fantastic lunch here. Lovely service, attentive. We enjoyed the vegetarian blue plate special (we all wished we ordered it), the shrimp and grits and chicken wrapped in lettuce leaf. All delicious and tasty. We enjoyed lunch outside which was good for...More

Thank LS_GoingPlaces
Reviewed 20 April 2018

To our surprise, this experienced restaurant (20 years) has a superb kitchen and highly professional, friendly and attentive wait staff. Interesting menu. The dining room was packed all evening as we enjoyed the unhurried service. It seemed that the patrons were regulars accompanied by some...More

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Good food served outdoors which was great. Crab cakes were very good. Hazelnut Cream Brûlée was to die for.

Thank gkbook520
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We came here for dinner during the Easter weekend and we enjoyed the ambiente of this smart place. The bar might have been good to eat at since it adjoined the really good classical guitarist who sweetly regaled us throughout the evening. As it was...More

1  Thank buenvino
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Whenever we go to Charlottesville, the first place I book a dinner reservation is Hamilton's. They hit the ball out of the park on ambiance, service and food. They eagerly provide delicious and memorable vegan options. Love, love, love the cobalt glasses on the tables....More

1  Thank Joanne_S1983
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Carrie G
26 December 2016|
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Response from Hollin D | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they do but call and check.😊
26 October 2016|
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Response from HamiltonsCville | Property representative |
Yes we are accepting reservations for UVA's graduation weekend. Please call the restaurant and speak with the manager. (The best times to call are before 11:00 am and between 3:00 and 5:00 pm). Thank you. (434) 295-6659
15 January 2016|
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Response from Surfr5 | Reviewed this property |
Gotta tell you, after recently going through this process, we would recommend you check out The Local, The Ivy Inn, and C&O Restaurant. The Ivy Inn is very elegant, just outside of downtown, but the rooms are split up so it... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: +1 434-295-6649
  • E-mail
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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