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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Treated by the in-laws we stopped here among many others throughout thier one week stay. This was the most expensive place I have been to in Charlottesville and I really can't say that I was impressed. This atomphere was very good and definitely gave you the fine dining experience but the food was just okay to me. Not worth the... More 

Thank Aaron C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Last night a group of friends enjoyed dinner. My beef tenderloin was perfect as were most of the other entrees. The lamb ragu, however, fell short - didn't have much lamb, two small pieces!! I usually look forward to Manhattan at Hamilton's but this fell short too, could't taste the bourbon.

Thank Nellysford
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Hamilton's around 7:00 on a Wednesday after calling first to inquire about children's meals. We were seated promptly without reservations in a beautiful dining room with linen tablecloths and attractive artwork hanging on the walls. The waitress took our drink orders and then returned to take our food orders. There was a nice selection of appetizers and... More 

Thank GCorr7309
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Chose Hamilton's for a birthday outing. The experience was wonderful from start to finish. Started out with a cosmopolitan for the birthday girl and Newcastle for me. Both were pronounced as excellent. PEI mussels as an appetizer were a great start. We moved on to crab cakes on herbed rice and spinach for me and tenderloin with blue potatoes and... More 

Thank 3Eagles
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Classic white-linen service is a rare these days, I have dined (eaten is too simple a word) at Hamilton's several times for business events. Service is excellent and the food very nicely done. Hamilton's may not be the "new thing" but it is certainly consistently done well.

Thank painnurse2
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I have a long history with Charlottesville dining but often look for new places to eat when we visit. After a recommendation from our hotel, we booked reservations at Hamiltons'. The restaurant is small and cozy with a limited but intriguing menu. The wait staff was unfailingly pleasant and attentive. We loved the vegetarian soup of the... More 

Thank Susan G
Durham, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by after taking in a movie at the violet crown theater. No wait for a table at 8:45 pm! cosmo was generous size and delicious. Tenderloin Cooked to perfection. Too full to try dessert. Definitely recommend.

Thank afrdurham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bartenders were friendly and fun while we waited for our table. The food was amazing, our waitress was very nice and prompt with requests.

Thank Lori P
Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our search for a bar for an after dinner drink in the Old Town area led into Hamilton's. The small bar with a seasoned bar tender was just right for a place to unwind and talk through a very full day of touring in the city. A full menu of mixed drinks along with a decent offering of wine and... More 

Thank jeffl499
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at Hamilton's. I mad our reservation a few days prior, but we arrived nearly an hour early when a tour we had enjoyed ended early. The staff was incredibly accommodating and seated us immediately. Geraldina, our waitress, was one of the best serves we have ever had. She was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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