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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 11 min
11:30 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Microgreens galore. Taste & presentation were impressive. Attentive, friendly service. I enjoyed pork wontons in a coconut sauce, pleasantly spicy, lobster tail with mushrooms, rice and a delicious sauce, and a peach tart.

Thank caweav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant has a very welcoming feeling. Small warm atmosphere. The menu is very interesting with a wide selection of main courses, salads and appetizers. The wine list extensive and the mixed drinks are very good.

Thank booksVa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most dependable place for an excellent meal--the service, food, and changing art on the walls are always first rate. We have never had a bad meal at Hamilton's and we've introduced many people to it with confidence.

Thank GCM7103
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped into this beautiful restaurant for a drink. We had the most delicious drinks to celebrate a birthday. Two of us wanted to share a cocktail and the bar tender happily split the drink into two beautiful glasses for us to enjoy. I will...More

Thank Anita S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined here during Restaurant Week for the first time even though we have lived in C'ville for 5 years. My spinach salad was very good, but unfortunately, my chicken entree was overcooked and the chicken was quite tough. I will probably not return based purely...More

Thank stellak73
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Love, love, love this restaurant. We lived in CVL for many years, and unfortunately had to move, and whenever we get back we try to make time to have dinner at this restaurant. The service is superb, the food divine and the atmosphere welcoming and...More

Thank hokie82
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

For dinner or lunch, can’t beat it. They know how to serve and the food is locally sourced and beautifully prepared. Great bartenders too!

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 5 January 2018

There's a good reason this is one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville. The food is fresh and well prepared. One person in our group who got the filet raved about it. The spaghetti was good, but something spicy in it almost overpowered the rest...More

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

4 of us experienced the new year Eve set menu. 4 different appetisers, entrees, and desserts. All high quality and perfectly prepared. Not large portions, but very tasty. Limited selection but good wines. Close quarters, but who cares. Our waitress was wonderful. Undoubtedly worth the...More

Thank citadel76
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped in based on the reviews and was sorely dissatisfied. Poorly executed flavors and textures. The shrimp and grits were overly seasoned with the only flavor of heat permeating. The grits had the consistency of play dough mixed with sand. I do not mind paying...More

Thank alingenfelter
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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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