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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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Open Now
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Thank gkbook520
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Wonderful find on Main Street, the charming pedestrian walkway coursing through downtown. Neo-continental cuisine creatively presented. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. After coffee, head out to listen to some music at a nearby club or catch an up and coming performer on the street.

2  Thank TCWRetail
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Hamiltons is our “go to” when we have company who likes good food and a nice atmosphere. For dinner, reservations are a must. For lunch and brunch you might be OK if you go early or late. The food is consistently good, well presented, and...More

Thank ncthomps
Reviewed 1 March 2018

First, it is on the mall which is great urban space so location well chosen. Second, the atmosphere is classy. Third, the service is excellent with informed wait staff. And, fourth, and not least, the food is really top notch. We had four people with...More

1  Thank danearle
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Yes, the food was terrific, but what really set this meal apart for us was the service. David, our server, and Logan, our host, made us feel welcome right away. David gave me some excellent recommendations when I couldn't make up my mind, and both...More

1  Thank RDC72
Reviewed 15 February 2018 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 11 February 2018 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 10 February 2018

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.

1  Thank GCM7103
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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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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