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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
11:00 - 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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Luxembourg City
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had dinner here on Friday night. It was a delicious meal in a charming little restaurant. How delightful to have a delicious meal at a good price where they actually have real tablecloths and napkins. The wait staff was attentive and cheerful. I loved the shrimp and grits. We shared chocolate many ways for dessert. Yum!... More 

Thank Lux2
Arlington, Virginia
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed dinner at Hamilton's (November 2016). The food is very good, service was prompt and attentive, setting was relaxed. One of the nicest places in Charlottesville and it earned its high rating on Trip Advisor. Expensive, but a very good value.

Thank PJA070413
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188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my mom the other day for lunch and we were both very impressed. We had the shrimp and cheesy grits, and the crab cake. Both were very good. The crab cake especially, with huge lumps of crab, was really good. One of the best I've had outside of faidleys in baltimore. Even the complimentary bread they... More 

Thank Yankeebaseball
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, so we are shrimp and grits junkies. Love them when they are good, and these were. We got there on a very busy day, and time, but the service was quick and efficient. Hamiltons was a great place to lunch while strolling, and shopping, the Downtown Mall. The beer and wine selection topped off our lunch nicely.

Thank Michael P
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as a family on a Sunday morning before touring the UVA campus and Monticello. The food was creative and excellent. Terrific omelette, homemade jams and syrup, perfect Bloody Mary - we loved it all! Wait staff was top notch. Highly recommend!

Thank StorksNest
Timberville, Virginia
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We each had a salad, mine was a steak it was delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. Clean with plenty of windows and natural light.

Thank jackjilli
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Blackened scallops, chili glazed pork belly, smoked Cajun aioli, celery salad. To sum it up....heaven on a plate! My husband and I hope it will be a permanent entrée addition to the menu. It would certainly have us returning often.

Thank Lynne B
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hamiltons is quite pricey for dinner but their lunch is fantastic and reasonable. My favorite is their Blue Playe Special which is a sampling of 5 vegetarian dishes. I'm not even vegetarian!

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San Antonio, Texas
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83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went for dinner and ordered the Grilled Sea Scallops over a Roasted Poblano Crema as an appetizer. It was good, although a little too creamy. It could use a little more scallops and less cream. Then we split the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Smashed Blue Adirondack Potatoes. It was very well served and just delicious. They... More 

Thank Siempreviajo
Laurel, Maryland
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Hamiltons' and they're 2 for 2 on delivering an outstanding experience. The first thing to know is that there's not a lot of real estate, so plan ahead and book early. There is some outside seating in good weather and the Charlottesville Mall scene is nice, but we really enjoy the cozy interior and... 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, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?