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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
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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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Linden, VA
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

From the wine to the creme brûlée and everything in between, our dinner was outstanding. My entree was the delicious Asian-flavors trout special. It was nice to receive the bill and discover that Hamilton's did not follow the course of many restaurants these days in making the special an especially high-priced dish. Husband's shrimp and grits did not disappoint. Kahlua... More 

Thank mickgene
Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I lived in the area a few years ago. Everytime we come back to Charlottesville we make a point to visit Hamilton's. The food and service are always top notch. I had the crab cake and was delighted. Highly recommended.

Thank Kris A
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is good regardless of the weather, but their outdoor space on the Downtown Mall is ample and well shaded for great al fresco Sundays. We have eaten here several times and its always outstanding. Skip the pastry basket, but see if the muffin or other sweet item is available ala carte. Always a creative offering -- butterscotch banana... More 

Thank CVilleTravelers
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have never failed to have a great meal here. We don't order appetizers and prefer to go with a main course and dessert. The latter are outstanding and the sorbets are as good as ones in Paris.

Thank Puffin36
Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service were great. I personally love the decor because of its deep blue sea colored bottles and votive candles. It's small and quaint and very popular as we discovered. We arrived at little after 11 AM. By noon, there wasn't a seat in the house. I was not able to take pictures as this was a business... More 

Thank Cathy E
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at Hamiltons at least 10 times . My review, it's always good service and food . The menu is diverse

Thank B21XIjudyb
Charlottesville VA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Hamilton's many times, and it is usually a consistent, reliable choice. The food is well prepared, the menu has enough diversity for any group, and the service attentive. I was surprised, therefore, to have a very disappointing experience recently. Two friends and I visited for lunch on a Saturday. It wasn't terribly busy, and the initial service... More 

Thank Pollyanna70
Charlottesville, Virginia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hamiltons' has been around for as long as I can remember the Downtown mall. It's has a very pleasant atmosphere, not too stuffy or too casual. It's popular with the business people around the area as well as for ladies meeting for lunch. Their signature blue goblets reminds us of the consistency in their service and food you can depend... More 

Thank CvlGal
Charlottesville, Virginia
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a Friday evening reservation for Restaurant Week. Restaurant was quiet, not tightly packed, and elegant. The bisque was great, as was the chicken and the Denver steak. The service was excellent... not too intrusive, but persistent and gracious. I would definitely recommend the place, even though it is a little on the high side, or price-wise.

Thank Stephen R
Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We so wanted to like this place. Went on a Monday night and only 2 other tables had been seated but our service was slow. The drinks were the most memorable part of the meal - we each had just one, but their rum specialty and Albemarle gin cocktails were wonderful. The butter was better than the bread which was... 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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?