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Hamiltons' at First & Main

101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped at Hamilton's at First & Main after visiting Montpelier. It received great reviews so my husband and I and another couple tried it. The food was delicious and the drinks were great! I had a shrimp dish and they brought out a pasta...More

Thank gina1910
Reviewed 4 days ago

The food at Hamilton’s is beyond wonderful! Great variety, everything made to perfection. A good place for fine dining for any day of the week, or any reason. The atmosphere is private - you CAN have a conversation!

Thank Patsy D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Recommend the blue plate lunch special (vegetarian-seasonal) that we shared as an appetizer upon recommendation from the gentleman at the Vistor's Bureau. Entrees for lunch were excellent as well and wait service was wonderful!

1  Thank Donna M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in Charlottesville to watch our grandson play baseball last weekend and went to Hamilton's on the downtown mall. We were very pleased with the variety of appetizers and dinners. My wife has to eat gluten-free and enjoyed their chicken dish. I had the...More

1  Thank redwollfnc
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don’t always remember to consider Hamilton’s but it never disappoints. They are always able to accommodate my husband gluten-free diet .

Thank Nina C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did training in Charlottesville and stumbled upon Hamilton's and was grateful I did. Greatest food, awesome coffee, great service and pleasant atmosphere. I ate here every night and was so impressed with the food, desert and coffee that I forgot to take more pics of...More

Thank Wanda B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is pure delight. Great food and the best people watching in town. Chris delivered the refreshing drinks and got our orders perfectly served. Oysters, scallops, vegetarian plate, sorbet trio and 4 locally made chocolates for dessert. You can't miss with Hamiltons.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although I live in Charlottesville, I never had visited Hamilton's. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent. The service was perfect. The desert which was a maple crème brûlée was delicious. It was a first-rate experience.

Thank ramblinrose08
Reviewed 17 May 2018

We came at the end of Mothers Day Brunch and the service and first and entrée courses couldn't have been better. Very attentive, friendly staff. Deserts were good - not great (not as good as the other courses).

Thank Gregg N
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Four friends meeting for brunch, over bloody marys....and they were goooood. So was the food.. creatively prepared, great choices on the menu, and wonderful service. A fully enjoyable visit to an old stand-by in Charlottesville.

Thank chuckiek
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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
USD 5 - USD 33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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