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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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Open Now
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

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time in Charlottesville and we were guided to eat here. The very small restaurant gets noisy with a festive bar scene serving innovative concoctions. We both ordered the beef. It was very good but basic. Nothing special. If you are looking...More

Thank Case919
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hamiltons is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. I usually get the Blue Plate vegetarian special which consists of five different items. All are yummy. At only $10.00 it is a great lunch set in a beautiful sophisticated setting on the down-town mall.

Thank laundry2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful Sunday brunch while sitting outside on a warm December weekend. We each chose a different main selection, and we were all favorably impressed. Our server was superior, despite the outside location. The food was fresh and tasty! The caramel cheesecake with apple pie topping,...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hamilton's is a nice restaurant with good food, quality service and consistent results. The menu could use a refreshing but everything is tasty and well prepared. The shrimp and grits is excellent. The vegetarian specials are a standout. Would recommend but probably not in the...More

Thank mitchell R
Reviewed 14 December 2017

We had an excellent dinner with friends at Hamilton's last weekend. It's fine dining at it's best, but worth every penny. We enjoyed the swordfish, shrimp, and spaghetti entrees. The wine list was excellent, and our waitress could not have been nicer.

Thank Sandy H
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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
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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