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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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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I have a long history with Charlottesville dining but often look for new places to eat when we visit. After a recommendation from our hotel, we booked reservations at Hamiltons'. The restaurant is small and cozy with a limited but intriguing menu. The wait staff was unfailingly pleasant and attentive. We loved the vegetarian soup of the... More 

Thank Susan G
Durham, North Carolina, USA
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by after taking in a movie at the violet crown theater. No wait for a table at 8:45 pm! cosmo was generous size and delicious. Tenderloin Cooked to perfection. Too full to try dessert. Definitely recommend.

Thank afrdurham
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The bartenders were friendly and fun while we waited for our table. The food was amazing, our waitress was very nice and prompt with requests.

Thank Lori P
Alexandria, VA
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1,543 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our search for a bar for an after dinner drink in the Old Town area led into Hamilton's. The small bar with a seasoned bar tender was just right for a place to unwind and talk through a very full day of touring in the city. A full menu of mixed drinks along with a decent offering of wine and... More 

Thank jeffl499
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at Hamilton's. I mad our reservation a few days prior, but we arrived nearly an hour early when a tour we had enjoyed ended early. The staff was incredibly accommodating and seated us immediately. Geraldina, our waitress, was one of the best serves we have ever had. She was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu... More 

Thank Allie_Zoe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Head Chef Curtis Shaver always has an incredible menu, it's a must when in Charlottesville! Menu changes by season and dishes use local and fresh products.

Thank Richard C
Luxembourg City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

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

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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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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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