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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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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and service. Had the following: butternut squash and savory calamari appetizers, and these entrees - lamb with pappardelle pasta, rockfish, shrimp and grits, vegetarian sampler, roast duck. Set off with a Virginia estate Cabernet. Everything was well prepared and delicious. Service professional. One...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BaddMonkey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had pimento cheese hush puppies, fish of the day (mahi mahi), shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and a great bottle of wine! Highly recommend the crab cakes and the grits, although everything was amazing. Would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Grant W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere here is very nice. We had fried oysters with bacon jam for an appetizer and they were excellent. Our entree was the house made pappardelle with Za átar spiced lamb Bolognese served with mint Gremolata and Caromont Esmontonian cheese. I no idea what...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stems22
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very professional service team ... always. Formal atmosphere by C'ville standards. It has long been the place for business lunches or an upscale lunch with friends. Clean crisp decor befitting the business meal, leans more towards elegant and less towards casual and warm, which I...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Edward F
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This place has something for everyone including great Virginia local specials. One of the daily menu items is the Blue Plate Special which is always vegetarian and has some unique and tasty dishes. This is a place is consistent and a great place to take...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank BlueBadger
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Have been here three times and have left happy and satisfied all three times. Food is good, portions appropriate, and service is very attentive. Very pretty room and a short walk from multiple hotels. I have no hesitation to recommend to others.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kathyrogers726
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Arrived in Charlottesville late Friday afternoon for the Montplier Hunt Races Saturday. Rain was pouring on the way to dinner, but stopped just as we parked in the lot behind Hamiltons. Reservation was on time. Squash appetizer was very good. My wife had shrimp and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tim H
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

I didn't reject to find Food of this quality in a town this small. This restaurant has also stood the test of time. The food excels! It didn't stack up to the best USA food location like NYC, San Francisco or Scottsdale, but it is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank carrb2014
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We had a very nice dinner at Hamiltons'. My wife had the shrimp with grits and I had the chicken with fried green tomatoes. Both dishes were excellent. The drinks are reasonably priced and they are a nice size. We were entertained during dinner with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank charlescD2470KM
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Friends were treating us to dinner, and I had not eaten at Hamiltons' in quite some time. The dining room tables are well spaced, and the noise level makes conversation easy. My husband started with the fried oysters around a mound of pickled vegetables. They...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Claire M
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Response from gina1910 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know but give them a call and find out for sure.
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I don't think they do but call and check.😊
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
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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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