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“Dined here twice, not bad but better places on the mall”

Hamiltons' at First & Main
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$33
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 1 February 2012

This is a pleasant enough place and there is nothing wrong with the food, decor, service and location...but I can't call it anything more than that.

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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Love this place! Sat at table overlooking the downtown mall! Great crab cakes! We have been here many times - never dissapointed! You'll enjoy!

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Thank VirginiaSunny
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

My family and injust went there for dinner tonight. In the past, I have really enjoyed the food. To be fair, my husband did love his chicken entree tonight.

But I found the vegetable plate to be uninspiring. The booths are quite tight for 4 people, particularly if you have a purse to store. And our server, Calvin c, was not friendly at all. Everything seemed to be a bother for him, even though it was a slow Monday night.

Overall, I was quite disappointed and will not return. Instead, I recommend the lunch at villa Crawford in keswick hall or dinner at fossett's in keswick hall. Also, the food at the Palmer room is also very good.

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Thank JaimeSommers
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We had the vegetarian blue plate special; very interesting and unusual variety of flavors on the plate and delicious! Nice wine list, good selection of local wines. Our waiter was delightful; wish I could remember his name.

Thank AmyGOhio
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Good food, good wine, great crowd, nice Downtown Mall patio

Thank Peter R
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