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Hamiltons' at First & Main

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101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
+1 434-295-6649
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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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you must go to the downtown mall on the weekend, do not miss Hamiltons Sunday brunch. If the weather cooperates, waiting for outdoor seating under there are many shady trees is worth the wait There's always something totally decadent in the pastry basket, the shrimp and grits, Benedict variety, and chicken and waffles are amongst the best in town

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virginia
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment we arrived in town everyone told us we HAD to eat at Hamiltons. They do not take dinner reservations, and when we arrived on a Saturday eve at 7:30ish there were many people hanging around outside, and we were told there was at least an hour wait. There were two hostesses slouching at the hostess stand and... More 

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Keswick, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always good. consistent. Excellent food, beverage and service. All the time. Great location. Great atmosphere. Lots to love about this place.

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Thank Ronald M
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great tour guide Christoper. Very informative and took the time to answer our questions. Nice piece of history

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Rockville
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here for lunch on a cool, sunny day and dined in the outdoor space. It was a perfect spot for soaking in the atmosphere. The waitstaff were friendly and knowledgeable, and everything that we ordered was delicious and well presented. We will definitely return if in the area again.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a party of 3 for lunch on a weekday. We opted to dine outside due to the unusually warm weather here in VA for January. I had shrimp and grits and it was delicious. This was my first time dining at Hamilton's so I can't comment on the ambiance of the inside of the restaurant. But seating outside... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an exceptionally warm day in February so we sat outside. Our lunch of shrimp and grits, the outside ambience and the service was all perfect!

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our party of eight enjoyed an excellent brunch at Hamilton's at First and Main. The service was attentive and the atmosphere is very pleasant with a mediterranean color scheme. We were able to talk with each other, unlike many establishments where it is too noisy. Our group sampled many menu items, all of which received positive reviews. Favorties included their... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a party of 8. Ambience is great. Food is average - I had the vegetarian platter. I thought serving macaroni is dull. And the brussel sprouts were overdone. It lacked creativity, freshness and taste. Too much of the sweet, not nearly enough of the savory and missing the 'hotness'. To be fair, it is average for vegetarians. My... More 

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Linden, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the wine to the creme brûlée and everything in between, our dinner was outstanding. My entree was the delicious Asian-flavors trout special. It was nice to receive the bill and discover that Hamilton's did not follow the course of many restaurants these days in making the special an especially high-priced dish. Husband's shrimp and grits did not disappoint. Kahlua... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 33
Cuisine
American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?