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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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11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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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Reston, Virginia
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun place located in the heart of the Charlottesville action. Pleasant interior. The food is reasonable good, but if you are looking for something special, this is not the place. The menu is "trendy", but but was a bit disappointing when on my plate. The service was extremely slow, maybe a bad night?

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Thank Andrea S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great venue right in the heart of the Historic District. Indoor seating is upscale while outdoor sidewalk / patio is very charming. We were here for Easter Sunday Brinch with a limited menu so, I am somewhat limited on he menu selections. For this brunch the selection was a bit eclectic and it was very good. The... More 

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Thank Dean B
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197 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son and I were very pleased with our choice for a late afternoon lunch. Hamilton's was still serving their Sunday brunch menu and was not crowded that late in the day. The atmosphere is very pleasant and good for conversation, and our server was excellent. Espresso was perfect. Shrimp and grits was excellent but the arugula seemed old and... More 

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Thank Bill B
Roanoke, Virginia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have eaten lunch at Hamilton's several times and wanted to try for a relaxing celebratory dinner. Service was excellent. Restaurant was crowded but didn't feel that way. Our food was good but I was a little disappointed in the selection. Overall nice dinner on the mall. Fun to walk around a shop before dinner.

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Thank purplefog
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sunday Brunch outdoors on the Downtown Mall is superb-- outstanding, innovative American food and dog friendly. The shrimp and grits are wonderful and the breakfast bread basket is a must. The service here is excellent and the prices a fair value. If it's too hot outdoors, reserve a table inside. I visit this restaurant every time I'm in town. Love!

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Thank MaineCampers
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had lunch here on several occasions over the years. The food and service is always great. They always have a good selection including vegetarian options.

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Thank Judith W
Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very nice meal on Tuesday night. My husband and I shared the pimento cheese appetizer. The inside was very moist, but it would have been better if the outside had been crisper like the typical hushpuppies. I had the crabcakes for an appetizer, and they were delicious. My husband had the special--I think it was braised pork... More 

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Thank E1722
West Chester
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent all day touring the city and couldn't wait for our reservations. We were not disappointed. We sat outside on a beautiful night. Great dinners were had by all - great vegetarian options.

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Thank Lisa C
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special lunch for 2 Professors, 6 Headteachers visiting from Wales and the Principal and Senior teacher from a very special School in Alexandria. Great service - unobtrusive - as we all talked "Knowledge" in great depth. Great menu to suit all tastes. I had my first taste of grits / delicious. We all appreciated this very special lunch... More 

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North Potomac, Maryland
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very good. Especially liked the mussels appetizer. Good wine selection. Nice location on Downtown Mall and they validated parking.

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?