Hamiltons' At First & Main
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Shrimp and Grits
shrimp poached in chardonnay and lemon with Woodson's Mill creamy grits, smoked Roma tomato confit, and fresh arugula
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
with parmesan Yukon Gold potato gratin, sage butter roasted Malibu carrots, and a black garlic-Burgundy reduction
Crispy Fried Oysters
over mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, avocado, egg, pecan smoked bacon and a creole ranch dressing
Everything was fantastic- great variety but not overwhelming menu. Our server was excellent. Good COSMOS, and nice wine menu. Can’t wait to go back.
This was our first time to Charlottesville and Hamilton's. We chose Hamilton's to celebrate our anniversary and were thoroughly pleased. The server was so friendly, and she provided us with excellent service! The food was excellent: the preparation, presentation and quality! We will definitely dine there the next time we are in town! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Hamilton's is a great place for a special event or just a good meal after a stressful workday.
Server was outstanding. Always enjoy the vegetarian Blue Plate Special. Can be a little noisy but otherwise excellent.
We enjoy Hamiltons for the food, service, and ambience. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville and we are never disappointed.
No longer serving bread with meal, and only bread option is to buy their ham biscuits. Maybe had to cut back due to rising costs associated with Covid, but it lessened the feel of being a top restaurant. Food itself was just fine.
Wonderful dinner, was a birthday dinner for my boyfriend and we were treated very well
Early dinner before football game and the restaurant was filled with guests doing the same thing. Efficient service by masked waiter.
Limited number of entrees plus a couple specials. Food was well prepared and promptly served.
Overall, a very nice experience. When in town we will definitely come again.
Enjoyed a leisurely lunch of the fried oyster salad. It was delicious with the fried oysters, greens, avocado, hard boiled egg, bacon & grape tomatoes. Employees are always pleasant & the food very good. Hamilton’s is my favorite when I am in Charlottesville!
Excellent service at Hamiltons during our most recent visit. Food quality is very good, simple comfort food. Ambiance is casual and cozy.
Our server was polished, knowledgeable, and timely.
Look forward to our next visit.
Made reservations quickly online and was seated promptly. The server was courteous and was attentive to our order. The food was delicious and the outside atmosphere was beautiful. Keep up the great work!
The crabcakes are excellent. We had a bottle of blanc de blanc sparkling wine which we really enjoyed.
Took a reservation for 9. Service was excellent, food was wonderful.
Delicious food, nicely presented. Covid friendly
Hamilton's has a consistently interesting, excellent menu. The food is always delicious, and the service is attentive but not intrusive.
We really enjoyed our meal at Hamilton’s in Charlottesville. It’s located on the pedestrian mall in the historic district.
The decor is a bit dated or eclectic but we were seated in a super cozy booth.
When we first looked at the menu we were really not sure that we had picked the right restaurant. A lot of fried and rich foods - ugh. But the wine list was great and we ordered a Napa Cab that was perfect. The bartender/host recommend a smoked trout appetizer served on a house made brown bread. The pickled cucumber chunks added just the right crunch. Plus, the house salad with fresh greens, candied pecans and a gouda type crusted cheese topped with the ancho chili vinaigrette, yum!
We were so happy with all our selections and then the not very friendly waitress and not very helpful either, brought us our salmon entree which was the fish special. It was divine! I have never enjoyed fish skin before - ever! It was shockingly flavorful, crispy and NOT fishy tasting at all.
The salmon was served over sweet potatoes which were also surprisingly flavorful.
Glad the waitress has a job and that Hamilton’s has a server, that’s all I’m going to say. But having the host/bartender help us find starters really made a huge difference and as a result we loved our entire meal.
OMG did I mention the pumpkin pot o creme with a toasty ginger snap crumb topping. Hamilton’s clearly has a great chef. Bravo!
The grilled salmon was moist, yet crisp on the outside. Nicely done. The Yukon gold potato casserole was a bit oily but tasty.
Had a lovely birthday dinner with great food and excellent service.
What a great first meal in Charlottesville! The only problem is the opening act was so good it was hard to follow up… Highly recommend this place… You could make healthy choices or you can make hearty satisfying choices… Great wine list and attentive service!
This was my first time at Hamilton's The food was superb - there were many excellent choices and everything was wonderful. One of our party has celiac's and they were very attentive to that. The service was excellent, although I don't remember the name of the server, unfortunately, because he should be commended. We really enjoyed Hamilton's so much!
It was a nice evening. Nice for a pleasant evening out in the neighborhood.
We were seated right away at Hamilton's. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food came out in a timely manner and was delicious.
Hamilton's is a solid restaurant. Food is not very exciting or innovative, but is well-prepared. It's a very pleasant environment, and the service by our overworked server was quite good.
Food was good. My wife is dairy and gluten free and they were very accommodating.
The menu has a variety of options to please all patrons including vegetarian, pescatarian or carnivore. The good is delicious and presented well. The service staff are friendly, professional knowledgeable and efficient
It’s a come back place!
On my first visit. Tried the Nasi Goreng which was recommended. Unfortunately the only resemblance to that wonderful Indonesian dish was that it was rice based. The protein was wrong, the vegetables wrong, and the spices really wrong. While I understand a chef’s creative license to make a dish their own, this sadly devolved into a soupy mess that had to be abandoned. Dessert was the almond cake and ice cream which saved the dinner from being a total disappointment
What a delightful experience! Crab cakes were delicious and the service was impeccable.
As always, food was great. The blue plate special is an offering of amazing veggie selections, the corn chowder soup was delicious, and the duck salad was spectacular in appearance and taste...and more than I could eat at lunch. I had made reservations for outside, but it was cold and raining. The front desk quickly found us a small table away from other diners.
Very fine meal—all five of us were quite pleased.
All three of us enjoyed our meals enormously. One friend had the shrimp & grits, which she devoured, another had the special fish of the day, ehich she enjoyed thoroughly, and I had the quail with multiple accompaniments, which was the best quail I'd ever had. We split two delicious desserts--the almond cake and flourless chocolate cake. I recommend both.
Slow kitchen. Food just OK.
We like Hamilton's for lunch better than for dinner, frankly. It's a little pricey, but the menu (simple yet elegant) is very nice, as is the wine selection. This visit, I had the fish of the day, which was salmon. My friend selected the vegetarian Blue-plate special. Both were excellent. The service was good.
Excellent service & food! Perfect for four, great local wine King Family Vineyard Croze`! Fried oysters, shrimp & grits, salmon salad, tossed salad w/chicken, all four of us totally satisfied and happy. Great server!
We were early for our reservation but they seated us promptly. Service was friendly and efficient. Food and wine delicious. Tables were separated and we felt ‘Covid safe’.
Have been to Hamilton’s for years….always outstanding….Covid may have taken its toll on others….Hamilton’s seem to have hit the ground running….. Just fantastic
Great food, great service with average ambiance. Asked for bread and apparently the restaurant is unable to find a baker in Charlottesville however I passed a french bakery in the way home. I call this lazy and cheap.
Service was great.
Very warm & helpful service & delicious food. We ate outside but the inside was gorgeous. We’ll be back!
Great food, great service and ambiance. Especially love the soups.
The food was very good, as expected. The drinks, excellent. And the service, exceptional and difficult to make any better! Since we were outdoors, we did not expect a quiet setting. Overall, an enjoyable occasion, as we anticipated from a very good, reliable restaurant on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
You can order delivery directly from Hamiltons' At First & Main using the Order Online button. Hamiltons' At First & Main also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 295-6649.
Hamiltons' At First & Main is rated 4.7 stars by 1512 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.