Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
1512 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Contemporary Fine Dining in Charlottesville, Virginia 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1512 people are saying
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Gracie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Dyan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hamilton's is a great place for a special event or just a good meal after a stressful workday.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding. Always enjoy the vegetarian Blue Plate Special. Can be a little noisy but otherwise excellent.

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MatthewL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Hamiltons for the food, service, and ambience. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville and we are never disappointed.

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vipAnya
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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KatarinaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, was a birthday dinner for my boyfriend and we were treated very well

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
272 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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PamelaC
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipHotelwiz
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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jimmyd
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipJohnKW
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crabcakes are excellent. We had a bottle of blanc de blanc sparkling wine which we really enjoyed.

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BruceU
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a reservation for 9. Service was excellent, food was wonderful.

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vipMaryM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, nicely presented. Covid friendly

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PATA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton's has a consistently interesting, excellent menu. The food is always delicious, and the service is attentive but not intrusive.

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Marelwynne
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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!

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bross
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled salmon was moist, yet crisp on the outside. Nicely done. The Yukon gold potato casserole was a bit oily but tasty.

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CarolT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely birthday dinner with great food and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CarlaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Jeanne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice evening. Nice for a pleasant evening out in the neighborhood.

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Paige
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CvilleJH
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. My wife is dairy and gluten free and they were very accommodating.

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lynn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipCharles
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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NancyR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful experience! Crab cakes were delicious and the service was impeccable.

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vipElaP
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very fine meal—all five of us were quite pleased.

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GiselaT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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vipDCeater
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Slow kitchen. Food just OK.

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Virginia
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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margaretg
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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FresserinVA
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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’.

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Eddy0302
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Diner67
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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cats
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm & helpful service & delicious food. We ate outside but the inside was gorgeous. We’ll be back!

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DanaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and ambiance. Especially love the soups.

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JESK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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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.

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