Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.6
618 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(434) 295-6649
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Curtis Shaver
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 618 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped in during our visit to 'Charlottesville and had a wonderful brunch. Presentation of the food was great, taste fantastic and great service. Would certainly like to try this out for other meals.

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MO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere! Really enjoyed our meal!

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F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great. The building was a bit loud. We sat where we were staring into the kitchen all night. Not a pleasant veiw.

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We got the perfect table. The only negative part was the fact that our server forgot my husband’s wine. When he reminded her she said he didn’t order one but when she checked she acknowledged her mistake but did not apologize. Other than that, everything else was perfect. Our friends from out of town loved the food.

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MS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Vegetable plate excellent rockfish plate terrible. Server was pleasant and friendly.

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AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice brunch with my daughter and her roommate from UVA . Excellent attentive service. Grits were a little extra rich and potatoes could have been hotter. But overall food was good, as well as atmosphere would recommend Hamilton’s for brunch. Strongly recommend reservations for brunch. We had A reservation for shortly after they opened and by the time we left your restaurant was completely full with a fairly long wait.

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T
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner for a girls night out! Noshed through the Charcuterie plate and then all tried different entrees and they were all great! Service was superb! Make reservations!

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was really slow. Were told to wear business casual but there was no apparent dress code because there were people in sweatpants, shorts, and jeans (obvious casual wear). Food tasted great but the portions were on the smaller side for their price.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Have gone to the restaurant many times. But, yesterday we waited 40 minutes for our food and my daughter’s chicken and waffles was soggy. I could see our food waiting at the heater, but for some reason my salad held up the rest of the order. Just a bad experience this time

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HH
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had reservations for 6:15 and arrived prior to the time. We had to wait 45 minutes for our table. While the hostess was apologetic the manager did not appear nor was any compensation offered. Food was excellent. Service good.

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MO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were marvelous! The Carolina shrimp and the Rockfish were absolutely superb.

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S
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Great food , fine dining. The service is professional and just perfect with timing and attentiveness.

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MW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great waitress. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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LB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced food that barely reaches average. The 13 dollar Cubano grilled sandwich arrived with the cheese unmelted, and was loaded with deli meat. The housemade lamb pasta was bland and poorly executed. The kitchen was very slow.

Charlottesville has so much more to offer than this place. Skip it for one the many superior options.

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BW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress was excellent but it took a long time to get our meal so I gave service only three stars.

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h
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful but limited lunch menu with appropriate portions and prices. Lovely light-filled room, service was excellent. Central location on the downtown mall with convenient pay parking lot directly behind. Will definitely recommend and return.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

we wanted to enjoy a special dinner for our 25th anniversary. The food and service were wonderful, the noise level became intolerable, and we left before ordering desert. Also, I had made reservations three week in advance, and had expected a better table location, than instead near the kitchen.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner last weekend. Reservations were promptly honored. Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Food was exceptional- from the first appetizer to the last dessert. Definitely cr is charming but not fussy. Would be a standout in any city.

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l
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner for a special celebration. The grilled romaine salad was delicious but definitely big enough for two people despite our server's recommendation. I had the duck which was cooked perfectly and my companion enjoyed the crab cakes followed by a delicious apple-pear dessert. Apart from waiting an exceptionally long time for my glass of wine - it was a perfect evening....

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M
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated on time and the food delivery was timely. My friend and I both order the Blue Plate Special which is a vegetarian meal and we loved it. Very tasty! I would go back to this restaurant and recommend it.

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SJ
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We had to wait for our reservation, but were well cared for by everyone from beginning to end. Our table was tiny and crammed up against a wall, and so close to the table next to us that it was hard to hear each other. This place attracts a loyal, older crowd until 8, when some UVA students start to trickle in. Food was okay but a bit overpriced for the quality. (Better shrimp and grits at Rocksalt.

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J
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared "Charred Octopus with Salsa Roja" which is small portion but was tasteful. My entree is Pan Seared Duck Breast. I never had duck cook like steak, but surprisingly tender and flavorful. My daughter had Housemade Pappardelle, not bad but no comparision with duck. Both of us love the duck. Potion of both dish is consider as small but prefect size for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the crabcakes. There were 2 without any filler that I could detect. Big lumps of crab. They were small, but very rich...just enough to satisfy my taste buds. My husband had the rockfish, also excellent. Highly recommend!

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice local restaurant - excellent meal! We went early before going to a concert on UVA's campus and it was timed perfectly - 5:00 reservation and made it to our 7:00 show with no trouble!

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i
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with food, service and ambience.

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N
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband had what he claimed, was the pork chop ever!! I had the delicious crab cakes and our granddaughter had, calamari and a salad.

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CC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and nice menu. My wife had shrimp and grits and I had the chicken with fried green tomatoes. Both were excellent choices. Drinks are very reasonable and are nicely portioned. Also enjoyed the live music on a Wednesday evening. Service was great and attentive. If we lived closer, we would come here frequently.

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HM
Oklahoma City
97 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is smaller than I thought. We were seated promptly, only about 25% full. Food choices were excellent. However, my husband ordered soup, a salad, and an entree, and I ordered a salad and entree. His salad and soup were brought out together, along with my salad. Not what we expected. We ordered a second drink and we waited and waited. Finally I asked our server to check on our drinks. He said they were on the way.
But he walked thru the bar and then I saw the bartender start pouring my wine and my husband's martini. So someone apparently forgot our drink order. The food was delicious: tomato salad, romaine salad, chicken breast, trout.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot that my wife and I enjoy for special occasions. Our latest visit, a birthday celebration, was another memorable evening with marvelous food and outstanding service. We don’t get a meal and service very often that stand out as a “10” dining experience. Definitely somewhere to consider for your next night out.

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SC
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first meal at Hamilton's, but it was my first brunch there. We had the table at the front window, which is nice because it is away from the busier center of the restaurant. The food was wonderful, and our server was excellent, personable but not intrusive.

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B
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit and restaurant lived up to it earlier evaluations. We did the Sunday morning brunch and the four of us ordered
different entrees. Each prepared and presented nicely. The prices were reasonable and service extremely good and attentive. We will be back on our next visit. Loved the smokey bloody mary!!

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Very close quarters though. Small tables.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. The cocktails were great and the food was amazing! We shared from each coarse so that we could try a little of everything. The service however was not so attentive. We have advised them it was a special occasion which was not acknowledged (not looking for anything comped but maybe a little more timely). Had to find someone simply for water, couldn’t find her to get the check. A little disappointing considering all tables were not full. I would consider trying brunch as the food was great, just less expectations next time.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the crab cakes and the chef's special, beef tenderloin. I always try a chef's special if it fits my tastes, and this one was exceptional. The calamari appetizer was interesting, tasty, and more like a salad. I would definitely order again. The remoulade on the crab cakes was fantastic, and not over powering! We sat near the front so was quiet and intimate with a nice view of the pedestrian mall. Our service was the best part though, Dee was attentive but not invasive, and was so honest and professional with her responses and suggestions. Highly recommend. Great wine list too!

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JJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Hamilton's since it opened two decades ago. I have never had a bad or disappointing meal there. Excellent service and excellent food. The Blue Plate Special is a great choice at lunch time. All vegetarian and each element carefully crafted and presented. Oh, and the crab cakes are great. And the shrimp and grits. And the desserts.... I could go on!

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JN
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A Gem!
First time eating at this restaurant and what a surprise! We visited my daughter who attends UVA. We have walked by this mall so many times. Finally we decided to try a new place. This place is IT. Our waitress is wonderful. We had watermelon gazpacho could be served cooler. It was tasty. Fried oysters appetizer was delicious. Main course halibut, roasted chicken & crab cakes. All very delicious and tasty except the chicken breast a bit dry. Dessert was white peach and mix berries sorbet and rosemary cream olive oil cake with strong espresso & latte. Overall, this is a place we will come back. Do make a reservation!!

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t
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful as always. The food was incredible. Service top notch. Loved it!

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary. They acknowledged us with Happy Anniversary when we arrived. Seated very quickly. Server, Chelsea, was very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent. Roasted chicken, shrimp and grits and chocolate many ways were served very attractively. Happy Anniversary was written in chocolate on our dessert plate. Had Ceaser salad, which we shared, and they plated it in the kitchen. Atmosphere was very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location on downtown Mall with both indoor and outdoor dining. Extremely friendly and attentive staff. Varied menu with just enough choices. Extremely enjoyable and delicious food and great presentation.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for an upscale lunch when you wish to shun the usual cheese burger entrees. Four of us for lunch so two ordered shrimp and grits at our servers suggestion. Servings were very flavorful and portions were just right for lunch. Another order was the vegetable plate which was very satisfactory. Third was a chicken sandwich on toasted ciabatta bread which proved to be as tasty as the other entrees. The all white decor lends an air of openness and space to the restaurant making it a delightful choice for an enjoyable meal.

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