Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
1158 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 1158 people are saying
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Marie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton’s is always my go to place to take friends, out-of-town guests, family, etc. The food is always terrific, the service exemplary, and the atmosphere delightful!! Please support them during these difficult times!!

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vipCSidhu
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor socially distanced dining with great food and street music.

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tgreenster
Wilmington
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible. Our specialty cocktails were tasty. Our service was superb. Definitely recommend.

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vipAnnabella
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with outdoor dining. Always love coming back to Hamiltons when we visit Charlottesville.

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TonyK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and experience. The specialty cocktails are great and they have an extensive local, regional and international wine list.

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Jannemieke
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch here. Great menu with lots of interesting choices, and all food was delicious and service great. Felt very Covid-Safe.

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Russ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all the skepticism about eating out during the pandemic, I must say Hamilton's is managing it very well. The option to reserve outdoor seating, the spacing of tables and precautions taken by wait staff put a mind ease while trying to enjoy as normal an activity as one can.
The food was amazing and I would recommend going for whatever the brilliant chef is making as a special for the day because it's bound to be a treat.

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LisaS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fabulous dinner and drinks! Everything we ate was wonderful. We were seated outside next to a heater and it was a beautiful evening. Service was outstanding too.

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vipAlex
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food, excellent service and good covid precautions.

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Roanoker
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Crab bisque was delicious. Onion soup rather thin and bland. Fried oyster salad and chicken salad were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner of Crab Bisque, crab cakes & shrimp & grits. We sat outside & staff was respective. Heating lamps were appreciated.

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BuddyS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow. Their food is incredible! We have been here twice and each time everything that we ordered was top-notch. From salad to apps to entrees and desserts each thing we have had compares to the best ever. Would highly recommend!

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vipTimothyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot on the downtown mall. Excellent food and service, would highly recommend this place

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ShelliH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved Hamiltons' at First & Main. We were in town for a short stay and sat outside. They were very diligent about disinfecting before we sat down. The staff was great, the food was great and I highly recommend.

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JudyS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Portions were too small. Bread should have been served. I left still hungry.

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Davemander
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, covid precautions thorough and very professional. Sunday brunch well done and reasonably priced. Highly recommended...

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank goodness we had made a reservation ahead of time on a busy Saturday- we had a nice table for two out front of the restaurant, but they also have a large patio. Tables are spaced out and they were trying to keep people apart. Menu was interesting and service was great.

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KiraD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my sister to birthday lunch at Hamilton's. We sat inside where folks were spaced apart nicely. We had a very friendly young waitress and all the food was amazing. We started with a potato soup with gruyere and truffle and then she had the small sandwich with beef tenderloin slices and I the cold salmon. The servings were smallish which is how we like it , but delicious. Enjoyed the lemon tart as well which was brought out with a birthday candle without us asking.

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AJBfly
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at Hamilton's. We ordered 3 open face sandwhiches from the Smorrebrod menu and enjoyed them all!! Great service, beautiful, tasty food (that did not break the bank!), in a happening location.

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Benl
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Sitting alone in a deserted restaurant with masks for everyone, including us. Overall, not a good experience but great food and great prior experiences.

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Virginia
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, I like lunch best at Hamiltons. It was great. The three of us had a couple of appetizers, plus a bowl of soup crab & corn bisque (yum), and shrimp & grits. The waiter was very good. We felt safe, ate a nice meal, and were in and out quickly.

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Chersky
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great. Nice outdoor seating. Food was a bit disappointing, overly cheesy vegetarian soup, and itty bitty so-called “sandwich” - a hard boiled egg, sliced in half and dressed up with some green sprigs, on a piece of flatbread. More like a curio than a sandwich.

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vipKiawahvisitor
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! It was a mild evening, mid 50’s and we were very comfortable with the outdoor heaters. We would definitely go again.

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ChrisG
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of few go to places that enjoy so much. Great people, great food and great service. Always a interesting menu and you cant go wrong with anything.

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Will
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. service was a little slow although not busy. Good COVID procedures were followed.

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barb
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All indoor reservations were taken, so outside dining was the only option on a damp and chilly Sunday afternoon. The heater was on, so we were quit comfortable. Other dinners were far enough away not to worry us. The server was quick and attentive. The food was good - waffle for me and French toast for my friend. Overall, it was a very nice lunch.

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swamp
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great location, food was great! staff was really nice too, overall a great experience.

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CvilleRed
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always innovative and delicious. Always great service.

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vipMistyRiverLady
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience - from the service to the food. We felt so welcome and socially comfortable. Our waiter and the manager that evening were both five stars plus. The food, delicious! Thank you, Hamilton’s!

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good and the food was excellent and not too pricey. The overall ambience made for a wonderful evening and a great dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That filet special this week is amazing!!

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greg makes a great cocktail and the service is always excellent! The duck and the steak were five star dishes.

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vipMathis
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Delightful place in center of walking mall downtown. Known for crabcakes and they did not disappear but skip the bread as it falls apart. Crap chowder was good but needed to be served hotter. Ham biscuits are a must.

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BrittanyC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personable waiter, delicious food and drinks! Very clean and adheres to CDC guidelines.

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Skybird
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went for Sunday brunch.
I had reserved to sit outside because that was the only option. I made my reservation in the middle of the week.
Sunday’s weather was 45 degrees, drizzly and grey. When we arrived at Hamilton’s I asked if we could sit induce and the hostess said no, because had “requested” to sit outside. I explained to her that that was the only option open table offered but we would rather sit inside, given the weather. She said that wouldn’t be possible because there were no available tables. I asked her if the heaters were on and she said yes.
She was rude and unwelcome.
When we got to our table outside the heaters were NOT on. My husband started to try to turn them on and someone came to do it.
Our waiter Logan was wonderful, friendly and attentive, everything the hostess was not.

It was very cold and the heaters worked to a minimal degree but the food was delicious.

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Lauralaine79
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a Saturday night reservation and are glad we did. We sat outside and had great food and service! I highly recommend the ham biscuit appetizer.

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KimBJ013
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were two people in my party and we were treated very well. We were seated immediately outdoors on a lovely patio. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and made the experience very pleasant. Pricing is very fair and everything ordered was delicious (corn and crab bisque, beet and burrata salad, tuna special and flourless chocolate torte). They also sell chocolate from a local shop called Gearheart's which is also phenomenal.

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NancyH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Hamiltons. I am very impressed with the service and quality of food. They put out a consistantly good product and keep a lively pace to the dining room, despite covid restrictions. All and all, a very enjoyable experience. All of our plates were clean!

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CarterK
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food, drink and service. One of the best meals I've had in awhile! The outside seating is excellent.

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NatW
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute MUST GO on the Mall in Charlottesville.

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Hamiltons' At First & Main is rated 4.7 stars by 1158 OpenTable diners.

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