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Hamiltons' At First & Main, Charlottesville, VA
Hamiltons' At First & Main, Charlottesville, VA
Hamiltons' At First & Main, Charlottesville, VA
Hamiltons' At First & Main, Charlottesville, VA
Hamiltons' At First & Main, Charlottesville, VA

Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.6
4.6
2154 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 295-6649
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Hunter Harding
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Cross street
    1st Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • UVA GRADUATION 2024

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 17 - May 20, 2024
    Come celebrate UVA Graduation 2024 with us! We are offering a 5 course prix fixe menu for $100 per person including tax and gratuity. Menu coming soon.
  • UVA GRADUATION 2024 PRIVATE DINING

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 17 - May 20, 2024
    Come celebrate UVA Graduation 2024 with us in our private dining space. We are offering a 5 course prix fixe menu for $120 including tax and gratuity. A sophisticated space with a private entrance, washroom, and AV equipped for your convenience.

What 2,154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Great for brunch

  • Charlottesville

    Good for business meals

  • Charlottesville

    Innovative

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,154 Reviews
  1. Drew

    Naples

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bad drink, ok food, awkward service, next to a dispensary which makes for an uncomfortable walk up. Not at all kid/teen friendly.

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  2. VeraV

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I love Hamiltons'. However, on this particular day, there was some sort of mix-up with the reservations and we weren't seated for 20min. On a regular day it wouldn't matter, but we had tickets to see a performance at the Paramount and ended up having to have to scarf our dinner at top speed. I guess it wasn't any one fault, but it was still annoying. We will certainly go back to Hamiltons', but not on a night when we also have to be somewhere else at a certain time.

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  3. Pickyeater

    New York City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was Valentine dinner with special menu for $100. Wait staff was excellent and accommodated all our needs. The appetizers and desserts were great. For the main, I had the lamb, which I returned, that was tasteless. Husband had the tenderloin, which he said, was just okay. The restaurant was quick to substitute salmon for my lamb, which, was okay.. The dining room is a bit noisy so not a nice romantic spot. Then they made an error on our bill. Hoping our experience is not the norm.

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  4. JohnM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful dining experience. The fixed price menu for Valentines day was on point with many choices to choose from. The food was excellent! Logan was our waiter and very attentive, professional, and knowledgeable. We will return to explore their everyday menu. Thank you and please support the kitchen staff!

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  5. PaulH

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I took my wife for Valentines and expected a bit more. I thought there would be linen tablecloths, and at least a single flower on the tables but there was not. Her meal was good and served hot. My meal was OK and served cold. At the end, we had already paid but ordered coffee. I would have thought the coffee would be complementary based on our expressing to the server that one of the meals was served cold. He did offer to heat it but that would have delayed all

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  6. LarryL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner in all respects ! Food Quality, Service, Environment Top Notch !

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the blue plate special which used to really be special but honestly it was a bunch of fried food that didn't make sense together. Like you picked stuff from the buffet. Two items were filled with onions. The hummus was tasteless and the pita chips were soggy because they stuck them in the hummus. I should have realized it was a bad choice when I saw that the person next to me left half of it on the plate. I expected more freshness but all they had on the plate was tasteless steamed broccoli. The other dish we ordered was good. The crab cake and rice.

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  8. billb

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderfully “with it” cuisine, drink and atmosphere!

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  9. EricR

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed it for brunch! Thank you for taking care of us!

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  10. ChadF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, service was very accommodating and timely. Friendly staff. Would visit again for sure!

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  11. Jeff

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is the best in Charlottesville. Hands down. We have lived here 30 years and Hamiltons always ends up our favorite.

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  12. TheresaH

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was expensive, limited selection and quality just ok. My shrimp and grits was weirdly very Smokey and had large clumps of stewed tomatoes, which added nothing to the dish. The grits were nondescript - should have been more fla b orful, creamy, cheesy and a little spicy. Instead, they were just blah. The mushroom appetizer was unexpectedly chewy, and while the scallops appetizer was delicious, the scallops were small and sparse. Our server was great, and the atmosphere was nice

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  13. Rick

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent! The customer service by the staff was awesome!

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  14. Redrunner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointed. The restaurant is loud and very bright. Not good for a date. The decor was tacky with its orange walls and blue glassware. Like it was trying to feel like Tuscany but it served American food. Food was okay at best. The drinks were sub par. Who puts ice in a martini?

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  15. TimothyM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ancho pork chop was delicious. My companion loved her shrimp and grits. Bread service has reappeared. Recommended.

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  16. JenL

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamilton's has always been great, and they did not disappoint. Brunch is back!!

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  17. travelgramsy

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the server went above expectations to accommodate allergies.

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  18. EricJ

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an awesome experience at Hamilton’s! Food, service and selection are always delightful.

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  19. CurtisO

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We are frequent diners at Hamiltons in Charlottesville. We are never disappointed with cuisine, wine or service. All are outstanding.

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  20. BethE

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Finding parking took a couple minutes. But the ambiance, food, service and whole atmosphere was amazing! Will be back!

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  21. SpencerB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are alot of choices in downtown Charlottesville and this is a great option. Shrimp and grits were excellent, trout was cooked perfectly. Casual dining with a small bar that is right sized for the restaurant.

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  22. LizS

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I would suggest having salt and pepper on the table. Also water for tea should be very hot especially on a snowy January day

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  23. Anne

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch was fantastic with crabcake sanwhich on a Marie Bette roll--nice big tomato slices, arugula and nice special mayonnaise on the crab. Hot and perfect on a cold day. Nice chips without apparent salt on the side. Great service and comfortable booth for a quiet conversation on a cold day.

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  24. PeterD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The corn and crab soup was excellent as was the tenderloin. The wild rice with the trout was mainly long grain rice. Trouts was bland and the server was not too attentive.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Hamilton and Main…everything was delicious. However, what made the evening so special was our server Danielle. She was professional, kind and overall delightful. She definitely is the type of person that any establishment would be lucky to have.

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  26. TerriS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic from beginning to end!! I will be back! Excellent food and service.

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  27. 1CvilleDiner

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Always our reliable restaurant, good menu, pretty setting. Recent dinner not up to usual standards. Entree of haddock nicely done, but sides were overcooked, not even warm, and plate was cold, as though they'd sat awhile. Lemon meringue tart was tough and actually difficult to cut with a fork. Service was too attentive, too frequent and unnecessary, albeit polite. We'll always go back, but this meal was not typical of Hamilton's great status.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I honestly think I can say this was the most disappointing food I’ve ever had. We were the first ones in the restaurant by 20-30 mins. It was only our food they had to make. The blue plate was pretty much unseasoned and cooked poorly. Lacked pretty much any flavor. The beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly but unfortunately for a steak to not have any salt or butter really added it was also basically flavorless. The potatoes that came with it honestly tasted like they were made the day before and reheated. Food was just so underwhelming I don’t understand any positive reviews for this place. If our plates were prepared like this and they only had to make plates for two people, I cannot imagine the quality of the restaurant was to be completely full.

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  29. Wanda

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great first time dining here. Would certainly recommend it!!!

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  30. Marianne

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wonderfully prepared and presented. Wait staff very responsive and friendly. Simple while sophisticated atmosphere. Guitarist added to the comfortable, pleasurable ambience.

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  31. Callyincville

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been to Hamilton's many times, but this lunch was disappointing. Usually the flavors of the food are imaginative and lively, but this time the flavors were flat and lukewarm.

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  32. LisaH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. The trout and crab cakes were amazing. I only wish I'd had room for dessert!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cocktails, fried oyster appetizer and delicious meals. The whole trout and the ravioli were completely different, but neither of us could decide who ordered the best meal. That doesn’t happen very often! What a great evening. 

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  34. bardiaa

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Felt like i took a step back to 2005 with the ambiance of this place. Food wasn’t anything to rave about.

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  35. Stella

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always deliciously perfect . The filet was cooked to perfection and the menu selection is always unique and tantalizing ! The ambience is cozy and can be very romantic or one of great friendship and celebration. The service is top notch! Sarah was spectacular! We love this place !

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  36. tkent1234

    Atlanta Metro

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been here a couple of times now. Enjoyed it both times and need to come more often. Love the ham biscuits and the fried oysters as starters. Crab and corn soup is a good option. Shrimp and and grits and crab cakes are entrees that we enjoyed. Nice wine list. If getting a whole bottle, then try the Early Mountain Petite Verdot. Nice friendly and helpful service.

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  37. ElayneP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful! Never a bad meal or a cranky server. Love you, Hamilton’s.

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  38. RebeccaW

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We have always gone to Hamilton’s over the years. This time I thought the food was OK but not as good as it has been in the past.

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  39. MicheleD

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shrimp and grits as well as the trout are the GOAT. Beautiful space and awesome service.

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  40. Gordon

    West Virginia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent with food and service. We have never been disappointed.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 2154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hamiltons' At First & Main

101 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1st Street
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Hunter Harding
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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