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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
2192 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 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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 2,192 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Great for brunch

  • Charlottesville

    Good for business meals

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,192 Reviews
  1. JoeH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding and high quality American cuisine. The crab cakes were A+!

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  2. FredD

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was too noisy. Of course this was a group of friends whose point was more to talk than eat. Although the food was delicious, it was just too noisy. The waiter made two mistakes, the wrong bottle of wine initially and a botched order secondarily which took a long time to rectify.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really wanted to love this place. It was okay. I had to send my chowder back to be warmed up. The cheese grits were tasty, but the shrimp were overcooked, sadly.

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  4. Phyll

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Food was delicious. Unfortunately, service was very slow. Took us 20 minutes to get our drinks and about 40/45 minutes to receive our order. At times, it was pretty noisy, felt like I was shouting when speaking with my table mates.

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  5. JimT

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Don’t miss Hamiltons

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  6. AmyL

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Creative dishes and great service. The salmon was cooked perfectly but was a tiny portion for the price and served with an odd cold broccoli salad. Chicken kebab was delicious. We will be back.

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  7. JoeyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, though it did get a little too loud for a business meal.

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  8. SusanN

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as waste service from Paul. We will be back next time we are in town.

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  9. TJMUVA

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great experience. Food was fabulous. Everything was so fresh and delicious . We started with fun mocktails followed by an especially delicious potato soup and house salad. Entrees were great- the jumbo crab cakes and steak salad. We loved the panna cotta we shared for dessert. . Our server Garrison was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about the menu. He steered us in the right direction when we had questions. We were seated near the door. iIf we were to have any thing for improvement it would be to sit farther back. It was a chilly night and we could feel the air whenever anyone opened the door. An overall great experience.

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  10. foodie

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had one of the best servers we have ever had: Sarah. Both my husband and I mentioned her to management. She was pleasant, made helpful and knowledgeable suggestions, and paid just the right attention. The food was excellent. We cannot wait to return.

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  11. Lenore

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They are so wonderfully accommodation. Especially with my current dietary restrictions, the chef managed a tasty and satisfying meal. No sugar, gluten, corn, lactose . . . Will keep returning. One word of caution. The pea soup recipe this time was a bit too spicy for us.

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  12. rl200

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside on the downtown mall for a lovely evening. Service was excellent and food delicious.

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  13. CarlosC

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here was solid, but nothing was extraordinary. The biggest issue was the timing of the courses. VERY slow.

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  14. Hungerpains

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Travis was an excellent server. Flourless chocolate cake was excellent. Mixed green salad was very fresh and had a lot of different ingredients. It was a bit noisy on a Saturday night and Brussels sprouts were a little disappointing

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  15. johng

    Raleigh

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a great place to dine. The service was excellent, the meals and the drinks were outstanding.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time and great food and service. Will come back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a group of 8 for lunch to celebrate some family birthdays. The food and service were fantastic. Highly recommend.

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  18. 1CvilleDiner

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family of six adults celebrated a birthday dinner at Hamilton's. Great food, excellent attentive (not intrusive) service. Salmon cooked just to perfection; shrimp and grits well seasoned; crab cakes are the best in the area! Front staff helped with secret surprise dessert for honoree. Hamilton's is our choice for most celebrations in town! Highly recommended.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a starter of fried oysters and they were divine! Sweet and crispy! Followed by Shrimp and Grits - over the top….creamy, with the perfect amount of tomato and wine marinated shrimp!

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  20. HakunaMatata

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and cuisine at our birthday lunch. Crabcakes were the best we have experienced in Charlottesville. Bread served with lunch was delightful. Corn chowder was great. Kitchen and server took food allergies very seriously and explained any item with possible cross contamination. Exceptional! Thank you! We are looking forward to our next visit.

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  21. LauraA

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an exceptional meal at Hamiltons. Started with amazing sautéed mushrooms then my husband had the ravioli and I had some if the best crab cakes Ive ever eaten— and I’m from Maryland.

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  22. GinaH

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was spectacular as usual. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville.

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  23. EricJ

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. Remarkable fried oyster salad was superb. Service was impeccable.

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  24. DavidM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The facility speaks of elegance, and the menu covers most tastes. Food is well prepared and presented. The food temperature was very good except for broccoli - it was cold. The waiter could have been more attentive - eventually, another waiter came and cleared our table. This is a great restaurant. It just needs a few tweets to make it top shelf.

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  25. MikeL

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been a while since we enjoyed a meal at Hamilton', but this one may have been the best! The table by the window was perfect, the new salmon entree was excellent, and the dessert was special with a "Happy Anniversary" chocolate message. Our young waitress was attentive and absolutely a pleasure. Her level of service was perfect. Bottom line, Hamiltons is still on the downtown mall because they are clearly one of the best. Highly recommend.

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  26. CarolynC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Potato leek soup and crab cake were outstanding. Great to have blue plate vegetarian option but a bit bland today. Still serves great bread side. Server was pleasant and went out of her way to insure we had everything we wanted or needed.

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  27. SherryL

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and great service!! Will definitely return.

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  28. Cala

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for brunch before an afternoon show at the Paramount theater. The food was amazing from the appetizer though dessert! Our waiter was fabulous as well, very attentive but not overbearing-giving us space to chat. I would highly recommend this restarurant!

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  29. CvilleTraveler

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We (party of four) had a great brunch at Hamilton’s. We started with cocktails. The guys had Bloody Marys (a meal in themselves). The ladies had the Albemarle Fizz - this drink is lovely, light and refreshing. The brunch fare is always a good selection - we enjoyed biscuits with poached eggs and gravy, crab cakes, and shrimp and grits. All were great! We’re so glad Hamilton’s is open for brunch again. The staff are all helpful and attentive. Great experience all the way around. Thanks!

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  30. OutandAbout

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it so much I ate there 3 nights during week long stay in Charlottesville.

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  31. jwpilgreen

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamilton’s is my favorite Charlottesville restaurant. Food is always good and the servers Daniele, Sarah and Paul are always fantastic!!

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  32. Susa

    Richmond

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place on the downtown pedestrian mall. Food was good but menu a bit limited. Service was good but the kitchen was a bit slow. Overall a pleasant experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamilton’s really sets themselves apart by showcasing the wonderful local food of the Commonwealth. Ham biscuits, crab chowder, crab cake sandwich, peanut vinaigrette are all glorious reminders of where you’re dining. Enjoy!

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  34. Lynn

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food as always! It gets very loud as it gets later, so if you are sound sensitive, go for lunch instead, or a very early dinner. They have great vegetarian options and are willing to make them vegan!

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  35. Aguest

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing as Hamilton is one of my favorite restaurants. Food was cold and server became distracted. My guest left after our meal and I waited over 20 minutes for the check.

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  36. Scout

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a nice dinner at Hamilton's on 02/22/2024. The menu had a good choice of meals and we received very good service. Recommend making a reservation for dinner.

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  37. ScottM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, drinks, service, and experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Generally good food. But not a great experience. Lamb came to table cold and had to be reheated. Server wasn’t very knowledgeable and seemed overwhelmed. I’ve been here many times so maybe just a bad day?

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  39. MauriceR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant needs to reduce the level of noise!!!!! It is difficult to carry on a conversation!!!!!!!

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  40. SusanP

    New York City

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was excellent. Everyone’s meal was done to perfection and delicious. We all had a wonderful time and we look forward to coming back again very soon. I highly recommend this wonderful wonderful spot. 

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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 4.6 stars by 2192 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 18 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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