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Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
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1082 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1082 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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PeterC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the presentation was nice as well. Staff was great and they had food specials. We will be going back for sure!

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JayR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service. Never once felt uncomfortable due to the pandemic. They took great care to make sure everyone was distanced and everything was sanitized. We will definitely be back!

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vipCynthiaM
Atlanta
86 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the winery's decided to head downtown for dinner! Hamiltons was a fabulous choice. The crab and corn chowder out of this world. My husband had the scallops and I had the crab cake. Both were outstanding. Dessert was the chocolate cake and it was yummy as well. Overall we thought the dinner was excellent. The next time we are in Charlottesville we will stop by....

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tedhixson
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Logan was fabulous and the food was delicious. Felt very safe because we saw them cleaning after tables had been cleared. Would highly recommend.

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vipMrsD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I/We had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at this wonderful restaurant. The food and service were beyond our expectations. I personally loved the duck special and the world famous Gerhart flourless chocolate torte. The table was socially distanced. The staff were properly masked and gloved. Special attention from George, the manager, was very much appreciated regarding our champagne options. They took extra special care of us. I highly recommend this restaurant even now in these times of COVID. Go, go, go! They are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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Locke
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind, considerate service. Warm atmosphere. Interesting dishes with the chef's signature, nicely presented. Hard to find quaint yet contemporary spots like this with decent food these days. We look forward to going back to Hamilton's

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JamesW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is great! Signature cocktails very yummy, too! Portions a little light, but the taste makes up for it. Have eaten here a few times and the food is always good. Shrimp and grits always a favorite!

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vipjwpilgreen
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Logan and Sarah!!! Everything is always perfect!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal from beginning to end. We began by sharing the smoked salmon appetizer. It was colorful and tasty, although the Danish bread was a bit dry. For entrees, we enjoyed the crab cakes and the lamb burger. Both were quite flavorful and the presentation was lovely. For dessert we shared the lemon tart which was just right, flavor not too sweet or tart. Our server was Geraldina who was efficient and attentive without being intrusive. We ate on the "patio" that Hamilton & Main has set up on the mall in Charlottesville- with the flowers and open air it was refreshing, especially during the pandemic. All in all, it was a beautiful evening and a great discovery.

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JRJR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my son for lunch and the weather was great! Our waiter was awesome and everything was delicious.

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vipKrisW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service friendly staff. delicious cuisine and great drinks. here for dinner and brunch. we will come back. everything was so good.

KW
vipKrisW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came for Sunday brunch. A great variety of delicious food. the basket of pastries & ham biscuits were the best way to start. shrimp & grits, French toast with eggs and bacon & waffles were delicious food

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vipTerryK
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal, the service was outstanding. They couldn't have done anything better. This is definitely a place locals will recommend for dinner.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good setting, a fine place to have a lunch.

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Bill
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and the service was outstanding

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DivaO
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Following all safety proposals and serving the best and most delicious and creative dishes in town!

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JeffG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fare and wonderful experience. Fantastic steaks, presentation, ambiance, and service. Hosts and wait staff were very accommodating and attentive without being bothersome. Very good wine selection as well. Will definitely return!

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vipvickiboys
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer's to this restaurant, and we were extremely impressed in all areas. Firstly, in terms of this pandemic, we noticed that all necessary precautions were taken seriously. We sat outdoors on their patio area and noticed that all social distancing practices were in place. The restaurant Staff, extremely nice and attentive and everyone wore Masks! Logan was our Server and he was a 'gem.' Despite wearing his mask, he remained upbeat, energetic, helpful and very considerate throughout our visit. Food in a word, 'Exceptional.' We enjoyed the Roasted Chicken Salad and Scallop Crudo for starters. Presentation was impressive and the flavors of these 2 dishes were aromatic. For our main meal my husband chose the Crispy Fried Oysters Salad and I chose the Burrata Roasted Beet Salad. You may not think those 2 items were anything more than a basic salad, but guess again. We are 'foodies' and both dishes offered up their own special zing. There was plenty of oysters for sharing and doesn't every meal taste better with bacon? This pecan smoked bacon gave a whole new meaning to the oyster salad. As for mine, the burrata cheese was so creamy it just melted away with every bite. The salad was packed full of protein and the crunch of the pistachios was a great addition. Hamilton's at 1st and Main has not seen the last of us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Logan, our server, was a complete gem and made the whole experience amazing. Would highly recommend, especially for Sunday brunch!

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KeithG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting menu, presented well and prepared perfectly. Friendly, helpful service. I will certainly return.

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Campbellma08
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful food and setting! Our server was very attentive and helpful. The entire experience was delightful and I would definitely recommend to any of my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

the food was not good and very small portions. The staff were very nice and the place was clean, but I wouldn’t go back.

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

SERVICE was S L O W due to being understaffed. But GOOD when they were at our table, as always.
FOOD was good, but the crab bisque was Very dense. It tasted fine, but unlike other nights was ultra thick.
(GOT to remember to call in earlier so I can get our fav table inside, the one up close to the mall.)

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Unparelled
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite...never disappoints. Wonderful lunch.

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MoSwimmer66
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and very nicely balanced brunch menu. We had a large party with several different dietary requirements. Hamilton handled this all without fuss and we enjoyed a terrific meal.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The place is nice. We received a gift card at Christmas but here you cannot use any part of the gift card for a tip so bring cash if this is your situation. The meal was pretty good but they were “out” of crabmeat so no crab cake available so settled for the fried oyster salad which was like I said, pretty good.
My husband had ala cart menu of fried eggs, biscuits and home fries. The peach compote was very good and eggs were farm raised (we know the difference). Potatoes were good. Overall it’s an ok place to dine if you are in the area.

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CvilleStar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with service to match! Clean and safe:)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We felt completely comfortable with the safety precautions taken by the staff. Service was perfect and with the right level of engagement. We’ve been here before and the food is always high quality and expertly prepared. Thank you for providing a safe environment for your customers and staff.

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FernK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty. The service excellent. My husband enjoyed his mixed drinks and the wine pour was generous.

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vipmaggie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton's offers a beautiful setting and excellent food and service in a great location on the pedestrian mall in historic district of Charlottesville. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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CvilleLocal
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton's never disappoints. Amazing food and great service at a shaded table right on the Downtown Mall. You cannot go wrong here.

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ElizabethL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been several years since we were at Hamilton's and we were delighted. It is as good as ever and we will definitely be back - soon and more often.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We sat outside in the middle of the pedestrian mall

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Getaway weekend

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KimC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation so the restaurant wasn’t very busy. Our waiter was attentive and the food was wonderful. It was our first visit and we’ll visit again.

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Veels
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten lunch at Hamilton's many times. I wanted my husband to see how great the food is, and we were not at all disappointed. We thought they handled all the regulations in effect very nicely.

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vipRick
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since they reopened. Excellent distancing. As always, great food.

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vipBlondie20
Richmond
67 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton's has done a great job setting up COVID-19 protocols: Tables spaced inside,
generous outside seating (shaded), masks required, person sprang and cleaning empty
tables/chairs, etc.. we felt very "safe". PLUS touchless pay protocols...all so easy!!!
Geraldine our server was PERFECT. It was a birthday celebration and friends "catch up" lunch. Took our time, enjoyed the ALL crab crab cakes and good hot coffee...

Great job Hamilton's.... No wonder you are everyone's favorite/go to restaurant!

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Unparelled
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed -consistently wonderful! Outside under the trees, lovely.

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Hamiltons' At First & Main does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. 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 1082 OpenTable diners.

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