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Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.6
4.6
1667 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 5 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 295-6649

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hannah Moster

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    1st Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,667 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Great for Lunch

  • Charlottesville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall!
  2. p

    pollyanna

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another terrific meal at Hamilton’s. This place never disappoints. Our party had the duck breast, shrimp & grits (always good!) and oyster salad— all great. Our server was marvelous. Just can’t think of anything else I would want or suggest. Thanks for a nice evening.
  3. DT

    DaveT

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We started with ham biscuits which were excellent. My wife got a mixed green salad with grilled chicken. The chicken was burnt and dried. I ordered the swordfish very dry and tasteless. Very disappointing experience
  4. d

    dine2gether

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The meal at Hamilton's was excellent. Everything had wonderful taste, especially the rib eye steak special they offered. Logan was an outstanding server!
  5. MW

    MichaelW

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Great food. Waiter was awesome. Best meal I’ve had in the past year. Recently returned to Cville area after 20 yrs since medical school at UVA. However, I will never again step foot in the restaurant until the political sloganeering is removed from the front window. BLM is a political organization and whether or not I support its goals is immaterial. I perform more inpatient surgery than anyone in the state of VA and I do not have political agitprop in front of my office. Why? Because I am there to provide a service to all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, orientation, or political views. All people are welcome in my practice and I do not view those who disagree with me as evil. Hamiltons is doing its part to further divide our country and I can not support this divisiveness. I would strongly encourage the restaurant to remove political signage from its premises and then I would be more than happy to return. The duck breast was amazing and loved the desserts
  6. PA

    PAHEVI

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice set up, great food, outstanding service at a reasonable price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service was timely and efficient. Our meals were better than expected, the chef certainly flavor and uses it.
  8. LB

    LarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with amazing food and service!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server Paul and delicious food. Enjoyed the fried oyster salad and panna cotta. Lovely to sit outside.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, the filet was perfectly prepared and fork tender. The port gravy was an excellent addition and the potatoes were crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. Most highly recommended restaurant in Charlottesville!!!
  11. G

    Gatto

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service as always, and excellent food of course!
  12. JH

    JimH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Pork chop over cooked. I addressed with wait staff and they acknowledged but didn’t rectify. Seasoned nicely, just not a good experience. Cocktails were great, however.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and the service was as well. We had the beef tenderloin dinner.
  14. W

    rodW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised that the quality of the experience was as great as the last time we went over 20 years ago! Highly recommend!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class restaurant. We dined inside which was delightful. Our waiter Logan was a professional. Excellent service and dinner.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Unbelievable waiter
  17. MW

    MartinW

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, as was service. Varied menu made it tough to choose. Dined outdoors for an even better atmosphere.
  18. S

    Sharon

    Phoenix

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My husband and I sat on the patio, it was a lovely evening. I had the crab cakes which were excellent. My husband had the beef and he enjoyed it very much. We have been on a 7 day road trip from Gettysburg to Monticello and this was the best meal we have had.
  19. KO

    KathyO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a perfect evening at Hamilton’s last night in their outdoor dining space. Our waiter, Paul, provided wonderful service. We started with delicious margaritas (they were strong so we sipped slowly). For our main courses we ordered grilled Beef Tenderloin and Nasi Goreng. Both were exceptionally good. The Gearharts flourless chocolate torte was a sinfully good dessert. Highly recommend Hamilton’s.
  20. JS

    JonathanS

    Richmond

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We very much enjoyed our 45th Anniversary here. Great food and service! Will be back. Delicious Trout and Crab cakes. Wonderful panna cotta and chocolate tort desserts!
  21. JM

    JayM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner date! Reservations were easy to make, service was great and food was exceptional!
  22. MM

    MattM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a reservation to celebrate our 28th anniversary . Arrived early and the kind hostess greeted us with a smile and promptly seated us. Enjoyed specialty cocktails. Waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections. He guided us to the perfect white Bordeaux for our meal. Experience was not rushed. Timing of all 3 courses was perfect and delectable. OMG on the Grand Marnier Panna Cotta dessert. We’ll be back for sure. Thanks for a memorable evening.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were first rate! A+ dining experience.
  24. G

    G2018

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of very well prepared food and very efficient service. A very pleasant place to have dinner, as always.
  25. V

    Viesturs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We initially had reserved for outside dining and when we realized the weather would not be good for that I tried to change the reservation a day ahead of time using your service but such an option was not available. Calling did not work either because they were closed. When we arrived and asked for indoor seating all of the inside tables were taken (not sure if everyone had reservations but doubt it) so we had to wait for about a half hour to be seated. I would have hoped that we would have had preference on any walk ins but that did not seem to be the case since we had to wait. Otherwise the food and experience was very good.
  26. MD

    MimzyD

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We reserved a room for a graduation celebration. The evening was lovely! From the cocktails, to the wonderful food we were so pleased. We’ll done Hamilton’s team.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A graduation fixe Prix menu - but with a good selection. Food was well prepared (though my pickled green beans really didn’t go with the root vegetable purée and filet). But the filet was well prepared and flavorful, and the other diners enjoyed their pork chops, scallops, and crab cakes. My duck spring rolls were uninspired. Service was first rate. All in all an enjoyable experience. Will go back sometime for the regular menu.
  28. h

    hodge

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    UVA Graduation Prix Fixe menu. The meal was quite good, but not worth the $100 prixe fixe. The duck spring rolls were very good (though over baked), the salad was mediocre at best, the steak was excellent (and cooked to perfection), and the dessert was bland. The waitress was great and her service was outstanding, for the second year in a row (last year, for another graduation lunch, was outside). Odd that we had to wait for a move inside until apparently a last minute cancellation, but sat there with only one other table filled for the first 90 minutes, if not longer. A tad pretentious. Wine list was good.
  29. DW

    DebbieW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and they were able to accomodate two of our party with food allergies on a busy UVA graduation weekend evening. We had a wonderful time and the food was great!
  30. P

    Pickle

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely luncheon on Saturday. The crab cakes were outstanding and the server was attentive and pleasant. The restaurant’s decor is attractive and sparkly clean. Two desserts - the chocolate cake and the caramelized banana tart - also were excellent. This place is worth the cost.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Waited 45 minutes to place orders. Appetizers were cold and bland. Salad was wilted and plain. 1.5 hours in and still hadn’t received main courses; we would have almost paid to leave without them. Food was bland and unremarkable. Held captive by the worst dinner ever. We spent nearly $1000. total.
  32. RB

    RexanneB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The crab cake and especially the rice were not seasoned. Hush puppies were dry and bland. Took a long time to get entrees although restaurant was not busy and food was not served hot. Very surprised as have eaten here many times and enjoyed food and restaurant.
  33. MG

    MarkusG

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, excellent service! Try the Dark Horse cocktail!
  34. CD

    1CvilleDiner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent in all respects! From hostess to server - friendly and professional! Crab cakes and filet perfectly prepared and nicely proportioned. Hamilton’s is our mainstay and it never disappoints!
  35. MC

    MichaelC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside out of concern for Covid surge--withstood some rain with the big umbrellas
  36. L

    Leigh

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    We have recommended Hamilton’s many times. They must have a new chef b/c the food has been lacking. Very disappointing for an upscale restaurant. Service is always phenomenal but the food is where it should at it’s best.
  37. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basic green salad was fresh and mildly seasoned. Shrimp and grits was everything you would expect and more! Jumbo shrimp cooked just right, grits from local mill was creamy and full of flavor. The Nasi Goreng was rich with flavor with all ingredients stir fried so that veggies were still crisp. Wonderful.
  38. JM

    JulieM

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our entrees (I got the ravioli w/ bolognese) was a 10 out of 10. We shared the flourless choc torte for dessert; also 10 out of 10. My cappuccino was fantastic. And, our waitress was, as always, top notch. Can't wait to go back.
  39. p

    philiph

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty restaurant with great variety on the menu. Vegetarian options are available but I usually go for a seafood or fish dish. They are consistently excellent. Our server was also attentive but not intrusive. I did feel that requiring a credit card to secure a reservation offputting but I guess they’ve had a problem with no shows
  40. CS

    CatherineS

    Savannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Just okay. Not worth the high ratings I see. Overpriced for so so food.

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1667 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Hamiltons' At First & Main

101 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Street

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hannah Moster

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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