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Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.6
4.6
1820 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 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 1,820 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Good for groups

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. MB

    MuffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We suggested Hamiltons for our friend's birthday celebration. It was their first visit. They loved everything about the evening! The food was incredible, the ambiance was lovely and the staff was helpful, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. We cannot wait to go back!
  2. ST

    SkylarT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Portions were tiny when it came to appetizers... other than that everything was perfect
  3. S

    Skibo2006

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Six Kappa Delta sisters for holiday lunch and gift exchange. Food was exactly what we ordered, and the champagne was divine. We’ll definitely be back.
  4. JM

    JimM

    Key West

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful selection of food great Service. Most enjoyable.
  5. M

    Mimi

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Easy parking near by!!
  6. L

    Liss

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hamilton's never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service high quality.
  7. RC

    RichardC

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was amazing as always. Best crab cakes in Charlottesville
  8. JM

    JulieM

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We order the Blue Plate Special & it was delicious. Also healthy.
  9. EK

    ElizabethK

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A quaint place that we return to again and again
  10. s

    susieo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were given a cost table in the back. Service & food was very good. We never felt rushed, it was a very relaxing, enjoyable meal.
  11. JP

    JaneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect experience, as usual: food and service. It was hard to hear my companion so next time I will request a quieter table.
  12. N

    None

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently good. Paul, our server, was outstanding.
  13. F

    Fanoftravel

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was wonderful. It was a nice, tasty dining experience.
  14. AB

    AlanB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always enjoy the vegetarian "Blue Plate Special". Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable
  16. EO

    ErichO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mushroom appetizer was awesome. Service great. If your a traditional martini drinker, they were perfect. They use traditional V shaped glasses, great pour. A lot of restaurants are using “pudding” or short round glasses now to short pour and make more $ off the bottle. Not this place.
  17. CT

    CarrieTfromVA

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food! Only downside is you have to pay for parking.
  18. GC

    GinaC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal and our server was delightful and attentive, but not intrusive. Another fine lunch at Hamiltons
  19. L

    Lois

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so good at Hamilton’s! I hope you keep the Arctic char with the macque (chau?) something forever! I think was the just one waiter yesterday, the slim man who has been there forever and flies between all the tables. He’s amazing!
  20. DJ

    DonJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Waiter was great and all 3 meals exceeded expectations
  21. A

    Alessandra

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Paul, was stupendous! Very wonderful bartender too
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, service and location!
  23. L

    Leni

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our dinner at Hamilton. The food was delicious especially the tenderloin. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and accommodating. It was a family dinner and very enjoyable.
  24. PW

    PamelaW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service! Very pleased.
  25. R

    Rick

    Richmond

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live out of the area and this was the second time dining here. As with the first experience, it was awesome. The food was exceptional, the service admirable, but the quiet ambiance is priceless! You can actually have a wonderful meal and have a enjoy the conversation with the person you're with!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us enjoyed different choices from the menu. The crab cakes were delicious, the Blue Plate special (a vegetarian offering) was tasty and an interesting blend of flavors. The tenderloin steak was cooked perfectly and complimented with a flavorful sauce and vegetables. The service was impeccable. One of my favorite places did not disappoint.
  27. d

    deborahw

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service! Definitely will return when I come back into town.
  28. JS

    JohnS

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We've been coming to Hamilton's since soon after if opened, even while living far away. We'd pop in during visits. It is a steady presence in the local restaurant scene, trustworthy, dependable. And occasionally, Hamilton's hits the heights. My advice is to swing for the fences a little more often. That said, nothing should detract from one's appreciation of this steady, indeed trustworthy place to eat.
  29. JL

    JohnL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    The food was great! And I say this, after just returning from meals in Milan and Paris. And the service was attentive. The noise level, on the other hand, was absolutely awful. There was a table of guys about 15 feet away from us who were laughing and shouting. I guess that is how they relate to one another, but why do you need to shout when the person you are addressing is just across the table from you?
  30. SC

    ShawndaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My team had a great experience overall. Our waiter was phenomenal!! I thought it was awesome that he resembled Alexander Hamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda). He was very attentive. The food was absolutely delicious!! The only reason I did not give five stars overall was because the fellow that checked us in the evening of 11/8/2022, was kind of like the maitre'D in Ferris Bueller's day off at Chez Luis. He was very snobbish. We originally had 7 in our group and unfortunately due to illness only 4 of us were able to make it and he made a "thing" out of us not being 7 there. IT was kind of embarrassing for me and my team. They all said something to me about the way he acted and that it was poor customer service. I apologized to him that there are only 4 now and that the others couldn't make it due to illness, but he just turned his nose up at us and said he would get our table prepared.
  31. C

    Cvillediner52

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, environment and food were outstanding! It was the perfect place for a group of friends to catch-up and enjoy great food. Our server, Paul was also a joy. He was well informed on the menu to include the wines. He was very attentive but not intrusive with his service which is a true art form. It was an excellent experience. Thank you Paul and Hamilton's owners and management!
  32. GB

    GaryB

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got a bit spotty during pandemic and now they are back to their usual perfection.
  33. SG

    SG04

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. Great foood and service.
  34. CS

    CraigS

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal, as always. Really wonderful! The waiter was excellent as well.
  35. RW

    RandallW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Paul, was wonderful. Very attentive and patient with our decision-making.
  36. RL

    RLSM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always good and the service is excellent. We were able to make a reservation easily through Open Table. The chicken and the pasta entrees were delicious. I highly recommend the flourless chocolate torte, made by Gearharts.
  37. DA

    DoctorA

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Meal was excellent, except for one thing: the slice of fresh tomato , part of the crab cake sandwich, was tasteless; hard, white/green.
  38. KC

    KayC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is consistently good and innovative. I’ve never had a disappointing meal here. The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable. It is a very pleasant dining experience.
  39. VJ

    VictoriaJ

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hamiltons' always does an exceptional job! We had a fabulous dinner. The food is unique and delicious. The service is first rate. And they are so attentive to my multiple allergies. My whole family just loves this restaurant.
  40. NT

    NicT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The waiter was inattentive and rather rude. He seemed preoccupied. The mashed potatoes were so salty and the duck was chewy with no flavor. The dessert came in the tiniest cup that I have ever seen for a dessert at an upscale restaurant. It was just a spoonful of cobbler. Perhaps they were running out of the ingredients. We politely told the waiter all the above with basically no response. I brought a friend with me as I wanted her to try this downtown mall icon of Charlottesville. It was a disappointment to say the least. I am sorry to have to write this about my recent experience at this restaurant that was once a favorite of mine.

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 1820 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 23 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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