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Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
4.7
1860 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 11 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day 2023!

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Serving a $100 Prix Fixe Four Course dinner Valentine's Day. Includes food, taxes and service charges. APP CHOICE Asparagus and Spring Pea Soup Fried Eggplant Lamb Kofta Utica Greens Stuffed Oysters Grilled Mushrooms SALAD COURSE House Mixed Greens Vinaigrette ENTREE CHOICE Jumbo Crabcakes basmati rice, creamed spinach, remoulade Beef Tenderloin duchess potatoes, broccolini, pickled mushrooms, thyme jus Chicken Cassoulet brioche croutons, pea tendrils Pork Chop corn pudding, maple glazed Brussels sprouts, creole aioli Vegetarian Gratin Caromont chevre, watercress salad Grilled Tuna cranberry farroto, crispy kale, gremolata CHOICE OF DESSERTS Flourless Chocolate Torte Granita Trio Vanilla and Rose Crème Brulé Strawberry and Cream Short Cake
  • UVA GRADUATION 2023

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 19 - May 21, 2023
    Serving a (NON-REFUNDABLE) prix fixe $100 menu for dinner May 19th-21st, including tax and service charge. Wine pairings and VA sparkling wine are available to preorder. AMUSE Bruschetta APP CHOICE Potato and Leek Soup Shrimp and Grits Mushroom and Chevre Tart Duck Springroll Sea Scallops SALAD COURSE Mixed Greens ENTREE CHOICE Crabcakes coleslaw, basmati rice, remoulade Beef Tenderloin Cheddar potato soufflé, white asparagus, demiglace Lemon-Dill Chicken Breast spring pea, feta and olive salad, chickpeas, tzatziki Garden Risotto leeks, basil pistou Duck Breast mushroom braised escarole, rice pilaf, cranberry glaze Halibut saffron couscous, shishitos, citrus crème fraiche DESSERT CHOICE Chocolate Torte Granita Kahlua Panna Cotta Lemon Tart
  • Private Dining Experience for Graduation 2023

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Serving a PRIVATE $120 menu (NON-REFUNDABLE) for dinner May 19th-21st, including tax and service charge. Wine pairings and VA sparkling wine are available to preorder. AMUSE Bruschetta APP CHOICE Potato and Leek Soup Shrimp and Grits Mushroom and Chevre Tart Duck Springroll Sea Scallops SALAD COURSE Mixed Greens ENTREE CHOICE Crabcakes coleslaw, basmati rice, remoulade Beef Tenderloin Cheddar potato soufflé, white asparagus, demiglace Lemon-Dill Chicken Breast spring pea, feta and olive salad, chickpeas, tzatziki Garden Risotto leeks, basil pistou Duck Breast mushroom braised escarole, rice pilaf, cranberry glaze Halibut saffron couscous, shishitos, citrus crème fraiche DESSERT CHOICE Chocolate Torte Granita Kahlua Panna Cotta Lemon Tart

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What 1,860 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. LC

    LisaC

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant! Very good service. Everything we ate was delicious, especially loved the Shrimp and Grits, Steak, and Crabcakes. Server was helpful and make good recommendations.
  2. KH

    KateH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just really lovely and enjoyable for our family & celebrating my husband’s birthday. Our server was so attentive to our every need! It was a beautiful combination of excellent food & ambience without being stuffy🎉💝
  3. BP

    BrentP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our host and server were friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. No complaints.
  4. RJ

    RobinJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! We loved our waitress
  5. FS

    FranS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the evening out. I spent more than I intended
  6. P

    Panevino

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, as always, and perfectly matched by Chris’ attentive service. Thank you!
  7. P

    Panevino

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chelsea’s excellent service made our lunch most enjoyable. Compliments!
  8. TB

    TomButler

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They held our table reservation for at least a half hour because of problems getting out of UVA Hospital. Our server was gratious in taking care of us. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was superior, and the service was impeccable. This has to be one of the best restaurants in Virginia that we will always look forward to returning to when in the Charlottesville area. Highly recommended!
  9. CR

    ClaireR

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was quiet and cozy. The food was delicious. Thank you for a great dinner!
  10. M

    Melanie

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner with friends. We really enjoy Hamilton’s.
  11. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Hamiltons. The food was delicious, nice atmosphere and not too loud (cheerful background noise but not too loud for normal conversation), great server who was very attentive but did not hurry us. Have had many great meals here over the years--Hamilton's is perfect for lunch before the MetOpera broadcasts on Saturdays!
  12. KF

    KateF

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely nice. They were welcoming and efficient. Excellent wait staff (Chelsea) and helpful with all our requests.
  13. j

    jopiwo

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as always, a family favorite. wonderful choices and every one of them is yummy
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Seven family members enjoyed lunch here to celebrate our father’s fi
  15. TM

    TimothyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here 3 times since moving to Charlottesville last fall. Each time we've ordered a different array from the well thought out menu or a special of the evening. Everything has been prepared and presented beautifully by a very professional staff . The chef is clearly holds a high standard for each dish, in part by creating menus that allow the attention required to do that. The restaurant is always busy, but the staff and kitchen are not overwhelmed. Great experience, and make sure you reserve a few days ahead, not easy to get last minute even mid week. So good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I had the Char, others in my group had all different entrees, everyone thought their meals were delicious.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend visiting from out of town.
  18. JC

    JanC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always excellent and creative. And the service is very attentive. Wonderful environment, inside and outside. This restaurant never disappoints.
  19. KC

    KristineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with three of my work colleague on Wednesday evening. The food was exceptional and the service was excellent. I had the fried oysters starter (so good) and the lump crab cakes (wow). We chatted, we ate, we had a great time. Hamilton’s is an elegant, quiet restaurant that serves great food.
  20. P

    Pamela

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grey meal at Hamiltons. The service was great too. We had the shrimp and grits abd it was delicious. Definitely a great choice.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Group of five including a young adult, his parents and grandparents all found something to like! Vegetarian Blue-Plate Special is always a treat. Shrimp and Grits, Fried Oysters and Crab Cakes were given a thumbs up by the seafood lovers. One of our favorite spots in Charlottesville.
  22. DD

    DakotaDan

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't often get to Charlottesville but am always very pleased to stop at Hamiltons' for lunch when I do. The food (I had arctic char) was again excellent, as was the service. Highly recommended!
  23. M

    Maureen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Friendly professional server. A little loud. A little rushed toward the end.
  24. NR

    NoahR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal - service was outstanding!
  25. M

    Medi942

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always so delicious. Chelsea, our server, was at the top of our list of one of the best servers.
  26. NA

    NeverAgain2

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Chelsea, is fantastic. She’s knowledgeable and always nearby when you want something. Gregory the maitre d’ was excellent as well. Hamilton’s is fine dining and first rate!
  27. IR

    IleneR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Hamilton’s is one of the best restaurants in a city with many excellent places to eat! The food is always wonderful, service is excellent and the ambience is lovely. Recommend it for lunch or dinner.
  28. A

    Al2eat

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Fantastic service.
  29. P

    Pettway

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I ordered crab cakes and they were a little undercooked along with rice served with the entree. My wife had the pork chop which was the best she’s ever had. Overall great experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    36th anniversary; very comfortable atmosphere; excellent wait service, and wonderful food (crab & corn chowder, lump crab cakes with spinach & rice. Apple cobbler a la mode).
  31. VC

    VeraC

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Drinks were very good. Expressing martini was fabulous. We ordered the arctic char, which was nicely prepared over rice and minced veggies. The sirloin special was well cooked and presented. Service could have been a bit better, we had to call the waiter for refills and he didn’t check on as much a I would have liked. Overall nice meal.
  32. MJ

    MJKH

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oyster and celery salad appetizer is outstanding. Definitely would return
  33. BG

    BrandonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was beautiful. From the moment that we walked in we where welcomed by a friendly staff. After being seated we where waited on from start to finish. The food was beyond amazing and the atmosphere was comfortable and cozy. It was an amazing experience and the memories from this event will last in our minds forever thanks for the memories and we will definitely be back. Highly recommended!!!
  34. F

    Flamingo57

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent waitstaff
  35. DJ

    D2J3

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waiter was very knowledgable about wine and the blue crab corn chowder was amazing.
  36. DF

    DrFinance

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We chose this restaurant based on other reviews. When we booked our reservation they required a credit card. We are finding that at a few other places but usually because demand for a reservation is high. It’s Dec., the UVA students are gone, it’s our first visit to Charlottesville, and it was a ghost town. So, once we arrived it felt greedy and off putting to have to place a deposit/credit card on our reservation. The waiter knew the menu well and made solid recommendations. The food was excellent. The atmosphere…very clean but no ambiance. So disappointing in this sweet town at holiday time. We wondered what the places were with great food AND ambiance. Do they exist here? They have nice artwork on the walls but it’s lost on brown stucco. Close for a week and paint the entire interior white. The art will pop and your beautiful hardwood floors will shine beautifully. Lastly - extensive wine list and NO Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough by the glass. Hello…? To have such an investment in wines and not have the currently highest grossing option available by the glass…disappointing.
  37. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch setting with top quality food choices. The crab cakes are excellent
  38. BW

    BrianW

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The absolute best server who knew the menu and could give accurate descriptions of any item. The special was duck which was very good. If I am ever in Charlottesville, VA for dinner again I would give serious consideration of going back to Hamilton!
  39. MK

    MickiK

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our expectations were exceeded! The service and food were fantastic. The decor was very warm ......I even left my reading glasses on the table and they called me afterwards to let me know! Highly recommend!
  40. L

    Louise

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Hamiltons' has long been a favorite of mine and has stood the test of time; however, food was served cold and had to be returned; taste was bland; and only 4 shrimp served which were small. Something was off in the sundried tomato that topped the dish - looked like mold to me. Very disappointed in everything yesterday. In addition, parking validation provided had expired, so, had to pay for parking in Water Street garage. Overall, felt I wasted my money at around $30.00. Restaurant needs an update -- too dark and heat was not providing warmth to an already cold building at 11:45 AM.

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 4.7 stars by 1860 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 11 times today
Experiences are available.

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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