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Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
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1122 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1122 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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4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Skybird
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went for Sunday brunch.
I had reserved to sit outside because that was the only option. I made my reservation in the middle of the week.
Sunday’s weather was 45 degrees, drizzly and grey. When we arrived at Hamilton’s I asked if we could sit induce and the hostess said no, because had “requested” to sit outside. I explained to her that that was the only option open table offered but we would rather sit inside, given the weather. She said that wouldn’t be possible because there were no available tables. I asked her if the heaters were on and she said yes.
She was rude and unwelcome.
When we got to our table outside the heaters were NOT on. My husband started to try to turn them on and someone came to do it.
Our waiter Logan was wonderful, friendly and attentive, everything the hostess was not.

It was very cold and the heaters worked to a minimal degree but the food was delicious.

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KimBJ013
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were two people in my party and we were treated very well. We were seated immediately outdoors on a lovely patio. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and made the experience very pleasant. Pricing is very fair and everything ordered was delicious (corn and crab bisque, beet and burrata salad, tuna special and flourless chocolate torte). They also sell chocolate from a local shop called Gearheart's which is also phenomenal.

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NancyH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Hamiltons. I am very impressed with the service and quality of food. They put out a consistantly good product and keep a lively pace to the dining room, despite covid restrictions. All and all, a very enjoyable experience. All of our plates were clean!

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CarterK
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food, drink and service. One of the best meals I've had in awhile! The outside seating is excellent.

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NatW
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute MUST GO on the Mall in Charlottesville.

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vipRichardP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They have daily specials not advertised which greatly expand the menu offerings

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EricaP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great night to sit outside, so important during these crazy times. Food and service were both great!

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KaceyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ham biscuits were amazing and waitress was so nice. They could plan out their reservations better but that's a typical issue in smaller towns. Overall wonderful expereince.

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Alex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly excellent dining experience. Delicious food, friendly and helpful servers, strict mask adherence-- what more could a girl want!

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vipCatherine
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! I had the vegetarian plate while others in my party had the crab cake and the Korean stir fry? I sampled their entrees and have to say the chef should be applauded!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! As always the food was amazing. The blue plate special was great, as well as their appetizer special! Logan is a wonderful server. He always provides excellent service!

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Liliana
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Make sure you make a reservation for outdoor seating.

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Mike
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food very interesting—unique and delicious combinations.
Our server was very knowledgeable and efficient.

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LLBW16
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Relative in town.

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vipleafer
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don’t miss if you are in Charlottesville. We sat outdoors and had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Food was quite good. Can’t wait to return to Charlottesville for another visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting my daughter

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff PERFECT

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CvilleRed
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food with innovative flavor combinations. Great service

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SSCvisitor
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful early dinner. Fabulous crab cakes.

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SimoneA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Enjoyed the crab cake, outdoor seating and excellent service!

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vipSandyG
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed our mid-afternoon meal at Hamilton's. The Indonesian entree I had was spectacular and my spouse had her usual shrimp and grits, which did not disappoint. The service was perfect; we hope to get back while we're still able to eat outside.

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Herself
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried oysters are such a treat! (And the crab cakes, and the ever-changing vegetarian blue-plate special...) The food is consistently good, as is the service. And you can now reserve an outdoor table. They observe pandemic protocols and they have patio heaters and umbrellas outside. Highly recommended.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The person who waited on us was so attentive, caring, and kind. The food, as always, was great. The only crummy thing was that they had that darn crane right next to us that was screeching loud!! Not your fault!! I felt for the wait staff who has to deal with it more frequently.

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Alex
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service especially during the pandemic attention to disinfecting tables and excellent public health practice.

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DonaldR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good social distancing.

Will recommend to others.

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CvilleStar
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Cville-no contest! Creative specials, wonderful service and spacious seating

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BethTowe
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome food and equally great service! They even catered to GF needs with a custom order

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Wonderful outdoor seating and efficient service. The shrimp & grits and the pastry basket were delicious! Would absolutely recommend!

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annar
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday. Our server brought non-alcoholic cocktails for three to offer a toast our entrees were excellent as was the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Hamilton’s with my mom to celebrate her 70th birthday. We sat outside. The server was excellent. He brought us 2 glasses of a Prosecco cocktail on the house. The meals were very, very good. The Gerhardt chocolate cake was great and the waiter put a candle on it. Everyone was wearing a mask. I noticed an hourglass timer on a table and learned that the cleaner needed certain amount of time to disinfect so they use the timer. Not only did we have a special birthday meal with great service, but we were able to enjoy it thanks to all the precautions that the personnel is taking to keep everyone safe. THANK YOU!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, fantastic food.

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LMill
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor shaded area with plenty of room between tables
Waitstaff in masks and gloves and very attentive to cleanliness and safety.

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HarrietD1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

brunch food great though portions not huge. normal sized, which is good imo. just a warning for those looking for large portions. everything was good but I was looking for salt & pepper and tabasco for my omelet and waiter didn't come by for awhile. in his defense, he came by when i was in the bathroom so i missed the first pass. they are trying really hard to deal with COVID so some of the issues could have been related to that. I can't really complain about anything, but I also have to admit that this was not the most memorable brunch i've had. Decent but not outstanding.

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GregH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely spectacular from the very moment we walked in the door. The service was courteous and professional and every dish incredible. We began with the lintel and crab soups; both were to die for. The garden pecan salad with fresh goat cheese was flavorful and the meals that followed, (shrimp it is well worth the trip!

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Janay
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had brunch here to celebrate a birthday and we will definitely be back! The food was phenomenal in presentation and taste (you can’t go wrong with the pan-roasted jumbo lump crab cake). Our waiter, Logan, was attentive, friendly, and went above and beyond for us. He made the experience a memorable one!

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ArtR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff! Wonderful experience again!

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KristinB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service! Made us feel so special for a birthday dinner celebration

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vipRogerS
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very disappointing. This is normally our go-to place in downtown for excellent steak

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Herself
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. We were able to reserve a table outside, and staff was masked. I've never had anything less than a stellar meal at Hamilton's.

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vipFrankS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great - from the food to the service. Thanks!!

FAQs

Hamiltons' At First & Main offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 295-6649.

Hamiltons' At First & Main is rated 4.7 stars by 1122 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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