Hamiltons' At First & Main

4.7
1542 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.

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
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
What 1542 people are saying
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SarahM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our birthday celebration at Hamilton’s. It’s known for its seafood, but we had terrific beef and steak and would do so again.

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vipJackE
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Hamiltons with excellent service, low noise and great ambiance . Celebrated Alexander Hamilton's Birthday (Jan. 11) one day late!

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vip911gts4
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton’s is one of the top 5 restaurants in the Charlottesville area. My aged steak
was fantastic and my wife’s fried oyster salad was awesome!!

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JayB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid choice for a great dining experience. The food is superb and the service is even better.

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DanaB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We chose this place for dinner based on online reviews and upon initially entering the restaurant started to second guess our decision - the menu was very limited. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding food - every dish we had was excellent and we will definitely be returning. We had an appetizer, (haloumi), main course and dessert with coffee - everything was exceptional and our waiter was perfectly attentive.

Overall, it was an outstanding experience and I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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GeneH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Lamb meatballs and Shrimp and Grits for me, and Ham Biscuits and Crab Cakes for my wife. Pot de Creme for dessert was great, but the Blood Orange Cheesecake needed a bit more flavor. Service was excellent as well.

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KarenJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good was innovative and very good. They need to have more wine by the glass options

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DougW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family went to Hamiltons for a Christmas Eve Eve dinner. Everyone had a great time! Great good, great service and reasonable prices!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant sanitized the table and the server was excellent

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LovesGoodFood
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The soups (blue crab and corn bisque and tomato) were both excellent. Served hot and with full flavor. The entrees (trout and steak) were also excellent. Beef perfectly cooked with gratin potatoes and roasted carrots that were sweet and moist. We had excellent service and heartily recommend lunch at Hamiltons!

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AmoretB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been a destination for many years!
Always recommend it to family and friends.

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LaurelC
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation but we were going to be a few minutes late, so I called the restaurant and they were very gracious to hold our reservation. Once we arrived we were thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere and the menu. I highly recommend the blue crab and corn bisque!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice! We like Hamilton’s , good menu, great food.
Service excellent too.

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SarahG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredibly good! Service was impeccable. Hamilton’s was one of our best dining experiences ever!!!

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PamelaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience at Hamilton's was fantastic. The food was incredibly delicious and the staff were great. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, but that was in part to it being an early dinner.

I definitely would return if in Charlottesville again.

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Maureen
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and menu. Food was delicious but could have been hotter. Was only warm

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vipcvillefoodie
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, an excellent dinner at Hamilton's. An added feature is the powerfully effective heaters they have added for cool weather outdoor dining

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PAHEVI
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little bit too noisy, but food and service were great as usual.

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FREDERICKW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the whole experience from making the reservation to paying the bill. Great food at reasonable prices. We will go back.

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TomC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat, always great food and service.

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CrainS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Wonderful experience. Food was outstanding

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Arabella
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The server may not have passed along our request for well done salmon. She scraped our plates inches from my face and then stacked them. It was completely unappetizing.

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AmyK
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience at Hamilton's far exceeded my expectations even though I've heard really great things about the restaurant. Our office went there for our Christmas lunch and everyone enjoyed their selections right down to the desserts! I had the pumpkin custard and it was phenomenal! Our waitress was delightful and accommodating. I can't wait to go back!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I met a client for a business lunch, the service and food was fantastic! It's not a super quiet restaurant, but worked for our meeting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner for a birthday celebration.

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vipMick21
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food and excellent staff. Overall fine dining experience

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vipSylviaT
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant that never disappoints! Only suggestion would be to get some acoustic tiles to place on the ceiling and perhaps a few walls. Sound bounces around a bit too much.

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Gracie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic- great variety but not overwhelming menu. Our server was excellent. Good COSMOS, and nice wine menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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Dyan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Charlottesville and Hamilton's. We chose Hamilton's to celebrate our anniversary and were thoroughly pleased. The server was so friendly, and she provided us with excellent service! The food was excellent: the preparation, presentation and quality! We will definitely dine there the next time we are in town! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hamilton's is a great place for a special event or just a good meal after a stressful workday.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding. Always enjoy the vegetarian Blue Plate Special. Can be a little noisy but otherwise excellent.

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MatthewL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Hamiltons for the food, service, and ambience. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville and we are never disappointed.

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vipAnya
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

No longer serving bread with meal, and only bread option is to buy their ham biscuits. Maybe had to cut back due to rising costs associated with Covid, but it lessened the feel of being a top restaurant. Food itself was just fine.

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KatarinaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, was a birthday dinner for my boyfriend and we were treated very well

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
280 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Early dinner before football game and the restaurant was filled with guests doing the same thing. Efficient service by masked waiter.
Limited number of entrees plus a couple specials. Food was well prepared and promptly served.
Overall, a very nice experience. When in town we will definitely come again.

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PamelaC
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a leisurely lunch of the fried oyster salad. It was delicious with the fried oysters, greens, avocado, hard boiled egg, bacon & grape tomatoes. Employees are always pleasant & the food very good. Hamilton’s is my favorite when I am in Charlottesville!

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vipHotelwiz
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service at Hamiltons during our most recent visit. Food quality is very good, simple comfort food. Ambiance is casual and cozy.
Our server was polished, knowledgeable, and timely.

Look forward to our next visit.

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vipFoody
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outside seating with good service. Food was very good and good selection of drinks.

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jimmyd
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations quickly online and was seated promptly. The server was courteous and was attentive to our order. The food was delicious and the outside atmosphere was beautiful. Keep up the great work!

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Hamiltons' At First & Main is rated 4.7 stars by 1542 OpenTable diners.

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