Did You Know?
The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.
From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night. A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.
When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.
In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.
The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).
Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby. Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets. As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson. Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!
Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.
Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel.
Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.
Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.
The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion. In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones. He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.
The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.
The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.
Sunday Champagne Brunch
Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson is a Richmond tradition. Each week our chef creates a menu to feature Virginia’s best seasonal ingredients, giving our guests one more reason to visit often.
Served in the beautiful Rotunda lobby with seating amongst the marble columns and around the Mezzanine, Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson is a culinary dream, reminiscent of a bygone era of grand buffets and lavish feasts. Music by the Randall Pharr Trio, beautiful ice carvings and genuine, friendly service make this an event to remember.
SUNDAY BRUNCH MENUS
Sunday Brunch Menu:
The items and prices listed are representative of a typical menu. Actual items and prices may vary.
Various Poached Egg Specialties
Sausage Craft Patties and Links
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Three Cheese Grits
Home Style Breakfast Potatoes
Made to Order Omelets
Freshly Made Waffles with Fruit Toppings
Comfort and Cinnamon French Toast
Assorted Danish and Pastry
Seasonal Fruit Display
Poultry, Meat and Seafood Entrees with seasonal accompaniments
Bountiful Seafood Display with Smoked Salmon, Mussels, Scallops, Poached Shrimp and Oysters on the Half Shell
Chef's Weekly Choice of Carving Station featuring Roasted Prime Rib, New York Strip Loin, Smoked Beef Tri Tip, Turkey, Lamb or Glazed Ham
Soup of the Day
The Jefferson's Signature Spoonbread
Imported and Domestic Cheese Display
Housemade Charcuterie including Pates and Terrines
Chocolate Truffle Torte
Variety of Cheese Cakes
Key Lime Pie
Toasted Almond Torte
Pecan Bourbon Torte
Sundae Station with Chef's Choice of Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee, Stuffed Crepes or Waffle Cones and Ice Cream
Children 6 - 12 years: $19.95
Children 5 and under: Free
Holiday Brunches (Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving*, all brunches from November 27 - December 25* and on New Year's Day*)
Children 6 - 12 years: $22.95
Children 5 and under: Free
*All holiday brunches from Thanksgiving Day through New Year's Day are currently sold-out.
Reservations are required and brunches usually sell-out well in advance of the date. Reservations are opened exactly six months from the date that you wish to dine.
Reservation times are 10:30, 11:00, 1:00 and 1:30.
Please call (804) 649-4609 for reservations.
You can also contact us with general questions via email with general questions at [email protected]. A member of our team will reply to you within 48 hours. Reservations can not be accepted via email.
Parties of six or more will need to guarantee their reservation with a credit card number.
When guaranteeing the reservation with a credit card, the card will not be charged unless your group fails to cancel the reservation at least 72 hours prior to the reservation time or if fewer guests arrive than the reservation required.