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.
TJ's is a Southern bistro providing a relaxed atmosphere perfect for lunch with colleagues, clients and friends, a mid-week breakfast or a late lunch upon arrival. Whenever possible, local produce, naturally raised meats and sustainably harvested seafood are featured in the globally influenced Southern cuisine.
TJ’s beverage menu provides many options for guests to explore flavor by pairing their beverages with our cuisine! The beer program features a broad selection of Virginia breweries, as well as a seasonal, rotating microbrews by the bottle and on draft. The wine program shows young, fresh wines from the Old and New World at excellent prices.
The inviting lounge offers a casual atmosphere for a gathering of colleagues or family. Enjoy a unique specialty cocktail or craft beer in the lounge while watching the big game on our “hidden” TV.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
7:00am - 10:00am Monday – Saturday
7:00am - 1:00pm Sunday
11:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Saturday
5:00pm - 9:00pm Daily*
Bar and Lounge:
11:00am - 11:00pm Monday - Saturday
3:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday
*During the final phase of the hotel renovation project, Lemaire will conduct dinner service in TJ's from July 5 through September 7, 2016 while Lemaire kitchen and dining room are being refreshed. We will be featuring a menu created by Lemaire's Executive Chef Patrick Willis and service will be provided by Lemaire's hospitality team.
Please call 804-649-4672 for reservations or more information on TJ's.
Learn more about Chef Patrick Ehemann.
Guests of the restaurant may bring one bottle of unopened wine into the restaurant. Only one bottle may be brought in per table. The cost is $35 per bottle for the corkage fee, and the bottle must not currently be available on the wine list.