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.
All Day Dining/Bar Menu
TJ's Hot Potato Chips
Caramelized Onion and Garlic Dip
Tostados and Salsa
Charred Tomato Salsa, House Made Tostados
Ham, Crab, and Artichoke Hearts, Creamy Gouda Dip
Fried Barcat Oysters
Muffaletta Salad, Rouille
Flash Fried Calamari & Banana Peppers
Malt Vinegar Aioli
Smoked & Fried, Jack and Coke BBQ Sauce
Shrimp n Grits
Grits, Crispy Bacon, Brown Gravy
Romaine & Spinach, Crispy Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon, Herbed Croutons,
Horseradish & Pommery Dressing
TJ's House Salad
Sweet Lettuces, Cherry Tomatoes, Rye Croutons Grapefruit Hefeweizen Vinaigrette
Green Tomato Gazapacho
Virginia Peanut Soup
Shaved Celery, Boiled Peanut Hash
Lump Blue Crab Cake
Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade, Griddled English Muffin
The Pimento Burger
Burger Stuffed with Smoked Gouda Cheddar Pimento Cheese
Topped with Candied Bacon, Tobacco Onions, Roasted Garlic Aioli
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Dill Pickle
Add On's - Cheddar, Baby Swiss
Maytag Blue 1, Bacon, Pepper Relish, Sherried Mushrooms, Fried Egg 2
Crushed Chickpeas, Preserved Lemon, Pepper Relish, Arugula, Crusty Baguette
"Cats and Dog" or Plain Jane $10
Sausage Craft Ft. Long Garlicky Dog, Fried Barcat Oysters, Pickled Jalapeno Slaw,
Pepper Relish, Spicy Remoulade, Flour Garden Bun
Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Garlic Spinach, Frites
Tempura Fried Catfish Fillet
Nate's Jefferson Spoonbread, Hanover Tomato and Tarragon Corn Salad
Smoked Atlantic Salmon
Crushed Spring Peas & Edamame, Purple Potatoes, Cherry Tomato Hash, Pesto Aioli
Rocky Road Ice Cream Sandwich
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, Dark Chocolate Marshmellow & Pecan Ice Cream
Pina Colada Crème Brulee with Coconut Macaroons
Glazed Dark Chocolate Cake
Raspberry Jam Center, Chocolate Ganache
Red Bing Cherry Crisp with Pistachio Ice Cream
TJ's Bar Drinks
Sparkling, Simmonet NV, France, 7gls
Chardonnay, Wineworks 09, Virginia, 6gls / 8qrt
Pinot Grigio, Barboursville 10, Virginia, 8gls / 10qrt
Sauvignon Blanc, Neudorf 10, New Zealand, 9gls / 11qrt
Riesling, Dr. Loosen Mosel 10, 8gls / 10qrt
Cabernet Franc, Wineworks 09, Virginia, 6gls / 8qrt
Pinot Noir, Three Saints 09, California, 12gls / 14qrt
Bordeaux Blend(Cabernet & Merlot), 11gls / 13qrt
Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens 09
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ramsay California 07, 10gls/ 12qrt
TJ's Beer Features
Legend Brown Ale (draught), Richmond • 5
Hardywood Park Hoplar, dry hopped IPA aged with VA Poplar wood (draught) • 6
Devil's Backbone 8pt IPA, Nelson, VA • 6
Wild Wolf Brewing Hunny Ale, VA (draught) • 6
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale, NC, (draught) • 6
Lionshead Pilsner, PA, (draught) • 5
Legend Lager, Richmond • 4
Hardywood Park, Singel(750ml) Belgian style Blonde, Richmond • 12
St George Pilsner, VA • 4
Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout, VA • 4
Weihenstephaner Lager, Germany • 6
Paulaner, Hefeweizen, Germany • 6
Terrapin Rye Pale, GA • 5
Stone Pale Ale, CA • 6
Bells Two Hearted Ale IPA, MI • 6
Bells Best Brown Ale, MI • 6
Bluegrass Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout, KE • 7
Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Ancient Ale, DE • 7
Dogfish Head Namaste(750ml) Ale with coriander, DE • 14
Side Car 8
Freshly muddled lemons, orange liqueur, brandy
Rye Whiskey, Sugar, Bitters
Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Gin
Brandy Alexander 8
Brandy, Crème de Cacao, nutmeg, cream
London Calling 9
Gin, Cucumber, Lime, Sugar, touch of heat
Raspberry Truffle 8
Chocolate Liquors, Chambord, Cream
Blood Orange/Passion fruit liquor, Lemon, Guava Nectar, Splash Campari
The Raven 10
Espresso, Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Crème de Cacao,
Finished with Cayenne and Paprika