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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.

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Secondary Menu


TJ’s Hot Potato Chips $7
Tuscan White Bean Butter

Founders Fondue $8
Founders Scotch Ale, Crispy Surry Sausage, Cheddar Cheese, Bagel and Pretzel Chips

Crispy Oysters $14
Crispy Potato Hay, Scallion Aioli

Jefferson’s Wings $9
Smoked & Fried, Jack and Coke BBQ Sauce or Spicy Buffalo Sauce

Butternut Squash Hush Puppies $8
Pumpkin Seed Romesco


TJ’s House Salad $7
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Shaved Radishes, Pickled Onions, Marigolds, Toasted Almonds
Bold Rock Hard Cider Vinaigrette

Caesar Salad $8
Chopped Romaine, Herbed Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano

Virginia Peanut Soup $7/$5
Olive Oil Fried Nuts, Rosemary

Black Bean Bisque $8/$6
Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo


TJ’s Burger $14 Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Bread & Butter Pickle
Add On’s - Cheddar, Baby Swiss, Maytag Blue
Bacon, Pepper Relish, Sherried Mushrooms, Fried Egg ($2 addition)

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $14
Topped with Havarti and Tobacco Onions with an Avocado Spread
Served with Lettuce and Tomato

Mushroom Panini $12
Herb Roasted AM Fog Mushrooms, Spinach, Banana Pepper Relish, Sottocenere Cheese

Pork Belly Reuben $15
Shaved Peppered Pork Bely, Pickled Apple and Onion Sauerkraut,
Sambal Dressing, Swiss Cheese, Griddled Rye

Chicken Plate Pie $20
Hand Pulled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Roasted Garlic Volute, Cheddar Biscuit Streusel

TJ's Lump Crabcake $24
Butternut Squash Risotto, Sautéed Spinach, Creole Mustard Cream

Grilled Salmon $24
Kale and Pepper jack Rice, Creole Blackened Carrots, Pommery Butter