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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


Savory Bacon ‘n’ Cheddar Scones $7
Local Honey & Tabasco Compound Butter

Satsuma Citrus Crush Cake $6
Toasted Marshmallow Créme

Ribstickers $7
Sausage Cream Gravy over Toasted Biscuit


Substitute Fresh Fruit $2 or Mixed Berries $4

Scrapple Tartine $12 gf*
Over Easy Eggs, Spiced Pork, Cherry Tomato Bacon Hash, Frisée, Choice of Toast, Choice of Grits or Potatoes

"Richmonder" $14
Eggs, Bacon, Potato & Cheddar Scramble, Hot Sauce, Apple Butter Toast

"One By Land, Two By Sea" $18 gf *
Open Faced Omelet, topped with Blackened Shrimp and Lump Crab, Charred Tomato Salsa, Black Beans, Avocado Mousee, Queso Fresco, Corn Tortilla Strips

Shrimp & Grits $16 *
Over Easy Eggs, Diced Crispy Bacon, Brown Gravy, Choice of Toast

Pigs and Eggs $14 *
Slow Cooked Pork, Potato Hash, Eggs Up, Choice of Toast

The Jefferson Omelet $14 gf *
Goat Cheese, Spinach, Tomatoes, Choice of Toast, Choice of Grits or Potatoes

Low Country Bene’ $16 gf *
Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Pulled Pork, Cheddar Bacon Scone, Choice of Grits or Potatoes
Substitute Country ham and an English muffin for a Classic Eggs Benedict

Bene Bene' $14 gf *
Poached Egg Whites, Smoked Salmon, Charred Tomato Salsa, English Muffin, Choice of Grits or Potatoes


Build Your Own Breakfast
Choose Any Combination of Sides

Small Sides $4 each gf *
Two Eggs Any Style* Crispy Potatoes* Local Grits* Fresh Fruit Medley* Two Slices of Toast (White, Wheat, Rye, Bagel, English Muffin, Biscuits)

Premium Sides $6 each gf *
Three Eggs Any Style* Bacon* Sausage* Pork Hash* Country Ham* Fresh Berry Medley* Udi's Gluten Free Bread or Bagel 

Ginter's Grande Breakfast $15
2 eggs any style with choice of 3 any sides


Pecan Spiced Pancakes $14
Créme Fraiche and Port Berry Syrup

Bananas Foster French Toast $13
Bananas and Foster Sauce

Chicken and Waffles $14
Local Honey & Tabasco Compound Butter

Vanilla Malted Pancakes or Belgian Waffle $9


TJ's Breakfast $10
House Made Granola, Mixed Berries, Greek Yogurt, VA Honey

Smoked Salmon Plate $14 gf *
Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese Sliced Tomato, Marinated Cucumbers,
Pickled Onions, and Capers

Triple Berry Smoothie $8 gf
Greek Yogurt, Milk, Banana, VA Honey and Three Seasonal Berries
Add Peanut Butter, Protein, Super Green
or Bee Pollen $2ea

Anson Mills Oatmeal $7 gf
Served with Brown Sugar and Golden Raisins

Toasted Oatmeal Gratinée $8 gf
Brûléed Anson Mills Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Figs, Apricots, Cranberries, Maple Syrup, and Roasted Chestnuts

Breakfast Cereal with Mixed Berries $13
Choice of Cereal and Milk


Juices $4
Fresh Squeezed Orange and Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple, Pineapple, Tomato, V-8

Royal Cup Coffee $4
Regular or Decaf

Mighty Leaf Hot Tea $4
English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaf Earl Grey, Chamomile, Tropical Green, Fancy Darjeeling

Hot Apple Cider $6
Apple, Gingerbread, or Pumpkin

Bloody Mary $8

Mimosa $8

gf = denotes gluten free or easily made gluten free
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness